Past Programmes - 2012

Performance Art Workshop with Performance Artist Jurgen Fritz

  • Jurgen Fritz
  • 24th & 25th February 2012
  • 10am - 5pm
  • €90
  • 10 places
    Lunch included

Jurgen Fritz’s work is site specific. His conceptual approach shows an impressive concentration and precision, and he uses simple materials such as bamboo sticks, a bell or marbles.

German-born Jürgen Fritz studied theatre and the science of music.  He is co-founder of Black Market International, an international Co-operative of Performance, the International Performance Association, the Festival Platform for Young Performance Artists in the Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben, Berlin and the International Summer Camp at Castle Bröllin / Brandenburg.  He is Artistic Director of the annual festival of performance art ZOOM!.  He lectures and performs widely internationally. For further information about Fritz see:


  • Matthew Gidney
  • 17th & 18th February 2012
  • 10am - 5pm
  • €70 (€80 with Fire Station mac)
  • 12 places

An introductory course to the Aftereffects workflow with also an introduction to some advanced features to illustrate the potential of aftereffects. A practical guide where participants will get hands on experience and be guided through developing compositions, workflow between final cut pro, 3D compositing, green screen, multiscreen, and exporting for various outputs such as HD/Blu Ray/DVD/and media player.

Sound Production & Post Production for the Gallery Space

  • Jimmy Eadie
  • 30th & 31st March 2012
  • 10am - 5pm
  • €70 (€80 if using Fire Station macs)
  • 12 participants

A practical guide to producing and recording sound in various environments to achieve a high quality result for gallery installation.  Participants will get hands on experience recording sound and be guided through the post production process using Pro Tools 10 and various other hardware and software systems focusing on producing surround sound, multi-channel outputting, and mastering sound for cinematic video projection.

User Friendly Open Source Web Design

  • Laura Butler
  • 20th & 21st April 2012
  • 10am - 5pm
  • €70 (€80 with Fire Station mac)
  • 10 places

A web design course for artists using open source free download software where participants will be guided through building, designing and customizing their own user friendly and easy to manage websites.

‘Occupying the Imaginary Archive’

  • Gregory Sholette (US)
  • 19th & 20th June 2012
  • 10am - 5pm
  • €90
  • 10 places
    Lunch included

"The archive with its icy temperature and motionless repose, may seem like an unlikely place to begin thinking about Occupy Wall Street." (Gregory Sholette)

This two-day workshop approaches the archive not as a precise collection of documents upholding this or that institution, school of thought, or historical interpretation, but instead as a site where the socially dynamic encounters the materially abstract.  We will explore the archive as a space where notions of time, agency, and hope open up to emerge as new forms of resistance. Taking Occupy Wall Street (OWS) as one point of departure, this workshop offers arts practitioners the opportunity to reflect upon and return the archive to a notion of the future, through a series of presentations, group discussions, and interactive experiments.

Gregory Sholette is a New York-based artist, writer, activist, and founding member of Political Art Documentation/Distribution (PAD/D: 1980-1988), and REPOhistory (1989-2000). His recent publications include Dark Matter: Art and Politics in an Age of Enterprise Culture (Pluto Press, 2011); Collectivism After Modernism: The Art of Social Imagination after 1945 (with Blake Stimson); and The Interventionists: A Users Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life (with Nato Thompson). An Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Queens College: City University of New York (CUNY), he is a member of Gulf Labor Coalition; the Institute for Wishful Thinking; the Art & Labor Working Group of OWS. He recently  completed two new installations including ‘The Imaginary Archive’ Galway for the Tulca Arts Festival, Galway( 2011) and ‘Fifteen Islands for Robert Moses’  at the Queens Museum of Art.( 2012) . He also recently co-curated with Oliver Ressler the exhibition “It’s the Political Economy Stupid!” for the Austrian Cultural Forum, New York.

Glass Workshop with Jiyong Lee

  • Jiyong Lee
  • 17th - 21st September 2012
  • 10am - 5pm (5 day workshop)
  • 8 places
    Lunch included

  • Entry requirements: Experience of working with glass is necessary.

In this workshop students will focus on understanding various properties of glass material as an artistic medium and learn a variety of cold working processes including cutting, grinding, carving, laminating, and refining and polishing of the surface. The creative possibilities in the workshop will be expended with learning about laminating, adhesives, and general HXTAL lamination set up. Through working on the projects students will explore problem solving in the cold working studio, common mistakes, and efficient ways to cold work glass.

Korean born Jiyong Lee is Head of the Glass program of Southern Illinois University Carbondale since 2005. He graduated from the MFA program at Rochester Institute of Technology in US, 2000. Having his feet in both cultures also has broadened his personal aesthetics and appreciation for different ways of thinking.  He specializes in cold-working and kiln-forming processes and he has exhibited nationally and internationally.  He lectures and gives demonstrations widely, including the 2007 Glass Art Society Conference, Rochester Institute of Technology, the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Cleveland Institute of Art, Penland School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and Kook-Min University, Seoul, Korea.

