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Open Spaces New Places                                                                            Group exhibition &
7 September – 6 October                                                                           screening
                                                                                                  Curated by Eilís Lavelle
mermaid arts centre,                                                                              12 October – 3 November
main st, bray, county wicklow
T: 01 272 4030
E:gallery@mermaidartscentre.ie
                                                                                                                                                             www.kevinkavanaghgallery.ie
www.mermaidartscentre.ie
open: mon - sat, 10am - 6pm
    Eilis Murphy ‘Work of the Devil’, Installation view, Galway Arts Centre. (15 June – 7 July)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 News Sheet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Visual Artists’
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Published by Visual Artists Ireland Ealaíontóirí Radharcacha Éire
                                                                                                                                                                                                             September – October
                                                                                                                                                                                                             ISSUE 5 2007
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INTRODUCTION                                                                                                      CONTENTS




Introduction                                                                                                      Contents
WELCOME to the latest edition of the Visual Artists News Sheet.                                                   3. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note.
     This is this last issue of the VAN to be produced under the directorship of Toby Dennett. After 5 years      3. Column. Padraic Moore. Elergy forthe Summer of Love.
with Visual Artists Ireland, Toby is moving on to a position in the Arts Council. All the staff and board of
                                                                                                                  4. Column. Slavka Sverakova. Parargon.
Visual Artists Ireland congratulate Toby on his new post and wish him all the best in his new endeavour. We
                                                                                                                  5. Column. Micheal Burke. The Commission Equation.
also would like to state our appreciation for Toby’s initiation and management of the growth and
                                                                                                                  7. News. The latest developments in the arts sector.
development of the organisation – ensuring that visual artists in Ireland have access to the highest level of
                                                                                                                  9. Institution Profile. The Black Church. Aidan Dunne profiles The Black Church Print Studio, Dublin –
professional supports and resources. And amongst Toby’s many achievements, is of course the development
                                                                                                                       which this year is celebrating its Twenty-fifth anniversary
of the Visual Artists News Sheet.
                                                                                                                  10. Project Profile. On and On ... Anne Marie Dillon and Chérie Driver report on ‘Appropriate’ – a live art
     In this issue, continuing our focus on the subject of public art commissioning; we feature three reports
                                                                                                                       project held in Belfast (25 March – 1 April).
covering discussions around the relevant practices and processes. Phillip Gaston considers ‘The Cross Land
                                                                                                                  11. Conference Report. Gathering Insights. The cross lands gathering, part of the Shifting Ground initiative,
Gathering’ a meeting amongst artists and other stake holders about the future of the Burren; Vagabond
                                                                                                                       a discussion amongst local stakeholders focused on the future of the Burren.
Reviews consider the ‘Situational Drive’, a conference held in New York this May; and Cherie Driver reports
                                                                                                                  12. Conference Report. Site & Situation. Vagabond Reviews discuss some of the key issues arising from ‘The
on ‘Public Art! What For? Who For?’ that took place in Belfast also in May.
                                                                                                                       Situational Drive: Complexities of Public Sphere Engagement’ a conference / event held at Cooper
     Brian Connolly the VAI Northern Ireland representative considers the plight of Creative Exchange
                                                                                                                       Union, New York, 12 – 15 May this year
studios in Belfast. Our Western ‘rep’ Aideen Barry highlights the issues affecting artists who are receipt of
                                                                                                                  13. Residencies. Helix of Hope. Raymond Watson discusses his experience of a self-directed residency
social welfare and supplementary welfare incomes.
                                                                                                                       working in Kolkata, India.
     We’ve two special focuses – Monica Flynn reports on this year’s Venice Biennale and offers some tips on
how to negotiate the mega-show; and Jessica Foley considers some Irish artists use of publications as             14. Conference Report. Imaging Back. Susan Gogan discusses ‘Global Photographies: Histories; Theories;
mediums for presenting and encouraging discourse.                                                                      Practices’, held at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, 27 – 29 June.
     Besides this, we have our regular features – the roundup; news; artists residencies; career development;     15. International Events. Thinking with the Senses. Monica Flynn Offers her impressions of the 52nd Venice
project profiles; how is it made; regional focus; and all the latest opportunities.                                    Biennale – along with some tips for negociating the mega-show.
     On page 37 details can be found of the ‘2007 Professional Development Training Workshops for Visual          16. Conference Report. What is it Good For? Cherie Driver reports on the seminar ‘Public art! What for?
Artists’, that Visual Artists Ireland have devised in a joint initiative with the National Sculpture Factory in        Who for?’ organised by Interface, held at the Farset Centre, Springfield Road, Belfast, 29 May.
Cork.                                                                                                             17. Focus. Dabbling in Discourse. Jessica Foley considers artists’ use of publications as a medium and
     In September VAI International Representative, Michael Burke, will travel to Sibiu in Romania                     platform for discourse.
(Cultural Capital of Europe 2007) to attend The European Council of Artist’s (ECA) annual conference              19. Residencies. Bridging the Gap. Niall DeBuitlear Describes Flax Arts Studios’ Graduate Residency
entitled ‘Artists, Creativity, Society – Challenges for the Status of the Artists in the beginning of the 21st         Programme.
century’ (28 – 30 Sept). Saoirse Higgins will attend the EFAH (European Forum for the Arts & Heritage)            21. Career Development. Balancing Act. David Sherry outlines his approach to managing his art career.
annual conference and AGM ‘Inside Out – Re-imagining cultural action in Europe’ at Fabryka Trzciny in             22. Art in The Public Realm. Recent commissions and socially-engaged projects.
Warsaw, Poland. (8 – 11 Nov).                                                                                     24. How is it Made? Paper Demons. Eilis Murphy outlines the making processes and conceptual
     In October, we will be distributing Printed Project issue 8, entitled ‘Artistic Freedom – Anxiety and        underpinnings behind her recent body of work.
Aspiration’ curated / edited by Munira Mirza. We will be launching the issue in Belfast and London – details      25. Project Profile. Soap Boxing. Sally Timmons discusses her project ‘SoapBox Sessions – a Public Enquiry
of which will be made available in due course.                                                                         for Artists’ ,which took place 18 – 19 May 2007 in Galway.
                                                                                                                  27. VAI Northern Ireland Rep. Creative Exchange. The plight of Creative Exchange, East Belfast.
                                                                                                                  27. VAI Western Rep. Welfare & Artists. Aideen Barry, discusses issues affecting visual artists in receipt of
                                                                                                                       Social Welfare and Supplementary Welfare incomes.

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                                                                                          Roundup
                                                                                                                                                    REM                                                           materialism in Ireland, to establish new
Padraic Moore                                                                                                                                                                                                     relationships with traditional values of
Elegy for the Summer of Love                                                                                                                                                                                      the land and the community.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       www.iziko.org.za
FORTY years ago, the Summer of Love (as it would come to be known) was                                                                                                                                                                  www.royalhibernianacademy.com

mellowing into autumn. It had been a particularly notable year in terms of
music, with the release of both The Beatles’ Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band                                                                                                                                 AT LCAG
and historic debut album by The Velvet Underground and Nico. Both albums
were seminal in musical terms – the Beatles dabbled with mechanised
equipment and Eastern instrumentation, the Velvet Underground drew the
avant gardist approaches of John Cage and Fluxus ever closer to the mainstream
– and for their iconic cover sleeves, by Peter Blake and Andy Warhol respectively.
Though musically very different both albums are characterised by a tendency
toward defiance and experimentation, at that time a seeming prerequisite of all                                                                     Risa Sato In Roses (from ‘Rapid Eye Movement’ at TBG&S,
aspects of culture.                                                                                                                                 Dublin.

     That year proved equally momentous in cinema, producing iconoclastic                 Artspace studios & artists.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Melanie O’Rourke. Work from ‘The Colour of Surprise’
works reflecting the changes within society which continue to exert a lasting             ARTSPACE 21
impact upon the way life was lived thereafter. Depicting, representing and, no            During this year’s Galway Arts Festival,                                                                                ‘The Colour of Surprise’, curated by Pippa
doubt, inciting paradigm shifts was Godard’s apocalyptic Le Week-end – a                  Artspace Studios marked their 21st                                                                                      Little at Limerick City Gallery (6 July – 28
polemic targeting not only the materialistic, excessively consumerist                     anniversary with ‘Artspace 21’ a major                                                                                  August) brought together works by
bourgeoisie but also the leftist revolutionaries, who are portrayed as                    exhibition of work by present and former                                                                                Jeanette Hillig, Michele Horrigan and
cannibalistic savages. Mike Nichols’ The Graduate was equally provocative,                members, some sixty artists in all, at                                                                                  Melanie O’Rourke. These artists works
precisely calibrating the generational conflict within American society – indeed,         Galway Technical Institute. Founded in                                                                                  focussed on “brutal changes brought
within all of Western society – at the time. By 1967, facilitated by the availability     1986 Artspace is an independent, artist-led                                                                             about by growth and pollution” and the
of lightweight and affordable cameras, an underground avant garde film                    organisation          and     service       provider.                                                                   works in show ranged from “depictions of
movement was also thriving, with Michael Snow and Stan Brakhage (to name                  Artspace Studios undertake many varied                                                                                  disregarded objects; an industrial factory,
just two) producing several of their most experimental and influential movies.            activities,          including          community         Work by Eoin McHugh from ‘Rapid Eye Movement’ at
                                                                                                                                                    TBG&S, Dublin.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  discarded toys, and an unlikely unification
     The wave of dissent which rocked North America that year, in the form of             workshops,          studio    open       days     and                                                                   of primary coloured plastic objects …
                                                                                                                                                    The group show ‘Rapid Eye Movement’ at
mass protests against the Vietnam war and sexual and racial inequalities, was             exhibitions.          The     studios       facilities                                                                  drawing attention to the waste spewing
                                                                                                                                                    Temple Bar Gallery and Studiosm Dublin
reinacted throughout the world, as traditional mores and modes of authority               comprise 13 individual studios with                                                                                     from our society”.
                                                                                                                                                    brought together the work of Irish artists
buckled under the pressure of powerful opposition. The convictions, motives               excellent facilities for members and guest                                                                                    Running        concurrently         was      Joe
                                                                                                                                                    Eoin Mc Hugh and Mark Garry with
and hopes that informed the progressive ethos pervasive in 1967 (and of course            artists, a print room with printing press, a                                                                            Duggan’s show ‘The Family Man’. London
                                                                                                                                                    Japanese artist Risa Sato (17 July – 25
1968) echo the anarchic dynamism of the 1920s and 30s. This analogy is most               fully equipped dark room, a multi-media                                                                                 based, Limerick born photographer, Joe
                                                                                                                                                    August). The three artists in the exhibition
apparent in the sphere of visual art. Instead of debating the superiority of one          room; a workshop room; exhibition and                                                                                   Duggan constructs deceptive scenes of
                                                                                                                                                    were invited to explore the fragile and
style over another, many artists sought to break totally with precedence by               performance area, and a library. Many                                                                                   artificial      lifestyles       suggested             by
                                                                                                                                                    subliminal world of Rapid Eye Movement
adopting the language of conceptualism in order to interrogate what art was and           Artspace members have made their names                                                                                  advertising, fashion shoots, media and
                                                                                                                                                    (REM) sleep. Discovered by Nathaniel
where it was going. Initially a North American phenomenon, the idiom of                   nationally and internationally over the                                                                                 film. In this exhibition Duggan explored
                                                                                                                                                    Kleitman and Eugene Aserinsky in 1953,
conceptualism was embraced internationally, partially because it enabled the              years,      they       have      created      lasting                                                                   male emotional expression and self-image
                                                                                                                                                    REM is a stage of sleep when dreams are
dissemination of ideas while simultaneously negating the cumbersome legacy                international          contacts      and      fruitful                                                                  through a series of self-portraits.
                                                                                                                                                    most lucid.
of traditional mediums, casting aside “the tyranny of the commodity” and                  exchanges with artists in countries like
                                                                                                                                                          The previous show at TBG&S was
reducing art to unadorned information. It was in June ’67 that the term                   Germany, France and the United States.
                                                                                                                        www. artspacegalway.com     ‘Saphir’ the first Irish show by Zineb                        AT CATALYST
‘Conceptual Art’ entered into general parlance for the first time after Sol Lewitt’s
                                                                                                                                                    Sedira (30 May – 7 July). The show
Paragraphs on Conceptual Art appeared in the pages of Artforum (a publication in
                                                                                          AT THE BUTLER GALLERY                                     comprised a recent series of photographs
which Michael Fried’s Art and Objecthood featured that same year). Meanwhile, in
Europe, Germano Celant coined the term Arte Povera to describe the loosely                                                                          and a two-screen projection, shot in and
affiliated set of artists whose practice shared affinities with other conceptual                                                                    around the port of Algiers – entitled
movements but was ultimately an idiosyncrasy.                                                                                                       Saphir.
                                                                                                                                                                                  www.templebargallery.com
     The art of the late 1960s stemmed from the same urges as campus protests,
Psychedelia, sexual liberation and anti-Vietnam rallies. For the last time a                                                                        SINGING THE REAL
powerful, capable and cohesive counter culture emerged, and with it a healthy
willingness and desire to protest. Revolution was in the air, and there developed,
                                                                                          Barry McGee 2007
between several artforms, a synchronised, spontaneous avant garde. For the last
                                                                                          The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny is showing
time – on such a scale, at least – there was a sufficient balance of optimism and
                                                                                          the first exhibition in Ireland of the work
idealism for people (particularly the young) to believe that change was not only
                                                                                          of Barry McGee (11 Aug – 30 Sept). As the
possible, but was worth striving for.
     Of course, hindsight grants the aforementioned events – and many others              press release notes “acclaimed for his
besides – an artificially cohesive synchronicity and warm glow of nostalgia.              street graffiti, working under the name
However, as one looking back from the beginning of the 21st century, I cannot             Twist and for his painted installations in
help but feel that spirit of urgency and activism is altogether unimaginable              galleries, museums and art festivals
                                                                                                                                                    Dorothy Cross, Basket, 2007 giclée print, 77 x 65 x 5 cms,
today. Despite the fact that we are as out of control and doomed as ever before,          around the world, McGee crafts a unique                   Courtesy of the artist/ Kerlin Gallery, Dublin.               Work by Mai Takahashi
the conviction that art, idealism and ambition are capable of changing – and              visual language. Fusing together found                    ‘Singing the Real’, an exhibition of
indeed improving – the world has been entirely abandoned. Imagination and                 and invented imagery, tags and assorted                   contemporary Irish art organised by the                       Mai Takahashi a Japanese textile artist
responsibility are surrendered and considered the work of others, and there                                                                         Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin                          is   who specialises in the traditional Japanese
                                                                                          objects,         McGee’s          poetic        works
proliferates now a resigned sense that it is preferable to produce material that                                                                    currently on show at Iziko South African                      textile technique Bingata, recently showed
                                                                                          communicate the artist’s strong empathy
critiques or celebrates that which preceded rather than attempting to construct                                                                     National Gallery, Cape Town (20 July – 3                      works at Catalyst Arts, Belfast (3 – 25
                                                                                          with people who have been left behind by
a language for the future. I do not for a moment suggest that I am anything other                                                                   Nov). The exhibition features works by                        August). The exhibition presented works
than inextricably complicit in this state of affairs – the nature of this article is      contemporary society”.
                                                                                                                                                    Barrie Cooke, Dorothy Cross, Grace Weir,                      by the artist along with an introduction to
evidence enough of that.                                                                         The previous exhibition was Frances
                                                                                                                                                    Susan Tiger, Cecily Brennan, Nick Miller,                     the history and the process of the
     Surely, if the Revolutions of ’67 had been successful (in the accepted sense         Hegarty & Andrew Stones ‘Tactically
                                                                                                                                                    Neva Elliott, John Gerrard, Gary Phelan                       technique supported by workshops run
of the term, at least) we would not find ourselves in this state.                         Yours’ – an installation with video and                   and Martin Healy. Commenting on the                           during the course of the show. Takahashi’s
     To argue, this, however is to deny that noble failure is, in itself, preferable to   audio (23 June – 29 July). Featuring an                   show Patrick T. Murphy, the Director of                       works explored themes relating to
mediocrity and conformity. The greatest tragedy of our contemporary condition             array of 24 CCTV monitors and two large-                  RHA and the exhibition’s curator noted                        environmental and biological issues.
is not that the promised revolution never arrived, but that – through                     scale video projection the installation                   the show “explores the combination of                               The previous exhibition at Catalyst
complacency and self-satisfaction – we are unwilling to acknowledge that in                                                                         scientific method and art practice that is
                                                                                          “tested the isolated gestures of the                                                                                    was ‘Turning Things Around’ a showing of
revolution it is not the arrival but the journey itself that matters.                                                                               an evident and strong strain in Irish art
                                                                                          individual against the idea of the social or                                                                            photographic and video works by Jason
     Without a realisation of this fact, is there anything left for us to pin our                                                                   today … as if by the co-option of empirical
                                                                                          political act”                                                                                                          Oddy (8 June – 21 July).
hopes on?                                                                                                                                           that the artist can directly engage the                                                       www.catalystarts.org.uk
                                                                                                                                 www.brighter.org
                                                                                                                            www.butlergallery.com   material,       and       indirectly        the      new
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Slavka Sverakova                                                                        VANISHED EDEN                                               sauna was presented as meditation on
                                                                                                                                                    how “climate change means landscape
Parergon                                                                                                                                            change”..
                                                                                                                                                          Landscapes ‘07 is the third in a series
                                                                                                                                                    of four exhibitions which commenced in
THE curatorial modes of the four current major art events in Europe differ.
                                                                                                                                                    2005. Each exhibition presents three solo
Giancarlo Politi of PragueBiennale3 (www.praguebiennale.org), with some 20
                                                                                                                                                    exhibitions connected within a landscape
curators and 220 artists aims at an openness that includes lesser known artists,
                                                                                                                                                    theme. The 2005 exhibition featured Karl
eg the School of Cluj. Critics have lamented the absence of a unified theme and
                                                                                                                                                    Burke and Mark Garry, Nick Miller and
one strong curator. Both conditions were fulfilled by Robert Storr in the Venice
                                                                                                                                                    Hazel Walker, while the 2006 show                      Martin Healy, Skywatch III, 2007, c print 122 x 160 cms.
Biennale, ‘Think with the Senses – Feel with the Mind. Art in the Present Tense’.        Declan Clarke I Have Doubts                                                                                       Courtesy: the artist / Rubicon Gallery, Dublin.
                                                                                                                                                    comprised Malachy Costello, Helena
In uncluttered installations of art by 96 artists, he placed the well-known in the
                                                                                                                                                    Gorey and Stephen Rennicks. Each of
Italian Pavilion and the lesser-known into Arsenale; critics said it was “risk-
                                                                                                                                                    these exhibitions endeavours to bring
averse”. In Kassel Roger M Buergel and Ruth Noack with 150 artists aimed at “an
                                                                                                                                                    together work of different genres from
oeuvre called Documenta”. Critics have voiced, their (even angry)
                                                                                                                                                    painting and 2D work to sculpture and
disappointment. The three curators in Munster – Brigitte Franzen, Kasper
                                                                                                                                                    multi-media / installation-based work.
Koening and Carina Plath, invited 37 artists to make projects about                                                                                                                      www.thedock.ie
interdependence of art and the city. Critics approved.
                                                                                                                                                    TRACE
In reference to the large numbers of exhibits, a highly intelligent art critic once
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Stefan Kürten African Safari Club, 2003
whispered: “I can model the history of art on instant coffee”. Indeed, the short
time spent with a work of art has become a crucial aspect – art is asked to give                                                                                                                                 Running in parallel was German
                                                                                        Walker and Walker NIghfall
its meaning, its visual power, instantly. And art obliges, even when a severe                                                                                                                              painter Stefan Kürten’s ‘Shadowtime’ –
                                                                                        ‘The Garden of Eden has Vanished they                                                                              which was presented as a co-production
thunderstorm in Kassel ruins Template I by Ai Weiwei – built from numerous
                                                                                        Say’ curated by Cliodhna Shaffrey was                                                                              between the RHA, Dublin and the
windows of old temples; the artist is delighted with the new form. My instant
                                                                                        recently        shown          at     Ballyjamesduff                                                               Kunstmuseum, Krefeld, Germany. In a
reflections include: man and nature become co-authors; the intrinsic value of
                                                                                        Museum, County Cavan (27 July – 31                                                                                 new series of work, specially created for
art is the matter of the mind. Replacing intention by chance does not equate art                                                                    Michael John Whelan The Meeting
                                                                                        August). Titled after a line from a local                                                                          this exhibition, Kürten explored ideas of
with nature, it does create a temporary autonomous zone for complex                                                                                 Irish artist MJ Whelan – now based in
                                                                                        song – the exhibition consisted of works                                                                           domestic        utopias        as     expressed            in
interventions. (www.hellokassel.de/documenta12.html).            Pawel Althamer’s                                                                   Berlin, participated in a two-man show at
                                                                                        in painting, photography, drawing, digital                                                                         suburban architecture and interior design.
Path is an interventional reflection on attitudes to order that transcend                                                                           the University of Arts Gallery, London (12
                                                                                        print, sculpture/object and film by nine                                                                                                  www.royalhibernianacademy.com
individual responsibility. (www.skulptur-projekte.de). The citizens of Munster                                                                      July – 24 August). Entitled ‘Trace’ the
                                                                                        artists whose work makes connections
prefer separate designated paths for cycling and walking. Disenchanted with                                                                         show, which also featured work by
                                                                                        into remote distances, locations and time,                                                                         ORDER & CHAOS
their unwillingness to deviate, the Polish artist made one path that ends                                                                           Canadian Paul Jackson, presented moving
                                                                                        and touch on elements of the sublime, the
abruptly in the middle of a barley field. This somewhat jejune case of exploring                                                                    image works focussed on themes of
                                                                                        poetic and strange, the gap between
cultural difference, oscillates between a reasonable conduct and an opposition                                                                      stillness and absence. The artists first met
                                                                                        being      in    and     out        of     place.    The
to rules. Nothing new, in the 1920s people opposed the introduction of traffic                                                                      in 2004, on the MA Fine Art at Chelsea
                                                                                        participating artists were Declan Clarke,
lights as threat to individual’s freedom.                                                                                                           College of Art and Design, University of
                                                                                        Oliver Comerford, Elizabeth Magill, Janet
                                                                                                                                                    the Arts London.
                                                                                        Mullarney,       John        O      Connell,        Kathy
I have not seen all 77 exhibitions and 34 events in Venice. I left the Spanish
                                                                                        Prendergast, Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Gerda
pavilion curious how a video of man’s shoes dancing flamenco got inside that                                                                        ARRANGEMENTS
                                                                                        Teljeur and Walker & Walker.
electric bulb. The boisterous domestic appliances animated by Shih Chieg                                                    www.cavanmuseum.ie
Huang (Taiwan) exuded power of witty entertaining surprises. Besides the
spectacle of huge curtains made from bottle tops, washers, labels etc (El Anatsui,      LANDSCAPES ‘07
Ghana), or the dignity of the quiet palm sized drawings of the portraits of
Americans killed in Iraq (Emily Prince, USA), or the emotionally taxing
rectangle made from liquorice sweets          (Gonzales – Torres, USA), or the
revolting ants in chocolate (Vincent and Ferra, Venezuela), I keep returning to
the work of three artists.


Masao Okabe (Japan) made Is there a future for our past? with 16 metres of stones
                                                                                                                                                    Sharon Murphy Coral Formation One.
from Ujina railway station in Hiroshima, and gave us paper and charcoal to                                                                          Oil and Acrylic on Canvas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Fiona Mc Donald & Nicholas Ward [e++]
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Sound cycle 40 minutes / Electrolytic cycle 24 hours.
trace the traces of the atomic bomb. On the walls some of 1400 frottages from
                                                                                                                                                    Sharon      Murphy’s       ‘Arrangements’        at    ‘Order and Chaos’ a collaborative project
the Ujina port double-acted as witnesses. Okabe released his control over our
                                                                                                                                                    Monster Truck, Dublin was the artist’s                 between The Lab and the Black Church
participation – making us partially co-authors of drawings we take home. The
                                                                                                                                                    first solo show (13 – 17 July). Murphy’s               print studio, featured new work by Janine
gap between a concept and drawing mirrors that between a historic event and
                                                                                                                                                    paintings focussed on explorations of                  Davidson,         Tom       Moore          and     Fiona
private experience.
                                                                                                                                                    planes of colour, juxtaposing shape and                McDonald in collaboration with Nicholas
                                                                                        Cora Cummins ‘On a Thousand Islands on the Sea ...’.
                                                                                        Installation view. The Dock.                                line, building colour layers and variations            Ward. The show hosted by the Lab, Dublin
Callum Morton (Australia) relates his work Valhalla to a childhood spent in his
                                                                                        At The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon (14 July                    of texture. While the works contained no               (1 – 25 August) was devised as part of the
father’s dream house, erased later by property developers. The outside of the
                                                                                        – 1 Sept) three separate projects and                       specific references, some key source                   25 year celebrations of the Black Church
dark building embodied tragedy. Inside, the cool, calm, highly lit up room felt
                                                                                        exhibitions        by    Peter       Brooke,        Cora    elements included sheet music, grids,                  print studio. The artists were invited to
like a happy dream. I thought of music and of the Japanese concept of ‘yohaku’
– the resonance of emptiness.                                                           Cummins and Gareth Kennedy – relating                       cellular and organic structures, found                 produce work in response to the specific
                                                                                        to the theme of landscape, environment                      patterns and audio rhythms.                            conditions of the LAB’s gallery space. As
                                                                                                                                                                     http://sharonmurphyart.blogspot.com
The dreamy co-existence of numerous objects, materials and scale in David               along with issues of space and place, were                                                  www.monstertruck.ie
                                                                                                                                                                                                           the press release notes the work “is
Altmejd’s Index (Canada) revived a trust in intuition. Altmejd assembled stuffed        presented under the title ‘Landscapes ‘07’.                                                                        characterised          by       an        experimental
                                                                                                                                                    BELIEVING & SHADOWS
squirrels, man with a bird’s head, bridges, shelves, a reclining giant, mirrors,              Peter Brooke showed recent oil                                                                               curiosity that engages with a variety of
                                                                                                                                                    Martin Healy’s exhibition ‘I want to
berries, mushrooms etc: “I start making something, but at certain point it starts       paintings on paper that combined                                                                                   media and subjects and challenges
                                                                                                                                                    believe’ at the Royal Hibernian Academy,
making choices by itself… I am interested in how the elements create energy –           observation,        memory,              geology     and                                                           traditional definitions of printmaking on
                                                                                                                                                    Dublin (13 July – 26 Aug) featured two
not language… I want my works to have intelligence of their own, not just be            geography. Cora Cummins’ exhibition ‘On                                                                            a number of levels”.
                                                                                                                                                    video installations – Skywatcher and                                                                 www.print.ie
slave to my meaning”. Altmejd’s words impress me more than the installation.            a Thousand Islands in the Sea …’                            Genesis 28:12 and a series of photographic
I thought of the artist Lee U-Fan (showing Resonance in Venice) – “It is difficult to   comprised a “constellation of floor-based                   works, continuing the artist’s interest in
say what is perfect and what is balanced, but the movement of vision in relation        sculptures, print works and paintings …                     popular myths and conducting a kind of                 KILKENNY ARTS FESTIVAL
to similarity and difference is endless.”                                               focused on the idea of islands – as sites,                  artistic anthropology. The shows concerns              The visual arts programming of the 34th
(www.artfacts.net/index.php/pageType/exhibitionInfo/exhibition/14581)                   spaces and zones that exist as separate                     encompassed         UFO      folklore,    science      Kilkenny Arts Festival (10 – 19 Aug) was
                                                                                        entities within the wider fabric of                         fiction and the alleged hidden message in              curated by Hugh Mullholland. As part of
                                                                                        everyday         reality”.          While       Gareth      Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven –                    the festival Mullholland brought together
                                                                                        Kennedy’s Weather Cube, a temporary                         supposedly audible when the track is                   a showing of a diverse range of Irish and
                                                                                        public artwork, a functioning steam-                        played backwards.                                      International artists works, which he felt
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“could contribute something to the
location in which it was exhibited – not
                                                           show – René Zechlin and Matt Packer, ask
                                                           two key questions with this exhibition
                                                                                                                       OPEN YOUR EYES
                                                                                                                                                                                    Micheal Burke
site specific, but site sympathetic”. The                  “How can art continue to be made after                                                                                   The Commission Equation
artists on show include Bill Viola,                        the great examples in Modern Art? How
Factotum, Amar Kanwar, Mark Orang,                         can artistic ideas be developed further                                                                                  THE VAI AGM held in Galway was interesting. A few faces I hadn’t seen before
Eithne Jordan, Marie Hanlon, Cerith Wyn                    beyond duplication?” ‘Overtake’ features                                                                                 and a few new topics raised. But guess what? Public art came up for discussion
Evans, sAntonio Riello and Maud Cotter.                    works by Bernd Behr, Andrea Büttner,                                                                                     again. We didn’t go down the road of listing difficulties with recent
      In addition a numerous other                         Kerstin Cmelka, Annelise Coste, Tacita                                                                                   commissions – after all, what’s the point … we all know what they are. Once
exhibitions were presented during the                      Dean, Carsten Fock, Iain Forsyth/Jane                                                                                    again, it must be stated that everyone is supportive of the Percent for Art
festival by organisations of a national and                Pollard, Wade Guyton, Bertrand Lavier,                                                                                   Scheme, no one wants it done away with, but difficulties that can and do arise
international standing, based in Kilkenny.                 Mark Leckey, Sean Lynch, Simon Dybbroe                                                                                   with its implementation must be addressed.
For example, this years ‘Sculpture at Kells’               Møller, Jonathan Monk, Falke Pisano, Tilo                                                                                      Suggestions were made that there should be a VAI committee established
exhibition (12 – 19 August), curated by                    Schulz and Mario Garcia Torres.                                                                                          to identify the difficulties and to make recommendations on the issue and that
Mark Garry, featured work by David                                 Running at the same time is ‘Gerhard                                                                             there should be collaboration with other bodies to have research undertaken on
Beattie,     Karl      Burke,      Marie-Dorothee          Richter: Survey’ is a collection of some 27                                                                              the topic – nationally and internationally.
Neugebauer, David Hastie and Nina                          works that give an insight into all the                                                                                        One recent bit of good news is that the Arts Council has announced that it
McGowan.                                                   phases of Richter’s creative work – from                                                                                 is commencing a tendering process to fill the position of Public Arts Advisor so
      Endangered Studios’ exhibition (11 –                 the photo-paintings of the 1960s to the                                                                                  at least we will have someone to talk with and the Inter Departmental Working
                                                                                                                       ‘A Synesthesiac’s Sketchbook’ publicity flyer
19 Aug) held in their workspace featured                   abstract paintings of the 1980s and 1990s.                                                                               Group      on      Public     Art    might      start    to     function   again.
the work of Patrick O’Connor, Helen                        The title is taken from a work by Richter                   On 14 July, G126, Galway hosted ‘I see                       (www.artscouncil.ie/en/tenders – for anyone who is interested in applying)
Comerford, Etaoin Holahan, Steven Aylin,                   from 1998 in which he made a chart                          prisms’ co-ordinated by the Glasgow based                          Those of you who weren’t in Galway for the AGM missed a great meal in
Alan Raggett, Jean Conroy and Richard                      listing       important            artists,       poets,    Open Eye Club. The evening event                             Nemo’s Restaurant that evening. Once again public art was a topic for
Coughlan.        ‘Re-produced’            a   mix    of    philosophers, musicians and architects by                   featured             video,       animation           and    discussion. I can’t remember who said it to me, but in one person’s their
performance, contemporary dance, film,                     date,      without        any      evaluation          or   performance by nine artists. G126 also                       opinion, public art is the result of a complicated equation, in which there are
visual art, spoken word and audio/visual                   commentary.                                                 invited         the        organisers        –     Karen     many variables – and that the commissioner is by far the most important
                                                                                                www.glucksman.org                                                                   determinant of a successful outcome.
DJs and featured artists from Canada,                                                                                  Cunningham and Leonora Hennessy to
Belgium, the UK and Ireland (12 Aug). The                                                                              curate a show at G126 as part of the                               Where C is the Commissioner (and includes additional variables such as
                                                           ONCE UPON A NOW                                                                                                          predetermined location, theme, material and style of work), B minus E is the
Festival also launched a new initiative                                                                                Galway Arts Festival (18 – 29 July). The
‘Verge’ in conjunction with Kilkenny Co,                                                                               result,    ‘A        Synesthesiac’s        Sketchbook’       Budget less Expenses, A is the Artist, and PA is the resultant Public Art:
Council providing an exhibition platform                                                                               featured work by Glasgow-based artists
for emerging artists – this year’s inaugural                                                                           Neil Clements, Fred Pedersen, Dave Sherry                                                     C + ( B - E ) x A = PA
recipients being Polly Minett and Gwen                                                                                 – along with Cunningham and Hennessy.
Stephenson.
                                                                                                                                                                    www.g126.eu           Even talking about equations – quadratic or otherwise – give me shivers. I’d
                                     www.kilkennyarts.ie                                                                                                                            hate to be back in school trying to cope with them again and I am not looking
                                                                                                                       COME TOGETHER                                                forward to homework when my son gets to them either.
CONTEXTS
                                                                                                                                                                                          The importance of the commissioner was illustrated recently when a
                                                                                                                                                                                    competition to select an artwork for a primary school was announced. The
                                                                                                                                                                                    notice gave no indication as to the budget or the nature of the work sought. As
                                                                                                                                                                                    no phone number or e-mail address was given, I posted a letter requesting the
                                                                                                                                                                                    brief just to see what the story was.
                                                                                                                                                                                          By return I received a brief brief. The text could have been expanded a bit,
                                                                                                                                                                                    but it was okay as far as it went. The only ‘visual’ information given was a
                                                           Anne Marie Dillon ‘Once Upon a Time’.
                                                           Installation view PS2, Belfast.                                                                                          description of the school crest – no image was provided. At €24,924.00 the
                                                                                                                                                                                    budget was okay. The last page was a photocopy of part of the floor plan of the
Work by Padraig Cahill from ‘Contexts’.                    ‘Once Upon a Now’ Anne Marie Dillon’s
                                                                                                                       Clodagh Emoe It seems as if I would always like to be        school marking the location of the proposed artwork. No indication was given
                                                           installation at the Paragon Studios PS2                     Somewhere Where I’m Not
                                                                                                                                                                                    as to style of building under construction, or the materials and finishes
                                                           gallery in Belfast (25 June – 14 July) was
                                                                                                                                                                                    proposed. The Artwork costing €24,924.00 is to be located in the draught lobby
                                                           the first in a series of projects entitled
                                                           ‘Constructs’ looking at the subject of
                                                           space, location and the built environment.
                                                           ‘Once Upon a Now’ resembled a careful re-
                                                           construction of a traditional Irish cottage
                                                           – albeit one inhabited by a blow up doll
                                                           staring pointlessly at a small colour TV.
                                                                                                www.pssquared.org      Linda Quinlan We forgot to write the end
                                                                                                                       2007 DVD projection.

