Past Programmes - 2016


  • From February to April 2016, the digital media skills program will offer a series of talks and workshops for visual artists who are seeking to develop and enhance their knowledge and experience in the area of planning, producing and directing for FILM and VIDEO projects. Then, in May, we cover layout techniques and the use of numerous DESIGN programmes. Our Autumn programme covers video and audio PRODUCTION and post-production.
    All talks and workshops are guided and delivered by experts in their field at a high level of production.

See full details for all courses further below.
Winter / Spring Season:
Feburary 26th
Workshop: Story boarding for film: with award winning cinematographer Colum O'Dwyer
Cost: €30
Time: 10am – 5pm
March 31th 
Talk with Q&A: The role of the artist as Film Director: Artist talk by Vivienne Dick 
Cost: Free public talk 
Time: 5pm – 6:30pm
April 15th 
Workshop: Artist as Producor: Director and Producer Tadgh O’Sullivan 
Cost: €50
Time: 10am – 5pm 
Summer Season:
May 20th & 21st
Workshop: An introduction to Layout and Publishing Online, with David Joyce 
Cost: €60
Time: 10am - 5pm and 10am - 4pm
Autumn Season:
November 11th & 12th
Workshop: Advanced video editing: FCPX and 4K video editing, with Guy Robbins
Cost: €60
Time: 10am - 4pm and 10am - 1:30pm
November 19th & 20th
NEW Workshop: 3D Sculpting and 3D Printing Workshop using Zbrush, with Seán Forsyth, Brown Bag Films
Cost: €120
Time: 10am - 5pm and 10am - 4pm 


  • VIVIENNE DICK on the role of the artist as Film Director
  • 31st March 2016
  • 5:00 - 6:30pm
  • FREE
  • 30 spaces available

  • Entry requirements: Open to all
    To book please email

Vivienne Dick makes multilayered, open-ended work framed from a female perspective and with an interest in sexual politics. Her early work is associated with the No Wave music and film movement of late seventies New York. Her work shows in galleries and museums as well as in cinemas and at film festivals in many countries. Her most recent film Red Moon Rising, was nominated for a Short Film Award at the London Film Festival 2015 and is in competition at Oberhausen Film Festival 2016.
She has had retrospectives of her work at Crawford, Cork and at Tate Modern in 2010 and will have a retrospective at IMMA in 2017. Her work is in the collections of the MoMA, New York and the Irish Film Archives and is distributed by Lux UK.   


  • 25 -26 May OR 20 – 21 July 2016
  • 10am – 5pm
  • €120
  • 2 of these courses will run this summer. Please indicate clearly the course (May or July) you wish to attend on your application form.

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. You 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.


  • 8-9 July 2016
  • 10am – 5pm
  • €120
The goal of this workshop is to provide all participants with an overall understanding of fused glass and the various techniques involved in the creation of some basic pieces. A two day introductory to glass fusing class for beginners. Students will cover skills like design, glass cutting, fused glass compatibility, firing cycles and decorative techniques. 
The course includes an overview of glass fusing techniques, cutting and preparing the glass, preparing your mould and kiln, all taught through demonstration. Students will then implement these newly learned skills to create simple fusing projects. The course also covers compatibility testing, annealing, firing schedules and safety. All material provided.
Suzannah Vaughan received a B.Des (Hons) from the National College of Art and Design in 2003 and an MA in Visual Arts Practice from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology in 2009.In 2007 her work was selected for Open ev+a 2007, “A Sense of Place” by curator Klaus Ottmann (during this she was awarded the “Ev+a '07 Belltable One Person Exhibition Award”). This led to her first solo exhibition and she has since exhibited throughout Ireland, Europe, China and the US. More recently she was invited by Solas Nua to present her first US solo exhibition at the Flashpoint Gallery in Washington DC which coincided with a six week residency in Washington. Her work has been purchased by respected art collectors including the National Museum of Ireland. In 2004 she was awarded the prestigious Golden Fleece Award. In 2008 she was invited to represent Ireland by the National Museum of Ireland in the “European Glass Context 2008” in Bornholm, Denmark and in 2009 she was selected as one of three emerging artists awarded the 2009 Glass Art Society Emerging Artist Lecture Award. 


  • 12 -16 September 2016
  • 10am – 5pm
  • €250
This experimental, concept-based five day workshop will explore glass and the image. Participants will look at how glass as a material has been so influential in certain histories of the image and how these ideas can be creatively applied to glass in contemporary art practice. All materials provided. 
Technical demos will include how to use glass to create and control permanent and projected images with kiln forming and cold working techniques, as well as various approaches to using glass as a lens, the optical device so relevant to how we see our world. Using found and up-cycled glass objects, we will also investigate ideas of container, where images are stored and recollected as visualised memory.
A mixed-media artist, Deirdre Feeney works interchangeably with the translucent material of glass and the projected (moving) image.  Using architectural glass structures, she explores how memory, visualised through constructed images, infiltrates inside and outside, past and present. More recently she has inverted her practice to investigate how glass, as an optical-device incorporating systems of mirrors, lenses + light sources can dynamically re-construct images. Feeney completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Australian National University School of Art, having previously gained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Trinity College Dublin. She has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally, including the Bornholm Art Museum, Denmark, the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan and the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan. Feeney is the recipient of many grants and awards, including most recently an APA scholarship from the ANU, the Stephen Procter Fellowship, the Tom Malone Prize, Australia Council Grants and an Ian Potter Trust Grant. She represented Ireland at the European Glass Context in Denmark in 2012 and in 2013 was artist in residence at the National Film and Sound Archive in Australia. Her work is held in various public collections such as the National Museum of Ireland and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. She is currently a PhD candidate at the the ANU School of Art, Canberra, Australia.


