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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ISSUE 3 2007
                                                                                                                                                          Mick O'Dea, Ceremony, 81 x 65 cm, oil on linen, 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             May – June
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Published by Visual Artists Ireland Ealaíontóirí Radharcacha Éire
Mary Kelly, Pillars 1, photograph

                                                                   Mermaid Greenstar Open Exhibition

                                                                                                                          mermaid arts centre, main st, bray, county wicklow
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Etaoin Holahan. Endangered Studio memmbers portraits, displayed on the windows of the Chadwicks building, Kilkenny 2003.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Beyond the studio Source at 50 VAI Northern and Western
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reps reports UK and Irish interdisciplinary exchanges

                                                                                                       31 May – 30 June
                                                 26 April–26 May
                                    Mary Kelly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Studio networks Exercises in Folkatronica Susan Connolly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Antoin O’Heocha Holly Asaa Balkan Irish Arts Forum The

                                                 Pillars 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Visual Arts in Kilkenny Ongoing problems with art
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INTRODUCTION                                                                                                  CONTENTS

Introduction                                                                                                  Contents
                                                                                                              3.      Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note.
                                                                                                              3.      Column. Padraic Moore. In Our Angelhood.
WELCOME to another issue of the Visual Artists News Sheet.
                                                                                                              4.      Column. Slavka Sverakova. My Artists Made Me.
                                                                                                              5.      Column. Micheal Burke. ARresTed.
This issue includes feedback from a number of artists who outline common problems that they have
                                                                                                              6.      Column. John Cunningham. Loverly Weather.
experienced through percent for art commissions. For the foreseeable future we will be dedicating space in
                                                                                                              7.      News. The latest developments in the arts sector.
the News Sheet as a platform for discussing these an other issues relating the the percent for art scheme.
We are interested in generating debate generally about the scheme and would be keen to hear from all          9.      Conference Report. A Room of One’s Own. Alison Pilkington reports on ‘Beyond the Studio’, The
those who have experience of working with the scheme in any capacity.                                                 symposium (8 – 9 Feb) organised as part of ‘the studio’ exhibition at the by Dublin City Gallery The
                                                                                                                      Hugh Lane, in association with NCAD and the NSF.
In June VAI will be releasing the second of 3 issues of Printed Project to be published in 2007. Issue 7 is   10.     Profile. The Fact of the Page. Martin McCabe discusses the photography journal Source – on the
curated / edited by Kim Levin and is titled ‘Unconditional Love’. It includes contributions from Marina               occasion of its 50th edition.
Abramovic, Christoph Buchel, Kendell Geers and Maurice O'Connell amongst others.                              11.     VAI Western Representation. Visual Artists Clinics. Aideen Barry, The VAI Western Representive
                                                                                                                      discusses some issues arising from the visual artists clinics she has been conducting.
The VAI media residency programme Exercises in Folkatronica is advertised in this issue. The residency is     12.     Seminar Report. Interdisciplinary Exchanges. Sarah Lincoln reports on a multi-discplinary arts
a great way of getting access to the digital equipment and for either developing a project or just                    initiative that brings together Irish and UK based practionars together in order to exchange
experimenting with a new way of working. We welcome applications from all. Some of last years                         experiences and highlight the strategies and concerns that inform their work.
participants describe their experience of the residency in this issue.                                        13.     VAI Northern Representation. Location Location. Brian Connolly VAI Northern Ireland
                                                                                                                      Representative outlines his recent activities.
Over the past few weeks a number of new texts have been added to the info~pool section of the VAI
                                                                                                              14.     Studios. A Network is Born. Alan Phelan profiles the establishment of a new studio networking body
website. New additions include in depth researched texts on Managing and Archiving Video and New Media
                                                                                                              15.     VAI projects. The Experimentaton Goes On. Last year’s recipients of the VAI’s Exercises in Folkatronica
Works and Making Sales of Video and New Media Works both by Tina Fiske and Importing and Exporting Art
                                                                                                                      digital media residencies offer accounts of their experiences.
Artwork by Jacqui McIntosh. For more information look for the info~pool logo on the VAI web site or go
                                                                                                              17.     How is it made. Questioning Limitations. Susan Connolly describes the processes and thinking behind
directly to
                                                                                                                      her practice

Members of VAI should watch out for an announcement on the AGM which will be distributed shortly.             19.     Residencies. Cite Internationale Des Arts. Antoin O’Heocha on his three-month residency in Paris.
The AGM will be held in Galway this year.                                                                     20.     Residencies. Sure, Where Else Would You Get It? Holly Asaa appraises her experience of the National
                                                                                                                      Sculpture Factory’s new Annual Emerging Irish Artist Residency programme.
Finally a reminder that members can join up and pay their subscriptions and renewals on line.                 22.      Profect Profile. East–West Dynamics. Sascha Perfect, Director and Founder of the Balkan Irish Arts
                                                                                                                      Forum chronicles the development of thE organiSation and outlines some of its ongoing and future
                                                                                                              25.     Art in the Public Realm Roundup.
                                                                                                              26.     Focus: Commissions. Artist’s Experiences of Commissions. Various artists describe difficulties
                                                                                                                      encountered on percent for art commissions.
    MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM                                                                               28.     Regional Focus. The Visual Arts In KIlkenny.
                                                                                                              32.     Opportunities. All the latest residencies, commissions, grants and calls for exhibition etc.
                                                                                                              40.     The Theatre of Agony. Mis-guided questions, addressed with barely disguised disinterest and
    Name:                                                                                                             condescension by our anonymous curator / concierge of agony.
    Address:                                                                                                  40.     Horoscope. Your Stars by Nicholas Keogh

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COLUMN                                                                                                      ROUNDUP

                                                                                                                                                                     THE WORLD SHOULD KNOW                                   NOLAN @ THE KERLIN
Padraic Moore
In Our Angelhood
THIRTY years ago this year, glam rock luminary Marc Bolan of T Rex was killed,                             BRIAN DUGGAN IN PARIS
weeks before his 30th birthday, when the purple Mini in which he was a
passenger spun out of control and hit a tree in the London suburbs. Horribly
mundane as the circumstances may initially seem, the uncanny fact that the T
Rex back catalogue is laden with pseudo-prophetic references to motorcars and
their various components (Jeepster, Truck On, Metal Guru, etc) ensured that what
                                                                                                                                                                     Work by Colin Rush from ‘The World Should Know’
once were perceived as frivolous pop trifles could never again be considered so.
Bolan’s untimely death elevated his status to that of an immortal idol, while                                                                                        ‘The World Should Know’ was an
simultaneously ensuring that the star’s cultural contributions were secured in                                                                                       exhibition of Paintings by Cóilín Rush at
the chronicles of musical history. Awful as the irony of the T Rex tragedy is, it                                                                                    the Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny (20 April
exemplifies perfectly how the untimely death of an artist almost guarantees that                                                                                     – 18 May). The works in the show were
his or her life, work and death will be bound up and scrutinised together                                                                                            described as “simply a world of beautiful
through the analytical filter of hindsight. Inevitable, then, is the emergence of                                                                                    juxtaposition and passionate imagery”.
retrospective insights and intriguing posthumous conjecture.
      As the cases of Vincent Van Gogh (1853–1890) Jackson Pollock (1912–1956)                                                                                       CUCHULAINN COMFORTED
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Installation view Kerlin Gallery 2007
and Bas Jan Ader (1942-1975) further demonstrate, there are numerous instances
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ‘Next time I promise to be more careful’,
– à la Bolan – whereby the death of an artist seems either inexplicably presaged
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Isabel Nolan’s exhibition at the Kerlin
or curiously related to the content or inferences of their work. In some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Gallery (17 Feb – 16 March), comprised
circumstances it seems as though the tragedy with which a life ends (or is ended)                          Brian Duggan Wallball. Installation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             works in a range of media that included
represents the magnum opus of a career – a final phenomenal finale to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             painting, drawing, sculpture, and video
irrevocably terminate and surpass all prior gestures. The enigmatic and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             animation. The gallery notes commented
unverified end which Ader is believed to have met whilst traversing the Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “usually modest in scale these works have
on his 1975 project Search for the Miraculous seems hauntingly apposite – loaded
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             little time for bombast or monumentality,
as it is with the same metaphysical poetics as his conceptual work.
      Since his death, Aders’ oeuvre has accrued a critical endorsement and                                                                                                                                                  preferring to explore by accumulating
cultish revival that it might not otherwise have done. This applies also to the                                                                                                                                              increments a kaleidoscopic array of
legendary Eva Hesse, whose biography demands to be acknowledged in                                                                                                                                                           everyday wonders and commonplace
reference to her artistic contributions. Despite her traumatic personal history                                                                                                                                              feelings such as loneliness, tenderness,
(her family’s flight from the Nazis, her mother’s suicide when Eva was 10, and                                                                                                                                               frustration, fear and hope”.
                                                                                                           Brian Duggan 23 Hour Party People                                                                                                                 
her own marital separation) Hesse admirably succeeded in bodying forth a                                   From January to April, Brian Duggan was                   Rita Duffy, from ‘Cuchulainn Comforted’
distinctive corpus of work before her untimely death from a brain tumour in                                artist in residence at the Centre Culturel                Described as “a visual and verbal                       STILL POINT OF THE TURNING WORLD
1970. The stoic determination she displayed has become inextricably linked to –                            Irlandais, Paris. During the course of the                collaboration” Rita Duffy’s and Paul
and can now be seen crystallised within – the quality and quantity of her work.                            residency he exhibited, under the title                   Muldoon’s ‘Cuchulainn Comforted’ at the
Both in her biography and in her catalogue of work, Hesse remains a beacon of                              ‘Atelier Portes Ouvertes’ (8 – 29 March)                  Millennium Court Art Centre, Portadown
audacious fortitude. It is for these qualities, applied to both a life and a career –                      video, installation and sculpture works                   (5 April – 26 May) engaged with issues
and the perceived symbiotic relationship between the two – that Hesse may be                               created on the residency. Using the non-                  memory, history and visual landscapes in
eternally championed as an authentic heroine.                                                              gallery spaces in the centre, the exhibition              local, national and international contexts.
      The inexhaustible productivity for which Hesse is renowned is also a                                 had five separate but linked components.                  Presented as part of the show was Cloth an
quality for which legendary artist-hedonists Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec                                     A new piece 23 hour party people was made
                                                                                                                                                                     artist book created by Duffy and Muldoon.
(1864–1901), Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) and Martin Kippenberger                                         specifically for the courtyard and was
                                                                                                                                                                     Running in conjunction with the show                    Work by Barry Sullivan
(1953–1997) have become renowned. Though ostensibly dissimilar, these three                                open to the residents of the Culturel
                                                                                                                                                                     were a series of auxiliary activities,                  This is Not a Shop Gallery presented ‘The
are unified by a seemingly self-destructive determination to blaze away their                              centre all day and all night, and the
                                                                                                                                                                     including a panel discussion on art and                 Stillpoint of the Turning World’ (12 – 20
youth and health in a frenzy of precariously high living. Could it be that these                           general public during opening hours.
                                                                                                                                                                     politics with Rita Duffy, Megan Johnston,               March) an exhibition of etchings and
men foresaw the unsustainability of their relentlessly pleasure-seeking lifestyles,                        Wallball transformed one of the artist’s
                                                                                                                                                                     Liam Kelly and Brian McAvera.                           paintings by Barry Sullivan. The works
compensating for the inescapable brevity of their careers through furiously                                studios into half a maze that contained a                                    
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             drew on a wide variety of early 20th
prolific production?                                                                                       new video piece that dislocated the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             century photographic sources.
      That a premature death often dominates the way in which an artist’s work                             visitors’ journey.                                        AINE PHILLIPS
is construed is perhaps most perfectly exemplified by the case of Mark Rothko                                                                                                       CALDER AND MIRÓ
(1903–1970). While the colour field master’s paintings were considered the
paradigm of profoundly intangible abstraction prior to his macabre suicide in                              THE BLACKBIRD GALLERY
1970, his downfall permanently fixed the frame in which his output was to be
interpreted. As with Van Gogh, suicide made certain that an encounter with his
work provokes a sense of sombre gravity which originates with the biography of
the painter as much as the content of his work. While Rothko’s “martyrdom”
ensured he would never elucidate upon the mysteries at the core of his iconic
painting, it paradoxically also made it impossible to view his work without
taking into consideration the specifics of his demise. For all those aware of the
                                                                                                                                                                     Áine Phillips Harness
artist’s untimely end, the scope for fresh interpretation of his work has been
restricted, the potential for subtleties precluded, the meaning narrowed.
                                                                                                                                                                     Áine Phillips performed Harness at
    Roland Barthes’ statement that “there in every object, is the return of the
                                                                                                                                                                     Tanzquartier Vienna on the 12 March as
dead”(1) is apposite to my belief that the death of a cultural producer is riven with
                                                                                                                                                                     part of an event curated by The Live Art
a contradictory duality. While their artistic legacy enables them to achieve a
                                                                                                                                                                     Development             Agency      London        and
state of exalted immortality, those same works are forever laced with a patina of                          Richard Coghlan Whatareyousayingtome?                                                                             Alexander Calder Polygons on Triangles 1963, Sheet
                                                                                                                                                                     commissioned            by   Tanzquartier.        The   metal, bolts and paint, 289.6 Courtesy CalderFoundation.
fatality. Without wanting to seem flippant, it would appear that in many                                   The Blackbird Gallery, Kilkenny recent                    programme of performances, talks and                    Works       by      the      American        sculptor
instances an early death constitutes not only the most strangely appropriate                               showed (22 March - 7 April) new works by                  screenings explored issues of performance               Alexander Calder and the Spanish painter
conclusion but also the most profitable ‘direction’ taken by many careers. This                            Richard Coghlan and Alan Raggett. The                     in relation to human rights and social,                 and sculptor Joan Miró are currently on
phenomenon poses a fresh challenge to the viewer, who must first acknowledge                               exhibition presented the fruits of six                    political and cultural change within a                  show in an exhibition in the courtyard
then transcend the tragedy of an artist’s early departure, and allow the work                              months of intensive work and exploration                  European context.                                       space of IMMA (4 April – 1 July). The show
itself shine all the brighter – a legacy far greater than that of tragic sentiment.                        for both artists – Coghlan’s work using                         Harness was also presented by                     is a celebration of the long-standing
(1) Roland Barthes. Camera Lucida. Vintage. London. 1993.p9. In1980 Barthes was struck by a truck on the
                                                                                                           hand-produced pigments on paper and                       Phillips Hotel Ballymun on the 6 April.                 friendship between the two artists, which
    streets of Paris and died aged 65.                                                                     Alan       Raggett’s        abstract      figurative                                                              began in the 1920s and continued up to
                                                                                                           canvasses exploring the textural qualities                                                                        the time of Calder’s death in 1976.
                                                                                                           of paint.                                                                                                                                         
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COLUMN                                                                                 ROUNDUP

Slavka Sverakova                                                                       JOHN HOYLAND                                              art Poijula’s show explored “death,
                                                                                                                                                 loneliness, shadows, invisible worlds and
My Artists Made Me                                                                                                                               macabre humour … in her ethereal and
                                                                                                                                                 minimalist work”.
“MY artists made me” said Pierre Matisse, an art dealer, the youngest son of
Henri. They, eg Miro, Balthus, Chagall, Giacometti valued his integrity, honesty                                                                 MICHELLE CONSIDINE – FRAGMENTS
and passion. Henri Matisse, and Picasso, could have said that the art dealer,
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Projector Collective
Ambroise Vollard was instrumental in developing their art by buying and                                                                                                                                      Projector 1.0: The Last Days of the President
exhibiting 150 paintings of Cezanne. Vollard understood that artists needed
                                                                                                                                                                                                             outdoor installation set at an undisclosed
exposure and emotional support as much as money. Daniel Henry Kahnweiler,
                                                                                                                                                                                                             location in the Wicklow. The work was a
gave the first exhibition to George Braque, and paid him and Picasso small
                                                                                                                                                                                                             light projection displaying extracts from
income based on the size of the painting. On the other hand he left unsold
                                                                                                                                                                                                             the final notes and unfinished letters of
Picasso’s paintings rot in a damp store; and he forbade the penniless Juan Gris to
                                                                                                                                                                                                             President Cearbhall Ó Daláigh (fifth
sell work elsewhere.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             president of the Irish Republic 1974-76). It
     Members of the Society of London Art Dealers (founded 1932) declare
                                                                                                                                                                                                             was documented on digital video and
themselves to have a proven reputation and expertise and to keep high                  John Hoyland Moonstruck                                                                                               camera and is now available as a limited
standards of fair and honest dealing. While members of its Canadian equivalent
                                                                                       A show of works by the British painter                                                                                edition DVD (Projector 1.1) and a series of
( founded 1966) is expected to stimulate art market, to encourage
                                                                                       John Hoyland was presented at the                                                                                     digital C-print photos (Projector 1.2).
awareness of visual arts, to encourage the Canadian presence in the                                                                              Michelle Considine girl swinging, 8x8 in., oil on canvas.          
                                                                                       Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin (12 April – 5                                                                                   
international art market and to work out market development strategies.                                                                          One Gallery, Dublin hosted ‘Fragments:                                      
                                                                                       May). John Daly, the galleries director
     Founded in 1961 by Alexander Rosenberg who was admired for quiet,                                                                           realism, ritualism, fetishism’ by Michelle
                                                                                       commented on the exhibition “Hoyland
elegant, self-effacing integrity, the ADAA ( aimed at                                                                         Considine (Feb / May). As the gallery press                 NEW WORK BY COLLEEN LAMBE
                                                                                       ranks as one of the world’s greatest
promoting “superior rules of conduct” in buying and selling works of art.                                                                        material        stated        Considine’s          works
                                                                                       colourists, since exhibiting alongside
Significantly, they formed an advisory panel for the Internal Revenue Service in                                                                 presented “fragments of unfolding female
                                                                                       Motherwell, Noland, and Olitski in New
the US to protect the tax deduction for art donated to museums.                                                                                  experience and circumstance – sexual,
                                                                                       York in the 1960s and 1970s, his work
     Several of ADAA members became important for the Modernists. Leo                                                                            crass, vulnerable, inane, innocent and
                                                                                       towers above most of his contemporaries.
Castelli never wanted to show the work of established artists; he put his artists                                                                playful”. One Gallery was set up as a non-
                                                                                       It is a real honour and privilege to show
on a regular stipend, and publicised their works. First to exhibit Rauschenberg                                                                  profit space for emerging artist in 2004.
                                                                                       his work in Dublin”.                                                            
and Johns, Castelli was interested in “art of grounding importance”. Edith                                  
Halpert ran two galleries – in one she exhibited Stuart Davis, Jacob Lawrence,
                                                                                                                                                 PLEASURES & DISTRACTIONS
Jack Levine etc; in the other American folk art. She passionately defended the         GRAVITY LOOP
rights of the artists to control their work. Martha Jackson ran pioneering
exhibitions, including found art, Op art and Pop art – along with Kline, Pollock,
de Kooning, Hepworth, Christo and Fontana. Sidney Janis exhibited the work of
acknowledged masters alongside emerging artists. Thus the European avant-                                                                                                                                    Work by Colleen Lambe

garde was mixed with Pollock, Rothko, Motherwell, Gottlieb etc. Janis is known                                                                                                                               Colleen Lambe, an artist based at the
for arranging the loan of Guernica to New York for the benefit of Spanish                                                                                                                                    Dublin City Council’s Red Stables Studios,
Refugee Relief. A Kraushaar focused on American art from the early 20th                                                                                                                                      St. Annes Park, Dublin recently exhibited
century. Her trustworthiness became legendary. Betty Parsons devoted her                                                                                                                                     work at the premises (8 – 14 March).
gallery to abstract expressionism. In 1951 Newman, Pollock, Rothko and Still                                                                                                                                 Appropriately for a ‘studio show’ the
asked Parsons to drop all other artists and concentrate on them alone. She                                                                                                                                   works on show belied a fascination with
refused and they moved to Sidney Janis.                                                                                                                                                                      the processes of making – in Lambe’s case,
     All the above forged a strong model for successful commercial galleries                                                                                                                                 specifically derived from investigations
                                                                                                                                                 Lee Welch High Hopes
selling contemporary art. The present president of ADAA, David Zwirner,                                                                                                                                      three-dimensional    forms      through
recently pointed out the war between art dealers and auction houses at the                                                                                                                                   photography, drawings and clay work.
                                                                                                                                                 ‘Pleasures & Wayward Distractions’ at
TEFAF at Maastricht in March this year. Amongst the 219 dealers, Sothebys and
                                                                                                                                                 Broadstone XL (3 – 6 May) was group
Christies auctioneers appeared under the guise of galleries they had recently                                                                                                                                ARMSTRONG AT KEVIN KAVANAGH
                                                                                                                                                 exhibition featuring work by Owen Boss,
bought. Art Basel’s two events are currently closed to any gallery with auction-
                                                                                                                                                 Laura Burke, Tim Cantillon, Siobhan
house ownership, a rule put in place in 1996. What upsets Zwirner and others,
                                                                                       Phillips & Rowley Gravity Loop, 2006 Multi-Channel        Conway, Judy Carroll Deeley, John
is that they do not have a hand in setting of estimates and reserves, and that it is   video installation with sound.                            Donohoe,          Niamh          Farrell,      Caroline
the auction process that sets the prestige of an artist, and not a coherent            David       Phillips      and       Paul    Rowley’s      Kennedy, Sabina Mac Mahon, Oisin
aesthetic profile championed by a gallery. Another unwelcome shift is the              exhibition ‘Gravity Loop’ at the Butler                   McGovern,          Michelle         Melody,        Molly
blurring of the primary and secondary art markets.                                     Gallery, Kilkenny (10 March – 22 April)                   Mishkas, Lesley-Ann O’Connell, Paula
     Belfast galleries mutate the older model – the number of associated artists       comprised four new works focusing on                      Salmikangas, Martin Smyth, Cornelius
is   indicated     in    brackets:     The     Nicholas      Gallery    (84)   and     their interest in the convergence of                      Thalbridge, Kathy Tynan, Bregtje Wolters, provide efficient access for buyers. The Emer               science and art. The show examined and                    Lee Welch and Mars Wright. The press
Gallery (43) aims at giving “an honest opinion and advice to the buyer”; The           contrasted the visual vocabularies of                     material for the show noted that the show                   Robert Armstrong work from ‘Afterimages’
Mullan Gallery (41) focuses on promotion; Caldwell’s (20–25) aims “ to show            both distinct disciplines – as they relate to             as “ … intentionally open but not
what is best in contemporary design and combine it with art…”. The Third Space         contemporary art, cinema history, visual                                                                              Robert Armstrong’s ‘Afterimages’ at Kevin
                                                                                                                                                 undefined – placing the viewer within a
(17+) wants to create a market home and abroad. The publicly funded galleries          culture, educational films and art history.                                                                           Kavanagh gallery (8 Feb – 10 March)
                                                                                                                                                 framework that hopefully allows for a
Engine Room and Golden Thread recently opened small shops. While at present                                    
                                                                                                                                                                                                             presented new paintings by the artist. The
                                                                                                                                                 moment of wondering”.
it uses the space owned by a publicly funded Crescent Art centre, at its founding                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                             works in the show were described by the
                                                                                       KAIJA POIJULA                                                           
1984, the Fendereski was a commercial gallery. Its director organises first, solo,                                                                                                                           gallery as paying attention “to apparently
theme based and group exhibitions and sees himself as an artist’s agent.                                                                                                                                     inconsequential aspects of images seized
                                                                                                                                                 COLLECTIVE PROJECTIONS
     The traditional model of a gallery building and its position of close control                                                                                                                           from an assortment of historical and
                                                                                                                                                 The Projector Collective, formed in late
of its artists seems shakier than ever. In addition, the state is not efficient in                                                                                                                           contemporary sources. Often the focus is
                                                                                                                                                 2006 comprises John Carter, Anthony
generating cultural vitality. For example the French Government pours almost                                                                                                                                 on fragments cropped out of historically
                                                                                                                                                 Kelly and Jay Roche. The main aim of the
2 billion GBP into the art sector, but London‘s share of the global art market last                                                                                                                          significant,          richly          detailed     and
                                                                                                                                                 collective is to create an arena where ideas
year was seven times larger than that of Paris. Some people are thinking of a new                                                                                                                            symbolically loaded scenes”.
                                                                                                                                                 can evolve and can be realised outside the
hybrid model where galleries hold private auctions, and art fairs could function                                                                                                                                    This exhibition was followed by
                                                                                                                                                 normal environment of the gallery. In
as ‘silent auctions’. And nowadays globalisation and technology assist collectors                                                                                                                            ‘Ceremony’, by Mick O’Dea (15 March – 14
                                                                                       Kaija Poijula. Miniatures. Mixed Media                    pursuing this they aim to incorporate and
– and keep driving the changes. A Japanese investment consultant Yuri Aisaka                                                                                                                                 April) which presented new portrait and
                                                                                       Limerick Printmakers Studio and Gallery                   use elements of the internet and the idea
has said “buying art is a matter of intelligence”. Is it that simple?                                                                                                                                        still life paintings made by the artist
                                                                                       presented ‘Reflections’ an exhibition of                  of self-publication as a means to creating a
                                                                                                                                                                                                             following his residency Centre Culturel
                                                                                       works by Kaija Poijula (22 March – 12                     wider audience. Projector 1.0: The Last Days
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Irlandais in Paris.
                                                                                       April). Working with mixed media,                         of the President their first collaborative
                                                                                       sculpture, installations and performance                  work was staged in December 2006 was an
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MEMORY DRESS                                                                                                           School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the
                                                                                                                       Whitney Independent Study Program, and
                                                                                                                                                                                 Micheal Burke
                                                                                                                       Parson School of Design. The artists in the               ARresTed
                                                                                                                       show were Gerard Byrne, Bernadette
                                                                                                                       Cotter, Gráinne Cuffe, Brenden Earley,
                                                                                                                       Denis Farrell, Denise Ferran, Paul Gregg,
                                                                                                                                                                                 WE are all aware of the concept of extradition, even if only from films and
                                                                                                                       Karl Grimes, Ronan Halpin, Katie Holten,
                                                                                                                                                                                 stories of criminals who hide in open view in countries that do not have
                                                                                                                       John Keating, Clare Langan, Alice Maher,
                                                                                                                                                                                 extradition agreements with those where they have committee crimes. Most
                                                             Tracey Sweeney Rapt Digital and Mixed Media               Rosie        O’Gorman,         Eamon          O’Kane,
                                                                                                                                                                                 people probably think extradition is a good thing. If you murder someone while
                                                            which ideas and imagination overlap. The                   Geraldine O’Reilly, Alan Phelan, Amanda
Marie Brett, work from ‘Memory Dress’                                                                                                                                            visiting another country it is only to be expected that our government will send
                                                            artists in the show were: Vinnie Casey,                    Ralph, Orla Ryan and Katherine West.
                                                                                                                        /   you back there to face trial if there is a prima-facia case against you. Likewise if
Marie Brett’s ‘Memory Dress’ exhibition at                  Wendy Dison, Joanne Dolan, Dave Finn,                                                                                a person commits a crime in Ireland – be they Irish or not – we would like to get
the Triskel, Cork (30 March – 26 April) was                 Raymond Foley, Mary Geeleher, Clare                        RANGE & REFUGE                                            them back here to face trial. Ireland has extradition agreements with many
the result of a six-month project by the                    Gilmour, Paula Gleeson, Eileen Graham,                                                                               countries and will send Irish citizens or other to face trial in the country where
artist at St. Finbarr’s hospital. Brett worked              Paula Henihan, Margaret Irwin, Ursula                                                                                and offence is alleged – but only on certain conditions. Before an extradition
in collaboration with individuals, groups                   Kelly, David Lilburn, Breda Lynch, Des                                                                               order is made there will have be a trial of sorts here to make sure there is some
and communities associated with the                         Mac Mahon, Denise Mc Donagh, Niall                                                                                   evidence against the person to be extradited. The court will also want it to be
hospital to create evocative artworks that                  Moore, Mary Nolan, Amelia Norman,                                                                                    clear that the alleged offence is also an offence in this jurisdiction and that the
celebrate and commemorate “lives lived                      Carmel O’Kelly, Suzannah O’Reilly, Derek                                                                             offence is of a sufficient seriousness to justify extradition. There are other issues
but not forgotten”.                                         O’Sullivan, Siobhán Piercy and Tracy
                                                                                                                                                     too; the Irish courts must have confidence that the justice system in the country
                                                            Sweeney. The exhibition later travelled to                                                                           seeking the extradition is fair and that the person they are extraditing will
                                                                                                                       Keith McCann’s exhibition at Four – ‘Range’
                                                            the Original Print Gallery in Dublin (30                                                                             receive a fair trial. (I am not a lawyer – this is just a quick explanation – so please
RESIDUE                                                     March – 14 April).                                                                                                   don’t nit-pick)

