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AOIC Spring courses in Dublin

February sees our new programme of education courses recommence in Dublin including our ever popular sight singing and choral conducting as well as another round of our very successful vocal production course. A limited number of places are available on the sight singing course which will commence on February 26th and on the choral conducting course, commencing on March 12th both at TCD Music Department.   The vocal production course, commencing on 5th March, is being run once again in association with the Leinster School of Music and Drama at Griffith College, South Circular Road.  Application forms and further information on all of our courses is available on our website at

The sight singing course takes place over 8 Saturdays i.e. 26 February, 1/12/19/26 March, 2/9/16 April

The conduction course takes place on Saturday 12 and 26 March, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April, Saturdays 9 and 16 april

The vocal production course takes place over 4 Saturdays on 5 and19 March and 2 and 9 April


Creating the Perfect Print Workshop by Hugh McElveen

Places: 7Cost: €75 for members of Lorg Printmakers, €85 for non-members

Date: Sunday 6th Februray 2011

Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm

What does the course cover:

This one day course is a hands-on workshop showing artists how to control colour in a digital environment. The day starts with photographic capture and scanning of work through post-production with ACR & Photoshop. It finishes with each participant producing an archival fine art print of their work.

Best practice is followed at every step so that the final file can be printed with confidence by any studio using international colour management principles.

This practical workshop demystifies technical issues through doing and explores the creative possibilities digital print making has to offer including using handmade papers and other specialist media.

The course empowers artists to ask questions of a print studio to get the results they want. A full set of course notes is provided.

What do I need to bring?

Laptop with Photoshop (a trial version can be downloaded from

A digital camera or artwork (A3 or smaller) to scan.

What experience do I need?

Participants should have a basic familiarity with Photoshop.

If you have any questions about the course, its content or have suggestions to make please


P: 091 773759


Training course on using creative methods for inclusion of socially excluded youth from urban industrial zones

The training course will run from 1-9 September 2011 at Fruska Gora near to Novi Sad, Serbia

Accommodation will be completely covered and 70% of travel cost (Apex tickets) will be reimbursed after receiving original receipts.

Further information

Read more about project here:



Prices start from €55 per day and most workshops are open to complete beginners so why not come and learn a new creative skill this year with our excellent tutors.

We also are offering advanced courses and Masterclasses.

For information on times, dates and course outlines please contact:

Richard Cavaliero

Leitrim Sculpture Centre

Telephone: 071 985 5098

Digital Printmaking Workshop | Contemporary Printmaking Workshop | Metal Fabrication Workshop | Bronze Casting Using Solid Investment Workshop | Bronze Finishing & Patination Workshop | Woodcarving Workshop | Woodturning Workshop | Stone Carving Workshop | Stone Lettercutting Workshop | Film-making Workshop  | Landscape Photography Workshop | Stop-Frame Animation Workshop | Digital Design & Graphics Workshop | Portfolio Development & Professional Practice Workshop | Glassblowing for Beginners Workshop | Exploring Form & Colour in Hot Glass Workshop | Sand Casting with Hot Glass Workshop | Mouldmaking for Artists & Architects Workshop | Advanced Refractory Mouldmaking for Kiln Cast Glass & Bronze Casting Workshop | Patination and Finishing of Glass and Metal Workshop


MA Art in Public: University of Ulster, Belfast Campus

The MA Art in Public has evolved from current complex concerns for the role of art / artists in a changing society. The MA focuses on a wide set of contexts, it is based in and responds to Belfast, where engaged art practices have been developed in various “public” spaces for many years.

The programme seeks to develop testing modes of working that are dialogic, participatory, interventionist or collaborative in intention and structure.

Throughout the programme students will work with formal / informal external partners and be expected to develop self initiated, innovative practice based approaches.

The programme is run full-time over 3 semesters – a period of 18 months including a summer break. Part-time it is run over a 3 year period.