  • TBC
  • October 2016 (dates TBC)
  • TBC
This practical, hands-on two day workshop will guide participants through hardware, software, 3D designing, and printing of 3D objects. It will involve working collaboratively between new advancements in 3D technologies, design and printing, and contemporary craft making
Further details to be announced. 
For further details email 


  • with DAVID JOYCE
  • 20th & 21st May 2016
  • 20th:10am – 5pm 21st:10am – 4pm
  • €60
  • Maximum number of participants: 10

    This workshop is aimed at visual artists who want to learn the fundamental principles and guidelines, to produce an artists’ publication with type and image, to be distributed online.

An introduction to layout and publishing online, the workshop will cover hands-on layout techniques working with type and image. This will lead on to working with InDesign, Acrobat, and ISSUU to create an online publication. 

David Joyce is Design Director of Language, a lecturer at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin, and the founder of The Outside Press which publishes collaborative and self initiated projects and promotes lectures and workshops throughout Ireland


  • TBC
  • October (date TBC)
  • Audio production & post production for beginners

Details to follow


  • Hosted by Florian Malzacher and Joanna Warsza with guest speakers Gregory Sholette and Olga Kopenkina
  • Tuesday 19th - Friday 22nd July 2016
  • €200 (includes lunch and refreshments x 4 days)
  • Deadline for applications: 27 May 2016

  • Entry requirements: Artists, Curators and Cultural Practitioners working in an interdisciplinary and / or socially engaged practice, who would like to develop new working methodologies, are welcome to take part.

“You, you… you artist!” screamed a women at German director Christoph Schlingensief in front of the container he had installed in Vienna fifteen years ago : In Big Brother style Austrians were invited to vote refugees, one by one, out of the container and the country. The political right and left were upset and, like the screaming woman, could not find concepts or categories to understand what was happening. This verbal abuse was directed at the artist as somebody who managed to make the artistic representation of detention more powerful than the existence of the very detention centre. This insult was aimed at the concept of performativity, used by Schligensief both in an artistic and a political manner. 
This summer school revolves around the concept of performativity as a methodology of incorporating theatre-inspired methods in the curating process. How can the creation of temporary communities, the impact of time and space, the tactics and strategies of theatre, dance and performance contextualise artistic work? Already a curator, Harald Szeeman compared his work to that of a theatre director. 
Over the four days this summer school will examine how performativity works in relation to the spatial, social, environmental and political reality, tackled not only by artistic works themselves but also by the terms and conditions in which they are developed and presented. Can ‘artivism’ become part of a curatorial concept? Initiatives like Gulf Labour (represented by guest speakers) problematise the entanglement of art in both the injustices in the world and the politics of representation. 
The school will take the form of working groups around these key questions and will be supported by a series of activities (ie readings, film screenings, collective exercises, group discussions) proposed by the facilitators. Participants will have the opportunity to collectively explore the proposed research questions by bringing in their own sensibilities and arts practices, as well as to reflect on and develop new working methodologies. 
Artists, Curators and Cultural Practitioners working in an interdisciplinary and / or socially engaged practice, who would like to develop new working methodologies, are welcome to take part.
  • Fees for this 4 day workshop are €200 (includes lunch and refreshments)
  • To apply, please submit an up to date CV and a cover letter, outlining your interest in this workshop to using the subject line "Summer School 2016" 
Deadline for applications: 27 May 2016 (email applications only) 
Florian Malzacher is artistic director of Impulse Theatre Biennale in Cologne, Düsseldorf & Mülheim/Ruhr as well as an independent curator, dramaturge and writer. From 2006-12 he was co-programmer of the interdisciplinary arts festival Steirischer Herbst in Graz (Austria). As a freelance dramaturge, he has collaborated with many artists, including Rimini Protokoll, Lola Arias, and Mariano Pensotti & Nature Theatre of Oklahoma. In 2012 he co curated ‘Truth is Concrete’ -a 24 hour marathon camp  in Graz, Austria. Running non-stop for 170 hours, this camp explored useful strategies and tactics in art and politics. He publications include books on the theatre companies Forced Entertainment and Rimini Protokoll, Curating Performing Arts, as well as on artistic activism Truth is concrete: A Handbook for Artistic Strategies in Real Politics’ Co-Ed. with Steirischer Herbst (2014) and  Not Just a Mirror. Looking for the Political Theatre of Today’ (2015).  
Joanna Warsza is a curator in the fields of visual and performing arts, and architecture. She was curator of public programmes for Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg (2014) curator of Krakow Theatrical Reminiscences (2014), Georgian Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice (2013).  Her other curatorial projects include the Goteborg Biennale, Göteborg (2013) and she was associate curator of the 7th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, (2012). She is editor of books including ‘Ministry of Highways: A Guide to the Performative Architecture of Tbilisi’ (2013), ‘Forget Fear‘(2012) and ‘Stadium X- A Place That Never Was ‘(2009) and I can’t work like that’ – a book on boycotts that came about as a result of her work in Manifesta 10.  In 2015 she co curated with Florian Malzacher and Jonas Staal ‘Artist Organisations International’ at HAU Berlin (9-11 Jan). She is currently Head of CuratorLab at Konstfack in Stockholm. She is based in Berlin and Warsaw.
Gregory Sholette is a New York based artist, writer, activist and founding member of Political Art Documentation, Gulf Labour Coalition and REWPO history. Gulf Labour’s research about the intersection precarious labour and high art was featured in the 2015 Venice Biennale. His publications include ‘It’s the Political economy Stupid’ co-ed with Oliver Ressler (201?), ‘Dark Matter: Art & Politics in an Age of Enterprise Culture (201?) and ‘Collectivism after Modernism’. Recent art installations include ‘Imaginary Archive’ at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania and Precarious Workers pageant in Venice 2015.  Sholette is Associate Professor of the Art, Design and Public Domain programme at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University  as well as Associate Professor of Queens College Art Dept., New York, where he helped establish the new MFA Concentrations SPQ (Social Practice Queens.
Olga Kopenkina is a Belarus-born, New York-based independent curator and art critic. Recent exhibitions include Future Queer Perfect, Station Independent Projects, New York (2016) co-curated with Yevgeniy Fiks. Other exhibitions and projects include Lenin Icebreaker Revisited, NY Austrian Cultural Forum; Sound of Silence: Art during Dictatorship, EFA Project Space, NY, 2012; Reading Lenin with Corporations (2008-) Significant, Post-Diasporas: Voyages and Missions at the First Moscow Biennale, Moscow, 2005. Kopenkina contributed to many specialist publications such as Art Journal, Moscow Art Magazine, Manifesta Journal, Magazine, Modern Painters, Afterimage. 