                                                            SUBSTRATA                                                                                                            So why am I wasting your time with all this? Well all that extradition stuff is
                                                                                                                                                                                 still relevant – our agreements still stand with many countries – but they have
                                                                                                                                                                                 been superseded as far as our European partner are concerned. Since 9/11 – and
                                                                                                                                                                                 the resulting concern over international and global terrorism – the EU
                                                                                                                                                                                 introduced the European Arrest Warrant. Under the terms of the European
                                                                                                                       Aoife Desmond ‘Temporary Refuge’                          Arrest Warrant, a person in any EU country can and will be handed over for trial
                                                                                                                                                                                 to another member country without any of the preliminaries we associate with
                                                                                                                       Keith     McCann         exhibited       new        and   extradition. The ‘offence’ allegedly committed does not have to be an offence in
Louise Ward
                                                                                                                       developing works in his solo show ‘Range’                 the country extraditing you. There is no question of whether your trial will be
                                                                                                                       at Four, Dublin (2 March – 24 March). The                 fair or not – it is assumed it will be. No questions are asked as to the evidence
Louise Ward’s show ‘Residue’ at This is Not
                                                                                                                       gallery notes commented, “McCann’s                        against you or how long you might be held in custody before trail.
a Shop (14 Feb – 10 March) explored
                                                                                                                       work develops through the exploration of
themes of fertility, desire and mortality.
                                                                                                                       materials.       Through           observation       he   Again you might ask why am I bothering you with all of this…
Using found objects such as dishcloths                      Work by Charles Tyrell from ‘Substrata’
                                                                                                                       extracts the generic from the reality of the
and food products, combined in drawings
                                                            Solstice Arts Centre, Navan presented                      physical world often considering their                    The first artist to be subject to the European Arrest Warrant was an Austrian
Ward      explores       the     notion        of    the
                                                            ‘Substrata’ (15 Feb – 16 March) a group                    allusions”.                                               cartoonist – Gerhard Haderer. Having sold very well in Germany and Austria,
temporality        of     life     –       employing
                                                            showing of the work of abstract painters                          For      ‘Temporary          Refuge’      Aoife    Haderer’s publisher decided to translate his book of cartoons, Das Leben des Jesus
mastication,         spitting           and         other
                                                            Seán Shanahan, John Noel Smith and                         Desmond’s (13 April – 26 May), created a                  (The Life of Jesus), into various languages and to publish it widely. When it was
unconventional drawing techniques to
                                                            Charles Tyrrell curated by Ciaran Bennett.                 site-specific garden piece composed of                    published in Greece, Haderer was accused of blasphemy and a European Arrest
create marks that are sensually suggestive.
                                                            The show sought to “explore the theme of                   white scented flowers – ranging in scale                  Warrant was issued for his arrest and extradition to Greece to face trial.
                                                            dynamic          layers       in      contemporary         from snowdrops to apple trees. The
WITHIN & WITHOUT                                            painting”.                                                 installation, explored connotations of                    Haderer’s book of cartoons portrayed Christ as a pot smoking, wine drinking,
                                                                                                                       Eden or Persian depictions of heaven                      surfing hippie. The arrest warrant came as a shock to Haderer who hadn’t even
                                                                                                                       explored the peripheralisation of nature                  know his work had been published in Greece. As it happens, Haderer wasn’t
                                                            ELIZABETH MCALPINE                                         within the city.                                          extradited to Greece to face trial because he had been accused, tried and
                                                                                                                                                                                 acquitted of a similar offence in Austria – lucky him. The Greeks tried him in his
                                                                                                                                                                                 absence and he was convinced and sentenced to six months imprisonment. This
                                                                                                                       THE YEAR OF THE GOLDEN PIG
                                                                                                                                                                                 sentence was appealed and eventual overturned – it took a lot more than the six-
                                                                                                                       ‘The     Year     of    the        Golden     Pig    –
                                                                                                                                                                                 months he would have been in prison. The successful appeal was important
                                                                                                                       Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg
                                                                                                                                                                                 nonetheless, as it meant that Haderer could again travel in Europe. While
                                                                                                                       Collection’ (13 March - 17 June 2007) at
                                                                                                                                                                                 subject to the European Arrest Warrant and the six-month sentence, Haderer
                                                                                                                       the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork
                                                                                                                                                                                 could not risk travelling to any EU country, as he would have been immediately
                                                                                                                       presents a selection of works from the
                                                                                                                                                                                 extradited to Greece to serve his sentence without any further judicial
                                                                                                                       collection of Swiss businessman and
                                                            Elizabeth McAlpine, from ‘Sedimentaty Site’                diplomat Dr. Uli Sigg. The former Swiss
                                                            In February Ballina Arts Centre presented                  ambassador to China, Dr. Sigg, has taken a
                                                                                                                                                                                 If your work is published in other countries, are you expected to know the
                                                            ‘Sedimentary Sight’ by the London based                    keen interest in China and its culture
                                                                                                                                                                                 intricacies of the law in each country were it is published or shown? Are you to
                                                            artist Elizabeth McAlpine. McAlpine                        since the late 1970s and has been building
                                                                                                                                                                                 know what might cause offence in different countries or to particular sections
Des McMahon Heart Silkscreen
                                                            works mainly with time-based media and                     a collection devoted exclusively to
                                                                                                                                                                                 of the population in these countries? The words of a poem or the lyrics of a song
Works by artists from Limerick, Lorg and                    she describes her working practice as                      Chinese art since the mid-1990s
                                                                                                                                                                                 might be fine in most countries but if they cause offence in one the author is in
Cork Printmakers were represented in the                    being “close to geology”.                                                                                            difficulty. Likewise with a painting or sculpture.
touring exhibition ‘Within & Without                                            
                                                                                                                       NEGATIVE POWER
selected by curator and arts consultant                                                                                                                                          Romania has, or is in the process of, enacting a law making it an offence to
                                                                                                                       In late March participants in the new
Ruairí Ó Cúiv’ and shown at Limerick                        INTERCHANGES                                                                                                         “offend against religious images”. Perhaps this is okay, but it is very subjective.
                                                                                                                       NCAD MA in Art in the Contemporary
Printmakers        Studio        and     Gallery       in   ‘Inter-changes:           Fulbright           at    50                                                               What will cause such offence to one person may not to another.
                                                                                                                       World mounted an exhibition of work and
Limerick (22 Feb – 15 March). The show                      Anniversary Exhibition’ at the Farmleigh
                                                                                                                       ongoing       research        in     thisisnotashop
was first launched at Galway’s Tulca                        Gallery, Dublin (8 March – 15 April)                                                                                 When it comes to terrorists, murderers and drug dealer most people will likely
                                                                                                                       gallery on Benburb Street. ‘The Power of a
Festival at the White Room Gallery in                       profiled a range of works by artist                                                                                  feel the European Arrest Warrant is a good thing; but its use in the case of
                                                                                                                       Negative Remains Between Us’ featured
October 2006. The theme for the work on                     recipients of Fulbright Scholarships.                                                                                Haderer was beyond the intention of those who formulated it. The European
                                                                                                                       artists, curators and writers Ciarán Walsh,
show, ‘Within & Without’, came from the                     Curated by Alan Phelan, the show featured                                                                            Council of Artists – VAI is a member – are campaigning to have artwork
                                                                                                                       Jessica Foley, Liam Campbell, Dobz
curatorial subtext for Tulca 2006 –                         work by artist who had studied at some of                                                                            exempted form the scope of the European Arrest Warrant. If you are interested
                                                                                                                       O’Brien, Ciara Moore, Colm Desmond and
referring to everyday life experience, our                  the most prestigious universities in the US                                                                          to find out more you can visit their web-site at
                                                                                                                       Anne-Marie Hayes.
place in the world along with the ways in                   including Yale, New York University,
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ROTH ECKE                                                 performances.                                            the west coast of the island, interacting
The      Return,     Goethe-Institut,          Dublin           Some works of note include Irish                   with the ‘shark-callers’; fishermen who go
                                                                                                                                                                             John Cunningham
recently presented an installation by                     artist Miriam Lohan’s, Ringing Limerick, a               out alone to catch sharks in small canoes                 Loverly Weather
German artist Andrea Büttner entitled                     sound composition, bringing together the                 using rattles and songs to lure them to the
Roth Ecke (8 March – 4 April). Büttner’s                  bells of 25 Limerick churches in a                       surface.
                                                                                                                                                      FOR years I have resisted the impulse to think about climate change. I suppose
exhibition was inspired by the work and                   performance on 7 May. While New York
                                                                                                                                                                             that deep in our collective subconscious we all share a fear of storms and the
life of artist Dieter Roth (1930-1998); and               based Aura Rosenburg has created a series
                                                                                                                   KEEPER SERIES #3                                          power of the sea, The Epic of Gilgamesh and Noah’s Ark tells us as much. As an
utilised the traditional medium of the                    of banners entitled Angels of History that
                                                                                                                                                                             artist and curator, I was always busy with what I thought were ‘more important’
woodcut       augmented             with        sound     are displayed throughout Limerick city
                                                                                                                                                                             things. But maybe (like most people) I was simply waiting, hoping that the issue
recordings of the artist reading from the                 centre. At Shannon Airport Irish artist,
                                                                                                                                                                             wouldn’t really manifest itself for another century or so. Hasn’t the ecosystem
diaries of Dieter Roth. The show was                      Sean Lynch, has placed a reproduction of
                                                                                                                                                                             our generation inherited already come with many other dire environmental
curated by Jonathan Carroll.                              the famous iconic image of Che Guevara
                                                                                                                                               issues – the deforestation of the rain forests and the depletion of world
                                                          recorded during his visit to Limerick in
                                                                                                                                                                             resources? And yet, the climate change issue seems different. Perhaps one of our
ALMOST UNCERTAIN                                                                                                                                         biggest obstacles in acknowledging climate change, is that it has almost become
                                                                                                                                                                             a cliché before it has even been understood, but this in itself is no excuse for
                                                                                                                   Amanda Dunsmore, from ‘Keeper Series #3
                                                          CONTEXT @ PREHEN HOUSE                                                                                             inaction. We must recognise that in the coming years, the social and political
                                                                                                                   Amanda Dunsmore presented ‘Keeper                         action needed to counter climate change will not merely be the major
                                                                                                                   Series #3’ at Galway Arts Centre (9 March                 preoccupation of all sectors of society; it will become the ‘only’ issue.
                                                                                                                   – 7April). Dunsmore is a visual artist based                    If we are to understand this phenomenon, we must to come to grips with
                                                                                                                   in Limerick and Belfast. Her work explores                three terms – greenhouse gases, global warming and climate change.
                                                                                                                   concepts linked to social and historical                  Greenhouse gases are a class of gases that trap heat near the Earth’s surface. As
                                                          Phehan House exhibitions flyer                                                                                     they increase in the atmosphere, the extra heat they generate causes global
                                                                                                                   acts    of    preservation        using        video,
Maureen O’Connor Bridge
                                                          Prehen House, Derry is hosting four solo                 installation, photography and sound. She                  warming. This in turn puts pressure on the Earth’s climate system and leads to
Maureen O’Connor’s exhibition at Cavan                    exhibitions initiated by the Context                     is a lecturer in Sculpture & Combined                     climate change. Put simply, it results from air pollution, the size of our
County      Museums            entitled        ‘Almost    Gallery – by John Beattie, Mark Clare,                   Media at Limerick School Art & Design,                    atmosphere and the volume of pollutants that we are discharging into it.
Uncertain’ (2 – 23 March) comprised an                    Breda Lynch, Katrina Maguire (until 1                    LIT. The show was based on material from                        For three million years the ice caps have acted as the Earth’s temperature
installation of acrylic and watercolour                   August).       The      venue      has     recently      the artists The Maze / Long Kesh Project. In              control – a sort of giant air conditioner, and for the past 10,000 of these years, the
paintings accompanied by documentary                      developed as a site for presenting multi-                1999 the artist was one of the artists in                 Earth’s thermostat has been regulated at a healthy average of 14C (57° F). This
material. The works on show sought to                     disciplinary arts, with poetry, music,                   residence in HMP The Maze, working with                   comes about through the process of albedo, were one third of the sun’s rays
situate both abstract and representational                performance          and      community           arts   Loyalist and Republican prisoners. During                 falling on Earth are reflected back to space. Ice, particularly at the poles, is
means alongside one another, the artist                   regularly programmed. Accompanying                       this time she was given access to                         responsible for a lot of that albedo, for it reflects back into space up to 90% of
commenting “I think the pieces, though                    the show are artist’s talks; and four                    document security-sensitive areas such as                 the sunlight hitting it.
abstract,     bear        a     relationship        to    evenings of screenings / performance, one                the original Long Kesh Compound.                                Water, in contrast, is a poor reflector. When the sun is overhead our seas, it
architectural structure, integrating an                   programmed by each artist.                                                                                         reflects a mere 5%–10% back to space. Replacing arctic ice with dark ocean will
                                                                                                                     result in a lot more of the sun’s rays being absorbed at Earth’s surface and
emotional narrative; and I am interested
                                                                                                                   BAD BEUYS                                                 reradiated as heat, creating local warming, which will hasten the melting of the
in how this quality may be subliminally
                                                          IMOGEN CUNNINGHAM                                                                                                  remaining continental ice. It has become apparent over the past number of
                                                                                                                                                                             years, that the Earth has passed one climate threshold and is rapidly
DAVID SHERRY                                                                                                                                                                 approaching another. This has led scientists like Tim Flannery, to speculate that
David Sherry’s first solo exhibition                                                                                                                                         a ‘tipping point’ has been reached that would mean that our oceans are locked
‘Regulations for Irrational Procedures’ is                                                                                                                                   into a cycle that can only accelerate the ice melt.
on show at Mothers Tankstation, Dublin                                                                                                                                             For Flannery, it grimly ‘indicates that the arctic ice caps has entered a death
(5 April – 12 May 2007). The works on                                                                                                                                        spiral that will see the ice melt away entirely in summer within the next five to
show are described as performing “a                                                                                Bad Beuys Entertainment                                   fifteen years.’ Such occurrences and that of the collapse of the Antarctic
sequence of U-turns, reversed statements,                                                                                                                                    Peninsula’s Larson B Shelf in 2002 have promoted Dr. James Hanson (Director of
                                                                                                                   Bad Beuys Entertainment’s exhibition                      NASA’s Goddard Institute), to speculate that we have only a decade or so to avert
points       of       collapse,         levitation’s,
                                                                                                                   ‘Spectrum City Was The Name’ at Catalyst                  the rise in the ocean by 24 meters (80 feet). To put this into perspective, imagine
insubordinate actions, leaps onto nothing
                                                                                                                   Arts, Belfast (16 March – 7 April)                        (as I have done) sitting on your favourite beach with the surf lapping gently at
and a series of ‘snooks cocked’ at the
                                                                                                                   comprised an installation of models                       your feet – now imagine that same beach with the waves washing over the roof
perception of reality”.
                                                                               illuminated in halogen and UV lights that                 of an eight-story building. That’s what a 24m rise in the oceans will look like!
                                                                                                                   sought to ironically ironic explore notions                     Glimmers of hope are beginning to emerge however. This year has seen,
FIRST FIX                                                                                                          of the ‘society of the spectacle’ and urban               German Chancellor Merkel and French President Chirac vie to put us Europeans
Curated by Fintan Friel and Ian Wieczorek                                                                          space. The French collectives work was                    on a low carbon diet: President Hu Jintoa of China declare that global warming
                                                          Imogen Cunningham Flowering Cactus. Circa 1930.
‘First Fix’ at the Custom House Gallery,                                                                           described as employing a DIY approach”                    is a make or break issue: Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger morph
Westport (7 June – 1 July) explores visual                Curated by Celina Lunsford ‘Imogen                       and stand counter to “the political and                   into a green and even has our own Bertie Ahern believing that Ireland will reach
memory.      Participants         in    this     open     Cunningham – A Life’s Work’ at the Sirius                economical logic that underpins division                  its targets under the Kyoto Protocol. Nevertheless we cannot wait for the issue to
submission show were asked to consider                    Arts Centre Cobh, (8 – 30 of March)                      of labour … to quote Thomas Hirschhorn –                  be solved for us. The most important thing to realise is that we can all make a
their own personal art experience and                     presented a selection of works by this                   “energy yes, quality no” .                                difference (even in the arts!).
locate one particular image that conveys a                quintessential           American           woman                                                                        Just as the landscape artists in the 18th and 19th century helped reshape
defining      moment.           The       exhibition      photographer of the 20th century – an                    RETRIEVAL UNIT                                            our perception of our place in nature, so we trust that ‘climate’ artists, are
comprises reproductions of these images,                  artist whose expansive vision created                    Sean Lynch’s exhibition ‘Retrieval Unit’ (3               beginning to reshape the way we perceive the inter relationship of climate and
together with written accounts that                       many great icons of photographic history.                February – 18 March) at Limerick City                     culture. For the Paris based Curator Julien Knebush, “Artistic explorations
provide contexts for the artworks chosen.                 Cunninghans’s          best–known         signature      Gallery of Art, brought to the gallery some               should help us to experience and reveal our inner participation with climate,
                                                          images were made between 1920 and                        of the flotsam and jetsam of Irish history,               the rupture of its balance and it’s meaning for our inner world, in the same way
                                                          1940, an exciting period of modernist                    including the rescued remains of The Irish                that landscape artists reframed the relationship of humans to their
EV+A 2007
                                                          imagery in America.                                      House pub, a bronze golf ball mysteriously                environment”. In the end, we cannot act like King Chanute; or keep our silence
Currently on show in venues across
                                                                                                                   removed from a statue of former US                        and hope for the best. Lovely Weather (1) is an ambitious collaboration between
Limerick is ‘OPEN e v+a 2007 / A Sense of
                                                          SAPIENS                                                  president Bill Clinton in Ballybunion; and                artists and scientists on climate change – the greatest crisis facing the 21st
Place’, the 31st incarnation of the show (30
                                                          Dorothy Cross’s ‘Sapiens’ exhibition at the              the photographs and accounts of the                       century.
March – 24 June). Curated by Klaus
                                                          Kerlin, Dublin (23 March – 28 April) was                 Joseph Beuys visit to Limerick in 1974.
Ottmann, the ‘exhibition of visual plus art’
                                                          described as “bringing nature into the                          Lynch’s            photographs             and              John Cunningham is Co Director of the Lovely Weather Project and
features the work by 32 artists - 18 of
                                                          gallery space” with a new series of works                installations advocate a kind of ‘activism’                                        the director of the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny
whom are Irish and 14 come from various
                                                          incorporating sculpture, photography and                 towards history, where the artist discloses
backgrounds        in     Europe       and      North                                                                                                                        (1) The Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny and Leonardo/OLATS are curating Lovely Weather, a three-year
                                                          video. Much of this new work was a direct                and builds upon fragile stories and objects,
America. The media they work in ranges                                                                                                                                       project that explores the ways that artists and scientists are collaborating to address issues around global
                                                          result of a recent visit to the Melanesian               magnifying traces of their idiosyncratic                  warming and climate change. Info:
from a variety of traditional painting and                                                                                                                         
                                                          island of New Ireland in the South Pacific.              existence. In ‘Retrieval Unit’, Lynch uses      
sculpture to diverse approaches to
                                                          Cross spent time in the remote villages on               the gallery as the context in which to           &
photography, video, installations and
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            been denied funding for arts & cultural
present reclaimed bits and pieces and
where he invites the viewer, assisted by
anecdote, to reconsider and reappraise
                                                               Demand is best known for his
                                                         unique approach to photography – the
                                                         subjects of his large-format photographs
                                                                                                              News                                                                                                          facilities in both this round and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            previous round of allocations.
these selected fragments from the past.                  are painstakingly constructed three-                                                                                                                                     The approved projects include:
                                                         dimensional,      life-size        models      of    NEW        MANAGEMENT               AT        OBG     manufacturing technologies of gravity                   National        Sculpture         Factory,        Cork
                                                         architecture and objects, devoid of                  The Arts Council of Northern Ireland                  die, low pressure and high pressure die                 (€450,000), West Cork Arts Centre
                                                         human presence. Once they have been                  has transferred the management of the                 casting. This work continues to this day                (€1,500,000),       Dublin        City     Council
                                                         photographed,       the        models         are    Ormeau Baths Gallery to a newly elected               as the market sector has expanded to                    Artists Studios: St. Patrick’s, Cuilín
                                                         destroyed..                                          independent              board.    The        new     satisfy the ever increasing demand for                  House, Blessington Street & Buckingham
                                                                                                              chairperson is Professor Kerstin Mey,                 lightweight     automotive          aluminium           Street (€600,000), Project Arts Centre

                                                         ANTECHAMBER                                          Director of Art and Design Research                   castings.                                               (€60,000), RHA (€1,750,000), Leitrim
                                                         ‘The First Antechamber’ at the Project,              Institute at the University of Ulster. A                    In the early 1990s Northern Ireland               Sculpture Centre (€425,000), Belltable
                                                         Dublin (16 March – 28 April) presented               call has gone out inviting artists and                witnessed the beginning of the peace                    Arts Centre (€882,000), Johns Square,
                                                         works by Gabriel Lester, Charlotte Moth              curators to sit on the new board.                     process. The country was moving                         (Artists’        Apartments)             Limerick
Ignition books website (screen grab)
                                                         and Alexandre Singh. The show was                                           gradually to a mode of construction and                 (€460,000), Roscommon Arts Centre
Ignition Books is a new Irish artists-                   described as “As an antechamber, the                                                                       renaissance. Artists and sculptors were                 (€1,000,000) and Niland Model Arts
books publishing initiative. Recent                      exhibition     operates       in    the    space     DIANA COPPERWHITE WINS AIB                            to the forefront in this process using                  Centre (€1,750,000). For the full list of
publications have included works by                      between the dual pillars of story-telling:           Diana Copperwhite, nominated by the                   their skills to promote understanding                   successful projects see:
Andrew Kelly, Ciara Healy, Catriona                      narrative and image. The signifiers in a             West Cork Arts Centre, is the winner of               between        communities           and        the                   
Hardie, Christine Ellison, Dara Ni                       work of art here lose their predictability           this year’s AIB Prize. One of the most                regeneration of socially deprived areas.
Bheachain and Grainne Carroll. All                       - there are smoke-screens, chance                    coveted art prizes in Ireland AIB Prize               The Belfast Institute Foundry supported
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            INCREASED NI ARTS FUNDING CALL
Ignition titles books are hardback and                   relationships and red-herrings”.                     awards the winner with €20,000 for the                this renewal and revitalisation by
produced in limited editions of 500 and                                                                       purpose of creating new work, having an               establishing new casting processes. In
are available to purchase on their                                                                            exhibition in the nominating venue as                 particular the lost foam and lost wax
website.                                                                                                      well      as     the      publication    of      an   processes were introduced to allow
                                                                                                              accompanying catalogue.                               artists to design and manufacture
                                                                                                                     The three runners-up, who each                 beautiful bronze cast sculptures.
                                                                                                              received a €1,500 prize, were Sean Lynch,                   Today the Foundry boasts a full
Works by Sergej Jensen a half Serb and
                                                                                                              nominated by the Galway Arts Centre,                  time Chartered Engineer and a qualified
half Danish living in Berlin, we recently
                                                                                                              Alan Phelan, nominated by the Irish                   Artist amongst its staff. Practical support
on show at the Douglas Hyde Gallery,
                                                                                                              Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, and                   is given to each artist from design
Dublin (24 March – 5 May). Jensen
                                                                                                              Jennifer Trouton, nominated by the                    concept through to the finished bronze
creates textile works and paintings, and                  CORRECTION
                                                                                                              Millennium Arts Centre, Portadown.                    casting. Many renowned artists from
occasionally films and installations; and
                                                                                                                                                                    Ireland have used The Foundry to create
this exhibition focuses on his paintings,                 Apologies to Brendan Flaherty, Eilis
                                                                                                              FOUNDRY WORKSHOPS – BELFAST                           stunning visual sculptures. Examples of
which are made by staining, brushing,                     McDonald and Pallas Contemporary
                                                                                                                                                                    their work can be viewed in art galleries,
and dabbing marks on found fabrics, and                   Projects. In the roundup section fo the
sometimes by sewing fragments of                                                                                                                                    at award ceremonies and in numerous
                                                          March / April VAN, works by Flaherty                                                                                                                               Increased arts funding demonstration, Belfast.
material onto them.                                                                                                                                                 public places throughout Ireland.
                                                          were incorrectly captioned as pieces
                                                          by McDonald. For details of past,                                                                         For further information or to book your                 Arts funding in Northern Ireland has
                                                          present and future projects and                                                                           place in the next workshop, please                      stalled in recent years and compares
REIGNING CATS AND DOGS                                                                                                                                              contact:
                                                          exhibitions at Pallas Contemporary                                                                                                                                poorly to that received by the other
G126,      Galway        presented         Michael                                                                                                                                           Ken Barr T. (028) 9026 5429
                                                          Project see                                                                                        areas, England, Scotland, Wales and the
Fortune’s new video installation Reigning                                                                                                                                            Anne Campbell, T: (028) 9026 5426
                                                                                                                                                                                    E:    Republic of Ireland. The Arts Council of
Cats and Dogs (15 March – 14 April). The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Northern Ireland (ACNI) with support
work was recorded in the artist’s family
                                                                                                                                                                    PARIS RESIDENCIES                                       from the sector is heading a campaign
home in Co. Wexford over the 2006
                                                                                                                                                                    Three visual artists will travel to Paris               calling for an increase in funding for the
Christmas period and comprised various
‘mini incidents’ involving the family
                                                         Get into                                                                                                   over the next year to take up artistic                  arts for the 2008 – 2011 period.
pets and his immediate family. Filmed                    TheRoundup                                                                                                 residencies at the Irish College. The
                                                                                                                                                                    artist-in-residence scheme provides an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Earlier this year the Council
from the animal’s perspective, each                                                                                                                                                                                         presented the case for increased funding
                                                                                                                                                                    opportunity for visual artists who work                 to a group of parliamentarians in the
fixed-frame shot portrays a domestic-                    To get your exhibition or event
                                                                                                               Work created on the Belfast Foundry Workshops        and/or live in Ireland to spend 2 to 3
styled wildlife documentary where                        considered for inclusion in the round-                                                                                                                             House of Commons. The Council met
                                                                                                                                                                    months in Paris. The residency includes
animals co-exist, share and interact in a                up section, simply e-mail text and                                                                                                                                 with the Performing Arts Alliance Group
                                                                                                              The Belfast Institute Foundry is located              a room in the Irish College and a studio
house full of humans and other animals.                  images to the editor                                                                                                                                               (PAAG) which is concerned with issues
                                                                                         on the College’s Millfield Campus in the              within the courtyard.
                                                         ( Your text                                                                                                                                that affect people working in the
                                                                                                              centre of Belfast. Established in 1962, the                 The successful visual artists are
                                                         details / press release should                                                                                                                                     entertainment industry, and provides
UNSELECTED AT BAD                                                                                             Foundry          staff      initially    trained      Aoife Desmond (autumn 2007), Maud
                                                         include venue name, location (town /                                                                                                                               support and assistance by engaging with
For the second year, an exhibition of                                                                         apprentices from local Engineering                    Cotter (spring 2008) and Eamon O’Kane
                                                         city), dates and brief description of                                                                                                                              MPs and Peers from all parties.
artworks not selected for the RHA                                                                             Foundries including Harland & Wolff                   (summer 2008).
                                                         the work. Note that ‘hard-copy’
Annual Exhibition goes on show at the                                                                         plc, James Mackie & Sons Limited and                                                                                In a statement Rosemary Kelly,
                                                         cannot be accepted due to the                                                                                      
Bad Art Gallery, Dublin (10 May – 7                                                                           many other world class engineering                                                                            Chairman of ACNI said that the PAAG
                                                         volume of material that needs to be
June). The idea behind the exhibit is                                                                         companies. Trainees acquired pattern                  €32 MILLION FOR ARTS FACILITIES                         was concerned about the low funding
                                                         collated for this section of the
partly to boost the fragile confidence of                                                                     making and sand moulding skills as part               John O’Donoghue, Minister for Arts,                     levels and were sympathetic to the case.
artists and to show the public the art                                                                        of their apprenticeship.                              Sport and Tourism, has decided to offer                 The PAAG also pledged to put the case to
                                                             Inclusion is not garanteed, but we
that is not selected by the RHA, very                                                                                During the 1970s, as a result of               funding of €32 million to 67 projects                   influential MPs including the Northern
                                                         aim to give everyone a fair chance.
similar to the ‘The Salon des Refuses’.                                                                       many Engineering company closures,                    nationwide under the Arts and Culture                   Ireland politicians.
                                                         Our criteria is primarily to ensure that
                                                         the roundup section has a good                       there was a noticeable decline in local               Capital Enhancement Support Scheme                            Artists     and      arts     organizations
                                                         regional spread and represents a                     manufacturing and the future for The                  II (ACCESS II 2007-2009).                               throughout the region have agreed to
                                                         diversity of forms of practice, from a               Belfast        Institute     Foundry      looked            Of the €32 million, two thirds of                 campaign for increased arts funding for
Thomas Demand’s exhibition at IMMA
                                                         range of artists at all stages in their              challenging. However, by the end of the               the    funds    will     go      towards        the     Northern Ireland. The campaign lobby
(28 February – 3 June) – entitled ‘L’Esprit
                                                         careers.                                             1980s, industry in Northern Ireland                   refurbishment and enhancement of                        ‘Invest in Inspiration’ is the result. A rally
d’Escalier’, presents an overview of the
                                                             Priority is given to events taking               again experienced significant growth                  existing facilities while one third will go             to launch the campaign was held on
artist s recent work and comprises 24
                                                         place within Ireland, but do let us                  with the arrival of die-casting Foundries,            towards the creation of new facilities.                 Wed 25 April in Belfast. You can support
large scale photographic pieces, plus a
                                                         know if you are taking part in a                     such      as,      Montupet        and     Ryobi            The Scheme is designed to fund                    the campaign in various ways. See
new projection piece, designed by
                                                         significant international event.                     Aluminium Castings. Once more, The                    facilities on a broad geographic basis.
Caruso St. John Architects, specially for                                                                                                                                                                                   website for further info.
                                                                                                              Belfast Institute Foundry played a key                However, notably County Cavan has
the exhibition.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                              role, training employees in the modern
8                                                                                                                                                                                  The Visual Artists’ News Sheet                                                 May / June 2007


IRELAND AT VENICE 2007                                                                                                                                                    awareness-raising training on child               /

Minister O’Donoghue has formally                      POLLOCK-KRASNER RECIPIENT                              CULTURAL DIVERSITY CONVENTION                                protection issues to all ACNI funded                     DCAL GOES TO DUP
announced        details       of        Irelands     Dublin born self-taught Irish artist                   The Convention on the Protection and                         organisations. For more information see                  The four main political parties at
participation at the 52nd International               Derek Culley has been awarded a                        Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural                       the ACNI website.                                        Stormont        have      named         the    10
Art Exhibition in Venice this June. Irish             Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant of                    Expressions entered into force on 18                              The Arts Council of Ireland plans                   Ministerial posts in the Northern
commissioner         Mike           Fitzpatrick,      $25,000. Based in Merseyside, painter                  March 2007. To date, more than 50                            to offer specific training for Designated                Ireland      Executive,        having    chosen,
Director/Curator of the Limerick City                 Derek Culley intends to use the grant to               States have ratified the Convention.                         and Deputy Designated Persons (named                     according       to     party     strength,    the
Gallery of Art has selected artist Gerard             concentrate on his studio work and                     UNESCO’s culture website has a variety                       individuals designated to deal with                      Departments they will head up.
Byrne to represent Ireland at this the                facilitate his ambition to establish                   of     resources        on         the    Convention,        issues related to child protection in an                       The DUP is entitled to four
leading international art fair.                       himself in America.                                    including the official text of the                           organisation) in the second half of 2007.                Departments, Sinn Fein three, the UUP
       This year Ireland will move to a                       /     Convention, the list of ratifying states                     The Guidelines for the Protection and                    two and the SDLP one. The DUP will be
new venue - the Istituto Provinciale per                                                                     and FAQs                                                     Welfare of Children and Young People                     in charge of the Culture Arts and Leisure
l’Infanzia “Santa Maria della Pietà”                  SEAMUS MURPHY CENTENARY                                                   in the Arts Sector can be downloaded                     (DCAL) portfolio which will be headed
(located between Piazza San Marco and                 To mark the centenary of the birth of                                                                               from the Arts Council website.                           up by Minister Edwin Poots MLA of the
the Arsenale). The Northern Ireland                   renowned sculptor Seamus Murphy,                       PATRICK SCOTT: SAOI OF AOSDÁNA                                 /   Democratic Unionist Party.
pavilion will be based at the same                    RHA (1907-1975), a series of celebratory               Painter Patrick Scott has been awarded                                                                                      In addition to Culture, Arts &
location showing the work of Willie                   events will take place in Cork from                    the highest honour within Aosdána;                           BELFAST CITY COUNCIL FUNDING                             Leisure the DUP will also have to deal
Doherty      commissioned           by      Hugh      April to September this year. For the                  that      of        Saoi        which         recognises     Belfast City Council has awarded                         with promoting minority languages, ie
Mulholland.                                           next six months Cork will host a major                 outstanding achievement by an artist                         £400,000 in funding to 42 professional                   Irish and Ulster-Scots. Fluent Irish
       Ireland’s exhibition at will be open           retrospective       of      his    work,      with     and is a position that is held for life.                     arts and heritage organisations in the                   speaker Barry McElduff, chairperson of
to the public from Sunday 10 June to                  exhibitions across the city, a theatrical              Scott was elected through a secret ballot                    city for the financial year 2007/08.                     the Assembly’s DCAL Committee, has
Wednesday 21 November 2007. A                         production of his autobiography, a                     at a general assembly held at the Irish                      Grants of between £3,000 and £28,250                     already expressed his frustration at the
major publication of Gerard Byrne’s                   documentary and the renaming of the                    Museum                of            Modern            Art.   have been given as part of the cultural                  British Governments slow uptake in
work will be launched in early June at                City and County Archives                               Scott joins fellow Saoithe Seamus                            programme funding.                                       honouring its St Andrews talks pledge
the Biennale. For those who won’t be                       Born in 1907, Seamus Murphy                       Heaney, Louis le Brocquy, Anthony                                      In addition, the 11 flagship                   to pass an Irish Language Act for
able to make it to Venice this year, the              became one of the foremost stone                       Cronin and Brian Friel. The title of Saoi                    organisations currently in receipt of the                Northern Ireland. Sinn Fein also shares
OPW will host an exhibition of the                    carvers and sculptors of his time, his                 is conferred by the President of Ireland.                    Council’s Culture and Arts Multi-                        that frustration. It has called for a strong
Irish and Northern Irish pavilion                     work forming part of modern European                          The Aosdána membership also                           Annual Funding are about to enter their                  Irish Language Act with a rights based
exhibitions at the Farmleigh Gallery in               tradition. He specialised in memorials,                elected 15 new members from 25                               final year of 3 year funding, and this                   approach and with an Irish Language
2008. The official website of Ireland at              gravestones,                portraits          and     nominees. They are writer Kerry Hardie;                      year the Council has awarded a total of                  commissioner as soon as possible.
Venice 2007 is now live and can be                    commemorative sculpture. He was also                   poets Pat Boran and Ciaran O’Driscoll;                       £508,000 to these organisations.                                                

viewed at:                                            renowned for his sympathetic approach                  artists        Brian        Henderson,           Eamon                The Councils ‘Annual Funding for
                  to stone carving, and for the quality of               Colman, Vivienne Dick, Pat Harris, Paul                      Culture and Arts’ programme will                         RECOGNITION OF CULTURE
                                                      his lettering.                                         Mosse and Bernadette Kiely; writer and                       support       the     following       visual      art    The Council of National Cultural
OPEN EV+ A AWARDS 2007                                                                                       actor Donal O’Kelly; architect Shane de                      organisations:         Arts     and      Disability      Institutions (CNCI) has called on all
Eric Glavin, Tony Gunning, Eithna Joyce               TRISKEL’S         SACRED            EXTENSION          Blacam; musicians Trevor Knight and                          Forum, East Belfast Arts Collective,                     Irish political parties to recognise the
and Thorns Ltd. (Snorre Ruch and Jon                  Cork City Council has decided to restore               Trevor           McLachlan                and          the   Belfast Print Workshop, Belfast Exposed,                 importance of culture in their election
Wesseltoft) were awarded the curators                 Christchurch, which is adjacent to                     choreographers David Bolger and Cindy                        Golden Thread Gallery, Flaxart Studios                   manifestos. More than 100 people met
award at this year’s e v+ a. The awards               Triskel Arts Centre, as a cultural venue               Cummins                                                      and Queen Street Studios                                 at a daylong seminar in early April in
were announced by curator, Klaus                      and at an initial cost of two million                                                                    Dublin’s       RDS       to      discuss      the
Ottmann, at the launch of ‘OPEN e v+ a /              Euro. The Church will be integrated into                                                                                                                                     contribution of culture to Irish society.
A Sense of Place’ at the Limerick City                Triskel’s existing facilities and the arts             NATIONAL MEMORIAL COMMISSION                                 NEW HOME FOR YEATS MUSEUM                                This seminar was the first of a series
Gallery on Thursday 29 March. Tony                    centre will be charged with the                        Minister for Defence Willie O’Dea TD                         The Yeats Museum at the National                         planned by the CNCI to highlight the
Gunning also received the Bank of                     management of the venue when the                       has unveiled the design, site and artist of                  Gallery has been moved from the                          role played by culture, the arts and
Ireland’s inaugural Recognition Award                 refurbishment          is     completed.       The     the first public National Memorial                           Dargan Wing, where it has been housed                    heritage in addressing a wide range of
for an Emerging Artist. The Bank                      development will open up a whole                       erected to members of the Defence                            since      1999,     to    a     new,     specially      policy       issues,    including        cultural
purchased two of Gunning’s six works                  range of new programming possibilities                 Forces who died in service.                                  renovated, but smaller, gallery space in                 diversity,        education,            economic
on show for their corporate collection.               for Triskel which will enter its 30th year                    Funded by the Department of                           the Beit Wing.                                           development and broader quality of life
       The John Hunt Residency Award in               of operation in 2008. The Church,                      Defence through the Per Cent for Art                                                  concerns.
association with the Tyrone Guthrie                   which was built in 1726, housed the                    Scheme the commission, valued at                                                                                            The seminar was the second part of
Centre went to Orla Keeshan and the                   Cork City Archives until they moved to                 €175,000, was initially announced by                         SPACE SHUTTLE FOR GROUND UP                              a strategy designed to underscore to
Belltable One Person Exhibition Award                 Blackpool      in      2005.      Refurbishment        Minister O’Dea in June 2006. Artist                          The Ground Up Artists’ Collective has                    government the value that culture plays
went to Suzannah Vaughan                              works are expected to be completed by                  Brian King won the commission                                been awarded the Space Shuttle as a                      in the lives of all citizens. In May 2006,
                                  summer 2008.                                           following an open tender competition                         result of the auction by PS2. The                        the CNCI submitted a proposal to
                                                                                 in which more than 30 artists applied.                       collective will use the Shuttle as                       include culture as part of the National
SUBURBAN – SUPERRURAL ON TOUR                                                                                The Memorial will be sited at Merrion                        temporary public art space and a                         Development Plan. Video highlights of
‘SubUrban to SuperRural’, Ireland’s                   €35,000 FOR CULTURE NIGHT 2007                         Square in Dublin. It is intended that the                    platform for discussion about the rural                  the conference is available online.
entry in last year’s Venice Architecture              The Minister for Arts, Sport and                       Memorial will publicly recognise the                         context. A scaled down replica of PS2                                          

