Exhibiting Moving Image with John Beattie

Presented by visual artist and producer John Beattie, this introductory course will cover the installation of moving image and sound, planning and production methods, spatial considerations, and hardware and software requirements.

To provide visual artists with a solid base to efficiently plan and strategize the production of new moving image work to suit specific exhibition imperatives, while expanding the scope of possibilities for such works.

About the Tutor:
John Beattie is a visual artist from Donegal, currently living and working in Dublin. His work examines cultural narratives, primarily through the lens of still and moving-image.

Recent exhibitions include Shadowing the Archives, Dublin Castle in collaboration with the National Archives of Ireland, funded by the Department of the Arts, 2023; Reconstructing Mondrian, his solo museum exhibition at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, 2023; and An Artist, The Studio, and all the rest… Part 1 and Part 2, exhibited as a solo exhibition at the RHA, Dublin, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. His work is featured in public and private collections such as The Hugh Lane Gallery Collection, The Office of Public Works, and The Arts Council of Ireland Collection.

Beattie has worked independently with visual artists and cultural institutions as a technical advisor and consultant on many projects and exhibitions world-wide. From 2009-2022, he worked at Fire Station Artists’ Studios in the role of Digital Media Manager. For more information, please visit: johnbeattie.ie

Laptop (mac or PC) with a free trial version of Sketch Up software installed. A familiarity with moving image within your arts practice.

If wish to attend, please send an outline of your practice and interest in the course to artadmin[at]firestation.ie before Friday, 12 July.

Further information:
The course will take place at Fire Station Artists’ Studios in the Digital Media suite, tea and coffee will be provided. For accessibility details please contact resource[at]firestation.ie
Please note that our programme and facilities are subsidised by the Arts Council of Ireland and reserved for professional visual artists.

Image: Installation view from SHADOWING THE ARCHIVES exhibition at Dublin Castle, John Beattie 2023.

Welding and Metal Fabrication with Mick O’Hara

This two-day welding course is designed to introduce participants to different welding processes including Arc, MIG and TIG. It will focus on health and safety practice, basic welding joints and fabrication. Participants will work through set or designed projects, articulating responses from concept, design to realisation. The course is aimed for beginners and no experience is required.

Mick O’Hara is an artist and a lecturer in Fine Art at TUD. He was also the Workshop Manager of Fire Station Artists’ Studios from 2014-2021. He has spent the last two decades working as both as a technician, manager and educator across a variety of arts organisations and businesses including Bronze Art Foundry, Leitrim Sculpture Centre and National Sculpture Factory.

To book your place on this course email artadmin[at]firestation.ie. Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Introduction to Cinematography with Blackmagic 6K Cinema Camera

To provide an introduction and practical knowledge in the area of professional digital cinematography using the Black Magic 6K Cinema Camera system to suit visual artists working with the moving image as part of their practice.

Areas covered:
Introduction to moving image production and workflows
Project settings, aspect ratio, lenses
Blackmagic RAW (BRAW) and Look Up Tables (LUTs)
Camera features and interfaces
Data management
Using DaVinci Resolve to manage rushes

To have previous experience with shooting and editing digital moving image
Being familiar with DaVinci Resolve software is an advantage

If you have an iPhone, install the blackmagic camera app and familiarise yourself with the interface. https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagiccamera

To apply:
Please email Digital Media Manager, Helena Gouveia Monteiro (resource@firestation.ie), with some information about your practice and our experience with moving image and an outline of your interest in the course before Friday, 12 April.

About the Tutor:
Dean Kavanagh is a filmmaker from Ireland. He has created 70 short and 6 feature films that combine experimental and narrative forms using contemporary and retrograde motion picture technology. Over the past 16 years he has worked in the film industry as a cinematographer, offline editor and data wrangler. He was also employed by the Irish Film Institute as their Digital Media Technician, and worked as part of the Irish Film Programming department. He currently works as a film and digital media archivist within a broadcast environment.
Dean’s feature film ‘Hole in the Head’ was voted as one of the best films of 2022 by The Irish Times. His work is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and he was a recipient of the Next Generation Artists’ Award. He is a Berlinale Talent alumnus, and a member of the European Film Academy. deankavanagh.com

FSAS Summer Studio 2024: Taking Care with Siobhán Forshaw

Calling artists, curators, writers & thinkers interested in ‘care’ and artistic practice.   