Work by Gerard Reilly from ‘Contexts’.
                                                           TAMARA GANGNUS                                              ‘Come Together’ at The Douglas Hyde
                                                                                                                       Gallery, Dublin (29 June – 11 Aug)
‘Contexts’ at the Farnham Centre, Cavan
                                                                                                                       presented             sculpture,        photographs,
(2 – 21 August) was an exhibition of                                                                                                                                                at the entrance to the school building.
                                                                                                                       drawings and films by Nina Canell,
digital media, photography, painting,                                                                                                                                                     I suppose we could all manage to spend €24,924.00 in a space such as this.
                                                                                                                       Clodagh Emoe and Linda Quinlan. As the
sculpture, video and sound works by five                                                                                                                                            Perhaps the commissioner wants a glasswork or a painting on the wall over the
                                                                                                                       press release noted early discussions with
of Cavan’s recent fine arts graduates                                                                                                                                               radiator – fine ... just say so! – preferably in the announcement for the
                                                                                                                       the artists focussed on Mount Analogue an
Yvonne Cullivan, Padraig Cahill, Ross                                                                                                                                               competition. My question is whether this location – decided upon by the client
                                                                                                                       unfinished novel by René Daumal, “a
Cochrane, Paul Burns and Gerard Reilly.                                                                                                                                             – will elicit an appropriate response from artists. I know I didn’t proceed any
                                                                                                                       spiritual autobiography transposed into
The work on show spanned explorations                                                                                                                                               further with it than getting the brief, will many others? Perhaps some will, in
                                                           Tamara Gangnus In the nursery of the imagination, acrylic   fantastic fiction”, whilst adding that the
of artists personal histories to global                    on canvas, 30 x 20cm, 2007                                                                                               the hope of keeping their foot in the door of the draught lobby long enough for
                                                                                                                       show was “ not a thematic exhibition …
themes of religion, corporate culture and                                                                                                                                           the commissioner to offer other possible locations? Surely there is an outdoor
                                                           ‘In D’Lush Café’ Tamara Gangnus’s show                      what the artists share, at least in this
globalisation.                                                                                                                                                                      space suitable for a €24,924.00 artwork? Surely there is a better indoor location
                                                           of paintings at Wexford Arts Centre (7 July                 context,        is     a      mood      of       tentative   for a €24,924.00 artwork? If this really is the best or the only possible location
                                                           – 18 Aug) was concerned with “narratives                    hopefulness”.                                                for an artwork, then perhaps the brief should explain why such a site had to be
OVERTAKE & SURVEY                                                                                                                                    www.douglashydegallery.com
                                                           inferred though collaged visual elements”.                                                                               chosen.
‘Overtake – The Reinterpretation of
                                                           The main protagonists of the artist’s works                                                                                    Who if anyone advised the commissioner/school/board of management?
Modern Art’ at The Lewis Glucksman                                                                                     LAPSUS EXPOSURE
                                                           were old toys depicted in domestic                                                                                       Did they consult with the Arts Council, local authority arts officer or a local
Gallery, University College Cork (6 July – 7                                                                           James Coleman’s Lapsus Exposure recently
                                                           settings – through which Gangnus                                                                                         artist with experience in the area of public art?
Oct) presents international contemporary                                                                               got its first Irish showing at IMMA (27 July
                                                           explored “the role objects play in                                                                                             In this case the commissioner may have an excuse, in that they are likely
artists that reconstruct and reinterpret                                                                               – 26 August). The slide installation, dating
                                                           activating memories and telling stories to                                                                               never to have been involved with public art before. Some local authorities
existing artworks and practices of a former                                                                            from 1992-94 is one of a trilogy of
                                                           create an ambiguous space where the real                                                                                 repeatedly provide poor briefs. Perhaps we are coming to a time where an
generation in order to produce and                                                                                     pioneering works by Coleman from the
                                                           and the imagined converge”.                                                                                              agency of some kind will have to be put in place to guide those implementing
instruct new works. The curators of the                                                                                1990s, acquired by IMMA through
                                                                                                                                                                                    the percent for art scheme.
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funding from the Heritage Committee                      SKULPTURUDSTILLING                                        THE OWL SERVICE                                         release noted in a “fantastical sitting                ... AND MORE WAR PLAY
of the National Cultural Institutions in                                                                                                                                   room”. Commenting on the show the                      Project Arts Centre, Dublin recently
2004. Lapsus Exposure comprises an                                                                                                                                         gallery co-ordinator, Mark St.John Ellis               showed ‘Play Safe (Battlefields in the
array of panoramic and dissolving views                                                                                                                                    noted “Vanessa Donoso López collects                   Playground)’. Curated by Jonathan
of a production set, suggesting the                                                                                                                                        objects, images, toys, small mechanisms,               Carroll, the exhibition considered the
location of a film or fashion shoot. The                                                                                                                                   Victorian dolls and imagery from the                   creativity      of     ‘play’,      as     both      a
characters appear to be musicians, in                                                                                                                                      past that are often related to childhood               sophisticated means of simulating war;
both contemporary and recent historical                                                                                                                                    games. What interests Vanessa about                    as well as a method of peaceful protest
costume.                                                                                                                                                                   childhood is not so much the story                     against war and other injustices. The
    The work will be was shown in the                                                                                                                                      telling and fairy tales but the games she              artists in the show were Yael Bartana
Great Hall at IMMA. The final work in                    Sean Campbell, work shown at                                                                                      used to play with, when video games                    (IL), Ralph Borland (ZA/IE), Joost Conijn
                                                         ‘Skulpturudstilling I Olgod 2007’
the trilogy, Background, from 1991-94,                                                                                                                                     and television were not so much part of                (NL) Gintaras Makarevius (LT) and Axel
will be shown in 2008.                                                                                                                                                     our lives.”                                            Stockburger (DE).
                                          www.imma.ie                                                                                                                                          www.royalhibernianacademy.com                                               www.project.ie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BOYLE ARTS FESTIVAL
FROM THERE TO HERE                                                                                                                                                         VISUAL ARTS AT DRAIOCHT                                The visual art component of this year’s
                                                                                                                    Clara Conlon. Work from ‘The Owl Service’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Boyle Arts Festival (27 July – 3 Aug) at
                                                                                                                   Clara Conlan’s exhibition ‘The Owl                                                                             King House, featured an emphasis on
                                                                                                                   Service’ at Limerick Printmakers Studio                                                                        showing emerging artist alongside more
                                                                                                                   and Gallery (19 July – 9 Aug) comprised                                                                        established figures. Participants in the
                                                                                                                   large-scale screen print works focussed                                                                        show included Fiona Dowling, Ronnie
                                                         Sean Campbell, work shown at                                                                                                                                             Hughes, Jonathan Hunter, Michael
                                                         ‘Skulpturudstilling I Olgod 2007’                         on imagery of skeletal trees and vibrant
                                                         In June Irish artist Sean Campbell was                    birds. For the show Conlon literally                                                                           Minnis, Alan Keane, Alison Pilkington,
                                                         an invited participant in the Danish                      broke out of the traditional method of                                                                         Basil Blackshaw, Priscila Fernandes,
                                                         Sculptors’         Society’s           event       the    framing a print and filled the gallery                                                                         Colin Martin, Mark O’Kelly, Stephen
                                                         ‘Skulpturudstilling I Olgod 2007’ (runs                   space, deploying her prints directly on                                                                        Loughman, Linda Shevlin, Michael
                                                         until September) in Denmark. The bi-                      the gallery walls and surfaces, like                                                                           Boran and Diana Copperwhite.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     www.boylearts.com
                                                         annual exhibition takes sculpture out of                  wallpaper.
                                                                                                                                            www.limerickprintmakers.com
                                                         the context of the gallery space and                                                                                                                                     HUNT FOR HY-BRAZIL
                                                         places work in a wide variety of public
Evelyn Sorohan. Work from ‘From There to Here’.                                                                    NO FIGHTING IN THE WAR ROOM
(Collage from 1920’s book)
                                                         locations. Sean Campbell exhibited a
                                                         range of kiln-formed glass works.                                                                                 Maggie Madden Building Castles in the Air 2007.
Evelyn Sorohan’s ‘From There to Here’ at                                              http://olgod.ugeavisen.dk

Axis Arts Centre. Ballymun (20 July – 24                                                                                                                                   ‘Utopias’ Tina Meehan’s exhibition at
August)        comprised         mixed        media      ATTRACTION                                                                                                        the ground floor Gallery at Draiocht,
paintings and assemblages. The works in                                                                                                                                    Blanchardstown (8 June – 25 Aug)
the show utilised found objects and the                                                                                                                                    comprised mixed media sculptures,
artist’s own collected memorabilia. As                                                                                                                                     intended to evoke imaginary scenarios                  Work by Sean Lynch
the press release noted “through the                                                                                                                                       and narratives. The sculptural works on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sean Lynch’s exhibition at Galway Arts
relics that contain imprints of her                                                                                                                                        show were constructed from everyday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Centre (16 July – 11 Aug) presented a
ancestors’ lives, the artist decodes her                                                                                                                                   ‘throw-away’ objects – ranging from
                                                                                                                   Alan Mongey. There goes the Neighbourhood.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  new project as part of the artist’s
own genetic imprints and becomes                                                                                                                                           cigar boxes, ping-pong balls, paper cups,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ongoing       investigations             into     and
aware of both the interconnectedness of                                                                            Alan Mongey’s exhibition ‘No Fighting                   contact paper and string.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  recovery      of       overlooked           cultural
life and its transformative nature”.                                                                               in the War Room’ at the Lab, Dublin                           ‘Synergies’ a showing of paintings
                                www.axis-ballymun.ie     Deidre Houlihan Untitled. Oil on Canvas.                                                                                                                                 artefacts. The starting point for the show
                                                                                                                   (July – 25 Aug)was the a culmination of                 by Maureen Meehan’s and Juliette de la
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  was a consideration of Hy-Brazil – a
TOUCHES: DRAWINGS                                        ‘Attraction’ the summer group show at                     a five-year body of work by the artist,                 Mer’s was presented in first floor gallery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  phantom island which features in many
                                                         the Talbot Gallery, Dublin (5 –24 July)                   The       show        featured           interactive    (8 June – 25 Aug). Meehan’s works
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Irish myths – which was reportedly last
                                                         featured work by artists – Laura Kelly,                   sculpture,         video       and      printworks,     employed the use of masking tape to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sighted by the writer TJ Westropp in
                                                         Deirdre Houlihan, Mary A Fitzgerald,                      inspired by the continuous threat of                    create her brightly coloured striped
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1872.
                                                         Matthew Cave, Dave Comiskey, Nicky                        global terrorism and warfare – both real                works on non-traditional supports such                                            www. galwayartscentre.ie

                                                         Hooper, Paul MacCormaic, Ida Mitrani                      and imagined.                                           as plastic, glass and Perspex. Whilst De
                                                                                                                                                                           la Mer deployed oozing blobs of                        FROM BETHANY TO BEACON FALLS
                                                         and Cecilia Bullo. The nine participating
                                                         artists were specially invited to make                                                                            household and industrial paints on
                                                                                                                   VANESSA DONOSO LOPEZ                                    aluminium and plastic supports.
                                                         work       interpreting        the       theme      of
                                                         ‘attraction’ and related issues.                                                                                        Building Castles in the Air, a
                                                                                        www.talbotgallery.com                                                              sculptural       installation       by        Maggie
                                                                                                                                                                           Madden was presented in Draiocht’s
                                                         INTRICATE SEDUCTIONS                                                                                              foyer and first floor spaces (8 June – 25
                                                                                                                                                                           August).         Comprising              of       an
                                                                                                                                                                           accumulation of hundreds of boxes –                    Donald Tesky The Studio at the Joseph & Anni Albers
Arno Kramer Untitled 2006, 51.6 x 43 cm                                                                                                                                                                                           Foundation Charcoal Wall Drawing Installation,
                                                                                                                                                                           from matchboxes to the delivery boxes                  Rubicon Gallery 2007.
                                                                                                                                                                           of large domestic appliances – the work
Green on Red Gallery, Dublin showed                                                                                                                                                                                               ‘From Bethany to Beacon Falls’ Donald
                                                                                                                                                                           was described as a “monument to
‘Touches:         drawings’         its      second                                                                                                                                                                               Teskey’s show at the Rubicon, Dublin
                                                                                                                                                                           packaging and capitalism”.
exhibition of new drawings by Dutch                                                                                                                                                                             www.draiocht.ie   (12 Jul – 24 Aug), presented new
artist Arno Kramer (6 July – 1 Sept). The                                                                                                                                                                                         paintings     exploring           the     tree-filled
artist’s recent body of work which                                                                                                                                         MORE CONFLICT                                          landscape of Connecticut. The works
featured small drawings and site specific               Work by Elena Duff, from her show ‘Intricate Seductions’                                                           ‘Flag the White Room for Conflict’ at the              were the result of Teskey’s residence at
works, depicting an array of figures:                    ‘Intricate Seductions’ Elena Duff’s show                                                                          White Room Gallery (16 July – 29 July),                the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in
animals such as hares, swan, and deer                    at Monster Truck, Dublin (22 – 26 June)                                                                           Galway        was       an      exhibition        of   Bethany, Connecticut, near Beacon Falls,
which he relates both to human, female                   comprised          semi-abstract           paintings                                                              multimedia          and       printworks          by   in late 2006.
                                                                                                                                                                           members of Lorg Printmakers. The                                                        www.rubicongallery.ie
bodies or to fragments of the Irish                      combining intricate renderings floral
                                                                                                                   Vanessa López,Installation shot of artist'studio,2007
landscape. As the press release noted                    and plant-like elements. As the press                                                                             show, which was presented as part of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  AT HIGHER BRIDGES
“Kramer’s practice is rooted in his                      suggested the works were                    “at once      Vanessa Donoso Lopez’s exhibition at                    Galway arts festival included works by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bill Saunders ‘The Studio Branches’ at
fascination in the development of                        obsessive in their detail and joyful in                   the Ashford Gallery at the RHA, Dublin                  Sandra Bunting, Padraic Conway, Shane
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen
contemporary drawing”.                                   their execution”.                                         (12 July – 1 August) featured an                        Crotty, Eileen Graham, Paula Henihan,
                         www.greenonredgallery.com                                                                                                                                                                                (3 – 29 August) presented recent
                                                                                              www.elenaduff.com
                                                                                                                   installation of paintings, drawings and                 Jennifer Hutton, Ursula Kelly, Maev
                                                                                             www.monstertruck.ie                                                                                                                  installations and works on paper. The
                                                                                                                   sculptures – arranged, as the press                     Lenaghan and Rocky Meaney.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      www.lorgprintmakers.com
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artist described the works as having a                                                                      CLOUDBUSTING                                               Errata
strong connection to “ the ‘thinking                                                                                                                                   APOLOGIES are due to the Arts Council
space’ of my studio – its walls, floor and                                                                                                                             of Northern Ireland. In his column in
collected contents. As process it seeks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Get into The Roundup
                                                                                                                                                                       the May/June issue of the Visual Artists
the poetic; in the main enquiring into,                                                                                                                                News Sheet Brian Connolly wrongly
and developing the notion of tree as                                                                                                                                   attributed a quote to the Arts Council of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To have your exhibition or event
witness...”. The previous exhibition in                                                                                                                                Northern Ireland. In his column Brian
the venue was ‘Parallax 1977 – 2007’ a                                                                                                                                                                              considered for inclusion in the
                                                                                                                                                                       referred to “...the perceived need for
retrospective    of     works      by     Colin     Micheal Fortune. Work shown at House Projects ‘Living                                                                                                           round-up section, simply e-mail text
                                                    a Box’ Lindsay House, Dublin, July 2007.
                                                                                                                                                                       studio group rationalisation in Belfast,
McGookin (28 June – 26 July).                                                                                                                                                                                       and images to the editor
                                                    bringing art to the public by exporting                                                                            as mentioned in the Arts Council of
                         www.colinmcgookin.com                                                              Kevin Cosgrove. Workshop 2. Oilon Canvas                                                                (jason@visualartists.ie).
                          www.fermanagh.gov.uk      the artists into the field, House Projects                                                                         Northern Ireland’s Five Year Plan.” The
                                                    invite the public into the artist’s                                                                                wording ‘studio group rationalisation’
                                                                                                                                                                       does not in fact appear anywhere in the      Your text details / press release
DIANA COPPERWHITE                                   community – each event responding to
                                                                                                                                                                       ACNI’s Five Year Plan or any other ACNI      should include: venue name,
AIB    winner     Diana        Copperwhite’s        the ‘home turned venue’ of a variety of
                                                                                                                                                                       document. For clarification the section      location, dates and a brief
exhibition ‘Blind Spot’ at Limerick City            art    practitioners        involved.       House
                                                                                                                                                                       of text from the ACNI Five Year Plan that    description of the work / event. Note
Gallery of Art (6 July – 28 Aug) presented          Projects is co-ordinated by Sonia Shiel,
                                                                                                                                                                       the writer intended to refer to states       that ‘hard-copy’ cannot be accepted
new works by the artist. Copperwhite, as            Mary Cremin and Gavin Murphy.
                                                                                 www.houseprojects.net                                                                 “We will carry out a full survey of the      due to the volume of material that
the press release noted her work “owes
                                                                                                                                                                       working conditions of artists in             needs to be collated for this section
as much to the feeling of contemporary
                                                    POLISH PARTY                                            Sophie Linehan, Chair, Video still                         Northern Ireland to make sure our            of the publication. Inclusion is not
digital printing qualities as to the history
                                                    ‘Polish pARTy Summer Festival’ was an                   ‘Cloudbusting’ at the Stone Gallery,                       systems for supporting them are              garanteed, but we aim to give
of painting” and that “the mood of her
                                                    event organised by ArtPolonia – an                      Dublin (17 Aug – 9 Sept) is a group show                   relevant, focused and effective. Working     everyone a fair chance.
paintings is generally lyrical and soft
                                                    initiative established in 2006 as a                     of work by recent art college graduates –                  with others we will explore options for
with liquid layered surfaces that create
                                                    ‘laboratory’      for      intercultural        co-     from NCAD, Dublin; LSAD Limerick and                       providing affordable, high quality           Our criteria is primarily to ensure
an air of ambiguity”.
                      www.kevinkavanaghgallery.ie   operation and exchange. The festival,                   DIT Dublin. The works by Louise                            workspace for artists.” We apologise to      that the roundup section has a good
                                                    which took place at the Project, Dublin                 Roberts, Kevin Cosgrove, Tracy Hanna,                      the Arts Council of Northern Ireland         regional spread and represents a
HOUSE PROJECTS                                      (13 – 14 July) was a mixture of both                    Sophie Linehan, Dianne Whyte, Anne                         and to our readers for publishing the        diversity of forms of practice, from a
House projects is a series of seven                 experiment        and      celebration.        The                                                                 incorrect information.                       range of artists at all stages in their
                                                                                                            Healion and Philip Lee reflect a diverse
individual events taking place over a               programme         included       stage      shows       range of contemporary concepts and                                                                      careers.
period of 5 months (May – September                 featuring jazz, vocal, and electro-                                                                                IN the round up section of the July /
                                                                                                            media.
2007), which “address current agendas of            acoustic music, dance, sung poetry, rap,                                                     www.stonegallery.ie   August edition of the VAN, the image         Priority is given to events taking
contemporary      art      practice,     while      rock and opera. There was also film,                                                                               that accompanied the mention of the          place within Ireland, but do let us
questioning the idea of its audience and            animation,        painting,        photography,                                                                    exhibition ‘We Must Follow The Circle’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    know if you are taking part in a
                                                    graphics,      comics,        sculpture        and                                                                 at Triskel, Cork (5 June – 10 July) was
encounter”. Each event features a                                                                                                                                                                                   significant international event.
                                                    jewellery – along with events and                                                                                  not captioned. The piece was a found
combination of International and Irish
                                                    workshops for children.                                                                                            photographic work by Maureen
artists, critics and curators. Rather than
                                                                                          www.project.ie                                                               O’Connor, entitled The Golden Horn.




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News
                                                                                                                                                                     been designed and cast in the Foundry at               LIMERICK CERAMIC WORKS
                                                                                                                                                                     the Crawford College of Art & Design in                Limerick Ceramic Works (LCW) is a
                                                                                                                                                                     Cork.                                                  new facility for artists located in the
                                                                                                                                                                           The Irish Art Medal Society was                  heart of the city. It provides workspace
DEMPSY AT HUGH LANE                                    and III. The Freyer Award of €1,500 went           granted construction will start in 2008,
                                                                                                                                                                     founded in 2002 by Roger Hannam,                       and the use of specialised equipment to
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane has                  to Alissa Kleist, Limerick, also LSAD,             take 8 months to build and cost in the
                                                                                                                                                                     Lecturer in Sculpture and in charge of                 members as well as facilitating ceramic
appointed curator Michael Dempsey as                   while the RDS James White Arts Award               region of €1.6 million.
                                                                                                                                                                     Foundry at the Crawford. It is one of 38               classes to the public. Operating on a
Head of Exhibitions. Dempsey will be                   of €3,150 was won by Roisin Morris,                                www.antonygormley.com / www.ddda.ie
                                                                                                                                                                     Modern Art Medal Societies worldwide.                  membership basis, LCW offers three
working with the gallery’s diverse                     Dublin (Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art,
                                                                                                                                                                     The exhibition opened in August and                    different types of membership; full-time,
programme       as     well     as     the     two     Design & Technology). The winner of                DUN LAOGHAIRE COMMISSION
                                                                                                                                                                     will run for ten months.                               part-time and associate with full and
forthcoming centenaries – the gallery’s                the RDS Printmaking Award of €3,150                Dún          Laoghaire-Rathdown               County                                   www.fidem-medals.org
centenary in 2008 and the Francis Bacon                was Sarah Duffy from Westmeath                     Council (DLR) has recently announced                                                                              part-time members also entitled to
Centenary programme for 2009.                          (Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology).             its     first     major     percent          for    art                                                           studio space. LCW has space for ten
                                                                                                                                                                     NEW GALLERY IN KILKENNY
     Next      year,    as     part      of     the         The        RDS      National       Crafts     commission in the context of its Arts                                                                             artists to work at any one time and also
                                                                                                                                                                     The Hazel Williams Gallery recently
celebrations, there will be an exhibition              Competition has been held annually                 Strategy 2007-2010. Focusing on themes                                                                            boasts a small exhibition space. It
                                                                                                                                                                     opened in Kilkenny with an inaugural
of the entire collection of 39 paintings               since 1968 to promote Irish craft and              of place and identity, the commission is                                                                          encourages artists working in all art
                                                                                                                                                                     show exhibiting the work of artists
known as the Hugh Lane bequest of                      design. Aileen Johnston from Wicklow               a county wide public arts programme                                                                               forms to use the space as a resource
                                                                                                                                                                     Emma Berkery, Helen Booth, Louise
1917 on loan from the National Gallery                 was awarded the Award of Excellence                across all art forms.                                      Butler, Samantha Clarke, Chloe Early,                  centre and artists currently utilising the
London. This will be the first time this               for her entry in the contemporary                          By       pooling       funding             from    Hugh        McCarthy        and       Stephanie        space include a printmaker, a sculptor, a
collection will be exhibited in Dublin                 embroidery category. Second place                  Environment           and     Housing         capital      Malossane. Hazel Williams also runs Art                performance artist as well as ceramic
since they were removed from Clomell                   overall went to Gary Leahy from Mayo               projects under the Per Cent for Art                        Dublin in conjunction with BT2 in                      artists. The overall goal of the studio is to
House, Harcourt Street in 1913.                        for his hand-made violin bow which                 scheme, DLR has in excess of €500,000,                     Dublin, an exhibition in aid of Focus                  establish a strong creative community
     As founding Director / Curator of                 also won the Crafts Council of Ireland             available for the programme. Place and                     Ireland. The Hazel Williams Gallery is                 in the Limerick area as well as raising
the ‘Tulca’ season of visual art in Galway             Purchase Award. The RDS New Entrants               Identity is the County’s first major                       located at: No 1 The Parade, Kilkenny,                 awareness of ceramics as both a design
(2002 – 2006) Dempsey developed new                    Prize was awarded to Brian Lofthouse,              round of commissions and comprises                         opposite Kilkenny castle.                              and fine art medium.
hybrid ways of approaching cultural                    Mayo, for his F-hole mandolin in the               two      distinct       strands:       six     artists’                          www.hazelwilliamsgallery.com           Limerick Ceramic Works was
production within communities. His                     musical instruments section; while                 residencies and two once-off projects                                                                             established by a group of graduates from
recent work includes ‘Obscured by                      Geraldine Grubb, Limerick, scooped the             taking place between May 2008 and                          DCC RESEARCH TENDER AWARDED                            Limerick College of Art & Design
Architecture’ for ‘Fused 06’ at Dublin                 RDS Graduate Prize for her ceramics                January 2010.                                              Dublin City Council Arts Office has                    (LCAD) who needed a creative and
South County Council; ‘Fear Not’ as                    entry, Knell.                                              With ‘Place and Identity’ DLR is                   announced that Vagabond Reviews has                    supportive space in which to work and
invited curator for Iontas 17th National                                                www.rds.ie/arts   advocating the commission to all art                       been awarded the tender to research                    who wished to continue making and
small works exhibition and ‘Heliotrope’                                                                   forms recognised by the Arts Council;                      international models and programmes                    exhibiting their work in the city of
an organisation that works with visual                 GORMLEY FOR DOCKLANDS                              these are Architecture, Circus, Dance,                     that support innovative engagement of                  Limerick. The organisation is self-
artists   on     the      production           and     The Dublin Docklands Development                   Film, Literature, Multidisciplinary Arts,                  artists with urban and suburban open
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            directed and self funded and located
presentation of collaborative projects.                Authority (DDDA) has announced that                Theatre, Traditional Arts, Visual Arts,                    space. Arising from this initial research
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            close to other artists facilities in the city
                                    www.hughlane.ie
                                                       internationally renowned artist Antony             and Collaborative Arts. Traditionally,                     phase, the Arts Office will design a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            such as Limerick Printmakers, Contact
                                                       Gormley will undertake a major public              the Per Cent for Art scheme has been                       seminar to explore key issues through
ARCHITECTURE DIRECTOR                                                                                                                                                                                                       Studios, Daghda, the Belltable and
                                                       art commission for the Docklands.                  widely availed of by visual artists with                   interesting models and case studies,
Nathalie Weadick, former Director of                                                                                                                                                                                        LCAD.
                                                       Gormley was selected through an                    limited take-up across the performing                      aimed at inspiring thought and suggest                            For enquiries call: T: 061-408714 or email:
the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny, has been                                                                                                                                                                                                      limerickceramicworks@gmail.com
                                                       international competition and year long            arts.                                                      new creative partnerships to support
appointed      Director        of     the     Irish
                                                       selection process. According to the press                  Applicant         artists       and         arts   artists engaging with public open space.
Architecture Foundation, the body                                                                                                                                                                                           GRADUATE PHOTOGRAPHY ONLINE
                                                       release    “engaging       hereto     unused       practitioners will be asked to engage                            Vagabond         Reviews            is     an
responsible      for       promoting            the                                                                                                                                                                         Belfast-based         Source       photography
                                                       construction techniques, it is hoped to            with and seek inspiration from the                         interdisciplinary platform for socially
importance of architecture in Ireland.                                                                                                                                                                                      magazine      has       launched        Graduate
                                                       be able to build a sizable structure, up to        County – its people, place and identity –                  engaged art practice and critical inquiry
She returns from London where she                                                                                                                                                                                           Photography           Online,      web        pages
                                                       48 metres high, that will be architectural         in ways that are meaningful to the                         comprised of artist Ailbhe Murphy and
held the position of Deputy Director at
                                                       in scale and be a signpost for the                 artists and the citizens.                                  sociologist Ciaran Smyth. Vagabond                     specially designed to exhibit the work of
the Architecture Foundation (UK).
                                                       realignment      of   Dublin’s      epicentre              An       Cathaoirleach,         Councillor         Reviews specific interests include art in              new        graduate         students           from
     Weadick has also written for many
                                                       eastwards.                                         Denis           O’Callaghan,           with          an    the public domain (in particular, public               participating colleges, including Dublin
publications including the Visual Artist
                                                            Gormley has been inspired by the              international special guest speaker to be                  art practice which critically responds to              Institute of Technology and IADT Dun
News Sheet and Circa Magazine and has
                                                       research of Professor Weaire of Trinity            confirmed, will officially launch ‘Place                   the     social   implications        of        urban   Laoghaire. Work by students from
contributed      on      panels        including
                                                       College, Dublin who with Professor                 and Identity’ in the Pavilion Theatre,                     regeneration). Vagabond Reviews is                     several other colleges will be added over
Architecture as Art Cork, Spatial
                                                       Phelan unlocked the geometries of the              6pm on Thursday 27 September. A                            committed to forms of critical research                the next few months. Source intends to
Imagination          Bartlet        School       of
                                                       bubble matrix, to radically re-describe            detailed information brief including                       which can traverse the territorial                     further develop this initiative to provide
Architecture London, Curating the
                                                       the human form as an open structure. In            descriptions of the County, its six                        boundaries between art production and                  a     comprehensive             overview           of
Collection UCC Cork and the National
                                                       combination       with     the      advanced       electoral areas and a list of the County’s                 more traditional modes of social inquiry.              contemporary graduate photography in
Eisteddfod of Visual Art Wales.                                                                                                                                                                        www.dublincity.ie
                                                       geometry unit of Arup Engineers                    services will be available in the launch                                                                          Ireland and the UK.
                     www.architecturefoundation.ie
                                                       (London), he is hoping to be able to               day.                                                                                                                    The work currently on display will
                                                                                                                                                                     STUDIOS ALLOCATED AT TBG&S
                                                       make a river-sited work that arises from                   The Art Office also plays host to a                                                                       remain so for an entire year, alongside
RDS WINNERS                                                                                                                                                          Temple Bar Gallery and Studios has
                                                       the water as a drawing in space.                   public art symposium A Cultural Force:                                                                            links to the colleges and direct contact
The RDS Student Art Awards recognise                                                                                                                                 announced the artists awarded studios
                                                            Commenting on the proposed                    Practices and Possibilities in Public Art                                                                         details for the students. It represents an
excellence in young emerging Irish                                                                                                                                   for the year 2007/2008. Dennis McNulty
                                                       design, Gormley said: “The work will               on Friday 28 September.                                                                                           opportunity for recent graduates to
artists and provide support to enable                                                                                                         www.dlrcoco.ie/arts    and Nevan Lahart have been awarded
                                                       allude to the human body as a dynamic                                                                                                                                exhibit to a wider audience, and for
them      to    further        their        artistic                                                                                                                 three-year membership studios. Jackie
                                                       interconnected matrix evoking the                                                                                                                                    longer than is possible in a graduation
development.                                                                                              ART MEDAL WORLD CONGRESS                                   Summel and John O’Connell have been
                                                       collective body, which is in itself in                                                                                                                               show alone, and to be able to offer a link
     The largest prize in the RDS                                                                         Four Irish Artists, members of The Irish                   allocated one year project studios while
                                                       dynamic relation to the movement of                                                                                                                                  to the site as part of their CVs. It’s also
Student Art Awards, the Taylor Art                                                                        Art Medal Society, have been invited to                    Diana Copperwhite and Oisin Byrne will
                                                       people in the street and across the new                                                                                                                              intended as a one-stop, quick-browse
Award of €20,000, was split in equal                                                                      exhibit at the Art Medal World Congress                    be taking up eight and four month
                                                       Sean O’ Casey Bridge.”                                                                                                                                               resource        for      gallery         curators,
amounts between four art students. Ceri                                                                   – FIDEM XXX, in Colorado Springs, USA.                     project     studios      respectively.          The
                                                            The proposed work has evolved                                                                                                                                   commissioning editors and media and
Garfield from Clare (Limerick School of                                                                           The exhibiting artists are Tim                     international studio has been awarded
                                                       from Gormley’s work Field (1991 to                                                                                                                                   advertising researchers looking for
Art & Design); Sam Keogh from                                                                             Collins, Robin Daly, Eamon Gray and                        to Lynsay Mann and Oliver Hein, for a
                                                       2003) which was exhibited in IMMA in                                                                                                                                 promising new photographers, or work
Wicklow (National College of Art &                                                                        Mary Gregoriy. Mary Gregoriy won the                       three-month period each.
                                                       1993. Field comprised of an installation                                                                                                                             in a particular style or addressing a
Design); Clive Moloney from Tipperary                                                                     competition organised by the Central                             TBG&S integrates a gallery with 30
                                                       of 35,000 tiny clay sculptures which                                                                                                                                 particular subject.
(LSAD); and, Harriet Tahany from                                                                          Bank of Ireland to design the new silver                   artists’ studios. Currently the studios
                                                       looked up at the viewer. The final form                                                                                                                                              www.source.ie/graduate/index.html
Leitrim (Sligo Institute of Technology)                                                                   €10 coin and gold €20 coin which                           house artists working in photography,
                                                       of the proposed work has, however, yet
were all recognised for their work.                                                                       celebrates the Irish influence on Celtic                   video, sound, sculpture, print and
                                                       to be decided. This will be the result of
     The R.C. Lewis-Crosby Award for                                                                      culture in Europe. Eamon Grey has been                     painting.
                                                       ongoing      discussions     between       the                                                                                        www.templebargallery.com
Painting of €3,150 was awarded to Fiona                                                                   commissioned to make a medal for the
                                                       research team and the artist. The work is
Burke, Galway, studying at LSAD, for her                                                                  British Art Medal Society, which has
                                                       subject to planning permission but if
work Translates well into smaller space II
The Visual Artists’ News Sheet                                    September / October 2007                                                                                                                                                   9


INSTITUTION PROFILE


                                                                                                                                                                  annual membership subscription is currently €484. Applications for
                                                                                                                                                                  membership are considered twice annually. According to Betts and
                                                                                                                                                                  administrator Hazel Burke, individual access never seems to be a
                                                                                                                                                                  problem. Members can book workshop time when preparing shows,
                                                                                                                                                                  for example, but thus far resources have been adequate to cope with
                                                                                                                                                                  the demand, and a certain camaraderie prevails. As one printmaker
                                                                                                                                                                  remarks: “people are naturally supportive of one other.”
                                                                                                                                                                       Non-member artists are also accommodated. “There’s one-to-one
                                                                                                                                                                  assisted access,” Burke points out. And the studio has taken on the task
                                                                                                                                                                  of editioning prints for a large number of artists, including Alice
                                                                                                                                                                  Maher, James Hanley, Fergus Feehily, Michael Coleman and Fergus
                                                                                                                                                                  Martin. In addition, Black Church initiated a National Print Studio
                                                                                                                                                                  Network with other studios South and North, including Belfast Print
                                                                                                                                                                  Studios, Seacourt Print Workshop, The Graphic Studio Dublin,
                                                                                                                                                                  Leinster Printmakers, Limerick Printmakers and Lorg Printmakers.
                                                                                                                                                                  Part of the rationale of the network is a reciprocal arrangement
                                                                                                                                                                  offering access to facilities to visiting artists from other studios.
                                                                                                                                                                       Betts moved to Ireland from England 10 years ago and within a
                                                                                                                                                                  couple of months had joined the Black Church. “It’s been a
                                                                                                                                                                  tremendous support for me as an artist, and I really wanted to give
                                                                                                                                                                  something back.” She’s been chairperson for a year. “It’s been hectic,
                                                                                                                                                                  and I’ve had to learn so much, but it’s been good as well. I’ve had to
                                                                                                                                                                  deal with a huge variety of people and that’s been rewarding.” Apart
                                                                                                                                                                  from the board of directors, there is an administrator – Burke – and one
                                                                                                                                                                  full-time technical post, split between two people, David McGinn and
Studio view. The Black Church Print Studio, Temple Bar, Dublin.                      Studio view. The Black Church Print Studio, Temple Bar, Dublin.              Catriona Leahy.
                                                                                                                                                                       The studio’s educational programme has been something of a

The Black Church                                                                                                                                                  revelation, Burke notes: “There’s a huge demand for classes, and we’ve
                                                                                                                                                                  gotten really good feedback from people who’ve been involved.”
                                                                                                                                                                  Between evening courses and, now, weekend workshops, they find
AIDAN DUNNE PROFILES THE BLACK CHURCH PRINT STUDIO, DUBLIN – WHICH THIS YEAR IS
                                                                                                                                                                  that places are snapped up. Among those attending, they find, are
CELEBRATING ITS TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY.
                                                                                                                                                                  artists active in other areas who want to improve their practical
                                                                                                                                                                  knowledge of printmaking. Other possibilities are opening up in terms
BRENDAN Behan famously remarked that the first item on the agenda
                                                                                                                                                                  of educational events. Such classes are not regarded as an optional
of any Irish organisation is the split. It’s undeniable. It does happen.
                                                                                                                                                                  extra. In Betts’ view: “There is a real curiosity out there about print and
Irish organisations are forever seceding from each other, articulating
                                                                                                                                                                  it’s very important for all of us that we raise awareness of
subtleties of intention and identity, whether it’s to do with an innately
                                                                                                                                                                  printmaking”.
fractious character or a dialectical inclination. The Black Church Print
                                                                                                                                                                       Part of that process has to do with the exhibition programme.
Studio began 25 years ago with what was, in many respects, such a
                                                                                                                                                                  Because it’s an anniversary, this year’s is particularly hectic, involving
split, when a number of former members of The Graphic Studio
                                                                                                                                                                  a show of members’ work selected by Abbey Director Fiach Mac
moved to establish their own space.
                                                                                                                                                                  Conghail, ‘Hung, drawn & quartered’, Emma Finucane’s Grattan
      The initiative came about because of a perceived need to develop
                                                                                                                                                                  Bridge Kiosk project ‘Reflect’, the inclusive members’ show at the
and expand the Graphic’s traditional printmaking ethos, part of a
                                                                                                                                                                  Original Print Gallery, ‘The Salon Show’ (until Sep 30) and, at the OPW
perennial debate about tradition and innovation. What it came down
                                                                                                                                                                  St Stephen’s Green in November, ‘Milestones’ a showcase of work by
to was the issue of introducing photo-reprographic technology,
                                                                                                                                                                  past and present members accompanied by a substantial publication.
though underlying this technical point were broader questions
                                                                                                                                                                  A Friends Exhibition and Raffle follows at the end of November (each
relating to the definition of print as something fixed or as an activity
                                                                                    Studio view. The Black Church Print Studio, Temple Bar, Dublin.               friend, individual or corporate, has the opportunity to choose a print).
open to evolutionary change, in response to environmental pressures
                                                                                                                                                                       While The Original Print Gallery is a stand-alone exhibition
and opportunities.                                                                   the Temple Bar Cultural Trust. Its striking doorway was designed by
                                                                                                                                                                  space, which is sublet from the Black Church, sharing the building is,
      The Black Church took its name from its prospective home, a                    Andrew Folan (at the time a member of Black Church) and Valerie
                                                                                                                                                                  Betts says: “Mutually beneficial. Members’ work is usually available in
landmark building in Dublin’s north inner city. In the event, however,               Mulvin. Each floor is devoted to a different area of activity:
                                                                                                                                                                  the gallery and, as part of the agreement, two Black Church shows are
the church was deemed unsuitable as a printmaking space and was                      lithography, etching, photographic processes and silkscreen. The latest
                                                                                                                                                                  fixed in the calendar every year.” Though independent, in terms of
never used as such. All the same, the name stuck, even when the                      piece of capital investment is fairly prosaic but nonetheless essential: a
                                                                                                                                                                  public perception the gallery is associated with the studio, and its shop
studio relocated to another inner city building, across the Liffey in The            sophisticated ventilation system. The provision of computer facilities,
                                                                                                                                                                  front presence in Temple Bar is important.
Coombe. Alas that building was grievously damaged by fire in 1990,                   scanners and a large digital printer underline the studio’s enduring
                                                                                                                                                                       Needless to say, there is no such thing as a Black Church house
and for several years the studio was homeless.                                       commitment to technological developments. “We do feel it’s
                                                                                                                                                                  style. The membership spans a huge range of approaches. “For me,”
      However, the redevelopment of Temple Bar created an                            important to keep up to date with what is happening,” says Black
                                                                                                                                                                  Betts says, “it’s vitally important that it is an artists’ organisation. The
opportunity for the Black Church. Group 91, comprising eight distinct                Church’s current chairperson, Kate Betts.
                                                                                                                                                                  artists are the heart and soul of the place, it doesn’t exist to serve any
architectural practices, won a competition for an overall Framework                          She sees the studio as an active constituent in an ongoing debate
                                                                                                                                                                  other interests. And the artists have always put a lot into it.”
Plan for the area. Among them were McCullough Mulvin (Niall                          about just what constitutes a print, rather than starting from a fixed
                                                                                                                                                                       The openness to innovation is not compulsory, it should be said.
McCullough and Valerie Mulvin) and, apart from their original input                  definition, and points to ‘Order and Chaos’, an exhibition at the Lab in
                                                                                                                                                                  Lithographic stones once used by the Ordinance Survey are still in use
to the overall plan, including the development of Curved Street and                  Foley Street throughout August last, as an example. As part of a packed
                                                                                                                                                                  at the Black Church. Etchings are still made in a thoroughly
the Music Centre, they eventually took on the task of revamping                      programme to mark the studio’s 25th anniversary, the Black Church
                                                                                                                                                                  conventional manner. Even Betts herself, while she firmly advocates
Temple Bar Gallery and Studios and, immediately adjacent to it, the                  and Dublin City Council’s Arts Office jointly commissioned three
                                                                                                                                                                  openness to change, owns up to a lingering regard for analogue
Black Church Print Studio and the Original Print Gallery.                            members of the studio to make experimental work. Fiona McDonald
                                                                                                                                                                  photographic processes as opposed to digital. “Despite the advances in
      The Black Church site is a difficult one, constrained on every side,           chose to work collaboratively with Nicholas Ward. Janine Davidson
                                                                                                                                                                  digital there’s still something about analogue. Perhaps it’s the almost
and McCullough Mulvin’s solution to the problem was so ingenious                     and Tom Moore were the other two artists. None of their pieces fitted
                                                                                                                                                                  organic quality of the light that excites me.” And it is entirely fitting
that it merited the Architectural Association of Ireland Downes Medal                conventional definitions of fine art print, but all were recognisably
                                                                                                                                                                  that both options, analogue and digital, are catered for in the studio.
in 1996. Above a double height gallery at street level are three floors of           related to print in various ways. Equally, such members as Cora
workshops and related facilities. Space is limited and the street is                 Cummins, Margaret O’Brien, Catherine Kelly and Jan de Fouw, to pick
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Aidan Dunne
narrow but there is, all the same, a sense of spaciousness and light. In             just a few pertinent examples, have produced work that is persuasively
fact generous natural light from both front and back (there is a small               and thoughtfully innovative in various ways.
                                                                                                                                                                  The Black Church Print Studio
courtyard to the rear) is at the core of the design. The architects looked                   Make your way up through the workshops and there is an air of
                                                                                                                                                                  4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
on the print shop as essentially “a small urban factory like the clothing            relaxed industry. The spaces are well organised and easily negotiable.
                                                                                                                                                                  Contact: Hazel Burke, Administrator.
workshops which formerly existed” in Temple Bar.                                     Everyone seems to have enough room, everybody knows what they
                                                                                                                                                                  T: 01-6773629
      The building was completed in 1995 (by which time it was                       are doing. The current membership stands close to 70. Each is a key
                                                                                                                                                                  www.print.ie
already occupied and functioning) and is leased by Black Church from                 holder with generous access to the building and its facilities. The
10                                                                                                                                             The Visual Artists’ News Sheet                               September / October 2007


PROJECT PROFILE




                                                                                                                                                        ‘Appropriate’ writing on postcards.