Biennale is to tour Ireland over the                  Tourism has announced that a grant of                  contribution made by members of the                          project space in Belfast, the Space
coming       months.       The      exhibition,       €35,000 will be provided to Temple Bar                 Defence Forces as well as acknowledge                        Shuttle is a multifunctional, creative                   GOLDEN THREAD ON THE MOVE
curated by FKL Architects, looks ahead                Cultural Trust (TBCT) for Culture Night                the loss and bereavement of those left                       box sent temporarily into ‘orbit’ to                     Belfast’s Golden Thread Gallery (GTG)
at the next 25 years at our pre-                      2007. On 14 September 2007, artistic                   behind.        In      addition,          the       annual   outside locations where it is used as a                  has moved to a new premises on Great
occupation with living on the land                    and cultural venues in Dublin City,                    commemoration for deceased members                           working platform for interdisciplinary                   Patrick Street just across the road from
beyond the city’s hold, and to arrive at              including        the     National       Museum,        of the Forces will take place at the                         artist       groups        and        community          the Cathedral quarter in the city centre.
some predictions and possible solutions               National Library and the National                      National Memorial in future. A digital                       organisations.                                           The GTG was located on the Crumlin
for the next generation. The tour is                  Gallery will extend their opening hours                interpretation             of      what       the     new         One of the obstacles encountered                    Road for nine years. The new premises
presented by the Irish Architecture                   until late in the evening. The main aim                Memorial will look like can be found on                      by artists in rural contexts is the lack of              are larger with a café and other facilities
Foundation and Culture Ireland.                       of Culture Night is to stimulate and                   the artists website.                                         public spaces. The Space Shuttle will                    planned for the future. New address:
       ‘SubUrban to SuperRural’ has                   extend interest in the arts and cultural                                                  temporarily address this and allow the                   Golden Thread Gallery, Switch Room,
already opened at the Ormeau Baths                    life of the city – the extended opening                                                                             Collective to programme a range of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   84-94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast, BT1
Gallery in Belfast and will travel to                 hours will particularly benefit those                  CHILD PROTECTION IN THE ARTS                                 activities, all of which will be context
Cork, Limerick and Dublin later in the                who are unable to visit these venues                   Both the Art Council and the Arts                            specific, especially for the space.
year                                                  during normal daytime hours.                           Council         of     Northern           (ACNI)       are   Ground Up Collective member Fiona
                                            planning to offer training on child                          Woods will use the Space Shuttle as part
                                                                                                             protection             issues            to      funded      of her residency in North Tipperary
                                                                                                             organisations. The ACNI is offering                          from May until August.
The Visual Artists’ News Sheet                                     May / June 2007                                                                                                                                                                            9


                                                                                                                                                                certain artists’ studios – and that perhaps the trend was coming full

A Room of One’s Own                                                                                                                                             circle – instead of presenting their studio as public ‘performance’
                                                                                                                                                                spaces, artist were now becoming more protective of them.
                                                                                                                                                                      Nonetheless, in general terms, to be the subject of a studio visit is
ALISON PILKINGTON REPORTS ON ‘BEYOND THE STUDIO’, THE SYMPOSIUM (8 – 9 FEB) ORGANISED AS                                                                        understood as a pinnacle of art world achievement, acknowledgment
                                                                                                                                                                and acceptance for artists. We’ve all heard the stories of blue chip
                                                                                                                                                                curators flying into Ireland in order to make a series of studio visits to
ASSOCIATION WITH NCAD AND THE NSF                                                                                                                               only a carefully selected group of artists, then flying out again. Studio
                                                                                                                                                                visits are still carefully orchestrated events for both artist and curator.
                                                                                                                                                                      The panel discussion featuring artists Jaki Irvine, Ronan McCrea
                                                                                                                                                                and Tara Byrne, the NSF Director was unfortunately a bit rushed as the
                                                                                                                                                                morning sessions ran over time – but despite this some key points
                                                                                                                                                                were raised. Irvine spoke of the ‘ordinariness’ of everyday studio
                                                                                                                                                                practice; and of the studio as a place of privacy in which to hide from
                                                                                                                                                                the world. This concept of the studio – as a thinking space, not just a
                                                                                                                                                                production space I think was too rarely touched on in the symposium.
                                                                                                                                                                Most of the discussions focused on the documentation of the work
                                                                                                                                                                that went on in the studio. It seems that if it’s not written down,
                                                                                                                                                                photographed or otherwise archived, then in contemporary art terms
                                                                                                                                                                it didn’t happen!
                                                                                                                                                                      Of course, it was certainly a ‘given’ throughout the symposium
                                                                                                                                                                that artists do actually have studios and make work in them. But even
THE idea of the studio has undergone many changes over the last few           ‘sets’ Demand destroys them.                                                      so, the matter is not that simple. Artists know that many studios lie
decades and from looking over the programme for ‘Beyond the                          The idea of the studio as a site of ‘being’, as well as a place of         empty for days and weeks on end as they have to try to make a living
Studio’(1), it was clear that the very concept of the studio as the main      retreat, was addressed in Iwona Blazwick’s presentation Desert Islands;           outside of their art practices – be that teaching or some other work.
sphere of production for artists today, was clearly one of the key topics     the studio space as a space of experimentation, retreat or resistance. Blazwick   Indeed, perhaps we have come full circle again, back to the traditional
up for scrutiny. Ideas tipped to be covered included issues relating to       discussed artists who used the studio as performance space – as a space           conception of the studio – artists needing studios as a real place of
the studio as a place of retreat; a situation for performance and as a site   artists can switch their attention from the external world to the                 retreat. But now a space for the creation of art objects is not so
for critique, as well as contemplating the studio as simply a space for       internal world; as a site of disorder and chaos; of madness and fantasy.          important as the mental space and time in which to be creative.
production.                                                                   Her examples ranged across the work of Francesca Woodman, Josef                         The closing half of the symposium The Studio as Situation
     The keynote address, which took place at the Hugh Lane, took the         Studek, Bruce Nauman, Kurt Scwitters and Gregor Schneider.                        concentrated on artistic practices that operated outside the studio. The
form of a conversation between the artist Daniel Buren and Jens               Schneider’s video footage taken as he crawled through the dreary                  research based practice of artist Lonnie van Brummelen was
Hoffman – the co-curator, along with the Hugh Lane’s Christina                interiors and claustrophobic in-between spaces of his Haus Er (Dead               introduced by Tessa Gilben, visual arts curator of Project. Van
Kennedy of ‘The Studio’. Kennedy and Hoffman’s introduction to the            House) documented of a constantly evolving installation / studio space            Brummelen, and her partner Siebren de Haan make work that
shows catalogue states that the exhibition was strongly informed by           where madness, fantasy and obsession were merged. Hand-held shaky                 incorporates film and publications. She talked about various aspects of
Buren’s highly influential essay, written in 1970 The Function of the         camera work is almost a cliché in today’s filmmaking terms especially             her work – some of which involves lengthy research and frustrating
Studio.                                                                       with the success of films like The Blair Witch Project but it was scary           negotiations with bureaucracies.
     Buren and Hoffman focused on what constituted contemporary               nonetheless.                                                                            The evolution of the contemporary artist’s role to encompass
studio practices. Hoffman questioned the traditional notion of the                One of the most interesting speakers of the day, in term of ideas             overseeing large projects, multi–tasking, producing filmed and
studio as a fixed centre or location for artistic activity – instead he       and content, was John Millar. In his presentation Studio Apartment                written documentation is a departure from the singular role that
concentrated on the idea of the studio as a free-moving site or facility,     /Luxury Loft Millar delved deeper into the ‘meat’ of the subject of the           artists traditionally held as producer of objects in fixed location –
that can comprise a lap-top or mobile phone and that the                      studio in the wider cultural contexts. He addressed the studio’s                  however at some point there has to be an engagement with some kind
contemporary artists product is not necessarily studio bound in its           representation in contemporary consumer culture and its association               of spaces of production and distribution. In relation to this Tessa
production. While Buren agreed with him in principle, he was quick            with inspirational notions associated with ‘studio living’ and loft               Gilben talked of artists with “drifting studio practise” and of how
to point out that a lot of the work in exhibition around them was             apartments. Although his focus was predominantly New York, Millar’s               museums and institutions might work with these artists.
nonetheless produced in studios.                                              arguments of course paralleled the concerns of all the artists – and                    It was interesting to hear artists talk about artistic research as a
     A good number of the works in ‘The Studio’, by illustrating and          ‘real’ people – that are desperately scrambling for living and working            discipline which in physical terms does operate ‘beyond the studio’
exploring ideas around studio production, display or process, could be        spaces in Irelands over-inflated property market.                                 along with the “negotiated truce” as Gilben put it, between what is
criticised for fetishising the studio as a privileged site – examples                Space in general is at a premium here in Ireland and elsewhere.            required by the galleries and institutions and the requirements of
being photographing the studio, rebuilding or other forms of                  This is probably the key factor why many artists reject traditional               artists. The final panel discussion made up of Caoimhin Mac Giolla
reconstruction of the studio. Buren’s sees his own practice as critical of    notions of creative production and exhibition, in favour of a more                Leith, Hank Sieger, Andrew Grassie and Mick Wilson attempted to
this type of approach – as he makes site-specific installations; and not      research-based practice that isn’t dependant on large production and              sum up the main points that had emerged during the symposium and
as he delicately put it “moveable artworks” – in other words                  exhibition spaces. Millar’s talk could have opened up an appropriate              took questions from the audience. It was suggested that perhaps there
commercially marketable art-objects. This was an interesting start to         point to include some speakers from the wider artistic community in               was a premature celebration of the death of the studio in favour of
the seminar as much debate followed concerning the preservation and           Dublin and Ireland – specifically those involved in artist-led studios            more knowledge-based practices.
documentation of objects produced in the studio.                              spaces, on order to address the idea of physical space – or lack of it, and             Where and how art is being produced remains a debatable
     The next day of the seminar at NCAD attracted full-to-capacity           the connections to the emergence of new working practices.                        subject. The studio is still a place of significance for art practice but the
audience of students, artists and curators. Thomas Demand’s                          The next speaker Karen Wright presented some insights about                individual artist’s experience of studio practice is difficult to
presentation The Studio: Metaphor or Miracle? comprised an account of         visiting    artist’s   studios.    Wright’s     presented      photographic       externalise. Similarly there are difficulties in presenting the day-to day
the artist’s own work in relation to the history of studio practice. His      documentation accompanied by anecdotes about the artists’ studios                 work practices of artists who work ‘outside’ the studio. In summary
focus was on the metaphorical role of the studio – as a place of ‘being’      she had visited. Wright showed some particularly impressive                       the symposium was a success in exploring the ways in which
where the conditions of making the artwork are significant in                 photographs of Anslem Kiefer’s sprawling studio complex in Belgium.               disparate practices sit in relation to one another and how individual
themselves. His key example was Kurt Schwitters’ Merzbau (1919 –              Space is certainly not an issue for Keifer, his studios are located on            artists negotiate the studio as private or public space. To quote Virginia
1937) – the constantly evolving assemblages that the artist created in        massive site on which three former factory buildings are situated                 Woolf from A Room of One’s Own, “One can only show how one came
his various dwelling places. The Merzbau was highly influential in            surrounded by yard spaces where he store’s and works with the of                  to hold whatever opinion one does hold. One can only give one’s
terms of installation art, but more essentially in the blurring of the        scrap lead that he uses for his work – which is more and more of an               audience the chance of drawing their own conclusions as they observe
boundaries between studio and the artwork itself.                             architectural scale and ambition. Millar talked of how she was told she           the limitations, the prejudices, and the idiosyncrasies of the speaker.”
     Demand discussed a number of other artists’ practice and works           had to wash her hands every half hour for fear of lead contamination –
in the same vein – such as Fischli /Weiss’s installation of the studio        whilst ironically Kiefer’s children used the yard as a playground yard                                                                                 Alison Pilkington
space in gallery settings, Christoph Buchel’s deconstructions of gallery      regularly. This anecdotal discussion of artists’ studios and studio visits        (1) ‘Beyond the Studio’ an international symposium on the role of the studio in creative
                                                                                                                                                                production took place at the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and National College Art
spaces and Mark Wallinger’s State Britain; the installation of a replica of   added a human element to the photographic documentation of the
                                                                                                                                                                and Design and Hugh Lane Gallery (8 – 9 Feb). The symposium, was held in the context of
Brian Haw’s Parliament Square various protest placards.                       studios and artists she has met.                                                  the exhibition ‘The Studio’ running at the Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane Gallery (1 Dec
                                                                                                                                                                06 – 25 Feb 07) and was organised by the gallery, in collaboration with the National
     Demand himself works through a combination of installation                      Wright also made some interesting points about the conventions             Sculpture Factory and the National College of Art and Design in order to examine the
and documentation. His large-scale photo works are derived from               and etiquette of studio visits. She also pondered whether the notion of           relevance, role and function of the studio today. Speakers included internationally active
                                                                                                                                                                artists, curators and critics: Iwona Blazwick, Daniel Buren, Gerard Byrne, Thomas Demand,
painstakingly constructed of life size paper models or objects and            visiting the studio was a valid means to adding to ones knowledge of              Claire Doherty, Andrew Grassie, Jens Hoffmann, Christina Kennedy, Caoimhin Mac Giolla
                                                                                                                                                                Leith, John Miller and Karen Wright.
architectural spaces, which involve sophisticated computer modelling          an artists practice and their artwork. Wright wryly noted that many
software in their production. After photographing these elaborate             curators and writers felt they had to pass an intelligence test to get into                       
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The Fact of the Page

                                                                                                                                                             theory, eg. reviewers were told not to include footnotes, as if they were
                                                                                                                                                             the signifier of its academicisation. At that stage, Source was never
                                                                                                                                                             readily going to take up the mantle of Ten 8 or Camerawork.
                                                                                                                                                                  On a related question, it also had to be responsive to changing
                                                                                                                                                             local conditions and funding environments, which are contingent and
                                                                                                                                                             specific to the historical moment. Tracing its subtitle/mast across its
                                                                                                                                                             different iterations is suggestive. From “The Photo Works North
                                                                                                                                                             Photographic Review” to “The Photographic Review” to “Ireland’s
                                                                                                                                                             Photographic Review” to “Photographic Review” back to “The
                                                                                                                                                             Photographic Review” to its new redesign and approach which has no
                                                                                                                                                             subtitle/mast; it maps not just the transcendence of its local roots to all
                                                                                                                                                             island significance but then to achieve international recognition. This
                                                                                                                                                             is hardly unique, and many arts publications have had to do this. It
                                                                                                                                                             seems like a canny strategy that allowed for those ‘constructive
                                                                                                                                                             ambiguities’ redolent of the wider political geography to work in its
                                                                                                                                                             favour. Drawing on cross border funding both Arts Council and the
                                                                                                                                                             peace process dividends, it was under EU funding that it could fund an
                                                                                                                                                             editor and support staff in the name of peace and reconciliation.
                                                                                                                                                                  In terms of editorial stance, Source has had to navigate its way
                                                                                                                                                             through and around the various debates that have shaped
                                                                                                                                                             photographic discourse and these too bear the marks of its move from
                                                                                                                                                             the local to a broader internationalised mode of address. These include
                                                                                                                                                             the modernist and postmodernist paradigm struggles, the photograph-
                                                                                                                                                             as-art versus the photograph-as-document tension, all debates that
                                                                                                                                                             preceded it. This is precisely the fault line that any photographic
                                                                                                                                                             magazine has been charting and negotiating for the last decade or so.
                                                                                                                                                             Source is no different as attempts to grapple with the vagaries of this
                                                                                                                                                             expanded and complex visual cultural economy.
                                                                                                                                                                  In the early issues, gritty black and white documentary photo-
                                                                                                                                                             stories of urban alienation and subcultural groups were published
                                                                                                                                                             with more self-consciously art school experimentations with objects
                                                                                                                                                             and performance. But more recently the tradition of social
                                                                                                                                                             documentary seems to have disappeared. These have been usurped by
                                                                                                                                                             the influence of a de-contextualised Jeff Wall with his mock spectacles
                                                                                                                                                             and his bastard kin, Crewdson et al, the German school ie. almost
                                                                                                                                                             everything after the Bechers. This is not altogether surprising. With
                                                                                                                                                             the rise of ‘artists who use photography’ Willie Doherty and Gerard
                                                                                                                                                             Byrne to documentary practitioners who strayed into the gallery eg.
                                                                                                                                                             Seawright, Anthony Haughey, etc, publications have followed this
                                                                                                                                                             drift. The conceptualist and post-conceptualist inheritance with their
                                                                                                                                                             appropriation of the photograph as document has been a feature of
                                                                                                                                                             gallery exhibitions for decades now. And as the art market colonised
                                                                                                                                                             photography in the 1990s, ‘traditional’ documentary’s stock has been
WITH its recent but intense museumification and the gravitational               been extending its reach and audience over the last five years to fill the   losing market share and critical currency. Indeed, the gallery for some
pull of the contemporary gallery, it is worth pointing out that                 vacuum left by Creative Camera and DPict and become an                       practitioners is now the space from where the newly parenthesised
photography has always been much more than those large scale                    international title with a wide distribution. Reviewing it since first       ‘documentary’ can speak albeit in its prefixes as ‘new social
polished mirror-commodities that fill both commercial and public                published in 1992, Source is in some way a story of our times and            documentary’ or ‘meta-documentary’ amongst others.
artspaces. To the question ‘where is the photograph?’ its slipperiness,         provides us with a trace of the kinds of shifts, transformations and              As if in response to the proliferation of photography and lens
liminal status and relative ambiguity as a medium (in a postmedium              accommodations that chart the trajectory of a photo-culture, its             based work in art magazines and galleries, and to its credit, Source was
age?) has always made it available for all sorts of uses, possibilities,        visibility and its attendant critical function.                              one of the first photographic publications to see ‘the photographic’
applications and contexts. From flickr to Abu Graib in an age of the                 It is worth revisiting the conditions of its emergence. It was the      beyond what might have been a narrow gauge or agenda. It enjoined
ever expanding blizzard of images and online photographs, it is also            vehicle of the Photo Works North initiative (made up, according to           debates around visual culture as an emerging field of enquiry with
worth reminding ourselves that the dominant and most widespread                 Paul Seawright its first editor of a ‘who’s who of Photography’) that        vernacular photography and commercial photographic practices in
channel of distribution for photography in the early 20th century was           sought to establish a gallery and resource centre in the Belfast on a par    features and review. As photographic discourse had be newly
not ‘the wall’ but in fact the page. In effect, its legitimation and entry to   with other major cities in the UK. Equally, deficits in educational          configured to address and make sense of the kinds of everyday
the ‘art’ canon, its visibility was as much to do with its circulation and      provision around photography were identified and Source became               practices, use and meanings, it has attempted to maintain a focus on
dissemination through the printed page in the form of the magazine,             one of the rallying points for the diversity of interests around the         what constitutes ‘the photographic’ when in other quarters there is a
the monograph, the journal, etc as much as the wall of the gallery              photographic in the North. From these modest beginnings, the process         celebration of the post-photographic. It has in some way redressed the
which accounted for a much less significant site. A recent                      of legitimation and building a platform for debate review and                earlier criticisms around its theoretical shyness.
conversation with David Campany highlighted this when he pointed                significantly the publishing of local photographers and artists work. If          In the last six years with the demise of Creative Camera and
out that Walter Benjamin, when writing what is one of the seminal               it had a discernable ideological agenda beyond this, it was not clear but    subsequently DPict both UK based publications, Source again shifted
essays of modern photographic criticism A Short History of Photography,         the juggling of the communities of interests made for content and            and renewed itself with a new community of writers many of whom
was not looking at Atget on the wall but on the page in the form of a           criticism that did not bear the imprint of the kinds of practices and        are the leading photographic critics and commentators in Ireland and
monograph.                                                                      theoretical writings that had by 1992 become the mainstay of some            the UK. Whilst its own local base is still strong (unlikely to ever
     Source, the Belfast-based photographic review celebrated its 50th          photographic magazines and contemporary art journals. Driven more            evaporate with its current funders and support) with representation in
edition last month. This is no mean feat in an environment and                  by a pragmatism borne of its marginal status as much as an                   both writing and featured photography, it is now alongside a much
market that has seen the proliferation of back issue redistribution of          ambivalence to what was emerging as the canon of ‘photo-theory’              wider set of contributors and debates. Thankfully, still wedded to the
the failed, dead or recently deceased titles in this area. Source now           with its radical promise, continental philosophies, density of language      page, Source continues. The latest issue sees this iteration come
stands alongside very few others as a ‘specialist’ publication focused on       and imported methodologies, it seemed shy of alienating its audiences.       together in its new format and layout making it a significant and
photography and the photographic. Under the editorial duo of John               And while many of the early writers and contributors were                    attractive feature of your local newsstand.
Duncan and Richard West, a photographer and writer respectively, it             photographers and practitioners, making ‘access’ a virtue, it seemed                                                                 Martin McCabe
has managed to remain a consistent presence here in Ireland and has             that there was little appetite for ‘difficulty’ or the engagement with
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Visual Artists’ Clinics                                                                                                                                    other possible successful communication options.
                                                                                                                                                                 The west of Ireland boasts 10 publicly run local radio stations. In
                                                                                                                                                           Ireland we have the largest radio listenership per capita in Europe. In
AIDEEN BARRY, THE VAI WESTERN REPRESENTIVE DISCUSSES SOME ISSUES ARISING FROM THE                                                                          the west in particular most of the local radio stations have arts
VISUAL ARTISTS CLINICS SHE HAS BEEN CONDUCTING                                                                                                             programmes. Roscommon FM have a very good example of an arts
                                                                                                                                                           programme, run by visual artist Noel Molloy ( – The Arts
                                                                                                                                                           Programme, presented by Noel Molloy, Wednesdays The
SINCE taking up the role of the West of Ireland Representative I have       many visual artists in the west of Ireland the inability to access the
                                                                                                                                                           programme has quite a large listenership, encompassing listeners from
received enormous feedback from the visual artists working in the           bare essentials such as broadband internet access is still an enormous
                                                                                                                                                           all artistic communities in the Roscommon and Leitrim area. I have
west of Ireland, the most successful of which has been through the          hindrance. Add to this the abysmal public transport systems we have
                                                                                                                                                           taken part in three radio interviews since starting the role as the VAI’s
information clinics I have been running in Galway, Roscommon and            and you have a situation in which communication has a great habit of
                                                                                                                                                           west of Ireland rep. Radio interviews have been quite successful in
Mayo; with future clinics scheduled for Sligo, Leitrim, Castlebar and       breaking down. Given these liabilities the importance of a presence for
                                                                                                                                                           spreading information on the clinics; and also taking queries from
Westport.                                                                   an organisation such as the VAI becomes one of the biggest priorities
                                                                                                                                                           artist about my own role and about the practices of VAI. Future radio
      The most interesting aspect of the new role I find myself in is the   of the new job.
                                                                                                                                                           programmes have now been scheduled for Galway Bay FM and Ocean
notion of putting a face on an organisation. In recent years there has            Running ‘Visual Artists Clinics’ has been, and continues to be a
                                                                                                                                                           FM (Sligo / Mayo area).
been an increase in exceptional visual art activity in the west of          very effective way of increasing visibility of the organisation. They are
                                                                                                                                                                 The only major draw back of my new position as the West of
Ireland. With this growth of visual art practices comes the need for        quite informal, artists come and meet me, I explain the role of the
                                                                                                                                                           Ireland representative is my limited area of attention. I’m employed to
effective communication between organisations in the rural                  organisation and what VAI can offer its members; and then I report
                                                                                                                                                           cover the counties of Mayo / Sligo / Leitrim / Roscommon and Galway.
community. The feedback I have been getting is that though many             back to VAI with requests and queries from visual artists and how the
                                                                                                                                                           However, I’ve found that once a face has been put on an organisation;
artists have been members of VAI the notion of being a part of a rural      organisation can help with advocacy and lobbying issues. The clinics
                                                                                                                                                           that face is then required to make appearances in every other county
section of the visual art community has evoked the feelings of              are successful in forging links between similar artist led initiatives,
                                                                                                                                                           in Ireland! I have now found myself being asked to run clinics in Cork,
geographical exclusion. We are all aware of the notion of ‘pale-itis’ ie    inter-county artists studios and galleries. I have amassed a large
                                                                                                                                                           Kerry and Wexford. This will unfortunately stretch my ability to
the concentration of resources to the area of the pale or Dublin area.      amount of information on organisations that work with VAI and
                                                                                                                                                           represent the west and I have had to turn down clinic opportunities as
There is a need for greater representation by an organisation like VAI      sharing literature on these organisations at the clinics has proved very
                                                                                                                                                           a result. The biggest challenge now to face the VAI is to make a
in the rest of the country and I feel my new position acts as a platform    beneficial in terms of aligning similar practices and forging possible
                                                                                                                                                           provision for a South of Ireland, Midlands, and possibly South Eastern
for this.                                                                   future collaboration projects.
                                                                                                                                                           Representative. The flood-gates have now been opened and it remains
      Politically we are witnessing the erosion of the rural community            The clinics not only offer an effective means of communicating
                                                                                                                                                           to be seen how the organisation can cope with a representational
the removal of vital infrastructures such as the local shop, local pub      to the larger VAI body but they also reflect the historical rural notion
                                                                                                                                                           policy for the communities beyond the Pale. Developing a good
and post office and the urbanisation of our villages. The challenge for     of being apart of a larger community. The key to this notion is the
                                                                                                                                                           relationship between the VAI and centres of artistic practice appears to
my position is to make contact with visual artists who live and work in     personal contact between practising artists / organisations and myself,
                                                                                                                                                           be the key.
sometimes extremely isolated communities. Communities that are              a fellow practising visual artist living in the west of Ireland. The clinics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Aideen Barry
slowly being eroded away by our new Ireland. Communicating in               offer a dual function. They create links between the artists who come
these remote areas highlights the need to effectively use existing          to meet with me and VAI, and by running the clinics in centres of
                                                                                                                                                           AIDEEN BARRY WILL RUN CLINICS IN THE FOLLOWING CENTRES
means of local rural communication such as the local newspapers and         artistic activity it also encourages more contact between art centres,
                                                                                                                                                           10 May Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Mayo. 11am- 3pm.
radio.                                                                      studio spaces and gallery’s and Visual Artists Ireland. Thus building a
                                                                                                                                                           17 May The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim 11am-2.30pm.
      The advent of the internet has meant that the VAI as an               relationship that encourages collaborations and facilitations for future
                                                                                                                                                           12 June Custom House Studios, Westport, Mayo 11 am-2.30pm.
organisation has excelled in supplying information on visual art            VAI activities. With the difficulties of communicating to members and
activity through email bulletins and website facilitations. However for     organisations about VAI through the internet, I have had to examine

                                                                                                                                                                                      West Cork Arts Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                           North St, Skibbereen, Co.Cork
                                                                                                                                                                                      T: +353 28 22090 F: +353 28 23237

                                                                                                                       The Barry’s Van Tour, Jorge Satorre

                                                                                                                       I’ve never seen your face - Chris Hurley and Sandra Minchin
                                                                                                                       19 May - 9 June
                                                                                                                       Mixed media works dealing with the subjects of voyeurism, control and

                                                                                                                       The Barry’s Van Tour - Jorge Satorre
                                                                                                                       16 June - 7 July
                                                                                                                       Documentation of new site-specific projects carried out by the artist.
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                                                                                                                                                                  audience had certain knowledge, saying “it was alienating for an
                                                                                                                                                                  audience when something was too specific”. Lee cited an anecdote
                                                                                                                                                                  about a performance that she was involved in as a key moment in
                                                                                                                                                                  heightening her concern with elitism in dance – it was a piece in
                                                                                                                                                                  which the performers sat with the audience; only at the moment when
                                                                                                                                                                  all of the performers were on stage, was it revealed that there was only
                                                                                                                                                                  one audience member. Phelan responded to this by stating that he did
                                                                                                                                                                  not think it mattered whether you had a big, or small audience.
                                                                                                                                                                        Irish visual artist Shane Cullen, speaking with the UK based
                                                                                                                                                                  composer Graham Miller, noted that in his experience work that is to
                                                                                                                                                                  self conscious about the idea of the ‘audience’ rarely interests
                                                                                                                                                                  audiences. Cullen spoke of the beginning of a project as being the most
                                                                                                                                                                  indulgent for artists, “then other things, that you can’t control start to
                                                                                                                                                                  happen”. Cullen quoted Samuel Beckett, “fail again, fail better” in
                                                                                                                                                                  response to Miller’s assertion that he was not interested in erasing the
                                                                                                                                                                  mistakes in his work. Miller replied by speaking of “the need for cracks
                                                                                                                                                                  in a work in order to really see it” and compared this drive with the
                                                                                                                                                                  purposeful flaws that can be found in Islamic art. In reference to the
                                                                                                                                                                  difficult positioning of artists as critics of their own work Shane said,
                                                                                                                                                                  “making the piece is the test that you carry out as an artist… there is a
                                                                                                                                                                  need to go through that process”. He concluded the 20-minute
                                                                                                                                                                  discussion with Miller by emphasising the importance of play in
                                                                                                                                                                  relation to art, stating that “the games get more serious, but the
                                                                                                                                                                  rewards are greater”.
                                                                                                                                                                        The emphasis on the audience’s formative role in the production
                                                                                                                                                                  of works continued to be theme throughout the interview between
                                                                                                                                                                  Irish visual artist Lorraine Gallagher and Irish based composer George
                                                                                                                                                                  Higgs. UK choreographer Ghislaine Boddington and Irish visual artist
                                                                                                                                                                  Louise Walsh also focused their conversation on issues that arise as a
                                                                                                                                                                  result of ‘inter-authorship’.
                                                                                                                                                                        With all of the participating artists gathered in open discussion in
Group discussion, Graham Miller to the foreground. Image: Vipul Sangoi, raindesign.                                                                               the afternoon, Tom Creed posed the question – what was it that these
                                                                                                                                                                  artists hoped to elicit from an audience? Shane Cullen, placing
                                                                                                                                                                  considerable emphasis upon audience, volunteered that he hoped they

