Memberships Available at A4 Sounds

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Memberships Available at A4 Sounds!

A4 Sounds is a interdisciplinary studio space and will suit artists of all sorts that enjoy working in a shared environment and need access to a wide range of facilities over the duration of their projects. Our members include fine artists, animators, writers, performers, makers, woodworkers and electronic engineers. If you are looking for an alternative to the traditional artist studio get in touch here!

 

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Apply for membership!

We are currently looking for fine artists working in a range of disciplines including sculpture, print and textiles.

As a socially engaged organisation we have also have a keen interest in applications 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.

To apply please fill out our application form here!

 

Our Waiting Lists:

We currently have a wating list for our private workspaces. You can add your name to this list via our application form.

To keep a balance of activity at the studio, we pause applications from certain disciplines when there is a high number of artists working in these areas. When spaces free up we will get in contact with those on our waiting list first.

At the moment we have paused applications from Filmmaking, Animation, Spoken Word Performance and Writing.

If you work in one of these areas, please feel free to fill in our application form and we can add you to the list.

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What you get!

Our memberships are modular starting at €60 per month, with the option of adding a storage locker (€10-€80 pm) or a personal workspace (€100-€130 pm).

Regular Membership includes:

General

– 24/7 access
– WiFi and bills
– Kitchen facilities
– Outdoor garden with mezzaine & bike storage
Member discounts within A4 and local businesses
– Profile page on our website

Shared

– Access to meeting & workshop room
– Free Scanning & Printing
– Access to shared workspaces
– Access to shared equipment & materials

 

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Facilities

– Darkroom (Colour / Black & White)
– Screen-printing
– Electronics Area
– Workshop & Tools
– Reduced rental fees to our Event Space for rehearsals & exhibitions
– Option to rent a personal workspace short term for the creation of larger works or exhibition preparation*

 

A4 Artist Talk, Kate McElroy, 2017

 

Professional Development & Training

– Free Darkroom Training
– Free Screen-printing Training
– Free Workshop Training
Free or Reduced fees on public workshops & courses
Regular Artist Talks and group discussion
– Regular exhibitions and events
– Collaboration opportunities with a wide range of artists
– Opportunities to host own workshops and discussion groups or to join those hosted by our members
– Ongoing support from the A4 Team
– Online studio group to share ideas, ask for help and stay in touch with our members.

 

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Additional Costs
– Locker rental, various sizes €10 – €80 per month
– Personal Workspace €100 – €130 (currently a waiting list for these)
– 40% discount on gallery & event space hire

*we have a large workspace available to members to rent on a 1 month basis in our workshop for €130.

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More information here!

Applications can be made here!

How to find us!

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Artist Talk | Kate McElroy

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Artist Talk | Kate McElroy

Kate McElroy is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work encompasses drawing, video, ceramics, photography, mixed media and performance. Themes of growth, tension and release and the mind/body relationship are integral to her work.
In this talk, Kate will introduce her practice and discuss her ideas, processes and reasons for making.
For more information about Kate’s work please visit:
www.katemcelroy.com
www.a4sounds.org/kate-mcelroy

 

When & Where?
Wednesday 24th May
7.30pm – 8.30pm
Free Admission*

A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade
Off Upper Dorset Street
Dublin 1
Google Maps link.

*Donations always welcome!

To join in the discussion and to keep up-to-date with our educational programme of Talks, Workshops and Courses please join our Facebook group.

For more information on upcoming and previous talks & discussions please visit our talks page.

Artist Talk | Justyna Kielbowicz – Dr. Nadia Kelbova

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Artist Talk | Justyna Kielbowic – Dr Nadia Kelbova

Justyna Kielbowicz, A4 DIT Graduate Award recipient 2016, will be joining us at the studio to talk about her exhibition Dr Nadia Kelbova!

Justyna is a contemporary photographer whose work is mostly conceptual.

Within her projects she urge the viewer to slow down and consider the choices and changes made in everyday life and how these influence the world and people around us. She likes to challenge the photographic authenticity and to examine the nature of reality by questioning our socially constructed norms. Kielbowicz also found her passion for documentary photography while traveling around the world.

In 2016 she was selected for the RDS Art Award exhibition as one of the best 13 emerging artists in Ireland for her project Dr Nadia Kelbova.  This project documents the research undertaken by Dr. Nadia Kelbova in the areas of electromagnetic, gravitational and light waves using her Psychotronic Weapon Deflector and her goal of protecting humanity from the sinister influences of these mechanisms of social engineering.

