A Maker Approach to Art and Interactivity: An Introductory Workshop to Electronics for Creative Projects April 9th & 10th

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Ever wanted to make a copper pipe sing? Or use water to activate lights?

This hands-on, jargon-free workshop will introduce you to physical computing and show you how to develop and realise art proposals with interactive elements.  Our artist-maker approach is all about tinkering with art, electronic and everyday materials to learn through experimentation and discovery.

By the end of the weekend you will have a basic understanding of the principals involved in easy-to-make light and sound responsive systems and the materials required. You will also have collaborated with other workshop participants to create an electronically triggered soundscape or an interactive environment/artwork.

Make_Create_Innovate will be joined by Robby Collins (www.clockworks.ie) in the afternoon of the second day. Robby will offer some key insights into how artists have engaged with technology and what supports are available to develop your ideas further.

This workshop is for creative people (both professionals and non-professionals) who want to do something different whether it’s programme a touch-activated sound effects on the theatre stage or design a unique funky birthday card for a friend.  It is especially suitable for anyone involved in engaged arts that support arts participation and/or invite audience interaction.

More info available at www.makecreateinnovate.ie

For an idea of the kinds of things you will make with us during these workshops, go to http://www.makecreateinnovate.ie/tinkering-1/

 

DATE:
10am-4pm on 9th and 10th April
Book your place here!

COST:
€120 for both days
€75 for the first day only

Please note participants are asked to attend the full day(s) you have booked if possible. There is no half day rate. It will not be possible to attend the second day unless you have participated in the first.

Cost includes all materials. Tools are provided.

Art 4 Artists Workshop Series starts April 6th!

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Next up in our educational programme for 2016 is our 6 week Art 4 Artists Workshop Series facilitated by Deirdre Ronan.

 

“Some artists say to make the work readable to the public is the artist’s responsibility, but I don’t agree with that. The only responsibility is to be absolutely truthful to the self.”

Louise Bourgeois

 

As practicing artists we can tend to stick with our medium of choice. Even if that involves many different skills or practices, we can tend to stay in our comfort zones. And despite the wonderful communal element of working in a studio, our art practices are generally inherently solitary. Even working collaboratively, it can be difficult to communicate our emotional responses to the process and product. Often, there isn’t a forum, or vocabulary to describe or relate this.

And as practicing artists and studio members, we can be focussed on producing work with an agenda that isn’t entirely ours. Perhaps to meet a deadline, or to exhibit, or to be seen to be producing. As such, we risk losing that authentic connection to process and the self, and the relationship between the two.

This group aims and intends to provide a safe space within which practicing artists can meet and re-connect with art materials, art making and processes, themselves and each other in an alternative and authentic way. To provide a forum for this connection, and support discussion about the beautiful simplicity and complexity of the relationship between ‘the self’ and ‘the art’.

Cost?
60

When?
Wednesdays 7-9pm
6th Apr – 11th May

Where?
A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade, Off Upper Dorset St
Dublin 1

To book your place and for more information on this and other courses offered, please visit our shop.

Deirdre Ronan
Deirdre is a practicing artist, art therapist and psychotherapist. She initially studied Fine Art in D.I.T. before completing her MSc in Art Psychotherapy in Edinburgh in 2006. Deirdre currently works as a psychotherapist with all aspects of sexual abuse.

Deirdre’s clinical work creates and sustains an unwavering awe at the primary and vicarious impacts of trauma on individuals and systems which inspires her work as a clinician and artist. As an art therapist, Deirdre believes that the art process and product are unique in creating a container for that which is ‘unsayable’. As such, her art work is multi-layered, seeking to mirror the dynamic essence of relationships and systems and her various roles within these.

“In engaging with my process I seek to explore and repair”.

Deirdre also enjoys playing 5 string banjo quite badly and is a massive luddite.

Exploring Textiles by Hand Course w/ Fiona Harrington starts March 10th

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New to our educational programme for 2016 is Exploring Textiles by Hand. This 6 week course is taught by award-winning textile artist Fiona Harrington.

About the Course
Using a mixture of fabrics, yarns, mixed textiles and household materials, this workshop encourages participants to explore textiles by combining the traditional with the unconventional and develop an innovative approach to making.

Cost: 120
Spaces are limited to 6 people.


Who?

This workshop is aimed at those with a creative flair who are interested in exploring surface and texture.
Places are limited to 6 participants to ensure maximum learning.

When?

Thursdays 7-9pm
10th Mar – 14th Apr

Where?
A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade, Off Upper Dorset St
Dublin 1

Learning
Participants will learn a variety of processes including stenciling, basic dye techniques, layering and fabric manipulation as well as a variety of hand stitching. These new skills will be  learned through a personal project.

 

Fiona Harrington
Fiona Harrington is an award winning lace-maker and textile artist. Fiona graduated with a degree in Fine Art from Crawford, Cork and Textile Design from NCAD. She has also trained with Kenmare Lace and Design Centre learning traditional Irish lace techniques including Carrickmacross and Kenmare Needlepoint. She received a number of prestigious awards including the Thomas Dammann Bursary, the RDS Graduate Prize and the Eleanor De La Branchardiere Award for innovation in Lace Design.

www.fionaharrington.com

 

To book your place or for more information on other courses taking place at our studio please visit our shop.