Interdisciplinary Exchanges                                                                                                                                       would provide a point to his work! Alan Phelan spoke of his intention
                                                                                                                                                                  to partake in an activity where the end product is not recognisable as
                                                                                                                                                                  art. He aspired to “wipe himself out” as the author of the work. Graham
SARAH LINCOLN REPORTS ON AN MULTI-DISCPLINARY ARTS INITIATIVE THAT BRINGS TOGETHER                                                                                Miller hoped that his work would bring about a transformation in
IRISH AND UK BASED PRACTITIONERS TOGETHER IN ORDER TO EXCHANGE EXPERIENCES AND                                                                                    people – and he went on to state that he believed art was a
HIGHLIGHT THE STRATEGIES AND CONCERNS THAT INFORM THEIR WORK                                                                                                      “phenomenally important means of communication”. Rosemary Lee
                                                                                                                                                                  believed that “audiences are looking for something spiritual in
TIMOTHY Emlyn Jones wrote in Printed Project issue 4, “There is a                     trying to provide a space for artists to be explorative with one another.   culture”. In relation to traditions in how the arts are received by an
need for more theory about practice coming out of what artists do                     It is like we have a tent, and all we are doing is putting the tent hooks   audience, there were some suggestions as to how audiences could
methodologically. We need to know how we think through art” (1). A                    in the ground, the rest is for the artists to decide”.                      enrich the arts through their behaviour. Tom Creed cited the belief
new project initiated by Create(2) and in partnership with NCAD seeks                      UK based artist Richard Layzell talking with Tom Creed the Irish       that standards within theatre would improve if audiences walked out
to deepen this kind of understanding through the facilitation of                      Director of Playgroup, explained how key the presence of risk was to        in protest at what they believed was bad work. On the other hand
discussions between artists about their practice.                                     his work. By way of example Layzell described how for a 1989 off-site       Graham Miller suggested that audiences were too impatient when it
      The projects inaugural event took place in the Soho Theatre in                  project on the subject of revolutionary politics, he acted the role of a    came to viewing art works. Though he did not pose any concrete
London on the 27 February; and comprised a series of public                           staunch Thatcherite right wing politician. During the course of the         solution to this problem, he did venture that audiences should
discussions involving six Irish based artists – Shane Cullen, Tom Creed,              project he in fact became alarmed at how convincing he was – posing         sometimes be “forced to sit and watch”!
Louise Walsh, George Higgs, Lorraine Gallagher and Alan Phelan. The                   as a politician and informing people that they were in a revolution. A            Perhaps the most acrimonious issue surrounding the question of
participants, who ranged in discipline from theatre directors, to                     decision was made mid-way through the piece to change his character,        audience, was that of populism within the arts. Recently the British
composers and visual artists, exchanged insights into their working                   making himself seem more ridiculous in order to curb the amount of          Arts Council has begun to consider arts applications based upon the
process with five UK based artists – Ghislaine Boddington, Shobana                    ‘recruits’ that he had gained.                                              popularity of a piece of work. The question as to whether the general
Jeyasingh, Rosemary Lee, Richard Layzell, Graeme Miller and Errollyn                       Tom Creed drew on a project he directed with the Playgroup             public are the best people to decide what cultural policy should be
Warren, who are all research associates at Middlesex University. The                  company called Dark Week, which was held at the Everyman Palace             fuelled the discussion into the late afternoon.
group met over two days, with the second day’s discussions taking                     Theatre in Cork over June 2005, to illustrate possibilities in                    CREATE hope to receive funding to enable this group of Irish
place in front of an audience. Day one began with the artists taking                  withholding information from the audience. Dark Week was presented          based artists to travel together, at various times, throughout Europe,
turns to pair up to interview each other over 20 minutes. As the day                  in such a way as that no one audience member could take in more than        having discussions around similar topics with local artists. As
progressed, the group discussion expanded to include the audience.                    10% of the piece. There was therefore the need for audience members         relationships strengthen between each of the groups, the aim is that
The event marked the beginning of what is hoped to be an on-going                     to talk to one another in order to gain an understanding of the whole       the conversations that take place will become more in-depth and
Europe-wide exchange.                                                                 piece. Layzell and Creed Richard spoke about a common drive to blur         complex. Sarah Tuck noted: “conversations will become more nuanced
      The long-term intention for these discussions is that there will be             the distinction between art and life. In Playgroup’s 2003 Fringe            as the artists develop more familiarity with each other’s processes,
a deepening of knowledge around artists’ process. Sarah Tuck, the                     production of SOAP! (directed by Creed) audience members attended           practice and ways of thinking”. It is to the credit of the participating
director of CREATE elaborated on this point, noting how “points of                    daily updates over two weeks of a live soap-opera, prompting the            artists that, having had only one day in which to introduce their work
convergence arise quite naturally between the artists, as well as                     director to add that there’s “something delicious about seeing people       to each other, the quality and diversity of discussion that took place in
differences”. Tuck also explained that having artists face each other in              change their lives in order to go to the theatre”.                          London was stimulating and challenging. It will be interesting to note
discussion, without displaying specific projects, was a particular                         The question of audience – and how formative it is in the shaping      how future discussions will be affected by the specific culture and
strategy in order that, “it provided an appropriate kind of a quietness –             of a piece, continued as a theme throughout the day. Irish artist Alan      traditions of the countries in which the next series of conversations
in order for the artist to speak with candour about their process”. She               Phelan spoke of a shift occurring in how he imagined his audience.          will take place.
also added that “if there is a level of candour, then that is vividly                 Relating specifically to his move from a participatory practice back to                                                                                 Sarah Lincoln
interesting for the wider public”. Though this project is in its nascent              a studio-based work, Phelan stated that in his experience “the more
stage, it is important to identify a means to document an event like                  people he worked with, the less relevant it was to an audience”.            (1) James Elkins (Ed.) ‘A Method of Search for Reality’, Printed Project (Issue 04, 2005) p23.
                                                                                                                                                                  (2) Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts. They offer a range of
this. Create are hoping that additional funding will help to finance an               Phelan’s interviewee, the London based choreographer, Rosemary Lee              services for artists and arts organisations; which include Professional Development,
                                                                                                                                                                      Learning Development, Project Management and Consultancy. They are located at 10/11
audio archive and that the series of exchanges will conclude with a                   responded in contrast to this. She spoke of her conscious shift from            Earl Street South, Dublin 8 (Tel: 01- 473 6600,
publication. However, Tuck does not regard Create’s role within this                  stage based to screen based work, in order to widen her audience. Lee
project as that of curator, “we are not chairing something, we are just               spoke of her concern with presenting a work that assumed an
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Location Location

IN Northern Ireland the long period of economic stasis appears to be          why have both organisations moved to this particular location /                  Diary of Activities
coming to an end, or at least in relation to property speculation             building? What does this resource and tenancy agreement give them?
anyhow. The current property boom is no doubt as a result of the              What can be learned from both these organisations choice? The Arts                  On Wednesday 31 January I was invited to give a lecture on Public
faltering Peace Process, where some imaginary line has perhaps been           Council, prior to making any plans for studio rationalisation in Belfast,           Art Commissioning processes to a group of artists and
crossed, enabling the property developers to feel safe enough to come         should figure out why both these organisations have arrived where                   practitioners at the Arts & Disability Forum offices in Belfast. This
out and spend their money. The amount of cranes now visible across            they are.                                                                           lecture outlined the differing type of processes which exist for
the Belfast skyline is testament to this.                                                                                                                         running commissions, and also the procedures an artist can be
                                                                              As mentioned the North inner-city area of Belfast, which straddles the              required to follow in response to commission briefs with
As a result of this boom, pressure is being felt by some artists studios in   Former Laganside, is currently under allot of change and                            information based on my own experience.
the broader Belfast community and I know of several studio groups             redevelopment. These include the University of Ulster’s Belfast
who in the last few months have been required to move out of their            Campus redevelopment, Flaxart and Orchid Studios as mentioned                       I was subsequently invited by Arts & Disability to give two
existing premises to make way for so called ‘re-development’, or in           above, but also soon to be joined by the Golden Thread Gallery who                  presentations to its members on Visual Arts Ireland. These
other words as a result of property speculation.                              are taking over management of the Switchroom Gallery on Great                       presentations took place at their Awards Day on the 21 March.
                                                                              Patrick Street.
One of these, Orchid Studios, have now moved from King Street on the                                                                                              I am receiving regular requests for information or advice on a
edge of the city centre and relocated to a new premises in the same           The Golden Thread ( have been running a                  variety of subjects and matters from Public Art Problems to contact
building as Flaxart at 44-46 Corporation Street on the northern fringe        very successful program of events and exhibitions over the last                     details etc. I would like to ensure any Northern Irish practitioners
of the city centre, an area itself which is currently undergoing allot of     number of years, in a challenging location, where it was difficult to               that they are free to make contact with me for information or
development! Their new studio is housed in a space that was                   generate large audiences. Their impending move closer to the City                   advice on any professional matter in relation to visual art practice
previously used by Interface (a University of Ulster Research Centre),        Centre and Art College, will no doubt generate greater audience                     and I will do my best to either relay their queries to the relevant
during the re-development of the art college (Belfast campus). When           interaction.                                                                        parties, or try to deal with them myself.
Interface moved back to their new premises within the Belfast
campus, Orchid moved in.                                                      It is also generally understood that the Arts Council of Northern                   I am also interested in contact with artists, artist groups, and artist’s
                                                                              Ireland are in the process of championing the development of a “major               resources across Northern Ireland. In particular I would be happy
This is an organic form of the perceived need for “studio group               art gallery / centre” in the same area. The Old Museum Arts Centre                  to hear from artists or artist run organisations who are
rationalisation in Belfast”; as mentioned in the Arts Council of              seem to have been pin-pointed as the main tenant organisation for this              encountering problems or have longer term plans and ideas in
Northern Ireland’s Five Year Plan. In this sense both Flaxart and Orchid      proposed new-build, but I am unaware of any consultation with the                   which I may be of use, or can offer some advice.
remain as distinct and separate organisations but now share one               visual arts sector having taken place on this venture, country to the                                                                      Brian Connolly.
building resource. There incidental arrival at the same building              Arts Council’s stated aims and objectives.
perhaps exemplifies best practice and poses interesting questions, ie

   The Royal Victoria Hospital

   Commission for a landmark sculpture for the new Imaging Centre

   For an artist's brief please contact:
   Hilary Cromie, Arts Coordinator
   The Royal Hospitals, Grosvenor Road, Belfast BT12 6BA.
   Phone: 028 9063 4186

   Closing date: 29 June 2007

                                                                                                                           Tina Meehan, Utopia or not?, 2006, cigar box, thread, watercolour, acrylic & paper clips, dimensons variable.

                                                                                                                           Utopias                                                 Building Castles in the Air
                                                                                                                           Tina Meehan                                             Maggie Madden
                                                                                                                           Ground floor gallery                                    Foyer & first floor gallery space
                                                                                                                           11 June - 25 August                                     11 June - 25 August

                                                                                                                           Synergies                                               Artist in Residence
                                                                                                                           Maureen Meehan & Juliette de la Mer                     June - December 2007
                                                                                                                           First floor gallery                                     Maggie Madden
                                                                                                                           11 June - 25 August

                                                                                                                           Draíocht Blanchardstown Centre,
                                                                                                                           Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
                                                                                                                           T: +353 1 885 2610 F: +353 1 8243434
14                                                                                                                                                The Visual Artists’ News Sheet                                                    May / June 2007


A Network is Born

IN early February this year, a meeting of representatives from 31             institutions and while the majority of artists they host pay rent there      a great eagerness to sign-up for these different roles with a number of
different artist studios (1) took place at IMMA in Dublin. This followed      are many other costs that need additional support. Covering costs is         regional representatives volunteering as well as a web design team,
on from an informal session the previous December which initiated a           never really enough if these work places are to be properly equipped         finance team, questionnaire co-ordinators, and international links
discussion about setting up a studio network for all of Ireland which         and function under health and safety guidelines. With rising rental          team. These volunteers will work for 12 months and then report back
has led to over 93 studios signing-up.                                        rates many studios can only offer the most basic of facilities and           at meetings and/or via the web site.
     The studio scene in the country is currently without any specific        resources, some even have trouble providing winter heating which                   Overall it was a very encouraging start to this new body which
representative body or lobby group – and as a result there is a real need     should not be seen as a luxury.                                              has quite simple aims and ambitions in providing support for a
to share knowledge, expertise and resources across many areas. Artist’s            The initial discussion stressed the need to keep operational            disparate scene which should benefit greatly from this shared support
studios have emerged in a variety of different ways to cater for artists      matters simple and manageable. No grandiose manifestos were                  structure.
with many models and set-ups throughout the country currently in              introduced and there was a spirit of co-operation evident. It was agreed           Enquiries regarding joining the ASNI and obtaining the
existence. This emerging body, named at the meeting as Artists Studio         that a good starting point was setting up an on-line directory with          questionnaire for the on-line directory should be made to Janice
Network Ireland, will now hopefully provide a strong and united voice         information on location, facilities, number of artists working, studio       Hough                           or       Claire         Power
for this sector.                                                              dimensions, art forms, access to other resources and facilities,   
     The meeting was organised in an informal way with all of those           exhibition space, possible awards or internal support, studio exchange             The next meeting of Artist Studio Network Ireland will be at
in attendance introducing themselves to get the session going after a         possibilities,   urban/rural,   management/administration,        tenure,    Queen Street Studios Belfast on Friday May 11th 2007. Contact Jude
brief introduction by hosts Janice Hough, the Artist Work Programme           funding, legal structures, governance, web links, etc. All these were        Bennet for details. The meeting will co-
Coordinator at IMMA and Jacinta Lynch, the Director of Broadstone             contained in a questionnaire that was modified during the meeting to         inside with a citywide Open Studios event during the weekend of May
Studios. Each studio representative outlined the location, number of          be distributed afterwards. Web sites such as the residency organisation      12th 2007
artists, resources and facilities and it was clear from this that there was   ResArtis ( were pointed out as a good model to                                                                                           Alan Phelan
indeed a diverse range, from small rural studio groupings, art centres,       follow. It was decided that the technical and resource demands for web
                                                                                                                                                           (1) The participating studios at the meeting were: Queen Street Studios; An Averna;
private retreats through to well established institutions.                    site development would have to be shared and part funded by anyone               Bailieborough Arts & Cultural Centre; Backwater Artists Group; Contact Studios Limerick;
     The bulk of the studios represented at the meeting were self-            joining the Network. A nominal contribution of €20 for one year was              Cork Artists Collective; La Cathedral Studios; National Sculpture Factory; Alternative
                                                                                                                                                               Entertainments Ltd.; Archway Studios; Broadstone Studios; Fire Station Artists Studios;
financing, with maybe limited or once-off grants from local                   agreed for non-funded studios and €50 for funded studios to assist in            IMMA Artist’s Work Programme; Independent Studios; Monstertruck Studios and Gallery;
                                                                                                                                                               New Art Studios; Pig Dog Studios; Red Stable Studios; Sprawl Studios; Stoneybatter Studios;
authorities but with little ongoing funding for administration or             the creation of the web site and cover associated costs. There were
                                                                                                                                                               Studio 468; Artspace Studios; Engage Arts Studios; Garraun Studio; Limerick Printmakers;
development. Funding and financing issues will probably be a key              offers of support from Clodagh Kenny from the Firestation Artists                Tearmann Artist Studios; Art Lane Studios; Mantua Art Project; Visual Arts Centre; The
                                                                                                                                                               Garage Studios; Glendarragh Studios.
focus of the Network, working as a representative voice, to encourage         Studios, Dublin to provide office space, phone line and broadband
increased public funding in the sector. One factor that has certainly         access but the group felt it was too early to be taking such strides. This
held this back is the diversity in the studio system as they operate in       will be decided on later once the web directory has been set up.
different ways and cater to diverse needs. Studios function therefore as           It was felt that the Network should look at having a number of
non-profit collectives, small businesses and nationally funded                sub-groups undertake different tasks to share the workload. There was
The Visual Artists’ News Sheet                                                        May / June 2007                                                                                                                                                 15


The Experimentaton Goes on

Mary Ruth Walsh                                                                                                                                                               specific exhibition took place at a house on Bridgewater Street,
                                                                                                                                                                              Kilkenny. The house was open to visitors from 11am until midnight.
                                                                                                                                                                              The photographic work of Pauline Rowan were created on site and
                                                                                                                                                                              subsequently exhibited there. Live performances were carried out by
                                                                                                                                                                              Joanna Peacock, using her armoured body and an angle grinder to
                                                                                                                                                                              create a explosive fire-work display, live music took place in the
                                                                                                                                                                              kitchen by the forceful Naked Ruby and DJ sets compiled by Vaginal
                                                                                                                                                                              Vinyl were resourcefully transmitted from a caravan parked up in the
                                                                                                                                                                              front garden. Other impromptu performances took place throughout
                                                                                                                                                                              the day and night. Carrying on the tradition of the attic as sanctuary, I
                                                                                                                                                                              thought it most fitting to present the compulsive piece The Where I’m
                                                                                                                                                                              Not in the less public and almost otherworldly space of an attic.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Undertaking Exercises in Folkatronica has enabled me to have a
                                                                                                                                                                              more informed understanding of the forces of my favourite nightmare!

                                                                                                                                                                              Karl Burke

Mary Ruth Walsh still from a video work in progress.                                                                                                                           Karl Burke Clouds . Layered video image.

I love it and I hate it. I’m obsessional about it and terrified of it. It gives                 Clodagh Emoe
me the greatest highs and the worst lows – it’s the shooting and the                                                                                                          Participating on the Folkatronica audiovisual residency program, not
techie side of video work. I love the former and battle with the later.                                                                                                       only provided the opportunity to experiment with this medium – but
Crossing that threshold from the real world, through the lens, into                                                                                                           forced me to consider my artwork within in this framework. My
another space with possibilities I hadn’t even considered is a privilege                                                                                                      practice stretches between the visual and the sonic – working with
I’ll never tire of. But the battle with editing had a history. Memories of                                                                                                    sculpture, installation, photography, video and sound. The work I
frequent night terrors from the tense times in editing suites in the lead                                                                                                     produce is sculptural in nature and deals with issues related to our
up to the final BA show are now history – thanks to Folkatronica.                                                                                                             inherit perception of space, the world around and our place within it.
With a clear-headed and matter of fact approach by Stephen Gunning                                                                                                            An ongoing body of work wooden drawings involves the placement of
in the calm space of the Visual Artists Ireland, the editing was a dream.                                                                                                     uniform lengths of processed wood in various situations in a
Now I’m coming to terms with the techie side of things and towards                                                                                                            landscape, in this case a forest. These three dimensional interventions
                                                                                                                                                                              endeavor to form a physical and emotive relationship between the art,
some sort of independent video making. The night terrors are gone.
                                                                                                                                                                              space, place and the viewer.
      What happened in the intervening six years since the BA if video
                                                                                                Clodagh Emoe The Where I’m Not Stills from video installation. August 2006.           Translating this work in to an audiovisual format was
or lens based work is so important? Quite a lot. One MA later and a lot
                                                                                                Video is fundamental element of my inter-disciplinary practice. My            challenging. But I realised that I could use the three-dimensional
wiser from the time spent in London I’m happy I spent so much time
                                                                                                use of video would best be described as vignettes that expose personal        qualities of sound to illustrate my practice. One piece, still in progress,
experimenting. Resisting the easier option of a one-medium-practice,
                                                                                                acts of erroneous endeavour. Similar to the drawings and sculptural           was inspired by a particular sonic experience. Scene – a quiet
sometimes to my distinct disadvantage, has been beneficial in
                                                                                                objects that I produce, glitches tend to occur in these videos – due to       landscape of rolling hills, a calm bay, big open sky. The landscape
hindsight. Instinct is a great thing. Keeping the work open – my
                                                                                                my crude attempts of negotiating my way through video editing                 seems asleep except a quiver of wind, a song bird or the mysterious
practice seems to insist on several threads running at the one time; yet
                                                                                                programmes. Although, this method of working is frustrating , I’ve            sound of the sand as it absorbs the ocean. A stone quarry is in operation
with one distinct idea. But what do I do? Draw? Photographic work?
                                                                                                found that this tentative approach to comprehending the technology            very close to this site and blasting is not uncommon. Experiencing this
Installations? Sculpt? Paint? Unapologetically yes to them all.
                                                                                                has led to some interesting occurrences in the work.                          sonic event seemed to literally stop time as I walked my dog along the
      Currently, I’m using the context of the host building (gallery) as a
                                                                                                        To me the pleasure / pain dualism inherent in video editing is        shore. Oddly, the landscape became quieter as the sound of the
type of framing device for the work. The building for the next show is
                                                                                                reminiscent of the mesmeric state one can fall into when deprived of          explosion dissipated. This event became the inspiration for creating an
the Wexford Arts Centre, an old grain exchange. The new work
                                                                                                rest. Perhaps it’s to do with the weird shift that occurs in time when        ambient audiovisual artwork, that in some way would carry a similar
explores contemporary aspects of exchange in a philosophical way.
                                                                                                obsessive-compulsive activity kicks in; time seems to stand still yet         disquieting effect.
Here the lens-based work is shown side by side with its source material,
                                                                                                speeds forward concurrently.                                                         As a musician I was aware of the power and effect that sound and
articulating the gap between the real and the mediated image of the
                                                                                                        In fact the kinks and malfunctions in my work help to articulate      music have on the moving image. Becoming increasing interested in
camera. It speaks of personal identity and community identity by
                                                                                                the themes and lines of inquiry I am interested in – how a yearning for       this as a device to create atmosphere, I was fortunate to get a sound
examining the anatomy and life cycle of contemporary exchange.                                                                                                                recording of this blasting. This sound will become the central
                                                                                                transcendence and absolute knowledge might be disrupted or
        Thanks Folkatronica. The experimentation goes on.                                                                                                                     character in the final piece and will also be used to create other texture
                                                                                                     The Residency in Folkatronica enabled me to embark on a video            and tones to build atmosphere.
                                                                     Mary Ruth Walsh                                                                                                 Besides one draw back – the lack of a three-chip camera; I found
                                                                                                project entitled The Where I’m Not. Having technical advice and
                                                                                                support from the truly savvy Lee Welsh enabled me to edit and                 the residency very beneficial. It provided technical assistance, which
(1) At that time the late Noel Sheridan was instrumental in sorting out computer and editing
shortages in NCAD
                                                                                                produce a finished video piece. This was exhibited as part of a larger        was helpful in terms of using of camera and developing my editing
                                                                                                installation in the show ‘Re-Production’ at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in     skills. The staff at Visual Artists Ireland made it a very welcoming and
                                                                                                August 2006.                                                                  comfortable experience. Having the time and space to contemplate my
                                                                                                        Curated by Louise Allen and Mary Butler ‘Re-Production’ was site-     particular art practice through video not only created new work but
                                                                                                                                                                              encouraged re interpretations of my practice.
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Andi McGarry

                                                            When I read about Folkatronica in the Visual Artists’ News Sheet, it               I decided to ‘splash out’ and I upgraded my camera to a
                                                            struck me that what I was proposing might not fit the bill – it mightn’t      ‘waterproof to 10 feet’ digital camera – and this was great for about a
                                                            be quite technical, or folka-tronic enough so to speak. However as I          month; and then it let water in, much to my dismay – so I reverted to
                                                            examined the criteria I saw possibilities and decided to go for it. I think   waterproof disposable camera’s to finish off my shooting. I have to say
                                                            it helps to “think outside of the box” sometimes – and opportunities          the digital was preferable for its immediacy and the quality of the
                                                            like this one can get you to do just that. I was thinking about how I         shots.
                                                            could take part of my practice and explore it in a new way.                        I made several journeys up to Visual Arts Ireland’s Dublin offices
                                                                  I’d begun a project two years previously using an underwater            and was helped by technicians to collate the images. I wanted to
                                                            camera; and then mixing text with the images with a view to                   assemble a DVD movie. I was shown how to insert the text, process the
                                                            producing an artist’s book. I was exploring images generated under the        images, insert video clips and add a soundtrack. All of this was
                                                            water. The themes were simple enough – man’s engagement with the              accomplished using Imovie. For those who don’t know this
                                                            sublime material that covers seven tenths of the world.                       programme – I would recommend it. It was great fun to try out this
                                                                  Because water distance is measured in fathoms and the shots             technology and I found the interface extremely user friendly.
                                                            were all images less than one fathom, the title of the project more or             So to conclude, in terms of expectations – I had hoped to create a
Andi McGarry Under One Fathom . Video still.                less suggested itself. This was the general criteria and starting point for   period of space and dedicated time to work on a single piece of work. I
                                                            my enquiry.                                                                   certainly did that. I found it extremely productive in terms of
                                                                  I had decided at the outset to produce a finished piece – though        generating new ideas and getting to grips with new and challenging
                                                            the Folkatronica remit is open-ended and it isn’t a requirement to            media formulations. Collaborating often produces the kind of results,
                                                            produce a finished work. It gave me something to aim for. I was able to       which would have been unattainable with out the collective
                                                            expand the remit considerably and concentrate new resources, justify          interaction. My artist’s book titled Under one Fathom and DVD will be
                                                            time and expenditure, and extend both the size and scope of the work.         shown later this year as a result of this residency. I am still developing
                                                                  The first part of my project required frequent immersions into          this underwater idea; and plan to undertake further ‘under one
                                                            water. I had in mind a variety of sites, which included the sea, rural        fathom’ projects in the future.
                                                            watercourses, rivers, fountains, paddling pools and some urban
                                                            watercourses. As it evolved most of my shots came from under the sea
                                                            – by convenience as much as choice. Paddling pools for example
                                                            produced interesting shots but local rural watercourses tended to be
                                                            muddy and grainy – often producing blurry sludgy prints. With the
                                                            sea, I availed of the subject matter of lots of human interaction. There
                                                            is also something a little bit hit-and-miss about underwater
Andi McGarry Under One Fathom . Video still.
                                                                                                                                              THE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS AND FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT
                                                            photography, it being governed by tide, wave, wind, weather and
                                                            visibility.                                                                       THIS YEAR’S EXERCISES IN FOLKATRONICA CAN CAN BE
                                                                                                                                              FOUND BELOW.

     Exercises in Folkatronica 6

     APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED                  The title Exercises in Folkatronica refers to the increasing ubiquity of digital technology in visual culture and
     FOR PROJECTS IN DIGITAL                   daily life. It could be said that social behaviour patterns informed by the growing influence of digitisation are
     VIDEO / IMAGING AND AUDIO                 evolving into new ‘folk traditions’.
                                               Exercises in Folkatronica addresses the need to provide artists access to digital media.
                                               Exercises in Folkatronica comprises four residencies, of four weeks duration facilitating free and flexible
     DIGITAL VIDEO / IMAGING                   access to Visual Artists Ireland’s digital video and audio facilities. Participants will be awarded a research
     DV Camcorder; DV player /                 stipend of ¤ 1000. Each participant will have the option of a whole day, or shorter modular sessions working
     recorder deck; Apple G5(OSX)              with an expert technician.
     running Final Cut Pro HD video
     editing software with DVD                 Participating artists will have the opportunity to have flexible access to our facilities for up to a maximum of
     Burner; Digital Stills Camera;            four weeks each, 9.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday. Residencies will be available from late June onwards.
     Video Projectors.

     DIGITAL AUDIO                             Full details online at                                        Application Deadline: Friday 8th June
     Apple G4 (OSX), CD Burner,                Or contact:
     floppy drive, zip drive, fire wire,
     running Cubase; Sony Minidisk             Visual Artists Ireland,
     recorders with stereo                     37 North Great Georges Street,
     microphones.                              Dublin 1.
                                               T: 00353 (0)1 8722296
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                                                                            Susan Connolly Detail of Some times I see…, 2006

                                                                                                                                                       Susan Connolly Untitled, 2006

Susan Connolly Breathing Room, view from Installation, 2002                                                                                            bright day glow colours, citrus colours and harsh colours. The success
                                                                                                                                                       of the resulting paintings is mostly due to allowing them to inform
                                                                                                                                                       and evolve more naturally than I ever have before.
                                                                                                                                                            During the residency I began to question the act of cutting, which
                                                                                                                                                       is the other most notable aspect to the surfaces/paintings I make, with
                                                                                                                                                       some of the most recent work having no cutting involved at all. Here
                                                                                                                                                       I’ve tried to imagine what the surface would look like underneath the
                                                                                                                                                       painted layers and recreate that image on the painted surface (similar
                                                                                                                                                       to the experience of looking at the brush marks on a window painting
                                                                                                                                                       when the light is illuminating both sides. The interesting aspect for me
                                                                                                                                                       is, in being able to see how the painting is constructed). I also
                                                                                                                                                       introduced the more formal aspects of landscape painting into my
                                                                                                                                                       work - the principles of foreground, mid-ground and background. This
                                                                                                                                                       has had a dramatic effect upon the cut surfaces of each painting, they
                                                                                                                                                       have been influenced by the suggestion of a sense of place, of space,
Susan Connolly Detail of Journey Series, 2005/2006                          Susan Connolly Untitled, 2006
                                                                                                                                                       without painting direct references into the already existing textures
                                                                                                                                                       upon the picture plain.
                                                                                                                                                            The process of cutting into the paint has many associations,

Questioning Limitations                                                                                                                                usually when you think of these cuts and slices into the surface of
                                                                                                                                                       painting many images of the contorted, flayed or mutilated surfaces
                                                                                                                                                       come to mind. Consider Titian’s multi layered process that give depth
SUSAN CONNOLLY DESCRIBES THE PROCESSES AND THINKING BEHIND HER PRACTICE                                                                                and life to his subjects and inevitably their demise, De Koonings
                                                                                                                                                       distressing of paint and pulling back of pigment to reveal the history of
SINCE I began making art, my practice has predominantly focused on          mirrored image on the removed paint. So in a way, although I never         his marks, and likewise Bacon when he is describing the fallibility of
painting. My recent work has evolved from the exploration of the            know the final image, I do control it by knowing the mediums               flesh. I feel more like I am excavating through the history of my work,
limitations posed by the medium, my own frustrations at the                 limitations through trial and error with each canvas.                      it’s a slow drawn-out dig which I have little control of, and any
restrictions of the canvas support, the beauty of the accidental and               As for the imagery, it comes from very careful consideration of     interesting find that I discover within the pigments of the image act as
finally the disassembling of the traditional expectations of what a         the surfaces I want to create. Sometimes I will decide well in advance     a further switch in direction of the compositional narrative.
painting can and should be.                                                 to only use maybe three colours and a very specific motif – only then           Creating these cut patterns can feel like I am producing precise
      So how do I do this? Well, the concept behind my work, is by far      can the paintings really begin. My interests have always been in the       surgical cuts upon the surface of the paintings, but the accidental
the most important aspect to me, and it is also my starting point.          laying of abstract imagery and colour. Whilst in college, I began          nature of cutting is disguised, as the process is far from anything as
Simply put, I move and remove paint around the support. This process        exploring the abstract nature of cartography and the systems that are      precise. When I cut into the paint I do this to discover the hidden
involves lifting the actual paint from the canvas and allowing it to        created upon layering simple line drawing, to create complex layered       beauty within the layering process of painting itself. For me this is
hang or fold off the square/rectangle prepared ground. By doing this I      systems and imagery. This is something I continue to do today,             when the process becomes the most enjoyable and the least controlled,
ask the viewer to question the identity of these paintings; are they        although now I build up the complex systems using layers of colour         because no matter how much you think you can control the paint
paintings, sculptures or stuck on collages? This results in a regular       and pattern and then abstract it further by removing the paint outside     when it comes to cutting and peeling it, the canvas will dictate how
explanation, that the imagery is created by taking painted areas away,      of the canvas frame.                                                       the paint will lift and hang.
as opposed to the traditional methods of image making which tend to                The most recent work, which I exhibited in The Stone Gallery             There are many limitations that painting imposes upon an artist,
occur by adding the painted imagery.                                        during January evolved from a six-month residency I completed in           which I continually question within my practice. By choosing to
      The process is the second most important aspect to the paintings      Draiocht last year. The residency allowed me the time to concentrate       explore these limitations, I want to question not only my own
I make. I use acrylic based paints – be they artist or household quality;   on and develop a new body of work. The plan for my time in Draiocht        expectations of what a painting is, but the other constraints which are
having developed a technique which allows me to peel back and               was to begin exploring colour combinations and possibilities within        imposed on the canvas frame. As a painter, this is where I feel my
remove the paint after applying between four and five layers. It is here    my paintings.                                                              inquiry and exploration into the medium exists however, this
that the process can become quite difficult, due to the fragile nature of          Bright colour has always featured predominantly within my           exploration has led me to experiment with other forms of
the peeled paint. I have spent a long time researching and exploring        practice. However, in my previous work I have explored the                 representation, such as installation and video, embodying this struggle
the possibilities of each paint quality – for example, I know that by       possibilities of making the surfaces quieter. I completed a body of work   and which I will continue to question.
building up a household emulsion based matt paint, sanding it back          before the residency, which was mostly white; and the pieces I was
and preparing a very smooth support, I will be able to remove the paint     working on had been deliberately toned down. Consequently, this                                                                   Susan Connolly
more evenly than if I use an artist quality gesso. I also know that some    encouraged me to engage once more with a brighter palette. The
artist quality paints will both stain the support and peel back a           colour combinations I was exploring on my residency consisted of
                        Studio                                           Louise Rice ‘Us Two (repair)’

                         Launch          Sat 23 June 2 – 4pm

    Official opening of the              Workshops 2007
   only hot glass studio in              Casting with hot glass - €185
 Ireland where artists can               Sun 24th June, 10am - 5pm
    attend workshops and                 Introduction to molten glass as a creative material
                                         through the process of casting in sand.
   hire the studio for their
         own use. Facilities             Glassblowing for beginners - €285
       include a large tank              Sat 30 Jun & Sun 1 Jul, 10am - 5pm
                                         Hands-on experience of basic glassblowing: how to
     furnace melting high                gather glass out of the furnace, control and shape
      quality glass, a glory             the hot glass, blow a bubble and make a simple cup.
         hole for reheating              Evening Classes
              and two kilns.
                                         Introduction to hot glass: Stage 1- €160
 The Leitrim Sculpture Centre will be    Tues 26 & Thurs 28 Jun, 6.30 - 9.30pm
           hosting further sessions of   At these two evening workshops you will learn the
      beginners & intermediate level     basics of working with hot glass and be supported
               workshops later in the    in developing your own ideas and style of working.
         summer & autumn of 2007,
   as well as a masterclass led by an    No previous experience with hot glass
  internationally known glass artist.    required. All materials are provided.

To book and for enquiries:
Louise Rice, Leitrim Sculpture Centre,
New Line, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim
E: T: 071 9855 098

 RELISUC - Red Light Suction Device, installation piece by Fernanda Chieco, 2005.

 The Basement Gallery -                  Thursday 24 May - Friday 29 June

 Curated by Jonathan Carroll
 Artists: Marcus Coates Hugo Canoilas                        Fernanda Chieco
 Teresa Gillespie John O'Connell

 The Basement Gallery, Town Hall, Crowe St, Dundalk, Co.Louth
 Mon- Fri 10-4.30 / Sat 10-12.45
 042 9396437/

 The Basement Gallery is programmed and managed
 by the Arts Office of Dundalk Town Council
The Visual Artists’ News Sheet                                                         May / June 2007                                                                                                                                                                 19


                                                                                                                                                                             Antoin O’Heocha. The Place of Dead Roads. Art in Progress, Paris. Installation view.

