Past Programmes - 2015

Introduction to Welding

Introduction to Welding - John Carrick

  • Please contact the Office regarding availability for this workshop during 2015 - workshops are scheduled on a rolling basis. Booking for this course is on a first come, first served basis. More courses may be offered in 2015 depending on demand and availability of tutor. 
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  • Dates 2015: 14-15 April, 12-13 May, 16-17 June, 14-15 July, 11-12 Aug, 15-16 Sept 2015, 20-21 Oct, 10-11 Nov, 8-9 Dec.  
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  • Time: 10am - 4pm on 2 days (5 hrs; 1hr lunch break)
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  • Price: €250
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  • 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 – 2013.

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For further information: Email: artadmin@firestation.ie  Tel: 01 8069010. Website: www.firestation.ie

One-to-one Mentoring Opportunity with Curator Karen Downey

  • Karen Downey
  • Monday 19th and Tues 20th January 2015

Session date:  Monday 19th and Tues 20th January 2015. Closing date for applications: Fri 12th  December 2014

Price: €40 

Curator Karen Downey will give one-to-one critical feedback and practical support to artists and curators on their practice, how to present themselves or their project proposals. This includes a one hour meeting between artist and a curator at Fire Station Artists’ Studios in January 2015 with a follow up studio visit/meeting end March 2015.  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. Click here for online application form.

Online applications will open on Monday 10th November 2014

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, with a clear image list 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.

For further information: Email: artadmin@firestation.ie  Tel: 01 8069010. Website: www.firestation.ie

Karen Downey is Senior Curator at Belfast Exposed with responsibility for the exhibition and publication programmes. Recent exhibition highlights at Belfast Exposed include Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography (2013) in partnership with The Mac, and solo exhibitions by Allan Sekula and Hans-Peter Feldmann. New work projects have been developed with Nicky Bird, Sylvia Grace Borda, Mark Curran, John Duncan, Melanie Friend, Anthony Haughey, Kai-Olaf Hesse, Claudio Hils, Allan Hughes, Daniel Jewesbury, Dragana Jurisic, Anthony Luvera, Mary McIntyre, Aisling O’Beirn and Michelle Sank.

Karen also works as an independent curator. In 2012 she was Lead Curator and Editor for Into the Light: The Arts Council – 60 Years of Supporting the Arts (Arts Council Ireland) and in 2009 she curated Northern Ireland’s presentation at the 53rd Venice Biennale with a solo exhibition by Susan MacWilliam. She has extensive experience of book production and has published books with Belfast Exposed, the Arts Council of Ireland, and international publishers, Steidl, Hatje Cantz and Black Dog Publishing. She is a member of the Board of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and sits on their current Curatorial Advisory Panel.

VIDEO EDITING: A practical guide to FINAL CUT PRO X

Date: 24 April (10am- 5pm)

Price: €50

VIDEO EDITING, a practical guide to FINAL CUT PRO X, is a one day workshop which aims to provide artists with the essential skills & knowledge to edit independently, with professional results. Throughout this workshop, artists will be guided through key elements from file management, basic to advanced editing techniques, to key features and advantages of working with FCP X. Final Cut Pro X, since its first release in 2011, has developed and matured to become the ideal video editing application. Guy Robbins, a professional video editor, will guide you through step by step, to develop an effective and efficient workflow when editing with video & audio in FCPX.

COURSE OUTLINE:

1. Media Ingest & File Management

2. Magnetic Time line features

3. Basic to advanced editing techniques

4. Mutli Cam editing

5. Delivery/Output & codec control

6. Audio & audio synchronizing features

7. Plugins & third party resources

8. Round trip to Motion (effects)

9. Round trip to Resolve (video color grading)

REQUIREMENTS:

  • A mac laptop/ computer with Final Cut Pro X installed.
  • To have some experience of working with video and audio editing software.
  • To have a good computer literacy. 

For further information: Email: artadmin@firestation.ie  Tel: 01 8069010. Website: www.firestation.ie

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Publication Design: In Design and online publishing with David Joyce

Date: 22-23 May 2015 (1.5 days)

Time: 22 May (10am – 5pm) and 23 May (10am – 1pm)

Price: €60

A workshop for artists, who want to learn basic design principles and layout techniques using InDesign. InDesign is a desktop publishing software produced by Adobe, to create posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers and books. The aim of the workshop is to guide participants through the process in developing a publication, looking at key elements such as: planning, design, layout and working with text and images. Participants will also be guided through the steps in getting a publication online using the free digital publishing platform ISSUU.

COURSE OUTLINE:

1. Become familiar with basic page layout using InDesign.

2. Learn how to create text boxes, insert and format text.

3. Learn how to place images in an InDesign document.

4. Learn basic image manipulation techniques.

5. Become familiar with preflighting and output.

6. Learn how to create a pdf file from InDesign.

7. Become familiar with ISSUU – Digital Publishing Platform.

8. Learn how to make an ISSUU book from a pdf file.

REQUIREMETS:

  • To bring your own laptop, which has indesign, acrobat, and photoshop installed.
  • To be familiar working with digital still images & photoshop.
  • To have a good computer literacy.

