Past Programmes - 2013

Introduction to Website Design

  • Laura Butler
  • Saturday 6 July 2013
  • 11am - 2pm
  • €25
  • 15 places

An overview of the options available for creating your own website.

For each of the option, the following will be covered:
- availability
- features
- examples of websites using this method
- resources for further learning

Online/semi-online methods:
- Free HTML-based online services:, Google Sites
- Free Flash-based online service: Wix
- Free services that require download/installation/a server:; IndExhibit
- Other types of online presence: blogs, microblogs, social media

"Traditional" methods:
- Software for building websites: Dreamweaver
- Registering a domain, choosing a host, uploading your site (FTP)

Design considerations
- Planning and structural design
- Usability


Glass Workshop

  • Joseph Harrington (UK)
  • 16 - 20 September 2013
  • 10am - 5pm
  • €250
    12 places
    Lunch included

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

Joseph Harrington is a sculptor who works predominantly in cast glass. He has developed a unique working method. He has developed a unique working method using ice as a modelling medium which will be explored in the workshop over the five days.

Harrington graduated with an MA in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art in 2006, and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. In 2010 he was selected for the Jerwood Contemporary Makers exhibition in Edinburgh and London, as well as in the 2012 International Festival of Glass Biennale. Further information on his practice can be seen here:

This workshop is kindly supported by the Crafts Council of Ireland.

Introduction to Video Colour Grading

  • Michael Higgins
  • 2 March 2013
  • 10am - 5pm
  • €40
  • 10 places

  • Entry requirements: It is required that participants have a Mac laptop with Final Cut Pro and Colour applications.
    You must have good experience with working with computers, software and be at least familiar with video editing. While this is an introductory workshop, knowledge of video editing and post production methods is essential.

Introduction to Video Colour Grading will focus on the principles of colour grading for the finishing of HD video material. Primarily using the application “Colour” in relation to Final Cut Pro, participants will be firstly introduced to what is colour grading, the software and skills required to develop an efficient workflow, while also gaining hands-on practical experience through step-by-step guidance of grading and the finishing of HD video material.

Throughout the workshop, participants will also be introduced to other applications recently available such as Magic Bullet, DaVinci Resolve, and methods used in industry strandard post production studios.

Advanced Audio Post-Production

  • Marzin Gorzel
  • 22 & 23 March 2013
  • 22nd: 10am - 5pm; 23rd: 11am - 4pm
  • €70 (€80 with Fire Station iMac)
  • 10 places

  • Entry requirements: Experience of working with audio editing software (e.g. pro tools, reaper, audacity, cubase). A Mac lap top is required (2 Fire Station iMacs available).

Advanced Audio Post-Production will specifically deal with 5.1 surround sound and multi-channel audio design for gallery installation. Participants will be introduced to the hardware and software required to effectively produce and post-produce 5.1 and multi-channel sound works. Through step-by-step practical guidance, participants will learn how to design surround sound works taking into consideration recording, editing techniques, principles of panning sound, mastering, and authoring sound. While the post-production process will be the main aim of the workshop, participants will also learn about essential  equipment for the playback of surround sound and multi-channel presentation for gallery installations

Using DSLR HD Cameras and a look into Final Cut Pro X

  • Guy Robbins
  • 11 May 2013
  • 10am - 5pm
  • €40
  • 15 places

The aim of this one-day workshop is to gain knowledge and experience of how to get the best out of your DSLR HD camera, while also how to communicate with a camera operator to achieve high-quality results for the planning and production of a film shoot.

This workshop will demonstrate the capabilities and functions of the the latest Canon 5D Mark III DSLR HD camera. Participants will also gain hands-on experience of working with a professional camera operator.

Participants will get hands-on experience by shooting with the 5D Mark III. The workshop will also demonstrate editing with the latest Final Cut Pro X video editing software, taking into consideration: importing, editing, handling audio, colour grading, codec settings and exporting for various specific formats.

For more info on DSLR's please visit:

Beginners Guide to Audio Recording & Editing

  • Marcin Gorzel
  • 8 June 2013
  • 10am - 5pm
  • €35
  • 15 places

This one-day workshop offers artists an introduction to the basic techniques of recording and editing sound.

Using open-source, freely available software, participants will be guided step-by-step through the following:

  • Microphone selection
  • How to get the best out of your audio recording device
  • Basic recording techniques
  • Audio editing techniques and tools
  • How to export projects

The aim of this workshop is to provide participants with production workflow information, from recording to editing to final installation.

Gallery Installation Design and Planning

  • Laura Butler
  • Saturday 19 October 2013
  • 10am - 5pm
  • €35 (€40 with Fire Station iMac)
  • 10 places

  • Entry requirements: Mac or PC laptop required, good computer literacy, experience with using computer software such as Photoshop.