More details here:

The 1st round of applicants will be interviewed in Mar 2011.

The deadline is ongoing.




Daghdha and LSAD, LIT are pleased to announce a two-year fulltime MA in Art (Choreographic Arts) by Research. This unique opportunity for practice-based research at DAGHDHA, will allow artists, as LSAD registered students to avail of LSAD’s regular student services whilst pursuing their research at Daghdha, a leading dance-organisation in Ireland. The intiative brings together academic and professional practice, offering a distinctive research opportunity in an Irish as well as a European context. Students will follow their individual research paths placed within the framework of Daghdha’s professional development programme.

Supervised by Dr. Michael Kliën (Artistic Director), in addition to LSAD academics, students may also engage in frequent mentoring with associated artists and external practitioners.The deadline for receipt of applications for the first MA in Art (Choreographic Arts) is 14th March. Starting-dates will be individually agreed with the suitable candidate.

For further information please visit  /

For formal application and application forms please email Kathleen Leamy, Graduate Studies and Research Office LIT  | 061 448 526

For informal queries and questions please contact Gemma Carcaterra, General Manager on  | 061 467872


Oiliúint sa Tiomsaíochta d’Eagraíochtaí Ealaíona sa Ghaeltacht (i gCiarraí & sa Ghaillimh)

Fundraising Training for Gaeltacht Arts Organisations (Kerry & Galway)

Léargas ar an mbealach is fearr le maoiniú a aimsiú ó fhoinsí príobháídeacha

An introduction on fundraising from private sources for Arts organisations

Faoi stiúir/ Directed by Rowena Neville agus Georgina Neal Business to Arts.  Údarás na Gaeltachta, An Daingean, Dé Sathairn, 15 Eanair 10.00 r.n..  Údarás na Gaeltachta, Dingle, saturday January 15th, 10.00 a.m.  Údarás na Gaeltachta, na forbacha, DéSathairn, 29 Eanair 10.00 r.n. Saturday January 29th, 10.00 a.m.

Le háit a chur in áireamh / to book: 

Don Ghaillimh/ Galway:  Muireann ag 091/503100 nó  

Do Chiarraí / Kerry:  Eibhlín ag 066 9150100 nó  

Táille/Cost: €25 duine aonair/ individual

nó €35 an eagraíocht/ organisation

Líon teoranta le bheith páirteach / Limited numbers participating


National Sculpture Factory

Elma O'Donovan, Administrator, Albert Road, CorkT: 00353 21 4314353, F: 00353 21 4313247 web

Nigel Rolfe: Masterclass - 'Working Out and Working In'

Wednesday 2 March 2011, NSF Cork

Wednesday 9 March 2011, VAI Dublin

Fee: € 60 to non members €55 to VAI/NSF members

No. of Participants 8

Please submit your expression of interest by Tuesday 1 February 2011 – Nigel will make a decision on the appropriateness of each applicant by Monday 14 February (see application procedures below).

Artist Nigel Rolfe will host a Masterclass on Weds 2nd March in Cork and Weds 9th March in Dublin, as part of the Professional Development Workshops organised by the National Sculpture Factory and the Visual Artists Ireland (VAI).  Nigel Rolfe's own art practice encompasses many media that include sound, video and photography but his reputation has been formed through 30 years of working in Live Art and performance at the highest level across Europe, North America and Japan.

His masterclass, ‘Working Out and Working In’, not only describes site as a place but having an identity both outside and or within the self. Rolfe proposes to create a group dynamic which can act both as an audience and a critical mass or platform from which each artist/creative can generate a live work.  The rules are there are no rules; that the work be direct; that something is risked; that what is made is identified as useful to the participant.

Rolfes’ call to action is: Come prepared to make a live work. travel light, think before action

really want to do this, work can be short and quick or durational.  The emphasis is not on the final result be rather the learnt experience which will feed directly into your wider creative practice.