                                                                                                                                                                             nature of the play, I decided to invite the Troupe to perform a segment
                                                                                                                                                                             of this new production, Berlin-Fragments at opening of my new
                                                                                                                                                                             installation. After negotiations with the gallery I also invited a
                                                                                                                                                                             German sound artist Marc Behrens, a pioneer in the world of field
                                                                                                                                                                             recordings to do a live performance of Architectural Commentaries and
                                                                                                                                                                             Untitled Songs a meta-composition comprising field recordings of
                                                                                                                                                                             industrial ventilation systems and actual fires, juxtaposed and blended
                                                                                                                                                                             through sound processing.
                                                                                                                                                                                  The 13 new works I produced for the installation comprised of 10
                                                                                                                                                                             acrylic on canvas pieces, two photographs mounted on canvas and
                                                                                                                                                                             then over painted and one free standing piece of wood, Perspex etched
                                                                                                                                                                             with line drawings and a lime coloured cowboy hat suspended in the
                                                                                                                                                                             Perspex top section of the piece. Further to this I covered the ceiling of
                                                                                                                                                                             the gallery with aluminium foil, which created a great reflective and
Antoin O’Heocha. The Place of Dead Roads. Art in Progress, Paris. Installation view.                                                                                         translucent quality to the installation. Over 140 people attended the
                                                                                                                                                                             opening including curators from various galleries – some of whom
                                                                                                                                                                             invited me to submit proposals for future installations. Over half of the

Cite Internationale Des Arts                                                                                                                                                 installation was purchased by private collectors.
                                                                                                                                                                                  The show also received positive critical feedback. In his review,
                                                                                                                                                                             Paris based art-writer Adam Warren commented on the way in which
                                                                                                                                                                             the show suggested “disorientation, the disrupting of points of
                                                                                                                                                                             reference, as well as the impression of a joke well played-out, of the
                                                                                                                                                                             unsettling of fixed artistic media, gestures and conventions in order to
THE Cite Internationale Des Arts in Paris houses 300 visual artists,                             noted that in Paris there seems to be a harmonious co-existence             achieve that joke”. And picking up on the William Burroughs
architects, musicians and writers from all over the world. The                                   between established venues and non-official artist-led spaces – the         reference in the title and the works he added, “these are effects, after
residency complex, constructed in 1958 is adjacent to the                                        latter of which there are a number of in Paris, some with long-term         all, perhaps not too dissimilar to those created by the artistic in-
architecturally magnificent Hotel de Ville in the heart of the Marais                            leases. One of note is located near the Stalingrad metro stop in a          sanctities and incongruities of Burroughs’s own oeuvre”.
(4th district) area of Paris and is about ten minutes walk from the                              decommissioned railway station, a vast space in which the resident               The residency was certainly a very productive time for me and
Pompidou Centre. Last year, I was the first Irish artist to be awarded a                         artists use bicycles to get around it.                                      opened up a range of future projects for me. In February this year, with
space here – other countries support studio / residential space for                                      During July, as I began a new series of works at the residency      Theatrerouch I staged an installation at a gallery in Bordeaux. In
artists in the complex, but there is no official Irish connection to the                         studio, a heat wave was declared over European. Coupled with the            March my work was included in the major international sculpture
residency. I contacted the French Embassy in Dublin and secured a                                nature of the new works I was working on, this brought about a              exhibition ‘The Shanghai Sculpture Space’ and as well as this my work
recommendation. The French Department of Foreign Affairs                                         literally ‘hot house’ development of my work, as I feverishly developed     was presented at the Universal Expo also in Shanghai, both projects
sponsored my studio and living space and was awarded an Arts                                     new works and concepts. I was able to exhibit the works, as an              are being supported by Culture Ireland, The Chinese Irish Cultural
Council Travel and mobility award to enable me to attend the                                     installation entitled The Place of Dead Roads at Art in Progress a ground   Academy and transport by Hanjin the shipping firm.
residency for three months.                                                                      floor gallery space in a large interlinking 16th century courtyard                                                                                Antoin O’Heocha
       The area round the Cite Internationale Des Arts is buzzing with                           complex, located in the Village St. Paul, in the Marais area.
various galleries, public spaces and many theatres – where one can                                       I had been fortunate enough to meet a Paris based theatre group                                                                 
encounter high quality contemporary work. For example, while I was                               called Theatrerouche, whose writer Maguelonne Heugel was in the                                                                         

on the residency I saw a fabulous exhibition by Jonathan Meese, the                              process of completing a new play. The piece was to be a conceptual
current enfant terrible of painting, at the Daniel Templon gallery. I                            dialogue involving four actors. Due to the juxtaposed and fragmentary
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Sure, Where Else Would You Get It?

                                                                                                                                                                    Holly Assa making road drawings – murder victim outline of mythical creature Alien Big Cat
                                                                                                                                                                    (ABC), roadkill, on streets of Cork.

                                                                                                                                                                   been recording at Fota and so I proposed to the local fire station that I
                                                                                                                                                                   could create sirens out of the animal calls. I also proposed this to the
                                                                                                                                                                   CSPCA (Cork Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) for
                                                                                                                                                                   their animal ambulance who, in turn, suggested the possible
                                                                                                                                                                   alternative of creating a burglar alarm system, out of my recordings,
                                                                                                                                                                   for their new animal shelter to be opened in autumn.
                                                                                                                                                                          This is just one aspect of my project at the NSF – but it highlights
                                                                                                                                                                   the positive responses I have had working at the NSF. My practice
                                                                                                                                                                   tends to bring me out of the studio space and to create relationships
                                                                                                                                                                   with people of different professions in spheres that are not art-related.
                                                                                                                                                                   The people I contacted for research purposes, or to bring some of my
                                                                                                                                                                   ideas to fruition were very obliging in meeting me and in their efforts
                                                                                                                                                                   to assist me. This included the Manager of the CSPCA, the head of the
                                                                                                                                                                   zoology department at UCC, the head of pest control at the Kinsale
                                                                                                                                                                   Road landfill and the owner of Jerry Nolan abattoir to name a few. I
 Holly Asaa working with bones in studio at NSF.                                                                                                                   found that the size of the city was compact enough that everything
                                                                                                                                                                   was in walking distance; and that the pace of life here is such that
                                                                                                                                                                   people have time to talk to you and listen to you. The fact that the
                                                                                                                                                                   chief fire assistant of Cork City Fire Station could meet me within a
                                                                                                                                                                   few days of contacting him and sit with me for half an hour and talk
                                                                                                                                                                   about the possibility of making animal sirens for emergency vehicles
                                                                                                                                                                   amazed me – sure, where else would you get it?
                                                                                                                                                                          I have also had the privilege of meeting and getting to know
                                                                                                                                                                   some of the most interesting artists around Cork. Prior to my
                                                                                                                                                                   residency, Treasa put me in touch with Sarah Iremonger from the
                                                                                                                                                                   Sirius Arts Centre who has created the Cork Harbour Project. The
                                                                                                                                                                   project brings artists and environmental experts together to create
                                                                                                                                                                   work using the site of the Cork Harbour centred around Cobh – but
Holly Assa – close up of mythical ‘ABC’, Kinsale Road.                               Holly Assa. Roadkill of ‘ABC’, Kinsale road.                                  also to explore the increasing ability of artists to generate
AFTER graduating from sculpture at the National College of Art and                         To officially introduce Belinda and myself to Cork, Treasa              environmental awareness. This project is in its infancy and is to be
Design (NCAD) the opportunities for an artist who has spent her years                organised a very successful welcome evening where Cork-based                  carried out in stages throughout the year – but, with like-minded local,
at college making communal facilities for rats           (1)
                                                               are negligible. But   artists, at varying stages of their own careers, made power-point             national and international artists involved, the creative discussions are
fortunately for me rodent amenities made sense to the board members                  presentations of their work at the Crane Lane Theatre, some of whom           already promising some juicy results.
of the National Sculpture Factory (NSF). I was working full-time in a                were representing Cork art groups and establishments. Treasa                         Belinda and I were also introduced to the organisers of Art Trail,
wholesaler at the Dublin Fruit Market when I found out about my                      personally brought us on a tour of the city centre; and we got a first        Cork’s ten-day trail of site-specific artwork and interrelated events
achievement; and it immediately inspired me to follow up on my                       hand look at the hive of activity that is the Cork art scene, meeting the     based around the Shandon area of the city. I think this project would
education as a visual artist.                                                        behind-the-scenes visionaries from the Cork Artists Collective, Art           be the ideal way to execute some of the work that, simply due to time
       The National Sculpture Factory Emerging Artist Residency offers               Link, Cork Printmakers, Backwater Artists and being treated to a visit        limits, I was unable to fully realise during my residency and also be an
artists a space on the factory floor for 8 – 10 weeks, a stipend of €1500            to Maud Cotter’s studio – to name but a few introductions and                 excuse for me to keep in touch with my new rebel allies.
and a year’s membership of the NSF. This is the first year that the                  experiences. Treasa also invited local curators and artists to come visit            It was also fascinating to experience the installation of Japanese
National Sculpture Factory has offered this annual award, which it                   and meet with us in our studios, which were especially helpful as a           artist Kenji Endo’s Replicant on the exterior of the NSF building. The
launched in conjunction with similar residential award for an                        form of tutorial.                                                             atmosphere on the factory floor was buzzing as a result and created a
international artist in mid-career. The later was awarded to Glasgow                       Two months is not a huge amount of time however, so I have              positive and active working environment.
based artist, Belinda Guidi who received €2,000, 8-10 weeks residency                tried to carefully use this opportunity to delve further into my                     At the time of writing I have not yet completed the residency; but
and free accommodation.                                                              personal practice and from these findings make quick public                   I hope to hold a one-day event towards the end of my time here to site
       I was encouraged to take up my residency at the same time as the              interventions – which is quite natural to my practice.                        some works in progress. Also the Art Trail event is an option to show
other residency winner – and I would advise next year’s winners to do                      As I had stated in my initial proposal to the NSF, I was attracted to   the work I have made here – perhaps in a more informed way. So far, so
the same. Both myself and Belinda were alien to the rebel county, so we              Fota Wildlife Park as a potential site and source of inspiration. My          good. I feel that residencies like those on offer at the National
have been a great support for each other; and as a young artist it has               work is partly concerned with the physical realm that animals occupy;         Sculpture Factory offer the finest opportunity a young artist could
been both instructional and an honour to work closely with a more                    and our inability to comprehend their mind-space. After the first             hope for and a great insight into the art world. Things are alive and
experienced artist.                                                                  couple of visits to Fota, I became interested in the calls between the        well for us Langers!
       The synchronicity of both these residencies provides on a                     gibbons on their separate islands. Using NSF equipment I was able to                                                                                             Holly Asaa
practical level equal opportunities for both ‘emerging’ and ‘mid-career’             record and edit these sounds.
                                                                                                                                                                   (1) Rat Bridge; 2004; 6m industrial pipe, steel frame, lard; installed at Camac Bridge, Dolphin’s
artists alike. Treasa O’Brien, NSF’s Programme Manager, inventively                        The flat where I stayed was around the corner from the fire             Barn as part of Cork Street Regeneration Project in association with NCAD and Dublin City
timetabled various events in the course of the dual residencies,                     station and the police headquarters. This became an aspect of my
introducing both myself and Belinda to local artists, studios, galleries             work, as my first few nights in Cork were sleepless. The wailing of
and other interesting sites and organisations.                                       sirens had similar urgencies to me as the monkey sounds that I had
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                                                                                                                                                                   cultural diversity in a time when Ireland is welcoming new
                                                                                                                                                                   immigrants from this region. The Forum will implement cultural
                                                                                                                                                                   projects within Ireland and the Balkans and to assist artist mobility
                                                                                                                                                                   into these areas. It was formed from an alliance of four key cultural
                                                                                                                                                                   operators; BIAF Dublin, Remont Independent Artist Association
                                                                                                                                                                   Belgrade, Brain Store Project Sofia and Maska Productions Ljubljana.
                                                                                                                                                                   Further details can be found at
                                                                                                                                                                         I contacted the Visual Artists Ireland to see if they were
                                                                                                                                                                   interested in being involved with the Balkan Irish Arts Forum and our
                                                                                                                                                                   proposed programme of events. The VAI was happy to support us at
                                                                                                                                                                   this early stage and it was with confidence that the forum then
                                                                                                                                                                   started to apply for funding.
                                                                                                                                                                         We applied firstly to the European Cultural Foundation, then to
                                                                                                                                                                   the Arts Council’s Small Festival Fund and Dublin City Council Arts
Sasa Asentic and Per Art, Serbia                                                                                                                                   Grant. After receiving funding for a small festival from the Arts
                                                                                                                                                                   Council, our first project the forthcoming ‘Have U Met Nosti?’ (4) arts
                                                                                                                                                                   festival was born. It was devised as a showcase of what was hot and
                                                                                                                                                                   interesting about Balkan Contemporary art. We wanted to present an
                                                                                                                                                                   essential image of this artistic strength and cultural cooperation and
                                                                                                                                                                   we thought that the vitality and visibility of this young art scene is
                                                                                                                                                                   something Irish artists could learn a lot from.
                                                                           Brain Store Project production of Watch Your Back
                                                                                                                                                                         Curiously, little is known further a field of the creative
                                                                                                                                                                   endeavours that characterise this part of the world. Therefore one of
                                                                                                                                                                   the aims of the festival is to combat the frequent prejudice
                                                                                                                                                                   encountered about the Balkans. Traditional stereotypes which
                                                                                                                                                                   portray the Balkans as Europe’s ‘other’ can be mocked or even
                                                                                                                                                                   shattered by the festival artists and Irish audiences will have the
                                                                                                                                                                   opportunity to see that this work is as relevant as it is compelling.
                                                                                                                                                                         In January this year I travelled again to the Balkans on a Step
Members of Brain Store Project, Sofia.                                                                                         Ivo Dimtchev, choreography
                                                                                                                                                                   Beyond award from the European Union. The purpose of the research
                                                                                                                                                                   trip was to meet with existing contacts to develop the Balkan Irish
                                                                            Ivo Dimtchev in production of Lili Handel 2004
                                                                                                                                                                   Arts Forum network, to meet new artists and organisations and to see

East–West Dynamics                                                                                                                                                 new potential work for the festival. From this trip I met key
                                                                                                                                                                   individuals within the arts in each country as well as cultural leaders
                                                                                                                                                                   and ambassadors. This work placed me in a unique position, as I was
                                                                                                                                                                   able to offer insight into how the arts and cultural industries work in
SASCHA PERFECT (1), DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER OF THE BALKAN IRISH ARTS FORUM CHRONICLES                                                                                 Ireland and to act as an advocate for contemporary Irish arts practice.
                                                                                                                                                                   Back in Dublin I began to look for venues for the festival and began
                                                                                                                                                                   negotiations with Dance House, Project, The Back loft and The New

“Strength, passion and exotica, the Balkans is a strange and               ‘art tourist’ came up in the discussion, I was more than a little                       Theatre.

mysterious place. A region often characterised by a wild, sometimes        offended. I quickly had to assess what my motives were for being in                           The ‘Have U Met Nosti?’ (4 – 8 July) will explore performance as

reckless spirit, rife with highly passionate behaviour and powerful        Belgrade at this particular point in time? Coming and going as I did                    a medium of communication, injecting a variety of performance

sweeping gestures. It’s an area rich in tradition with a wealth of         between Eastern and Western Europe, perhaps there was some truth                        strategies into artistic expression. The festival aims to question the

ambitious creativity – a creativity specific to the people who practice    in their accusation – and what did I have to offer to this artistic                     contemporary politics of the performing arts and perhaps offer a

and indeed embody this particular brand of expression.” (2)                community? I was then asked how my work was affected by my                              deconstruction of traditional theatre in an anarchic and playful way,

                                                                           travel in the region. Because I wasn’t making work directly about the                   allowing for many possibilities of communication, engagement and

IN 2004 I went to live and work in Serbia on a year-long research          region, I replied rather feebly “my experiences often can take time to                  interaction. The festival will establish dynamic relationships between

programme entitled ‘Body Unlimited’ at the University of Novi Sad.         manifest in my work…” By this stage I didn’t really believe my own                      the viewer and performer asking them to reconsider notions of

Here I was involved with two European Artistic programmes; CIMET           answer and I began to think a lot about my relationship and                             reason, the body, art, ego, private and public, meaning and non

– a cross border project between Serbia, Austria, Italy and Slovenia       responsibility as an artist within this area to my fellow artists and to                meaning, social codes and culture, East and West, EU or non EU.

and Tracing Roads Across Europe in association with the Grotowski          the specifics of this place. After three months, I returned to Ireland                        ‘Have U Met Nosti?’ will include new work from Serbia,

Work Centre in Pontadera. These programmes involved groups of              full of these questions to complete my MA focusing on art making,                       Slovenia, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Macedonia. Featuring new live art

independent artists from across Europe in collaborative practical          curating and criticism of contemporary art practice.                                    from Brain Store Project (Bulgaria); Katerina Mojzisova (Slovakia) and

workshops, research and discussions. At these meetings, we would                  In May 2006 I arrived again to the region to perform at the                      Mare Bulc (Slovenia); Film and video work by Dragana Latinovic and

present our current artistic work and discuss such things as what it       ‘Gravity Free Festival of Independent Experimental Art’ at the Red                      Peter Tuskin; new theoretical dance theatre from Dejan Garbos

meant to be an artist in today’s world, what role art plays within our     House Centre for Culture and Debate in Sofia, Bulgaria. A centre that                   (Serbia), Galina Borissova (Bulgaria) and Iskra Sukarova (Macedonia);

own cultural contexts and the efficacy of our work.                        runs socio-political, as well as artistic and cultural training                         the dark and curious choreography of Ivo Dimchev (Bulgaria) along

       It was through these European meetings, that I realised how         programmes. They create forums, which stimulate public debates,                         with new work in voice by Irena Tomazin (Slovenia).

little contact most Irish artists have with the wider European art         bring new ideas into public politics, educate new generation of                               Balkan Irish Arts Forum activities for 2007 – 2008 include:

community. I saw the importance of collaboration at European level         creative thinkers and bring together the artistic, cultural and political               Research Project in Association with Via Negativia, Slovenia (1 – 30

because I experienced the benefits it brought to my own practice in        elite. Here I encountered artists from France, Bulgaria, Macedonia,                     Nov 2007); and in 2008 a performance programme in association

terms of professional training, networking and further international       Romania, Turkey and Croatia. We discussed again the role of the                         with Via Negativia; Irish Artist residencies within the Balkans and a

opportunities. I also became aware of how artists in the Balkans, with     artist, difficulties of local support and funding issues.                               conference on Eastern European Art practices involving Ireland and

their artistic urgency, are lead to co-operate regionally and                     When I returned to Ireland, to my delight I had received an Arts                 the UK.

internationally.                                                           Council bursary to continue developing my practice as a performance                                                                                                Sascha Perfect

       In 2005, I returned to Ireland to undertake the IADT MA in          artist, inspired by my time and research in the Balkans. This award
                                                                                                                                                                   (1) Sascha Perfect, Director of the Balkan Irish Arts Forum in Dublin is a Performance Artist,
visual arts practices. In the summer, after working at the Venice          gave me the confidence and momentum to devote all of my time to                             Pedagogue and Producer. She has spent the last three years travelling and researching in
Biennale, I returned to the Balkans on holiday and to see fellow           my practice and to set in stone a few unrealised creative projects.                         the Balkan region; meeting with local cultural operators, academics and artistic
                                                                                                                                                                       practitioners. Sascha has a passionate interest and keen understanding of the work in this
artist’s exhibitions. I was then invited to perform and speak on a         Near the top of my list was a Balkan / Irish collaborative project.                         area and is keen to promote it further in an Irish context.
                                                                                                                                                                   (2) Jeff Bickert, Magazine Editor Kontrast 1/06 Fetish, Ljubljana.
panel at a conference in Belgrade on ‘Mobility in Art’. Here I                    I sent out a call for partner organisations in the Balkans and                   (3) The Balkan Irish Arts Forum
encountered a number of Balkan NGO workers complaining about               then went about setting up an NGO – The Balkan Irish Arts Forum (3),                    (4) ‘Have U Met Nosti? New Performance from New Europe … and just beyond’ (4 – 8 July
                                                                                                                                                                       2007). See full programme of events at
lack of access to funding and resources and the difficulties of mobility   in order to promote international co-operation across European
for local artists.                                                         borders. The forum’s main mission is to promote contemporary art
       Having lived in Serbia, I already realised that I was in a          and intercultural dialogue between Ireland and South Eastern
somewhat privileged position, being free to travel around the Balkans      Europe. It was set up primarily to introduce Ireland to the
without any visa restrictions on my EU passport. But when the term         contemporary arts of Eastern Europe and to raise awareness of
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                                                                              ART IN THE PUBLIC REALM

                                                                              Art in The Public Realm
                                                                              RECENT PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS, SITE-SPECIFIC WORKS, SOCIALLY
                                                                              ENGAGED PRACTICE AND OTHER FORMS OF ART OUTSIDE THE GALLERY.
                                                                              GRAFTON STREET SCULPTURE PROJECT                                     added energy and personality to the work. Some of
                                                                                                                                                   the locations were private places known to the
                                                                                                                                                   speakers, others were within the town and
                                                                                                                                                   distinctive in their urban nature. The different
                                                                                                                                                   locations formed many interesting relationships
                                                                                                                                                   and connections within the artwork.


                                                                              Leo Higgins Winter Trees

                                                                              Artist: Leo Higgins
                                                                              Title: Winter Tress
                                                                              Installed: Feb 07 – Feb 08                                           Rachel Joynt Clutch

                                                                              Dimension: 3.5 metres high                                           Artist: Rachel Joynt
                                                                              Materials: Patinated Bronze                                          Title: Clutch
                                                                              Location: Grafton Street Dublin                                      Date: Summer 2006
                                                                              Commissioner: Solomon Gallery                                        Dimensions: Each egg: 85cm x 115cm
                                                                              Type of Commission: Invitation                                       Materials: Cast bronze
                                                                              Main Project Partners: Dublin City Council and                       Location: Baltray, Co Louth
                                                                              Solomon Gallery, Dublin.                                             Commissioner: Louth Local Authorities
                                                                              Description of Work: Leo Higgin’s Winter Trees,                      Project Partners: Arts officer; Vincent O Shea
                                                                              consists of five individual bronze trees, patinated                  Type of Commission: Louth Public Art Panel of
                                                                              white and mounted on tall black highly polished                      artists were invited to submit to a number of art
                                                                              and reflective granite pedestals. To mark the                        projects in Louth
                                                                              changing seasons, Leo will patinate the trees green                  Budget: ?31,500
                                                                              in summer and burnt ochre in the autumn.                             Description of the work: The three eggs are
                                                                                    To date, the Solomon has facilitated the loan of               situated in a ‘clutch’ on the grass adjacent to the
                                                                              three large bronzes to Dublin, sited at the top of                   shoreline at Baltray. The bronze eggs have a
                                                                              Grafton Street – Lady Hare & Dog by UK artist                        dimpled texture and are patinated a light cream
                                                                              Sophie Ryder; Orla de Brí’s Quiet Mind; Patrick                      colour with spots and blotches of brown. A bronze
                                                                              O’Reilly’s striding teddy bear Going to Town.                        book on eggs lies open on a rock next to them – the
                                                                                                                                                   artist describe the piece as “playful, rather surreal
                                                                                                                                                   and interactive feature to this expansive costal
                                                                              BETWEENTHELINES                                                      landscape”.


                                                                              Felicity Williams Talkingpoint2: betweenthelines.

                                                                                                                                                   Kenji Endo Replicant
                                                                              Artist: Felicity Williams
                                                                              Title: Talkingpoint2: betweenthelines                                Artist: Kenji Endo
                                                                                                                                                   Title: Replicant
Invitation to Exhibit                                                         Medium: 8mm film and video work
                                                                              Dates: Oct 06 – April 07                                             Materials:Aluminium duct piping and LED
                                                                              Commissioners: CCAT @ Temple Bar, Temple Bar                         lighting.
The Alley Arts Centre, Strabane, invites applications for exhibitions to be                                                                        Installed: 28 March – 28 Sept
                                                                              Cultural Trust, Dublin
programmed within our newly opened gallery space.                                                                                                  Location: National Sculpture Factory Cork
                                                                              Exhibition: April 2007, Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
                                                                              Two video works shown separately.                                    Commissioner: National Sculpture Factory in
Selection will be based on a consideration of an artist’s CV, exhibition                                                                           association with Cork Artists Collective.
                                                                              Project Partners: CCAT @ Temple Bar, Temple Bar
proposal and 6 – 12 examples of previous work (which can be submitted                                                                              Type of Commission: Invitation
                                                                              Cultural Trust, Dublin.
in hard copy, slide or CD format).                                                                                                                 Project Partners: National Sculpture Factory in
                                                                              Description: Felicity Williams has been making a
                                                                              collection of dialogue and conversations from local                  association with Cork Artists Collective
To receive an information pack including gallery dimensions, programme                                                                             Description of Work: Japanese artist Kenji Endo’s
                                                                              people in and around Aberystwyth during the last
schedule and terms & conditions please contact:                                                                                                    Replicant is installed along the side of the red-brick
                                                                              six months. The speakers were free to choose their
                                                                              subject      and      location        for      filming    within     NSF building where Albert Road meets the South
Ms Pauline O’Neill, Alley Arts Centre, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, BT82 8EF                                                                              Link. The piece is described as “sprawling, virus-like
                                                                              Aberystwyth or the surrounding area, but were
Tel: 0044 2871 88 4760 Email:                                                                                              along the western face and front of the factory
                                                                              encouraged to choose a site that had some meaning
                                                                              to them or that was relevant to what they had to                     building, emitting a low lit, blue glow”.
The deadline for receipt of submissions will be Friday 22nd June 2007.                                                                                               
                                                                              say. With a strong element of unpredictability this
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Artist’s Experiences of Commissions

THE per-cent for art scheme is a truly valuable cultural resource.   THE commissioning process for Public Art is by its very nature an             reflects the need for these specialisations because materials and
It is by far the single largest commissioner of new work In          imperfect beast and while one can accept aspects of that, there are           fabrication processes are very expensive. It is very important to keep a
Ireland and consistently provides artists with new opportunities     areas that could be clarified and improved as follows –                       hands on involvement as the design progresses when working with
and contexts for developing and producing work on a scale that         Vague briefing documents. What constitutes a statement of                   fabricators and it is therefore essential to establish a working
would not otherwise be possible. The scheme has much to offer          interest? In the absence of specific site details etc I’ve always           relationship with interested parties early on and to be confident that
artists but also the arts generally and the cultural wealth of the     interpreted it to mean a statement of one’s methodology supported           they will allow you that creative space once the production phase is
country.                                                               by examples of previous work. But on a couple of occasions local            underway. Purely technical decisions may not be aesthetic ones and
     The scheme has gone through a number of changes since its         authorities have looked for specific proposals under ‘statement of          it’s important to be there to find accommodations. For the above
inception and at each stage there have been a number of key            interest’ in the absence of any site plans, maps, site meetings,            reasons I have been mostly concerned with outdoor locations. I
organisations, agencies and individuals who have pushed the            identification of what community etc in the briefing document.              would not usually submit for low budget schemes simply because I
boundaries of the scheme and who have been influential in              On occasion you can be asked to draw up a proposal for a site of            know that there are too many demands on the funding, material
advocating and setting standards for others to follow and aspire       your own choosing but information about lands in public                     costs, insurance, specialised skills and finally the artists time.
to. This refers to artistic ambition but also to the processes and     ownership can be difficult to get – so it is not really worth driving a
proceedures of commissioning art.                                      considerable distance to develop a proposal for a site that may or
     This continues to be the case and there are no shortages of       may not be available
examples of good practice in the field of percent for art              In many cases a budget is advertised in the brief but on being
commissioning in Ireland today. It is the experience of Visual         shortlisted; or in my case when the contract was to be signed,              ONE of the difficulties I encountered with a project was the changing
Artists Ireland, however, that while many commissions are              artists are informed that a percentage [9%] is to be deducted for           of the site. My proposal was specific about both the location and
successfully completed there remains a number of persistent            admin purposes.                                                             importance of the site. My work had been selected partly on the basis
and recurring problems with the implementation of the scheme.          Administrative delays in implementing the contract are a problem.           of its specific links with the local environment. Drawings, models and
     Visual Artists Ireland recently asked artists to provide some     I currently have a commission, ongoing since 2004 that is due to be         prototypes had been fully developed and approved on the basis of
feedback on problems and difficulties they have experienced            sited soon. It was selected and costed in 2004 but only got started in      that site. It was rather late in the game when the change of site was
with the scheme. The texts that are set out below are just some of     2006, meanwhile cost of bronze casting increased by 75% - even              forced upon the project. With some artworks it might not be a
the responses received from artists. The contributions are             with cancelling certain elements and the foundry doing a deal –             problem to change the location, however, with my work the moving
anonymous and all references to specific commissioners have            everybody’s profits cut! I am now waiting 6 months for site works           of the site represented a fundamental dilemma.
been removed.                                                          to be completed and looking at having to put work into temporary                 The way I work could be described as site-generated. My work
                                                                       storage. Still trying for more money. In terms of a ratio, twice as         evolves from the specific qualities of the given site. In my proposal it
                                                                       much time appears to be allocated to admin of competition against           was the particular qualities of the landscape that formed the genesis
                                                                       the time for creation of the artwork.                                       of the artwork. I chose the site because it seemed to embody a sense of
                                                                       The level of assistance provided by most local authorities has              the wider surroundings. The site also provided an opportunity for the
                                                                       declined dramatically over the past number of years, no site works,         artwork to change as one would move through the area - appearing
                                                                       foundations, landscaping etc –commissions are often only awarded            and disappearing - depending on ones vantage point. These were not
                                                                       after the contractor has gone off site. Meanwhile cost of materials         just superfluous concepts, but represented the essence of the artwork.
                                                                       like bronze, stainless steel and the cost of trying to get a contractor          The decision to change the site was not done in a spirit of
                                                                       to carry out small scale site work has sky-rocketed. I was shortlisted      consultation, which might have offered possible solutions to the
                                                                       recently for a commission where 10% of the budget had to be                 committee’s concerns. Instead the decision was simply stated as a
                                                                       allocated for a traffic management plan. It means the amounts               directive, “You must find a new site.” This one decision set off a whole
                                                                       available for the actual work is significantly reduced so perhaps           chain of events that ended up causing huge delays and in many ways
                                                                       there is a case for having the cap on the scheme lifted or increased.       compromised the experience and integrity of the artwork.
                                                                       The selection panel send you together with the rejection letter a                If any lessons can be drawn from this experience I would say
                                                                       ‘tutorial’ on where you went wrong. I know that as a public body            that first, one should spell out the potential impact of such a decision;
                                                                       they are obliged to make available if requested the conclusions of          second, rewrite contracts to reflect the impact of the change, and
                                                                       the panel but it should only be if it’s officially requested.               third, as the artist one should seriously consider whether or not the
                                                                       Unsolicited it creates the impression that the expertise is all on the      change requested seriously compromises your original intentions.
                                                                       side of the panel and unbalances the professional relationship of
                                                                       the artist to the selection process – I had a case where I received a
                                                                       ‘report card’ with boxes ticked as to why I wasn’t being shortlisted
                                                                       (not providing specific proposal under ‘statement of interest’ where
                                                                       no sites, maps etc were provided) – I complained, though it always          I have been a sole artist producing public artworks for a number of
                                                                       looks like sour grapes, but as far as I know they have ceased               years.
                                                                       sending out the ‘report cards’                                                   The process of tendering and carrying out public commissions
                                                                                                                                                   has its own ‘little world’ problems, for instance; when presenting
                                                                                                                                                   proposed work to some committees the panels are most often
                                                                                                                                                   outweighed by non visual partners. These partners, not wanting to
                                                                                                                                                   look out of place often confront me with some unbelievably
                                                                     MY experience of public commissions has been largely positive and             ludicrous questions, for example “How many pieces do we get? I am
                                                                     this is in a large part due to careful contract planning with particular      not interested in quality but quantity! Will it make a noise if the wind
                                                                     attention to -                                                                blows through it?” not to leave out the ever popular, “What do you
                                                                       An appropriate payments schedule, particularly if one is to use             see this work bringing to the end user?” I have even been confronted
                                                                       fabricators which are expensive and can require 50% up front                by one person producing a calculator just to make sure everything
                                                                       Who deals with all statutory approvals, planning, roads service etc,        was adding up!
                                                                       usually the commissioner?                                                        Please lets discuss the art and make this the priority of choice
                                                                       Installation costs and site preparation including responsibilities for      particularly when it is has already been demonstrated that the figures
                                                                       crane hire, foundations and engineering input for safety etc,               match their budget as provided through the presentation materials
                                                                          In recent years I have created a number of large scale works,            supplied by the artist.
                                                                     simply because they allow for a greater involvement with specialised               Even before this second stage some commissioning bodies ask
                                                                     materials in engineering terms and also the opportunity to deal with          for too much in response to their brief such as supplying full design
                                                                     sculpture/installations in a site specific way with emphasis on the           and budgetary details with no payment which I find unprofessional.
                                                                     space and the surroundings. With large scale works the budget                 Remember, ideas and concepts are the artists currency.
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     Other commissions have seen a lack of communication with the            they whiz by on the main road.
commissioning body with no one identified as a project manager so I                  County councillors should designate a representative to sit on           About two years ago I was invited, along with four other artists,
have found myself being passed from one person to another to give or         selection panels, preferably someone who knows something about              to submit for a project in a new Library. Following a site visit, I
obtain information. On other occasions staged payments have not              the subject and agree to abide by their decision. Could this be             submitted a proposal. This was not acknowledged and I’m still
been received on time for paying contractors. While I understand             included in a code of practice for the commissioning of artworks?           awaiting a reply. This process was overseen by the local authority
these elements happen to all in business I must emphasise that we            One thing that I learned was not to let them get away with it, best of      Arts Office and all invited artists were promised a submission fee.
are sole traders and in my case do not have a pot of money to live off       luck to Marco Dessardo in his pursuit.                                           Unrealistic timescales are also an ongoing problem. My first
until payment is received. I would have to say that overall these                                                                                        question when asked to submit for a particular project is: “What is the
problems happen in the minority of commissions, but the process of                                                                                       deadline?” I have turned down numerous such requests because of
choosing is in my view badly flawed.                                                                                                                     unrealistic timescales.