‘Appropriate’, Marquee in the University of Ulster.
                                                                                                                                                        ‘Appropriate’ image taken at the Giants Ring.

                                                                                                                                                             After the week of performances, a discussion, which then became


On and On ...                                                                                                                                          an evaluation and critical analysis of the project, began to emerge
                                                                                                                                                       between us (Cherie and Anne Marie) and this response was to take on
                                                                                                                                                       its own momentum. So from the beginning it was clear to the both of
ANNE MARIE DILLON AND CHÉRIE DRIVER REPORT ON ‘APPROPRIATE’ .                                                                                          us that any critical discussion or other validation of the process, would
                                                                                                                                                       itself have to be opened through a shared analysis of the project. Thus
‘APPROPRIATE’ was a multi–phased project, that ranged across a                                                                                         a series of meetings took place between ourselves (Cherie and Anne
number of projects, events, conversations, practices, locations and                                                                                    Marie), which drew directly from having seen the event, along with
encounters, which culminated – but didn’t end – in the series of public                                                                                input from recorded interviews by Alma Suljevic and the
and private events that took place over a week in Belfast earlier this                                                                                 conversations the artists had experienced with invited guests over
year (25 March – 1 April). The main public element was a ‘dialogical’                                                                                  dinner or travelling together. Added to the mix were audience
discussion based, exchange between artists and audience through a                                                                                      responses that had been on the back of the project postcards’ and the
performative event and a series of talks about the artist’s – Sandra                                                                                   written stories emerging from Susanna Bosch, Marilyn Arsem and
Johnston (Belfast), Susanne Bosch (Belfast, Berlin), Alma Suljevic                                                                                     Sandra Johnston’s works.
(Sarajevo) and Marylin Arsem (Boston), individual practice’s and the                                                                                         Our analysis meetings had engaged with some key issues in
processes.                                                                                                                                             relation to the project and the Northern Irish context – politics,
      The performance event centred on food; its preparation, the                                                                                      motherhood and the role of women in the Northern Irish conflict. The
exchange of stories it associated or evoked, cooking – and of course its                                                                               value of art in society was also considered; along with socially engaged
consumption. The artists invited the audience to participate in the                                                                                    practice, the canon of art and art criticism. From summarising and
performance; and directly encouraged them to be involved with                                                                                          reviewing these meetings the ‘dialogical’ process was extended –
raising ideas, mapping through drawing, storytelling and to                                                                                            allowing us to re-focus our ongoing discussion – in order to dig deeper
                                                                           ‘Appropriate’ cleaning space where students congregate                      into the intersecting discourses emerging from this project.
contribute actively to the direction and outcome of the project. This
                                                                           food was being prepared for consumption. The conversations                  Throughout this process we drew from our own positions as
seminar-like event took place in a marquee in the Foyer of the
                                                                           afterwards dealt with questions of political participation and              practitioner and researcher. A developing of a process of shared
University of Ulster’s new building on the Belfast campus on the 28
                                                                           responsibility. What is a successful public art piece in a conflict area?   analysis emerged; and a conscious decision to find a way of opening up
March.
                                                                           What could be the role of an artist in this context? What is an ethical     participatory / dialogical models of art practice models to writing
      The University of Ulster’s main foyer is the centre-piece of the
                                                                           approach? What might be appropriate to do as an artist who wants to         processes was made. And it was generally felt that this had been
spanking new corporate building, it is a marble floored space located
                                                                           deal with issues of politics, conflict and trauma?                          achieved, in part, through the way the project had worked over the last
in an atrium / light- well some six floors high. Pitched in the heart of
                                                                                 In addition to this main public event, the artists took each other    few months. Some working ground has been gained; and it is hoped
this space was a marquee, furnished with cushions and soft fabrics on
                                                                           on a series of explorations of college as a site and Belfast, utilising     that this will continue into additional writing projects.
the floor; and kitted out with a projection screen and a trolley of
                                                                           various approaches. Sandra Johnston suggested a ‘clean up’ of a site              The ‘Appropriate’ project has set off another set of actions and
equipment. Outside stood a table laden with various cooking utensils
                                                                           where students tend to have meetings, as the artists had “felt very         responses, initiating further work. Particularly for the student
and facilities as well as a large bowl of potatoes and a bucket.
                                                                           thankful for the students responses to the project and they were happy      attendees / participants – for whom it was their first experience of
      A significant crowd had gathered for the event – familiar faces of
                                                                           to clean up their site early Friday morning before their arrival”.          performance based work. ‘Appropriate’ has been a catalyst for future
students and staff at the school of art and design. Some stayed inside
                                                                           Susanne Bosch organised ‘house viewings’ in Belfast; in order to            plans, meetings, events and projects and has created a platform for the
the marquee for the duration of the event, while others hovered
                                                                           “discuss notions of home, feelings of safety and the idea of public /       exploration and examination of the possibilities of a shared concern
around the open doorway to watch for a while and then went on their
                                                                           private, the ‘staged’ home – for viewings by potential buyers – versus a    with the creative facilitation of dialogue and exchange amongst
way. At the beginning visitors to the event were greeted with a gift – a
                                                                           ‘messy’ real home”.                                                         audiences, readers, artists and critics / writers.
potato; and told to take it to a quite space in the foyer, in order to
                                                                                 Marilyn Arsem took everyone to Carrickfergus, where they
reflect and recall a story about our first or most prominent memory of
                                                                           visited a 60-minute performance by the Bbeyond performance group.                                                   Anne Marie Dillon and Chérie Driver
a potato, then we were to come back to the marquee, peel our potato
                                                                           The group also visited an old cemetery, where Arsem handed out pens
and sit down on the floor.                                                                                                                             Sandra Johnston http://www.belfastbenchstops.co.uk
                                                                           and notebooks and invited all present to write in silence for 30            Susanne Bosch http://www.susannebosch.de
      Later Susanna Bosch would say that this was a strategy to get the                                                                                Alma Suljevic http://www.ipak.org/mine/photo/index
                                                                           minutes in silence. Alma Suljevic interviewed those present on topics       Marilyn Arsem http://marilynarsem.net/
audience more engaged with the process, than just listening and
                                                                           such as space, empathy, trauma and art – and also got others to write       Bbeyond www.bbeyondperformance.org
consuming. Each artist spoke in turn about their past art projects and
                                                                           stories about animals for children. The final trip was, Sandra
describing pivotal personal moments and decisive cultural
                                                                           Johnston’s excursion to the Giants Ring, to explore the ancient burial
experiences which had shaped their practices. During this discussion
                                                                           site and to reflect on the experiences had during the week.
the audience were also encouraged to share their ‘potato stories’, while
The Visual Artists’ News Sheet                         September / October 2007                                                                                                                                                                               11


ART IN PUBLIC




Gathering Insights
                                                                                                                                                         you could attend all the meetings you liked; it always came down to
                                                                                                                                                         economics in the end. Consultation must be ‘lived through’. Tokenism
                                                                                                                                                         or paying lip service to consultation is dangerous, said Eileen Healey,
                                                                                                                                                         adding, “we must look for winnable victories, building with very small
‘THE CROSS LANDS GATHERING’, PART OF THE SHIFTING GROUND INITIATIVE – A DISCUSSION                                                                       steps”. Ruairí Ó Conchúir also underlined the need for community
AMONGST LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE OF THE BURREN.                                                                                          engagement, recommending that state and semi-state bodies should
                                                                                                                                                         engage the people of the Burren in a process of active participation. He
ON Saturday 23 June a public stakeholders discussion, entitled ‘The          knock-on environmental effect with unnecessary sewage flowing into
                                                                                                                                                         also pointed out that Burren farming has a representative voice – but
Cross Lands Gathering’ was convened in connection with artist                the rivers and lakes that were once mainstays of Ireland’s fishing-
                                                                                                                                                         many choose not to be represented by organised agriculture.
Deirdre O’Mahony’s project Cross Land (1) which engages with issues of       tourism. Carol Gleason pointed out that “tourism exists” and that the
                                                                                                                                                                Jay Koh was interested in the fact that only a small number of
agriculture, community, ecology and tourism. The meeting was                 crux of the matter was to find out best how it could be managed.
                                                                                                                                                         farmers were represented at the meeting. He asked why Ground Up
prompted by the inauguration of ‘Branding the Burren’ an official                 Paddy Matthews Fáilte Ireland’s Environmental Officer said that
                                                                                                                                                         had not connected with local dissenting voices? From his experience,
initiative by Fáilte Ireland’s Development Scheme Fund in partnership        some people working in tourism tended to have a ‘callous’ attitude to
                                                                                                                                                         artists working with such people create more sustainable modes of
with Clare County Council, Shannon Development, National Parks &             landscape – seeing it as ‘product’ and consigning the farmers’ role to
                                                                                                                                                         education and action whereas artists who are effectively just working
Wildlife Service and Burrenbeo. Chaired by Ed Carroll from City Arts,        merely producers of this landscape-product. He noted that more
                                                                                                                                                         ‘top down’ leave nothing when they are gone.
the gathering of interested parties, including artists, farmers, publicans   progressive current thinking conceived of conservation as a creative
                                                                                                                                                               Brendan Dunford from BurrenLife (5) thought ‘branding’ wasn’t
and other members of the local community (2) took place at the Carron        activity, which aimed to engage visitors. Indeed, he pointed out the
                                                                                                                                                         necessarily an entirely negative proposition – it could be harnessed to
Research Centre, Carron, Co. Clare and considered this initiative and        creation of his own department with Fáilte Ireland was an
                                                                                                                                                         reflect and promote new approaches. Paddy Matthews illustrated the
other developments effecting the Burren.                                     acknowledgement that tourism needed to enter a dialogue with other
                                                                                                                                                         changing direction of the tourism sector, by highlighting that Fáilte
     Proceedings centred around discussion of the ‘Branding the              sectors and constituencies engaged with the local landscape and
                                                                                                                                                         Ireland had recently opposed holiday homes in Sligo because the
Burren’(3) initiative as outlined by project manager Carol Gleason who       environment.
                                                                                                                                                         water treatment plant wouldn’t be able to cope. He added that tourism,
provided the gathering with an overview of the project.                          Chair Ed Carroll, speaking about the ‘Ground Up’ (4) public art
                                                                                                                                                         if well managed, could be used to advocate better rural facilities and
     Local artist Chris Wallis felt that any managerial input to the         programme, described it as a process of allowing “ventilation” – as
                                                                                                                                                         infrastructures.
Burren was “a kind of colonisation” and that the Burren would be             opposed to confrontation; and perhaps letting people have a glimpse
                                                                                                                                                                Closing the discussion Ed Carroll invited all present to describe
“happy left on its own”. Countering this view Colin Johnson, another         ‘over the hedge’ at new ideas or ways of proceeding. In particular, in he
                                                                                                                                                         their hopes for the future for the Burren. Amongst the aspirations
artist, noted that that the Burren had been an actively managed              pinpointed Carol Gleason’s Visitor Management Initiative as a
                                                                                                                                                         were: changes in education that would help foster a solid vision and
environment over many years – in other words, ‘letting the Burren get        possible model of a more responsible kind of tourism.
                                                                                                                                                         sense of place in future generations; low input sustainable farming
on with it’ involves people. Brendan Dunford of BurrenLife, who cited             In terms of the ‘branding’ of the Burren it was suggested that eco-
                                                                                                                                                         maintaining the land; a changed, locally based, tourism model and
research showing that ‘moderate’ environmental management                    tourism offered some kind of way forward. Colin Johnson foresaw
                                                                                                                                                         some kind of sensible and sensitive planning system at County
encouraged maximum species diversity, backed up this point.                  problems to do with access, quipping that the Burren’s brand in the
                                                                                                                                                         Council level.
Likewise, Carol Gleason posed the rhetorical question “when had              past might well have been a ‘No Trespassing’ sign! Fiona Woods noted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Phillip Gaston
people been taken out of the idea of ecology? Were they not part of it?”     that all kinds of tourism, even the most eco-sensitive had impacts on
     Fiona Woods of Shifting Ground, a partnership project between           communities and landscape. She cited the example of a similar project       NOTES
                                                                                                                                                         1. Deirdre O’Mahony’s project The Cross Land is a large scale artistic intervention in the
Clare County Council and GMIT researching art in rural contexts,             in the Lake District in the UK, an area that had seen a lot of people
                                                                                                                                                            landscape. It’s process and outcomes raised awareness and became the catalyst for ‘The
raised the issue of the models of decision making. She asked how do          making lots of money; but with the result that local workers could no          Cross Land Gathering’. Through the Shifting Ground and Ground Up projects The Cross Land
                                                                                                                                                            will continue to mark the spot where the stories of the Burren can be heard. The four arms
we to step back from purely monetary models that define                      longer afford to live in the place. As with the Burren planning was a          of Deirdre’s coppiced 60 metre cross indicated four major perspectives from which the
communities as no more than ‘service providers’? In artist Deirdre           problem in the Lake District, with local people unable to build. Carol         future of the Burren could be perceived: agriculture, community, ecology and tourism. The
                                                                                                                                                            wide-ranging discussion touched on all of these topics.
O’Mahony’s view the full-time farmer was the most endangered                 Gleason said that during her research, as soon as the environment was
                                                                                                                                                         2. The participants were Eileen Healey (artist), Colin Johnson (artist), Deirdre O’Mahony
species on the Burren. Since joining the EU the farmer has been              mentioned, people wanted to know if it was going to be used as a
                                                                                                                                                            (artist), Chris Wallis (artist), Fiona O’Dwyer (artist), Fiona Woods (artist), Maria Kerin (artist),
portrayed as living on grants and got little sympathy from the wider         weapon against planning, while many people citing areas that had               Brendan Dunford (BurrenLife), Anne O’Connor (BurrenBeo), Patrick McCormack (farmer),
                                                                                                                                                            Robert Cassidy (Publican & Businessman) , Carol Gleason (Environmental Protection of the
public. O’Mahony argued that the move away from notions of land-             been destroyed by holiday homes.                                               Burren through Visitor Management Initiative Project Manager), Paddy Matthews (Failté
use for farming to leisure was bringing about a totally new situation.            In light of the various points made Ed Carroll put two questions          Ireland Environmental Officer), Jay Koh (Artist / Shifting Ground collaborator), Ute
                                                                                                                                                            Bohnsack (REPS planner) Ruairí Ó Conchúir , Philip Gaston (writer).
Jay Koh, an artist who had experience of working on community art            to the group: Who benefits? Who does not have a voice?                      .
projects in difficult situations from Malaysia to Myanmar, pointed out            In response, Patrick McCormack stated that the people who look         3. Branding the Burren is now retitled the ‘Environmental Protection of the Burren through
                                                                                                                                                            Visitor Management Initiative’ due to feedback from the start up consultancy process.
that history was linear, there could be no turning back the clock. In the    after the land do not have a voice and added that the Burren must be           Brendan McGrath & Associates have been appointed to prepare a signage plan for the
                                                                                                                                                            Burren and to develop a Burren brand. These are two key components of the Burren
past and present farming in Ireland received subsidies, tomorrow it          conserved for the people who live here – tourism must come second.             Initiative, a Fáilte Ireland Tourism Development Scheme project being carried out by Clare
could be Poland that sees its agriculture heavily subsidised and             Artist Maria Kerin was of the opinion that tourism, even eco-tourism,          County Council, in partnership with National Parks and Wildlife Service, Burren Beo and
                                                                                                                                                            Shannon Development. The branding exercise aims to develop a Burren brand that is
controlled.                                                                  must not be imposed or led from the outside, instead small, local              distinctive and memorable, that will be supported by the local community and will
     Chair Ed Carroll moved the discussion onto what farmer’s sons or        interventions would be influential and beneficial. Following further           become an effective marketing tool for local service providers. For information and
                                                                                                                                                            community feedback on the program to date see
daughters might see for the future. Farmer Patrick McCormack                 discussion, the consensus was that the paramount questions were;               http://www.shiftingground.net/Brandingtheburren.htm

returned to the problematics of the purely monetary model, noting            who has power? who can make a difference? who has a voice?                  4. The Arts Office of Clare County Council initiated Ground Up to foster a new type of
that while many of the current generation of farmers still worked the             Carol Gleason emphasised that her project was about                       engagement between Public Art and rural contexts. The program was developed in three
                                                                                                                                                            stages and curated by Fiona Woods, The Cross Land was the final commission of the
land for love they would probably be the last. For emphasis he quoted        consultation – and as such people had a responsibility to participate.         program.
from Barry Lopez’s Arctic Dreams, “Western Culture has tainted the           On the other hand, Fiona O’Dwyer was sceptical about the notion of
                                                                                                                                                         5. BurrenLIFE: A project is to develop a new model for sustainable agriculture in the Burren in
vision of the indigenous peoples”. He felt that attitude was the greatest    consultation – giving an example of trying to get a local playground           order to conserve the habitats designated under the European Habitats Directive.
                                                                                                                                                            http://www.burrenlife.com
problem, giving the example of farmers who were taking 70% grants            constructed. In this case the County Council enacted a ‘consultation’
for slatted (cow) houses whether they were needed or not. This had a         process but nothing ever happened. Anne O’Connor felt that while
12                                                                                                                                                 The Visual Artists’ News Sheet                                       September / October 2007


CONFERENCE REPORT




Site & Situation
VAGABOND REVIEWS DISCUSS SOME OF THE KEY ISSUES ARISING FROM ‘THE SITUATIONAL DRIVE: COMPLEXITIES OF PUBLIC SPHERE ENGAGEMENT’ A
CONFERENCE / EVENT HELD AT COOPER UNION, NEW YORK, 12 – 15 MAY THIS YEAR.

“The space of a tactic is the space of the other. Thus it must play           exploiting the cracks in the technological and spatial strategies of the     emanating from a social group about themselves. Drawing on
on and with a terrain imposed on it and organised by the law of a             city as an embattled security zone, interrupting diverting and feeding       techniques borrowed from word-of-mouth marketing and social game
foreign power.”                                                               off the technological flows of exchange between the circulation of           theory, thousands have been recruited through an IT-driven node
                    Michel de Certeau The Practice of Everyday Life 1984      privileges and their proximity to what Saskia Sassen might call the          system from both sides of the border to actively spread the good
                                                                              non-glamorous zones.                                                         rumours.
IT has by now become almost a matter of cultural imperative to                        New York artist Michael Rakowitz provided some precise                     These are perhaps examples of art turning information-flow
interrogate the space of the city according to an ensemble of practices,      illustrations of public art as tactical trespass. In Return (2006), he       theory borrowed from all sorts of disciplines against the force of their
which have taken public art far beyond the jaded traditions of 19th           created a store with a singular trading goal: the importation for sale of    own instrumentalisation, involving a co-opting of their usual
century monumentality. It also seems that in the face of such a               dates from war-torn Iraq. The shop became a public site for reporting        relations of production. In these virtual experiments a certain
proliferation of new spatial practices there may be a need of fresh           on the global dramas of the dates as they made their precarious              epistemological generosity can be detected, an effort to harness the
navigational co-ordinates, some maps that might serve as conceptual           journey across a whole series of war zones, legal territorialities,          power of global systems of informational exchange and distribution in
frameworks for thinking about the multiplicity of form and structure          commercial realities and ideological tensions, all pitched against a         the cause of reversing some of its effects.
that has been gathered under the coherence of art in the public               definitive ‘sell-by date’. Return set up a transversal conversation across
domain.                                                                       a familiar divide, those assembled on either side of the US invasion of      HOUSES ARE NOT UNITS
     Organised by Creative Time (www.creativetime.org), MIT, inSite           Iraq.                                                                        “House are not units they must be attached to services and structures”,
and The Cooper Union, ‘The Situational Drive: Complexities of Public                  This potential for public art practice to generate new               from this deceptively simple proposition architect Teddy Cruz, has
Sphere Engagement’ proved to be precisely such a rich cartographic            conversational possibilities was echoed by artist Krzysztof Wodiczko.        developed a socially engaged practice among neighbourhoods on the
opportunity. This was a multi-disciplinary event, which brought               Revisiting his Homeless Vehicle project from the 1970s he reminded us        Mexican side of the Tijuana/San Diego border that is self-consciously
together an impressive line-up of artists, curators and practitioners in      that the homeless vehicle came to function more or less like a mobile        articulated in response to the complex social, economic and political
order to rethink “the challenges of artistic, curatorial, architectural and   friction zone, providing a way of speaking through rather than               context in which those communities are embedded. As an instance of
theoretical engagement in urban and other public spheres”.                    directly to the subject of homelessness.                                     socially engaged architectural practice the work of Estudio Teddy Cruz
                                                                                                                                                           seemed particularly impressive both at the level of the quality of the
LIBERTÉ V SECURITÉ                                                            LONG-TERM CURATORIAL INVESTMENTS                                             collaborative commitment and the ambition of the project. Cruz has
Speaking recently at UCD, the sociologist Zygmunt Bauman argued               In relation to the use of time there were examples presented of curated      taken a global frame of reference on the question of architecture and
that globalisation has eroded a number of symbolic functions that             public art programmes, which could hardly have afforded a greater            housing in Tijuana. For him the border zone represents eighty square
once belonged to the formal political repertoire of the nation-state. As      durational contrast to the brief tactical trespass. One of the most          miles of collision between the global and the local, a laboratory for the
the destiny of citizens is increasingly placed beyond the reach of            salient characteristics of the curatorial work of Mary Jane Jacob over a     triangulation of the social, the natural and political. Art can be used to
national governments, the old Enlightenment project of liberté,               10 year timeframe in Charleston and of France Morin in The Quiet in the      de-stabilize those boundary conditions through a process of
égalité and fraternité has been all but abandoned. Having surrendered         Land Project in Laos Cambodia was a shared commitment to the                 engagement with citizens in an effort to produce some kind of
its burdensome duty of care with respect to the well-being of its             investment of time. Perhaps the most compelling aspect of these              consensus. In the process of working out how to support and shape
citizens to the market economy, what then can the nation-state                extended curatorial investments is the possibility of carefully making       what he terms ‘communities of practice’, the neighbourhood becomes
legitimately claim to provide? Bauman suggests that securité has              connections between the lived histories of particular communities            a site of experimentation where people become active in shaping their
become the new currency of political legitimation: we must all now            and those grander narratives of history, which can so often remain dis-      built environment.
consider how much of our former freedoms we are willing to trade in           embodied, operating as they do above the threshold of everyday life
exchange for the promise of securité. This friction between freedoms          and practice. Maybe the distinctive capacity of such extended                GLAMOROUS ZONES AND THE GLOBAL CITY
and constraints turned out to be a sort of meta-narrative threading its       curatorial trajectories is that very attention to history, granting some     In the closing discussions sociologist Saskia Sassen evoked an image of
way through ‘The Situational Drive’, particularly in relation to the          visibility to embodied narratives that only time and the establishing of     the global city made up of increasingly dis-assembled elements. From
political economy of public space and the city.                               more enduring relations of trust can allow to drift to the surface as a      its urban glamour zones to the shanty-towns on the periphery, we
     In his opening remarks Maarten Hajer, Professor of Political             set of collective memories that may then find some purchase at the           were offered an image of a fragmented city. Sassen spoke of
Science and Public Policy at the University of Amsterdam considered           level of official institutional and social history.                          reassembling the urban, as though it might be possible to somehow
public spaces as articulating themselves along a construct running                                                                                         consolidate the bits and pieces of the urban that are becoming
from freedom into friction, assigning to public art the function of           VIRTUAL PUBLIC SPACE                                                         unsettled. In the ‘state of the art’ urban environment we are no longer
shedding light on how public spaces are organised and revealing their         Although virtual space is often considered ahistorical, it has become a      in the realm of buildings as structures; they are now encountered as
political economy. In discussing the limits to how art might serve such       distinct arena for public art practices. While not arranged during the       infrastructures. Sassen proposes that we have entered a new spatial
a function he evoked some contemporary Dutch examples                         conference on any common platform, there were a range of artistic            economic era of flows, mobilities and immobilities in which the real
constructed around this tension between friction and freedom. Both            practices which seemed to offer the outline of a coherent modus              past has been arrested.
the Islamic cartoon controversy and the murder of Dutch filmmaker             operandi. Such work displayed know-how at the level of information                 Such sensibilities on the global city return us in some ways to
Theo van Gogh in 2004 were cited as examples of cultural production           technology systems and of modes of distribution that are more usually        where we started out: the loss of that 19th century tradition of
leading to violence and death. Not for the last time over the course of       associated with the capacities of global corporate culture than the          monumentality. If public art once functioned exclusively in the
the conference, public art was ascribed the work of revealing the             interests of marginal social groups.                                         service of state systems for referencing larger historical narratives it is
voices of multiple strangers in our contemporary cities: art as a                     Artist Laura Kurgan uses “technologies of mapping for the            as though that function has been reversed. ‘The Situational Drive’
multiplicity of signifiers of otherness.                                      network society”, for example, mapping numerical relations between           serves as an illustration of how public art practice has affected
     Vasif Kortun, Director of Platform Garanti sees their work as a          a specific New York neighbourhood and the population of a state              something in the order of a liberation. From the grounded confines of
continuation of the situationist spirit. Istanbul has afforded Platform       prison. She described her work with the Justice Mapping Centre on            the memorial location it has wandered out of our parks, across war
Garanti the possibility of some 1960s style street level agitation in the     mapping prison populations as ‘communication strategy’ through the           zones, into housing struggles, our civic histories and our virtual
form of situationist-like practices. Situationist Volley Ball as a tactical   construction of crime geographies. Her work produces scientific              connectivity. What then of that final singularity, the figure of the
intervention involved lightening-strike games set up at traffic lights,       narratives for relations that a state may not wish to illuminate so          artist-producer? Here again we have seen a transformation of practice
lasting 30 seconds to coincide with the traffic light changes. Kortun         clearly, for example, the relationship between ethnicity and certain         in the form of new allegiances and re-alignments. It seems now that a
has retained the space of the gallery as a sort of strategic base from        negative social destinations.                                                new multi-disciplinarity has emerged in which a whole range of other
where public art might: “inhabit some of the possibilities for                        Swedish artist Mans Wrange directs a combined inter-                 knowledge can be brought to bear on the question of navigating our
performativity in extreme public space”.                                      disciplinary think-tank and studio called OMBUD. Their Good Rumour           contemporary urban drifts.
                                                                              Project created for inSite ‘05 researched rumours as social phenomenon                                                                           Vagabond Reviews
BRIEF TACTICAL TRESPASSES                                                     within the politically sensitive border area between the US and
                                                                                                                                                           Vagabond Reviews is an interdisciplinary platform for socially engaged art practice and critical
In the New York-based work we began to see the practical                      Mexico. Demographically composed focus groups constructed two                inquiry comprising artist Ailbhe Murphy and sociologist Ciaran Smyth. Vagabond Reviews was
accumulation of a different sort of public art intervention more suited       rumours – one about the inhabitants of Tijuana and the other                 recently commissioned by Dublin City Council and the Arts Council to conduct research on
                                                                                                                                                           international models of support for ‘Art in Urban and Suburban Open Space’.
to the idea of a city as a series of flows and exchanges – of information,    concerning the inhabitants of San Diego. Having established through
money and cars. These interventions shared a certain rogue sensibility,       sociological research that most rumours consist of negative
perhaps a common gaze on the global city as a site for tactical               descriptions of people outside the originator’s own social group, the
opportunities. Typically artist-initiated, such practices thrive on           rumours released were the precise opposite – good rumours
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RESIDENCIES




Painting workshop for Helix of Hope.                                         The young artists with Helix of Hope.                                         Helix of Hope, prior to immersion in the Ganges.




Helix of Hope
RAYMOND WATSON DISCUSSES HIS EXPERIENCE OF A SELF-DIRECTED RESIDENCY WORKING IN KOLKATA, INDIA.

IN August 2006 I embarked on my first long haul journey to Kolkata           location.                                                                             The public launch of the ‘Helix of Hope’ was conducted by Sujata
(formerly Calcutta), India, to visit the Seagull Foundation for the Arts.           I also visited the slum area of Kalighat, location of the Hindu Kali   Sen, Director of the British Council for East India, and Padma Sri
The motivation – my wife Shona McCarthy was due to embark on a               Temple and home of a community of traditional artisans, who year in           awardee Sister Cyril. On the next stage of the project the ‘Helix of
NESTA Cultural Leadership Fellowship in Kolkata. This short trip lead        and year out make the hundreds of religious idols for the Durga Puja,         Hope’ was once again taken publicly through the streets en route to
to four hot months in Kolkata on a residency, that saw the completion        (festivals). The artisans construct Shivas and Ganeshes galore from           the Hoogli River, a local stretch of the Gange. Here, in front of a large
of the first phase of an ambitious project called ‘Helix of Hope’.           basic materials of bamboo, rice straw, mud and paint. The elaborate           audience - amongst them were people taking ritual baths, performing
       Until that August my knowledge of Kolkata was limited to              idols are commissioned by local communities or families – who then            tribal weddings, Hindu funerals, washing clothes and cooling off, the
associations with Mother Teresa, the slums of Calcutta and legendary         have massive Hindu celebrations to honour the deities. After                  Helix was ritually immersed in the river and floated away to wherever
stories of the Black Hole of Calcutta. But from the moment my feet hit       approximately 10 days the idols are ritually immersed in the religious        all good Durga sculptures go. The immersion event was completed
Indian soil, I was fascinated by the place; and I returned home after 10     Ganges river, symbolic of returning everything to the mother God.             when the ‘artist’ was requested to don a ‘lungie’ (a traditional male sort
days with ideas galore about Kolkata as a possible future location to        Again, as some one who has a history of using local materials - while         of saree/kilt) and join his sculptor colleagues for a ritual bath. The
conduct an arts project - the social and human circumstances that I          on a residency in Valencia, Spain, I produced a public installation from      water wasn’t clean but in the 45 degree afternoon sun it was bloody
had encountered were compelling.                                             oranges – the mud, bamboo and techniques of the idol makers ‘called           refreshing!
       The Director of the Seagull Foundation had visited Belfast and        me’.
viewed an exhibition of mine, ‘Barriers of Belief’ installed in the tunnel          A theme and design started to emerge. I wanted to do something         AN ONGOING PROJECT
under the Lagan Weir. By the later end of 2006 a formal residency            that would address the human rights of children and their right to            The ‘Helix of Hope’ is an ongoing project with at least one more
invitation arrived from Seagull. I applied for a travel grant from the       aspire to a better future and to reflect the spiritual nature of the Indian   journey to make. At this point I feel a sense of pride and privilege to
Arts Council and at the end of January 2007, I was on a plane to             people.                                                                       have witnessed the unique way in which art can capture the
Kolkata.                                                                                                                                                   imagination, challenge thinking and engage a community. I had an
                                                                             A MEDIEVAL WORKSHOP                                                           interpreter and the daily dialogue and living and sharing with the
CREATIVE ELBOW ROOM                                                          I returned to Kalighat and spoke to the artisans. I met with Aloke Pal        community of artisans was a two-way exchange of experience. I
Named the ‘City of Joy’ by its own municipal establishment, Kolkata          and his family of sculptors to seek technical assistance and the              acquired new artistic skills and was inspired by the ability and skill of
was a big culture shock and a real assault on the senses – noise, smells,    necessary materials to realise the design for my own unique ‘idol’ - one      the artisans to create their beautifully sculpted idols in such cramped
heat. Everything happens on the street – people bathe, cook, trade,          that worshiped the future of our children. Aloke Pal, and his family          and basic conditions. I believe the artisans were challenged by the idea
gossip, work, scratch, laugh, sleep, eat and live life to the full in the    lived and worked in what I can only describe as medieval conditions.          of an artistic concept and shifts of thinking and technique that were
narrow overcrowded spaces. It is a chaotic cacophony of sound and            There were mud, bamboo and tin walls and straw on the mud floor.              beyond their usual formula - a new non-religious large-scale image
colour and aromas – dirty and brilliant and brutal and tactile. The          The family and at least six workers all lived, ate and slept in the same      emerging from their workshop was a local phenomenon. The Aloke
grinding poverty and harsh conditions are physical, extreme and in           small place. They cooked meals over a ‘cooking pit’ dug into the clay         family took huge pride in having a foreign artist around; and I feel that
your face at every juncture. And yet what struck me was the human            floor - this was a typical workshop in Kolkata and they were a happy          their own artistry was validated by my eagerness to learn from them.
spirit and the great sense of warmth and daily celebration of life that is   and exciting group.                                                                   People from Seagull and others from the Kolkata art’s
Kolkata. Mother Teresa, perhaps the city’s most celebrated citizen,                 I struck an agreement to locate myself with this family and their      community made regular pilgrimages to Kalighat to witness the work
captured something of the humanity of the place when she said, “You          workers for six weeks or so; and this proved to be more than just an          in progress. For most it was the first time they had set foot in the
might find four people sleeping out with only one blanket, but they          artistic learning experience. I presented them with a clay model of a         workshop of the artisans and there was a real sense that the process
will share the blanket”.                                                     double helix, and indicated its 10 foot high dimensions and provided a        was breaking new ground on many fronts and possibly chipping away
       The Seagull Foundation was keen that I find an old building as a      rough outline of the plan. We set about the construction of the               at other unseen class/caste barriers.
location for an installation project. A daunting task, finding an old        bamboo skeleton, padding out with sheaths of rice straw and the
building that did not already house perhaps a dozen or more families         application of buckets of mud. The spirals of the helix were brought to       INTERESTED CURATORS?
was a problem; besides I like my own creative elbow room. Kolkata is         life with a series of relief sculptures of children’s faces, scenes from      To date the process of the ‘Helix of Hope’ project and the experience of
a city where nothing is laid on for artists – as opposed to well-            nature, wild life, dancers and flying kites. Clay handprints of Sister        Kolkata and its people has been so different from anything that I have
established residencies in places like Rome or New York. Most people         Cyril’s Rainbow children were made and plastered into the base.               gone through before, that I am still making sense of it all. I have
barely survive in Kolkata; and public art is really an unknown luxury.       Inspirational poetic quotes were written around the base in Bengali           documented the entire event and am currently beginning a gallery
‘The City of Joy’ is a place that requires trail-blazing hard work and       and English. The entire piece was then colourfully painted.                   based audio-visual installation, as possibly the final phase of the
where proactive self-initiative and levels of endurance are required at                                                                                    project. Any interested curators out there?
every step of the way.                                                       A TRAFFIC STOPPING EVENT                                                              For me the success of the project was its ability to reach out and
                                                                             This first stage of the ‘Helix of Hope’ completed, it was then publicly       involve a wide span of people - the artisans, the public, teachers,
STREET KIDS AND ARTISANS                                                     transported through the streets of Kolkata, which was a head turning,         parents, the local arts community but most of all the children and
Normally in a foreign city, I would seek out an Irish pub and ex-Pats as     traffic stopping event. The first leg of the journey ended in the             young people of Loreto Sealdah school. I loved Sister Cyril’s approach
a link into the fabric of the place; but alas no pub or community            courtyard of Loreto Sealdah school. As you can imagine the                    to life and she loved the ‘Helix of Hope’. At the launch she said: “The
existed in Kolkata! I did track down an inspiring 70 year old Irish nun,     sculpture’s arrival created a real buzz. At first the children saw it as      power of this project was in providing a catalyst for the children to
Sister Cyril, who was running an amazing project. She had developed          something essentially visual and tactile - it was mobbed by kids              create and artistically visualise their future in their own heads and
her Loreto Sealdah school into a community resource centre for the           wanting to touch it, find their own hand prints and use it as a climbing      then on paper – in other words to imagine something beautiful and
really poor and established the Rainbow project to provide                   frame! The artwork lived here with the children for 10 days, during           then do it!”
accommodation and schooling for hundreds of abandoned children               which time I conducted art workshops and initiated a project where                                                                                Raymond Watson
and ‘street kids’. Over 400 street kids lived and slept on the roof of the   the children and teachers created their own artistic responses to the
                                                                                                                                                           NOTES
school. I entered the schoolyard only to be mobbed by wee barefoot           themes of the ‘Helix of Hope’. The result was 40 exceptional paintings
children, it was humbling and emotional. Most of my work at home             portraying their dreams and hopeful aspirations for the future. Their         1. A Padma Sri is one of India’s highest national awards and not normally given to foreigners.
                                                                                                                                                              Sister Cyril was nominated to acknowledge her exceptional contribution to education and
and internationally to date has had a strong community and social            paintings were then displayed on the links between the spirals of the            development.
justice rationale; Sister Cyril’s school jumped before me as a prime         helix.
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CONFERENCE REPORT


