Skills Programme 2018

Fire Station Artists’ Studios 
The FSAS Skills Programme for 2018, will feature practical workshops in the area of new digital technologies and sculptural practices which reflect the methods and needs of professional practising artists nationally and internationally. Please also save the dates for our curator mentoring with Livia Paldi and our 2018 Summer School with Morgan Quaintance. For further information please visit 
Written enquiries
Places are limited, please apply early.
Seán Forsyth
Boulder Media IE
New Dates: Evening classes every Wednesday April 25th and May 2/9/16/23
Artist and FSAS sculpture workshop manager
4-5 May
Lívia Páldi 
Curator of Visual Arts
Project Arts Centre
31 May / 01 June 
(Follow up sessions will be organised for July/August)
Ciaran Patterson
Bronze Art IE
15-16 June
Ciaran Patterson
Bronze Art IE
22 - 23 June
Daria O. Fissoun
Goats Eye View UK
July dates to be confirmed
Morgan Quaintance UK
Curator, writer, broadcaster, musician
10 – 13 July
VIRTUAL REALITY - Production / Post-Production / Exhibition
Elaine Hoey IE
September weekend dates tbc
John Beattie
Artist & FSAS digital workshop manager
One day workshop October tbc
Rebecca Smith
Urban Projections
October weekend dates tbc

Curatorial Mentoring with Lívia Paldi

  • Lívia Paldi
  • 31 May/ 01 June with follow-up sessions
  • €60
  • Follow up sessions with participants in July/August.

  • Entry requirements: This programme is competitive and has limited places.

Born in Budapest, Lívia Páldi is the Curator of Visual Arts at Project Arts Centre in Dublin. Previously she was director of BAC – Baltic Art Centre, Visby between 2012 and 2015 and chief curator of the Műcsarnok / Kunsthalle Budapest between 2007 and 2011. She has organised talks, discussions, workshops and numerous exhibitions and edited several books and exhibition catalogues. Páldi was one of the curatorial agents of dOCUMENTA (13). During 2016 she was member of the OFF-Biennale Budapest curatorial board. She lives and works in Dublin.

Selection will be based on curatorial /artist statement, a short bio, an up to date CV and images where appropriate. This programme is open to curators and artists who wish to engage and refine their understanding of contemporary curatorial methodologies.

Applications are open and close 5pm 14 May.

For further information:

Online application process only.


Mould Making Workshops with Ciarán Patterson 2018

  • Ciarán Patterson
  • Level 1 - June 15 - 16 and Level 2 - June 22 - 23
  • €125

Mould making workshop Level 1

June 15 - 16

Over this two day workshop participants will be introduced to the various stages and materials used in the mould making process. The workshop will start with the basics, making a two-piece plaster mould. Following this, participants will be introduced to using silicon rubber and more advanced techniques for mould making. No experience of mould making is required. All materials will be provided.

Cost: €125


Mould making workshop Level 2

June 22-23

This two day course builds on the experience of the previous workshop by focusing on the 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. There will be an opportunity to discuss and cast in different materials like wax and resin. All materials will be provided.

Cost: €125


For further information:

For enquiries and to apply email

Curating in the 21st Century: Summer School with Morgan Quaintance

  • Morgan Quaintance
  • 10 - 13 July
  • €200
In addition to the curator’s traditional duties of administration, artist liaison, exhibition design, and fundraising, what other tools can be used to fulfill the essential curatorial function of presenting, interpreting, and disseminating contemporary art and ideas for a given public? This year’s Summer School, led by Morgan Quaintance – including key invited speakers, such as The White Pube (Gabrielle de la Puente and Zarina Muhammad) - will consider the possibilities offered by filmmaking, broadcasting and criticism. With an emphasis on the transference of practical skills and theoretical knowledge, participants will be given a basic introduction to each field designed to encourage further exploration beyond the course.
Morgan Quaintance is a London-based writer, musician, broadcaster and curator. Born in South London, he is a regular contributor to Art Monthly, and has written for The Guardian, The Wire, Art Review, Frieze,, and a number of curatorial sites and blogs. He is a contributing editor for E-Flux’s online publishing portal Art Agenda, is a founding member of the curatorial collective DAM PROJECTS, and was the 2015/16 curatorial fellow at Cubitt Gallery, London. As a presenter he has worked with BBC radio and television, Channel Four, Artfund, the Royal Opera House, National Theatre and Roundhouse, and is also the producer of Studio Visit, a monthly hour-long interviews-based programme, broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, featuring international contemporary artists as guests.
Course requirements
Participants should come with something they would like to curate (i.e. formally present, interpret and disseminate to a given public). It can be anything from an idea, socio-cultural or political issue, to a survey of artists or an artistic tendency. What is important is that each participant will have something to test out in the filmmaking, broadcasting and criticism sessions.
Application procedure
This programme is open to curators and artists.
Selection will be based on submission of a curatorial /artist statement, a short bio, an up to date CV and 4-5 images where appropriate.
Please note this four day course has a limit on places and is competitive.
Applications are open / Deadline is June 15.
For more information, please contact