Fire Station Artists' Studios wishes to acknowledge the support of the Crafts Council of Ireland for this workshop.

‘Towards a Contemporary Sublime’ with sculptor Mariele Neudecker

  • Mariele Neudecker
  • 18th & 19th October 2012
  • 10am - 5pm
  • €50
  • 10 places
    Lunch included

Can we define a Contemporary Sublime? Working in a variety of media, including sculpture, film, installation and sound,  Neudecker’s practice explores the dichotomy between the natural world and its cultural construction. Following a residency by the artist in North West Greenland earlier this year, this two day workshop will explore ideas around the collision of Sublime Landscape and the contemporary.  At the core of Neudecker’s  practice is an attempt to challenge conventional  ways of seeing and to re consider this dichotomy between nature and culture.  Her practice explores questions surrounding historical and personal representation of place, time and consciousness, taking into account changing and unknown landscapes.

Over the two days, workshop participants will have the opportunity to discuss and consider theses issues in relation to their own practices. In addition to Neudecker presenting on her work, participants will be asked to bring materials relating to their own interests, which may be used over the two days. Additional details and reading will be given by the artist in advance of the workshop.

Mariele Neudecker (born 1965, Germany) lives and works in Bristol, UK. She was recently short-listed for the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London, was prize-winner at the 11. Triennale Kleinplastik- Larger Than Life - Stranger Than Fiction, Fellbach, Germany). In 2011 she showed in three international group exhibitions: Otherworldly: Artist Dioramas and Small Specacles, MAD Museum, New York, USA, Screaming From The Mountain: Landscapes and Viewpoints. curated by Pontus Kyander, Sörlandets Kunstmuseum, Norway and Rohkunstbau – Power, Marquart Castle, Berlin, Germany. Recent projects are a solo exhibition at Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Cologne, Germany, group shows: Belvedere. Warum ist Landschaft schön? Why is Landscape Beautiful?, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck and Preternatural/Supernatural, Natural History Museum, Ottawa, Canada.Upcoming projects include a permanent public art commission in Norwich, a research and development project in Greenland for most of this May, a two-part retrospective exhibition in Trondheim, Norway, starting late January 2013.

Google Sketch Up

  • Laura Butler
  • 8th & 9th June 2012
  • 10am - 5pm (Fri), 11am - 4pm (Sat)
  • €70 (own laptop), €80 (Fire Station iMac);
  • 12 places

  • Entry requirements: A basic, working level of computer literacy and experience of working with Macs or PCs

Google Sketch Up will be a two day practical course, using this free open source software to plan, design, and produce a 3D virtual world of your gallery installation to scale. Sketch Up is a computer software used by designers and engineers to illustrate architectural and interior design plans in 3D where you are able to also navigate through this virtual space.

For this workshop, the focus will be on using Sketch Up to design gallery/exhibition installations. Participants will be guided through the various drawing tools, effects and functions that Sketch Up has to offer. They will also be guided through how to animate their designs and virtually walk through their designed space which is a beneficial aid when illustrating installation plans to gallery curators for applications etc...

HD Video Production

  • Kevin Hughes and Guy Robbins
  • 7th & 8th September 2012
  • 10am - 5pm (Fri), 11am - 4pm (Sat)
  • €90
  • 12 places

  • Entry requirements: The course will be aimed at basic to advanced experience in video production & post production.  Participation will require a basic to good computer literacy.
    Laptop (optional).

Working with the 4K Red One & the 5D Mark II, this hands on and practical workshop aims to guide artists through the 4K & HD filmmaking workflow from conception to finishing in Post Production. 

Main areas that will be covered are: 

  • Understanding the process from camera selection to film shoot to post production
  • Working as a director/ producer
  • Communicating with crew
  • Strengths and weaknesses of working with 4K Red One & Canon 5D 1920x1080 material
  • Essential equipment, resources and budget considerations
  • How to achieve high quality results
  • Digital information management
  • The post production workflow for the 4K Red One & Canon 5D 

Participants will have the opportunity to work with filmakers/DOP's Kevin Hughes & Guy Robbins where you will gain hands on and practical experience of filmmaking. During the course participants will plan, shoot, and learn how to process, finish, and output footage in post production for full HD video projection.

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Introduction to Audio Production & Editing for Moving Image

  • Karl Burke
  • 5 & 6 October 2012
  • Friday: 10am - 5pm; Saturday: 11am - 4pm
  • €70 (own laptop); €80 (Fire Station iMac)
  • 10 places

A two day practical workshop focusing on recording and editing audio for moving image. Participants will be introduced to the fundamental elements of recording and editing audio such as: live recording in various environments, inputting, audio hardware and software workflow, syncronising audio and video, audio editing techniques, an introduction to sonic and conceptual aspects of audio production, exporting and outputting for presentation.

Using open source software such as Reaper and Audacity, the course aims to provide artists with the essential skills and pracitcal knowledge to achieve quality results independently.