Dr Nadia Kelbova, the exhibition and talk, form part of the programme for the PhotoIreland Festival 2017.

When & Where?
Wednesday 17th May
7.30pm – 8.30pm
Free Admission*

A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade
Off Upper Dorset Street
Dublin 1
Google Maps link.

*Donations always welcome!

To join in the discussion and to keep up-to-date with our educational programme of Talks, Workshops and Courses please join our Facebook group.

For more information on upcoming and previous talks & discussions please visit our talks page.

For more information about the exhibition please visit our exhibition page.
PhotoIreland Festival 2017 Programme.

 

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Artist Talk | Kerry Guinan

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Artist Talk | Kerry Guinan

Next up in our Artist Talk Series we have Kerry Guinan, our current artist in residence! Kerry will introduce her practice and her current research on the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter.

Using the processes of capital, law and bureaucracy, Guinan creates public interventions that critique art’s status in the neoliberal economy. In A4 Sounds she is investigating the role of U.S. vulture fund Kennedy Wilson in the redevelopment of Parnell Square into a Cultural Quarter.

For more information about Kerry please visit:
ww.a4sounds.org/kerry-guinan/
or
Email: kerry.guinan@gmail.com

When & Where?
Wednesday 3rd May
7.30pm – 8.30pm
Free Admission*

A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade
Off Upper Dorset Street
Dublin 1
Google Maps link.

*Donations always welcome!

To join in the discussion and to keep up-to-date with our educational programme of Talks, Workshops and Courses please join our Facebook group.

For more information on upcoming and previous talks & discussions please visit our talks page.

A4 Artist in Residence Programme 2017 Recipients Announced!

We are delighted to announce that the recipients of our 2017 AIR Programme are Kerry Guinan, Katie Moore and Stephen Burke!

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 areas.

We are very excited to have such a diverse selection of artists working with us this year and we are really looking forward to learning from them, supporting the production of new works and gaining new perspectives on our local area.

 

Kerry Guinan
Residency 1 (1st March – 31st May)

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Artist Bio
My practice critiques the neoliberalisation of art through social interventions. Working from within instititions, I use administrative tools such as employment agreements, private sponsorship or state elections to foreground art’s relationship with the private martket. My work is grounded by writing and research on this same topic.

The Residency
At A4 Sounds I will be developing an intervention into the upcoming redevelopment of Parnell Square as a Cultural Quarter. Having recently published a paper about the economic motivations of cultural quarters, I will use this residency to manifest this research artistically in an antagonistic work that critiques art’s impact on the housing market.

www.kerryguinan.com

 

Katie Moore
Residency 2 (1st June – 30th Aug)

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Artist Bio
I use textiles, stitching and installation in addition to drawing and video to create visual experiences of the world. I hope to create an environment for the viewer to experience with my installations, visually and audibly. My work is very conceptually driven, every stitch has a purpose. The work I make comes from a feeling of being compelled to make it, giving the topic a voice, telling a story, an act of memory.

The Residency
Community engagement is very important to my artistic practice. I really enjoy working with the community, meeting people, and hearing their stories. We all have a story to tell. For this residency I hope to make a piece of installation art inspired by the ‘Repeal the 8 th ’ campaign. I believe that everyone has a right to full bodily autonomy. I’m really looking forward to my time at A4 Sounds.

www.katiemoorevisualartist.com

 

Stephen Burke
Residency 3 (1st Sept – 30th Nov)

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Artist Bio
My practice is informed by the subliminal information provided by areas within Dublin. When people repress their creative desires in favour of a consumerist lifestyle a subconscious creative outlet is formed within their daily routines. These outlets and outcomes vary depending on the socio-economic characteristics which make up these areas. My work attempts to unearth these works and to shed a light on to the unrecognised creative efforts of the subconscious artists who inhabit every city.

The Residency
The proposed project for this residency is a series of installations in public spaces around the north inner city of Dublin. These installations will be subtle surfaces attached to select walls within the area to blend with their environment. These surfaces will be left to collect information from their homes for a series of weeks until they’re uninstalled and brought back to the studio. I will then remove the information collected in a similar manner to which Dublin City Council would erase graffiti in order to create collaborative compositions with the environments in which the surfaces were originally based.

Stephen Burke Instagram

 

For more information about our residency program please follow this link.

