Past Programmes - 2014

One-to-one Mentoring Opportunity with Curators

  • Aisling Prior and Sarah Searson
  • 10 & 13 and 16 & 17 January 2014
  • €20
  • 20 places

Curators Aisling Prior and Sarah Searson will give one-to-one critical feedback and practical support to artists and curators on their practice, how to present themselvesor their project proposals. This includes a one hour meeting between artist and a curator at Fire Station Artists’ Studios in January 2014 with a follow up studio visit/meeting in March 2014.

Open to all artists and curators who are actively practicing or interested in taking a new direction. Applications dealt with on a first come first served basis. Payment must be received to guarantee booking.

How to apply:

We will only accept online applications.

Apply online. Click here for online application form.

Your application should include:

  • A statement clearly explaining what you would like to get feedback on. (max. 500 words)
  • CV (max 3 pages)
  • Artist statement and/or project proposal (max. 500 words)
  • Documentation (max 6 images)
  • Image list for all images and any showreels (with year, materials, context etc…)
  • Weblinks for showreels (e.g. Vimeo, YouTube)

State which date is your preference and we will try to accommodate you.

Aisling Prior is an independent curator and consultant to the Arts Council as its Public Art Advisor.  She was the founder of the Galway Film Centre, and was the director of the Sculptors’ Society of Ireland (VAI) from 1991 to 1997 where she presented new commissioning models and opportunities. From 2001 to 2008  she was the founding curator/artistic director of Breaking Ground, the art commissioning programme for Ballymun (01-08)  Recently, she has been curating numerous per cent for art commissions in a freelance curatorial capacity working with many emerging and established artists, in a variety of contexts.

Sarah Searson is head of the newly formed Centre for Creative Arts and Media in GMIT. She has contributed arts and cultural elements to several local authority development plans and developed local area arts strategies, most recently for the Grangegorman Development Agency.  Her own creative work includes writing, curating, mentoring and project development with artists. She has developed and co-edited a national information project about Public Art in Ireland: She is also co-editor of the national public art guidelines and has written about mentoring practices for artists in Ireland.   

Performance Art Workshop

  • Kira O'Reilly
  • 22 & 23 May 2014
  • 10am - 5pm
  • €90
  • Lunch included
    10 places

Kira O’Reilly is a UK based artist. Her interdisciplinary practice stems from a visual art background; it employs performance, biotechnical practices and writing with which to consider speculative reconfigurations around the body. Often her processes are responsive to a situation, a site, a moment, the heartbeat or crux of a situation:

"My workshops are laboratory events spent with other artists and makers.

I introduce exercises and processes that I think of as conditioning for making; modes, methods and ways that I use to open the senses and enhance bodily awareness in space, place and environment. I am curious about responsiveness, how to cultivate and encourage tactile and subtle engagements with situations that extend into formal concerns of making be it performance or other art making methods and media.  I am interested in how there is slippage between methods and media; physicality slipping into language, language slipping into mark making, mark making slipping into sculpture – for example.  

In this workshop we shall attempt to encourage slips and slipperiness. So there might be movements across drawing, writing, walking, moving, placing, as well as learning exercise that enhance our extended awareness from out physicality."

Since graduating from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff in 1998 O Reilly’s  work has been exhibited widely throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, China and Mexico. She has presented at conferences and symposia on both live art and science, art and technology interfaces. She has been a visiting lecturer in the UK and Australia and U.S.A in visual art, drama and dance. Most recent new works have seen her practice develop across several contexts from art, science and technology to performance, live art and movement work. Further info:

Modelling in Wax for Bronze

  • Agnes Conway
  • 24 & 25 June 2014
  • 10am - 5pm
  • €100
  • 10 places

  • Entry requirements: Introductory level for visual artists

Over this two day workshop participants will be brought through all aspects of wax modelling for bronze, building simple moulds for wax, wax-working techniques and preparing work for the foundry. At end of the workshop participants will visit a foundry at a later date to see a pouring and have the opportunity to have their moulds cast at a special discounted group rate.  This workshop is an introduction to lost wax bronze casting, and the work produced will necessarily be on a small scale.

Wax and wax-working tools will be supplied.  