SketchUp is a free, powerful and intuitive 3d modelling programme, available for online download. For artists, it provides a straightforward way of creating a virtual 3d exhibition space from 2d plans, enabling you to visualise your work in the space ahead of time. In this 1-day hands-on course, we will learn the basics of SketchUp, and apply these to creating a 3d model of a simple 2d floor plan. We will also look at further learning resources online, so that you can continue to build your SketchUp skills after the course.

Topics that will be covered:
- The SketchUp environment
- Moving your viewpoint: Orbit, Pan, Zoom and standard views
- Using the drawing tools
- Converting from 2d to 3d - the Push/Pull tool
- Accuracy: dimensions, guides and inferencing
- Moving objects in virtual space
- Making composite and reusable objects
- Importing images
- Applying colours and textures to your objects
- Resources for further learning

For more info on Sketch Up and what is possible with it, please visit:

Public Talk: How do we define Performance Art Today?

  • Marilyn Arsem in conversation with Lynette Moran
  • Thursday 30 May 2013
  • 3 - 4:30pm
  • Free

How do we define Performance Art today? Following her two day workshop in Fire Station Artists’ Studios US performance artist Marilyn Arsem will discuss her practice spanning the last thirty years with Lynette Moran (Director Live Collision) as well as reflect on the expanded field of performance today. 

Marilyn Arsem has been creating live events since 1975, from solo gallery performances to large-scale, site-specific works. Arsemhas presented work at festivals, conferences, alternative spaces, galleries, museums and universities in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. More recently she has focused on creating site-specific performancesthat engage with the immediate landscape and materiality of a location, its history, and use or politics. She is a member and founder of Mobius, Inc. a Boston-based collaborative of interdisciplinary artists. As a full-time faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, she heads the Performance Area and is a Graduate Advisor.

Lynnette Moran is a creative arts producer, director and performance maker working across and between art forms. In 2009 she established Live Collision International Festival, an annual international festival and residency, generating a significant platform for the creation, articulation and presentation of dynamic contemporary performance in Ireland. Lynnette is research & development producer for Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts

No booking required but spaces are limited.

Performance Art Workshop

  • Marilyn Arsem (USA)
  • 28 & 29 May 2013
  • 10am - 5pm
  • €90
  • 10 places
    Lunch included

Marilyn Arsem has been creating live events since 1975, ranging from solo performances to large-scale interactive works incorporating installation and performance.  She has presented her work at festivals, conferences, alternative spaces, galleries, museums and universities in 27 countries throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North and South America.  She is a full-time faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she teaches performance art, and is a graduate advisor. She is also a member of Mobius, Inc., an interdisciplinary collaborative of artists who operate a gallery in Cambridge, MA, which she founded in 1977.

In the past fifteen years, Arsem has focused on creating works in response to specific sites, engaging with the immediate landscape and materiality of the location, its history, use or politics.  Sites have included a former Cold War missile base in the United States, a 15th century Turkish bath in Macedonia, an aluminium factory in Argentina, and the site of the Spanish landing in the Philippines. Further information on Marilyn Arsem's work:


In this workshop you will create performance actions as a direct response to a particular environment or social context that you encounter.  Participants will examine how aspects of a site can be used to generate performances that are unique to that location.  You will design performances that respond to the history of a site or to its current uses, that work with materials that are found at a location, and consider how the architecture or design of a space influence the way both audience and artist bodies move through it. 

We will experiment with the differences between interactive events, interventions, secret performances, and actions that are designed for particular audiences.  We will consider how art might infiltrate daily life, and how performance functions with a public who are not expecting to encounter art.  Finally, we will consider questions of documentation, finding ways to record actions without impacting the experience of the audience.

Responding to a site requires that you pay attention to your experience of the location.  But perhaps more important is the task of paying attention to what it is that you are noticing.  You will more fully understand your own practice by learning to recognize what compels you, which in turn will allow you to develop your work more deeply.

Introduction to Welding

  • John Carrick
  • 8 & 9 Oct 2013; 22 & 23 Oct 2013; 12 & 13 Nov 2013; 26 & 27 Nov 2013
  • 10am - 4pm (5 hrs; 1hr lunch break)
  • €250
  • Each workshop is 2 days in duration and is for 1 person only. These workshops will be offered again in 2014.

  • Entry requirements: Booking for this course is on a first come, first served basis.

This unique 1-to-1 welding course is delivered over 2 days by a master metal work craftsman with over 50 years experience. It will cover the basics of welding for beginner and includes:

  • Introduction to use of welder
  • Use of different materials
  • Silver soldering techniques
  • Braising
  • Basic health and safety with metal working

John Carrick started his apprenticeship as an ecclesiastical art metal worker in the MH Gill & Son on O'Connell street in 1953. After 14 years in the company he became the foreman with a staff of 30 craftsmen. In addition he worked as a technician of craft metal in NCAD Dublin for 9 years and following this was Workshop Manager in Fire Station Artists' Studios from 1996 – 2012.