Call for applications | A4 Artist In Residence Programme 2016

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A4 Artist in Residence Programme


About A4

A4’s mission is to transform the means by which cultural works are produced, accessed, and understood in Ireland, and by doing so to contribute to the development of a more just society. We want to Make Art That Matters.

The A4 Arts Studio is home to over 60 artists working in a wide range of disciplines including; Fine Art, Design, Research, Education, Animation, Electronics, Performance and Writing. We have designed our studio as a shared workspace with a focus on providing a wide range of facilities, including screen-printing, electronics area, workshop and darkroom. The open plan and shared nature of the studio facilitates engagement, collaboration and informal skill sharing between members. Alongside this we also programme workshops and courses throughout the year, pulling in the wide range of skills under our roof.


About the Residency

The A4 residency programme was established to offer selected artists the time, space, and facilities needed to develop their professional practice in a supportive environment, while furthering the mission of our studio through projects that focus on social and political issues relevant to Dorset Street and surrounding area.

Three residencies are available throughout the year. We are currently taking applications for residencies 2 & 3:

  • Residency 1 : 1st January – 31st March 2016 (Artist: Darragh Wilkins)
  • Residency 2 : 1st May – 31st July 2016 (3 months)
  • Residency 3 : 1st Sept – 30th November 2016 (3 months)


Selection Process

A4 will select artists that we feel will benefit from the facilities we offer at our studio and who are also in line with our overall mission as an organisation.

Applications will be accepted from artists working in the following disciplines: Social Practice, Social Justice, Social Intervention, Socially Engaged, Dialogical, Participatory, Critical Thinking & Research, Activist, Political, Relational, Community, Collaborative Art or New Genre Public Art.

Applicants should submit:

  1. Selected Discipline(s)
  2. Preferred residency*
  3. An outline of the work they will undertake at the studio (max 500 words)
  4. Artist Statement
  5. CV
  6. Link to website or pdf of portfolio to date**

*If you can only participate on one residency please state e.g residency 2 only. If you don’t mind which please state don’t mind on your application. We will do our  best to facilitate preferred times, if we cannot we will get in touch with you via email.

**For video or sound submissions, please submit links to SoundCloud, Vimeo, YouTube etc only.

A shortlist of applications will be created based on previous experience and proposed idea. Those selected will be invited for interview.


Aims & Expectations of the Residency

What A4 expects from artists:

  1. To be available to work from the studio at least 3 days per week for the duration of the residency
  2. To engage with studio members, local community, local history or local areas surrounding the studio & gallery
  3. To disseminate their work in at least 2 ways. Examples of this could be:
      • Exhibition in the A4 Gallery
      • Artist Talk
      • Workshop
      • Article or Podcast
      • Interview or documentary video
      • Curating an event
  4. The artist should document their progress and make the documentation available to A4 for use


What the artist should expect:

    1. To be provided with 24/7 access to the studio including shared workspaces, facilities and equipment
    2. Where appropriate be given their own personal workspace to work
    3. To be given suitable storage for works and project material (exceptions may be made for very large pieces due to space restrictions of the studio)
    4. Training and support where needed on available equipment and facilities
    5. Ongoing support throughout the residency
    6. Access to gallery space or other areas for dissemination of work

      If resources are available:

    7. Budget or access to materials for dissemination of works, e.g. preparation of gallery space for exhibition of works. To be discussed with artist in advance.

 

Closing date for applications is Thursday 31st March 2016.

Applications should be submitted via email to residency@a4sounds.org

For further information about our studio please follow the links below:

The Studio & Facilities
Our Work
Our Members

 

Call for applications | 2 Workspaces available at A4 Studios

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We are currently taking applications for 2 workspaces now available in one of our private studios. Where possible we aim to reserve these for individuals whose work is in line with our own mission as an arts organisation.

We are seeking applications from thinkers and doers from a wide range of backgrounds whose work has a social, community or political slant. Unfortunately individuals whose work is solely commercial will not be considered at this time but we will consider these applications in future.

About A4

A4’s mission is to transform the means by which cultural works are produced, accessed, and understood in Ireland, and by doing so to contribute to the development of a more just society. We want to Make Art That Matters.

The A4 Arts Studio is home to over 60 artists working in a wide range of disciplines including; Fine Art, Design, Research, Education, Animation, Electronics, Performance and Writing. We have designed our studio as a shared workspace with a focus on providing a wide range of facilities, including screen-printing, electronics area, workshop and darkroom. The open plan and shared nature of the studio facilitates engagement, collaboration and informal skill sharing between members. Alongside this we also programme workshops and courses throughout the year, pulling in the wide range of skills under our roof.

Interested applicants also have the option to rent both spaces if a larger workspace is required (cost 250: membership 50 + 2 x personal workspaces €100).

If you are interested in becoming a member of our studio please fill our our membership contact form.