The workshop shall begin with a short introduction by Rolfe followed by a roundtable introduction of each participant. Rolfe’s masterclass will extend the practice of the artists and creatives present and develop their potential to include working live in their future practice.

Rolfe will assess the suitability of each applicant for this workshop through a simple screening process of submissions from each artist/creative and he will make a decision on the appropriateness of each applicant. Please send a short bio and/or images, video, audio of your practice. Please send your details to:

‘Working Out and Working In’ Masterclass, National Sculpture Factory, Albert Road, Cork City

Nigel Rolfe was born in the Isle of Wight in 1950 and now lives and works in Dublin. Over the past thirty years he has developed his craft of performance and live art and has perfomed across the global from North America throughout Europe right through to Asia. His practice also includes many other media including video, photography and sound.

Retrospectives of his work have been held at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. He is Senior Course Tutor in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art in London and Senior Visiting Critic at the Royal Academy Schools, London, and the University of Pennsylvania in the USA. For the past three years he is making a continuing series of works in the landscape on civil war sites in the South in the USA .In 2008 there were one person exhibitions of new video works in Paris at the Galerie Polaris and in Dublin at the Green On Red Gallery. He was included in the 2008 Bussan Biennale in S Korea. In 2010 He is working on projects for the Bogside in Derry and in Lough Boora Parklands in Co. Offaly.


RHA School Spring Programme. February – May 2011

Bookings and all general enquiries for the drawing marathons, master classes and lectures should be made to the Academy Co-ordinator, Ciara Timlin, phone 01 6612558 or email

Following on from the success of the past year’s activities at the RHA School, a further programme of master classes, drawing marathons and lectures will be offered again in Spring 2011.Drawing MarathonsThese week-long intensive drawing marathons are aimed towards professional artists wishing to develop their drawing skills in a concentrated and informed environment, specifically looking at drawing from life models.The dates for the three marathons are:

Marathon 1: March 28th – April 1st

Marathon 2: April 26th – April 29th *

Marathon 3: May 23rd – May 27th

Each drawing marathon runs from 10am – 5pm for 5 days, Monday - Friday. * Marathons 2 is an exception, being a four-day marathon, Tuesday – Friday.

The fee for each drawing marathon week is €250 per person or €200 for marathon 2.

A Member of the RHA or specially invited artist will facilitate each day. A deposit of €50 is required to secure a place.Master Classes & Lectures

There will be six master classes offered in the spring, each taught by distinguished Members of the Academy.

The master classes are designed to provide artists with an intensive and informed workshop in a specialist area, taught by artists with a proven and unique knowledge of each area. These will include a sculpture master class with Eilis O’Connell RHA, an anti master class with Alice Maher ARHA, life painting with Una Sealy ARHA and a still-life class with Stephen McKenna PPRHA. Other classes will be led by John Behan RHA and Brian Bourke HRHA.                               

Each master class specifies a maximum number of participants so places are limited.  To ensure the professional standard of the series, the master class places will be allocated through an application process.Each of the six master classes will be accompanied by an evening lecture given by the artist.The details and schedule of the master classes and lectures will be available in the New Year.


PHILIPPE GAULIER CLOWN WORKSHOP - Dublin, > 11-15 April 2011

Internationally acclaimed clown and acting teacher Philippe Gaulier will conduct a Clown Workshop in Dublin from 11 till 15 April 2011.Early booking is recommended as places are limited. Philippe Gaulier was a master teacher at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq inParis before starting his own school in 1980. After ten years in Paris, he moved his school to London and finally, in 2002, back to France. The Ecole Philippe Gaulier is an important center for theatre training for students from around the world. Philippe’s unique approach to actor training has influenced performing artists as diverse as Emma Thompson, London’s Theatre de Complicite and Sacha Cohen’s Borat and Ali G. “Philippe Gaulier is the greatest living teacher of clown and modern theatre. He is also the funniest man I have ever met. Students travel from all around the world to spend as little as a month with him.” (From the preface by Sacha Baron Cohen to Philippe Gaulier’s book “Le gégèneur (The Tormentor)”, editions Filmiko,

DATES: starting on Monday 11 April 2011, ending on Friday 15 April 2011. The workshop will start every day at 10am and finish at 4pm, with one hour break for lunch.