5 Memberships Available at A4 Sounds

We have 5 memberships available at our studio ! If you are interested in joining 65 other amazingly talented artists in a supportive environment then get in touch via our membership contact form!

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A4 Sounds is a interdisciplinary studio space and will suit artists of all sorts that enjoy working in a shared environment and need access to a wide range of facilities over the duration of their projects. Our members include fine artists, animators, writers, performers, makers, woodworkers and electronic engineers. If you are looking for an alternative to the traditional artist studio get in touch here!

Our memberships are modular starting at €60 per month, with the option of adding a storage locker (€10-€80 pm) or a personal workspace (€100-€130 pm).

Membership includes:

General
– 24/7 access
– WiFi and bills
– Kitchen facilities
– Outdoor area & bike storage
Member discounts within A4 and local businesses
– Profile page on our website

Shared
– Access to meeting & workshop room
– Scanning & Printing
– Access to shared workspaces
– Access to shared equipment & materials

Facilities
– Darkroom (Colour / Black & White)
– Screen-printing
– Electronics Area
– Workshop & Tools
– Reduced rental fees to our Event Space for rehearsals & exhibitions
– Option to rent a personal workspace short term for the creation of larger works or exhibition preparation*
Training
– Free Darkroom Training
– Free Screen-printing Training
– Free Workshop Training
– Free or Reduced fees on public workshops & courses

*we have a large workspace available to members to rent on a 1 month basis in our workshop for €130.

More information here!

How to find us!

A4_MAPS

Critical II: Electric Boogaloo – The Workshop | Rob Collins & Radical Design Research | Sun 19th March

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Critical II: Electric Boogaloo – The Workshop | Robby Collins & Radical Design Research

Following on from our last Introduction to Critical Design talk, Rob Collins is returning with the first in a series of workshops around the concepts of Critical, Adversarial and Participatory Design for artists, makers and designers.

 
When?
Sunday 19th March
4pm – 8pm


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


What?
In this workshop, we will be looking at Critical Design as an approach for artists and makers to refine their responses to contemporary issues and concerns.

After a quick refresher on new approaches to design – including Critical, Adversarial, Political and Speculative Design – we will address the concerns which came out of the original seminar and see how they have changed and/or grown over the past few months.

Next, we will generate ideas and responses using design approaches and explore the actors and stakeholders involved in these issues.

We will then look at fast-prototyping methods to get an idea of how these responses will work in the real world and how and how to make them more effective.

Finally, we will explore our own version of ‘Fake News’ using Speculative Design approaches and try to create another future with better outcomes to move towards.

 
Who?
All are welcome and please feel free share this event with anyone who might be interested.

No prior design, technical or creative experience is required. Just an open mind and a sense of adventure.

This will be the first in a series of workshops exploring design approaches and critical making.

 

 
For more information and booking please visit > https://www.facebook.com/events/1058663927572871/

Radical Design Research
Robby Collins

 

Storytelling Through Sound Course with Gareth Stack April 8th & 9th

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2 Day Storytelling Through Sound Course

with Gareth Stack
€100

Aimed at storytellers in all media, from writers to filmmakers. The goal of the course is to start thinking about sound in a new way: As a basic tool of storytelling. The mechanics of a medium, it’s limits and unique capacities, it’s textures and its intrinsic qualities are all key to making the most of it as a creative artist. This course will examine ways of using sound to tell a story – ways of treating sound as a first class citizen in multimedia work. We’ll be listening to some of the best sound design and aural storytelling from radio, sound art and cinema. We’ll explore the various relations to the listener possible through the medium, and what sound can add to other mediums.

Who?
Anyone with an interest in sound as a medium, especially artists, filmmakers and radio producers who wish to develop the use of sound in their practice. This is not a technical sound engineering course, but a storytelling course focused on sound as a tool and a medium.

When?
Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th April
11am – 6pm (with 1 hour for lunch)

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

Booking
To book your place please visit our online shop!

Learning
Over the course participants are invited to develop and share their own sound based project. This can be anything from a radio drama, to a sound walk, to the soundtrack of a visual project. We’ll all work together to provide feedback and help on these projects After the course has ended, participants will have an opportunity to share their creations on the A4 Sounds website and via Soundcloud.

Participants should bring along:
– Laptop Computer

if possible:

– Device capable of digitally recording sound – e.g.: Smartphone or hardware recorder*.

*A4 will provide recorders  for group work and the necessary software for the course. If participants have their own device they are free to use this in the class.
 


