Skills Programme 2019

Announcing Fire Station Artists’ Studios 2019 programme featuring workshops in the area of digital media and sculptural practices reflecting the methods and needs of professional practising artists nationally and internationally. To book please contact
Moritz Fehr DE
02-03 March
Maximum 8 participants
Micheal Healy UK
13—14 April
Beginners level
Focusing on video editing,
colour grading and effects
Maximum 8 participants
Kate Strain IE/AT
Artistic Director- Grazer Kunstverein
20—21 May
Maximum 10 participants – by application
(Follow up sessions will be
organised for July/August)
Ciaran Patterson
Bronze Art IE
8—9 June
Ciaran Patterson
Bronze Art IE
June Dates TBC
'Live Free or Die' with Emily Jacir
23-26 July
Max imum 10 participants- by application
Micheal Healy UK
27-28 July
Intermediate to advanced level: Focusing on VFX and Fusion
Maximum 8 participants
Mick O’Hara IE
Artist and FSAS Sculpture Workshop Manager
12-13 July
Sean Forsyth IE
Evening classes every Wednesday 6-9PM
4/11/18/25 September + 02 October
Maximum 8 participants
Rebecca Smith UK
Urban Projections UK
9-10 November
Maximum 8 participants

One-to-one Mentoring with curator Kate Strain

  • 20th and 21st May 2019 with Follow up sessions in June/July
  • €60
  • Maximum 10 participants, by application

- Applications Now Open-

Kate Strain is a curator based between Graz and Dublin. Since 2016 she is artistic director of Grazer Kunstverein, Austria, where she curates a seasonal artistic programme of new commissions, exhibitions, projects, publications and events. Strain is co-founder of the Department of Ultimology(where Ultimology is the study of that which is dead or dying) at CONNECT Centre for Future Networks and Communications, Trinity College Dublin. Strain also makes up one half of the paired curatorial practice RGKSKSRG, and is curator of The Centre For Dying On Stageonline archive and commissioning platform. Strain’s research centres on the overlap between performance and performativity in visual arts practice.

One-to-one Mentoring is open to curators and artists who wish to develop their understanding of contemporary curatorial methodologies, in relation to their own practice. During the sessions critical feedback will be offered on specific projects that are currently in progress. In addition, general guidance, a frame of relevant references, developmental advice and sample approaches to planning and next steps will be discussed in detail, to be picked up upon again at a second session with each individual in June/July.

To apply for a place please submit:

  • a short curatorial/artist statement specifying what you wish to gain from the One-to-one Mentoring experience
  • a current CV or short biography
  • up to five images of your work (if relevant)

Materials can be sent to in a single email or online transfer: . Applications are open now and will close at 5pm 22 April 2019.

Image Credit:  Kate Strain pictured with work by Mehraneh Atashi for Flotsam, Jetsam, Lagan, and Derelict at Grazer Kunstverein, Winter 2018/19. Photo by Thomas Raggam

Live Free or Die - Summer School with Emily Jacir

  • 23-26 July 2019
  • 10am – 5pm
  • €250
  • Maximum 10 participants, by application
    Lunch included

- Applications Now Open-

With a special focus on migration and citizenship laws that regulate settlement and movement, 2019 artist Emily Jacir and invited guest lecturers will form a school for artists, filmmakers, curators, writers, musicians, dancers and academics over four days in July 2019. The school will examine  contemporary arts practices in regard to the mechanics of the state, and will critically address perceptions of territories, borders, citizenship and systems of governance in relation to land and communities. The school will look at social justice, resistance, theories of emplacement and the potential creative acts have to effect social, political, local and international change. At the heart of this school, we will look at contemporary Ireland which is possibly the only bastion of free-speech left in “Europe”.

As poetic as it is political and biographical, Jacir’s work investigates histories of colonization, exchange, translation, transformation, resistance, and movement. Jacir has built a complex and compelling oeuvre through a diverse range of media and methodologies that include unearthing historical material, performative gestures, and in-depth research. She has been actively involved in education in Palestine since 2000 and deeply invested in creating alternative spaces of knowledge production internationally. She is the Founding Director of Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research and was recently the curator the Young Artist of the Year Award 2018 at the A. M. Qattan Foundation in Ramallah. Jacir is the recipient of several awards, including a Golden Lion at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007); a Prince Claus Award (2007); the Hugo Boss Prize (2008); and the Herb Alpert Award (2011). Jacir’s recent solo exhibitions include the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2016); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015); Darat il Funun, Amman (2014-2015); Beirut Art Center (2010); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009). She currently lives around the Mediterranean.

Course Requirements

Participants should come with a project that they would like to share with the group (i.e. formally present, interpret and disseminate). It can be anything from an artwork, an idea, a socio-cultural or political event, an action, an intervention, an exhibition. What is important is that each participant will have something to test out in the critical practice sessions.

Application procedure

This programme is open to artists, curators, filmmakers, writers, activists, landscape artists, musicians, dancers, and academics.

To apply for a place please submit:

  • a short statement or cover letter specifying what you wish to gain from the Summer School
  • a current CV /  short biography
  • up to five images of your work (if relevant)
  • Applicants must also include a suggested text, reading or film related to the Summer School theme this year.

Materials can be sent in a single email or online transfer by 5pm June 16 to

Please note this four day course has a limit on places and is competitive.

For more information, please contact Jennie Guy at /

Image Credit: John McRae