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May 5th, 2013
May 5th, 2013
October 1st, 2012
Limerick Printmakers Studio and Gallery are delighted to announce a group exhibition of new works ‘Perimetrics – Contemporary Practices in Printmaking’ by Alan Crowley, Brian Fitzgerald, Ursula Kelly, Des Mac Mahon, Noelle Noonan, Derek O’S…
ullivan and Vita Ryan. The exhibition will be opened by Sercan Sahin Phd. on Thursday October 4th at 8pm and runs until October 25th 2012.
The aim of the exhibition is to show case contemporary printmaking practices that are engaging, adventurous and intriguing. Using the gallery as a platform the exhibition will be a display of ambitious, conceptually demanding, physically challenging and innovative work that will provoke dialogue that encourages and enhances the position of printmaking as a relevant element of contemporary visual practice and culture.
Its aim is to break misconceptions of traditional notions of printmaking as being an aging graphic art form that is bound by the limits of the edge of paper and the printing press in a visual culture that is driven by digital technologies.
The artists are not limited to any unifying theme or start point but are drawn together as practicing printmakers and by their ambitious use of the processes of printmaking, they crossover naturally in their own individual practices and at one level or another are dealing with similar issues and circumstances.
From the socially engaged works of Ursula Kelly to the visual culture based works of Brian Fitzgerald, the exhibition touches on a variety of print based media. The participating artists are based in both Ireland and the Uk and have exhibited in Ireland and the UK as well as Europe, USA, Asia and Australia and are featured in collections such as Dáil Éireann, OPW, RTÉ, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Crawford Art Gallery, UL and UCC. .
The gallery is open from Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5.30pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm.
Limerick Printmakers Studio and Gallery Ltd. acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council.
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September 22nd, 2012
It’s been a hectic summer of making and baking. I’ve been working on a few new ideas; casting etched zinc plates and printing teddy bears.
“Wondrous Birth” is a series of work based on the idea of mothers having to give up their newborn child for whatever reason but when doing so leave a token with the child in the hope of one day being reunited with them. The token therefore acts as an identifier but only if it is left with the child. I have made a series of etchings and cast them in resin. There is no print version of any etching plate. The casting process acts as a means of preservation and security, making it impossible to develop the print, which is a metaphor for the mother/child relationship. The images used are based on research from The Foundling Hospital in London, Sean Ross Abbey in Co. Tipperary and answers to a questionnaire I carried out.
March 15th, 2012
Some photo’s from the exhibition Ray and I had at Sprout, including photo’s of our window drawing (Click here to watch the recording )
And some photo’s of the mono-printing workshop I ran to coincide with the show…
The lovely Lynn took some better photo’s, which can be seen on Sprout’s facebook page
March 1st, 2012
February 29th, 2012
Here’s a link to an interview I did as part of Artquest’s 10th Anniversary celebrations – Trade Secrets is a series of 10 interviews with artists who have worked with Artquest including Maria Amidu who was the coordinator for the Circle Line Award which I received in 2008/09
February 20th, 2012
February 15th, 2012
Computers do not work at the same pace as I do and have a tendency to be uncooperative in times of need. Luckily Niamh and Paul, the technical experts arrived. The audio is now edited and pretty much ready but the visuals are another story. I started adding some found images to the video I shot of the bridge so it needs a lot more work. The images are taken from flikr, some of which I used in the past, reworking them and turned into screen prints. I’m still not sure if they will remain in the piece. I need to experiment more with it. The randsom note is done and I’m happy with it. That took longer than I had anticipated too! It was interesting searching through newspapers for particular words and letters or combination’s of letters. The letter j is not very common. I couldn’t find the full word “protect” so used “protest” and covered the s with a c! The reason for the randsom note is that the woman I interviewed “fell” pregnant out of “wedlock” and so was sent to a convent where she gave birth to her daughter. It was 1960′s Ireland when the Catholic Church tried to rule everyone and everything. I have decided the piece will be called “A stone from home” – a line taken from the audio.
February 7th, 2012
Tooting has a wonderful pop up gallery Construction Gallery until the end of March.
I am showing “Pitch 78 East Street Market” – (a slide projection with sound) in the sound room until Sunday. This is a piece completed during my MA at Camberwell in 2007/08, which is part of a larger series of work that documents a market trader from East Street Market near Elephant and Castle. During the recorded conversation the trader can be heard exchanging banter with customers and passers-by, while also discussing more personal family issues, specifically his recent reconnection with his adolescent daughter. “Pitch 78 East Street Market” is an attempt at simultaneously portraying the trader’s public/social and private/personal identity.
I am doing a one-day residency this Sunday during which, I intend to test a new mixed media work that is based on a woman I interviewed in Killaloe, Co.Clare in 2009. The piece is a short video of the bridge in Killaloe that connects two counties but disconnects one mother and daughter. I will be editing a sound recording to accompany this video as well as making a ransom note using the words of a family prayer that was hanging in the Catholic Church in Killaloe.
On Sunday 26th February I will be running a workshop where people are invited to write their memories onto a tablecloth. This written word workshop will coincide with the Tooting Tales literary festival hosted by the Brick Box. The plan is to install the “Tooting Tablecloth” in the window of the cafe.
Some photo’s taken on my not so good phone of the table cloth…