                                                                                                                                                                                practitioners from Asia, Africa and Latin America aiming to challenge

Imaging Back                                                                                                                                                                    an exploitative global economic system – and Western practitioners
                                                                                                                                                                                who are visiting such places for a finite period. He argued that issues of
                                                                                                                                                                                access, trust and acceptability by the community means that local
SUSAN GOGAN DISCUSSES ‘GLOBAL PHOTOGRAPHIES: HISTORIES; THEORIES; PRACTICES’,                                                                                                   majority world photographers can express a deeper emotional
HELD AT THE INSTITUTE OF ART, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY, DUN LAOGHAIRE, 27 – 29 JUNE.                                                                                               involvement with the subject and benefit from a closer understanding
                                                                                                                                                                                of the social climate (9). Paul Leite, Marta Zarzycka and Hannu
ORGANISED by Justin Carville, ‘Global Photographies’ offered                                                                                                                    Vanhanen echoed Alam’s concerns in relation to the displacement of
perspectives on photography and globalisation by 67 practitioners,                                                                                                              Brazilian identity, World Press Photo and the representation of
curators and writers from around the world. Key issues were –                                                                                                                   Kurdistan respectively.
photojournalism; the image and US foreign policy; digital culture;                                                                                                                      On the subject of environment, Andrew Langford discussed his
environment and urbanisation; migration; global labour; colonial                                                                                                                work in Almeria, Spain, where landscapes immortalised in Sergio
archives; photographic and artistic practices; and an interrogation of                                                                                                          Leone’s spaghetti-westerns have been bulldozed to fill 2,500 hectares
photographic theories within these contexts. Keynote speakers were                                                                                                              with plastic greenhouses growing supermarket produce for a
Dr Shahidul Alam, Professor Iain Boal, Dr Steve Edwards and Professor                                                                                                           globalised market. Langford showed startling Google Earth images of
Allan Sekula.                                                                                                                                                                   this vast utilitarian space (10). Poisoned ecologies were of primary
      In late April 2004, reports of abuse and torture of prisoners held in                                                                                                     concern to Eamonn Slater, who revealed the unanticipated
Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison came to public attention via a 60 Minutes                                                                                                              environmental damage to local ecosystems as a result of the global
television report and an article in The New Yorker magazine. Both                                                                                                               spatial expansion of suburbia. He noted how the chemical technology
reports contained graphic, disturbing images of torture taken by US                                                                                                             used to achieve and control the pervasive aesthetic of the front lawn,
military guards with digital cameras, reaching the media and the                                                                                                                driven by its “exhibition value” as conceptualised by Walter Benjamin
general public before they had even arrived at the Pentagon. Alexandra                                                                                                          (11)
                                                                                                                                                                                    , causes native flora to go into decline. The lawn evokes a number of
                                                                              Sze Tsung Leong, Tiananmen Square, Beijing, 2002, C-Print. Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, NYC.
Murphy discussed these images – revealing the full horror of the                                                                                                                cultural mythologies crucial for the construction of suburbia such as
politics implicit in their production as private mementos and objects                                                                                                           the ‘rural idyll’ evoking a ‘healthier environment’, which are mediated
of exchange. Some of these images have frequently reappeared in                                                                                                                 through photographic representations.
political graffiti and cartoons, including an episode of The Simpsons (1).                                                                                                              Keynote speaker Allan Sekula led a journey through the creative
The image of a hooded man with outstretched arms, positioned on a                                                                                                               process of his work currently exhibiting at Documenta 12, Kassel (12).
cardboard box awaiting electrocution, was one of the most prominent                                                                                                             gravediggers, midwives and shipyard workers were introduced via
of these to be featured in the media. Symbolically likened to the Statue                                                                                                        personal stories, framed by his overall aim of critically remapping
of Liberty and the Crucifixion, it is now used on the business card of                                                                                                          experiences of globalisation. Sekula’s film The Lottery of the Sea, was a
the Association of Victims of American Occupation Prisoners. This                                                                                                               visual essayistic voyage exploring a matrix of narratives – Panama’s
body of photographs was frequently discussed within the wider                                                                                                                   decision whether to expand its canal, Galicia’s clearing of an oil
framework of the development of Western visual, and specifically                                                                                                                spillage, American classic films and stray dogs in Athens – via the sea,
digital, culture.                                                                                                                                                               the market and democracy.
      Iain Boal discussed the present turn to empire and enclosure by                                                                                                                   Historical and colonial archives were the inspiration for
the US, in the guise of military neo-liberalism, with reference to Guy                                                                                                          contemporary works such as Simryn Gill’s physical modification of
Debord’s argument that everyday social life is colonised by the                                                                                                                 the Life World Library series of picture books using sandpaper (13)
‘spectacle’, “…a social relation among people, mediated by images” (2)                                                                                                          (presented by Daniel Palmer), and Brook Andrew’s impressive work
controlled by the ruling economy. The imaging of the global ‘War on                                                                                                             referencing 19th century ethnographic archives of Aboriginal people
Terror’ is carefully manipulated using a narrow range of recurring                                                                                                              (14)
                                                                                                                                                                                      (presented by Marianne Riphagen). Mark Curran’s The Breathing
motifs and scenarios. Yet imperialism is struggling for hegemony in                                                                                                             Factory, which critically addresses the representation of global labour
the world of images. Both Boal and Liam Kennedy pointed out that in                                                                                                             practices within the context of Ireland’s accelerated economic
the digital age, contradictions within declared values and policies are                                                                                                         development, reveals ethnographic methodology whose process is
quickly exposed through what Kennedy referred to as “visual                                                                                                                     made visible in the final exhibition of the work. Curran discussed the
blowback”, images that question and destabilise the authority of state        Anthony Haughey, work from the series Between 2007
                                                                                                                                                                                use of the portrait, a critically disputed device in the history of
policy. Boal pointed out that the texture and structure of everyday life      whereby residents used postcards to write to Ireland’s former Minister                            photography given its association with anthropological systems of
provides the answer to breaking the control of the spectacle. Kennedy         for Justice via the gallery space.                                                                classification, pointing out that the portrait can now be seen as co-
also presented soldiers’ photoblogs, where new representations of                   Melanie Friend who works collaboratively with detained                                      authored and a collaborative process within visual ethnographic
warfare are being produced (3). Shots of soldiers bathing in Saddam           migrants and asylum seekers in England, presented images of empty                                 research (15).
Hussein’s son’s swimming pool were presented alongside images of              visitation rooms at Immigration Removal Centres. Friend exhibits her                                      The closing panel discussion emphasised the need for increased
visiting cheerleaders and scenes of baseball games, depicting                 images with voice recordings made by detainees, whose soundtracks                                 dialogues and collaboration across countries, to allow photography a
domesticated routines being re-inscribed onto the Iraqi landscape.            reveal personal stories and experiences, while also reflecting on British                         central role in creating solidarity in the face of globalisation. Shahidul
      Steve Edwards emphasised the need for new ‘agency’ to come into         culture and its accepted norms.                                                                   Alam highlighted the representation of Bangladesh in the media,
play against the global empire, emphasising that artworks require an                Veronica Vierin talked about her current research practice, which                           where people generally exist as numbers when plagued by a disaster
assertion and imaginative presence (as opposed to being simple                sees contemporary flows of migration as dynamic social movements,                                 such as a flood. However a photograph in a newspaper is highly
‘documentation’). He discussed specific photographic practices within         demanding more flexible notions of citizenship and social practices.                              important to the individual as it lifts them from statistical anonymity.
this context, questioning Philip Lorca diCorcia’s street works (4),           Working with migrant workers in Italy, Vierin sees the emergence of                               This understanding came to Alam when, during the aftermath of
believing that they represent the crowd as an empty backdrop to               new transnational social spaces outside of the political and judicial                             massive floods in Bangladesh (1988), he was surrounded by a group of
individualism following the logic of ‘self’ and ‘other’ – rather than         sphere of the nation state (eg. illegal occupation of buildings),                                 children wanting their picture taken, including a blind boy who
‘difference’. He placed them in contrast to Allan Sekula’s works on           producing a reconfiguration of the city created through the everyday                              pushed himself into the centre of the image with a beaming smile (16).
protest marches, which immerse the viewer within the crowd. Joel              practices of the migrant worker.
Sternfeld’s work on the G8 protest in Genoa, 2001, was seen as taking a             In 1954 Henri Cartier-Bresson published D’Une Chine à lAutre                                                                                                          Susan Gogan
different approach again, deliberately avoiding images of the                 (From One China to Another), following the transition from the fall of
‘demonstration’(5). This work intersperses portraits of protesters with       Nationalist China to the beginning of the People’s Republic from 1948                             NOTES

signifiers of the protest from around the edges – images of a broken          –1949. Douglas Smith highlighted the important moment in                                          1.  See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxF4mZajJgM
door or spilt blood remain behind as symbols of the violence protesters       photojournalism history that this book represents. In the book’s                                  2.   Guy Debord. Society of The Spectacle (1987) Rebel Press, thesis 4
                                                                                                                                                                                3.  http://www.mudvillegazette.com/milblogs
were subjected to. Unity and diversity are simultaneously expressed           preface Jean-Paul Sartre expresses how Cartier-Bresson explodes racist                            4.  http://www.noorderlicht.com/eng/fest99/wonder/corcia/7.
                                                                                                                                                                                5   http://www.whiteboxny.org/prog_list/prog_list21.html
through this work, and was cited by Edwards as an example of the kind         and exotic stereotypes, demystifying the Chinese culture of the French
                                                                                                                                                                                6.  To view Gold Distribution, Shanghai, China (1949) see
of work needed to represent the class of our time.                            colonial imagination through the variety of emotions depicted and the                                 http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/cabr/hob_2002.419.htm
                                                                                                                                                                                7. http://www.edwardburtynsky.com
      Anthony Haughey also promoted an ‘active citizenship’, and              material realities of a divided society in transition (6).                                        8. Shttp://www.popphoto.com/americanphotofeatures/3492/
discussed how the commitment of an artist to political struggle can be              Hugh Campbell explored the Western world’s attempts to                                          history-images-by-sze-tsung-leong.html
                                                                                                                                                                                9. http://www.majorityworld.com
expressed through cultural production. Within the context of his              understand the unprecedented scale and nature of China’s current                                  10. Google Earth coordinates 36°52’47.53”N 2°21’01.81”W
current work with Nigerian asylum seekers residing at Mosney                  transformation through the artistic works of Edward Burtynsky (7) and                             11. Walter Benjamin.“The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” Illuminations
                                                                                                                                                                                    (1968) New York: Schocken Books, p. 225
Accommodation Centre, he discussed issues around collaborative                Sze Tsung Leong (8). Both photographers produce large-format prints                               12. http://www.cgrimes.com/artist/sekula
                                                                                                                                                                                13. http://www.ccp.org.au/docs/catalogues/SGILL_catalogue.pdf
practice – such as the shifting of power towards those politically            with incredible detail, Burtynsky declaring his intention to reveal the
                                                                                                                                                                                13. http://www.tolarnogalleries.com
excluded from society; the role of the artist as mediator between the         impact of growth on the environment while Leong positions his                                     15. http://www.belfastexposed.org/exhibitions/index.php?
                                                                                                                                                                                    exhibition=2&year=2006 &show=past
subject and the spectator; and the building of friendships. Mosney’s          images within the historic processes of urban renewal.                                            16. http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=51509
history as a Butlin’s holiday camp, recorded in the richly saturated                Shahidul Alam questioned the differences that may occur
images of the John Hinde Studio is also referenced in this work –             between images produced by majority world photographers –
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INTERNATIONAL EVENTS




Dmitry Gutov and David Riff with their work The Karl Marx School of the English Language   Press room, Venice Biennale.                                                 ‘Check List-Lunda Pop’ exterior – Arsenale, Venice Biennale.




Thinking with the Senses
MONICA FLYNN OFFERS HER IMPRESSIONS OF THE 52ND VENICE BIENNALE – ALONG WITH SOME TIPS FOR NEGOCIATING THE MEGA-SHOW.

SO many of the people queuing for the early morning Ryan Air flight                        bookshops. This provides maps of the various areas mentioned above           GIARDINI
to Venice were part of the Irish Visual art scene, that one of my MAVis                    and a numbered guide with images representing each participating             Riff and Gutov’s work and stance was a marked contrast with the slick
classmates joked darkly that if the flight went down half of the visual                    artist or exhibition as appropriate. The actual Biennale catalogue           digital work on show in the Russian Pavilion – but both are perhaps
arts population in Ireland would be annihilated in one fell swoop! It                      comes in three parts; and though a treat, it weighs a ton, so I’d advise     just different responses to the same context of contemporary Russia.
was a quip which also perhaps highlighted the smallness of the Irish                       picking it up at the end of the day – and if you can’t get a press           While Gutov used traditional media in installation the Russian
scene within the larger global picture we were about to experience.                        discount, bear in mind it is €70.                                            Pavilion artists had fervently embraced new media. The AES+F group’s
      Thankfully, we all arrive safe and sound – albeit in a sopping wet                                                                                                work presents a stylised hyper-reality, were eternal youth plays out an
Venice – and we merge into the general tourist hubbub to find our                          ARSENALE                                                                     eternal violence on a large scale, three-screen projection. To my mind,
accommodation. Travelling along the canals by Vapparetto the first                         Because of the sheer size of the space, it is difficult to judge how much    the slickness of the Russian pavilion suggested a desire to distract,
glimpses of the Biennale are the large banners announcing the so-                          time to spend in the Arsenale. Nonetheless, it is not a totally              rather than engage – bearing out Riff’s criticism of the first Moscow
called ‘collateral events’ in various palazzi along the Grand Canal.                       disorientating experience, the structure lends it self well to an            Biennale as nothing more that a re-branding exercise for the city and
      I travelled to Venice in a two fold capacity; as part of a MAVis /                   exhibition of this scale – and there are divisions within the long hall,     Russian art (1).
IADT study group and to assist with the launch of Printed Project Issue                    that create micro-experiences and areas for works to play off each                   The Giardini is a pleasant outdoor space to walk around – and if
7 at the Republic of Ireland exhibition. It is the next day before I can                   other within the overall presentation.                                       you have time to take a leisurely approach to this area – all the better,
pick up my press pass for the Biennale and start taking everything. My                            Soon after entering the Arsenale, Storr’s overwhelming anti-war       as it takes more time to navigate than the Arsenale. During the
first point of call is the Venice outpost of the Peggy Guggenheim                          message becomes apparent – yet not in an overly didactic fashion.            opening days of launches and press events, there was an atmosphere
collection; and I’m rewarded with an opportunity to see ‘All in the                        Many works take you unawares. For example seemingly innocent                 of a trade or county fair in Giardini as the national pavilions
Present must be Transformed’ – an exhibition placing the works of                          landscapes are revealed by the label to be minefields and militarised        distributed their publicity and catalogue material; and dotted around
Matthew Barney and Joseph Beuys side-by-side. Curated by Nancy                             zones (Tomoko Yoneda, Japan) and Bouncing Skull (Paolo Canevari,             the Giardini were smaller stall holders. Bernard Cella offered us
Spector the show was presented to coincide with the Biennale and it                        Italy) on second glance, shocks us from our presumption that we are          Neokuratin – a sticky plaster “for use in cases of opening paralysis, fear
examined similarities between the artist’s modes of working and their                      viewing an everyday scene of a boy kicking what seems to be a football       of the future and other known effects of advanced curatorial
personal cosmologies.                                                                      – closer inspection reveals it is a human skull. Storr’s selection of        dependency”.
      The next day, Jenny my MAVis classmate and I perambulate                             works remind us that war is not a spectacular business of ‘shock and
distractedly through the immense warehouse space of the Arsenale                           awe’ that can be passively viewed from a distance – but a brutal in-         COLLATERAL EVENTS
towards the elusive press room, momentarily sheltering in a doorway                        humanity, that becomes entwined with all aspects of everyday life            Due to time constraints, I didn’t take in as many of the collateral
with an exasperated art critic, who bemoans the ill-logic of placing the                   wherever it rages in the world.                                              events as I wished. I did of course, get to see Willie Doherty’s show –
press room at the very end of the Arsenale! We wait in vain for a                                 While taking in the Arsenale, I got chatting to two Russian based     Northern Ireland’s representation in Venice – as it was in the same
downpour to subside; and then launch ourselves once more into the                          artists – Dmitry Gutov and David Riff. They talked to me about Andrei        building as Gerard Byrnes exhibition for the Republic of Ireland. If you
deluge in the name of art criticism. Acquiring the press pass feels like                   Monastyrski and the Collective Actions Group and their own                   are planning on attempting to visit all or a good number the collateral
a victory of sorts – but rather than lounging on the bean bags provided                    collaborative project The Karl Marx School of the English Language. Their    events, a detailed map of Venice (available at Tourist Information
in the press area, we head off to ‘soak up’ the art, leaving behind a                      reflections offered an interesting insight into the contemporary art         points) is a must – but be prepared for the ‘joy’ of getting lost on a
throng of press people already feverishly emailing their copy in the                       scene in Russia. With David helpfully translating Dmitry’s comments,         regular basis.
internet zone.                                                                             they related how in the last few years’ contemporary art has become                  The Republic of Ireland exhibition benefited from its new
      The Biennale comprises four main elements. Firstly there is                          hugely fashionable in Moscow. Prior to Perestroika, artists had few          location in proximity to the Northern Irish exhibition and the S.
‘Think with the Senses Feel with the Mind: Art in the Present Tense’ –                     opportunities to exhibit their work and access to audiences was              Zaccaria vaparetto stop. Gerard Byrne’s exhibition had already had
the thematic show, curated by this years Biennale Director, Robert                         limited. They were mostly forced into underground practice, which            over 2,000 visitors by the first 3 days of the show – prior to the opening
Storr, presented in the cavernous warehouse spaces of Arsenale                             Riff, described as being like “inner emigration. Gutov described how         of the Biennale to the public.
(including a former rope factory) and the Italian Pavilion at the                          he missed the 1970’s – when there was time a-plenty for intense and                  Being a newbie to Venice, I was excited to catch this spectacle of
Giardini. Incorporated with Storr’s show at the Arsenale, is the show-                     interesting discussion’ along with thought and reflection. In Russia’s       the larger mechanics of the visual art world in action. Attending the
within–a-show that is ‘Check List-Lunda Pop’ – an exhibition of work                       current market economy, artists find themselves time starved; and in         Venice Biennale, feels like you’ve wandered into a breathless comedy
by African artists. Thirdly, there are the national representations –                      essence, their work The Karl Marx School of the English Language is an       of manners – where it’s obvious there are norms of behaviour (but if
centred in the national pavilions located in the Gardini, but also                         attempt to claim back this reflective space. Gutov said that “the most       you have to ask…). Hierarchies within this social and economic sphere
scattered across Venice. Finally there are the officially sanctioned                       dangerous thing in Russia now is money … when someone comes and              are condensed and enlarged in a sweltering atmosphere of openings,
collateral events – which include regional representations, such as                        they have $15,000 in their pocket and they say ‘if you change this           parties, hyper-tourism and the concentrated whiff of the uber-wealthy
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; and even cities – this year there                    piece just a little bit ...’ –that’s a really big seduction, that’s really   who converge on Venice at Biennale time. It becomes difficult to keep
was an off-site exhibition calling itself the ‘Sheffield Pavilion’.                        dangerous”.                                                                  a focus on what is real and what is actually meaningful. Although
      As a newcomer, I quickly learn that it is impossible to take                                David Riff is of American extraction but as his parents were          Robert Storr invites us through his title for the Biennale to articulate
everything in; even if you had all the time in the world. One rapidly                      involved in Slavonic Studies he spent quite a lot of his early years in      and value all our senses in meeting the artwork – it really does takes
adopts a ‘scanning’ mode of art viewing – you don’t dally too long with                    Russia and “just got sucked in” as he says initially in his work as an art   some serious concentration to avoid sensory overload!
any one work. By default, it is the most robust works and pieces which                     critic writing books about Russian artists of the early 1960’s. He found                                                                             Monica Flynn
gel most with ones own predilections that determine what you choose                        Marxist Russia a really fascinating context, as one of the few places in
                                                                                                                                                                        NOTES
to spend time with – and what stay with you after the art binge. In the                    the world where Marxism is or had been a reality. Riff is now involved
first couple of days, attending openings and press events I picked up a                    in activist and pacifist publication projects – including Choto delat?       1. David Riff, http://xz.gif.ru/numbers/moscow-art-magazine/face-control/view_print/
                                                                                                                                                                           See also www.chotodelat.com
variety of guides, each aimed at different visitors and offering a range                   (What is to be done?), which aims to politicise and create dialogues
of recommendations. The most useful of these was the official short                        between the areas of theory, art and activism. This publication is one
guide publication, available for €5 in the Arsenale and Gardini                            those included in the Documenta 12 magazines project.
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CONFERENCE REPORT




Tim Rollins, Deirdre Mackel, Declan McGonagle, Ailbhe Murphy, Francis Lord, Aisling Prior and      Declan McGonagle, Billy Drummond, Eleanor Wheeler, Lorraine Leeson and Vivienne Lovell.            Suzanne Lacy, Keynote Address, Interface Seminar ‘Public art! What for? Who for?’ at Farset
Brian Connolly. Interface Seminar ‘Public art! What for? Who for?’ at Farset Centre, Springfield   Interface Seminar ‘Public art! What for? Who for?’ at Farset Centre, Springfield Road, Belfast,    Centre, Springfield Road, Belfast, May 29th 2007.
Road, Belfast, May 29th 2007.                                                                      May 29th 2007.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      class, upper class areas?” Prior also critiqued the failure of art criticism

What is it Good For?                                                                                                                                                                                  to address dialogical / participatory and socially engaged practices.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Brian Connolly, an artist and lecturer at the University of Ulster gave
                                                                                                                                                                                                      the next presentation. Connolly’s work evolves out of dialogues – with
CHERIE DRIVER REPORTS ON THE SEMINAR ‘PUBLIC ART! WHAT FOR? WHO FOR?’ ORGANISED BY                                                                                                                    specifics of place, location, context and site – through performance,
INTERFACE, HELD AT THE FARSET CENTRE, SPRINGFIELD ROAD, BELFAST, 29 MAY.                                                                                                                              street action and engagement processes with and in the community;
                                                                                                                                                                                                      taking form both in the public and gallery / museum realms.
DECLAN McGonagle, director of Interface opened the morning                                         with community groups and organisations as a means to effecting
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Connolly’s presentation of two works, Turning Point (1991) and a
session, explaining that Interface had been commissioned in February                               social change. Lesson talked about the project ‘Cascade’ which dealt
                                                                                                                                                                                                      public art commission in Ballysally, Coleraine, fore-grounded as a
by the Department of Social Development / Belfast Regeneration                                     with the Thames Gateway redevelopment and the Olympics 2012 bid.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      counter balance to the earlier presentations, the commissioning
Office as part of the preparation of a public art strategy for the West                            It involved young people through three levels of education, –
                                                                                                                                                                                                      process and what can be possible in broad community setting rather
Belfast and Greater Shankill Area (1). McGonagle argued that we face a                             university students acting as mentors for young people in college; who
                                                                                                                                                                                                      than specific settings.
number of challenges that are fundamental to the future of our well-                               in turn where then placed in schools to facilitate workshops to
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Francis Lord, freelance curator, consultant and writer, talked
being as a civil society – in particular in relation to cultural identity;                         empower young people and to help them have input into the re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      about the ‘Heart of Reeds Project’ (2005), a seven-year collaboration
something he stressed that was neither “dispensable, unimportant or                                development processes. The next speaker was Vivien Lovell, curator,
                                                                                                                                                                                                      with the artist Chris Drury. Lord’s detailed presentation outlined this
marginal”. The issues therefore were – what is the relationship and                                commissioner of public art, and founder member of Modus Operandi
                                                                                                                                                                                                      project’s stages – from its initiation, developing and then managing
social processes between art, artist and society? What would it mean,                              an independent consultancy formed in 1999. Lovell discussed three
                                                                                                                                                                                                      the work – all in partnership and dialogue with the local authority and
he asked, to have a community-led public art processes? What would                                 case studies the Liverpool Action Housing Trust, the Phoenix Initiative
                                                                                                                                                                                                      environmental agencies in East Sussex. Deirdre Mackel, the fourth case
be the implications for the existing definitions of art, artist and                                in Coventry and the BBC Broadcasting House Redevelopment, London,
                                                                                                                                                                                                      study of the afternoon session, outlined how her activities as
community? What would be the implications for funding structures?                                  2002–9. Lovell’s presentation fore-grounded cross-disciplinary,
                                                                                                                                                                                                      community arts development officer at the Upper Springfield
The strategy document, he explained, would raise some challenges to                                innovative and site-specific approaches to public art whether
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Development Trust. Mackel gave a brief socio-political and economic
these existing structures, and definitions.                                                        permanent, temporary or process/dialogically based.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      overview of the area and the organisation she works for, the public art
      The first keynote speaker was Suzanne Lacy, an internationally                                     Billy Drummond, Manager of the Shankill Alternatives Project
                                                                                                                                                                                                      department that she runs – and she discussed a number of case studies
known artist, who works predominantly in installation, video and                                   and a member of the West Belfast & Greater Shankill Public Art
                                                                                                                                                                                                      to illustrate the work that takes place in her area.
large-scale performance. Lacy’s presentation responded to three                                    Steering Group presented the third case study.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ailbhe Murphy a visual artist who has a particular interest in
particular questions. Is it possible to sustain a community led public                                   Drummond discussed projects that had been carried out in
                                                                                                                                                                                                      collaborative community based practice in the context of urban
art process? What are the implications for communities and artists?                                partnership with the artist John Johnston – working with young
                                                                                                                                                                                                      regeneration discussed the 2003 project Tower Songs, “a cross city
And what new forms of commissioning and advocacy’s are possible?                                   people from the area these projects explored issues of identity, human
                                                                                                                                                                                                      collaborative project which engages with a number of communities in
In response, she declared, “It is possible, and more, because art is                               rights and restorative justice. The projects discussed where the
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dublin undergoing profound changes in their architectural, social and
nothing if not the exploration of both the possible and the impossible”.                           ‘Conflict Mural with the Ulster Museum’, ‘Anti-Racism Mural for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                      cultural landscape via major regeneration initiatives”. Murphy
So, to embark upon this endeavour, a community led public art                                      Shankill Road’, the ‘Anti-Racism Mural with Mount in Gilbert College’
                                                                                                                                                                                                      introduced the programme and like Lacy and Prior, she called for the
process, she argued, one must first “learn some things, understand                                 and the ‘Conflict Mural-Boys with the Model School’. Drummond’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                      application of “a critical register to work that is emerging in the public
some things, have a community discourse about the nature of art […]                                presentation showed how the principles of restorative justice, using
                                                                                                                                                                                                      domain?” Murphy asked, “if you are occupied with notion of
and align the community in order to have a broad based process, in a                               the methodologies of art, could be utilized to explore really hard issues
                                                                                                                                                                                                      extracting value out of evaluation – then at what point in that process
sense of broad exploration”.                                                                       and give young people a means to articulate and express themselves.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      does value become evident?” The arts sector she argued, “has become
      Her presentation went on to weave three threads. The first                                   Drummond noted that this process can be transformative and gives
                                                                                                                                                                                                      habituated, resting its gaze at the moment work emerges into the
concerned the skeleton, mechanics and delivery of public art – there                               pride and confidence to young people.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      public domain; and that comes from the historical model of the gallery
must be, she argued, “community consultation in the beginning of                                         The final case study of the morning session was by Eleanor
                                                                                                                                                                                                      and that’s appropriate for that process / site, but that is wholly
initiating projects, community participation in the selection of artists,                          Wheeler, who gave a detailed overview of well-known Belfast projects,
                                                                                                                                                                                                      inadequate for trying to build an analysis of work over time, I think the
consensus building procedures within, before, during and after the art                             which she had worked on over the last few years. Wheeler is an artist
                                                                                                                                                                                                      community development network has a sophisticated understanding
process/production, using multiple strategies for informing and                                    in residence in the urban development section of Belfast City Council,
                                                                                                                                                                                                      of the durational nature of learning, that the arts sector has much to
presenting the work to multiple ‘publics’, post-project critique such as                           who is involved in the thinking, development and implementation of
                                                                                                                                                                                                      learn from”. The final keynote address was by Bronx based artist Tim
the critique sessions in art schools, where artists put forward their                              BCC’s ‘Renewing the Routes’ and ‘Brighter Belfast’ programmes. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rollins. In a charismatic and moving presentation, Rollins talked about
work to enquire into ways in which it works, doesn’t work, and how it                              morning session finished with a discussion predominantly contesting
                                                                                                                                                                                                      the background to the formation of the KOS (Kids of Survival) project,
operates in the constructs of the community”. She highlighted these as                             the analogy that socially engaged practice is ‘sociology by other
                                                                                                                                                                                                      established by the artist in the early 1980s out of art and knowledge
the processes that ensure representation and the democratic process.                               means’. It was generally felt that what distinguished art from sociology
                                                                                                                                                                                                      workshop for students with learning disabilities.
The second thread was art’s functions and uses. “What can art do?” she                             was that art was about product and about making meaning and could
                                                                                                                                                                                                            The seminar concluded with an open discussion, with an
asked – noting that of course this is hotly debated. She stated that art                           be utilized as a lens or platform offering people disadvantaged in
                                                                                                                                                                                                      emphasis on questions of representation and documentation. Also
builds – in terms of civic participation – “capacity in a community, it                            society a voice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      stressed was the importance mainly of recognising the need to give
offers a motivating pedagogy through a reciprocal process”.                                              The afternoon session began with a presentation by Aisling Prior,
                                                                                                                                                                                                      participants a voice and audience the opportunity to hear those voices.
      Art is, she also argued, used to build identity – and it is this aspect                      who since 2002, has been the artistic director of Breaking Ground, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Issues of evaluation, critical analysis and validation were also
that the public sector uses to build ‘tourism’. Finally the community,                             art programme within the Ballymun Regeneration Scheme. Prior’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                      identified as crucial. Likewise, addressing the critical deficit or “the
she postulates, can transform itself physically through a concentrated                             position reverberated with Lacy’s earlier keynote talk, particularly
                                                                                                                                                                                                      killing through indifference” was seen as one of the biggest challenges
and focused art programme. The third strand Lucy drew upon was art                                 around the issues of integration and doing consultation with /in
                                                                                                                                                                                                      for socially engaged practices.
as art – art for the sake of art, art as an aspirational process. Lacy                             communities; the time and work this process takes; the work that must
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chérie Driver
unpicked this framework with references to her practice and gave a                                 be undertaken to listen to the vocal activists on the one hand – and the                           http://interface.rehabstudio.co.uk         www.suzannelacy.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.cspace.org.uk                   www.modusoperandi-art.com/cur.html
substantial presentation on two projects; Skin of Memory: Barrio                                   sensitivities needed to draw those who don’t possibly comment. Her                                 http://www.diacenter.org/kos/home.html www.breakingground.ie
Antioquia, Past, Present, and Future (1998-1999) and The Oakland Projects                          presentation postulated rigorous self-reflexivity and demonstrated a                               www.extern.org/restorative/Alternatives.htm
                                                                                                                                                                                                      www.artscouncil-ni.org/urbanalchemy/UA_transcripts2.pdf
from the early 1990s.                                                                              high level of criticality being maintained in overall strategies and                               http://urbact.eu/fileadmin/subsites/udiex/pdf/Deirdre_Mackel_rev_0.pdf
      The second part of the morning session comprised a series of case                            within projects. Prior went so far to question the appropriateness of
                                                                                                                                                                                                      NOTES
studies – beginning with Lorraine Leeson, an artist and director of                                commissioning art in Ballymun – was it actually, she asked,                                        1. This came about by the Public Art Steering Group – members of which are from the West
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Belfast and Greater Shankill partnership boards and representatives of various arts and
cSPACE which is based at the University of East London Docklands                                   “contributing to the isolation or ghetto-isation of Ballymun by                                       community development groups – who lobbied for a strategic approach to public art in
Campus. For a number of decades Leeson has worked collaboratively                                  commission public art, because there isn’t that practice in more middle                               their area.
The Visual Artists’ News Sheet                                             September / October 2007                                                                                                                                                                         17