VENUE: Studio 1, Dancehouse, Liberty Corner, Foley Street, Dublin 1.

WORKSHOP FEE: The early booking workshop fee is 390€, if booked by 11 January 2011. Otherwise, the workshop fee is 430€

TO BOOK A PLACE: please send us an email, and send a deposit of 200€.

For payment instructions and bank details, please email us.

CONTACTS:  +353 872 645 074 or +353 833 790 774


Arts Courses at Newtownbarry House

The fully equipped Artists Studio is in the old Kitchen of Newtownbarry House. It has beautiful light from its two roof light windows making it an excellent painting and drawing studio. It has easels, a room with sinks and a separate room for painting boards or still life. It can accommodate 12 people on the art courses. It also has a separate room for lunch and discussions. Newtownbarry also offers B&B with a delicious dinner for anybody who wishes to stay. There are also plenty of opportunities to do landscape painting or drawing around the grounds and parkland of the house.

For details, please download the PDF of New Studio Programme 2010 (approx 1mb).

For more details check out


Photography Workshops

If you're grappling with your new or old SLR camera and wishing you could get the most from it, why not join me on one of my Spring residential workshops:

Beginners Workshop - 5th & 6th of March

This workshop will concentrate on:  ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, Depth of Field, Composition and how they all relate to each other.

I believe photography is very often over complicated and my aim is for you to leave the workshop after 2 days with a solid understanding of all the above topics. I keep my photography simple and I will be trying to pass on to you the way in which I work. To refresh your memory of my work please log on to:

The workshop which will take place around Laragh in Wicklow over the 2 days.

I will provide homemade, tasty, healthy breakfast and lunch on both days!

Digital or Analog SLR cameras with fully manual settings will be required. Tripods are also necessary.

There will be no more than 4 people in the group so that you each receive plenty of personal attention and tuition. This also means places will be on a first come first served basis!

The cost of this workshop will be €400.

Accomodation and dinner on Saturday night included!

Mixed ability workshop - 12th & 13th of March in Westport!!!

You could not ask for a more perfect location for photography. I lived in westport for 4 years so I know the area very well.

This is my first workshop in Westport as before I have run my mixed ability workshops at the Loop Head Lighthouse.

There are plenty of locations to choose from  including seascapes, landscapes and maybe even a rockpool or two.

We will be recapping on the basics and then getting amongst the outdoors, chasing the golden hours of light. Filters (Neutral Density and Polarisers will also be used). We'll also be able to go through your images in the evening to continuously help improve your photographic skills.

Cost of this workshop will be €500 and includes all food and accomodation for 2 nights.

For more info please contact:

Dúlra Photography

M: +353 87 293 9374 E: W:


Daphne Wright: Masterclass - Peer Critique - Sculpture & Installation

Friday 11 March 2011, NSF Cork

Saturday 12 March 2011, VAI Dublin

Fee: € 60 to non members €55 to VAI/NSF members

No. of Participants 6Peer Critique - Sculpture & InstallationIt is intended the workshop will create dialogue and openness between artistic peers. The session will foster networking and continued peer support amongst participants. Attendees will be asked to come prepared with a short presentation on their practices and on future projects they would like to develop. After each presentation, discussion will occur in a constructive and supportive manner. A short introductory reading list, focusing on the legacies of conceptual and site-specific practices upon the public realm, will be supplied to participants beforehand.


Wright is known for her unsettling yet poignant sculptural installations, which use a variety of techniques and materials including photography, plaster, tinfoil, sound, voice and video. She has also worked on larger scale public art projects, collaborating with artists across disciplines; architects, writers and theatre professionals to create works which deal with the indescribable.