Breakdown of the course:

1. The space of sound
– kinds of sound and their effects
– physicality, time and texture
– capturing sound on location
– sound as a journey
– beginning a sound project

2 . Learning from Radio
– Narrative Journalism – how storytelling has changed on radio
– ‘Radio theatre’ and why it sucks
– Voice and point of view
– Choosing a story
– Microphones and technology

3. Sound storytelling techniques
narrative structure
– technical approaches – from in studio to on location
– illustrative vs organic sound
sound as a character – leitmotifs and themes
– sound art and non-narrative soundscapes

4. Learning from Film
– how sound lends weight
– basics of the film production pipeline
– non-literal sound
– basics of foley

5. Writing for Radio
– Script writing for radio
– Expressionist vs technical writing
– working with actors – from audition to rehearsal
– getting paid to write for radio

6. The Cut – Storytelling with foley and sound libraries
– basics of editing
– building a soundscape
– resources for sound and music

Gareth Stack
Gareth Stack is a writer and independent radio producer. His work uses sound in a cinematic textural way, to explore unique perspectives and lived experiences. He got his start in radio as station manager for the anarchic student station Trinity FM. Beginning as a podcaster in 2005, Gareth went on to create radio sitcoms, award winning documentaries and drama for local Dublin stations. More recently he founded the production company ‘Dead Medium’ to create work for national radio. Gareth has two dramas coming to Newstalk in 2016 and one entertainment series in production for Lyric FM. He has also worked as a culture reporter, as well as sound engineer and editor for a variety of short films. He is currently communications officer for the Association of Radio Producers Ireland, and a member of The Attic and A4 Sounds.

www.garethstack.com

Members of our studio have access to all our training courses at a MASSIVELY reduced price, sometimes even free. If you would like to become a member or would like some more information click here 😀

Please note: Due to the running costs of workshops, refunds for all our courses can only be given if sufficient notice is given and we can secure a replacement participant. We are a small organisation and course materials and equipment are expensive! We will however offer you a place on a future course of equal value. We are also understanding and under exceptional circumstances we may be able to refund part or full cost of the course.

Artist Talk | Evelyn Broderick – Making It

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We are delighted to have  Evelyn Broderick join us at The A4 Sounds Gallery to talk to us about her arts practice and making!

Evelyn Broderick is an installation artist, she is currently a studio member at A4 Sounds in Dublin. Broderick uses socially engaged structures to shackle and bind drawing, printmaking and sculpture together. Her work is inherently political with social and economical overtones. She completed her BA in Fine Art Painting at Limerick School of Art and Design and a Hdip in Art and Design Teaching at Crawford College of Art and Design. Evelyn relocated to Liverpool to develop her practice. During her two years in North West England, Evelyn received an MA (First Class Hons) in Fine Art from Liverpool John Moores University, founded an artist and art education cooperative (Quad Collective CIC) and worked closely with Turner Prize 2015 winners, ASSEMBLE, at Granby Workshop, Toxteth. Evelyn also led workshops on behalf of Tate Liverpool (Liverpool, UK), Walker Art Gallery (Liverpool, UK) and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain).

In her talk she will discuss the idea of ‘making’ a theme which features a lot in her recent work, how a maker space influence your making, the notion of making by hand and how this is a primal thing and good for the mind.  She will also be talking about projects she has been involved with including The Men’s Shed Association and Granby Park in Liverpool.

www.evelynbroderickart.blogspot.ie

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When & Where?
Wednesday 1st Mar
7.30pm – 8.30pm
Free Admission*

A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade
Off Upper Dorset Street
Dublin 1

*Donations towards gallery running costs always welcome!

To join in the discussion and to keep up-to-date with our educational programme of Talks, Workshops and Courses please join our Facebook group.

For more information on previous talks & discussions please visit here.

Call for Applications | A4 Artist in Residence Programme 2017

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A4 are delighted to announce that applications for this years Artist in Residence Programme are now open!

About the Residency Programme

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 areas.

Three residencies are available throughout the year:

  • Residency 1 : 1st March – 31st May 2017 (3 months)
  • Residency 2 : 1st June – 31st Aug 2017 (3 months)
  • Residency 3 : 1st Sept – 30th November 2017 (3 months)

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.

Previous Recipients

2016 // 2017

Closing date for applications is Tues 31st January  2017.

To apply to the programme please visit our application page for more information, criteria and selection process.