FOCUS




Dabbling in Discourse
                                                                                                                                                                               artists and so. These discussions are transcribed and published in
                                                                                                                                                                               printed form in various editions of The Metropolitan Complex. They
                                                                                                                                                                               are      also     available    on      line    from     Piece’s    website
                                                                                                                                                                               (www.themetropolitancomplex.com), which is styled as a virtual
JESSICA FOLEY CONSIDERS ARTISTS’ USE OF PUBLICATIONS AS A MEDIUM FOR DISCOURSE.                                                                                                archive. In the issue of The Metropolitan Complex entitled The Concept
                                                                                                                                                                               of Documentation, Ren Zechlin, makes the point that “in both research
                                                                                                                                                                               practice and art, an archive avoids any purposeful interpretation of its
                                                                                                                                                                               contents. The archive is the neutral totality of documents, which serve
                                                                                                                                                                               as a basis for an interpretation. The archive thus pretends to be a kind
                                                                                                                                                                               of pre-documentation and appears, paradoxically, in its lack of
                                                                                                                                                                               purposeful direction, to be closer to an objective truth” (5). Pierce’s use
                                                                                                                                                                               of the archive is a reflexive comment on the nature of dialogue and
                                                                                                                                                                               discourse, wherein she engages with the apparent authority of the
                                                                                                                                                                               archive, while conscious of its ‘neutral totality’. Her roundtable
                                                                                                                                                                               discussions are dense with references, commentary, opinion,
                                                                                                                                                                               experience and analysis – simulating a kind of hall of mirrors, where
                                                                                                                                                                               discussion is endless.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Interdisciplinary is a key concept in the consideration artists’ use
Printed Project                                                                                     Circa (artists project pages – detail)                                     of publications and pre-occupation with discourses. For example, for
                                                                                                                                                                               ‘Sweet Futures’ Sarah Browne undertook the roles of editor, designer,
                                                                                                                                                                               photographer, researcher, marketing executive, and so on, in order to
                                                                                                                                                                               build up a work that engaged with discourses of all these fields along
                                                                                                                                                                               with the focus of her research of sugar industry, which was likewise
                                                                                                                                                                               diverse – exploring issues of property development, colonialism,
                                                                                                                                                                               community, economics, exploitation, geo-politics and so on. As Roland
                                                                                                                                                                               Barthes observed “interdisciplinarity occurs when the ‘solidarity of the
                                                                                                                                                                               old disciplines breaks down – perhaps even violently, via the jolts of
                                                                                                                                                                               fashion – in the interests of a new object and a new language neither of
                                                                                                                                                                               which has a place in the field of the sciences that were to be brought
                                                                                                                                                                               peacefully together, this unease in classification being precisely the
                                                                                                                                                                               point from which it is possible to diagnose a certain mutation” (6)
                                                                                                                                                                                     In contemporary interdisciplinary art practices, it is accepted that
                                                                                                    Sweet Futures publication (detail)
                                                                                                                                                                               artists assume a range of roles and discourses, which strictly speaking
                                                                                                                                                                               they are not ‘qualified’ to do – there is an inherent questioning of
                                                                                                                                                                               boundaries and definitions in this kind of practice. Besides this
                                                                                                                                                                               ‘mutation’ of the artist’s role, the notion of the publication itself has
                                                                                                                                                                               the potential to be opened up. Think for example of art magazines
                                                                                                                                                                               inclusion of artist’s pages or project spaces. Here in Ireland Circa art
                                                                                                                                                                               magazine has hosted projects such as Niall de Buitler’s Thesaurus
                                                                                                                                                                               Generated Text Loops, Chen Jiale’s Manhole Covers and, Belfast Gareth
                                                                                                                                                                               Kennedy’s & Sarah Browne’s Episode 306: Dallas. Peter Fitzgerald editor
                                                                                                                                                                               of Circa, has commented “I like the idea of Circa being a producer of
                                                                                                                                                                               art, via artists’ projects, and not just a consumer … a magazine is a
                                                                                                                                                                               medium; I like the notion of offering artists the opportunity to use this
The Fold, Issue 2 ‘Clouds’. Presented at ‘Pleasures and Days’ the Lab, Dublin (24 April – 9 June)   Sweet Futures publication (detail)                                         medium” (7). Circa, usually a space for critique of art and the practice of
                                                                                                                                                                               artists, is eager to become a hybrid as a kind of magazine-gallery space,
“All speech and writing is social.” (1)                                                             Discourse, “neither precise argument nor thorough research can claim       where artists can exhibit their works-in-progress, or finished works,
                                                                                                    to offer a neutral or natural truth. Indeed, such work finds part of its   major or minor, in a widely circulated Irish publication.
FOR good or for bad – dialogue and discussion are prevalent terms in                                function in its ability to unmask discourses and knowledge which,                Visual Artists Ireland’s publication Printed Project likewise,
contemporary art practice. More and more art is ‘discoursing’ with                                  from various institutions, and in the face of all the inequality that      seems to suggest the idea of a hybrid and a crossing of forms. Issue 1
itself and about itself – as well as everything else – exploring the                                divides our society (the base inequality of class, the imposed             ‘There Once was a West’, Curated / edited by Sarah Pierce, focussed on
nature of language and meaning; of communication and                                                inequalities of race, gender and religion), claim to speak on behalf of    ideas of misinterpretation or mistranslation. Pierce wrote in her
representation. Contemporary culture is complex, fast moving and                                    everyone, saying in effect: we are all the same: we all speak the same     introduction “territory is mythical … so perhaps a new journal might
fractured – such attempts by artists to engage with discourse might be                              language and share the same knowledge, and have always done so.” (4)       be a myth”(9). Each issue of Printed Project is curated / edited by
seen then as a way of pushing ‘pause’ – creating pockets or moments                                       Sarah Browne is an artist who is currently engaging with both        different invited individuals; and this approach suggests a kind of
where this all-pervasive nature of discourse might be utilised and                                  artist-led publications and institutional publications. Browne             ‘purposeful aimlessness’ – that is more concerned with generating
addressed.                                                                                          undertook the project ‘Sweet Futures’ with curator Ciarán Walsh,           associations, links, coincidences; rather than fixed ideas or definitions.
       Yet there is a paradox in the effort made to assimilate a complex                            which culminated in a publication representing a year of research          On a smaller ‘The Fold’, a recent artist led publication, does something
reality, into more simple and digestible bundles – to ‘caption’ reality as                          examining the effects of the closure of Carlow’s sugar industry in the     similar – offering a forum for invited artists to respond to a set theme.
if it were a stuffed giraffe in a natural history museum. This ambition                             context of local, national and global issues. The ‘Sweet Futures’          The first issue presented visual responses to the theme of torch songs,
is a kind of myth. As Roland Barthes put it in Image Music Text “writing                            publication was distributed for free in Carlow Shopping centre over a      the second notion of ‘clouds’. As a project just picking up momentum,
ceaselessly posits meaning ceaselessly to evaporate it” (2). Likewise                               weekend in June. The artist set up a stand, not dissimilar to the ones     it will be interesting to see the connections that might emerge
Robert Smithson had a similar understanding of the ambiguity of                                     employed by supermarkets when they hand out free samples,                  between one theme to the next; and how this will build up its own
language and writing; “books entomb words in a synthetic rigour                                     featuring banners and a bowl of pink bonbons to entice passing             abstract and responsive discourse.
mortis, perhaps this is why ‘print’ is thought to have entered                                      consumers. Thus, Browne utilised the ‘discourse’ of marketing and                The play with discourse available to artists who engage with
obsolescence.” (3) As such, while it may seem that the written word is                              commercial graphic design strategies, to ‘sell’ an alternative vision of   publications, texts, archives and documents of all kinds, is remarkably
straightforward, in actuality, discourse is malleable, it has ‘multiple                             the sugar industry. This encapsulated a playfully critical take on the     open – and probably underdeveloped. Hopefully artists will continue
personalities’; and it can be misinterpreted and misunderstood. There                               plans of the Greencore property group, who are redeveloping the            to engage the subject in more challenging ways; using incisive
is constantly a constant struggle within discourse-based art practices                              Carlow sugar factory site, fused with a consideration of sugar’s origins   manipulations and appropriations of discourse which have the
to define, understand, and discover ‘truth’ in the world, while at the                              in the plantations of Barbados and mediations of the decline of            potential to jolt us, as readers, out of our built up conventions.
same time acknowledging the mythical and elusive nature of ‘truth’. It                              industry and rise of the so-called ‘leisure industries’. The publication                                                                Jessica Foley
is this tension which entices so many artists to engage in a practice                               itself replicated the graphic language of holiday and property             NOTES
that explores discourse and writing, and the potential benefits and                                 marketing brochures – with a deliberately tacky and heavy-handed           1. Diane MacDonnell, Theories of Discourse: An Introduction Blackwell, 1986.
                                                                                                                                                                               2. Roland Barthes Image Music Text, Fontana Press, 1977, London.
hazards of such exploration.                                                                        design approach and rather cheesy typefaces.                               3. Robert Smithson quoted in Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings, Ed. Jack Flam, UCLA
       A thoughtful scepticism about the printed word or image, has led                                   Another artist engaging with discourse is Sarah Pierce, through         press 1996, USA
                                                                                                                                                                               4. Diane MacDonnell, Theories of Discourse: An Introduction Blackwell 1986.
many artists to explore the notion of archives, research and the                                    her project ‘The Metropolitan Complex’. A central part of Pierce’s         5. www.themetropolitancomplex.com,
                                                                                                                                                                               6. Roland Barthes Image Music Text, Fontana Press, 1977, London.
‘document’, as an enriched notion of discourse –as opposed to                                       practice is conducting roundtable dialogues on various topics with
                                                                                                                                                                               7. The writer in conversation with Peter Fitzgerald. wwww.recirca.com
definitive or ‘finished’ texts. As Diane MacDonnell notes in Theories of                            members of the artistic community – educators, theorists, curators,        8. The Fold – theworkroomelsewhere.blogspot.com
                                                                                                                                                                               9. Printed Project, Issue One,‘There Once was a West’ Sept \03. Curator / Editor Sarah Pierce.
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                                                      Arno Kramer
                                                      Untitled
                                                      watercolour & charcoal on paper
                                                      2007

Everywhere is here – Arno Kramer
8 September – 20 October
An exhibition of drawings and works on paper including a site-specific work for
WCAC by this Dutch artist.


Cadere – Cecily Brennan
27 October - 24 November
A series of video works exploring an interest in the precarious balances that exist
between the human body and mind. The title of the exhibition comes from the
Latin to fall.
 The Visual Artists’ News Sheet                                          September / October 2007                                                                                                                                                19


RESIDENCIES




Bridging the Gap                                                                                                                                                        is not the sense, as there can be at college that your work is being
                                                                                                                                                                        judged while still in its early stages and before you yourself have
                                                                                                                                                                        formed a definite judgement on it. The fact that there are no marks at
                                                                                                                                                                        the end removes the competitive element, pressure to do well, and fear
NIALL DEBUITLEAR DESCRIBES FLAX ARTS STUDIOS GRADUATE RESIDENCY PROGRAMME.
                                                                                                                                                                        of failure that this can lead to. I was afforded the time and space to
                                                                                                                                                                        make my own critical judgements about my practice without any
                                                                                                                                                                        intrusions. The input and opinions of your peers is an important
                                                                                                                                                                        aspect of art college but it certainly did feel good to be able to be able to
                                                                                                                                                                        work without this. Perhaps, if I felt that a certain amount freedom was
                                                                                                                                                                        lacking in art college, that may have been partly my own failing – or
                                                                                                                                                                        perhaps it is inevitable that the nature of an academic institution
                                                                                                                                                                        enforces certain restrictions.
                                                                                                                                                                              At Flax Art there are a number of large studios downstairs and
                                                                                                                                                                        several smaller open plan spaces upstairs where my studio is located.
                                                                                                                                                                        My studio, while being relatively small, is still the biggest space I have
                                                                                                                                                                        worked in so far. There is 24-hour access to the studios which has
                                                                                                                                                                        allowed me to maximise the free time I have available and fit my work
                                                                                                                                                                        around the hours required at my part-time job. As well as having my
Niall DeBuitlear’s studio at Flax Art, with various works in progress.                      Niall DeBuitlear Assembly, woven cable ties                                 own studio space. the residency includes access to the communal
THE Flax Art Studios Graduate Residency programme is open to                               for group shows and focus on the development of a new body of work.          workshop area where there is the opportunity to work on a larger scale
graduates from BA or MA courses in Ireland or the UK. I read about the                     I needed to clarify for myself the kind of artist I wanted to be and to      than my studio would comfortably accommodate. There is an
residency on their website and it seemed like a good opportunity to                        develop a more focused practice. A change was definitely called for.         excellent range of equipment available for use in the workshop. I have
bridge the gap between art college and a career as a professional artist.                        An interest in the ephemeral traces we leave behind in an urban        access to a communal computer area where I can use the internet and
My application was successful and I have been based here since                             environment has always been an aspect of my practice. Some of                some basic software including Photoshop. I also have the use of an
October 2006. A place on the residency was also awarded to Leo                             previous work involved using photography and drawing to document             offline computer in my space on which I can run any programs that I
Devlin, a graduate of the University of Ulster. The residency involves                     these traces and leftovers of various human activities on the streets of     like. The computers are quite old, though they do meet most of my
studio space for one year with access to a communal workshop area                          Dublin. I had also worked with installation using found objects for my       basic needs.
and computer facilities, a materials allowance; and regular meetings                       project The Found Bookmark Archive. This project involved the                      The ‘mentoring’ sessions with Peter Richards have been very
with an arts professional to discuss the practical side of being an artist.                collection of found objects from between the pages of library books          useful. Peter, given his years of experience as both an artist and
       In the immediate six months or so after leaving DIT last year, I                    and the presentation of these objects in installations and artist’s books.   curator/gallery director, has provided some interesting and
participated in a number of group shows. Most of the work I showed                         The first significant work I made in Belfast involved the collection of      enlightening insights into the various application and selection
was taken from my graduate show, with some of it being reworked and                        small blue pens used in bookies while walking around the city centre.        processes involved in being a professional artist. These meetings have
expanded upon. I worked from home during this period, but produced                         This transitional work was a performative piece, where the pens were         always involved positive and open discussions – which I hope will
little new work, apart from a series of digital drawings – which I                         fitted together to form a growing, swaying column – which eventually         help me to better present my work in a professional context. With Leo
installed in a display case in Fisheries Tower in Galway during the                        became unstable and collapsed.                                               Devlin, I have successfully applied for a two-person show at Queen
‘Artisit?’ events in October 2006. I believe this lull in the production of                      After this work I began to produce sculptural objects using found      Street Studios, which opens in mid-September. I am currently working
work was largely due to the lack of a dedicated workspace and partly                       materials mostly collected from the street or from skips. Sculpture has      towards a solo show in the project space at Dublin City Council’s
due to a degree a kind of post-college fatigue. I never had much work                      always been the medium that interested me most in terms of looking           gallery The Lab in November – which I was awarded as a part of the
space allocated in art college – but having none at all was an                             at other artist’s work, but it was something I never really got to grips     ‘Launch / Making Do’ exhibition and awards programme. I have also
unworkable situation. I was working part-time in a shop and the only                       with in any significant way while at art college. The city is for me a       been invited to Lithuania in early October to produce an installation at
way I could afford a studio would have been to work full time – which                      source of both materials and inspiration. My materials – such as             CAC in Vilnius, as a part of an event involving a number of Irish artists.
would have been counter-productive as I’d not have had adequate time                       bookies’ pens, cardboard boxes and plastic crates, are often collected on    In May, Flax Art participated in the ‘art(Tour)ist’ event which involved
to make work in it. This is a catch 22 that seems to affect many young                     walks around the city.                                                       most of the studios in Belfast opening their doors to visits from the
artists trying to establish a practice in Dublin. I was generally                                In my current work I am primarily concerned with the                   public at which I think the response to my work was generally good.
considered to be a ‘conceptual artist’ – so people were always telling                     production of forms from found objects. The sculptures I make are                  At the time of writing, I have developed a body of new work from
me things like “Sure, you don’t need a studio anyway” – to which I                         essentially abstract – but are suggestive of cells, fungi, landscapes,       which there is plenty to draw from for the shows in Dublin and Belfast.
would reluctantly concede with an unconvinced shrug.                                       cityscapes, graphs, vessels, phalluses and standing figures. I use a         I have also now got a solid portfolio of images with which to seek out
      On being offered the residency at Flax Art, I decided to make the                    variety of variety of simple techniques to construct my work. I have         new opportunities to make and show work. I am currently seeking a
move to Belfast for at least one year to take advantage of the                             become increasingly interested in traditional craft techniques and the       solo exhibition opportunity for 2008. My first year out of art college
opportunity. The beginning of the residency was a difficult time for                       potential for applying these techniques to disposable modern                 has been a very positive and productive one – thanks in no small part
me; and the first few months were unproductive. I’ve little work to                        materials. I have made a number of pieces using simple basket-               to the residency at Flax. The most important thing I have gained from
show from this time – and all of the ideas for potential projects I had                    weaving techniques such as Assembly, a group of freestanding forms           the residency has been the time and space to produce new work
before beginning the residency were scrapped. After having spent the                       woven from cable ties which I have cut down from lampposts and               independent of an academic environment. I feel I have begun the
preceding six months without producing much and with previous                              poles where they were left behind after election posters had been            difficult transition from art student to professional artist and am
approaches to making work beginning to fail me, I felt uncertain about                     removed.                                                                     optimistic about the prospect of my second year out of Art College.
how to proceed. Offers to exhibit tapered off after an initial post-end-of-                      Outside of the art college environment in many ways I have
year-show flurry; and having re-shown most of my graduate work at                          found it easier to experiment with my work and take more risks                                                                        Niall DeBuitlear
                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.p-art-icles.com/niall
least once in one form or another, I decided to curtail my applications                    (though perhaps this is what art college should really be about). There      http://www.flaxartstudios.org




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CAREER DEVELOPMENT




Balancing Act
DAVID SHERRY OUTLINES HIS APPROACH TO MANAGING HIS ART CAREER

SURVIVING as an artist is a balancing act. I try to think at least six                                                                                       Knowing what to apply for can save a lot of time, an application
months ahead, I check artist opportunities through the Scottish Arts                                                                                   can take weeks sometimes to get right. I have applied for
Council and I look for relevant opportunities in art magazines and on-                                                                                 opportunities and failed; but some months later a panellist has got in-
line. I am constantly applying and sending my work out. I can be                                                                                       touch wanting a piece for a different exhibition opportunity. This is
doing great at one moment with shows coming up, sales and                                                                                              why applying for things can really be about letting people know what
commissions – but like most self-employed people I always have to                                                                                      you’re doing. I like making applications for many reasons –
keep an eye on future projects and finances. Being an artist includes                                                                                  applications demand that you sit down and succinctly establish the
many areas I never dreamt of. The interactions concerning art and the                                                                                  content and direction of your work. This in itself really helps projects
business of art are fascinating.                                                                                                                       to move forward.
     I have recently finished a yearlong residency in Germany, at the                                                                                        Promoting your work as an artist is very important. I have made
Villa Concordia in Bamberg. This was a fabulous year, making art,                                                                                      editions of self-published books; I send these off to bookshops,
fully subsidised in the heart of Bavaria. Late in 2005, the Scottish Arts                                                                              gallerists and people I have met over the years. Sometimes I don’t get a
Council asked me if I would be interested in this residency – of course                                                                                response immediately, but I’ve found things do come to the surface
I was very excited. Last year in Germany was incredibly influential. I                                                                                 through a series of connections. I also have a website; and every time I
was able to make new work and travel to group shows at Gallery West                                                                                    update it I let my mailing list know that I have new stuff on there. In
Germany in Berlin and to Workplace Gallery in Newcastle. I was also                                                                                    2003 I showed in the exhibition Becks Futures – this show increased
able to focus on two important solo shows, one at Catalyst Arts, Belfast                                                                               my profile. Being part of such a high-profile show was incredibly
and the other at Mother’s Tankstation in Dublin. The break from my                                                                                     encouraging;         it    also     leads     to     exhibitions        nationally        and
usual routine also threw up many new ideas and working methods.                                                                                        internationally. The best thing about a show like this is that you can
     Readjusting to life in Scotland over the past three-months has                                                                                    see the repercussions through subsequent shows; even recently I met
been a blitz of hyperactivity – from running workshops, to applying                                                                                    someone who knew some of my work through that one exhibition.
for grants, giving talks on my work, receiving commissions and                                                                                               Being able to exist outside the gallery system is something I
making sales of my work. All of these areas contribute to my income.                                                                                   firmly believe in. I am not against galleries but it is important to keep
Becoming self-employed in 2003 was an important step for me, I               David Sherry Pancake                                                      generating art when there aren’t any gallery shows in the diary. These
realised that I needed to access the different areas mentioned above, in                                                                               works can be anything from self-published books, performances,
order to make a living and be able to spend time and money making           a career together. The first step was to start buying my own               videos, blogs or web-based work. Creating a work or project on your
art as well. Although I would prefer to spend all my time working on        equipment. I started to amass cameras, computers, printers, scanners       own is important.
my own practice, I see the workshops and community projects as a            and tripods – then I started to annoy my friends about how to use                I like to keep my working practice varied. Mostly I draw and
privilege. Making art can sometimes be a solitary process, having           them. Having a studio is not essential. I find working in different        develop ideas through a spontaneous process; at times I will distance
these brushes with real employment can give you an important                places best for me, some days I will stay at home; some days I will use    myself from my work and write statements that form the content of
perspective on art and its a great way to meet interesting people. I        the library; other days I will go to the studio – all around a series of   what I do. Sometimes I will concentrate on research this can be
keep in touch with the galleries in Glasgow and Edinburgh and make          complex coffee stops.                                                      anything from books on artists, art magazines, fiction novels,
myself available for any short-term workshops.                                   Making an exhibition takes a lot of time, money and work. All         newspapers, science and space exploration articles and the radio;
      Coming to Glasgow was a natural step, some of my favourite            shows are different, but the process usually works out that I send the     where there are always great documentaries. Then I decide that the
artists were working here; and the buzz about the art scene in Glasgow      flyer image, CV and a statement to the gallery by email – these things     reading and researching has to stop and some action has to start.
made its way to Belfast where I was studying. Since moving to               are important so I try to make them the best I can. Then I pack up the           Sometimes I decide to impose a ban on art magazines or some
Glasgow I have seen some of the international names take-off from           work, when it is finished in the studio and post it off with plenty of     element of my research that has become to big and greedy
humbler beginnings. This has been inspiring. I am always full of            time to spare. If the show is abroad I fly there; and spend five days      unbalancing everything else. The best way to find influences and
admiration for artists who are doing really well and getting into the       installing and meeting people – hopefully they are friendly. Then I        what’s going on is with pals and other artists. I like to go to openings
big shows, because it’s not easy. I like to search out new and              come back and think about the event, realising that the whole process      and this is where I bump into people and find out what they are up to.
interesting artists, keeping in touch with what’s going on.                 had started six to eight months ago. I think about the work, effort and    It is also the best place to hear what’s happening in the world of art,
     Over this past two years I have been represented by Mother’s           the general input and what was successful and unsuccessful. Then I         after an art-fair there is always some kind of gossip – like someone
Tankstation who have taken my work to art fairs in Miami, New York,         collect the receipts together from everything – including the flight       sold something and someone bought something and “Oh right! You
Basel and London. This has generated a lot of sales. Having a gallery to    and the hotel and send that off, if it hasn’t already been reimbursed. I   don’t say”.
promote my work has been important – not only in terms of sales, but        do enjoy travelling and putting on shows and meeting people.                                                                                          David Sherry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               www.dave-sherry.com
the most important part is making connections and letting people                 Making new connections is really important and you end up
know about your practice. It has also great to talk to someone              meeting the same people at different events, sometimes they even           David Sherry will be participating in ‘Home Made’ in Dublin (6– 9 Sept) – part of
                                                                                                                                                       www.houseprojects.net and ‘Poetical and Political’ Kunsthalla Tallinn, Estonia (17 Oct – 25
professionally about my work.                                               show your work or buy it. Every exhibition and project I make is           Nov)
     In 1997 I finished my BA in Fine Art at York Street Belfast; and       usually on a tight budget and this is why looking after that budget is
since then I have been making art seriously and putting the pieces of       important.
22                                                                                                                                                       The Visual Artists’ News Sheet                                     September / October 2007


ART IN THE PUBLIC REALM: ROUNDUP




Art in the Public Realm
RECENT PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS, SITE-SPECIFIC WORKS, SOCIALLY ENGAGED PRACTICE AND OTHER FORMS OF ART OUTSIDE THE GALLERY.
NA HOILEÁNAIGH                                            Project Partners & Support: Leitrim Arts Office,        diversity and richness go hand-in-hand with                              Type of Commission: Limited Commission (5
                                                          The Dock, Carrick-On-Shannon Rowing Club,               traditional local farming methods.                                       artist were invited to take part)
                                                          Inland and Coastal Marina Ltd., Leitrim Civil                  This intervention was intended to encourage                       Commission awarded: March 2006
                                                          Defence and Water Safety, King & Moffat Electrical,     dialogue concerning some of the complex issues                           Project       partners:        Cast      and    Arthurstown
                                                          Access Plastics, Black Church Leisure. Audio            affecting land use in the area (1). The Cross Land was                   Construction Company Limited
                                                          narrator; Renate Regan.                                 documented from the air. As using a helicopter                           Description of Project: Love All is a large bronze
                                                          Description of Project: The Weather Cube was a          would        be         ecologically     and       economically          spherical sculpture about a metre in diameter. The
                                                          transparent cube structure, which was sited on the      unsustainable, a simple alternative was devised                          bronze is patinated green and resembles a tennis
                                                          banks of the river in Carrick-On-Shannon. The piece     using a kite for aerial photography – and after                          ball from afar. Close up, the sculpture looks more
                                                          functioned as a steam-sauna. The work was               several months of waiting for the right weather, the                     like a scaled down world with tiny detail of houses,
                                                          influenced by German conceptual artist Hans             image was produced.                                                      roads, cars and people emerging from the textured
                                                          Haacke’s Condensation Cube from 1962, and the                  The Cross Land Office was set up two evenings                     green surface of the piece. The notion a globe of the
                                                          tradition of the Leitrim sweat-house, a long-lost       a week in the month of September 2006, in                                world is further suggested by the fact that the piece
                                                          tradition in Northwest Ireland.                         Cassidy’s pub in Carron. The objective was to put a                      is mounted on an axle and slowly rotates around if
                                                                For three weeks, members of the public were       face to the project and be available to answer                           pushed. When coming up with the concept for Love
                                                          invited to partake in a steam sauna. A specially        questions and to listen to comments about local                          All, Joynt was inspired by the location for the
                                                          composed audio work narrated by Renate Regan            issues.      A     diary      account       is    available       on     sculpture, close to Templeogue Lawn Tennis Club.
                                                          guided the visitor through this experience, and         www.shiftingground.net                                                   The artist concept was also greatly influenced by
                                                          reflected upon the notion of how “climate change        NOTES                                                                    the significance of the Dodder River to the Village.
Eamonn O’Doherty Na hOileánaigh                           means landscape change”.                                1. Hazel scrub threatens to overwhelm many archaeological sites
                                                                                                                     and colonise unique rare plant habitats on the Burren. The            This is expressed in the sculpture where what
Artist: Eamonn O’Doherty                                        In late September 2007, with support from            implementation of the Rural Environmental Protection Scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                           appears to be the seam of the tennis ball turns out
                                                                                                                     (REPs) obliges farmers to preserve their lands including the dry-
Title of Work: Na hOileánaigh                             Culture Ireland, Weather Cube will travel to the Lake
                                                                                                                     stone walls. Feral goats on the Burren knock walls and threaten       on closer inspection to represent the local river.
Commissioning Body: Mayo County Council                   District in Cumbria, England as part of ‘Fred’,            subsidies. Unregulated goat culls have taken place for the past 5
                                                                                                                     years. Many believe the goats play an important role in controlling
Type of Commission: Limited Competition                   Europe’s largest festival of site specific art.            the spread of the scrub, however during the research phase of this    THIS TIME THIS PLACE
Date Advertised: 2005                                                                                                project it became evident that the issue was far more complex
                                                          www.fredsblog.co.uk                                        than the reduction in wild animal herds.
Budget: €30,000                                           www.thedock.ie
Project Partners & Support: Department of                 www.youtube.com Search: Weather Cube, Ireland
                                                                                                                  THE LIGHT OF DUSK
Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
Description of Project: Eamonn O’Doherty was              THE CROSS LAND
commissioned to produce a sculpture for the Island
of Inishturk. The artist took into consideration the
lifestyle and heritage of the Island past and present,
and the importance of the sea. The sculpture Na
hOileánaigh is a 2 meter bronze concave dish
representing the sea and the horizon; a currach
floats over the void as over the depths of the ocean.
The dish itself is reminiscent of the basic form of the                                                           Eoin Llewellyn work from the ‘The Light of Dusk’ series

currah and also forms a mappa mundi of the                                                                        Eoin Llewellyn’s ‘The Light of Dusk’ was a series of
islander’s world.                                                                                                                                                                           Jim Vaughan work from This Time this Place
                                                                                                                  projected photographic works presented on
                                                          Deirdre O’Mahony The Cross Land                                                                                                  Artist: Jim Vaughan
                                                                                                                  buildings on West Essex Street Dublin (25 June – 7
WEATHER CUBE                                                                                                                                                                               Title: this time this place
                                                                                                                  July). The artist described the works as “political,
                                                                                                                                                                                           Commissioning Body: Mayo County Council
                                                                                                                  they comment on the existence of Guantanamo and
                                                                                                                                                                                           Type of Commission: Limited Competition
                                                                                                                  the emotional experience of those within. They also
                                                                                                                                                                                           Date Advertised: 2005
                                                                                                                  reference the work of Beckett and the existential
                                                                                                                  question of presence and existence”. The project                         Budget: €60,000
                                                                                                                  was facilitated by Spiderfish, a new arts collective                     Project Partners & Support: Department of
                                                                                                                  dedicated to working in unused areas of the city and                     Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
                                                                                                                  re-animating them.                                                       Description of Project: Photographer Jim Vaughan
                                                                                                                                                                                           was commissioned to work with the people of Clare
                                                                                                                  LOVE ALL                                                                 Island on a photography project, throughout 2006,
                                                                                                                                                                                           which was open to everyone on the Island. Jim
                                                                                                                                                                                           Vaughan’s proposal was to produce a body of work
                                                                                                                                                                                           that would challenge stereotypical ideas about life
                                                                                                                                                                                           on an island.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 During his time on Clare, the artist worked
                                                           Deirdre O’Mahony The Cross Land                                                                                                 with various community groups, encouraging the
                                                                                                                                                                                           Islanders      to     take     their     own    photographs,
                                                          Artist: Deirdre O’Mahony                                                                                                         concentrating on ‘familiar aspects of their day to
                                                          Title: The Cross Land                                                                                                            day lives’. At the same time Vaughan was taking
                                                          Dimensions: coppiced ‘X’ or cross, each arm 60                                                                                   photographs, focusing on the everyday details of
                                                          metres long and 1.5m wide.                                                                                                       life. The resulting work has been published in a
Gareth Kennedy Weather Cube                               Materials: Coppiced Hazel Scrub.                                                                                                 special limited edition book of photographs which
                                                                                                                  Rachel Joynt Love All
Artist: Gareth Kennedy                                    Location: The Burren near Carron, North Clare.                                                                                   was presented to everyone living on the Island at
Title of Work: Weather Cube                               Type of Commission: Invitation                                                                                                   the launch of the book. A poem, Fifteen Contacts,
                                                                                                                  Artist: Rachel Joynt
Commissioning Body: The Dock, Carrick-On-                 Date Installed: March 2007                                                                                                       composed         by     Macdara        Woods,    serves   to
                                                                                                                  Title of Work: Love All
Shannon and Leitrim Arts Office                           Budget: €5100
                                                                                                                  Location: Templeogue Lawn Tennis Club, Dublin                            complement the photographs taken by both Jim
Date & Location of Installation: Temporary                Commissioner: Ground Up 2, Clare County Arts
                                                                                                                  Sited: 23 June 2007                                                      Vaughan and the Islanders. A paperback edition is
public artwork made available to the public               Office. Main Project Partners: Clare County Council
                                                                                                                  Commissioning Body:                    South Dublin County               available for further distribution. In addition to the
between 14 July – 5 August. Carrick-On-Shannon            Description of Work: The Cross Land takes the
                                                                                                                  Councillors         Discretionary         Fund        2005       and     publication, a high quality website was developed;
Rowing Club, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.             form of a coppiced ‘X’. Each arm measures 60 metres
                                                                                                                  Department of Environment, Heritage and Local                            www.thistimethisplace.com
Type of Commission: Commissioned as part of               long and 1.5m wide; and is cut through an area of
                                                          dense hazel wood in the Burren. This is an area of      Government’s Per Cent for Art Scheme
‘Landscapes ’07’ exhibition at The Dock, Carrick-
                                                          great ecological importance, where botanical            Budget: €70,000
On-Shannon.
The Visual Artists’ News Sheet                            September / October 2007                                   23


ART IN THE PUBLIC REALM: ROUND UP


THE WADER                                                   THE CIRCLE OF LIFE




                                                            Barry Wrafter The Circle of Life

                                                            Artist: Barry Wrafter
                                                            Title: The Circle of Life
                                                            Commissioner: Clare County Council, Ennis
                                                            Town Council, FAS and HSE
                                                            Location: Post Office Field, Ennis, County Clare
                                                            Materials: Stone, Marble, steel rods
John Rowlands The Wader
                                                            Commission: Dromore Woods Sculpture Trail,
Artist: John Rowlands                                       organised by sculptor Carmel Doherty as part of the
Title of Work: The Wader                                    Ennis Sculpture Initiative.
Commissioning Body: Mayo County Council                     Installed: 2007
Type of Commission: Open Competition                        Dimensions: 230 cm high
Advertised: 2003                                            Description of Work: The first stone is a
Budget: €45,000                                             recognition of the past – ogham lettering
Project Partners & Support: Department of                   inscription reads “A generation goes, a generation
Environment, Heritage, and Local Government                 comes, yet the earth stands firm”. In the middle of
Description of Project: The Wader is a female               this stone is a spatial divide, where the light can
organic form almost 3 meters high, cast in bronze           shine through showing the marble’s sedimentary
and sited along the river Deel in Crossmolina,              layers, which are a visual record of time. The centre
County Mayo. John Rowlands aimed to focus on the            stone is similar to an hourglass; and the twisting
flow between the river and this amorphous form;             form is symbolic of the transition from old to new.
the flow between man and nature is expressed as             At the centre is a sphere – iconic of the earth and
one. The Wader is a heron-like figure, long, reed-like,     encapsulating it is the circle, as in the ‘circle of life’.
tall and elegant, reflecting the rivers movement and        The final stone is an off-set portal – through this
flowing lines as they twist and curl. This figure is        people view themselves; the steel rods represent
sentient, her gaze constantly watching the life of          telecommunications and the computer age; and
the river as it flows past her and the town.                our striving forward as a technological and multi-
                                                            cultural world.
24                                                                                                                                                        The Visual Artists’ News Sheet                                        September / October 2007


HOW IS IT MADE?




Eilis Murphy ‘Work of the Devil’, Installation view, Galway Arts Centre.       Eilis Murphy ‘Work of the Devil’, Installation view, Galway Arts Centre.           Eilis Murphy ‘Work of the Devil’, Installation view, Galway Arts Centre.