Daphne Wright’s work maneuvers things into well-wrought but delicate doubt – shifting between taughtness and mess, it sets imagery, materials and language in constant metaphorical motion. Using a wide range of materials – plaster, tinfoil, video, printmaking, found objects and performance – she creates worlds that are beautiful and rather eerie which feel like the threshold to somewhere new.

A solo exhibition of Wright’s work Traits of Sidney was held at Frith Street Gallery in 2010. Other major solo exhibitions include ‘Prayer Project’ the Quad, Derby2009; Limerick City Art Gallery in 2006; Where Do Broken Hearts Go? at the Douglas Hyde Galley, Dublin in 2000; These Talking Walls at the New Art Centre Sculpture Park and Gallery, Roche Court, Wiltshire; Nonsense and Death at the Sligo Art Gallery, Sligo, Ireland and Sires at Frith Street Gallery, London in 2003. Wright has been involved in several important international group exhibitions, notably 0044 touring PS1, New York; Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo; Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, 1999/2000 and From a Distance: Approaching Landscape at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.

She has been a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Award and The Henry Moore Fellowship.

Cancellations received less than ten days prior to a workshop will not be refunded.

Elma O’Donovan

National Sculpture Factory

Administrator/Artists' Liaison

T: +353 (0) 21 4314353

F: +353 (0) 21 4313247



Professional Development Training for Visual Artists

Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with Digital Art Studios, Belfast, Arts Office, Ards Arts Centre, the National Sculpture Factory, Dublin City Council and Kerry County Council Arts Offices, Ards, Belfast, Cork, Castleisland and Dublin – Spring 2011

For further details see:

Booking and payment information can be found at the bottom of this page. Further details of our Professional Development Training Programme in Northern to be announced soon.

Practical Issues

So I’m an Artist?! - Talks, Info & Networking for Students & Recent Graduates

Wednesday 2 Feb (14.30-16.30) @ The LAB Gallery, Foley St, Dublin

Costing & Pricing Your Work with Patricia Clyne-Kelly

Monday 7 Feb 2011 (10.30 – 16.30) Dublin

Documenting your Work with Joanna Karolini

Tuesday 8 Feb 2011 (10.30am – 16.30) @ Digital Art Studios, Belfast

Understanding your Accounts with Gaby Smyth

Monday 14 Feb, 2011 (12.00 – 17.00) Castleisland, Co.Kerry

Preparing Public Art Proposals with Kerry McCall and Brian Connolly

Wednesday 16 March (10.30- 16.30) @ Ards Art Centre, Newtownards

European Mobility and Exchange in the Visual and Applied Arts

April 2011 date tbc, A free Common Room discussion event @ Ards Art Centre

Career Paths

Working with Public Galleries with Seamus Kealy (Model Art & Niland) and Florence Derieux (FRAC Champagne Ardenne)

Thursday 24 Feb 2011 (10.30 – 16.30) Dublin

Peer Critique

Peer Critique – Sculpture & Installation with Daphne Wright

Fri 11 Mar, 2011 (10.30 – 16.30) Cork

Sat 12 Mar, 2011 (10.30 – 16.30) Dublin

Working Out Working In- Performance Masterclass with Nigel Rolfe

Wed 2 Mar, 2011 (10.30 – 16.30) Cork

Wed 9 Mar, 2011 (10.30 – 16.30) Dublin


As places are limited early booking is advised.  Places are only guaranteed upon receipt of payment along some background information which we will request from you prior to the workshops.

To book Dublin, Kerry and Northern Ireland workshops contact Monica Flynn / Education Officer , Visual Artists Ireland.T: 01 872 2296


For both Cork events contact Elma O’Donnovan at the National Sculpture Factory T: 021 431 4353 E:

Alternatively you can book and pay online using our event registration page

For full details of workshops and events see:

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