Agnes Conway trained as a sculptor in NCAD.  On leaving college she worked for several years as a silversmith, subsequently teaching clay modelling in NCAD, and Dublin and Bray VEC.  Since 2001 she has worked full-time on sculpture. Exhibited RHA and Sculpture in Context.  Her work can be seen in private gardens and public parks.

Glass Workshop

  • Bruno Romanelli
  • 15 - 19 September 2014
  • 10am - 5pm
  • €250

  • Entry requirements: Experience of working with glass is necessary

Bruno Romanelli is a London-based artist specialising in the technique of lost-wax glass casting. In recent years his work has concentrated on ideas associated with abstract sculptural vessels,  which explores the themes of light, colour, form and harmony within the context of the glass material. Each piece is a study in the control of light and seeks to harness and transmit the pure energies of this light through the medium of glass.

Born in 1968 Romanelli graduated with an MA in Glass from the Royal College of Art in 1995. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally including 'Masterpiece' at Chelsea Barracks London (2012), 'Collect' Saatchi Gallery, TEFAF Maastricht , Netherlands (2012), and SOFA New York ( 2010).

His work is held in public and private collections. Further information:

AUDIO Workshop: Recording, editing, fixing, effects, sound design

  • Trevor Knight
  • Friday 11 July
  • 10am - 4pm
  • €45
  • 12 places

  • Entry requirements: Basic knowledge of working with video or audio software
    Good computer literacy
    Bring your own Mac laptop
    Download the audio software reaper here for free:
    Bring headphones

The AUDIO workshop, will focus on recording sound in a controlled and non-controlled environment. Participants will get the experience of recording a voice over in a controlled sound recording studio & also in a non controlled environment. Using the recorded sound from both environments, participants will be guided through key factors when recording sound in a controlled and non controlled environments. Participants will learn how to treat, fix, add effects, editing techniques, mixing, and sync audio to video. During the workshop, Trevor Knight will demonstrate methods of sound design for moving image using LOGIC audio software and examples of designing sound for a multi-channel sound installation.

Workshop programme:

  • Record sound in a sound-proof studio
  • Record sound in a non sound proof studio
  • Experience of working with a variety of mic's and audio recorders
  • Syncing sound to moving image video
  • A practical guide on how to edit, add effects, fix, mix for moving image video works using both freely available audio editing software and professional software
  • Demonstration of designing sound - scape's for moving image video works
  • Multi-channel sound design demonstrations for gallery installation demonstration

VIDEO Workshop: low budget DSLR film making workshop

  • Guy Robbins
  • Friday 10 October 214
  • 10am - 5pm
  • €50
  • 10 places

  • Entry requirements: Basic knowledge of working with digital video or stills cameras
    Good computer literacy
    Own laptop
    To have any version of final cut pro (not essential but desired)

The VIDEO workshop, aims to provide a workshop for artists working in the area of video production and post production focusing on the use of DSLR video cameras such as the canon 5D Mark II & III, and the Canon C100. Participants will gain the experience of working with a skilled DSLR film maker, work hands on with a variety of DSLRs, and also be introduced to necessary video production accessories & equipment such as track, dolly, lighting, focus pullers, the ninja II. During the workshop, Guy Robbins will guide participants through working with all necessary accessories & equipment, learn how to focus pull, use track and dolly, explore camera movement, essential tips on getting the best out of your DSLR such as using magic lantern, manually adjusting specific settings on your camera, and also co-ordinating a video shoot with a small crew. As part of the workshop, participants will be guided through working with FCP X and post production methods, file management, and taking advantage of third party tools and plug-ins.

Workshop programme:

  • How to get the best out of your DSLR (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon C100
  • Essential film making & accessories
  • Production planning & working with a small crew & independently.
  • Working with track and dolly, camera movement.
  • Focus pulling
  • Recording audio and syncing audio to camera in post production
  • How to organise all media for video editing
  • Video editing and post production method working with final cut pro and final cut pro X.

Introduction to Welding

  • John Carrick
  • Please contact the Office regarding availability for this workshop
  • 10am - 4pm (5 hrs; 1hr lunch break)
  • €250
  • 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.