Paper Demons
EILIS MURPHY OUTLINES THE MAKING AND CONCEPTUAL PROCESSES BEHIND HER RECENT BODY OF WORK.
THEY say “the devil makes work for idle hands” – he certainly kept me
very busy for the early months of 2007 – when I was designing,
planning and building a five-foot-high paper sculpture of Satan, that
was to become the centrepiece of my exhibition, ‘Work of the Devil’, at
the Galway Arts Centre (15 June – 7 July).
       For several years my practice has involved unearthing fragments
of local folklore and social heritage. I am intrigued by the way a
snippet of a story or rumour develops and becomes fact and attains
mythical status by word of mouth. Using sites and stories to which I
have a personal connection, my work explores wider issues, such as
local identity, heritage and belief systems.
       In 2005, I began investigating the legends surrounding Tooreen
dance hall, located close to my native Ballyhaunis in Co Mayo. The
hall was a thriving venue during the showband era, especially the                                                                                                 Eilis Murphy Devil Dance
1950s and ’60s, one of the epicentres of Irish nightlife. Across Ireland,
people of a certain generation are familiar with Tooreen and the many
stories associated with the dance hall – the most famous of which
concerns an appearance by the devil at a dance in 1954.
       This prompted me to trace visual representations of the devil and
evil throughout the ages. I was particularly intrigued by woodblock
prints produced in Europe during the late Middle Ages and the
Reformation. These stark images depict every type of devil imaginable,
from the papist devil to the demon of vanity. I was fascinated by the
effect of these images at a time when churches provided virtually the
only exposure to visual imagery. Demonic representations would have                                                                                               Eilis Murphy working drawings.

been highly potent to the layperson, instilling a very really sense of
horror and dread, in marked contrast to the present, when such images                                                                                                   Fast-forward through several months of this tedious trial and
have been rendered quaint to the point of comedy.                                                                                                                 error process and I was now ready to make the large-scale model. I
                                                                              Eilis Murphy ‘Work of the Devil’, Installation view, Galway Arts Centre.
       For my recent exhibition at the Galway Arts Centre, I recreated                                                                                            scanned and re-scaled each section in Photoshop. Not knowing which
one of these woodcuts, re-appropriating the image as a three-                                                                                                     paper or card might be best suited to the sculpture, I printed the plans
                                                                              develop a more concise design. For some parts of the model, I also used
dimensional piece. I chose Satan applying his claw mark to an apprentice                                                                                          and started carbon copying them onto various weights of paper.
                                                                              the Internet patterns as a guide to designing my own shape – re-
sorcerer from R. P. Guaccius’s Compendium Maleficarum (Milan, 1626) (1).                                                                                          Through experimentation, I discovered that the most important test of
                                                                              shaping and adding to them - until I had developed it into the required
This woodcut depicted the devil laying his hand on a man’s forehead,                                                                                              appropriate paper-weight was in the curved sections of the model.
                                                                              form.
while several wayward accomplices anxiously but enthusiastically                                                                                                  Some papers buckled when forced into a cylindrical shape. I
                                                                                     The next step was to add tabs to the edges of the intersecting
push him towards his demonic destiny. I wanted the viewer to walk                                                                                                 eventually settled on a Fabriano 200gsm paper, which stood up to a lot
                                                                              panels. These tabs are glued to the inside of the model during
around and interact with the sculpture. By placing themselves in the                                                                                              of curving and folding, while becoming very strong and rigid when
                                                                              construction and result in a seamless look. I then copied the altered
installation, they would become part of the scene, unwittingly                                                                                                    glued into shape. It was also slightly transparent, allowing light to
                                                                              pattern/plan, using carbon paper, onto a new piece of paper. Using a
mimicking the spectators in the original woodcut.                                                                                                                 diffuse through it.
                                                                              sharp blade, I carefully cut out the pattern, making a light crease along
       I wanted the model to be as lightweight as possible, to give it a                                                                                                The final model had to be assembled in the gallery because it
                                                                              any part that needed to be folded. I then glued the pattern together
simplified, skeletal feel. I decided to build it with paper, to accentuate                                                                                        would not have travelled well. After three days of assembly, Satan was
                                                                              using PVA glue. Having tested several glues, I found PVA to be the most
the ethereal character of both the devil and the sculpture, while                                                                                                 held in place with several strands of fish wire, as well as small lead
                                                                              suitable – it dries quickly and is extremely strong. However, it stains
simultaneously inverting the power and menace of the traditional                                                                                                  weights dropped into his feet. The demonic sculpture was installed in
                                                                              the paper remarkably easily, so I made sure to apply it sparingly,
devil. Having little experience of paper manipulation, I started by                                                                                               the middle of a room on its own, lit by a single theatre lamp at ground
                                                                              wiping my hands after each gluing.
studying the construction of various paper models. For this, the                                                                                                  level in one corner. This resulted in a 10-foot-high shadow on the back
                                                                                     Once the basic shape had been glued together, I could assess
Internet was invaluable. I began by downloading numerous paper                                                                                                    wall, which helped to lure viewers into the room.
                                                                              which areas needed to be altered. This was by far the most time-
model patterns – everything from tortoises to the Taj Mahal. I spent                                                                                                    The rest of the exhibition consisted of a mixture of collage and
                                                                              consuming part of the model-making process: adding mere
several weeks assembling these ready-made models, in order to build                                                                                               prints that touched on historical artistic conventions surrounding
                                                                              millimetres to one section could profoundly change the overall look
up an idea of how paper reacts when cut, folded, curved and glued                                                                                                 representations of the devil, altering their original meaning through
                                                                              of the piece. I also had to make sure that each part slotted into the
using a variety of techniques.                                                                                                                                    playful juxtaposition with depictions of everyday objects.
                                                                              adjoining section and that everything was in proportion to each other.
       From here, I started to design a small-scale devil. This was done by                                                                                                                                                                    Eilis Murphy
                                                                              When altering a shape, I did so on the older flat pattern and copied it                                                                                        www.eilismurphy.com
trial and error. I started out with a simplified shape, eg sphere or
                                                                              twice using carbon paper, so that I had one copy to make into the 3-D
cylinder, and developed it by adding panels of paper until I got roughly                                                                                          Work of the Devil was held in the Galway Arts Centre from June 15th to July 7th, 2007.
                                                                              shape and the other copy to use if the shape needed further
the desired form. I then cut the new shape along new intersecting                                                                                                 NOTES
                                                                              remodelling. In total, there were 40 separate sections to this paper                1. Taken from reproduction in Ernst and Johanna Lehner’s Devils, Demons, Death and
panels, leaving a small section uncut on each panel to hold it together,
                                                                              sculpture and each of them was remodelled, on average, 30 times to                     Damnation, New York, 1971.
until one flat shape remained, with different panels jutting off it. At
                                                                              get it right. Any minor irregularity at this stage will come back to
this stage, I copied the shape onto a new piece of paper using carbon
                                                                              haunt you as a greatly magnified error in the final piece.
copy paper. This process left me with a basic pattern from which to
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PROJECT PROFILE


                                                                                                                                                                 curators. Moreover, I believe that if ‘SoapBox Sessions’ is repeated in

Soap Boxing                                                                                                                                                      the future, it will be in the interest of curators to volunteer for an
                                                                                                                                                                 opportunity that is not to be missed.
                                                                                                                                                                      ‘SoapBox Sessions’ was modelled on the notion of a Feis; as well as
SALLY TIMMONS DISCUSSES HER PROJECT ‘SOAPBOX SESSIONS – A PUBLIC ENQUIRY FOR ARTISTS’ ,
                                                                                                                                                                 having parallels with the more contemporary example of televised
WHICH TOOK PLACE 18 – 19 MAY 2007 IN GALWAY.
                                                                                                                                                                 talent competitions. The difference being that ‘SoapBox Sessions’ did
                                                                                                                                                                 not rely on immediate promulgation through spectacle – but more on
                                                                                                                                                                 a trickle of influence through word-of-mouth – through conversations
                                                                                                                                                                 over coffee, where the mention of the next event that someone is
                                                                                                                                                                 planning in their new gallery space, might just trigger the mention of
                                                                                                                                                                 a performance that someone saw and so on.
                                                                                                                                                                      ‘SoapBox Sessions’ encouraged and allowed artists to consider
                                                                                                                                                                 new approaches to presenting their visual practices. This I think was
                                                                                                                                                                 significant – in light of the current emphasis on research based
                                                                                                                                                                 practice, where there is need for artists to devising ways of presenting
                                                                                                                                                                 their work that are not overly constrained by standardised academic
                                                                                                                                                                 models or the stress on the written word as the be-all and end-all of
                                                                                                                                                                 research documentation!
                                                                                                                                                                      ‘SoapBox Sessions’ did not claim to offer a thorough survey of the
                                                                                                                                                                 artistic endeavours taking place in the West of Ireland – but rather it
                                                                                 Louise Manifold at Soapbox Sessions
                                                                                                                                                                 was devised to act as a starting point for a possible review of the kinds
                                                                                                                                                                 of activities and interests relevant to artists based in the West. During
                                                                                                                                                                 the two days of the project, a waiting area provided a relaxing
                                                                                                                                                                 environment and info-pool; where artists could watch and listen to a
                                                                                                                                                                 live screening of the talks, discussion and presentations taking place in
                                                                                                                                                                 ‘SoapBox Sessions’ room upstairs. This waiting area acted as a means
                                                                                                                                                                 for the participants to critically scrutinise the panel’s function over the
                                                                                                                                                                 two days of vigorous meetings – and it should be mentioned that the
                                                                                                                                                                 event was mostly a low-key, enjoyable, relaxed and social experience
                                                                                                                                                                 for all of the participants involved. A directory of contacts and key
                                                                                                                                                                 quotes from each Soapbox has been circulated among all of the
                                                                                                                                                                 participants who attended the two day event and I have been told that
                                                                                                                                                                 the directory in itself has become an invaluable resource that should
                                                                                                                                                                 be expanded upon also, in the future.
                                                                                                                                                                      Three awards were devised over the two days and were presented
                                                                                 The Soapbox Panelists
 Paul Timony at Soapbox Sessions                                                                                                                                 during an informal evening ceremony that took place in Aras Na
                                                                                 county council’s were generous in supporting the event – and                    nGael on Saturday 19 May. Functioning on a minimal budget, the
I devised ‘SoapBox Sessions’ in response to an invitation in late 2006
                                                                                 recognised that applications from outside of Galway should also be              three awards were tailored to suit the needs of a number of selected
from Galway Arts Centre to co-ordinate a discursive forum and
                                                                                 accepted.                                                                       artists as an opportunity to exhibit new work, to travel and to research
networking opportunity for visual artists. The event comprised an
                                                                                       With these issues in mind, I decided to invite curators to the West       new interests. The three artists who received awards were – filmmaker,
invitation to artists to volunteer and register (free of charge) for a
                                                                                 of Ireland in order to meet with the artists there. The panel of curators       Tom Flanagan who was awarded a solo exhibition in Basement
chance to meet with invited guest curators for designated ten minute
                                                                                 comprised Marianne Greated from Switchspace, Glasgow; Pierre                    Gallery, Dundalk – including an artist’s fee. Visual artist, Louise
time-slots; and to subsequently attend an evening ‘award ceremony’
                                                                                 Coinde and Gary O’Dwyer from The Centre of Attention, London;                   Manifold has received support towards her research into holography.
celebrating creative activity in the West of Ireland.
                                                                                 Austin Ivers of G126, Galway, Sile O’Sullivan, Basement Gallery,                And video/performance artist, Paul Timoney has been offered the
     My first thoughts on being asked to develop a series of talks – was
                                                                                 Dundalk; Aoibheann McNamara, Ard Bia, Galway; Maeve Mulrennan                   opportunity to travel to one of the larger international shows in
that Galway-based artists were not actually in need of any more talk
                                                                                 of Galway Arts Centre; Oonagh Young, gallerist, Dublin from Dublin              Europe before the end of 2007.
based events! The Project ’06 talks had just been run concurrently with
                                                                                 and myself. The format of the event was simple – for artists to attend a             My aspirations for the future development of Soapbox would be
the Galway Arts Festival; there was Tulca’s ongoing success; and
                                                                                 two-day event and make presentations on their work (in some cases               for it to become an annual event whose catchment’s potential is
growth in the past three years of organisations such as Artspace, Enso
                                                                                 comprising actual performances) to the panel and engage in                      expanded by means of instigating a touring aspect to the project. The
and G126 who were making very active contributors to the local
                                                                                 discussions with the panel.                                                     future of ‘SoapBox Sessions’ will rely on the co-operation of a number
cultural landscape. Through verbal consultations with members of the
                                                                                       It was my intention to devise a number of small-scale awards –            of venues around the west of Ireland. The event should be supported
West of Ireland artistic community, it became apparent to me that one
                                                                                 sourced through the resources available to the invited curators; and            locally through resources such as County Arts Services and Town
of the key issues was access – in terms of geographic positioning; and
                                                                                 tailored to the needs of the soapbox projects participants. It is               Councils and should always consider the negotiation of non-fiscal
also access to the communicative tools and resources that might shift
                                                                                 important to note, that I saw the opportunity offered by ‘SoapBox               opportunities for artists based on the exchange of available resources
their activities to the next level. The artists I talked to felt that they had
                                                                                 Sessions’ as a two-way thing – it was as much a privilege for the               volunteered from contributing panellists or curators.
demonstrated the ability to make things happen, but the question now
                                                                                 curators to be given an opportunity to meet with a large number of                                                                       Sally Timmons
was – who is watching and where things are going? Galway’s town and
                                                                                 visual artists over a short period; as it is for the artists to meet with the
‘Regenerate’
CALL FOR ARTISTS
The ‘Regenerate’ project aims to enrich the quality of life for local communities across Craigavon, Armagh, Banbridge, Cookstown and Dungannon District Councils by tackling regeneration issues
through a participatory creative experience. Artists Philip Napier and Michael Hogg (Carbon Design) lead the project and a number of artists are engaged in projects across the districts.


Over the next two years opportunities exist for practising Artists to develop new work and engage diverse groups of people in creative programmes which examine community issues at local level.


The Steering Group invites expressions of interest from Artists working in a range of media and genres. Short listed individuals will form a pool of Artists who will be invited to make proposals to the
steering group to engage in projects that might deliver our project aims and objectives. To enable this there is no deadline but we would ask you to liaise with our Project Officer or Lead Artist regarding
submitting an expression of interest.


Artists should demonstrate:


   A minimum of 2 years experience of Artistic practice in their specialist field
   A minimum of 2 years experience of programmes that engage with the community in a meaningful way


We have a particular interest in expressions from Artists with the following expertise:


   Able to engage meaningfully with the community in a range of arts projects
   Creating work in the public domain
   Visual Artists who use a range of media and technologies
   Work that demonstrates innovative approach, useful processes and risk taking
   An ability to engage more than one project at a time
   Have a clear understanding of longer term time scales from proposal to activating/completing work


For an Artist’s brief and details of how to apply please contact:


Emma Wilson, Arts Development Officer, Craigavon Borough Council on 02838 311680 or emma.wilson@craigavon.gov.uk OR


Michael Hogg, Lead Artist, Regenerate Project on mikeslts@hotmail.com
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VAI NORTHERN IRELAND REPRESENTATIVE                                                                                                      VAI WESTERN REPRESENTATIVE




Creative Exchange                                                                                                                        Welfare & Artists
VAI NORTHERN IRELAND REPRESENTIVE BRIAN CONNOLLY ON THE PLIGHT                                                                           AIDEEN BARRY, DISCUSSES ISSUES AFFECTING VISUAL ARTISTS IN RECEIPT
OF CREATIVE EXCHANGE STUDIOS IN EAST BELFAST.                                                                                            OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND SUPPLEMENTARY WELFARE INCOMES.


CREATIVE Exchange Studios inhabit an area of                 Creative Exchange believe that due to the recent                            THIS report focuses on some important issues that           income to that recipient”.
some 8,400 sq. feet on the top floor of Loop Mill, a         property boom in Belfast, the owners may now                                have been raised both my information clinics and                    In some cases I have been informed that even
former linen mill on the Castlereagh Road in East            realise that the mill location may be actually more                         with private consultations with visual artists living       when receipts have been produced to Community
Belfast (1). The studios have occupied the building          lucrative, if it is used for a mixed-use development,                       in the West of Ireland. However the points could be         Welfare Officers, in order to make them aware of the
for 12 years and they have a strong presence within          including residential and commercial aspects.                               applied to any visual artists who are – or who ever         materials that are being purchased for projects, they
the local community – through running outreach               Fleming comments “there are other bids for                                  have – been in receipt of payments either from the          still do not accept materials costs as a genuine
and workshop activity in the surrounding East                environmental improvement schemes on the table                              Department of Social and Family Affairs or in the           expenditure. This has actually turned people off
Belfast area. They have also been very active over           which take in the Loop River and mill complex – so                          form of Supplementary Welfare Allowances from               making applications for the funding awards. I have
the years in developing artist-led projects and              it would be nonsensical to demolish it at this point                        the Health Service Executive.                               also found that all of the artists that I spoke to were
collaborations.                                              in time”. To this end the group are now entering                                 The issues around the provision of a social            unwilling to have their names mentioned in this
                                                             discussions with government departments, the                                welfare entitlement are quite a minefield for               article – as most of them were afraid to aggravate
The Creative Exchange group evolved out of                   mill owners, the managers of the supermarket and                            anyone; however I have been encountering visual             any existing situation that they currently found
discussions with Castlereagh Borough Council                 key political representatives; in hope of bringing                          artists who have had particular difficulties – having       themselves in.
about establishing resources for artists in the area.        about community-centred and creative solutions                              been refused social welfare entitlements – as                       I feel that this is an area that needs further
Around 60 interested people attended their first             for the whole site.                                                         individual social welfare officers have categorized         exploration        by      Visual      Artists      Ireland      and
public meeting, some of whom eventually formed                                                                                           them as engaged in pursuit of a ‘hobby’ (1) and are         clarification from the Department of Social and
the organisation. With the aid of artist Sam                 Ian Fleming describes his and the studios position                          not making themselves available for full-time               Family Affairs. The reality of the situation is that the
Fleming, the owners of the mill were contacted;              as follows – “as an artist, I feel I need to make some                      employment. This is something of a contradictory            idea of artist as a professional, is not being
                                                             protest, and I want other people to get up and do                           stance for social welfare to take – given that most         recognized by the state and state-run departments
and they agreed to let Creative Exchange occupy
                                                                                                                                         artists who apply for a supplementary income from           such as the Department of Social and Family Affairs
the top floor. The group pay low rent – as one can           something about it. If the superstore goes ahead
                                                                                                                                         the state (in order to support themselves) have been        and the Health Service Executive. The lack of
expect for a building that is in a poor state of repair.     and the mill is starting to be demolished I will
                                                                                                                                         through formal education in state supported art             relevant         documentation,              guidelines          and
At the start Creative Exchange had approximately             chain myself to some part of the building! I do not
                                                                                                                                         schools – that implicitly recognize arts as a career,       information available to artists who are in need of
70 associated members; but the group now consists            want to be obstreperous and negative about it, but
                                                                                                                                         not a mere hobby. This begs the question – why are          supplementary support, is one area that could be
of a cohesive and active group of 12 studio                  we need to raise the issue within this community.
                                                                                                                                         there art schools and departments of art and design         tackled – and dare I say, the notion of a state-support
members.                                                     We have had good media coverage but we are
                                                                                                                                         in Ireland, if other state organizations do not             payment for visual artists, who are earning well
                                                             aware that this needs to happen on an ongoing
                                                                                                                                         recognize art practices as an appropriate career            below the minimum wage, should be debated.
In recent post-conflict times, a planning proposal           basis. We need to shift the mindset in this
                                                                                                                                         path?                                                       Artists who declare themselves self-employed
has been made for the development of a shopping              community; as we are still recovering from the
                                                                                                                                              The    denial     of   supplementary      welfare      should enjoy the same status as other self-employed
centre, which would occupy the majority of the               troubles and idea of feeling a strong ‘attachment’
                                                                                                                                         allowances to genuinely hard up artists is so               persons who find themselves in need of financial
mill site, and would see the building demolished. It         for architecture is not something that we have been
                                                                                                                                         extreme two artists that I have spoken to have had          support. I do acknowledge that these systems can be
is rumoured that the shopping centre would be the            able to do during the last 30 years of strife.
                                                                                                                                         to give up their studio spaces and art practices in         prone to abuse; however I do feel that artists should
biggest in Belfast covering some 89,000.00 square            Attachment to architecture is/was not one of our
                                                                                                                                         order to feed themselves. Both artists have gone to         be supported to the same extent that emerging
feet. Other proposals for the site have been made –          priorities! However in other cultures people would
                                                                                                                                         work for large state supported factories here in            business entrepreneurs receive start-up grants from
some of these are more sensitive to community and            not let this building be demolished, so why here?”
                                                                                                                                         Galway. It is unfortunate that both the artists I           state supported organisations such as the Irish
sustainability issues; and do not call for the               In relation to the ‘Save The Mill Campaign Ian
                                                                                                                                         spoke to now do not have the time to work on their          Enterprise Board (2).
destruction of the mill – Creative Exchange are              states, “We have to ask ourselves why are we doing
                                                                                                                                         practices – either in their studio or elsewhere.                On final note, I feel that all artists who are
supportive of these plans.                                   this? It isn’t my job – but seems it is nobodies job.
                                                                                                                                              I have also been quite appalled to learn of a          experiencing         problems         with       social     welfare
                                                             And then you start to think that it must not be                             number of community welfare officers who have               entitlements and the Department of Social and
In light of the re-development plans, Creative               important – but it is important! Our commitment                             deducted supplementary welfare income from                  Family Affairs should make their concerns know to
Exchange was given six months ‘notice’ last                  on one level is due to social responsibility, but on                        visual artists for a number of obscure reasons. A           Visual Artists Ireland. The more information that is
November. They are currently working on a                    the other it is personal attachment”.                                       number of artists have told me of how they were             received the better equipped the organization will
month-to-month notice to quit basis. This situation                                                                                      successful in receiving visual arts bursaries from          be in order to deal with these issues.
has spurred the committee to establish the Save the          Fleming has slept in the mill for over 200 nights                           local authority arts offices, towards the funding of a                                                         Aideen Barry
Mill campaign – and they have had some media                 and his work is linked to the mill and its history. In                      project – only to have the grant docked from their          Notes
success in the recent past. The campaign isn’t just          fact one of Creative Exchange’s more recent                                 rent allowance! In relation to these incidents I called
                                                                                                                                                                                                     1. In a letter from one Social Welfare official to one of the artists I
about self-preservation, as Ian Fleming a founding           projects invited each studio holder to create an                            the Citizens Information Bureau to inquire about               spoke to, they referred to the artist’s decision to pursue art as a
member of the group explains “we are not looking             artwork / print within a box set, which is based on                         this procedure. According to the representative that           career was little more that a hobby and not a professional
                                                                                                                                                                                                        pathway.
from selfish point of view as our primary objective          their experiences of the Mill. Ray Duncan another                           I spoke to, the HSE through its community welfare           2. www.enterprise-ireland.com is the Irish state development agency
                                                                                                                                                                                                        focused on transforming Irish industry. Their core mission is to
is not to preserve Creative Exchange on site, bit to         studio holder is continuing to produce work about                           regional offices “can deduct any and all additional            accelerate the development of world-class Irish companies to
preserve the building”. This stance is backed up by          the mill. So not only does the mill have a long                             income from a recipient of a Supplementary                     achieve strong positions in global markets resulting in increased
                                                                                                                                                                                                        national and regional prosperity.
the fact that the studios will have to relocate,             industrial history; it is now laying down new                               Welfare Allowance – as it is perceived to be an
whether the mill is demolished or developed.                 cultural history on an ongoing basis.
Ideally, Creative Exchange wish to see the mill
protected,    preserved,     and     regenerated
community-oriented and sustainable way. It is
                                                     in
                                                             For more information on Save the Mill Campaign or to offer your
                                                             support please contact the Save the Mill Web-site:
                                                             http://www.savethemill.net/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          IVARO
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Irish Visual Artists Rights Organisation
their hope that they can have studio space after             NOTES
                                                                                                                                           APPLICATION FORM
redevelopment occurs – but this remains to be                1. The linen mill operated for 35 years and was then sold to McCaw,           To register with IVARO – the Irish Visual Artists Rights Organisation simply complete this application
seen.                                                           Stevenson, & Orr Printmakers. Much of the mill’s history has been
                                                                well documented and this can be seen in the book From Linen                form and forward it to: Visual Artists Ireland, 37 North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1.
                                                                Hall to Loop Bridge: The story of McCann Stevenson and Orr Ltd.
                                                                Printers 1876-1990. The mill is currently owned by the Lagan
Creative Exchange believes that the mill’s re-                                                                                             Surname                                       Firstname
                                                                Group, a major company who have been closely linked with a
development could be mixed-use – and still include              number of Belfast’s recent regeneration schemes. It sadly is not a
                                                                                                                                           Address
                                                                ‘Listed Building’ but as Bill Hammond (Industrial Archaeologist)
a large supermarket. As Fleming notes “we are                   has stated it is only one of three fully intact Mill complexes left in
asking all those involved to take a creative                    the Belfast area. It therefore stands to reason that this site is of
                                                                more Industrial/historical importance than one may at first think.         Tel:
approach – which will help to regenerate this area,                                                                                        Email:
not decimate it. The local community still does not                                                                                        Visual art form(s)
fully realise how such an massive super store will
impact in the locality.”                                                                                                                   I hereby applyfor membership of IVARO, Irish Visual Artists’ Rights Organisation Ltd.
                                                                                                                                           Signed                                        Date
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REGIONAL PROFILE




Visual Arts in Kildare                                                                                                      Making Inroads



Riverbank Arts Centre




                                                                                                                            Whites Castle workshop                                   Whites Castle workshop

                                                                                                                            BORDERING the capital city, many of Kildare’s
                                                                                                                            contemporary visual artists have looked to the
                                                                                                                            Dublin for their formal training and support of
                                                                                                                            their practice. Within the sheltered college
                                                                                                                            environment, facilities such as studio space,
                                                                                                                            opportunities to meet other artists and exhibit
                                                                                                                            work, attend lectures and talks with internationally
                                                                                                                            renowned artists, are widely available, and are,
                                                                                                                            perhaps, taken for granted. For many visual art
                                                                                                                            students (myself included), the emphasis was on
                                                                                                                            the final year show, with little thought of “what        Whites Castle workshop

                                                                                                                            happens next?” For many artists, the reality of          such as train stations, shopping centres etc. A
                                                                                                                            returning to a small town, or a rural setting can be     starting point for this work took place this summer
                                                                                                                            deflating – the same applies to new residents of the     with two interactive installations, Lovely Room,
                                                                                                                            county. And here is a key challenge for Kildare          Leixlip Library and Words Escape Us, Maynooth
The Divine Normal Sources
                                                                                                                            County Council – how to engage these artists in a        Library devised by artists Barbara Nealon, Jennie
                                                                                                                            meaningful and sustainable way.                          Moran and Tara Kennedy (featured in the
RIVERBANK Arts Centre, which functions as the
                                                                                                                                Two of the strategic objectives outlined in          July/August edition of VAN). The aim of these
Municipal Arts Centre for County Kildare, is based
                                                                                                                            Making Inroads: An Arts Development Plan for Kildare     interventions was to stimulate the public’s
in at the heart of the County in Newbridge. Funded                                                                                                                                   consciousness around contemporary visual arts.
                                                                                                                            County Council 2006-2011, namely ‘Exploring and
by Kildare County Council and The Arts Council,                                                                                                                                              A key part of Kildare County Council’s work is
                                                                                                                            broadening definitions of the arts’ and ‘Redefining
Riverbank aims to provide a high profile, regionally                                                                        ways of working’ present further challenges for the      to       develop         strategic        partnerships           and
and nationally significant, accessible arts venue                                                                           local     authorities    contemporary    Visual   Arts   collaborations, with international, national and
that runs a relevant, welcoming service meeting                                                                             programme, both for artists and the wider public.        local     partners:       agencies,       organisations          and
the needs of residents and visitors to County                                                                                       In addressing these objectives, Kildare County   individuals. Ongoing revenue support is provided
Kildare, thus contributing to the social, cultural                                                                          Council have embarked on a challenging three-            for the Leinster Printmaking Studio, which
and economic well-being of the county.                                                                                      phase programme with curator Sally Timmons that          facilitates a significant number of artists from the
       Riverbank has a 180 seat auditorium where we                                                                         extends existing boundaries and interpretation,          wider Leinster area. Kildare based artist Pauline
                                                                  Work by Lynda Tobin-Howes.
host a varied number of productions, including                                                                              while      supporting     artistic   excellence   and    Keena, is currently working on a collaborative
dance, drama, music literature, critical debates,                 and the resulting group exhibition, which                 innovation.                                              project with a group of woman who have
video installations. Gallery facilities available at the          investigated peoples differing perspectives on                    The first phase, a monthly lecture/workshop      experienced the death of a baby, facilitated by the
centre include a foyer exhibition area and a                      space, proved to be one of our most successful            series entitled ‘Temporary Foray’ took place in early    Rotunda Hospital. Keena, who is also a trained mid-
designated exhibition space (black/white box                      exhibitions to date.                                      2006, exploring contemporary arts practice and           wife and specialist in neo natal care, hopes that this
space).                                                                In    August      2007     Katarzyna   Gajewskas’    thinking in Ireland and abroad. This was followed        process will inform a wider national project.
       Riverbank organises and administers a variety              exhibited her fascinating exhibition ‘Based on            in autumn 2006 by ‘Temporary State’, an intensive                Far from neglecting permanent works, Kildare
of     exhibitions     throughout        the    year.     The     Dreams’, where she delved into the dreamworld. In         weeklong symposium held in Whites Castle, Athy,          County Council has a significant municipal art
programme         includes      a     large    number       of    order to be closer her artwork, Gajewska doesn’t use      for seven Kildare artists, with invited artists          collection. Although many of the works date from
professional artist exhibitions. Selection of the                 any tools, besides her hands, which resulted in a         Andrew Duggan (Ireland), Cesare Pietroiusti (Italy),     the 1970s, (Evie Hone, Patrick Pye, Patrick Collins,
programme takes place via a visual arts selection                 textured, vivid exhibition, which enlivened our           Ulrika Ferm (Finland). ‘Temporary State’ allowed         Sean Mc Sweeney, Norah Mc Guinness), the local
panel     which      meets      annually       and      selects   spaces.                                                   the Kildare artists to reflect on their own practice,    authority continues to acquire contemporary
exhibitions that are diverse and innovative, while                     From 14 September 2007 you will be able to           to interact with other artists and to work as a          works including Paul McKinley and Fergus Feehily.
incorporating a range of mediums. Promenade                       view a joint exhibition by Fifi Smith and Lynda           collective – this aspect of the work proved to be a      Planning for the Lantern Municipal Gallery, a
exhibitions are incorporated into the programme                   Tobin     Howes      in      Riverbank   Arts   Centre.   particular challenge for artists who usually work        permanent home for the municipal collection
where possible; exhibitions which emerge from the                 ‘In(ter)dependent’ and ‘An Fómhar’ will provide an        alone.                                                   within the Aras Chill Dara campus, Naas, is
exhibition spaces and follow through to other                     exhibition with fundamental links of darkness and                 The ‘temporary’ theme applies to the time        underway. An acquisitions policy for the Municipal
spaces within and outside of the building.                        light. Using movement, light and shadow, Smith            frame of each programme and also to the nature of        Collection is currently being devised.
       ‘The Divine Normal Sources’ exhibition in                  will explore the relationship between the                 the work explored during each intervention. This                 While the public art repertoire for the county
February 2007 is a case in point. Cathy O’Kennedy,                individual and the crowd. In tandem with this,            created a certain flexibility and openness to the        is largely sculptural, – the most significant being
the Director of Riverbanks’ award winning dance                   Tobin-Howes will work with glass to create a new          process. The ‘permanent’ element of the work is the      Perpetual Motion (1996), by Remco De Fouw and
company in residence, Fluxusdance, gathered a                     visual world using the reflective and transmitting        ‘Temporary Foray/Temporary State’ catalogue,             Rachel Joynt – the broader potential for the percent
diverse and gifted group of artists for a unique                  qualities of glass. Opening hours of the centre is        which will be published in autumn 2007. The              for art scheme is being explored. For example,
presentation. The public were invited to journey                  2pm to 5pm from Monday to Saturday, so please             catalogue is “intended as a gauge or indicator of        painter Chris Banahan is currently completing a
with      performers        through    many     spaces      in    come along to enjoy this exhibition and our future        what emerged as the most important and relevant          portrait series with the residents of a Local
Riverbank, including the visual arts spaces. During               undertakings.                                             topics raised during the event series, rather than a     Authority housing scheme in North Kildare and
the day, installations by acclaimed Irish sculptor                                                     Sinead Redmond       ‘conclusion’ to the project”.                            plans for other temporary commissions are
                                                                                                                                    According to Sally Timmons, the third phase,     underway. A public art co-ordinator has recently
Seamus Dunbar and London based film maker Jana
                                                                                                                            – ‘Temporary Collection’, “will be a means to            been appointed to lead work in this area.
Riedel provided room for contemplation and
                                                                                                                            engage with a diverse cross-section of people in
inspiration.
                                                                                                                            order to develop a Temporary Collection of art                                                           Lucina Russell,
       Successful exhibitions in 2007 included the
                                                                                                                            works that normally reside in the everyday                         Arts Officer for Kildare County Council.
‘Portals: Space / Place’ exhibition which drew four
                                                                                                                            surroundings of people’s homes … that questions
artists together (Monica de Bath, Saidhbhin Gibson,                                                                                                                                  The Temporary Foray/ Temporary State catalogue and details of the
                                                                                                                            good and bad taste, expertise, and amateurism”.          Temporary Collection project and other initiatives are available on
Janet Maher / Mary Ronayne). Although these
                                                                                                                                    It is envisaged that this work will inform       www.kildare.ie/artsservice.
artists did not submit their applications as a group
                                                                                                                            future interventions in non-traditional arts spaces,
exhibition, their work investigated similar themes
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Carly McNulty                                                                                                                       Dominic Thorpe




                                                                                                                                     Work by Dominic Thorpe



                                                                                                                                    I am from Newbridge in Kildare and now live and           ‘Temporary Foray’, and ‘Making Inroads’ the
                                                                                                                                    have a studio about six miles from the Curragh. It’s      Kildare arts development plan.
                                                                                                                                    the first time I’ve based my practice in Kildare               A central theme in my recent work is suicide.
                                                                                                                                    (having often found it difficult to base work near        The decision to deal with such difficult subject
                                                                                                                                    where I grew up). The main reason for being here          matter is not taken lightly but it came with a sense
                                                                                                                                    however is that Dublin proved too expensive. So           of inevitability. Male identity in Ireland today is of
                                                                                                                                    the story of Kildare is often the same for me as for      huge personal significance in my practice, which I
Carly McNulty. Cover design for ‘Temporary Foray / Temporary State’ publication                                                     many here – A Dublin suburb.                              often identify through ideas of the political, of
                                                                                                                                          Much of my recent work has been based in or         private and public struggle, nationalism, the
REMARKABLY, after living here for the past nine                          home – finding a studio space in the county is near        organised from Dublin. For instance recently I’ve         economy and consumer culture. Up to 500 people
years, I have not bumped into any significant                            on impossible. I was fortunate enough to rent a            worked on a collaborative commission with young           choose to end their lives in Ireland each year. Most
visual arts scene in county Kildare – other than the                     studio in the Labour Party offices. The party has          men from Finglas on the subject of suicide in the         do it in a violent way. The majority are young men,
Leinster Printmakers. Kildare may be a county that                       been incredibly supportive. After a few years              area and I’ve been working on research for NCAD           many around the same age as myself.
is rich in everything – other than its support of the                    however, the studio came under threat as the               and     FM    Communications       making       artwork        The direction I have taken and the
visual arts. There are no real gallery spaces to speak                   building was up for sale. So I became studio-less.         describing physical pain.                                 collaborative and interventionist processes I have
of; and there has been little development in                                      Shortly after, I was fortunate enough to get            I use varied media and processes including          begun to use are the welcome result of a number of
supporting the day-to-day needs of the visual artist.                    involved with two other artists, Susan Connolly            photography, video, performance, sculptural and           factors colliding (or conspiring). I had been
Personally, as an artist who wants to live and work                      and Aimee O’Neill, who were experiencing the               collaborative        work,       often    employing       struggling with my practice and a lot of ideas never
in Kildare, I have found it a real struggle.                             same difficulties. Through a contact made by               interventionist means to making and positioning           made it beyond the studio. I felt the visual
      Of course there are the artists working in the                     Aimee, we were initially offered the use of a              work. I would find it impossible to sustain my            language I was using had been in many ways
county – and it’s an increasing bona-fide line up                        fabulous house over looking the Curragh – but              practice in Kildare in terms of support structures.       appropriated by a relentless advertising culture of
too. But frustrated by the lack of galleries in                          unfortunately this didn’t work out – the period of         While I am aware of a number of very good artists         selling and buying and I was beginning to see the
Kildare, artists do flock to yonder pastures. In short                   excitement and planning was again only short               based in Kildare working with traditional                 processes of art and its conceptual language as also
anyone with an art interest born in Kildare, leaves                      lived. Finally after knocking on a few more doors,         processes or subject matter I have met few using          being appropriated by this culture.
– and sets up shop in some other area. Any of us                         the army have now provided me with rooms to set            any newer media or ways of working.                            A door opened for me on a college trip to
who live here – well, we just commute to Dublin.                         up artists’ studios at the Curragh Barracks. So                  I don’t feel the Riverbank Arts Centre in           Brazil led by Brian Maguire during my MA at
Little happens here except for horse racing! Maybe                       fingers crossed – we will see what happens – I will        Newbridge has developed a strong grounding in             NCAD. I began to identify ways of working that
that might be considered unfair, because things are                      only quite believe it, when I sign the contract.           contemporary visual art, perhaps evident in the           gave the processes and results a new life. An
starting to pick up – but it is at a very slow pace.                              Sometimes I feel that there is a lack of vision   fact that the Foyer (once a coffee shop) is a bigger,     integral part of my practice has since become the
      The Riverbank, in Newbridge is a reputable                         and a widespread misunderstanding of what                  brighter and more accessible space than the gallery       building of relationships with individuals and
centre for the theatre and performances, however                         contemporary art practice is and what it can be            in which I have on occasion had to find a key to let      communities through the making and positioning
in my opinion, it is a very awkward space for the                        within the county. With the right supports and             myself in to view a show. It has been my experience       of work in various contexts, affecting changes
visual arts.                                                             networks in place there could actually be a vibrant        that the arts centres need to move beyond the             within the work and outside the work. These
      With limited funding into the arts in Kildare,                     and interesting art scene. The recently published          commercial and broaden their understanding of             processes inform all elements of my practice
our arts officer, Lucina Russell has her work cut out.                   Kildare Arts Office’s five-year plan suggests that         varied motives professional artists can have for          including work made in the studio on my own.
Last year saw the first visible visual arts event with                   there is scope for a brighter future for us – but          making work. There is some hope however                                                     Dominic Thorpe
a curated series of talks and lectures by Sally                          without the right consultation and interest from           considering the series of talks last year called
Timmons – which was generously supported by                              the wider community, I fear that this could be a
Lucina and the arts office. This event saw an influx                     missed opportunity. Time will tell.                        Association of Kildare Artists
of artists, who otherwise had no meeting point.                                   My own plans and ideas for the future include
      On a personal level the networking it                              applying for funding to the Arts Office and Arts           THE Association of Kildare Artists (AKA) is a             association holds its annual exhibition in a venue
provided seemed at the time to suggest something                         Council in order to develop the studio spaces at           democratic,      non-profit          organisation,
                                                                                                                                                                    making                    in County Kildare, the most recent being at the
more, but which has still to be realised. The event                      Curragh; in order to develop it as a base for artists      formed by artists for artists working or living in        Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge (2005) and at
was well overdue and a blessing in this forgotten                        in the county to meet and work in. Additionally,           County Kildare. The functions of AKA are to               Barberstown Castle 2006. At present plans are
part of the country.                                                     we are applying for an Arts Council Small Festivals        improve the creative and financial status of its          active for its 2007 exhibition, which will feature a
      Out of the woodwork we crawled – and made                          Grant, which will give artists within the                  members. Central to this policy is the maintenance        re-vamped and re-formed organisation. All funds
ourselves known; and what an eclectic and                                community something to participate in and look             of high professional standards while ensuring             accrued by AKA are re-directed into the
interesting group emerged! Through various                               forward to. Rumour has it, that Kildare County             greater accessibility of members work. AKA                development of resources and support .
discussions we were all united in our frustrations                       Council have recently acquired a period building           achieves accreditation by fulfilling the criteria of            Members now work in a variety of media, oil,
about the lack of facilities for the visual arts in the                  in Naas in which they propose to house their               standards of the former Association of Artist in          acrylic, watercolour, drawing, sculpture, video and
county. Here was the opportunity to meet and                             permanent collection. I would like to suggest, that        Ireland (AAI). Members are required to satisfy a          print. It is hoped that future exhibitions will
continue to establish more of a visual arts                              maybe they could facilitate artists studios upstairs       minimum of three criteria relating to professional        include    installation   and    photography.     AKA
momentum in the county.                                                  and have a rotating exhibition of works from the           practices of Visual Artists of Ireland (VAI).             published a catalogue of members work in 2000.
      Improvising exhibition spaces seemed so                            art collection downstairs. It’s really a very simple             AKA was established in 1995 and has included        Their website will be launched shortly.
exciting and far more interesting than working in                        suggestion and it could be the beginning of                sculptors such as Bríd Ní Rinn, Eileen McDonagh,                For further information please contact Pamela
the dark and dreary downstairs space of the arts                         something quite beautiful.                                 Fifi Smith, the late James McKenna, Kieran Behan,         de Brí at pameladebri@gmail.com or Fiona Marron
centre. Unfortunately for those who had lived here                                                              Carly McNulty       David     Dunne,      Annette     McCormack,      Brian   at fionamarron@eircom.net
for quite some time, their improvising skills had                                                                                   O’Connor, Catherine Green, Zita Hartigan and                                                     Pamela de Brí
worn out. They rightly wanted to move on to the                                                                                     painters such as James Flack, Seán Walsh, Nina
next stage – the development of a purpose built                                                                                     Patterson, June Brilly, Leslie Fennel, Patrick Cahill,
visual arts facility. Which begs the question where                                                                                 Elizabeth Cope, Phillipa Bayliss, Eamonn Keenan,
lies the apathy of the arts in our county?                                                                                          Fiona Marron among its members. It has held a
      Most, if not all the artists in Kildare work from                                                                             number of group exhibitions around Ireland. The
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Critical Locality                                                                                                      Leinster Print Studio

