Mould making Workshop Level 1

  • June 16th - 17th
  • €120
  • All materials will be provided.

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. There will be an opportunity to discuss and cast in different materials like wax and resin. No experience of mould making is required.

Mould making Workshop Level 2

  • June 23rd – June 24th
  • €120
  • All materials will be provided.

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. 

Bronze Casting Workshop

  • 24th – 26th August (3 days)
  • €220
  • All materials will be provided.

  • Entry requirements: Participants must have completed ‘Mould making Workshop Level 2’ and ‘3D Printing for Casting’ workshops.

Building on the previous workshops this course is designed to introduce participants to the principals of bronze casting. It will include preparation of moulds for casting, bronze casting techniques, metalwork and cleaning. This course will require participants to directly engage in all aspects of the process of casting. 

Summer School 2017

  • Andrew Hunt
  • Friday 21st July
  • 10am - 4pm
  • €35 - lunch included
  • Attendance through application only. Application closes at 4pm on Wednesday 19th July

Inviting artists, curators and cultural practitioners to Fire Station Artists’ Studios.
Following on from the success of last year’s summer school we have invited curator and writer Andrew Hunt to lead a day long enquiry on Gonzo curating – participants will look at new approaches to regional curating, the potential of the medium of painting after the internet, Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Critic as Artist’ as a contemporary manifesto for art practice, and slowness and radical forms of indolence in opposition to cultural ‘accelerationism’.
Andrew has just been appointed Professor of Fine Art and Curating at Manchester Metropolitan University, and he is currently co-Director of Reading International, has been a member of the Turner Prize jury and regularly contributes to Art Monthly, Domus, frieze, Mousse Magazine and TATE ETC., and is the founding editor of Slimvolume imprint.
10.10am          Introduction by Helen Carey / Jennie Guy of Andrew Hunt.
10.20 am         Andrew Hunt – talk and presentation
11.20am          Coffee break
11.30am          Q & A - response session from group to Andrew with material from the morning 
12.30               Break for lunch
1.30-3pm         Discussion on curatorial methodologies with invited guests: local curators, artist/curators and others
3-4pm              Tour of local Arts Council commissioned Circe Pavilion and visit to local galleries 
4pm                 Barbeque in Fire Station
Please submit an up to date CV and a short cover letter, outlining your interest in this workshop to by 4pm on Wednesday 19th July
Andrew Hunt is a curator and writer based in London. He is currently Co-Director of Reading International and a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture at Kingston University. Recent independent projects include ‘As You Change So Do I’ a series of public art commissions for Luton, UK (2016 to 2019), ‘The Green Ray’, Wilkinson Gallery, London and ‘Concerning Concrete Poetry’, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (both 2016). From 2008 to 2014 he was Director of Focal Point Gallery in Southend-on-Sea, where he was responsible for developing the organisation’s acclaimed exhibitions programme and publishing activities. Hunt also oversaw FPG’s move into its new building (arch. Manalo and White, 2013) and in 2012 he was a member of the Turner Prize jury. He contributes to magazines and journals such as Art Monthly, Domus, frieze, Mousse Magazine, and TATE ETC., and is founding editor of the Slimvolume imprint, which to date has published editions and books by over 250 artists. Recent books include Scott King: Public Art, Paul Buck: Disappearing Curtains and Cally Spooner: Scripts (all 2016).