                                                                             THE % For Art Scheme in Ireland is one of the main opportunities for
                                                                             artists. It is difficult to imagine where sculptors would be without it.
                                                                             Besides livelihood and opportunity, the scheme has yielded some
THE trouble with commissions is that they are completely balanced            magical results, but, let’s face it, only some. One might unreasonably      I regularly enter for public commissions and have found that most of
on the side of the commissioner. There never seems to be any                 expect that Ireland would, by now, be some sort of shining light in the     the initial problems have been ironed out –many as a result of ‘best
negotiation on artist’s availability and they assume that you have           specialist art of work for the public space.                                practice’ advice from the SSI now the VAI.
nothing else to do but apply yourself to the specifics of that particular            I suppose sculptors themselves can’t be entirely let off the hook         I find it hard to comprehend the reason for the short deadlines.
commission. Any professional artist is engaged with a number of              with regard to the disappointing state of public art in Ireland. But        It must result in rushed proposals and is frequently one of the reasons
works and projects at any given time and cannot drop all to devote six       there is, I believe, a far more damaging factor that lies at the heart of   that I decide not to enter. I have found that often the great rush to get
months exclusively to a commission. Commissioners have got to                the matter. It’s not the numerous administrative frustrations that we       entries in is followed by months of waiting while panels are rounded
take this into account. When they decide upon the artist they want,          all come up against – these can and ought to be amended and set             up. Three months to entry date and the same for second stage would
then negotiation should take place on the timescale of what suits            straight – but blame, if that’s the right word, must ultimately rest        be sensable. Second stage requires quite a lot of time to be spent on
‘both’ parties. I think this is a big problem for practicing artists, how    with the panels appointed to assess, select and commission public art.      the proposal. I think that a fee of €1,000 should be standard
to do a commission without screwing up all the other work in which           I have frequently found people on these panels to be completely             procedure.
they are involved? This is what stops me becoming more involved in           uniformed about sculpture, public sculpture or otherwise. Should a
public commissions, they are just not flexible enough with time and          vote be given to a person who perhaps has rarely if ever attended a
they do not recognize that an artist is not hanging around with              serious art exhibition, hasn’t a single book on sculpture in his or her
nothing to do but hope to win a commission.                                  home, and would be hard-set to name a dozen or 6 sculptors from any
                                                                             time in history, from any country in the world? These people are            THERE still exists an attitude among some Commissioning bodies
                                                                             asked to look at maquettes, read the “not-more-than 100 words” about        that the role of the artist is to merely enhance a particular site or
                                                                             it, and to envisage its enlargement and placement on the allotted site,     space at the latter end of a project etc. With a little bit of planning,
                                                                             having first determined if the sculptor is (a) capable of delivering on     some commissions could be developed in a manner that would be far
READING over the Marco Dessardo debacle in the last issue reminded           the proposal, and (b), whether the project isvalue for money. OK it is      more rewarding for all concerned-the artist, the commissioning body,
me of some of the problems that I have had both as a commissioned            sculpture for the public and if our ill-informed jury can’t find merit in   and the public. The timescale on some briefs is so short that some
artist and as a member of selection panels for public commissions.           your proposal, what is Joe Public going to make of it? So there is the      artists don’t bother even to apply (I’m thinking here in particular of
     The biggest cock-up was a job a colleague and myself did in the         problem. And the outcome is a desperate grab at anything that is            people who use materials such a Stone, Bronze etc. where the lead in
south of the country which parallels Marcos experience in the                vaguely recognisable – some reference to local history perhaps – but        time is quite long).
interference of county councillors as arbitrators of good art by their       forget any talk of states of mind or real artistic vision. No surprise           If the time-scale between the initial submission and the
rejection of our selected proposal.                                          amid this intellectual fundamentalism, we end with a dull literalism,       awarding of a commission is too long, it can happen that the costings
     Travelling south for that first meeting to present our selected         creative predictability, a sameness – in lieu of all that might be.         for a particular project (materials etc) can increase. This has been the
idea to the local county councillors, we were full of plans and good                 Actually I am enough of a democrat to appreciate both sides of      case in recent years with material and labour costs increasing
expectations; we envisioned a meeting where we would work out                this dilemma on public art but sadly great achievement in sculpture         practically every month, and invariably these increases come out of
details of the commissioning process ie contract, sitting etc. However       under the present system is even less likely than the Eurovision Song       the artist’s pocket. In view of the above, I feel that funding for the
we were met by a group of hostile men who unanimously rejected               Contest producing a song of true enchantment. So until further              percent for art scheme needs to be increased as the commissioning
our selected idea on the basis that they had not been involved in the        notice it looks as though we must Tra-le-la-de-da along, public             bodies are getting less and less for their money, as the cost of
selection process in spite of the presence of the county secretary on        sculpture by telephone vote as it were.                                     materials increase.
the selection panel and his presence at this meeting. Our idea was                   My wish for public sculpture in Ireland would be for the capping
undermined and it was suggested that a local artist would soon be            of the % for art to be lifted; for sculptors to then have the budget to
issued with the commission and we could take ourselves off back to           work in collaboration with architects and structural engineers where
Dublin.                                                                      applicable, and to start proposing and producing sculpture that
     We immediately contacted the Arts Council and other                     challenges and stretches our creative imaginations to the full; and for     I am still dealing with a project I was awarded and commenced
represented bodies from the selection panel for their support which          the jury system to be thoroughly overhauled to comprise leading and         working on in 2002. There have been a number of issues but the main
was wholly forth coming, unfortunately there was no turn around by           acknowledged experts in the field, brought in from abroad if                difficulty has been getting the Council to actually take ownership of
the local council on receipt of letters of protest. We were obliged to       necessary.                                                                  the work and give me an installation date. It is difficult to
contact a solicitor who advised us that we had a very good case and                  Regarding a wide-awake, vibrant and diverse public art              comprehend the amount of time that has passed since I was awarded
he would be happy to act on our behalf.                                      programme in Ireland, I don’t think we have anything to loose - and         the job. Having made endless efforts to establish a date when the
     What occurred next were two years of legal back and forth until         everything to potentially gain!                                             Council would take receipt of the work and conclude the
the County Council agreed to award the contract to us on the threat                                                                                      commission, long periods followed where I essentially gave up
of court proceedings. This was followed by a further protracted period                                                                                   because of their lack of contact and interest. Throughout my
negotiating the contract and the site. The work we had designed was                                                                                      dealings with the council they have been evasive and unhelpful,
as part of a sculpture technicians training programme being delivered                                                                                    often not affording me a response to my queries. There have been
at the Fire Station Artists Studios and incorporated a lot of detailed       ONE of the main problems I have encountered in the commissioning            delays in the planned work around the site for the work and
stone work so as to give the trainees an opportunity to participate in       process is inexplicable delay. A few years back, I was awarded a            information regarding this and my position in relation to it has been
every aspect of the construction of a sculpture. By the time the             commission after a short-listing process. The job involved the              non-existent. My sense of the situation is one of being cut adrift with
legalities had been ironed out the training course had ended and we          renovation of a church and the commissioning process was overseen           no respect or regard shown for my efforts in the production of the
were required to undertake all of the work ourselves without the             by a local authority as far as I can recall. In the commission brief the    commission. The work has become a liability to me and the whole
assistance the course would have given us, thus the sculpture ended          budget was not stated so I also omitted costings in my submission. I        project is surrounded by huge uncertainty and doubt as to its future.
up costing us money to complete. We were unsuccessful in getting             was awarded the commission and then asked to submit costings. This
more money out of the council for cost adjustment to the material            I did following advice from The Sculptors’ Society.
costs.                                                                               I received no response to this and assumed that my proposal was
     The work was designed to work as the entrance to a park in the          too expensive for the available budget. Three years later or so I was        For the foreseeable future the News Sheet will provide a regular
town centre but a raised flower bed appeared in the middle of the            contacted again and asked when could I commence the project! As I            platform to debate and discuss issues relating to the per-cent for
negotiations at the proposed site area and so our work was eventually        was very busy at the time, I explained that I was not in a position to        art scheme. We are genuinely interested to hear from all parties
placed at the end of a cul-de-sac of houses, it is never seen except by      pursue the project and opted out. No explanation for the delay was                                               who have an interest in the issue.
motorists who see a small section of the top over a ten foot wall as         forthcoming.
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The Visual Arts in Kilkenny
Butler Gallery                                                                                                  Castlecomer Art & Design Centre
                                                                                                                                                                         sponsored by local company Ormonde Brick. Tina
                                                                                                                                                                         spent two months creating the pieces and the seats
                                                                                                                                                                         are now on show in the Estate Yard.
                                                                                                                                                                              A One Year Community Arts Residency ‘Layers
                                                                                                                                                                         & Imprints’ led by Artist / Papermaker Polly Minett
                                                                                                                                                                         was based in the Estate Yard. The aim of the project
                                                                                                                                                                         was to explore the physical, historical and social
                                                                                                                                                                         influences on a landscape. Groups from the
                                                                                                                                                                         community worked with the artist through the
                                                                                                                                                                         medium of contemporary papermaking, using
                                                        David Sandlin – exhibition view, Butler Gallery.                                                                 materials gathered in the demesne to create
                                                              Promotion, understanding and learning about                                                                contemporary pieces ranging from paper costumes
                                                        contemporary visual culture at all levels is central                                                             to large book works. Polly has now set up her studio
                                                        to the ongoing growth and expansion of the Butler                                                                Paper Works in the Estate Yard, and is currently
                                                        Gallery, the artists it engages, and the communities                                                             working on a new body of work for this years
                                                        it serves. For this reason the community and                                                                     Kilkenny Arts Festival
                                                        education outreach programme, curated by Louise                                                                       Painter, Rachel Burke has recently relocated
                                                        Allen, is central to the Butler Gallery’s ongoing                                                                from Pig Dog Studios in Dublin to a new space in
Louise Bourgeois Lullaby                                development. The education programme delivers a                                                                  the Estate Yard. Rachel study art at Crawford
                                                        diverse range of events, workshops, long-term                                                                    College of Art, Cork, and paints landscapes and
THE Butler Gallery has been in operation since                                                                                                                           domestic scenes using acrylic and inks. Rachel
                                                        projects and interventions throughout the year.
1943 and has been located in Kilkenny Castle since                                                                                                                       exhibits in the Solomon Gallery, Dublin and the
                                                                ‘Solas’ brings the gallery alive with the       Castlecomer Estate Yard
1975 where a major contemporary art gallery has                                                                                                                          Mullan gallery in Belfast and is having a solo show
                                                        exuberant creative freedom of young minds on
flourished. Exhibitions of critical acclaim mounted                                                                                                                      in Gallery 44 Cork, this September.
                                                        alternate Sunday mornings. Artist in Schools            CASTLECOMER Estate Yard has seen a dramatic
over the past 30 years include Sean Scully, Antoni                                                                                                                            Award winning textile artist and print maker
                                                        programmes promote learning through first hand          change since its inception as farmyard, stables and
Tapies, Bill Woodrow, Sol le Witt, Brian Maguire,
                                                        experience of the contemporary visual arts. The         kitchen gardens in the 1700s. Today the                  Maeve Coulter has her studio in the Yard. Maeve is
Tony O’Malley, Tony Cragg, Petah Coyne, Paul
                                                        benefits of long term engagement in the arts and        Castlecomer stables are filled with a vibrant            currently working on a collection of textile pieces
McCarthy, Ernesto Neto, Eve Sussman, David
                                                        the creative process are central to many of the         community of artists working towards a vision of         inspired by views of Kilkenny. These pieces will
Sandlin, Jeanne Silverthorne and Louise Bourgeois.
                                                        Butler Gallery’s outreach programmes. ‘5 to 6’, a       creating ‘a new design for Kilkenny’. Restoration is     also be exhibited in The Yard for the Kilkenny Arts
      The Butler Gallery is a model of what
                                                        creative arts and development programme, has            ongoing and the first section of the yard has already    Festival.
enthusiastic commitment can achieve. Its
                                                        worked with over 40 women for the past year and         been fully restored and adapted to facilitate the             American ceramic artist Andrew Ludick, a
collection, built on modest means, provides a
                                                        will continue into 2007 and 2008.                       resident artisans.                                       graduate from Columbus school of Art, Ohio, is also
credible account of the evolution of 20th century
                                                              Upcoming events for artists and interested              Adjacent to the Estate Yard Art & Design           based in the Yard. Andrew is well known for his
art in Ireland, and its exhibitions have put Kilkenny
                                                        audiences to watch out for are: MOOT a series of        Centre, visitors will find Castlecomer Demesne.          unique, sculptural ceramics.
firmly on the artistic map. Most importantly, it
                                                        discussions and debates focusing on trends and          These old landscaped gardens have recently been                 The Yard is also home to up and coming
provides proof positive that regional organisations
                                                        attitudes in contemporary culture. The website          renovated providing lakes, beautiful woodland            Designer Makers such as Australian Milliner
have a major part to play not only in terms of their
                                               is about to be launched to provide a wider      walks, and a sculpture trail that was created as part    Rebekah Patterson, Rosemarie Durr Pottery, Carl
own environment, but in enriching the cultural life
                                                        platform for discussion, debate and opinions about      of an international residency of artists for Kilkenny    Parker Jewellery, Crannmor Pottery and Eclectic
of the country as a whole. There are outstanding
                                                        all things contemporary, creative, cultural and         Arts festival 1999. These sculptures remain in the       Interiors.
works in the Permanent Collection by artists such
                                                        cutting edge. Log on in the coming weeks to             woods to be enjoyed by the public. Over the past              The most recent addition the yard is an
as Patrick Collins, Paul Henry, Mainie Jellet, John
                                                        contribute and find out more. ‘Re-produced’             couple of years the sculpture trail has been add to      interpretive centre and museum, café and gallery
Kindness, Tony O’Malley, Camille Souter, James
                                                        (August, 2007) will present wild alternative            by art students from NCAD who as part of their           space housed in a beautiful custom built Oak Frame
Turrell and Jack B Yeats. Recent acquisitions, gifts
                                                        experiences of untamed, bizarre and curious art,        course have created site specific instillations and      Building, the centre will be open in June and is
and long-term loans include works by Jacki Irvine,
                                                        utilising performance and visual art in non-            sculptures within the woodland environment.              going to secure a lot more visitors to the yard. The
Michael Beirne, Jeanne Silverthorne, Simon Reilly
                                                        permanent spaces. With an explosive mix of                    In addition to providing beautiful studio          gallery space is to be included in Kilkenny Arts
and Mildred Anne Butler.
                                                        vibrations, sounds, visual projections, alternative     space, The Estate Yard has hosted several                Festival official programme as it will be hosting a
      The Butler Gallery provides a platform for
                                                        theatre and film, Re-produced is not to be missed!      residencies for artists. Last year ceramic artist Tina   series of Exhibitions during the festival and
presenting the best of Irish art today, along with
                                                        (MOOT and Re-produced are jointly curated by            Byrne was commissioned by the Crafts Council of          continuing months.
demonstrating a strong commitment to presenting
                                                        Louise Allen, Butler Gallery and Mary Butler            Ireland, to create sculptural seating from bricks
work by artists of international repute. With that
                                                        Kilkenny County Council Arts Office.)
philosophy as our backbone our exhibitions seek to
                                                              The Butler Gallery exists on and off site, as a
stimulate, inspire and challenge our audience and
                                                        place of interaction between artists and the public –
reflect the constantly changing nature of visual arts                                                           The Blackbird Gallery
                                                        a contemporary space within a non-contemporary
practice and the range of media used in the making
                                                        setting. Occupying this unique position on the Irish
of contemporary work today.                                                                                     LOCATED in the heart of Kilkenny city, The               the work is vital to the success of the enterprise but
                                                        art circuit, we are dedicated to remaining at the
      The exhibition programme that I curate offers                                                             Blackbird Gallery is a small visual arts space that      while selling the work is very satisfying,
                                                        forefront of artistic excellence.
a balanced mix of high profile international solo                                                               has become a major addition to the art scene in          discovering, nurturing and supporting emerging
                                                              There are many working artists who have
exhibitions, selected exhibitions by emerging and                                                               Kilkenny and the South East. Now coming into its         talent is where the passion lies.
                                                        made Kilkenny their home including Louise Allen,
established Irish artists and thematic group                                                                    second year, the gallery is continuing to showcase a          The ambition for the gallery going forward is
                                                        Saturio Alonso, Steven Aylin, David Beattie,
exhibitions which reflect current contemporary                                                                  diverse range of oils, acrylics and prints from both     to continue to attract challenging work from
                                                        Michael Beirne, Debra Bowden, Mary Butler, Ger
visual arts culture. The gallery advertises an ‘open                                                            an established and emerging repertoire of Irish and      established and emerging talent and to build on the
                                                        Casey, Eamon Colman, Helen Comerford, Jean
submissions’ call out on an annual basis which                                                                  international artists.                                   gallery’s reputation by further promoting and
                                                        Conroy, Elizabeth Cope, Richard Coughlin, Alan
offers the unique opportunity of a one-person                                                                         The gallery is the only commercial art space       profiling those artists who continue to arrest,
                                                        Counihan, Suzanna Crampton, Helena Gorey,
exhibition to established and emerging artists.                                                                 currently operating in Kilkenny city and over the        engage and delight the audiences.
                                                        Anthony Hobbs, Etaoin Holahan, David Holohan,
Exhibitions by: Brian Fay, Theresa Nanigian, Finola                                                             course of the past 12 months has engaged the                  The Gallery is located at No. 1, St. Kieran Street,
                                                        Kathleen Holohan, Bernadette Kiely, David
Jones, David Phillips & Paul Rowley, and our current                                                            public with a programme of varied exhibitions            Kilkenny and is open Wednesday to Saturday from
                                                        Lambert, Sonia Landweer, Deirdre McCarthy, Polly
exhibition by Nevan Lahart (April 28 – June 10,                                                                 focusing on different aspects of the visual arts. New    11am to 6pm. We will be delighted to handle any
                                                        Minett, Paul Mosse, Pauline O’Connell, Patrick
2007) have been selected from our open submission                                                               works are featured regularly so that visitors to the     enquiries regarding the gallery and would be happy
                                                        O’Connor, Hughie O’Donoghue, Jane O’Malley,
drive. Following Nevan Lahart, exhibitions for 2007                                                             gallery will find themselves exposed to fresh and        to discuss any opportunities for showcasing new
                                                        Alan Ragett, Gypsy Ray, Blaise Smith, Francis
include Fran Hegarty and Andrew Stones, Barry                                                                   challenging work on each visit.                          work. Please contact Valerie Walshe on 056
                                                        Tansey, Tunde Toth and Connor Wickham.
McGee, Yvonne Buchheim and Paul Doran. Look                                                                           The space is owned and run by Roger O’Reilly       7762050 or email
                                                                                            Anna O’Sullivan
out for our free ‘Art Bus’ from Dublin to Kilkenny                                                              and Una Herlihy who have a very strong
                                                                                Director, The Butler Gallery.
scheduled throughout the year.                                                                                  commercial background. Their view is that selling
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Sculpture at Kells                                                                                                         Kilkenny Arts Festival

                                                                      The vast majority of community involvement           IN programming the Visual Arts element of the                  by using sections of texts that have been translated
                                                                 is voluntary and Sculpture at Kells would not have        Kilkenny Arts Festival this year, I have not tried to          into the flashing light signals of Morse Code. In
                                                                 been possible without it. The level of community          impose any over arching theme which connects                   addition to this piece we will show a work entitled
                                                                 acceptance and its dissemination within the               each artist project, instead I wanted to, where                Inverse, Reverse, Perverse consisting of a large
                                                                 Kilkenny area also functions to increase visitor          possible, bring to Kilkenny work which I felt could            concave mirror that inverted and radically
                                                                 numbers and break down pre-existing barriers to           contribute something to the location in which it               distorted the viewer’s reflection, producing a
                                                                 art or its understanding. The exhibition site –           was    exhibited,      not    site    specific    but   site   disturbing self-portrait. Located in this same room
                                                                 outside of an institution and in a rural area - also      sympathetic. Having said that, and even taking into            will be a large table centre-piece by Maud Cotter.
                                                                 combine to make it an accessible event at a wide          consideration Kilkenny’s rich heritage with its                For Cotter, our domestic spaces are charged spaces;
                                                                 local and national level as visitor numbers,              wide range of historical buildings and landmarks               charged by the simple fact of our having used them
                                                                 feedback and press reports testify.                       this has not always been possible. It is notoriously           and the objects they contain, often unthinkingly,
                                                                                                                           difficult to find non-gallery spaces to programme              day in, day out. The tea cup that we lift to our lips
                                                                 International Artists                                     works, which for the most part have been made to               each morning becomes, under Cotter’s eye, a
                                                                 The inaugural exhibition in 1998 featured the             show in gallery conditions. It is only possible with           repository for something strangely physical. It
                                                                 work of Dame Elizabeth Frink, plus seven Irish            the cooperation and permission of a diverse range              becomes a host for the accumulation of mood,
                                                                 artists. Following years have featured works by           of people and the hard work undertaken by the                  feeling, emotion, secrets and stories of life, from the
                                                                 such internationally renowned artists as Barry            festival organisers.                                           banal to the extraordinary.
                                                                 Flanagan, Peter Randall-Page, Michael Warren,                   In the end I have reached a balance between                   Located in the shabby but still functioning
                                                                 Lynn Chadwick.                                            those works which are located in spaces where the              billiards room of the Home Rule Club, a former
Work by Craig Wood at ‘Sculpture at Kells’
                                                                      In 2005 and 2006, with the assistance of             history, architecture or function of the venue                 gentleman’s club will be a work by Danish artist
 AS you come down the hill into the picturesque                  Interreg funding, we staged unique bilateral              contributes to our viewing of the work, and those              Jesper Just. Just taps the universal power of music to
 village of Kells, picture a giant bronze hare leaping           exhibitions with a sister community in Wales              works or projects which have been sited in a range             create lushly filmed, seductive works that
 the weir by Mullins Mill. As you continue along the             comprising artists from both Wales and Ireland,           of commercial and public buildings, which though               challenge the traditional notion that masculinity is
 island walk you see a suitcase floating midstream,              who created work in response to monastic sites of         not be specific to the particular environment have             incompatible with external displays of emotion.
 bearing a young woman sleeping. You cross the                   Strata Florida (Wales) and Kells Priory.                  be been just as carefully selected in order that the           Just’s critically acclaimed mix of tenderness,
 bridge, your attention drawn by a haze of ethereal                                                                        environment      does        not     detract     from   our    humour, and tongue-in-cheek incongruity is
 dresses created from the husks of magnolia leaves               A Wider Audience                                          appreciation of the work but offers the best                   exemplified by No Man is an Island II. In this video,
 adrift in the trees above a small burial plot. You              The quality of the artwork at the core of Sculpture       physical space for its presentation.                           the emotional walls between the denizens of a
 enter the ruins of the stunning 12th century Kells              at Kells ensures that the usual art audience attends.           Kilkenny has a rich ecclesiastical history with          dimly-lit strip joint suddenly crumble when a
 Priory where an enormous glass cube, occupying                  However, our experience to date is that the               a plethora of early Christian monastic sites and               young man unexpectedly breaks into a heartfelt
 the centre of the cloister, reflects the remnants of            involvement of the local community in the                 some remarkable churches. St John’s Church is                  rendition of Roy Orbison’s tear-jerker classic Crying.
 the great stone structure in curious fashion like the           planning and execution of the show, the beauty of         situated in the heart of Kilkenny and was once an                   While the relationship of the venue to the
 vortex of some strange time machine while flocks                the venue and its freedom from the negative image         Augustinian Priory first erected in the 13th century           works described above is specific and I hope
 of white ghost-crows look down on you from the                  of an elitist institution and the surrounding local       the ruins of which still stand next to the church. It          sympathetic to the work there could be no more
 walls and towers.                                               exhibition and initiatives, all combine to attract a      is the tranquil setting of this church that is the             appropriate venue for the Factotum choir than St
       Any or all of these images will have                      vastly different art audience from the norm. The          venue to Bill Viola’s work Four Hands 2001 unlike              Francis Abbey Brewery on Parliament St.
 confronted a regular visitor over the years to the              event attracts large numbers of families, rural           Viola’s most well known works such as The                           The original Factotum choir was nothing if
 annual Sculpture at Kells exhibition. Sited in the              dwellers and members of the public who would              Messenger 1996 or the Nantes Triptych 1992, this               not eclectic, embracing socialism, Satanism, pagan
 striking 12th century monastic ruins of Kells Priory            not normally feel comfortable attending artistic          piece is not a monumental video installation but a             ritualism, folk and psychedelic performance art.
 on the banks of the King’s River, this 10 day                   events or art institutions.                               rather subtle piece showing four sets of hands – a             Highlights of the exhibition will include a behind-
 exhibition runs each August in conjunction with                      We actively work to broaden and enrich               young boy’s, two middle-aged people’s and those of             the-scenes film of rehearsals of their 1985
 the Kilkenny Arts Festival. Sculpture at Kells                  community and audience participation through              an elderly woman – run through a gamut of                      multimedia performance about Cuchulann, The
 started in 1998 as a joint initiative between the               programming workshops and events during the               gestures; some are familiar and others rhetorical,             Hound of Ulster. Original drawings from the folk
 community in Kells and local artist Ann                         exhibition    and   by    encouraging      integration    some are associated with prayer or supplication,               opera, No Joy for Henry, will also be included, as
 Mulrooney. The original aims of the venture were                between artists and the community.                        while others resemble Hindu and Buddhist mudras.               will explosive footage of their infamous pagan
 to make contemporary visual art more accessible                                                                           The use of a range of ages implies a continuous                actionist ritual, Die Orgiegeheimnisse, performed in
 to the general public and to provide a platform for             2007 Exhibition                                           tradition, the teaching of the young by the old, the           London in 1971. These documents and many
 both established and emerging artists.                          This year’s exhibition is being curated by Mark           sequence of gestures complementing but also                    others, including posters, letters, records and
                                                                 Garry and will features the work of the following         departing from one another.                                    bizarre musical instruments, have been recovered
 Community Based                                                 artists: David Beatie; Marie-Dorothee Neugebauer;               The opulent Georgian surroundings of the                 from attics and libraries and in one case discovered
 When Ann Mulrooney first approached the                         Sinead Mc Geeney; Rhona Byrne; Nina Mc Gowan              Butler House with its magnificent plastered                    in a hedge. The whole story is engagingly told by
 community of Kells in 1997, its members were                    and Karl Burke. It will open on Sunday 12 August          ceilings and marble fireplaces is the location for             those who experienced the choir first-hand. This is
 understandably cautious and had little knowledge                at 12 noon.                                               two artist, whose work is at first glance in keeping           achieved through a mixture of interviews and
 or experience of the arts. A few years later, the                    Sculpture at Kells receives a Small Festivals &      with the architecture and social function of the               contextualising text, bringing this obscure but
 community           organises       and     administers   the   Events grant from The Arts Council and is                 room but on closer inspection are unsettling and at            fascinating period of musical history to life. The
 exhibition, prepares and maintains the venues                   supported by Kilkenny County Council.                     odds with the gentile environment. Cerith Wyn                  current Factotum choir will perform at the venue
 each year, houses, transports and entertains visiting                                                                     Evans will present his ‘Chandelier’ sculptures                 on Friday 17th August.
 artists,                                                                                              Valerie Mullally    evoking notions of otherworldly communication                       Other highlights of the programme will
                                                                                                                                                                                          include Amar Kanwar an independent film maker,
                                                                                                                                                                                          living in and working in New Delhi whose work
                                                                                                                                                                                          responding to conditions in contemporary India.
  KILKENNY CONTACTS                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                          Mark Orange whose work uses a range of media,
                                                                                                                                                                                          including audio, film, photography, and digital
                                                                                                                                                                                          animation to explore the unpredictable and often
    The Grennan Mill Craft School                                 Mary Butler, Kilkenny Co. Council Arts Officer,         Blackbird Gallery,
                                                                                                                                                                                          hapless ways in which the individual navigates
    Thomastown, Kilkenn.y                                         72 John Street, Kilkenny                                1 St. Kieran Street, Kilkenny
                                                                                                                                                                                          urban space. Also presenting work will be Antonio
    T: 056 7724514 / 056 7724557                                  T: 056 7794138 E:           T: (056) 7762050
                                                                                                                                                                                          Reillo from Italy and painters Eithne Jordan and
                                                                                                                                                                                          Marie Hanlon.
                                                                  Butler Gallery, The Castle, Kilkenny                    Sculpture at Kells,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Hugh Mulholland
    Rudolf Hetzel Gallery, 10 Patrick St, Kilkenny                T: 00 353 (0) 56 776 1106                               Kells Priory, Kells, Co Kilkenny.
    T: 056 7721497                                                E:                               M: 086 8055304
    Kozo Studio and Gallery, Marshes Street,                                                                              Kilkenny Studios,
    Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny                                      Kilkenny Arts Festival              Castlecomer Estate Stable Yard, Kilkenny
    E: T: 056 779 3265                                                                       
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Endangered Studios                                                                                                            Kilkenny County Council Arts Office