                                                                                                                       THESE are very exciting times for the Leinster Print       literary writings and mythological legends of
                                                                                                                       Studio. A collaboration between the studio and the         Ireland and India. An exhibition was also held in
                                                                                                                       Regional Print Studio in Wrexham, North Wales,             April 2006 in the Crow Gallery, Dublin.
                                                                                                                       was announced earlier this year– co-ordinated by                 LPS is dedicated to providing a professional
                                                                                                                       Monica de Bath and Alison Craig in Ireland and             working environment and studio facilities. It is a
                                                                                                                       Wales respectively. Geraldine O’Reilly is the curator      ‘safe’ or ‘green’ studio which means that, whenever
                                                                                                                       on the Irish side, while Stefan Hughes-Jones will          possible, members strive to use safe and non-toxic
                                                                                                                       curate on the Welsh side.                                  materials.
                                                                                                                             The project has received funding from                      There are five presses of varying sizes, a drying
                                                                                                                       Cultural Co-operation and Touring @ Aberystwyth            press, plenty of storage space and a small library.
                                                                                                                       Arts Centre & Temple Bar. CCAT is an Interreg III          The studio offers facilities for intaglio, (etching and
                                                                                                                       programme designed to develop relationships                drypoint), aquatint, and carborundum. Recently
                                                                                                                       between cultural practitioners on both sides of the        photo-etching facilities have been installed, with a
                                                                                                                       Irish sea; and to raise the profile of the arts of Wales   darkroom and an exposure unit. There is a plan to
                                                                                                                       and Ireland both at home and internationally. The          have silkscreen facilities set up by the end of this
Fifi Smith In(ter)dependent (detail)
                                                                                                                       project began with proposals being exchanged by            year. LPS is also a member of ‘Studio Network’.
THE word ‘local’ has a bad name in the arts. You                I express a lot of these ponderings in steel,          members from both studios and visits to each                     In the last year the studio has been running a
know the sort of thing, a newspaper proclaims              bronze, leather, etc – because I love the physicality       other’s studios.                                           variety of workshops. Paula Gleeson gave a
“opening of exhibition by local artist”. To be honest,     of these materials. They provide a strong aesthetic               At this stage members are exchanging and             workshop in safe etching, while Carmel Benson
doesn’t it makes your toes curl up? The problem is         language for me. An example of this kind of work is         responding to themes, ideas, writings, research and        gave one in carborundum and Val Hennigan
that the description ‘local artist’ smacks of Sunday       The Appeal a study of the effects of trying to have         prints. The next stage will be a collaborative             demonstrated and tutored in linocut. At the
painting of the worst kind, of mediocrity,                 leverage when an individual is outside the group.           publication scheduled for late 2007. The exhibition        moment Jill McKeown, from Seacourt in Bangor is
dilettantism, and a complete inability to recognise             But for the last couple of years, I have also been     at will open in the Riverbank Arts Centre in               giving a series of workshops in photo etch and is
quality and innovation. The inference is, that in the      developing installations in the form of kinetic             Newbridge, Co. Kildare in February 2008 and will           training a member of the studio in this process. The
warm glow of a close, neighbourly, and uninformed          shadow displays. Using this form I feel I can best          begin a tour in Ireland, Wales and possibly                studio members give classes, workshops and
audience, critical debate, and therefore, the cutting      address the constant and changing nuances of                Australia. The Graphic Studio in Dublin will host          regularly participate in Outreach and education
edge, tends to be absent. But the ‘local’ artist can be    interpersonal interactions that I am so fascinated          the exhibition in April 2009.                              programmes.
a serious contributor to the visual arts at its best!      by. In shadows my fascination and fear of group                   Also ongoing are preparations for an                       Following a successful sojourn at Cill Rialaig,
       Let me explain. I have lived and worked in          dynamics come to life. The aesthetics of this               exhibition taking ‘the bog’ as its theme, to be            Co. Kerry in 2006 members have been invited to
many places, but I always come back to Celbridge,          immaterial medium creates a very personal world.            curated by printmaker and lecturer Peter Jones;            return in December 2007. In June three members
County Kildare. This is because by being ‘involved’        One where I can push out the boundaries of my               opening in the new Arts Centre in Tallaght in              visited Seacourt to take part in a workshop by
                                                                                                                       March 2009.                                                Kathy Thomson on multi-coloured dry point.
in this immediate population, my role as a ‘local          practice, as in my next show ‘In(ter)dependence’.
                                                                                                                             Recent LPS shows include ‘Where Siva meets                                                   Pamela de Brí
artist’ becomes that of an investigator ‘embedded’ in           It is difficult to get supported venues for this
                                                                                                                       Medb’ – a travelling exhibition exploring the
the war zone that is the interactions, politics, and       kind of experimental work, but thanks to the
passions of a local community.                             Kildare Arts Office, the Riverbank Arts Centre in
       As part of a local society, a person employs        Newbridge, will host this next venture for me. The          Finding a Place
various strategies to orientate themselves in the          growth of the County Arts Office system has the
world, dependent on and interwoven with, and               potential of transforming what is local into a              I moved to Kildare in 2005. I started out working          language and space. This project is supported by
changed by, each individual’s psychological                conduit for excellence. Of course, a lot depends on         from a spare room at home in the middle of the             CCAT at Aberystwyth Arts Centre & Temple Bar.
character. These differing perspectives can be quite       the quality of the Arts Office. In the case of Kildare,     countryside, but that can be insular after a while. I            In putting my past and current skills to use, I
complex and subtle and can operate on many                 the enabling energy poured out into the county by           work mainly in 2D – drawing, printmaking, and              registered as self-employed in the area of ‘arts
levels. A lot of my work centres around this               the Arts Office is amazing,; and is one of the reasons      photography installations and while I need                 administration services’, and in this capacity I have
liminality; or transition stage between these two          I’m glad I live in this county.                             facilities for printmaking, I am lucky that I don’t        worked on a contract basis with Kildare County
different perspectives.                                         A missing ingredient, however, is a lively             need too much space to work. Nonetheless, I knew           Council Arts Service on two separate occasions –
       Part of my process, is looking at how we feel       commentary from good quality critics. With a few            in order to survive I needed to be working with            producing internal reports on public art and public
about belonging to, or being isolated from, our            exceptions, they seem very reluctant to venture far         other artists. Having been to college in Dublin, I         library services.
perceived group. In particular the astonishing             from home – especially if home is Dublin city! But          found that most of my experience of art workers,                 I was then asked by Brigid Harney,
difference in behaviour and thinking between our           because good and interesting work is being shown            venues, spaces, galleries, artists etc was Dublin          photographer and artist, to get involved in another
actions as an individual and our actions as a              at the local county level, my hope is that all those        centred. In moving to Kildare, I was starting from         artist-led initiative – the set up and running of a
member of our community / group / mob. What                city-based critics will recognise this, and, at least       scratch in building my knowledge of local art              temporary contemporary exhibition space called
level of need and / or affinity reduces or increases       occasionally, go beyond the Pale to seek out local art      activity, support services, facilities and networks.       Artworks – at 33a North Main Street, Naas (Nov 06
the ease with which we can identify with, or break         of an international standard.                                     As a result of an unwillingness to face the          – Mar 07). This space provided an opportunity for
away from, that community and so on?                            ‘In(ter)dependence’ a shadow show, my next             commute and financial necessity, combined with a           professional local and national contemporary
                                                                                                                       chance encounter with Lucina Russell – Arts                artists to show current work in Kildare. Artworks
       And this is where my place as a ‘local’ artist in   installation can be seen in the McKenna Gallery,
                                                                                                                       Officer for Kildare County Council, I went in search       received a very positive reaction from the local
Co Kildare comes in. I consider that by being an           Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge from (17 Sept –
                                                                                                                       of other artists. I met a number of Kildare based          press, community and artists.
‘embedded’ artist in this specific community, my           10 Oct).
                                                                                                                       working artists at the ‘Temporary Foray’ events in               Along with affordable studio space, there is an
work can address these complex states of mind and                                                     Fifi Smith
                                                                                                   www.fifismith.com   the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge. That proved          enormous requirement for more exhibition spaces
feelings that are played out in the intensity of
                                                                                                                       to be a crucial first step in my settling into Kildare.    in Kildare – white cube and experimental. Artists
community interaction.
                                                                                                                             One such artist is Margaret Becker, Director of      need venues and spaces that will expand practices
                                                                                                                       the Leinster Printmaking Studio (LPS). Margaret is a       and offer access to new art-forms. From my recent
                                                                                                                       very persuasive and resourceful woman –                    experience, there is a burgeoning interest in
   CONTACTS                                                                                                            membership of the LPS alone would not suffice; I           contemporary visual art on all levels in Kildare.
                                                                                                                       found myself with the role of treasurer! Working on        While public bodies like Kildare County Council
                                                                                                                       committees for an artist-led organisation certainly        Arts Service and local development agencies such
  Lucina RussellArts Officer,
                                                                                                                       brings you face to face with issues affecting              as KELT provide some support – via funding and
  Kildare County Council.                                                                                              working artists today. You find that the role              residencies, there is always room for more. As
  T: 045-448318/ 448328, E: lrussell@kildarecoco.ie                                                                    mushrooms into other roles, as there is always             artists, we must strive to push the boundaries and
                                                                                                                       something to be done – it demands time and energy          create our own opportunities. Perhaps it is time for
  Riverbank Art Centre,                                                                                                but the experience in invaluable.                          an artists’ network in Kildare? Find a place to meet,
  Main Street, Newbridge, Co Kildare                                                                                         I not only found the much-needed                     talk, exchange ideas, a place to think and be.
  T: 045 448314 E: artscentre@riverbank.ie                                                                             professional working environment and facilities at
                                                                                                                       LPS, but also importantly opportunities to show                                               Úna Collins.
  Margaret Becker, Studio Manager,                                                                                     work. For example, I am currently working on a                       Artist & Arts Administration Services.
  Leinster Print Studio, Loughanure, Clane,Co. Kildare                                                                 collaborative project with a Welsh artist, Ian                                           www.unacollins.moonfruit.com
  http://leinsterprint.com E: leinsterprint@eircom.net                                                                 Williams of the Regional Print Centre, Wrexham in                                               www.leinsterprint.com

                                                                                                                       Wales on the concepts of cultural identity,
Marcel van Eeden, from the series The Archaeologist,The Travels of Oswald Sollmann,
a Cycle of Drawings, 2006/07, pencil on paper, 19 x 28 cm


The Archaeologist,                                   The Art of Botanical Painting
The Travels of Oswald Sollmann,                      First Floor Gallery,
a Cycle of Drawings                                   9 November 2007 - 12 January 2008
Marcel van Eeden
Ground & 1st Floor Galleries                         Artist in Residence
7 September – 3 November 2007
                                                     July – December 2007
                                                     Maggie Madden
The Colour Fields
Eamon Colman, William Crozier,
Martin Finnin, Darren Murray
and Alison Pilkington
Ground Floor Gallery
9 November 2007 – 12 January 2008



Draíocht Blanchardstown Centre,
Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
T: +353 1 885 2610 F: +353 1 8243434
W: www.draiocht.ie
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                                                                                 N6 PHASE 2                                     Email                                   Expressions of interest by 20              working in any discipline.
                                                                                 Dept of Environment and local                  planning@caerphilly.gov.uk              September 2007. Presentations              Meantime is a temporary artist-
                                                                                 Govt.       Westmeath              County      Deadline                                and interviews in early October            run project-space operating as an
                                                                                 Council invites submissions for                21 September 2007                       (Phase 1); design and                      open, experimental platform for
                                                                                 the following artistic scheme. N6                                                      manufacture from November                  the production and presentation
                                                                                 Phase 2 Kilbeggan to Athlone                   RNLI MEMORIAL                           onwards(phase 2). The fee for              of   new         work     and     cross-
                                                                                 dual carriageway. Total Budget                 Expressions of interest from            the project is in two stages:              disciplinary practice. Artists are
                                                                                 €64,000. This commission will                  public artists working alone or         phase 1 stg£250, Phase 2                   invited to make and present
              OPPORTUNITIES                                                      be awarded by open competition
                                                                                 with a two-stage selection
                                                                                                                                with landscape designers to
                                                                                                                                submit proposal for a memorial
                                                                                                                                                                        stg£13,000. For further details
                                                                                                                                                                        and application form contact:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   work in and around the building.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   This is an opportunity to devise,
                                                                                 process. Artists are required to               and commemorative garden                Email                                      produce and present work in an
                                                                                 submit the following: A typed                  including public art with hard          Tapartproject@yahoo.co.uk                  interested, dynamic, critical
FUNDING                                 partnerships or groups. The
                                                                                 statement of intent; A typed                   and soft landscaping, to celebrate      Deadline                                   environment, and to contribute
                                        fundamental aim of the Arts
                                                                                 proposal outlining details of the              the Royal National Lifeboat             20 September 2007                          to the development of this new
CULTURE IRELAND                         Programme         is    to    support
                                                                                 art work, including materials                  Institution and acknowledge the                                                    artist-led space. Additionally
Culture Ireland's purpose is to         research        and    development
                                                                                 specifications, dimensions, a                  lives of the crew that have been         RESIDENCIES                               Meantime will host a number of
promote and advance Irish arts          activities for unconventional
                                                                                 breakdown of costs, outline                    lost since it was established in                                                   networking events over the
in a global context by helping to       and     unusual        art   projects,
                                                                                 details as to how work would be                1824 (183 years ago). Anticipated       WELSH / IRISH LANGUAGE                     coming months and is open to
create                international     particularly involving two or
                                                                                 placed and installed; Drawings                 budget      stg£150,000         with    Plas Glyn y Weddw is a gallery             suggestions for work in which
opportunities for Irish artists         more artists with different
                                                                                 and/ or sketches; A current CV.                additional landscaping budget to        and community venue in a tiny              basic needs, social interaction
and      cultural     practitioners.    specialist areas of expertise
                                                                                 Examples            of        work       in    be confirmed. Garden to be              village on the coast of Penllyn in         and/or entertaining diversions
Culture       Ireland       considers   working collaboratively.
                                                                                 photographs, slides or catalogue;              located in RNLI Headquarters,           the extreme North-West of                  are broadly considered. To apply,
applications for all forms of the       Telephone
                                                                                 Completed application form; A4                 Poole, UK. Contact Nicky Hall for       Wales. It is close to the town of          to discuss proposal, or just to get
arts whether traditional or             +44 (0)207 636 5313
                                                                                 SAE for return of materials.                   more information.                       Pwllheli and is set in a                   involved contact Sarah:
contemporary, in whatever form,         Email
                                                                                 Please ensure that individual                  Address                                 dramatically beautiful position            Address
and includes, in particular, visual     info@gulbenkian.org.uk
                                                                                 items      are    clearly          labelled.   RNLI, West Quay Road, Poole             between mountains, rocky cliffs,           Meantime,         Oxford        Passage,
arts, theatre, literature, music,       Www
                                                                                 Incomplete applications will not               BH15 1HZ, UK                            ancient woodlands and the sea.             Cheltenham, GL50 4EFt , UK
dance, opera, film, circus and          www.gulbenkian.org.uk
                                                                                 be considered. A site visit will               Telephone                               We would like to invite one or             Email
architecture, and includes any          Deadline
                                                                                 be facilitated on Wednesday                    +44 (0)1202 663207                      more arts practitioners from the           meantime.space@yahoo.co.uk
medium when used for those              Ongoing
                                                                                 September 5th 2007. Please                     Email                                   Gaeltacht or from rural areas in           Deadline
purposes. The applicant must
                                                                                 email the arts office for an                   nhall@rnli.org.uk                       Northern Ireland who are able to           30 September 2007
demonstrate how the event will          PUBLIC ART
                                                                                 appointment,             as   a     limited    Deadline                                output work in Irish, to work and
meet the required criteria.
                                                                                 number of places are available.                23 November 2007                        live here for six weeks to two             WOODA ARTS, CORNWALL
Decisions on applications for           LOUGHEGAR N.S.
                                                                                 Full details and brief are                                                             months in May/ June 2008. The              Annual Wooda Arts Residency at
funding will be made by the             Dept of \Education and Science.
                                                                                 available from:                                TOLWORTH TOWER                          gallery      can         offer      free   Wooda Farm, Cornwall. Open to
Board of Culture Ireland based          Loughegar        National      School
                                                                                 Address                                        Seeking artists to produce a work       accommodation and food, a                  artists in any medium who have
on the extent to which they meet        invites submissions for the
                                                                                 Catherine Kelly, Westmeath                     of sculpture for Tolworth Tower         studio to work in, and the                 a    strong       commitment          to
specific criteria. There is a high      following        artistic     scheme.
                                                                                 County Arts Officer, County                    external      reception         area.   opportunity to develop creative            experimentation. The Second
demand for Culture Ireland              Loughegar        National      School
                                                                                 Library       HQ,        Dublin       Road,    Targetfollow would like to              project work both with children            Annual Wooda Arts Award. A six
grants and it will not be possible      Permanent Visual Art Indoor
                                                                                 Mullingar.                                     commission       a    site-specific     and older people. We could also            week residency in an architect
to fund all applications deemed         Wall Mountable Feature or
                                                                                 Telephone                                      artwork for the reception of one        offer an interested person free            designed studio space with
eligible. The next deadline for         Freestanding Sculpture. Total
                                                                                 044 9340781                                    of its iconic office blocks.            lessons and workshops in the               cottage             accommodation.
grant applications to Culture           Budget           €20,000.This
                                                                                 Email                                          Through this commission, we             Welsh       language,       and     the    Stg£1,500 + travel and materials
Ireland is 15 November 2007 for         commission will be awarded by
                                                                                 ckelly@westmeathcoco.ie.                       seek to engage an artist to design      opportunity to be immersed in a            allowance. Residency takes place
activities     taking    place     in   open competition with a one-
                                                                                 Deadline                                       and produce a sculptural piece          largely Welsh-speaking society.            from 26th January to 6th March
February 2008 and onwards. For          stage selection process. Artists
                                                                                 12 October 2007                                for the external reception area         Voluntary Arts Wales will                  2008. For further details:
details of application procedures       are required to submit the
                                                                                                                                which responds to the design of         support Plas Glyn y Weddw and              Email
and specific criteria please see        following: A typed statement of
                                                                                 LLANBRADACH COMMISSION                         the building but works on a             Galeri in raising appropriate              max@woodafarm.co.uk
the website.                            intent;    A      typed      proposal
                                                                                 Llanbradach and Pwyll y Pant                   human scale. Artists are invited        financial support to cover the             Www
Email                                   outlining details of the art work,
                                                                                 partnership and Caerphilly                     to submit a response to the brief,      costs of materials, and to provide         www.woodafarm.co.uk
cultureireland@dast.gov.ie              including                    materials
                                                                                 County Borough Council, would                  a CV and up to eight images of          a residency fee for the artist(s)          Deadline
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                                                                                 like to commission two pieces of               recent work. The Fee for the            involved during their stay. In             5 October 2007
www.cultureireland.gov.ie               breakdown of costs, outlining
                                                                                 work at Llanbradach at locations               project is stg£25,000. Brief            return,     the     artist(s)       will
Deadline                                details as to how work would be
                                                                                 prepared either side of the main               available from Sarah Cannell.           undertake some activity in the             THE NETHERLANDS
15 November 2007                        placed and installed; Drawings
                                                                                 road. The artist shall work with               Address                                 community,         as     agreed     in    Jan van Eyck Academie institute
                                        and/ or sketches; A current CV.
                                                                                 local groups in devising the                   Riverside House, 11-13 Riverside        previous consultations, as well as         for the research and production
CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN                     Examples          of      work      in
                                                                                 designs.         Work         shall      be    Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 1SQ          developing their own work. The             of Fine Art, Design & Theory
The      Calouste       Gulbenkian      photographs, slides or catalogue;
                                                                                 completed and installed by 31                  Telephone                               residency will be documented,              calls for artist's applications. The
Foundation provides funding for         Completed application form; A4
                                                                                 Jan     2008.       The       budget      is   +44 (0)1603 218368                      and an exhibition of both work             Jan van Eyck Academie is an
Arts, Education Social Welfare          SAE for return of materials.
                                                                                 stg£40,000 (half of which is                   Email                                   and process will be mounted                institute     for    research       and
and Anglo-Portuguese Cultural           Please ensure that individual
                                                                                 inclusive of VAT) to include costs             sarah.cannell@targetfollow.com          both in North Wales and the                production          where        artists,
Relations         projects.      The    items     are    clearly     labelled.
                                                                                 of         workshops,               design,    Deadline                                Gaeltacht. For more information            designers and theoreticians work
foundation supports projects            Incomplete applications will not
                                                                                 construction and installation.                 30 September 2007                       and to register your interest              alongside        each     other     and
which are genuinely original in         be considered. Full details and
                                                                                 Funding is from Caerphilly                                                             contact     Meic        Llewellyn     at   establish         cross-disciplinary
their field, and favours those          brief are available from:
                                                                                 County Borough Council and                     HEALTH CARE CENTRE                      Voluntary Arts Wales                       exchange. We welcome artists,
which      take     place     outside   Address
                                                                                 The Arts Council of Wales. To                  Gracefield Health Centre,               Telephone                                  individuals and groups, without
London. As a guide, there is a          John McCormack, Loughegar
                                                                                 apply artists should submit CV                 London, are seeking furniture,          +44 1650 511778                            stipulating conditions regarding
present a limit of Stg£15,000 to        National School, Loughegar, Co.
                                                                                 (relating to previous experience),             theatre, landscape, interior or         Email                                      form, content and media. Artists
any one grant. The UK branch of         Westmeath.
                                                                                 along with CD or DVD of images                 concept designers & sculptors,          meic@vaw.org.uk                            are invited to apply for a research
the foundation deals only with          Telephone
                                                                                 and      an      SAE          to     David     to produce an interactive               Deadline                                   period      in      the    Fine      Art
grant        applications        from   044 9372321
                                                                                 Chamberlain, Arts Development                  artwork for an internal                 Ongoing                                    department of up to two years,
organisations (usually registered       Email
                                                                                 Officer,      Caerphilly           Borough     courtyard in their new health                                                      starting in January 2008. The
charities) in the United Kingdom        Lns.ias@eircom.net
                                                                                 County Council:                                centre. Gracefield Health Centre        CHELTENHAM, UK                             central       element       of       the
and the Republic of Ireland. The        Deadline
                                                                                 Address                                        would like the area to be used as       Residency opportunity for local,           application is your project
Arts Programme is aimed at              12th October 2007
                                                                                 Blackwood Miners Institute,                    a community space for                   regional,         national,          or    proposal, in which you set out
helping        professional      arts
                                                                                 High St, Blackwood, Caerphilly                 performances, exhibitions, a            internationally based, self-               the form and content of your
organisations and individual
                                                                                 NP12 1BB, Wales.                               place to sit, talk and share.           motivated, contemporary artists            research and production plans.
professional artists working in
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All researchers in the Fine Art          piece of work made during the             have achieved an international        those invited to participate in          current biography and SAE. . For             material. Also it must be signed
department         are     given   an    residency as a donation to the            reputation for research in art,       these month-long programmes.             further         information        please    by the creator but only on the
individual studio and a stipend.         HMC. Donated work will be                 science and technology.               All basic supplies will be               contact Jean Forbes-Cooke at the             reverse. The exhibition will take
Funding for individual projects          exhibited Vizivarosi Gallery,             Address                               provided, and the facility will be       Tipperary Institute                          place in Arts Office Gallery, 72
can be applied for on a project-         Budapest in July 2008. Studio,            3530, Saint-Laurent Boulevard,        made available whenever classes          Address                                      John Street, Kilkenny and it will
by-project basis. Interviews will        room, breakfast and lunch,                suite 402, Montreal (Quebec),         are not in session. Residents are        Tipperary         Institute    Nenagh        run for a period of November to
take place in October and must           exhibition, seminar, artists’ talk        H2X 2V1, Canada                       expected to make their own               Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary                 December 2007.
include your project proposal,           and gallery tour are included in          Telephone                             work during a residency. To              Telephone                                    Address
documentation material and an            the cost of €610 for 13 days. For         +33 514 987 7177                      apply send 10 slides or digital          050 428411                                   Kilkenny County Council Arts
application              form.      A    application forms or questions            Email                                 images on CD (not via email) of          Email                                        Office, 72 John Street, Kilkenny
downloadable application form            regarding        the     International    info@fondation-langlois.org           your work, two letters of                jforbescooke@tippinst.ie                     Telephone
and more information about the           Artist Residency:                         Www                                   recommendation,          a     written   Deadline                                     056 779 4138
application procedure can be             Email                                     www.fondation-langlois.org            proposal (including detailed             28 September 2007                            Email
found on the website below. For          bszechy@yahoo.com                         Deadline                              information on your residency                                                         mary.butler@kilkennycoco.ie
more information please contact          Www                                       30 September 2007                     plans;     necessary         supplies,   ORMEAU BATHS                                 Www
Leon Westenberg.                         www.hungarian-multicultural-                                                    equipment, and assistants; and           Call      for     submissions         for    www.kilkennycoco.ie
Address                                  center.com                                VIRGINIA, USA                         the best months for you to               upcoming print exhibition at                 Deadline
Jan      van     Eyck      Academie,     Deadline                                  The Virginia Centre for the           participate), and a CV tothe             Ormeau          Baths        in
                                                                                                                                                                                           Gallery             15 October 2007
Academieplein 1 6211 KM                  19 October 2007                           creative arts is an international     address below. For further details:      association with Seacourt Print
Maastricht, The Netherlands                                                        working retreat for visual artists,   Address                                  Workshop. An exhibition of                   BELLTABLE LIMERICK
Telephone                                DENMARK                                   writers and composers. Located        Residency Programs, The Studio           Northern Ireland Printmaking                 Belltable is currently looking for
+31(0)433503724                          Residency         opportunity       at    in Amherst County, Virginia,          of The Corning Museum of Glass,          will accompany an exhibition of              submissions from Visual Artists
Www                                      Guldagergaard       International         approx      160    miles      from    One Museum Way, Corning, NY              prints and paintings by Howard               for the period July to December
www.janvaneyck.nl                        Ceramic Research Center for               Washington D.C. Residencies           14830-2253, USA                          Hodgskins at the Ormeau Baths                2008. Please send a written
Deadline                                 artists, craftsmen and designers,         last from two weeks to two            Email                                    Gallery from November 2007 to                proposal, Resume and portfolio
1 October 2007                           who wish to complete specific             months and artists stay in a          thestudio@cmog.org                       January 2008. The exhibition                 to the address listed below
                                         ceramic projects for a period of          private room in a comfortable,        Www                                      will    be       selected     by    John     marking your envelope OPEN
OMAHA,USA                                one to six months. The residency          modern residence building. The        www.cmog.org                             McKechnie of the Glasgow Print               SUBMISSION – Hardcopy/Disk
Residencies available at the             program is for short or long term         residencies provide a chance to       Deadline                                 Workshop. No framed work will                applications only please. Email
Bemis Centre for contemporary            residencies throughout the year,          work uninterrupted for long           31October 2007                           be     considered.       Paper       size:   applications not accepted.
arts, Ohmaha, USA. The art-              with preference given to longer           periods of time in single studio                                               70x100cm (Any size print within              Address
making process has been the              periods in the winter. All                spaces. To apply, artists should
                                                                                                                          EXHIBITIONS                             paper size). Submission: Up to 3             Belltable, 69 O’Connell Street,
highest priority at the Bemis            applications will be evaluated by         submit an application form,                                                    prints. Exhibition dates are 2               Limerick
Center for Contemporary Arts,            Guldagergaard ceramic board of            curriculum vitae and samples of       24 HOURS NON STOP ART                    November 2007 to 5 January                   Www
where both the atmosphere and            advisers. It is a non-profit-             their work. For an application        Call for 24 multi-disciplinary           2008. For further details or                 www.belltable.ie
environment      offer  ideal            making           foundation,      and     form, please download one from        artists for the event ' 24 hours         submissions:                                 Deadline
situations for creative growth           residencies are offered at the            the website, or email. to request     non stop art'. The event will take       Address                                      10 December 2007
and experimentation. Located in          lowest possible rate. All studio          a copy.                               place at Tigh Fili Cork Arts             Ormeau Baths Gallery
two urban warehouses totaling            residents are expected to work            Telephone                             Theatre, on the 28th to 29th             18a Ormeau Avenue, Belfast                   DIGITAL HUB
110,000 square feet, our facilities      independently and collaborate             +011 (434) 946-7236                   October 2007. 24 hours non stop          BT2 8HS                                      The Digital Hub has launched
are designed to foster creativity        in using the common studio                Email                                 art is an artistic event about the       Telephone                                    the second series of Projected
and the productive exchange of           areas and kilns. Download more            vcca@vcca.com                         experience of duration. In the           +44 (0)28 9146 0595                          Weekends. We are now opening
ideas. Artists from around the           information and application               Www                                   course of one day and one night          Email                                        the call for this year's series that
world come to the Bemis Center           forms       or         contact    Ann     www.vcca.com                          (24 hours), viewers will be able to      mail@ormeaubaths.co.uk                       will run from September 2007
to work in this supportive               Linnemann for details:                    Deadline                              see a whole range of possibilities       Deadline                                     through to March 2008. If you
community and confront new               Address                                   15 September 2007                     offered by videos, visual arts,          2 October 2007                               have work that you would like to
challenges. We provide well-             Guldagergaard, Heilmannsvej 31                                                  performances, dance, music,                                                           see projected outdoors in The
equipped studio spaces, living           A, DK - 4230 Skaelskor, Denmark           GLASS ARTISTS, USA                    theatre, poetry, from artists, who       MILL THEATRE GALLERY                         Digital Hub, send your proposal
accommodations and monthly               Email                                     The Corning Museum of Glass           form a part of the international         The     Mill       Theatre     Gallery,      to the email address below. This
stipends. For more information           ceramic@ceramic.dk                        Studio's      Artist-in-Residence     scene. The project will present a        Dundrum             Town           Centre    is an open call, there is no
please         contact      Residency    Www                                       program brings artists from           variety of events with an                welcomes submissions for it's                deadline for submissions. All
Program Director, Cary Tobin:            www.ceramic.dk                            around the world to Corning.          emphasis            on            the    2008 calendar. Contact Aoife.                work      of    any    subject   and
Address                                  Deadline                                  The artists spend a month at The      interdisciplinary                 and    Telephone                                    discipline will be considered. As
Bemis Centre, 724 South 12th             15 October 2007                           Studio, trying new techniques in      interactions between media,              01 2969340.                                  the areas that are being used to
Street, Omaha, NE 68102 USA                                                        glass, or to enhance their current    artists and viewers. Each event          Email                                        display        the    projects   are
Email                                    LANGLOIS FOUNDATION                       work, while using the immense         will be recorded and broadcasted         aoife@milltheatre.com                        residential areas, sound will not
cary@bemiscenter.org                     Through          its     Grants    for    resources of the world's leading      at every show. More informatio           Www                                          be played on the street. For
Www                                      Researchers in Residence, the             glass museum. At the end of the       contact: Angelique or Frances on:        www.milltheatre.com                          further details please contact
www.bemiscenter.org                      Daniel Langlois Foundation for            residency, each artist gives a        Telephone                                                                             Elaine:
Deadline                                 Art, Science and Technology               short slide presentation and          087 2904212 or 0877941712                POSTCARDS               FROM         THE     Telephone
30 September 2007                        supports research projects. The           lecture about his or her work.        Email                                    EDGE2                                        01 4806200
                                         program      aims        to   promote     This is a free event held in The      info24hrs@yahoo.co.uk                    Kilkenny County Councils Arts                Email
BUDAPEST                                 research projects that take an            Studio Lecture Room and open to       Www                                      Office needs to display a                    exhibit@thedigitalhub.com
The Hungarian Multicultural              innovative             approach     to    the     public.   The    Artist-in-   www.24hrsnonstopart.blogspot.            minimum of 5000 postcard size                Www
Center is currently accepting            disseminating research results            Residence program at The Studio       com                                      pieces of work to fill the Arts              www.myspace.com/
applications for the Budapest -          via data communications. The              of The Corning Museum of Glass        Deadline                                 Office Gallery. The only criterion           projectedweekends
Hungarian                International   program          of      Grants    for    gives artists the opportunity to      24th September 2007                      for the work is that it must be              Deadline
Artist/Writer               Residency    Researchers in Residence is open          expand their work and to master                                                standard blank white postcard in             Ongoing
Program. The program is open to          to artists, historians, curators,         techniques using glass. Each          TIPPERARY INSTITUTE                      size, i.e. 9cm x 14cm. Cards in any
international artists working in         critics, independent researchers,         artist spends one month utilizing     Tipperary Institute is inviting          medium welcome, drawing,                     EGGLIVING
all disciplines who are engaged          and scientists in various fields,         the full resources of the Museum,     submissions      for     its     2008    knitting, sewing, print etc. Also            Eggliving, a new boutique
in the research, development or          including computer science and            including its state-of-the-art        exhibition programme at its              there is no limit to the number of           homestore and art gallery which
creation of work. Approximately          related areas of social science.          glassmaking studio, the Rakow         Thurles Campus. Both solo and            cards one can submit. Every                  recently opened on Oughterard's
20 artists are invited for this 2        Applicants must be researchers            Research     Library    and    the    group submissions will be                work submitted will be included              main street in Galway is looking
week             workshop/seminar        at the doctoral or post-doctoral          Museum                  collection.   considered. To apply please              in the show; any exclusion will              for artists to show in its gallery
program in Budapest, Hungary.            level, or demonstrate that they           Transportation, as well as room       submit 10 to 12 images of                be at the discretion of the arts             space. The gallery is currently
Artists are expected to leave one        have equivalent experience or             and board, will be arranged for       current work together with               office, for example any offensive            showcasing local artists, with a
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view to stage various group and             program matches the aims of the        second Rose Project Student Art        Email                                        Art Wales is funded by the Arts        SPARK PLUG AWARDS
solo shows over the course of the           Red House, financial sources and       Awards. The Rose Project Student       rowena@business2arts.ie                      Council of Wales and Cardiff           Spark Plug Curator Awards.
coming year. Submissions are                the budget needed for the              Art Awards will focus on               Www                                          County Council. For further            Annual award scheme offers
currently being accepted. Please            project, enclosed CVs of the           recognising excellence in your         www.business2arts.ie                         details:                               successful applicants stg£5,000
include a SAE if you wish your              curator, the artists or the team       emerging Irish artists. It will also   Deadline                                     Address                                to develop an ambitious and
submission to be returned to                that is making the proposal.           provide support to enable them         14 September 2007                            Public Art Wales, 4 Sovereign          innovative exhibition project
you. Please send 6-8 images of              Please address your proposals or       to further their talent and artistic                                                Quay, Havannah Street, Cardiff         that engages with contemporary
work (digital format) plus art              any further questions to:              development through a bursary          IRISH CONCRETE SOCIETY                       CF10 5SF.                              craft. The Awards will actively
related CV to:                              Email                                  of €5,000. The awards will be          The Irish Concrete Society is                Telephone                              support and develop innovative,
Address                                     visualarts@redhouse-sofia.org          judged       by    a   panel     of    pleased to continue a special                +44 (0)2920 489 543                    high quality exhibitions of
Eggliving,          Main          Street,   Www                                    professionals, including Mr            Award scheme for sculpture, in               Deadline                               contemporary craft. Applicants
Oughterard, Co. Galway                      www.redhouse-sofia.org                 Jason Oakley, Visual Artists           which the Society wishes to                  30 September 2007                      must be based in the UK and
Email                                       Deadline                               Ireland, Mr Jack Gilligan, City        make an Award for excellence in                                                     projects must take place in the
info@eggliving.ie                           30 September 2007                      Arts Officer Dublin City Council,      the design/construction of a                 MANIFESTO ARTS AWARD                   `UK. For further details visit
Www                                                                                and Ms Mary Donohoe, Founder           sculptural project. The Society is           As part of the Annual Imagine          contact Annabelle Campbell,
www.eggliving.ie                            MOUNT PLEASANT GARDENS                 of The Rose Project. Winners will      sponsoring a cash prize of €1000             Waterford Arts Festival October        Exhibitions     and           Collection
Deadline                                    Established and emerging artists       be announced at the official           to the winning sculptor. This                2007. Manifesto gallery in             Manager:
Ongoing                                     based in the UK and Ireland are        awards ceremony on the eve of          Award scheme enables the                     Waterford city is setting up the       Telephone
                                            invited to submit original works       World AIDS Day, Friday 30th            Society to acknowledge the work              'Manifesto Arts Award', an open        +44 (0)2078062521
EXHIBITIONS                                 of art suitable for an outdoor         November 2007. An Exhibition           of sculptors who use concrete as             competition for the submission         Email
INTERNATIONAL                               setting. Mount Pleasant Gardens,       of the works of excellence will        a medium of expression. Entries              of original artworks with prizes       a_campbell@craftscouncil.org.u
                                            an RHS reccommended site near          then run from 1st to the 7th           which use concrete as the main               worth          €2000          from     k
100 TINY ARTWORKS                           Chester. Seeking original work in      December at the Lab, Dublin            visual element in the sculpture              artmaterialsco.com. The theme          Www
A     new     art    project       from     any media, and of any size             City Council. The Rose Project is      are eligible. The adjudication               of the competition is 'Outside         www.craftscouncil.org.uk
onelosthousemate in association             (within reason). The exhibition        an Irish based charity established     will be carried out by an                    the box'. There are two                Deadline
with 27a Access Artspace. An                will run from the 3 to the 28          by Mary Donohoe to fund the            independent jury convened by                 categories, 13 yrs to 19 yrs, and      20 October 2007
‘affordable art market’ vending             September 2008. For more               delivery of quality medical,           the Council of the Society.                  aged 20 and over. Work can be
machine. All works made for the             information and an application         nursing and psycho-social care to      Nominations for the award may                submitted for consideration by         JOBS
vending machine will cost just              form please contact Caroline on:       people living with HIV/AIDS and        be made by sculptors or others               email or by bringing the work to
20p to buy, and we are looking              Telephone                              their families in Africa. For more     directly      involved         in     the    the gallery (Saturday afternoons       TCD COLLECTION CURATOR
for 100 artists to come up with             +44 (0)1829 741322                     information       please   contact     nomination. Nominations must                 only, or by appointment). Out          Trinity College Dublin seeks to
100 different art works which               Email                                  Andrina Moore:                         refer to work completed since 1              of the entries a short-list of works   make this new appointment to
can fit inside a 2.5cm spherical            mail@carolinegregson.com               Telephone                              January 2006 which is currently              will be chosen from both               support   its strategy for
capsule. The vending machine                Deadline                               086 8185618                            in Ireland and which can be                  categories to hang for sale in the     developing and enhancing its
will then be entered into this              20 November 2007                       Email                                  made available for inspection                exhibition 'Outside the box' at        major artistic collections. The
year's Open Exhibition at The                                                      info@roseproject.org.                  by the jury later in the year, if            Manifesto gallery, which will be       Curator will be responsible for
City Gallery. All artists taking            THROES                                 Www                                    requested. All entries will be               opened by international artist         the management of the College
part will be credited in the                An exhibition exploring the            www.roseproject.org                    displayed at an Awards Evening               Jim Fitzpatrick on the 28 October      collections. Duties will include
project, and all money raised will          darker side of human nature and        Deadline                               held in early 2008, at which the             2007. Final date for entries is 19     the preparation of a fully
be donated to 27a Access                    the human condition, to provide        2 November 2007                        winner will be announced. The                October by 5 pm.                       digitised inventory and visual
Artspace. Artwork can be sent               an antidote to easily-viewed,                                                 closing date for the return of               Address                                record of the collections; the
via email, or to the address below.         unchallenging artwork shown in         THE DAVID MANLEY AWARD                 nominations       is        Friday    28     Manifesto, 2 Georges Street,           management          of    loans     and
Address                                     pristine white spaces. To apply        Opportunity for emerging artists       September 2007 and nomination                Waterford.                             accessions; the supervision of
27a Access Artspace, 27a Belvoir            for this group exhibition your         or arts organisation to win            forms may be obtained from                   Telephone                              hanging and display within the
Street, Leicester LE1 6SL                   work needs to be anything that is      €10,000 cash and €70,000 in            Emma Flood at the                address     051 853333                             College; the coordination of
Telephone                                   not particularly easy to view,         business mentoring in areas such       below or you can download the                Email                                  conservation treatments, and the
+44 (0)7716 024338                          whether this is as slight as           as finance, marketing, identity        entry form on the VAI website.               gallery@manifesto.ie                   management of the College
Email                                       creating    an    uncomfortable        and brand, management and              Address                                      Www                                    picture store. Applicants should
planckton@yahoo.com                         atmosphere or as blatant as            legal, as well as places on            Irish Concrete Society, Platin,              www.manifesto.ie                       have a good honours degree in
Deadline                                    presenting a shocking image. It        training      programmes         in    Drogheda, Co. Louth                          Deadline                               the History of Art or a related
28 September 2007                           can be installation art, drawing,      marketing and management. .            Telephone                                    19 October 2007                        discipline, together with the
                                            machines,           photography,       The David Manley award was             041 987 6466                                                                        professional        experience        of
THE RED HOUSE, BULGARIA                     performance,        sonic       art,   established in 2003 to reward          Deadline                                     THE DISCERNING EYE                     working        in         a      gallery
The Red House Centre for                    painting...anything! All work          enterprise        in   commerce.       28 September 2007                            The discerning eye is offering         environment. Experience in
Culture and Debate, Sofia,                  created relates, in someway, to        Business2Arts urges any artist or                                                   Stg£1,000 drawing bursary to           collections     management            is
Bulgaria         announces            an    their makers' human nature so a        organisation that is interested or     ARTIST-LED AWARDS WALES                      interested artists. To apply please    essential, so too good IT skills,
invitation to curators and artistic         link to the human condition            feels they may be eligible to see      Artist@Work & Good Ideas are                 submit up to six slides or digital     including a familiarity with
formations to offer a project for           does not necessarily have to be        the website listed below or to         award programmes open to                     images of work, CV and written         digitised      catalogues           and
the Red House Curator Season in             the main concern of the piece.         contact Business2Arts to discuss       artists working in any media, for            statement (max 300 words),             databases, some experience in
the field of contemporary visual            "Throes" is part of Tether Festival,   the application process further.       residency projects in Wales of               detailing how you would spend          project                  management,
arts and new media suggesting               4 – 27 November 2007 in                Individuals or organisations           exceptional                     interest.    this bursary. Please include a SAE     documentation and reporting.
also a certain critical view.               Nottingham. For further details        should be at least one year in         Artist@Work: Up to stg£6,000                 if you would like your slides          The ideal candidate will have
Creative projects or proposals for          contact Charlotte Prately:             business, but not more than            for   ideas    from         artists   for    returned.                              excellent communication skills,
a series of exhibitions or other            Telephone                              three years and be able to             residency projects within a                  Address                                both written and oral. The post is
accompanying events will be                 07766241791                            demonstrate innovation in their        business or in a workplace                   DE 07 Drawing Bursary, c/o             tenable from 1st October 2007, or
given the opportunity to fulfill            Email                                  product or service. A committee        environment. Good Ideas: Up to               Parker Harris Partnership, 15          as soon as possible thereafter .We
their potential at the Red House            info@charlottepratley.co.uk            will choose three nominations to       stg£6,000 for artists’ proposals             Church Street, Esher, Surrey           welcome applications by e-mail.
areas as well as to be included in          Www                                    go forward from the arts to the        for innovative residency projects            KT10 8QS                               The appointment will be made
the     Red         House         Centre    www.tether.org.uk                      jury panel. The panel will select a    involving a ‘community’ in the               Telephone                              on the Administrative III scale
Programme.          The      proposal       Deadline                               winner in each of the three areas      broadest      sense.        Artists   are    +44 (0)1372 462190                     (€36,256 to €46,496 per annum)
should contain a clear concept in           17 September 2007                      of business, social and the arts to    encouraged to submit ideas,                  Email                                  and the commencing salary
the field of visual arts and new                                                   go forward for the prize. For          which are of benefit to the host             de@parkerharris.co.uk                  point will not exceed the 2nd
media for the period chosen,                 AWARDS                                further information contact            or collaborator, will take forward           Www                                    point €38,205 per annum.
including a description of the                                                     Business2Arts for entry criteria       the artist’s practice, extends the           www.parkerharris.co.uk                 Candidates should submit a
authors, exhibitions and the                THE ROSE PROJECT                       and booking form.                      understanding          of     residency      Deadline                               covering letter and a completed
accompanying             events     and     The Rose Project would like to         Telephone                              projects and opens new avenues               5 October 2007                         application form by 12pm pm on
information         on     how      this    invite art students to enter the       01 672 5336                            for art in the public realm.Public                                                  the deadline,       and return to
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OPPORTUNITIES