For further information: Email: artadmin@firestation.ie  Tel: 01 8069010. Website: www.firestation.ie

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Working with Concrete with Agnes Conway

Dates: Wed 11th and Thurs 12th March 2015.

Places: 6 places maximum.

Time: 10am – 5pm

Tutor: Agnes Conway.

Price: €100

Over this two day workshop participants will be brought through all aspects of working in concrete, from mixing concrete for small and larger projects, to casting and carving concrete. Will cover working with various mixes such as crushed stone and cement mixes, as well as casting thin shell objects with glass reinforced concrete. All materials will be provided.

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.www.agnesconway.com

For further information: Email: artadmin@firestation.ie  Tel: 01 8069010.

Website: www.firestation.ie

Creating sound to moving image - Karl Burke

Date: 3-4 July 2015 (1.5 days)

Time: 3 July 10am – 5pm and 4 July 10am – 1pm

Price: €60

An Introduction to audio recording, editing and processing. A two day practical workshop for artist where  participants will be introduced to the key aspects of creating sound for moving image. Using freely available open source software, the course aims to provide artists with the essential skills and practical knowledge to achieve quality results independently.

This will involve two key aspects environmental sound and soundtracking. Environmental sound: building a sonic reality around the moving image. Soundtrack: The addition of aspects of sound and music which can add to the tone or motivations with any given image.

COURSE OUTLINE:

  1. Learn essential guides and principles of recording audio in a variety of environments
  2. Learn audio recording techniques
  3. Microphone selection
  4. Audio editing techniques
  5. Audio editing workflow
  6. Editing audio to moving image video
  7. Ways to approaching creating a soundtrack.
  8. Capturing folly sound for moving image video.
  9. Effects, processing and mixing
  10. Mastering/ final output

REQUIRMENTS:

  • A mac laptop/ computer, or PC.
  • Two iMac computers are available at Fire Station Artists' Studios. You must request a computer in advance should you require one.
  • You will be informed of the required software in advance of the workshop.
  • To have some basic experience of working with video and/or audio.
  • To have a good computer literacy

For further information: Email: artadmin@firestation.ie  Tel: 01 8069010. Website: www.firestation.ie

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Working with Concrete with Agnes Conway (June and August)

Dates: Wed 24th and Thurs 25th June 2015 / Wed 26th and Thurs 27th August 20

Places: 6 places maximum.

Time: 10am – 5pm

Tutor: Agnes Conway.

Price: €125

Over this two day workshop participants will be brought through all aspects of working in concrete, from mixing concrete for small and larger projects, to casting and carving concrete. Will cover working with various mixes such as crushed stone and cement mixes, as well as casting thin shell objects with glass reinforced concrete. All materials will be provided.

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.www.agnesconway.com

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For further information: Email: artadmin@firestation.ie  Tel: 01 8069010. Website: www.firestation.ie

Mould Making Workshop - Level 1 - Ciaran Patterson

Dates: 7- 8 July 2015 

Price: €100 (2 day workshop)

Introduction to the various stages and materials used in the mould making process, starting with the basics making a two piece plaster mould to using silicon rubber and more advanced techniques for mould making. There will be an opportunity to discuss and cast in different materials like wax and resin. No experience of mould making is required. All materials will be provided.

Ciaran Pattersonstudied Model making and Special Effects in D.L.I.A.D.T. He has worked extensively in the bronze casting profession over the past fifteen years both here and in Australia. He has worked on many commissions for Artists both public and private and won public commissions for Wicklow and Donegal. He also has worked on moulds and castings for film and TV for shows such as Game of Thrones, Vikings and Dracula Untold. He makes his own work for exhibitions such as Sculpture in Context in Glasnevin and Vanishing Art at Carton House.  He has worked on many large moulds of a wide variety of materials, working in silicone rubber, plaster, fibreglass and ceramic shell. He is currently working in Bronze Art where he works at mould making, wax work and patination.

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For further information: Email: artadmin@firestation.ie  Tel: 01 8069010.

Mould making Workshop - Level 2 - Ciaran Patterson

Dates: 22- 23 Sept 2015

Price: €100 (2 day workshop)

This workshop focuses on process of mould making and casting objects for a foundry. More advanced mould making processes will be discussed and demonstrated. The process of preparing waxes for bronze casting in a foundry will direct this workshop with an opportunity to visit a working foundry. Requires some experience of mould making.  All materials will be provided.

Ciaran Pattersonstudied Model making and Special Effects in D.L.I.A.D.T. He has worked extensively in the bronze casting profession over the past fifteen years both here and in Australia. He has worked on many commissions for Artists both public and private and won public commissions for Wicklow and Donegal. He also has worked on moulds and castings for film and TV for shows such as Game of Thrones, Vikings and Dracula Untold. He makes his own work for exhibitions such as Sculpture in Context in Glasnevin and Vanishing Art at Carton House.  He has worked on many large moulds of a wide variety of materials, working in silicone rubber, plaster, fibreglass and ceramic shell. He is currently working in Bronze Art where he works at mould making, wax work and patination.