                                                                                                                              KILKENNY County Council’s Arts Office develops           feel that it is imperative to endorse the work of
                                                                                                                              and co-ordinates artistic activity across the city and   practitioners residing in Kilkenny and to encourage
                                                                                                                              county. We motivate and empower practitioners in         the development of innovative collaborations
                                                                                                                              the sector and encourage and inspire enthusiasm          across art forms.
                                                                                                                              for the arts promoting it as a valuable, positive and           Our visual artists’ residency programme is
                                                                                                                              worthwhile activity for all. We also provide advice,     now in its fourth year. To date these residencies
                                                                                                                              assistance and support for individuals and groups        have     focused    upon    offering    research   and
                                                                                                                              and work to keep the arts on a countywide agenda.        development opportunities to artists. Five years ago
                                                                                                                                   Kilkenny       has     three     council-managed    the city and county had little or no rentable studio
                                                                                                                              exhibition spaces for the visual arts, namely the        space available to artists whatsoever. As a result of
                                                                                                                              Watergate Theatres Gallery Upstairs, County Hall         this most artists worked within their own homes,
                                                                                                                              and no. 72 John Street. The Arts Office currently        allocating garage space, spare rooms, gardens and
                                                                                                                              programmes on average 14 exhibitions annually in         even corners of their bedrooms to carry out their
                                                                                                                              these venues. These include solo, group and              work. Many still do and of course some always will.
                                                                                                                              community focused shows. No. 72 John Street is a                But in 2004 the Arts Office acquired the use of
                                                                                                                              relatively newly acquired and extremely significant      Chadwicks and Electro City a disused builders
                                                                                                                              venue, which also serves as a residency and activity     provider premises. I offered artists studios and
                                                                                                                              space. Other independent visual arts venues in the       residency opportunities within the building and on
                                                                                                                              county include the Butler Gallery, Kozo Studio and       the vast landscape that came with it. The emphasis
Endangered Studios at Chadwicks                                                                                               Gallery, the National Craft Gallery, the Blackbird       of these studios and residencies were on the
                                                                                                                              Gallery, the Berkeley Gallery and newly developed        working process rather than the finished product. It
                                                                                                                              Castlecomer Demense, which comprises studios             provided opportunities for artists to research and
                                                                                                                              and exhibition space. The city and county libraries      develop their work practice and the space to
                                                                                                                              also serve as exhibition spaces as do the streets of     investigate and explore new ways of working,
                                                                                                                              Kilkenny and unused shops and buildings                  encouraging artists to cultivate and develop new
                                                                                                                              particularly during festival times.                      ideas.
                                                                                                                                   The Arts Office facilitates the professional               Various initiatives took place on this site
                                                                                                                              development of arts practitioners to maximise their      including residencies by students from the
                                                                                                                              full potential and enable them to explore new            Ormonde College of Art, Kilkenny, NCAD and
                                                                 The Workhouse in Callan – currently undergoing renovation.
Studio space in the Maltings.                                                                                                 possibilities. Many of these initiatives are             KCAT, Kilkenny. The whole area steadily grew in
ENDANGERED Studios story begins with six artists                 resulted in two highly successful group exhibitions          undertaken in partnership with other arts or             terms of its stability, continuity, energy and
being awarded spaces in a studio facility located                as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival in 2004 and            education service providers, namely the Butler           momentum. It was fantastic and extremely
within a disused builders merchants – Chadwicks,                 2006. Since leaving the Maltings in autumn 2006              Gallery, The Ormonde College of Art, NCAD, artists       rewarding to see the spaces and the artists work
through a venture instigated by Mary Butler,                     the group has continued to meet regularly in order           and other local authorities. The links between           change, develop and evolve over the months.
Kilkenny County Council Arts Officer in the winter               to combine skills to access new studio possibilities.        agencies, providers, individuals and community           Louise Walsh, sculpture tutor at NCAD stated,
of 2003. Although basic, the studios provided a vital                 In March 2007 the group was offered a new               groups work well and as a result of this synergy, key    “While the workshop resources of the sculpture
resource – huge work spaces, along with                          studio space in Callan, Co. Kilkenny. Patrick Lydon          actions are being delivered. One such significant        dept (NCAD) are excellent the opportunity to
opportunities for discourse and contact with other               of the Camphill Communiy approached the group                development in the region is ArtLinks. This is a         engage with the acres of showrooms, yards and
artists – along with a wealth of found materials; and            about occupying a disused space they had within              professional development service for artists of all      warehouses that Mary Butler has made available is
all on a completely cost-free basis with the support             Callan. The building, which is the original                  disciplines, which is based on a partnership             invaluable. The National College of Art and Design
of the Kilkenny Arts Office. Over the period of its              workhouse of the town, offers the resident artists           between the Arts Departments of Local Authorities        is delighted to collaborate with the Kilkenny Arts
existence on this site the group grew in numbers,                the possibility to work on large-scale projects. The         in the counties of Waterford, Wexford, Carlow,           Office for this fantastic opportunity”.
welcomed residencies from individuals and groups                 group plans to renovate the space to make it usable          Kilkenny and Wicklow, the Arts Council / An                     On evaluation of this undertaking its success
from local, regional and national colleges including             as both studios and temporary galleries – and                Chomhairle Ealaíon and artists from these                was very clear with, amongst many other things, all
KCAT and NCAD. The studios were in operation on                  overall to develop a place where artists and                 counties.        ArtLinks       provides    accessible   artists had created new work, embarked upon new
the Chadwicks until 2005, when the building was                  community will interact.                                     opportunities for artists from the five participating    ways of working and significantly, developed new
demolished.                                                           The new space offers the opportunity to again           counties    to     gain     skills,   knowledge   and    attitudes regarding their work. This space -
       The Endangered group has enabled a number                 run visual workshops engaging with students of all           understanding and provides the necessary supports        Endangered Studios, as it became known and the
of artists to work and develop. The professional                 ages and other groups within the community –                 they need in order to develop their work practices       artists who were there long term, now the
development of the artists involved has been                     plans are afoot to work with residents and staff of          and careers. Another key partnering body is the          Endangered group, are still together proactively
invaluable in their growth and has been accelerated              Camphill in this way. Callan is a particularly               Butler Gallery and together we undertake many            seeking funding, exhibiting and working as
by their association with, and activities undertaken             exciting venture at this time for other reasons as           events, courses and projects, including MOOT a           individuals and together with some newer
by the studio unit, and indeed the group as a whole              well. KCAT has its home by the river in Callan.              series of debates and discussions about the arts.        ‘members’ on board.
continues to strengthen.                                         Housed in the biggest purpose built arts centre in           These debates feature internationally renowned                  In fact they have just recently secured new
       Following the demolition of the Chadwick’s                the South East, KCAT is well known for its levels of         panellists and encourage full and open audience          studio spaces in Callan, a town just outside of the
site, the group accessed space in the Maltings                   enthusiasm, vibrancy and energy.                             participation. We also partner with Kilkenny Arts        City. This is even more significant than the
Building in Kilkenny. From within the Malting’s                       The friary was donated (by the friars) to the           Festival annually in order to specifically promote       evidence collected on paper as this evidence is
building the group planned, managed and                          people of Callan in 2003 and is managed by Callan            emerging local visual artists during the festival.       based on the continued activities of the Endangered
facilitated a series of educational art workshops for            Community Network. There are a variety of                    This has resulted in a highly successful initiative      group and other practitioners over the past three
a number of Kilkenny schools. The basis of these                 different courses and support facilities being               called VERGE. It gives a number of artists a             years. Other residency opportunities offered by the
workshops was visual awareness – a key                           conducted there, one of which is the KCAT theatre            tremendously valuable platform for their work and        arts office are based in no. 72 and to date four artists
motivation for the workshops being the artist own                course. L’arche has recently opened a café within            the overall support and endorsement of the               have undertaken residencies of six to eight weeks
experience        of     less-than-exciting    and      poorly   the town and there plans for the family home of              Festival.                                                developing new work and engaging with the public
structured art education while in primary                        artist Tony O’Malley to become an artist residency                We offer a number of awards and bursaries           and groups for information sessions regarding their
education. The overall aim was to provide the                    space with studio.                                           and these have increased considerably over that          work.
participating children with the opportunity to                        Callan has a web of exciting innovative                 past five years. The Arts Act grants are administered           It is a very challenging and exciting time for
explore        drawing,         painting,   sculpture     and    projects all connected in different ways providing a         annually as are the Tyrone Guthrie Regional              the Arts Office in Kilkenny and for the arts sector in
photography with energy and fun.                                 network of support and learning for creativity               Bursary Scheme, the Research to Exhibit Award and        general. It is fair to say that practitioner,
       Though there has been a consistent core                   throughout all the arts. Endangered looks forward            the Facilitation Award. The latter two awards have       community          and   visitor   aspirations     and
group, it has fluctuated in size allowing new artists            to contributing to this momentum.                            been devised specifically to enable and encourage        expectations have never been higher and Kilkenny
to utilize the spaces and opportunities provide by                    Endangered Studios (Steven Aylin, Jean                  practitioners to feed their own professional             County Councils Arts Office is committed to
Endangered Studios. All artists within the group                 Conroy, Helen Comerford, Patrick O’Connor, Etaoin            development trends and to support practitioners in       making every effort to provide and support.
have continued to pursue individual opportunities,               Holahan, Alan Raggett, Richard Coghlan, David                directing the development of their practice. They
exhibiting widely at a range of levels, whilst                   Beattie).                                                    also support the furthering of their careers and                                    Mary Butler, Arts Officer.
maintaining a strong group dynamic – that has                                                          Endangered Studios     assist in creating a culture of self-sufficiency. We
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Etaoin Holahan Kiss Mural 2006 Private commission, Kieran Street, Kilkenny (recently painted over)                                       BUDGET; €14,000.
                                                                                                                                         Carlow National School under the department of education and science,
I settled in Kilkenny in 2002. I’d studied for a year at                   and running an eight-week workshop module. We
                                                                                                                                         per-cent for art scheme wish to commission a visual art piece(s) of durable
the KSAD (Kilkenny School of Art and Design),                              worked with children from four local primary
under Helen Comerford, after which I did a BA in
                                                                                                                                         quality, in an indoor setting, which will enhance the school environment and
                                                                           schools. Devising these workshops together further
fine art in Wales for three years. I was hungry to                         improved our group dynamic. It was great to be                promote enquiry.
create a platform for myself and other artists and                         working within the community and contributing
within a month a group of us came together to                              to the visual education of the children.                      FOR APPLICATION FORMS & FURTHER DETAILS CONTACT:
organise the exhibition ‘Warehouse’ held during                                   Shortly afterwards, I went on a four-week              The Principal, Carlow National School,Green Road,Carlow.
Kilkenny Arts Festival 2002. For the show the                              residency to Iceland. I returned, with stories of
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group secured a very raw space in Kilkenny city                            frozen waterfalls, to continue the workshops and
centre where installations, theatre, painting,                             begin a new body of work, a series of drawings
performance art and sound art were housed. We all                          inspired by the residency. Some of these drawings             Closing date for submissions 11 June 2007
worked so hard to launch this exhibition and                               were included in the opening exhibition of the
organised        everything        from       public      liability        Blackbird Gallery in Kilkenny.
insurance to designing the invitations. The                                       In June 2006 I was offered a commission from
opening night had a vibrant energy of a street                             the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival to install
carnival – with fire jugglers and drummers at the                          a large scale street installation. The project was
entrance. This was my introduction to Kilkenny.                            entitled Kiss and consisted of nine 1m x 1m panels
      For the Arts Festival 2003 we secured the                            with stencil print of couples kissing – each one
Brewery Presentation Room on Parliament St; and                            mounted on a sandwich scaffold on the façade of a
together with Eileen Flynn and Brendan Cullinan                            building in the city centre for the duration of the
we put together an exhibition called ‘The Green                            festival. The models were all local people.
Door’. This space had never previously been used as                               In the 2006 Arts Festival, we had the second
an exhibition space, but it has now become a                               successful group show of Endangered Studios artist
regularly used venue by the Arts Festival.                                 works, presented in two venues– The Watergate
      In 2003 Kilkenny Arts Office advertised the                          Theatre and The Arts Office.
availability of studio spaces in the old Chadwick’s                               I’m working as an aural historian at present,
building. A few months after its inception of the                          collecting stories about the ‘Mart’ in Kilkenny from
studios, which were named by the artists                                   farmers, buyers, auctioneers, publicans – anyone
‘Endangered Studios’ I was invited to do large scale                       with something to share really; in preparation for a
portraits of all the participating artists. These were                     Talking Birds / Kilkenny Arts Office production to
displayed in the windows of an abandoned                                   mark the closure of the Mart after 50 years of
electrical store, as part of the very first ‘Endangered’                   operation on the site. As well as this I am working
exhibition during the Arts Festival 2004.                                  on a body of work exploring print and drawing. My
      Shortly afterwards I was offered the very first                      energies are also focused on the new studio space
six-week residency at the newly renovated Arts                             we have been offered in Callan. This is an exciting
Office premises. The idea of the residency was to                          time.     We’ve       discussed      running     workshops,
highlight the profile of the arts office as an                             exchange residencies and a gallery space. And the
interactive public space and an asset to the city. I                       studio artists are to be included in Strand 2 of this
invited all the employees to sit for their portraits.                      year’s arts festival.
Anybody coming into the office was free to talk to                                Kilkenny has the name among some circles as
me about my work and I could be seen working                               being the art capital of Ireland. I’d like to see that
through the window – thus energising the space                             name really be deserved, and the circle who believe
and arousing the curiosity of passers-by. The                              it to be true, extended. The Arts Office in Kilkenny
culmination of this project was a solo exhibition,                         is extremely well run. Information is regularly
‘Staff’ – comprising 17 life-size stencil prints of                        circulated about residencies, jobs, professional
council employees and some of their children; held                         development               courses,   seminars,      current
in the adjacent main building of the county council                        exhibitions, funding application with supportive
office.                                                                    information and exhibition opportunities. As an
      When the lease on the Chadwick’s space                               artist practising in Kilkenny the city has offered me
expired, we were again homeless. But we                                    many footholds and encouragements. There are
maintained very strong ties and met regularly. The                         great opportunities here for artists who are willing
result of which was that we secured a studio space                         to seize them and work hard.
in The Maltings building – in exchange for devising
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                                                                                  with a major public art element.              environment or health care                LINDEN HOMES                                   further information:
                                                                                  The total budget for this project             setting. Initial responses should         Linden Homes Southern Ltd in                   Telephone
                                                                                  is stg£240,000 with at least                  include a CV and examples of              partnership with the Borough of                021 4314353
                                                                                  stg£100,000 of this budget being              previous work together with a             Poole Arts Development Unit, is                Www
                                                                                  ring fenced for the public art                statement on the proposed                 looking to commission a public       
                                                                                  element. Full details of the                  approach you would take. For a            artwork.      We        are      inviting      Deadline
                                                                                  competition conditions and the                full brief contact the Public Art         expressions     of        interest       in    29 June 2007
                                                                                  competition          brief       can    be                                              creating site-specific artwork(s)
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                                                                                  obtained        from       Mr      Frank      reference number.                         which respond(s) to a diverse                  BALLINGLEN FOUNDATION
                                                                                  Sweeney, Head of Arts and                     Telephone                                 range of activities and land use               The Ballinglen Arts Foundation
                                                                                  Tourism,        Omagh            District     +44 (0)1245 437521                        nearby to the Aqua Housing                     was formed in 1992 to bring
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                                            BRIGHT SPARKS
                                                                                  The Grange, Mountjoy Road,                    uk                                        June. Installation is to be                    ability, from Ireland and abroad,
MONTEHERMOSO GRANTS                         Gunpowder Park Bright Sparks
                                                                                  Omagh, County Tyrone, N.                      Deadline                                  completed by Christmas 07.                     to live and work in North Mayo
Support     for     Creation         and    Research     and    Development
                                                                                  Ireland BT79 7BL                              25 May 2007                               Total budget available will be                 in order to benefit both the
Research in Contemporary Art                Awards Round 3. Bright Sparks is
                                                                                  Www                                                                                     stg£50,000. For a copy of the                  artists and the community. Each
and Thought. Grants aimed at                a funding scheme for arts and
                                                                                                      ROYAL VICTORIA HOSPITAL                   commission brief contact Nicky                 invited artist receives a three
Artistic Creation, Curatorship              design     led     research     and
                                                                                  Deadline                                      The Imaging Centre: The latest            Whittenham (Public Art Officer)                bedroom house and a studio in
and Research. Artistic Creation: 8          development projects which
                                                                                  25 May 2007                                   facility to be added to the Royal         Email                                          the Ballinglen Centre free of
grants for unpublished art                  explore the physical and social
                                                                                                                                Victoria Hospital's estate. It is a                    charge. The Ballinglen Centre
projects which are in the                   aspects of public open space in
                                                                                  ESSEX PUBLIC ART                              five storey building linked via a         Deadline                                       has four studios and a fully
production phase or which must              both urban and rural contexts.
                                                                                  Public art commissions 2007 -                 hospital street to the hospital           1 June 2007                                    equipped Print Studio. It also
be    produced        during         the    Bright Sparks is a unique
                                                                                  2010. Essex County Council is                 and will provide the latest state                                                        boasts a significant library, The
extension of the grant. Each                opportunity for UK and non-UK
                                                                                  investing stg£2.14m into public               of the art facilities which include       THE FOREST SCHOOL                              Courthouse Gallery and all up to
project grant will not exceed               individuals and / or groups
                                                                                  art projects over the next 3 years.           Nuclear Medicine, X-ray, MRI,             Worcestershire County Council                  date office facilities. Each artist
            divided         into     the    working in any creative practice
                                                                                  This is to ensure that artists are            CT, Cardiology and a range of             and Sidemoor First School are                  in turn leaves one piece of work
following         items:         €7,000,    to develop well defined research
                                                                                  part of our design teams,                     other services. Commission: The           seeking expressions of interest                which remains unsold in the
maximum amount for the                      focusing on new ideas relating to
                                                                                  providing an artistic dimension               Royal       Hospitals     wish       to   from      artists         wishing        to    Ballinglen Archive (it currently
production of the project, and              open space within the British
                                                                                  for our new building projects                 commission a major sculpture              undertake           a          sculpture       has over 400 works of art). To
           for     fees     of     work     Isles, relative to the UK's current
                                                                                  and                   environmental           for the interior of this new              commission          for     the       main     apply     please     submit      an
production and copyright. The               intellectual and political trends.
                                                                                  enhancement schemes within                    building with the aim of:                 external entrance to Sidemoor                  application form for a residency
Grant includes an exhibition in             Awards      from    stg£3,000    to
                                                                                  the County. Our ambitious                     providing an iconic artwork for           First School. The theme is 'The                which lasts for a period of four to
the space of the Montehermoso               stg£10,000. Up to six research
                                                                                  Public Art Programme will                     the Centre, enhancing the                 Forest School'. The commission                 eight weeks (sometimes longer
Cultural Centre, within the 2008            and development awards.
                                                                                  challenge the traditional role of             quality of the environment for            will commence in June 2007 and                 depending on the time of year).
programme. Curatorship: 1 grant             Www
                                                                                  public art to encourage new                   both     staff    and      patients,      be completed in October 2007.                  Application forms are available
for an unpublished curatorial     
                                                                                  levels of debate and to explore               integrating the work of the Unit          Stg£15,000 Incl. Fees, production              online.
project          including           the    Deadline
                                                                                  Genus Loci 'Spirit of Place' in its           with the architecture of the              & installation. For details:                   Address
participation of at least four              22 June 2007
                                                                                  broadest          sense.         Details:     building. The budget for this             Email                                          The Ballinglen Arts Foundation,
contemporary        creators.        The
                                                                                  Colchester        Primary         School,     commission        is     stg£60,000.                     Main Street, Ballycastle, Co Mayo
proposal      must         be      under    PUBLIC ART
                                                                                  stg£60K      Ref:      GL1.       Epping      Further information contact               Www                                            Telephone
production or must be produced
                                                                                  Primary School, stg£60K Ref:                  Hilary Cromie, Arts Coordinator:                            096 43184
during the extension of the                 WATERFORD CO CO
                                                                                  GL2. Park and Ride Network,                   Telephone                                 Deadline                                       Email
grant. The selected project will            Waterford County Council wish
                                                                                  stg£80K Ref: GL3. The design                  028 9063 4186                             18 May 2007                          
be allocated €6,000 for fees of             to commission a visual art work
                                                                                  teams for the above projects have             Email                                                                                    Www
curatorial tasks and copyright.             to be located at Davitt's Quay,
                                                                                  been asked to pay particular                  hilary.cromie@belfasttrust.hscn            RESIDENCIES                                   www.ballinglenartsfoundation.o
The exhibition project award                Dungarvan, Co. Waterford under
will not exceed €15,000. This
                                                                                  attention to sustainability issues                                                                                      rg
                                            the Dungarvan & Environs
                                                                                  by using reclaimed and/or                     Deadline                                                                                 Deadline
amount      must      include        the    Sewerage     Scheme     /     Scéim
                                                                                  recycled materials including                  29 June 2007                              NSF RESIDENCIES 2008                           None
expenses     caused        by      work     Séarachais Dhún Garbháin agus
                                                                                  those from sustainable and local                                                        The National Sculpture Factory
production,       insurances         and    an Cheantair Máguaird. The
                                                                                  sources;            low           energy      DERRY FIRE STATION                        are delighted to announce 3                    CLO CEARDLANN
transport, trips and stays of the           total budget for this commission
                                                                                  consumption and the use of                    Call for submissions for an               major residency opportunities                  New Call for Residencies 2007.
selected artists and curators.              is €60,000 Full details plus the
                                                                                  renewable         energy         sources.     iconic piece of artwork for the           for artists at all stages of their             This      programme           offers
Research: 3 grants for research             application form are available
                                                                                  Brentwood High Street, stg£50k                exterior wall of The Old City Fire        careers and open to any type of                accommodation           in      Clo
projects           related            to    online or by contacting the Arts
                                                                                  Ref:     GL4.        An        extensive      Station, Derry City, currently            practice.     Award             for      an    Ceardlann's artist-in-residence
Contemporary Art and Thought.               Office.
                                                                                  programme of upgrading the                    being refurbished. It is envisaged        International or Irish Artist in               house and full technical facilities
Within this section, at least one           Telephone
                                                                                  streetscape of Brentwood High                 this will comprise of a relief            Mid-Career: two months in NSF,                 at their workshop based in scenic
of the grants will be aimed at              058 41416
                                                                                  Street is in progress and presents            work fixed to the new building            Cork, to be taken up between                   North West Donegal. Artists
projects     related         to      the    Www
                                                                                  opportunity            for        artists'    facade      in   an      appropriate      January and December 2008.                     residencies of one to three
development                of          a
                                                                                  interventions             into         this   medium.          Total       budget       Ireland/Australia              Exchange        months available. This residency
Historiography of Feminist Art              Deadline
                                                                                  refurbishment.                Brentwood       stg£30,000         to       include       Residency (Ireland-based artist):              is offered on a self-funded basis.
in Spain. The award for the                 25 May 2007
                                                                                  Gateways, Ref: GL5. Expressions               fabrication,     transport       and      three-four months in Hobart,                   Clo     Ceardlann      will    help
Research project development
                                                                                  of interest are also sought from              installation at site. For details:        Tasmania (plus two weeks in                    interested applicants to apply for
will not exceed €9,000. This                OMAGH BOMB MEMORIAL
                                                                                  artists who are willing to work               Address                                   Sydney) from January - April                   funding. Interested applicants
amount includes the researcher's            Omagh       Memorial     Working
                                                                                  with       Brentwood             Borough      Economic Development Section,             2008 with travel expenses,                     should forward their C.V. and a
fees, as well as the expenses               Group invites submissions from
                                                                                  Council and Brentwood Town                    Derry City Council, 98 Strand             stipend       and              exhibition      detailed proposal via email. For
caused      by       the          project   suitably experienced and skilled
                                                                                  Centre          Partnership             on    Road, Derry,                              opportunity. Emerging Irish                    an information pack please
development. For information:               Design Teams, for the design,
                                                                                  developing ideas to mark entry                Telephone                                 Artist Professional Development                contact Marjorie Doohan:
Address                                     production and installation of a
                                                                                  and exit points into the Borough.             028 71376506                              Award: two months in NSF, Cork,                Telephone
Centro Cultural Montehermoso                permanent memorial to the
                                                                                  Ramsden Hall School, stg£50K                  Email                                     to be taken up between January                 074 9531271
Kulturunea,        Fray         Zacarías    Omagh Bomb of 15 August 1998.
                                                                                  Ref: GL6. This school caters for              economicdevelopment@derryci               and    December            2008.        The    Email
Martínez, 2. 01001,                         Designs Teams will be expected
                                                                                  pupils       with             behaviour,                                 National Sculpture Factory is a      
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.                     to prepare proposals for the
                                                                                  emotional and social difficulties.            Www                                       770sq. m large-scale workshop                  Deadline
Telephone                                   integrated treatment of the
                                                                                  It is essential that artists                      facility for sculptors and mixed               None
+(34) 945 161 830                           bomb site and the temporary
                                                                                  applying for this commission                  Deadline                                  media artists. NSF has also
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                                                                                  have     direct      experience         of    18 May 2007                               recently opened a new fully                    HEATH MOUNT SCHOOL                        will entail the development of a
                                                                                  working         in        a       similar                                               equipped new media studio. For                 Residential    opportunity       in
Deadline                                    permanent memorial garden
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Hertford for an enthusiastic               31 May 2007                                packages and more. Send CV,                 Deadline                                       Telephone                               Deadline
animator keen to work with                                                            statement,          proposal        and     Ongoing                                        01 2225455                              31 May 2007
children.       Involves        making     TYRONE GUTHRIE CENTRE                      supporting material.                        MEMPHIS                                        Email
animation films with small                 Dublin City Council is delighted           Address                                     Lantana Projects. Experimental                 GREYSTONES ARTS FESTIVAL
groups of energetic pupils aged            to offer a special residency to            Light Work, Artist-in-Residence             residency in Memphis, USA,                     Deadline                                Greystones Arts Festival, now in
from 7–13, and continuing to               artists born or living in Dublin           Program, 316 Waverly Avenue,                with the opportunity to interact               25 May 2007                             its 26th year is inviting all artists
develop animation work within              City (Administrative Area) to              Syracuse, NY 13244, USA                     with artists in the region.                                                            to take part in the selection for
the      school       and     extensive    enable them to spend two weeks             Email                                       Residency is for approximately                                                         the 4th Annual Arts Trail. The
grounds. From 1 September 2007             at the Centre. The residency                               one month at a mutually                                                                following media are welcome:
to 31 July 2008. Interviews to be          covers all board & lodging                 Www                                         arranged        time.       Stipend       of                                           painting,        prints,   sculpture,
held on 24 May. Attractive salary,         expenses and the use of a studio               USD$250 per week offered, plus                 OUT OF SITE 2007                        photography and drawing. The
bedsit accommodation, board                if necessary. There are a variety of       sinfo.html                                  a roundtrip airfare to Memphis                 Out Of Site is a festival of            selection will be made by
and dedicated studio, with time            workspaces including studios, a            Deadline                                    and in-town travel assistance.                 performances in public space in         professional adjudicators and all
for own work. For further details          music room for composers and               None                                        Artists are responsible for their              Dublin. Following the success of        art selected will be of a
and an application form:                   musicians, a multi media room                                                          own personal expenses. Artists                 Out Of Site 2006 we are looking         professional standard. Entry fee
Address                                    and a large rehearsal and                  PITTSBURGH                                  have to donate one work at the                 for submissions for Out Of Site         is €10. The Greystones Arts
Heath Mount School, Woodhall               performance space. It will be              The Mattress Factory. Residency             end       of         the         residency.    2007, which will run from the           Festival takes place during the
Park, Watton-at-Stone, Hertford            open to practitioners in all art           programme        for     installation,      Accommodation and studio as                    22–26 August. The Festival              Bank Holiday weekend August
SG14 3NG                                   forms. There is no age limit.              visual     and        sound      artists.   needed. Includes exhibition of                 hopes to activate spaces around         3rd to August 6th. Leading up to
Telephone                                  Applicants           should       show     Residency lasts 1–8 weeks, all              existing work at commencement                  Dublin City Centre through live         the festival there will be a launch
(+44) 01920 830230                         significant achievement in their           year round. All costs paid by the           of the residency with marketing.               art.    We     are   looking      for   of the Arts Trail held at the
Email                                      chosen      field.     This      would     organisation. Air transportation            Application           form           online.   submissions that actively engage        Cherrylane Fine Arts Gallery                      normally mean that artists                 to and from Pittsburgh; housing,            USD$35 application fee.                        with    location,    taking     into    (27th July, opening at 8pm),
Deadline                                   should have had one-person                 per      diem          and         local    Address                                        consideration        issues      and    where all selected work will be
18 May 2007                                shows in reputable galleries and           transportation. Other benefits:             Lantana Projects, 2767 Natchez                 inhabitants of that particular          exhibited. During the festival the
                                           that composers or musicians                all materials and equipment,                Lane,     Memphis,               Tennessee     site. The performances should           Art will be exhibited at various
AOMORI CENTRE JAPAN                        should have had their work                 curatorial support to identify              38111, USA,                                    explore our relationship to the         venues      in     Greystones.    For
Themed          residency        'Under    commissioned,          recorded      or    and secure all materials; skilled           Www                                            city; how we navigate, negotiate        information or submission:
Thread' which explores the                 performed, writers/poets should            and unskilled labour during the                           and     experience      the   urban.    Telephone
abnormalities of life that are             have had work published or                 installation process; marketing             Deadline                                       Applications must include: a            085 7185684
hidden and neglected in favour             whatever might be appropriate              and publicity; documentation (4"            Ongoing                                        detailed     proposal      outlining    Email
of the ordinary. 5 September - 16          to the particular art form.                x 5" transparencies, colour slides,                                                        practical      and      conceptual
November.         Fee:       Yen200,000    Otherwise the applicant must               digital images); an opening                  STUDIOS                                       information and the specific  
travel      costs,           Yen400,000    demonstrate a high degree of               reception      to      present       the                                                   location proposed (no longer            Deadline
materials, Yen3000 per diems               promise attested by references or          exhibition       to     the      public,                                                   than 500 words), technical              3 June 2007
(stg£12 per day). Also includes            other forms of support from                marketing and publicity. Open               RED STABLES RESIDENTIAL                        specifications, a budget, a current
final group exhibition, studio,            established figures in the arts.           application. See website for full           Dublin City Council invites                    CV for all artists involved and no      HAZEL WILLIAMS GALLERY
accommodation, free Internet               Application forms, guidelines              details.                                    artists to apply for the Irish                 more than two sources of further        The Hazel Williams Gallery,
access. Application form online.           and criteria may be obtained               Address                                     Artists' Residential Studio Award,             documentation.       For      further   Kilkenny's newest art space,
For details:                               from:                                      The Mattress Factory, Residency             The Red Stables, St Anne's Park,               information:                            opening in May 2007. Call for
Address                                    Address                                    Programme, 500 Sampsonia                    Dublin 3. The award is intended                Address                                 Submissions for artists. For 2008 /
Aomori         Contemporary          Art   The Arts Office, Dublin City               Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-4444,             to support an emerging Irish                   5 Emmet Street, Dublin 1                2009 Program. Submissions to
Centre,         152-6         Yamazaki,    Council, The LAB, Foley Street,            USA                                         visual artist at an early stage of             Email                                   include 5 images of current
Goshizawa, Aomori, Japan                   Dublin 1                                   Email                                       their professional practice and                   works on CD Jpeg format.
Email                                      Telephone                                                   runs from November 2007 –                      Www                                     Current Biography. A stamped                    01 2225455                                 Www                                         November 2008. The Award                                   addressed envelope, if you
Www                                        Email                                                        includes: Studio and living                    Deadline                                require your work to be returned                           Deadline                                    accommodation at nominal rent                  25 May 2007                             to you.
Deadline                                   Deadline                                   Ongoing                                     of €200 per month for a one-year                                                       Address
21 May 2007                                25 May 2007                                                                            period. Inclusion in Exhibition                CLAREMORRIS OPEN                        The Hazel Williams Gallery, No 1
                                                                                      SWAP OHIO                                   Programme at THE LAB, Foley                    The         Claremorris        Open     The Parade, Co Kilkenny
DURHAM CATHEDRAL                           SYRACUSE USA                               Spaces World Artists Program                Street, Dublin 1. Administrative               Exhibition (COE) is an open             Telephone
Twelve-month             residency    at   Light       Work.           Residency      (SWAP). Six week residency                  and curatorial support through                 submission exhibition taking            086 1687044
Durham Cathedral. Shortlisted              programme for photographers                programme.                 USD$2000         Dublin City Council's Arts                     place in Claremorris, Mayo in           Www
candidates will be invited to              and related media in Syracuse,             honorarium, stipend for housing,            Office.        The         Red       Stables   September '07. The exhibition is
Durham for interview on 25/26              USA. Residency is for one month.           a limited budget for material               Professional               Development         a contemporary multi-media              Deadline
June. In addition to a fee of              USD$4,000            stipend.      Free    costs. Also includes exhibition             Workshop for Artists in Studios.               exhibition, with works placed at        1 July 2007
stg£17,000,           other     benefits   accommodation,                  private    and publication, a residency                Meetings/Studio             visits     with    a variety of locations throughout
include a studio and subsidised            darkroom and 24-hour access to             coordinator,        accommodation           Curators        and         other       arts   the town, including tradional
accommodation; some teaching               the facilities. Renovated lab              and studio. Applications will be            professionals. Internet Access.                gallery spaces, outdoor locations,
at the University of Sunderland            facility can accommodate just              selected on the basis of quality of         There is no application form.                  used and disused buildings.
in the School of Art, Design,              about any black and white                  work, a recommendation from                 Artists are asked to submit the                Artists must submit detailed
Media and Culture (University              process        from         alternative    an     American        artist    and/or     following: A covering letter                   proposals for works by the end of       CUBE OPEN
lecturer       rate     of    pay    and   processes to mural printing.               curators       of       international       detailing the proposed usage of                May '07. Cost: €20 per entry. Prize     CUBE is the centre for the Urban
additional to the fee referred to          Colour facility includes a Hope            residency               programmes.         the studio and a work plan                     fund of €8,000. All participants        Built Environment based in the
above); a final show. Should the           32" color processor, Macintosh             Proposals expressing a desire for           outlining ideas for the residency.             will be included in the annual          heart of Manchester. Inviting any
artist wish, a fee for a short-term        workstations equipped with                 a public/community programme                Reasons why occupancy of a                     COE catalogue, designed by              creative discipline to submit
collaboration with another artist,         flatbed    and       film     scanners.    are also more favourably looked             studio     in     Red        Stables      is   Trigger Communications. Entry           work for CUBE's first open
perhaps from another art form, is          Output includes a 42" Roland               upon.                                       important        to        your       work     forms available online. For             exhibition. Interested parties are
also available. For details see            HiFi Jet six-color printer, and 44"        Address                                     development. A current CV.                     information:                            asked to respond to the theme of
website or send an SAE:                    Epson      seven-color        printers.    SPACES, World Artists Program,              Documentation of work. Any                     Telephone                               the Urban Built Environment.
Address                                    Artists use Adobe Photoshop,               Sarah Beiderman, Residency                  special        requirements,             for   087 6680107                             Accepting         proposals      from
Canon Bill Hall, 41 Ellerby Mews,          Illustrator,       InDesign,        and    Coordinator,        2220        Superior    example in terms of access. For                Email                                   Artist's, Architects and Designers
Thornley, Durham DH6 3FB                   Macromedia Director Studio,                Viaduct, Cleveland, OH 44113,               information:                                                 at any stage of their career. Please
Www                                        Flash,    Dreamweaver,           Adobe     USA                                         Address                                        Www                                     send up to five jpeg images of                  Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro,             Www                                         Dublin City Council Arts Office,                              your work with dates and
Deadline                                   DVD       Studio      Pro     software                       THE LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1.                                                       dimensions and a brief (500
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word) statement/proposal of                     Birmingham Museum and Art              couples. The most innovative               Address                               WHEATLEY BEQUEST                       ELECTROFRINGE 2007
how you feel your practice                      Gallery with proposed tour to          applicants among these couples             The Irish American Arts Awards        Applicants main area of practice       Call for video and online artists.
relates to the Urban Built                      Germany, Hungary and Spain.            will receive an exhibition in              217 East 86th St., Ste 151            should be based in or relate to        Electrofringe is a five day festival
Environment.            The         overall     Anchor Awards including 1st            Berlin, Germany during the Art             New York, NY 1002                     painting. The Fellow will be           of electronic arts and culture
winner          will         have         the   Prize stg£4,000. Application           Forum 2007. Exhibition takes               Telephone                             provided with a studio in the          featuring       national         and
opportunity to be artist in                     form available online.                 place online and in Berlin, and            +1 (212) 208 2526                     School of Fine Art at UCE              international        artists     and
Residence at CUBE for a two                     Address                                runs until autumn 2007. USD10              Email                                 Birmingham and will have               occurring as part of the This Is
month       period.          A      stg£10      Art of the Stitch, Embroiderers'       submission           fee.      Personal    info@irishamericanartsawards.         access to all of the Schools           Not Art festival in Newcastle,
submission fee is required for                  Guild, Apt 41, Hampton Court           presentation website for each              org                                   facilities. The Fellowship lasts for   NSW, Australia. 27 September –
any application. Please send a                  Palace, Surrey KT8 9AU                 artist at Artists          Www                                   ten months commencing Oct 07           1 October 2007. Electrofringe
cheque payable to the University                Www                                    can create exhibitions with still          www.irishamericanartsawards.o         and culminates in an exhibition.       will provide a nominal fee,
of Salford.        For submission                   images and video, show CV,                 rg.                                   Interviews on 25 July. The Fellow      shared      accommodation        and
guidelines             and          further     Deadline                               publish blogs, etc. Application            Deadline                              will    receive   a   stipend    of    some basic equipment at venues.
information:                                    21 September 2007                      can be completed online. For               18 May 2007                           stg£9,000. For details contact Sue     Applications by email.
Telephone                                                                              further information:                                                             Rice:                                  Email
+44 (0)161 2375525                              PROJECT ABILITY                        Telephone                                  RDS AWARDS                            Address                      
Email                                           Project Ability is hosting an open     +49 (0) 306 676 3097                       Entry forms for the RDS Student       Department of Art, Birmingham          t                                exhibition on the theme of             Email                                      Art Awards are now available.         Institute of Art and Design, UCE       Www
Www                                             mental health to coincide with                         The competition has a prize fund      Birmingham, Margaret Street,                                  mental health awareness week           Www                                        of €30,950 and is open to full-       Birmingham B3 3BX                      Deadline
Deadline                                        in October. Artists worldwide are                   time students of Irish art colleges   Email                                  31 May 2007
15 June 2007                                    invited to submit work that            Deadline                                   and departments of art. The RDS
                                                reflects their ideas and feelings      15 July 2007                               National Crafts Competition is        Www                                    FLASH FILM FESTIVAL
EXETER OPEN                                     on mental health from a                                                           still open for entries. The                         The 2nd UK Flash Film Festival
Call for submissions for Exeter                 perspective of wellbeing or of         MADRID ABIERTO 2008                        winning        and    commended       Deadline                               will be hosted at The Horse
Contemporary            Open.        Takes      illness. Works will be selected        Interventions. Sound Works.                entries from both competitions        9 July 2007                            Hospital,     London's      premier
place      20     September           -    1    and exhibited in Project Ability's     Audiovisual. The aim of this               will be exhibited as part of the                                             centre for avant-garde media, on
November. Prizes: stg£1,500 HW                  two gallery spaces, Glasgow, in        summon is to select artists to             Fáilte Ireland Dublin Horse           JERWOOD DRAWING PRIZE                  Saturday 15 September 2007.
Business Advisors award open to                 October - November. Stg£5 entry        carry out temporary or brief               Show from August 8 – 12 and the       Annual open drawing exhibition         The aim is to encourage the use
all; stg£1,000                    fee for each submitted work.           interventions, including two               following four days. For entry        for artists based in the UK. 1st       of Flash and other innovative
award for photography; stg£500                  40% commission and VAT wil be          specific projects for the buildings        forms and further information,        prize    stg£6,000;    2nd    prize    technologies – Maya, Photoshop,
Eyestorm Gallery award for                      added to the sale price of             of La Casa de América and the              please contact Johanna Suhr,          stg£3,000;     Student       Awards    Dreamweaver etc as a tool of
painting; stg£500 Exeter Phoenix                artwork.      Work     should     be   Círculo de Bellas Artes, which             Arts Development Executive:           stg£1,000 each. For information:       creative expression. The primary
award for a Devon-based artist;                 brought directly to Project            will be included in Madrid                 Address                               Address                                goal remains to highlight new
stg£250 Energy Creative Hair                    Ability in Glasgow or Stepping         Abierto with other invited                 RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4            The Jerwood Drawing Prize,             vibrant      work     using      this
award for student entry. For                    Stones         in       Edinburgh      projects and the sound and                 Telephone                             University of the Arts London,         ubiquitous software package and
further information send SAE.                   (submissions by mail to Project        audiovisual         works      selected.   01 2407255                            Wimbledon College of Art,              other       innovative         freely
Address                                         Ability) between 30 July - 10          Interventions will take place at           Email                                 London SW19 3QA                        distributed technologies, whilst
eco, Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch                  August, along with a submission        the same time as the ARCO fair,                             Telephone                              discovering and fostering new
Place, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4                 form and 300 word statement.           in February 2008, in Madrid,               Www                                   +44 (0)20 75149709                     animation filmmaking talent
3LS                                             Address                                within the axes of Paseo de la                          Email                                  and creative expression. As the
Www                                             Project    Ability,    Centre    for   Castellana - Paseo del Prado and           Deadline                               name suggests we're looking for                        Developmental Arts/Trongate            Calle de Alcalá - Gran Vía. The            Student Art Awards: 2 July 2007       Www                                    artists primarily using Flash as a
Deadline                                        Studios,    18      Albion   Street,   sound       works           will     be    Crafts Competition: 21 May 2007              creative tool and method of
11 June 2007                                    Glasgow, G1 1LH                        broadcasting on Radio 3, of Radio                                                Deadline                               expression. For details:
                                                Email                                  Nacional       de     España,       and    TERRY O'NEILL AWARD                   26 June 2007                           Telephone
ELIXIR                                          audiovisual on the Canal Metro             Submissions are now being                                                    + 44 (0)20 7833-3644
Elixir is a two year digital arts               Www                                    channel.     Artists from every            invited        for    this     new     LENS BASED / NEW                      Email
programme which aims to shed                   country       may           participate,   contemporary          competition      MEDIA                                 flashfilmfestival@thehorsehosp
new light on and celebrate some                 Deadline                               whether individually or in                 created by The Independent                                         
of the less understood or                       10 August 2007                         groups, in which case, they must           Photographers        Gallery   and                                           Www
'invisible' activities within                                                          name a representative. For more            aimed     at     celebrating   and    MOVING IMAGE COMMISSION      
Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.                 TEXTILE BIENNIAL LITHUANIA             information:                               promoting the very best in            Great North Run Moving Image           Deadline
Elixir's curators are looking for a             Open call for artists working          Email                                      contemporary photography and          Commission.           Call      for    29 June 2007
wide range of work - video,                     with textile media or textile                  lens-based media. Open to             expressions of interest in major
animation, text and sound, dance                concepts to enter work in              Www                                        photographers based in the UK.        commission to respond to the           INTERVENCIONES TV.8
and performance - to show on                    biennial exhibition taking place                      Winners exhibition will take          BUPA Great North Run, the              Call to all moving image artists.
the Elixir screen, a dedicated 52"              in Kaunas, Lithuania. Research         Deadline                                   place 1-15 September. Entry fee       world's biggest half marathon on       Screening of audiovisual work
screen as part of a 2-year curated              and educational opportunities,         15 June 2007                               stg£3 per picture. 1st prize          30      September     2007.     Fee    via the Internet relating to the
programme of on-screen activity.                residencies           and       new                                               stg£3,000 and published in            stg£30,000. The final work will        qualities       of         televisual
Exhibition fees paid. For further               commissions are also available.                                                   Hotshoe, 2nd prize stg£1,000, 3rd     be launched in the North East as       transmission as a public space or
details:                                        Exhibition runs 30 November to                                                    prize stg£500. For details and to     part of the 2008 Great North Run       a private one to take place in
Email                                           2 March 2008, including prizes                                                    submit work:                          Cultural Programme, with an            Vitorio Gasteiz, Spain. Fee €500                                   and awards. Fill in an application     IRISH AMERICAN AWARDS                      Address                               extract screened during the BBC's      per screening with a public vote
Www                                             form online.                           The Irish American Arts Awards             Independent          Photographers    live coverage of the BUPA Great        prize of €500. Possible screening                             Www                                    is now open for entries for 2007.          Gallery, 3 Old Brewery Yard,          North Run. The work will then          as part of the Madrid Abierto
Deadline                                                       The Irish American Arts Awards             Battle, East Sussex, TN33 OAF         be included in a national tour.        with a further fee of €500.
Ongoing                                         Deadline                               is a non-profit organization               Email                                 For details:                           Application form online. Work
                                                30 May 2007                            whose mission it is to recognize,                    Email                                  must have a maximum duration
ART OF THE STITCH                                                                      encourage           and       celebrate    Www                                   beth.rowson@nova-                      of three minutes and can be
International open biennial                     LOOKING FOR LOVE?                      contemporary           artists     from                      uploaded through the website.
exhibition presented by the                     Avant-garde, an experimental           Ireland or throughout the Irish            Deadline                              Www                                    Address
Embroiderers'            Guild             in   dating     service    investigating    Diaspora. In September they will           20 July 2007                            Intervenciones                 TV.8,
association with Coats Crafts,                  issues        associated        with   award two cash bursaries of                                                      ecommission                            Montehermoso Cultural Centre,
which aims to represent the role                contemporary relationships, is         USD$15,000 to two winning                                                        Deadline                               C./ Fray Zacar'as Martinez, s/n.
of stitch in contemporary artistic              selecting individuals to be            artists.   Interested artists are                                                11 June 2007                           01001 Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain
practice.       Commencing                 at   matched in carefully chosen            encouraged to apply online.
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Email                                   Party 2007, Art Center Nabi, 99        15 May 2007                                 contemporary         arts      practice      will be used to inform and               negative from found objects, a                  Seorin-dong, Jongro-ku, SK bldg.                                                   through        a         retrospective       promote future action-research           wax model and a refractory
Www                                     4th fl. Seoul, Korea 110-110           ARTS AND HEALTH                             programme            of        lectures,     commissions.) Time scale: June -         mould. Aesthetic and formal                   Email                                  Inspiring Transformations is to             screenings and exhibits. At the              August 2007. For further details         concerns will be discussed,
Deadline                                             be a conference focused on the              Memory Technology forum we                   please contact Sinead Connolly:          alongside the presentation of
31 May 2007                             Www                                    interactive relationships of The            will be investigating the issue of           Address                                  example works of historic and
VIDEO ART FESTIVAL GREECE                    Arts and Health. Taking place in            archiving from long term,                    Dublin City Council Arts Office,         contemporary cast glass. We will
Video Art Festival Miden invites        Deadline                               Northhampton 3 – 6 September,               historical         and         practical     The LAB, Foley St., Dublin 1.            all work on our own ideas and
all video artists and video             31 May 2007                            it will bring together those with           perspectives.        Other       events                                               cast a small object in glass. To
creators to participate in this                                                interests in The Arts and Health            include; DATA, kids workshop,                Telephone                                book contact:
year's events, which will take          CINEMA CONTAINERS                      to      share      research          and    Open Mike Salon, Swap-meet,                  01 2227846                               Telephone
place, like the past two years, in      Here Today, Gone Tomorrow. An          experiences,           explore        the   Wares        area,       Pod       cast's,   Email                                    01 8556735
public spaces at the Historic           exhibition of video work using         potential of partnerships, and              Symposium launch/registration,                 Email
Centre of the city of Kalamata,         shipping containers as theatres.       establish                      ongoing      YouTube           video         lounge,      Deadline                       
Greece. The proposed video can          In Antwerp from 6 – 8 July.            collaborations. Abstracts for               networking events, music and                 25 May 2007                              Www
be of any genre (video art,             Application form online. For           papers, posters and workshops               closing barbeque party. You can                                             
experimental video, animation,          details contact Damien Van             are invited from a range of                 book online or contact:                       WORKSHOPS/COURSES
short movie etc.) and under 10          herck Bart Claes, fast forward:        disciplines and interests. We are           Address                                                                               DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY
min. The festival takes place in        Address                                aiming for contributions of                 69 Dame St, Dublin 2                                                                  Limerick Institute of Technology
July. For details:                      Ernest van Dijckkaai 4, 2000           ongoing and completed research,             Telephone                                    BODY/LANDSCAPE 2007                      invites applications from serious
Www                                     Antwerpen, Belgium                     experiential studies, narratives            01 6709017                                   7 day intensive residential              photographers to the following                    Email                                  and examples of best practice               Www                                          workshop with dancer and                 exciting summer course . A week
Deadline                                         that inform and contribute to the                              choreographer Frank van de Ven.          long intensive course in Digital
31 May 2007                             Www                                    evidence base regarding how                                                              North Leitrim 9 – 15 June. The           35mm SLR photography: Getting
                                                    Health and The Arts interact                UMHA AOIS                                    workshop proposes strategies to          the most from your Digital SLR
OK VIDEO MILITIA JAKARTA                Deadline                               with each other, and how this               This     year's       Umha          Aois     confront our bodies with the             Camera at Limerick School of
Biannual International Video            20 May 2007                            could be used in the future to              Experimental Bronze Casting                  multiplicity, unpredictability,          Art and Design, Clare Street
Festival established in 2003 by                                                enhance both fields. Venue:                 Symposium is taking place from               directness and autonomy of the           Campus, Dublin Road, Limerick.
ruangrupa, an artists' initiative.       INTERNET                              Avenue Campus, The University               16th-26th July on Inis Oírr with             natural environment. The aim is          The Course will run from 9th to
In this third festival the aim is to                                           of        Northampton.               Host   the focus on Bronze Age horns.               to   explore        and      develop     13th July 2007. Course Tutor:
develop a collaborative work                                                   department/organizer: School of             There a limited number of places             consciousness of the body itself         Eamonn O'Mahony, Professional
between the festival team and           WEB BIENNIAL 2007                      The Arts and School of Health.              and artists wishing to participate           being an ever evolving landscape         Practitioner. Please note that we
the participating artists or            Call for web-based art projects.       Price: Early Bird stg£290 (before           should have experience in                    within a greater surrounding             can take a maximum of 20
within the context of a certain         The Web Biennial is a project          June 1, 2007), Standard stg£350,            bronze casting and a knowledge               landscape. See last issue of the         students on this course. For
public space. Takes place in            produced        by         Istanbul    Students stg£225, Day rate                  and interest in archaeology,                 VAN for a full review. For artists       Application      Forms       contact
Jakarta, 21 July – 4 August.            Contemporary Art Museum.               stg£150 and Student day rate                specifically relating to the                 and mature students working in           Dawn          Coleman,        Adult
Application form online. There          Ongoing. Send URL's by email,          stg£100. Presenters are requested           Bronze Age. There is subsidized              the fields of performance, dance,        Education Coordinator.
are opportunities to screen work        no attachments.                        to    identify    which        of     the   fee of €350 euro, which includes             landscape         art,     sculpture,    Address
in public spaces, in the National       Email                                  following four strands they feel            materials,           meals           and     photography,             architecture,   Limerick         Institute        of
Museum and as part of a TV                      their work contributes to most:             accommodation.    Applicants                 theatre, visual arts, biology and        Technology,      Moylish       Park,
scratching event. For details:          Www                                    Transformative,          Informative,       should send their CV, artist's               natural history.          Acceptance     Limerick.
Address                                           Preventive or Supportive. To                statement and visual material.               based on c.v. and motivation. No         Email
Tebet Timur Dalam Raya 6,               Deadline                               submit your abstract please fill            All materials will be returned.              previous     (dance)         training
Jakarta Selatan, 12820, Indonesia       31 December 2007                       in      the      online        abstract     Address                                      required, but the workshop is            Deadline
Email                                                                          submission             form.          For   7 Coollattin Way, Coolboy, Co                physically demanding, so a good          16 May 2007                                                          information:                                Wicklow                                      overall condition is required.
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                                        SYMPOSIA                               + 44 (0) 1604 892373                        086 8891688                                  and unemployed discount €250.
Deadline                                                                       Email                                       Www                                          Accommodation and food €20                DON’T FORGET to look at
15 May 2007                             GLOBALISM IN ART                                               per day. For information contact          the advertisments in this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  VAN, also check our web site
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ONE MINUTE FILM                         Stone Summer Theory Institute,         Www                                         25 May 2007                                  Amsterdam                                 for further opportunities.
Call for filmmakers and video           Chicago,     with    the    subject                                                             Telephone
artists to submit work to the one       Globalism in Art: one week of          dhealth/papers/submit/                                                                   +31 (0)20 68 42 568
                                                                                                                            RESEARCH                                                                              WATCH OUT. While every
minute film and video festival.         intensive seminars, lectures, and      Deadline                                                                                 Email                                     effort has been made to
You can submit films in 4               panel discussions, July 16 – 21,       1 June 2007                                                                                           ensure the accuracy of our
categories: fiction/documentary,        School of the Art Institute,                                                       ART IN OPEN SPACE                            Www                                       information we strongly
animation,      art/experimental,       Chicago. Faculty include Fredric       DARKLIGHT SYMPOSIUM                         Dublin City Council Arts Office,                         advise readers to verify all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  details to their own
youth.                                  Jameson, Susan Buck-Morss,             The         Darklight          Festival     in association with The Arts                 Deadline                                  satisfaction before
Address                                 Shigemi        Inaga,          Harry   Symposium. 21 – 23 of June                  Council,     invites  tender                 25 May 2007                               forwarding art work, slides
Film und VideoFestival, One             Harootunian, Thomas DaCosta            2007. Film, art, workshops,                 applications         to        research                                                or monies etc. with regard
Minute, P.O. Box 2761, CH-5000          Kaufmann, and James Elkins.            debate.          The         Darklight      international        models          and     GLASS WORKSHOP                            to opportunities.
Aarau, Switzerland                      Fifteen Fellows will be admitted       Symposium 2007 will be an                   programmes which support                     Glass Workshop at Fire Station
Www                                     on a competitive basis; full           action packed three day event, a            innovative engagement of artists             Artists Studios with Gerhard                        tuition remission, travel, and         combination            of      debates,     with Urban and Suburban Open                 Ribka. Casting found objects in
Deadline                                accommodation         grants     are   workshops,        screenings         and    Space. The commission is open                glass - a collage approach. The
30 June 2007                            available. Faculty and advanced        master classes. We will be asking           to Irish and International artists /         workshop will run from 28 May
                                        graduate students are invited to       what the developments of the                curators / organisations with                – 1 June 2007, 10am to 5pm daily.         In addition to the
P.ART.Y 2007 SEOUL                      apply; Send a two-page letter          past 10 years actually means for            proven knowledge of this sphere.             Places: 12. Places can only be            information forwarded
Themed       festival   in    Seoul     describing     your        research    cultural producers from all art             Researchers will be asked to                 guaranteed upon receipt of                directly to us, Visual Artists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ireland also exchanges with
exploring the idea of networked         interests, along with a CV and         forms and genres? How is this               identify critical themes and to              payment. Cost: €300. This class           and sources information
performance. 14-16 September.           any relevant texts, published or       impacting        and        influencing     suggest 5 – 8 innovative                     will be about the playful                 from: A-N:The Artists’
First prize of USD$5,000. Travel        unpublished, via email.                creative      practice,        decision     international             models         /   combination of found objects              Information Company; The
and technical support will be           Email                                  making, budgets, education,                 programmes of support, which                 with handmade sculpture in                International Sculpture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Centre (New Jersey / USA)
offered to the prize winner and           exhibition         choices           and    are relevant to the Dublin                   glass. The technical process of           and the National Sculpture
other        selected        artists.   Www                                    possibilities?     We         will     be   context. These models will later             lost-wax kiln-casting will be             Factory Cork.
Application form online.                         reflecting on past movements in             be presented at a public seminar.            shown       and      demonstrated,
Address                                 Deadline                               cinema and their influence on               (The research and this seminar               including the making of a silicon

