Monday 6 February 2012

The Design Tower Winter Workshops

Have you signed up for our exciting range of winter workshops taking place in the Design Tower? We'd love you to book your places now or register your interest for future classes. Classes are very small to allow one-on-one tutoring. For more information, contact the individual designers as listed below.

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This unique series of workshops comprises instruction in such diverse creative activities as drawing of a life model to jewellery making, leather design to paper-making. These limited classes are given by some of the leading practitioners in their fields. The small classes take place in the studios of The Design Tower over the the course of a couple of weekends.

Leather workshops with Roisin Gartland - Contact Roisin: 01 671 0020
"Anna really enjoyed looking through my beautiful leather off-cuts. She chose an unusual piece of patterned leather to make a strap for her handbag. I've had some of these pieces of leather for twenty years and it was great to see them inspiring a new design..."

Portrait sculpture with Elizabeth O'Kane - Contact Liz: 087 917 4947
"Learn the art of portrait sculpture. Go on to sculpt friend's and family's portraits! Class caters for total beginners to professional artists."

Silversmithing with Seamus Gill - Contact Seamus: 01 677 5701
"One of the most popular elements of our last course was learning how to hammer a flat piece of metal into a curved bowl. The students learned the art of patience. The sound effects in the studio were fantastic!"

Jewellery making with Da Capo - Contact Se and Lee: 01 675 3867
"It was great to see the different levels of proficiency and how they felt they individually progressed over the course of each day. Even though some had no prior experience in working in 3d, when they had their finished pieces of jewellery that they themselves had made, the sense of achievement and the smiles on their faces were great to see."

Porcelain sculpture with Ayelet Lalor - Contact Ayelet: 01 672 9799
Change of course dates -  17th and 19th Febuary.
"Over two days discover the pleasure of working with delicate porcelain paperclay. Learn how to apply decal transfers, and to create forms that are transformed when light is seen through it, creating beautiful translucent structures. Suitable for beginners and advanced levels.

Jewellery making with Breda Haugh - Contact Breda; 01 670 5738
“Jewellery in precious metals is a wonderful combination - join my workshop to begin the journey to explore this for yourself.”

Paper-making with the Paper Conservation Studio - Contact Pat; 670 7984
To Launch this series of workshops - Pat Mc Bride from the Paper Conservation Studio is offering a place on their paper-making workshop. To be in with a chance to win, simply friend the Paper Conservation Studio on Facebook.

We're looking forward to meeting you at our workshops. Please help us to spread the word by sharing this post! 

Thursday 2 February 2012

First Thursdays Dublin

We've just heard about something which we think might be of interest to you creative types! Let's get out and see more art...  

On the First Thursday of every month a selection of gallery & creative spaces are opening their doors after hours offering you an extra chance to see art, culture and events in a number of venues between 6–8pm

This month we welcome Talbot Gallery, James Joyce Centre, Powerscourt Gallery, PrettyVacant Dublin and the Douglas Hyde Gallery. There will be talks held in the James Joyce Centre and Talbot Gallery, you can pick up Valentine’s Day themed cards in designist, and Powerscourt Gallery shall be offering 10% discount during the hours of 6pm – 8pm.

Cow’s Lane Designer Studio
West Essex Street, Old City, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Cow’s Lane Designer Studio is a treasure trove of handmade Irish art and design. This creative space is run by a group of independent artists who make by hand ceramics, furniture, jewellery and clothing design.

Debbie Paul Studio and Gallery
Contemporary Jewellery,  sculpture
1 Cows Lane, Old City, Dublin 8
Debbie Paul invites you to her combined gallery and studio space, here you can gain an insight into Paul’s work, her aesthetic, and her making process, furthering your understanding of Irish Contemporary Jewellery.

68 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2
designist put out the call for love, and asked the public to submit designs for a range of Valentine’s Day Cards. There was a great response. Eleven original designs were carefully chosen and sent to print. They are proudly on sale at designist. All the cards are very limited edition and cost 3 Euro each. Spread the Love!

Douglas Hyde Gallery
Trinity College, Dublin 2
Opening of: Merlin James |In the Gallery |Gallery 1
The Paradise [35] |Reverend Howard Finster |Message Posters |Gallery 2
Thursday, February 2, 6 – 7.30pm. At 5pm on the day of the opening, Merlin James will give a talk on the exhibition and his practice. All are welcome, admission free.