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For further information: Email: artadmin@firestation.ie  Tel: 01 8069010.

Glass workshop: “Pop Gothic”- Joseph Cavalieri (USA)

Dates: 12-16 October 2015

Price: €250 for a 5 day workshop (lunch included)

Places: 12 places*

*As numbers are limited please supply a CV and letter of interest with your application. All workshop participants must be professional visual artists and have experience of working in glass.

The technique of kiln firing enamels onto glass dates back to medieval times. This workshop offers modern techniques for applying imagery on the glass surface. It covers hand painting, air brushing, inking, silk-screening onto glass along with the basics of cutting, copper foiling and soldering stained glass techniques. It will also include demonstrations on how to frame and light your final work.

Joseph Cavalieri has been exhibiting painted, air brushed and silk-screened stained glass since 1997. His unique glass art techniques combine modern elements with time-honoured processes used by medieval stained glass artists. His subjects range from portraits of the Simpsons (being killed off), to portraits of Jackie O, to Queen Elizabeth II. Joseph is from and based in New York. He was selected to exhibit in the “NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial” at the Museum of Arts and Design in 2014. Joseph’s MTA Arts for Transit public art commission can be viewed at the Philipse Manor Train Station in Westchester, New York. www.cavaglass.com

*All workshop participants must be professional visual artists and have experience of working in glass. As numbers are limited please supply a CV and letter of interest with your booking form.

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For further information: Email: artadmin@firestation.ie  Tel: 01 855 6735.

One-to-one Mentoring Opportunity with Curator Megs Morley

  • Megs Morley
  • Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st January 2016
  • €40
  • Applications dealt with on a first come first served basis.
    Payment must be received to guarantee booking.

  • Entry requirements: Online applications will open on Monday 9th November 2015
    Closing date for applications: Monday 7th December 2015

Curator and artist Megs Morley will give one-to-one critical feedback and practical support to artists and curators on their practice, how to present themselves or their project proposals. This includes an initial one hour meeting between artist and curator at Fire Station Artists’ Studios in January 2016 and an additional follow up studio visit/meeting at the end of March 2016. Open to all artists and curators who are actively practicing or interested in taking a new direction.
 
How to apply:
We will only accept online applications. Go to: www.firestation.ie/skills 
To apply, please complete and submit the application form here
You must also submit a booking form with your payment which can be found here: Booking form
Online applications will open on Monday 9th November 2015
 
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, with a clear image list 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. 
For further information:
Email: artadmin@firestation.ie
Tel: 01 8069010.
 
Megs Morley Biography 
Megs Morley is an independent curator and moving image artist whose projects primarily deal with how social and political situations are represented in art, and with strategies of artistic resistance that include self-organisation, intervention and collectivism. Most recently she was the Curator in Residence for Galway City (2014) where she developed a year-long public research programme ‘The Para Institution’, (www.parainstitution.ie ) and in 2015 she curated the Galway Plastik Festival of artists moving image, entitled ‘A State within a State’ featuring Harun Farocki, Duncan Campbell, The Museum of Non- Participation, Lawrence Abu Hamden, Rabih Mroué and many more. 
 
Morley was the curator of ‘After the Fall’; the 2011 Tulca Contemporary Art Festival where she developed a city-wide international exhibition and programme including over 40 national and international artists spanning over 8 exhibition venues, new commissions, residencies, talks, live events, screenings, performances and professional workshops that queried artists responses to the overlapping contexts of economic collapse and social and political upheaval, by interrogating received forms of knowledge, imagery and power and by challenging the politics of representation, commemoration, historiography, narrative construction, identity and memory formation in a world after the fall.
 
In 2012 Morley developed “Lines of Sight” – an exhibition of 12 moving image artists including Artur Zmijewski, Yael Bartana, Roee Rosen, and Avi Mograbi – during a residency in the Israeli Digital Art Centre’s Digital Moving Image Archive in Tel Aviv, Israel, for EVA International 2012 curated by Annie Fletcher. ‘Lines of Sight’ focused on artists that utilise the documentary form, in an attempt to expose the relationship between the camera’s role in mediating social conflict, political situations, traumatic memory, history and knowledge. 
 
Previously, Megs also worked as Public arts officer for Galway City Council (2008-2010) where she commissioned a series of significant multi-disciplinary and participatory public art projects across Galway City. In addition she is the curator of the Artist-led Archive, a project documenting over 80 Irish artist-initiatives from the 70s’ to the present (www.theartistledarchive.com¬) and is an advisor to the 126 Gallery, and to the National Visual Arts Library in Dublin. She lectures on the Curatorial module in the Huston School of Film & Digital Media NUIG and is curating the first solo exhibition in Ireland of the US artist Amie Siegel in TBG&S in 2016.