Increasingly palpable, need for care, provision of care, exploration of what care means in work, at home and in society seems to come to everyone.  What are the strategies, the practices, the implications around Care in the context of art practice that can be articulated and applied? 

For Summer Studio 2024, Fire Station Artists’ Studios presents: 

Taking Care, a three-day summer studio devised and hosted by London based curator Siobhán Forshaw and guest contributors. 

Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS) invite expressions of interest for Summer Studio 2024, Taking Care, to take place in FSAS on 10, 11 & 12 July. 

Details of the Summer Studio
Dates:              10 – 12 July 2024
Time:               10am – 5pm
Venue:             Project Space, Fire Station Artists’ Studios, 9-11 Lower Buckingham Street, Dublin 1
Price:               €150 for the three days, lunch included. 

The Summer Studio will focus on ‘Care’. With contributions from peers (to be announced), the participants will explore the different ways care can manifest in their practices as artists, cultural workers and organisations.  

As well as using this time to connect, listen and reflect, participants will use Summer Studio time to embody ideas and strategies around Care, from the programme contributors.  

The questions that guide the FSAS Summer Studio 2024 are: 

  • What do we need from our work structures to nourish our practice, to stay connected, to remain sustainable as artists and cultural workers? 
  • How can we root principles of care in work with communities and artists? 
  • How do we safeguard our spaces and practices from burnout and exhaustion?  What role does resistance and refusal have in this? 
  • How can organisations remain open to the challenges of conflict and criticism, avoiding fragility and defensiveness? 

About Siobhán Forshaw: 

Siobhán Forshaw is a curator and researcher. Her interests include contested cultural memory and identity, the relationships between care and labour, human and non-human community systems, and in power devolution and access in the art world, particularly concerning class and disability.  Siobhan has participated in the International Curators Programme at FSAS.  

We want our event to be accessible to anyone who is interested in attending. If you have access related questions, please contact Julia at programme@firestation.ie 

  • This event will take place in person at Fire Station Artists’ Studios (Fire Station Artists’ Studios, 9-11 Lower Buckingham Street, Dublin 1) – bus stop ‘Portland Row’ on Amiens Street. The closest wheelchair-accessible station is Connolly Station. To the best of our knowledge, there are no planned disruptions to local transport on the date of this event. 
  • FSAS can facilitate wheelchair users. Please be aware the courtyard is made partly of cobblestones. Weather permitting, we will hold parts of this event outside. 
  • Lunch will be provided each day which will include GF, Vegan and Vegetarian options. Please get in touch with any additional dietary requirements. 
  • Covid/masking: we will not require guests or speakers to wear masks for this event, however we will provide masks.
  • With 3 weeks’ notice, we can provide ISL interpretation for this event. If you require ISL interpretation, please get in touch as soon as possible to allow us enough time to book an interpreter.  

How to apply
Participants will have an active and demonstrable practice in this area. 

To apply, please send the following: 

1) a selected CV (2 pages maximum) 

2) an expression of interest stating how participating to Taking Care will benefit your practice and referring to projects that demonstrate the socially engaged or collaborative nature of your practice (1 page max + up to 3 images or audio/video files) 

Please send all these documents in 1 PDF file by email to apply@firestation.ie with the subject line Summer Studio.  

Please note: selection is competitive as numbers are restricted to 12 and a fee of €150 is payable. The closing date for receipt of completed application is Friday, 31 May at 5pm. 

For queries, contact programme@firestation.ie

Mould Making Level 1

Where: FSAS Sculpture Workshop
When: Friday 10th & Saturday 11th May
Time: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Cost: €200

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, beginning with demonstration of making a two-piece plaster mould. Following this, participants will be introduced to using silicone rubber and more advanced techniques for mould making. No experience of mould making is required. All materials will be provided.

Please note: spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

To book a place, please email: artadmin@firestation.ie

Mould Making Level 2

Where: FSAS Sculpture Workshop
When: Friday 24th & Saturday 25th May
Time: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Cost: €200

This two-day course builds on the experience of the previous workshop (Level 1) by focusing on the process of mould making and casting objects in various materials. More advanced mould making processes will be discussed and demonstrated. There will be an opportunity to discuss and cast in different materials such as plaster, wax, jesmonite, and various resins. All materials will be provided.

Please note: You must have completed Level 1 to take part in the Level 2 course.

To book a place, please contact artadmin@firestation.ie

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