  • David Joyce
  • 20th & 21st May 2016
  • 20th:10am – 5pm & 21st:10am – 4pm
  • €60
  • Maximum number of participants: 10

This workshop is aimed at visual artists who want to learn the fundamental principles and guidelines, to produce an artist's publication with type and image, to be distributed online.
The workshop will cover hands-on layout techniques working with type and image. 
This will lead on to working with InDesign, Acrobat, and ISSUU to create an online publication. 
David Joyce is Design Director of Language, a lecturer at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin, and the founder of The Outside Press which publishes collaborative and self initiated projects and promotes lectures and workshops throughout Ireland.

3D SCULPTING & 3D PRINTING workshop using Zbrush

  • with Seán Forsyth, Art Director at Brown Bag Films
  • 19th & 20th November
  • Sat 19th:10am - 5pm / Sun 20th:10am-4pm
  • €120
  • Maximum number of participants: 6
    Application required

  • Entry requirements: Completed application form
    To have good computer literacy
    To be familiar working with creative software such as Photoshop, SketchUp.
    To bring your own mac or PC, both are compatible.
    We will be supplying wacom tablets for each participant. You do not need to buy the software for the workshop. A free trail download, before the workshop begins, will be sufficient.

ZBrush is a creative digital sculpting tool that combines 3D modeling, texturing and painting. The main difference between Zbrush and more traditional modeling software packages is that it is more akin to sculpting. 
The workshop will teach the workflow from design to the physical 3D printing stage, using Fire Station’s new 3D printer, the Delta Wasp 20x40.  We will explore the potential of the software’s capabilities, and how it can be incorporated as a dynamic tool for visual artists. Zbrush is compatible with other engineer and mechanical based softwares, allowing the artist to adapt to specific needs.
Zbrush is used for creating high-resolution models for use in movies, games, and animations. This two-day practical workshop will provide the basic technical skills and knowledge to begin to create a 3D model using the Zbrush software and prepare it for 3D printing. 
We are delighted to be working with Seán Forsyth, Art Director at Brown Bag Films, who will lead the workshop. 
Seán comes from a diverse 3D background, having worked in Computer Based Training environments for the aeronautical and pharmaceutical industries, in Virtual and Augmented Reality for surgical simulators, he has created images for the medical industry, and is also a vet of the animation industry having worked there now for almost 11 years in various roles including Lead 3D Artist, 3D Supervisor and Technical Director. 
He has recently switched roles and is currently working as an Art Director. In this role he uses Photoshop and ZBrush on a day to day basis. 
He has been working with 3D printing for about 2 years now and has created pieces for various companies, and has used ZBrush for about 10 years.
Attendance on this course will be by application only. Please complete the application form and foward to along with a current C.V.