Dublin City Council invites Artists to apply for the Irish Artists'                 Dublin City Council is delighted to offer a special residency to
Residential Studio Award, The Red Stables, St Anne's Pk, Dublin 3.                  artists born or living in Dublin City (Administrative Area) to enable
The award is intended to support an emerging Irish visual artist at                 them to spend two weeks at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.
an early stage of their professional practice and runs from                         The residency covers all board & lodging expenses and the use of
November 2007-November 2008.                                                        a studio if necessary. There are a variety of workspaces including
The Award includes:
                                                                                    studios, a music room for composers and musicians, a multi media
 Studio and living accommodation at nominal rent of €200 per month
                                                                                    room and a large rehearsal and performance space. It will be open
                                                                                    to practitioners in all art forms.
 for a one-year period. (Includes light and heating costs).
 Inclusion in Exhibition Programme at THE LAB, Foley St, Dublin 1.
 Administrative and curatorial support through Dublin City Council's Arts           There is no age limit. Applicants should show significant
 Office.                                                                            achievement in their chosen field. This would normally mean that
 The Red Stables Professional Development Workshop for Artists in                   artists should have had one-person shows in reputable galleries
 Studios.                                                                           and that composers or musicians should have had their work
 Meetings/Studio visits with curators and other arts professionals.                 commissioned, recorded or performed, writers/poets should have
 Internet Access.                                                                   had work published or whatever might be appropriate to the
There is no application form. Artists are asked to submit the following:            particular art form. Otherwise the applicant must demonstrate a
 A covering letter detailing the proposed usage of the studio and                   high degree of promise attested by references or other forms of
 a work plan outlining ideas for the residency.                                     support from established figures in the arts.
 Reasons why occupancy of the Irish Artists’ Residential studio in Red Stables is
 important to your work development.                                                Application forms, guidelines and criteria may be obtained from The Arts Office.
 A current CV.
 Documentation of work.
 Any special requirements, for example in terms of access.
 For a specification please contact the Arts Office

Deadline for applications for both: 5pm, Friday 25 May, 2007
Submissions and enquiries to:
Dublin City Council Arts Office, THE LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1
T. 01 222 5455/
E-mail:                                                                   Dublin City Council

                                                                                    Public Art Commission
                                                                                      Total Budget - €60,000

                                         Continuing the Tradition
                                                                                    Waterford County Council - Comhairle Contae Phort Láirge
Bronze Art Ltd                                                                      Wish to commission a visual art work to be located at Davitt's Quay,
 Fine Art Foundry                                                                   Dungarvan, Co. Waterford under the Dungarvan & Environs Sewerage
                                                                                    Scheme/Scéim Séarachais Dhún Garbháin agus an Cheantair Máguaird.
 Leaders in Fine Art Casting                                                        Full details plus the application form can be downloaded from
 For your next project contact: Cris Neumann or Rosemary Flavin.           or by contacting the Arts Office at
 T: (3531) 8552452 F: (3531) 8552453 E:                        T: 058 41416 E:

 Bronze Art Ltd., Unit 3, Gaelic Street, Dublin 3                                   Closing date for submissions: Friday 25 May, 2007
Dublin City Council


International Research Tender
Dublin City Council Arts Office, in association with The Arts Council,
invites tender applications to research international models and
programmes which support innovative engagement of artists with
Urban and Suburban Open Space.

The commission is open to Irish and International artists/curators/
organisations with proven knowledge of this sphere. Researchers
will be asked to identify critical themes and to suggest 5-8
innovative international models/programmes of support, which are
relevant to the Dublin context. These models will later be presented
at a public seminar. (The research and this seminar will be used to
inform and promote future action-research commissions.)
Time scale: June - August 2007

Closing date for receipt of Tenders: Friday 25th May

For further details please contact:
Sinead Connolly, Dublin City Council Arts Office,
The LAB, Foley St., Dublin 1
Tel: 00353 -1- 222 7846
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The Theatre of Agony                                                                                                    Your Stars by Nicholas Keogh
MIS-GUIDED QUESTIONS, ADDRESSED WITH BARELY DISGUISED DISINTEREST AND CONDESCENSION BY                                          Aries (21 March – 19 April) With Mars, Venus, Jupiter Mercury, the Sun, and new moon all
OUR ANONYMOUS CURATOR / CONCIERGE OF AGONY. THE NAMES AND WHEREABOUTS OF THE                                                    meeting in your tenth house of contentment and happiness, this month dear Aries for you it’s all
ANXIOUS AND CONFUSED CORRESPONDENTS HAVE BEEN WITHHELD.                                                                 about stability and equilibrium, you feel tired and need time to recharge, you deserve a rest. Your balance is
                                                                                                                        low. Wanting to shoot the top-up woman in the face is only natural but she doesn’t have a face. Stop to take
For some years – since the mid-eighties in fact, I have maintained a successful practice in the field of                stock. Have a breather. Take time this month to reflect. Collect your thoughts and think outside the box.
percent-for-art funded public art. Readers may be familiar with my dynamic cubo-futurist
abstractions adorning many of the roundabouts and lay-bys of arterial and trunk autoways.                                       Taurus (20 April – 20 May)Dear Taurus, sometimes I wonder why I bother, your strong willed
However in recent years, for reasons not entirely clear to me, demand for my work has declined. To                              stubbornness will always disregard advice, but you still like to know people are thinking of you.
some degree, I can accept this – I am content that most of the populace has sufficient access to my                     Deep down however your confidence wavers, in regards to your organisation skills. As Dr. Rachel Miles once
fine oeuvre; yet I have to insist that the public, nay mankind, really do need just one more of my                      said “ organised people just do a better job of seeming to be organised”. Your strong nature sometimes gets
creative excrescences. Out of a crushing modesty, I was hoping never having to reveal my true                           in the way of people seeing the real you. 2007 will be your year to open up to people and reveal your soft
motivations, but at this stage – what with the increasingly unstable state of global politics, I have no                fondant centre.
choice. With one more of my commissioned works situated, what I call THE GREATER MATRIX
will be complete and the MOTHERSHIP will be summoned. To précis: extra-terrestrials will meet                                  Gemini (21 May – 20 June)Dear Gemini five planets, including Saturn and Mercury, rise in congress
with international heads of state and the administrative staff of a number of mid-level arts bodies,                           this month, moving through your rusty star into your third house, in the divine-for-Cancer sign of
share their superior technological and peace oriented philosophies with us and forthwith a new                          Scorpio. An unlikely orgy sandwich you might think, but don’t worry yet. Gillett fusion mac 3, has the
millennia-long era of harmony will commence. How might I go about bagging this one last crucial                         comfort of four blades but the precision of one. Your love forecast this month predicts blustery passion on a
gig?                                                                                                                    south westerly heading reaching force nine regret by late April. Liquid love is the answer. You know it makes
I’m of two minds. What you say seems to contain a kernel of plausibility – and even if it is to be that you will        sense.
be humiliatingly dis-proven, what would be the harm? Indeed I think it would be great sport to see a trifling
amount of public money squandered, just to offer the privilege for some of us to attend the community                           Cancer (21 June – 22 July) The Moon in your sign this coming weekend will help calm your
dialogue sessions that will be held in support of your project – where I have heard you address the populace                    worries and allow you to relax. This will be your month dear Cancer to let your hair down. You have
in quite spectacular baco-foil rig outs. Let me know if you wish me to act as your sole agent in relation to            earned it and deserve it after the inner turmoil you have recently been through. Swap the whys in your life
this matter.                                                                                                            to why nots, embrace debauchery in all its ugliness and splendour.

I have been awarded a part-time lecturing position in a regional institute of art and technology.                             Leo (23 July – 22August)The New Moon in Scorpio on May 29th will allow you to change in a
While I am delighted at this regular stream of income, I am uncertain about what to pack in my                                positive way, but you’ll have to make some major adjustments to see results. The weekend will bring
bespoke travelling valise for my weekly trips out of the metropolis. What would be the requisite                        changes in your routine at home that will help to resolve issues that have been holding you back or causing
number of hardwearing tweed dungarees and pastel toned corduroy workshop capes that my tailor                           problems. Ambitiousness and selfishness may be relatives but are not blood brothers; I know you are
should run up? Likewise can you recommend some good clarets, ports and sherries? – I wish to                            playing the long game but you can’t hold back any longer. Ignoring you dreams will not benefit anyone.
                                                                                                                        Follow those dreams or the effect on those around you could be catastrophic.
ingratiate myself with my colleagues by re-stocking the cellar of the fine oak panelled suite of
rooms that I anticipate the majority of our tutorials and master-classes will be conducted from.
                                                                                                                               Virgo (23 August – 22 September)This month drama and tension will be all around you, but you
My dear child, you labour under a delusion. A pre-fabricated porta-dwelling, in which you will be required
                                                                                                                               will experience the more positive effects. Even clouds with silver lining may cause turbulence, the
to ‘hot-desk’ in order to share the use of a temperamental IT system – installed in 1989 – is in fact your port
                                                                                                                        pallets are stacking up behind your fifth house, and in your sixth house, Ansley Harriot is cooking up a
of academic terminus. For liquid libation, there may be such a thing as a ‘water-cooler’, helpfully situated in
                                                                                                                        storm. Especially in your profession be sure to treat camp promises with oven gloves.
the proximity of photocopiers that pump out a static charge and a surge of ions that are steadily eroding the
molecular bonds of the space-time continuum as we know it. I will not speak of the ‘canteen’. As for
                                                                                                                               Libra (23 Sept – 22 October)Dear Libra I can even picture your wry smile, perceptiveness and
swishing around in fine vestments – chasten yourself for the consequences of soul-sapping health & safety
                                                                                                                               determination are two of your best assets and you are well aware of this, but even you still like to be
codes – your daily raiment’s will be constricted to drab, ill-tailored, (though intriguingly stain-resistant)
                                                                                                                        reassured sometime about your often caviller decisions. Ignore the accusations and instead focus on the
‘performance’ clothing.
                                                                                                                        positive message of Michael Jackson’s lyrics. A New Moon in Scorpio on 3 June will initiate a sense of
                                                                                                                        renewal and hope for the future. Shacras lost due to counterfeit vodka, can easily be re-grown by eating
Rather foolishly – I admit; I’ve tried to kick start my career as a hybrid artist / curator / DJ / MC
                                                                                                                        grapefruits regularly.
figure, prior to taking some professional guidance. I was hoping to be able to play county fairs, debs
balls, and so on; but I have now be-spoiled several rare brown velvet bound Max Ernst and Hans Arp
                                                                                                                                Scorpio (23 October – 21 November) Your stars this May point to very practical solutions to very
catalogue raisonne in my attempts to bore spindle-holes through them for playing them as ‘dub
                                                                                                                                cosmic problems, yes that’s right the big Ds – diet and digestion. Do not let your occasional black
plates’ on what I’m calling my ‘dada-surrealismo’ sound-system. I’ve also burnt out the motors of
                                                                                                                        moods get the better of you. If you do not have a euro style inspection shelf, produce your morning stool
several Bosch power drills. Would I be better off concentrating on manifesto pamphlets and other
                                                                                                                        onto newspaper. Stick cotton buds, firmness permitting, centipede style all around. This may not improve
printed ephemera? Or should I, as some say, be working with 3-phase industrial specification power
                                                                                                                        digestion but later may make you laugh when you think about it.
tools in order to fully penetrate the dense tomes of mid-twentieth century anti-modernist masters?
While it is indeed a job for a specialist – do not despair. I direct you to visit; just after tea-time you’re nearest
                                                                                                                               Sagittarius (22 November – 21 December) This month, more than ever you need to look to the
working-persons public hostelry. I am sure that here, in return for standing a round of twelve or so ‘fighting’
                                                                                                                               stars for love inspiration, your unique sparkle has become tarnished by disappointment, rise above
lagers or stouts, you will be able to secure the services of an artisan blacksmith, who will for a nominal fee
                                                                                                                        this. Venus next week moves into your own sign on Friday, which will heighten your magnetism and you’ll
– maybe some complimentary invites to one of your cultural ‘knees-ups’, will systematically drill through
                                                                                                                        more consciously be able to relate. Use this to you advantage. Set your sights higher than a hole and a heart
(to the required circumferences) your belle-artes livre’s, with his trusty shire-horse powered biblio-screw.
                                                                                                                        beat. Be direct and honest during June. Don’t resort to passive-aggressive behaviour.
And by all means intersperse your set with the more gentle, crumpled rustling tones of Letterist and Fluxus
handbills and press notices.
                                                                                                                               Capricorn (22 December – 19 January) With Jupiter and Saturn in sync for most of 2007, you
                                                                                                                               couldn’t be better positioned for a career breakthrough. Facing up to that free floating anxiety you
Musn’t grumble. But – truly, for the love of all that is good and proper in the order of things as they
                                                                                                                        experienced at the start of 2007 in many ways is your new years resolution resolved, see it as a lingering
should be – what is story the dizzyingly exponential increase of exhibitions by and for those on the
                                                                                                                        epiphany and you can turn this month on its head, you know what I’m talking about and you know that it’s
lowest, slipperiest and least-worthy rung of the wobbly step-ladder that is the art world career path
                                                                                                                        only up from here.
– that gauche and sickeningly over-eager segment of society – art students and the recently
graduated? I teach these blighters – and I thought that I possessed a fully rounded and robust CV,
                                                                                                                               Aquarius (20 January – 18 February) Realise that that sensitive and insecure part of you that you
which records solo and group showings of my work every couple of years. I am truly perplexed by                                sometimes worry about is a part of everyone. You thought you had notes in your pocket but had to
this upping of the stakes. Nowadays one can’t turn around for near daily announcements of                               hoke through coppers and pick out a pube while and impatient queue formed behind you. This even
showings and ‘platforms’ for the latest fashionable scatterings of building waste, carpet off-cuts,                     happens to the stars once in a while. Look at grounding experiences positively. J Lo, used to have a little and
gloss paint spillages and frenzied applications of post-it notes, glitter and fuzzy felt on every                       now she’s got a lot but she’s still Jenny from the block.
conceivable nook and cranny of whatever lobby space or other vacant premises that serves these
rapscallions as their ‘gallery’.                                                                                              Pisces (19 February – 20 March)Pisces your fluid flowing thinking has become polluted by out side
Indeed, while the great Cher has lamented ‘if I could turn back time’, this outrage can at least be stalled, if               influences. Do not let this stinkin’ thinkin’ stagnate your beautiful waters Pisces. The high rising of
not totally eradicated. My advice is express sentiments, similiar to the following in the course of                     Jupiter tells me that there is no crab in crab sticks, this may be hard to come to terms with. Where does the
commanding a seminar group or while you are giving the class a good hard drubbing down in a crit – “slow                redness come from? Be wary of provocative fish lips.
down, emerging art-folk I say. Don’t let the great controlling apparatus that is the art market and prevelant
curatorial consensus know you can work so fast and so cheaply. That’s a decades work there my dear. And
look you haven’t stuck the edges down properly, that won’t last – shoddy, shoddy, shoddy!”
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                                                                                                  visual arts library

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                                                                                                                                                20th Century & Contemporary
                                                                                                                                                Irish Art & Design

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                                                                                                                                                Art & Design
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                                                                                                Jonathan Hunter: New Paintings

                                                                                                May 10 - June 1, 2007
          The Salon des Refuses was an art exhibition, established in Paris in 1863.
        The realist and impressionist movements submitted works to the Academy
selection committee only to be rejected. The resulting complaints led Napoleon III to allow
the rejected works to be displayed in a separate exhibition called ‘Salon des Refuses’, which
   contained several important paintings. Following this tradition The Bad Art Gallery is
 holding the second annual ‘RHA Unselected Show’. So why not satisfy your curiousity and
                                                                                                                                                                 Irish Visual Artists Rights Organisation
               come and see for yourself, the wide variety of misjudged art.                    APPLICATION FORM
                     To not attend, would be truly a missed opportunity!
                                                                                                To register with IVARO – the Irish Visual Artists Rights Organisation simply complete this application
                                                                                                form and forward it to: Visual Artists Ireland, 37 North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1.

                                                                                                Surname                                       Firstname

                                                                                                Visual art form(s)

                                                                                                I hereby applyfor membership of IVARO, Irish Visual Artists’ Rights Organisation Ltd.
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