Emer        Casey,        Recruitment       Container', 'The Design' and 'The           new works on film. There is no          to the address below. The dates        being used? How do artists and         Telephone
Executive.                                  Architectural,        Sculptural      or    set theme for submissions. Films        for the festival are the Friday        activists react to the popularity      01 8556599
Address                                     Conceptual         Ceramic'.         The    will be selected in response to         12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday         of YouTube and other 'user-            Email
Staff Office, Trinity College,              competition is open to residents            chosen venues, and vice versa.          14th October 2007. The film            generated-content'        websites?    info@talbotgallery.com
Dublin 2.                                   of countries who are members of             Films by emerging artists will be       should not be longer than 15           What is the impact of the
Telephone                                   the     European       Union.        The    shown          alongside        more    Minutes unless agreed by us            availability of massive on-line        CRAFT IN THE CLASSROOM
01 896 1962                                 Biennale will be held from July             established works, though there         before    hand.     For    further     images and sound databases on          Craft's Council of Ireland (CCoI)
Email                                       to November 2008, during which              is no emphasis on submitted             information:                           aesthetics and narrativity? How        Craft in the Classroom project
eimear.casey@tcd.ie                         time competition entries will be            films being ‘art’. First events will    Address                                is Cinema, as an art form and          trains craftspeople in designing
Www                                         exhibited.    To      apply        please   be in a rural woodland setting          Victoria Melody, Phoenix Arts          experience, influenced by the          and delivering creative crafts
www.tcd.ie/vacancies                        download application details                and the courtyard of an old             Association, 10-14 Waterloo Pl,        development         of      widely     projects for children, as well as
Deadline                                    from website                                factory warehouse respectively,         Brighton BN2 9NB, UK                   spreading internet practices?          raising the profile of craft in
14 September 2007                           Address                                     should artists wish to respond to       Email                                  What does YouTube tell us about        primary      schools.      Providing
                                            Comité       de       la     Biennale       these venues. Submitted films           melodyvideo@yahoo.com                  the state of art in visual culture?    craftspeople with training in
LIGHTHOUSE ARTS                             Internationale de Céramique                 must be in English or subtitled.        Www                                    And how does the participation         devising        projects        that
Seeking Media Arts Programme                Contemporaine, Hôtel de Ville,              To apply send work (DVD or              www.phoenixarts.org                    culture of video-sharing and           complement the Primary School
Manager. Lighthouse Arts and                Place Jacques Cavasse, 06220                minidv preferable) and related          Deadline                               vlogging reach some degree of          Visual Arts Curriculum, links
Training Ltd are looking for an             Vallauris                                   material to:                            1 October 2007                         autonomy        and       diversity,   with schools seeking to develop
experienced           and         highly    Email                                       Address                                                                        escaping the laws of the mass          projects     with     craftspeople,
motivated person to develop and             info@biennale.vallauris.free.fr             Moving Things, 11 Cannon St,            SOUNDCAST                              media and the strong grip of           support in undertaking creative
manage       its     programme         of   Www                                         Sherwood, Nottingham, UK,               Daily Constitutional is Seeking        media      conglomerates?      This    partnerships        with    schools,
creative       and        professional      www.biennale.vallauris.free.fr              NG5 2HB.                                Sound Art for SoundCast, a             Video Vortex conference is the         funding support to work in
development          initiatives      for   Deadline                                    Email                                   downloadable sound exhibition          first in a series of international     schools. An information day for
artists working with the moving             31 December 2007                            moving_things@hotmail.com               curated by the folks at Daily          events, aimed at critical research     interested craftspeople will be
image, animation and digital                                                            Deadline                                Constitutional. Audio works            and reflection surrounding the         held    on      Wednesday        19
technology. Located in Brighton.            PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD                           Ongoing                                 should be mixed for two channel        production and distribution of         September       in      Enniscorthy
For more information or to                  International           Photography                                                 listening (i.e. Stereo). There is no   on-line video content, at the          Teachers      Centre.       Contact
download an application pack                Award - British Journal of                  SINGLE SCREEN                           length limit to the audio works        instigation of the Institute of        Amanda for more details and
see website.                                Photography. The third annual               Submissions invited from both           but remember people will be            Network        Cultures      (INC).    registration form.
Address                                     BJP Photographic Award is open              new and established artists             downloading them and large             Speakers: Lev Manovich, Nora           Telephone
1, Zone B,28 Kensington Street              for entries with a stg£10,000               wishing to show their work to a         files might be a deterrent to          Barry, Keith Sanborn, Tomas            056 7761804
Brighton,BN1 4AJ, UK                        prize         package.              Any     gallery audience. Submissions           listeners. Submitted sound files       Rawlings & Ana Kronschnabl,            Email
Email                                       photographer with a substantial             must be single screen, forward          should be compressed in MP3            Simon       Ruschmeyer,       Peter    amanda@ccoi.ie
info@lighthouse.org.uk                      body of work is invited to enter.           projection films that must last no      format     (we    will    not    be    Westenberg, Johan Grimonprez.          Www
Www                                         The winner will receive a                   longer than 15 minutes and              responsible for loss of quality        Others tbc. Moderated by Geert         www.ccoi.ie
www.lighthouse.org.uk                       Hasselblad     H2       camera       kit,   contain subject matter suitable         due to compression and/or              Lovink (Institute of Network
Deadline                                    including medium format body                for a general audience. Work is to      conversion to a MP3 format if          Cultures) Please note: on Sa 6
21 September 2007                           and 80mm lens worth stg£5,700,              be exhibited in a small dedicated       WAV, AIFF or any other formats         October 2007, the day after
                                            together with an exhibition of              projection        space    at    The    are   submitted)     Submissions       'Video Vortex', Argos organizes
COMPETITIONS                                their winning work at The                   Collection in Lincoln. Each film        should also include: 1 Image to        the conference 'Media, Memory
                                            Association of Photographers                is to be shown for 1 month,             accompany download, Title of           and the Archive', with Richard
IMAGES ‘08                                  Gallery in East London in early             starting     in    August.      Funds   piece, Date, Artist Name, Length       Rinehart, Steve Dietz, Josephine
The Grand Prix International de             December.Spectrum                           available. To apply, for more           of piece. For further information:     Bosma, Oliver Grau, Charlie
Photographie              de      Vevey     Photographic will work with the             information or to send films (on        Address                                Gere, Wolfgang Ernst, Jean-
competition          is        open    to   winner to create the exhibition             DVD format only) contact                PO Box 4683, Richmond, VA,             François Blanchette. For further
professional          artists         and   quality     prints,        which     the    Maggie Warren. Include SAE for          23220, USA                             information:
photographers, as well as to                photographer will retain at the             return of artwork.                      Email                                  Address                                DON’T FORGET to look at
photography          students.        The   end of the show. The judges,                Address                                 info@dailyconstitutional.org           argos, Werfstraat 13 rue du            the advertisments in this
theme and genres for work is                drawn from the photographic art             The Collection, Danes Terrace,          Www                                    Chantier,      B-1000     Brussels,    VAN, also check our web site
                                                                                                                                                                                                              & subscribe to our e-bulletin
open. The prize is worth €18,000            world, will be looking for a                Lincoln LN2 1LP                         www.dailyconstitutional.org            Belgium.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              for further opportunities.
The selected project will have to           coherent set of images based                Email                                   Deadline                               Telephone
be completed and exhibited at               around a single concept, but                thecollection@lincolnshire.gov.         Ongoing                                +32 2 229 00 03
the Images’ 08, which will take             entrants are free to find their             uk                                                                             Email                                  WATCH OUT. While every
                                                                                                                                CONFERENCES /                                                                 effort has been made to
place in Vevey in 2008. The jury,           own theme. The series entered               Www                                                                            stoffel@argosarts.org
                                                                                                                                SYMPOSIA                                                                      ensure the accuracy of our
chaired this year by Balthasar              must be between 20 - 30 images              www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/ccm/                                                   Www                                    information we strongly
Burkhard, is composed of key                long, and can be submitted either           Deadline                                                                       www.networkcultures.org                advise readers to verify all
figures from the visual arts                as prints or on CD. They must               28 September 2007                       VIDEO VORTEX                           www.argosarts.org                      details to their own
                                                                                                                                                                                                              satisfaction before
world. At the end of October, it            also be accompanied by an entry                                                     Argos, Centre for Art & media,
                                                                                                                                                                       WORKSHOPS/COURSES                      forwarding art work, slides
will designate the winners of the           form, available online, and a               OPEN PHOENIX FESTIVAL                   and The Institute of Network                                                  or monies etc. with regard
Grand Prix International de                 stg£20 entry fee (or €30). For              2 days of screenings curated by         Cultures (INC) present Video                                                  to opportunities.
Photographie de Vevey. Check                more details visit:                         Victoria Melody, combined with          Vortex: Responses to YouTube,,         LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS
the website for submission                  Www                                         live performances, talks, and           Brussels, 5 October 2007. Over         The Talbot Gallery will continue
details.                                    www.bjp-online.com/award                    open studios. The Open Phoenix          the past years the moving image        its series of life drawing sessions
Address                                     Deadline                                    2007 Video Art Festival is a            has claimed an increasingly            on Saturdays in October 2007.
Images'08 Rue du Clos 1 CP 443              20 October 2007                             showcase for artists working            prominent place on the internet.       We will be facilitating drawing
                                                                                                                                                                                                              THANKS
1800 Vevey , Switzerland                                                                within the medium of moving             Thanks to a wide range of              sessions to give artists a full day
Email                                       LENS BASED / NEW                            image. The themes for this year         technologies        and         web    to study the figure. There is          In addition to the
tony.dash@leisure.sefton.gov.uk             MEDIA                                       are humour in art, performance          applications it has become             already a good interest in these       information forwarded
                                                                                                                                                                                                              directly to us, Visual Artists
Deadline                                                                                for camera, the extremes and            possible, not only to record and       full day sessions so please enroll
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ireland also exchanges with
20 July 2007                                MOVING THINGS                               Brighton bred. If you are an artist     distribute video, but to edit and      early. Maximum 8 people per            and sources information
                                            Moving Things will be a series of           working with video, film or             remix it on-line as well. With this    session. The dates of sessions for     from: A-N:The Artists’
CERAMIC BIENNALE                            video events and screenings                 moving image and would like             world of possibilities within          2007 are as follows: Saturday 6        Information Company; The
                                                                                                                                                                                                              International Sculpture
Invitation for participants in              operating      outside        of     the    the opportunity to showcase             reach of a multitude of social         October, Saturday 13 October,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Centre (New Jersey / USA)
major competition forming part              traditional cinema environment.             your    work      please     send   a   actors, the potential of video as a    Saturday 20 October. For further       and the National Sculpture
of the 2008 Ceramic biennale                Video artists and filmmakers                completed submission form, a            personal means of expression           info and to enroll in the classes      Factory Cork
held    in     Vallauris,        France.    making single channel work of               DVD copy of your work and a             has arrived at a totally new           please contact Elaine Grainger:
Competition categories are 'The             any sort. are invited to submit             SAE for the return of your work         dimension. How is this potential
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7 Sept. 7 - 12 Oct.         CONVERGENCE - curated by Mark Garry
                            Featuring Karl Burke, Robert Carr, Charles Matson
                            Lume, Norman Mooney, Paul McKinley, Christophe
                            Neumann, Jenifer Phelan, Martha Quinn, Robin
                            Watkins and Nina Canell.

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                            A REAL CORNER OF THE WORLD Fionna Murray
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Ongoing                     DREAM DIARY
                            Robin Whitmore
 Professional Development Training Workshops
 for Visual Artists 2007
 A joint initiative of                                           Presentation Skills for Artists                            Galleries & Curating
 The National Sculpture Factory                                  Tutor - Kerry McCall                                       The International Art Market
 and Visual Artists Ireland                                      CORK - Wed. 12 Sept, 10.30 am - 4.30 pm                    Tutor - Caoimhin MacGiolla Leith

                                                                 Fee: €40 non-members NSF/ VAI members: €35
                                                                 DUBLIN - Wed. 19 Sept, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm                  CORK - Fri. 2 Nov, 2.30 pm - 5.30 pm

                                                                                                                            Fee: €30 non-members NSF / VAI members: €25
                                                                                                                            DUBLIN - Wed. 7 Nov, 2.30 pm - 5.30 pm

                                                                 Earning Opportunities for artists
                                                                 ‘From Hand To Mouth’                                       Peer Critique (Painting)
                                                                 Tutor - Jason Bowman                                       Tutor - Mark O' Kelly
                                                                 CORK - 18/19 & 20 Sept, 10.00 am - 4.30 pm                 CORK - Wed. 7 Nov, 10.30 am - 4.30 pm

                                                                 Fee: €100 for 3 Days non-members                           Fee: €40 non-members NSF/VAI member: €35
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                                                                 NSF/VAI members: €90
 respective organisations by phone or
 email. Full details of the programme are
 also available on the web sites listed                                                                                     Handling VAT
                                                                 Peer Critique (Lens-based media)                           Tutor Cork - Ger Manning (Ernst & Young)
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                                                                 Declan Clarke                                              CORK - Thur. 8 Nov, 2.30 pm - 5.30 pm
 National Sculpture Factory,                                     CORK - Wed. 3 Oct, 10.30 am - 4.30 pm                      Tutor Dublin - Gaby Smyth (Gaby Smyth & Co.)

                                                                 Fee: €40 non-members NSF/VAI member: €35                   Fee: €20 non-members NSF/VAI members: €15
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                                                                                                                                           Improvement commission competition,
Autumn / Winter Programme 2007                                                                  institutional relationships, and of
                                                                                                course, the phenomenon of                  Jessica Mason and Peter Little, will
                                                                                                international showcase event-culture.      present their new home - a renovated
                                                   Holly Asaa
                                                                                                This discursive event will explore how     horsebox (pictured). Their entry was
                                                   tap into sound for a prime mate
                                                                                                culture, and specifically visual art, is   chosen from a shortlist of three videos
                                                   Venue: St. Anne's Church, Shandon,
                                                                                                being impacted and mediated in the         which were on exhibition earlier this
                                                   Cork                                         context of globalisation. Issues to be
                                                   Date: 5, 6 & 7 October                                                                  year, in conjunction with the des/IRE
                                                                                                explored include the idea of an            conference at the Webworks building,
                                                   Developed during her NSF residency           'international style', cultural exchange
                                                   earlier this year, Holly Asaa will present                                              Cork, and online on YouTube.Com
                                                                                                and diversity v homogenisation,
                                                   an interactive sound piece at the top                                                   (search for 'homeimpcork').
                                                                                                biennial culture and a look at the Irish
                                                   of St. Anne's Church in Shandon from         context. Speakers include Dr Brigitte
                                                   5-7th October, as part of Art Trail 2007.    Franzen (curator for Skulptur Projekte     NSF & VAI Professional Training for
                                                   The sounds will be recorded from the         Münster 07), Caoimhin Mac Giolla           Artists see
                                                   call of the gibbons and other monkeys        Leith (write/critic/curator). John Byrne   www.nationalsculpturefactory.com/f
Competition winner Jessica Mason & Peter           that live on and around the islands in       (John Moore University and Site,           f_training.html for full programme
Little’s horsebox, image courtesy Sarah Browne .   Fota Wildlife Park, east of Cork City        Liverpool), Lucy Cotter (writer and
Belinda Guidi                                      Centre. See also www.arttrail.ie             critic) and Katie Holten (artist). The     Films in the Mezz
L'Eclisse                                                                                       seminar will be followed by Salon du       Selection of short films by Ken Wardrop
                                                   Do you speak art? (or where are you          Chat, a social event involving
Venue: Shandon, Cork                                                                                                                       and Peter Tscherkassky
                                                   coming from?)                                discussion topics in the form of
Date: 28 September - 7 October                     Globalisation and the 'International'                                                   Introduced by Isabelle Meerstein with
                                                                                                menus, set up to encourage focussed        special guest Ken Wardrop
Former NSF Artist-in-residence, Belinda            Language of Art                              conversation and exchange. No chat
Guidi will develop a large-scale public            Venue: Stack Theatre, Cork School of                                                    Wed. 12 September, 7pm
                                                                                                allowed! Presented in conjunction
art intervention in Shandon as part of             Music, Union Quay, Cork                      with CIT Cork School of Music &
Art Trail 2007. She will wrap a building           Date: Sat. 3 November,                       Hochtief.                                  L'Eclisse
with a sentence or phrase (taken from a            10.30 am - 5.30 pm & 7.00 pm for                                                        (dir. Michelangelo Antonioni)

                                                   Cost: €20/ €15 (NSF members)
conversation in the film L'Eclisse)                Salon du Chat                                Sarah Browne                               Introduced by Belinda Guidi
consisting of large-scale letters made                                                          Home Improvement event                     Thurs. 4 October, 7pm
from black plastic sheeting - the                  Today, globalisation affects almost all      Venue: National Sculpture Factory
material used to wrap a building when              art practice on some level. This is          Date: Thurs. 22 November                   For more information see
in process of regenerating/re-                     evident through travel, research,            Time: 6.00pm                               www.nationalsculpturefactory.com/
structuring it. See also www.arttrail.ie           exchange, residencies, economics,            Winners of Sarah Browne's Home             program_current




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The Theatre of Agony                                                                                            Your Stars by Nicholas Keogh
MIS-GUIDED QUESTIONS, ADDRESSED WITH BARELY DISGUISED DISINTEREST AND
CONDESCENSION BY OUR ANONYMOUS CURATOR / CONCIERGE OF AGONY. THE NAMES                                                   Aries (21 March – 19 April) Before the powerful eclipse of the moon in your sign on the 29th, dear
                                                                                                                         Aries, things are likely to get worse before they get better. You may be experiencing hysteria and are
AND WHEREABOUTS OF THE ANXIOUS AND CONFUSED CORRESPONDENTS HAVE BEEN
                                                                                                                likely to cause trouble. You need to snap out of it and get this silly nonsense out of your head. Ask your GP
WITHHELD.
                                                                                                                for a pelvic massage to bring you to hysterical paroxysm. Later in the month your rosy cheeks, optimistic
                                                                                                                approach and hard work will be rewarded.
What selection of biscuits and other baked fancy goods, might I best entice the inclusion of my
studio on the itinerary of an upcoming junket-visitation of curators from interestingly marginal                        Taurus (20 April – 20 May) Expansive Jupiter has moved into your solar seventh house of
‘Foundacion’s Experimental’, ‘Institutes Du Mond’ and ‘Kunstwerk uber-dorms’? I had thought that                        partnerships. Bestowing Jupiter’s competitive edge can dissipate your feelings of inadequacy.
Viennese whirls would be effective in conjuring up my practices concerns with fin-de-siecle                     Smoking nicotine will give you the burst of dopamine needed to incorporate small connective gestures into
anxieties of old Europe, ambitions to set up my own quasi-secessionist art movement – along with a              your routine and make you look more sophisticated. No other sign looks quite so fertile this year, so get used
nod to the cutting edge lap-top bothering electronica emanating from the grand old crucible of                  to the smells and sounds of latex.
Freudian psychoanalysis, Adolph ‘ornament is crime’ Loo’s, the dirty pictures of Egon Shiele and
                                                                                                                      Gemini (21 May – 20 June) Jovial Jupiter the benevolent protector of the zodiac is spending this year
posh cream buns.
                                                                                                                      in the health and fitness area of your horoscope. At the end of the month vulnerable emotions, aphids
I regret to inform you that at the present-time I am not permitted to entertain such a badly thought-out, and
                                                                                                                and red spider mites are all potential problems. From today and for the next few weeks your home and
clearly ‘made-up’ inquiry.                                                                                      family life is likely to come under the spotlight. Difficulty swallowing may be a sign of upper digestive
                                                                                                                problems. But fear not dear Gemini as mono sodium glutamate might be the key holder.
I’ve mis-placed the original thoughts and motivations behind my now sprawling meta-archival
based practice. Where do I begin looking?                                                                               Cancer (21 June – 22 July) Your natural element water will result in fluid retention, but Saturn is
‘I’ for idea?                                                                                                           well placed to favour your diet and weight loss efforts. This is your cue for a dramatic transformation
                                                                                                                in looks and attitude, as Jupiter hits an unstable orbit, bee stings on the lips will give you a voluptuous pout
Some of my artist pals have formed a reading group – and a what a super idea it is too, we all sit              and the lift you deserve. The venom contains enzymes and peptides, which are wonderful at reducing
                                                                                                                swelling and increase blood circulation. As your metabolism speeds up at the end of the week, don’t be afraid
round and share our mutual bafflement and mis-readings of key theoretical texts; and then swear
                                                                                                                if an aggressive turtles head reveals itself. Facing this visitor may be painful, but believe me dear cancer, he
not to ‘fess up to anyone beyond the group that we are truly none the wiser about yer Debord’s,
                                                                                                                is an old friend.
Deuleuze’s, Heidiegger’s, Lacan’s and Baudrillard’s as the next pleb. The thing is, despite this mutual
support and general ‘love-in’ vibe; there is fierce competition to sound clever and dig up some hither                 Leo (23 July – 22 August) Leo rules the heart and spine and is here to inform you that love and hate
to unheard of tract. And so, something inside me has snapped. I know I’ve truly upset the apple cart                   can co-exist indefinably. But love and depression are opposites in a fight where love has bad odds. Even
this time. About a fortnight ago I suggested a reading of One Billion Avalanches / Up-cast Glances. All         out the odds with monoamine oxidise inhibitors, if this is ineffective, blood letting may be required to
in the group sagely nodded. Some even murmured that they had read it ‘years ago’, but would relish              release past demons and the absorption of cholesterol. If you can embrace a good cardiovascular fitness
the chance to “re-read the text in the context of contemporary paradigms”. Of course – as you may               regime while Saturn is in your sign this year, then you will reap the rewards.
have guessed, I just made the title up. How to I spare my colleagues blushes and the inevitable
subjection of my good self to the devilish disciplinary procedures these theory boffins are no doubt                  Virgo (23 August – 22 September) Mercury the winged messenger god that rules your sign blessed
                                                                                                                      you with an analytical eye and restless mind. You are genetically blessed with messy thinking and
capable of devising?
                                                                                                                should celebrate your natural edge. On the weekend of the 11th, the fear of the Lord adds length to life, just
Undermining such a sacred bond of trust – you scoundrel! And yet, part of me wants to embrace you like a
                                                                                                                like magic. Don’t question it. From the lips of an adulteress drip honey. Don’t be surprised if a happy family
third cousin and sloppily French kiss your ear while mouthing the words “Gwaan-my-gurl!” What ever the          event or occasion is announced soon!! The majority of leg ulcers are caused by poor circulation check for the
rights and wrongs of the matter, which in this case I choose not to, adjudicate between; I would advise         early warning signs: sores and varicose veins.
saying no more about the matter. The whole business can be simply pinched in the bud by you repeatedly
bemoaning the loss of your treasured 1973 edition (Detournement Press) and your ongoing failure to track               Libra (23 September – 22 October) The Aries eclipse opposes you at the end of the month; your
down a copy through specialist book sellers and biblio-fairs. All should go smoothly enough – providing the            thoughts have recently become increasingly clammy and slimy and are contagious. Similar to a
laws of probability, relativity and the space-time continuum are truly on your side; and that no one in your    verruca the treatment needs to target the root. On the forehead directly in front of the left frontal sinus drill
                                                                                                                a 15mm hole to reveal the top layer of the dura mater. From here you can access the bad thought giblet. With
group ever appears at a meeting with an edition of the said text.
                                                                                                                a well cleaned soldering iron set on high you can give your self a boo-hoo lobotomy. The grumpy gland can
                                                                                                                be located by touch alone as it is likely to feel upset.
I am painter of vintage farm machinery and stream locomotives; and I’ve recently become
completely besotted with the body of theory that goes under the name of ‘visual culture’. In                           Scorpio (23 October – 21 November) If you think your dogs are safe, then think again, due to the
particular, I’ve come to adore the withering critique it offers of ‘scopic regimes’ – the ways in which                dominant position of Mars they are likely to be stuck in an elevator for hours or hit by flying ice.
we frame, contain and control the world by the conventional ways in which we look it and visually               Lucky Jupiter in your sign this month is sure to keep you from eating too much. Experiment with ways to
represent it. But the thing is, I’m having second thoughts about a viewing strategy I’ve devised in             use positive thinking and creative visualisation to manifest what you want. Your view of the world is greatly
order to counter the ‘kingly’ perspectival gaze – you know ‘the master of all I survey’ views afforded          influenced by your past experiences, but most of the time this isn’t conscious, particularly when fear and
by the deployment of the laws of perspective, that privileges a singular idealising viewpoint.                  shame are involved.
According to my reading, it seems only logical to me that I should insist that visitors to my
                                                                                                                       Sagittarius (22 November – 21 December) Dear Sagittarius, complex does not even come close
exhibition don skin-tight metallic grey latex body suits, in order to writhe and wiggle on the floor-
                                                                                                                       when it comes to you personality. This month Jupiter’s position suggests that your natural
space of the gallery; traversing the surfaces of my canvases (which will lay face-up on the floor) like
                                                                                                                exuberance and enthusiasm, is not a deep-seated personality trait, but a malleable attitude about the self.
beetles – in order to encounter the visual terrain in a more cartographical, research-based,                    Being carefree is not the same as being careless. Admit your mistakes at least to yourself, rather than through
experiential and non-hierarchical mode. Is this, I ask you, pushing things a bit too far?                       the distorted dark glass of self-justification. Later in the month you may have generalised anxiety disorder.
Not at all. This all sounds perfectly well thought out to me. Where is the harm in it? Go for it. I dare you!
                                                                                                                       Capricorn (22 December – 19 January) Dear Capricorn, with the new moon rising in Gemini your
I know that commercial notices are not usually entertained in this section of the publication, but I                   brain needs to preserve a coherent belief system and protect your view of your self. At the end of the
do think I have a proposition that would be the answer to many artist’s needs and questions. The                month you will be richer in collagen and elastin and able to withstand repeated trauma and friction. Now is
idea came to me while I was lashing up some plasterboard partitions in the out-of-town light                    the time to experience a love beyond words, but beware, your ruling planet, Mercury, could cause you to
                                                                                                                miss or overlook the finer details later in the month, leaving you, itchy and perplexed.
industrial unit I am leasing as an artists studios complex. I thought to myself, “with more and more
artists working in fields of research, negotiation, discussion and socialising – what am I doing
                                                                                                                       Aquarius (20 January – 18 February) Mars moves into your opposite sign in August. Aquarius
installing three-phase power couplings, heavy lifting equipment; daylight balanced lighting and
                                                                                                                       rules the ankles, Jupiter is at the top of your chart, and you are worried about yeast infection. Try
building a communal kiln / foundry / barbeque unit? To my mind these cutting-edge dudes just need               being a little messier in some ways, eat less sugar and see if there is an improvement in your creative
two things 1) space in which to think their thoughts and operate their teeny-weeny laptops, 2)                  thinking. Most people with genital herpes got it from their partners. This month, all in all, when you put
temporary respite from the flux of the everyday, the social and the public in order to recharge their           things in perspective things aren’t so bad. Unexpected new interests may change your plotted course in
critical reserves”.                                                                                             surprising ways. Try salsa dancing, smiling at strangers or shooting rats.
      So I’m proposing the concept of ‘the hive-pod-studio’. The aesthetics are similar to a hybrid of
serried ranks of self-storage units and bunk beds. Rents would be super low and I’d be open to time-                  Pisces (19 February – 20 March) Dear Pisces, this week a misplaced garden hose, toy truck, un-even
share options. I’m reliably informed that on the most part, the majority of artists use their studios as              paving and slippery surfaces, can all result in a fracture. But Jupiter is well aligned to give you an added
                                                                                                                dose of determination with the help of geranium oil, which has both stimulating and refreshing qualities.
little more than places to have a brief nap and dump shopping bags before heading of to private
                                                                                                                Your computer keyboard festers 75% more bacteria than a broken pub toilet, not only is this where vermin
views and boozy nights therein. So, all in all, I think I have come up with really great idea. Would
                                                                                                                breed – but this is where the bad guys will steal your identity, at the start of the month. With the rising of
you be so kind as to pass my contact details onto your readers? And would a slight modification of              mercury in Pisces on the 15th in conjunction with fellow water sign cancer, Gaviscon double action should
my scheme, with strict curfews, slopping out and visiting rights also be viable?                                go to the source of the problem.
Readers, I reproduce the above correspondence as a chilling warning about the myriad of outlandish
prejudices and misconceptions about artists that are abroad these days …
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