Gallery of Photography
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Varvava Shavrova|The Opera. To celebrate Chinese New Year the Gallery of Photography is presenting the Irish premiere of The Opera, Varvara Shavrova’s spellbinding contemporary work on traditional Peking Opera.

James Joyce Centre
35 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1
Thursday February 2 marks the 130th anniversary of the birth of James Joyce and the 90th anniversary of the publication of his masterpiece Ulysses. Professor Andrew Gibson will deliver a lecture followed by a medley of recitals from Joyce’s work by Paul O’Hanrahan. FREE but as seating is limited advanced booking is essential. Bookings: 01-8788547 or

National Gallery of Ireland
Clare Street Entrance, Dublin 2
Masterpieces of the Collection.  Free Entry ( Rooms 2 – 10 )
Fables and Fairy Tales – Illustrations from the collections ( Room 1 ) Free Entry
Art Studies Lecture: Vincentian Renaissance Master :  Titan Lecturer Dr Philip Cottrell ( Tickets €8.50, Gallery Shop )

NGG – No Grants Gallery
The Culture Box, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Your Photos, Your World, Shared. First of its kind in Dublin, this is an Instagram exhibition made up of 60 images chosen from 1200 captured by Iphone and submitted by the public nationwide. The public share snapshots of daily lives via instagram.

Powerscourt Gallery
Townhouse Centre, 59 South William Street, Dublin 2
The Powerscourt Gallery is inviting artists into their warm atmospheric gallery to work, create, develop ideas or simply absorb the power of creativity! Open to all art forms, visual art, performance art, design. Also, 10% discount on everything for FTD!

PrettyvacanT Dublin
Unit 5 (former Delta Travel), Sackville Place, Dublin 1
Launch of Hidden Currents, an exhibition by Niamh Heery uncovering the near-invisible movement of commodities across the great oceans of the world. Hosted in a disused travel agency, the work is a result of Heery’s investigation into the global logistics of the movement of consumer goods.

Project Arts Centre
39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Mikala Dywer |Panto Collaser. For First Thursdays Dublin, Project invites you for a walk ‘n’ talk tour of their new exhibition hosted by two young artists. Artist, Mikala Dywer describes her exhibition as ‘An exploded and bewitched house with a floating roof’.

Talbot Gallery & Studios
51 Talbot Street, Dublin 1,
The Talbot Gallery are hosting a discussion on their current exhibition: Cecilia Danell’s ‘The Consoling Dream Necessity’. Starting at 6pm, guest speakers include Swedish artist Cecilia Danell and Irish artist and sculptor Jennie Moran.

Temple Bar Gallery & Studio
5-9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Liam O’Callaghan|Bit Symphony. Bit Symphony is an audio-visual installation consisting of an assemblage of turntables, amplifiers and speakers, reconfigured and manipulated so as to autonomously perform a complex musical composition of looping records.

The Copper House Gallery
Synge Street, Dublin 8
Coal Story |photographic exhibition by Darek Fortas. This is a result of an extensive photographic engagement with the two largest coal mining companies in the European Union located in Silesia. It highlights the social and political capacity of the miners and evokes the history and aftermath of the legendary Solidarity movement.

The Doorway Gallery
24 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2
Lucy Doyle | Rococo. Lucy has her own unique painting style that she has honed over the past 30 years. Her subject matter is largely still life and interiors and often incorporates female figures that move within and inhabit her decorative compositions.

The Green Gallery
St Stephen’s Green Centre, D.1
Peter Knuttle | Recent Watercolours and Prints.

The Joinery
6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill, Dublin 7
Dave Madigan & Meadhbh O’Connor | Power Structure. The first collaborative project between two Dublin-based artist exploring two forms of power – energy and money.

Foley Street, Dublin 1
Exhibition Preview reception on Thursday 2nd Feb – two new exhibitions at the LAB LEAN, a new collaboration by Mary A Fitzgerald and Marc Reilly in the Cube Space and Undertow, an Ormston House Project curated by Aideen Barry and Alice Maher featuring the work of 11 Irish and International artists.

The Littlegreen Streetgallery
12a Little Britain Street, Dublin 7
(in the old fruit and veg markets)
Wreck is an art collective created by fine artist Leanne McCullagh & photographer Holly Cullen. It gives young, emerging artists a platform to showcase and promote their work.  Selected artists come from a variety of practices and creative backgrounds contributing to “wreck’s” diverse and contemporary nature. Bring your own beer event with live music on the night |7:30pm start.

For more information, visit the Temple Bar website.