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We have created a Blog here that will track the progress of Nick Miller’s “Sitting” residency and Exhibition. Keep an eye out for regular exciting updates. Lisa Fingleton was on hand to film the event.
Here are some images:
27 June 2014
Our first post includes the installation of the exhibition with Johanne Mullan: National Programmer of IMMA and David Trunk and Joe Stanley: Technical Crew from IMMA.
The event Felt and Fa(c)t was held on 7th June 16.00 – 8th June 16.00, 2014 in the Malt House, Stradbally, Co. Laois, Ireland.
Not Abel; Cathy Carman; Charlie Dance; Vivienne Dick; Sarah Jones; Breda Lynch; Isabella Oberländer; Yoeri Guepin; Ciarán Walsh
Felt and Fa(c)t is the undercurrent for a curatorial project initiated by Padraig Robinson, it is the second manifestation after its launch in Ormston House Gallery, January 2014. The project relies on the actual structures of friendship, proximity, and the desire to work together, as its philosophical basis. The event was presented as part of Padraig’s residency at The Laois Arthouse, and consisted of exhibition, audio and screened works.Dutch artist Yoeri Guépin with artwork by Charlie Dance.
Felt and Fa(c)t, Malthouse Stradbally, June 7th and 8th 2014
Sitting, the title given to an upcoming residency, by artist Nick Miller, at the Laois Arthouse, Stradbally, Co Laois, will take place from 11th-20th July 2014, when over the course of ten days; Nick Miller will invite the public to sit for portraits in his studio. Sitting is curated by Arts Officer, Muireann Ní Chonaill.
The theme for this residency continues a long term involvement with contemporary portraiture that is central to his artistic practice and more particularly follows from a project Miller carried out in Brooklyn, NYC, where he spent 40 days painting a portrait a day. He is looking forward to the residency in the Laois Arthouse which will afford him the opportunity to meet and engage with members of the public who are willing to offer to sit and be painted.
People can volunteer by contacting the Laois Arthouse. As many people as possible will be accommodated to avail of this unusual opportunity. The portraits are not ‘commissions’, or photo realistic images, but more a record of the artist’s encounter with the sitter. Done on watercolour paper, each sitting will be “closed” or private in the studio with Nick, while he attempts to paint. It is a relaxed and hopefully enjoyable process. The sitter can talk and does not need to be absolutely still. He will use watercolour for these portraits and it should take approximately one hour or less to complete, depending on the size of work. All portraits will go on display at the end of the residency for an open day on Sunday 20th July. The portraits will remain on display until the 1st of September 2014. After the residency, a signed and limited edition archival fine art print of each portrait can be ordered and purchased for a nominal price of €40, but there is absolutely no obligation to buy. Payment can be made on the day of sitting and must be paid in full by September 1st. The original, may also be available to purchase and this can be discussed with the Arts Office.
The portraits will be done from 14-19 July, all day, in Studio 2, Laois Arthouse. To book a place, email your name, address, telephone contact, email and preferred date, morning, afternoon or evening, to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone, 057-8641740. Places will be allocated by the Laois Arthouse, and there is no guarantee that all requests can be accommodated. Documentation of the residency will take place and you may be asked if you are happy to have your sitting recorded.
A further lasting legacy of Nick Miller’s residency is the commissioning of Nick Miller to paint the portraits in oil of well known artist, Cathy Carmen and writer, Pat Boran from Laois. Carmen and Boran were selected as sitters in recognition of their contribution to the arts in Ireland and as a welcome addition to the Laois County Art Collection.
Sitting includes an exhibition of selected portrait related works by Miller on loan from the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s Collection from the 1 July –2 September 2014. IMMA lends extensively from the collection to partner organisations creating wider access to the collection on a national level. Such collaborations allow IMMA the opportunity to contribute to distinctive exhibitions and projects such as Sitting.
The selection for Arthouse includes the drawing Corban which is part of a series of large scale portrait drawings undertaken by Nick Miller between 1996 and 1999. For each portrait the sitter is straddled and drawn inches from their face while lying on the paper. Corban Walker is also an artist whose work is also represented in the IMMA Collection.
Also included in the exhibition is a portrait of fellow Sligo based artist and Patrick Hall. The painting has personal meaning for Miller in terms of their friendship and of his interest in engaging with a subject which is present as distinct from his memory-based work such as the South Africa Memory Series I, made after an intense one month trip to South Africa which the artist undertook in 1991. The series explores the complex nature of a personal encounter with a country in the flux of major political and social change.
Nick Miller moved from London to Ireland in 1984, and has been based in Co Sligo since 1992 . His work, whatever his subject: a person, an object, or landscape, is concerned with portraiture and with how we experience and meet the world. His paintings and drawings of friends and family members and colleagues, sometimes made from an unusually close range, parallel landscapes painted from a mobile studio devised to minimise the separation between artist and subject. Miller has exhibited in Ireland and internationally since the 1980s. His work is represented in many public and private collections. Miller was elected to Aosdána in 2001.
On the 20 July at 3.00pm, the final day of the residency, the public are invited to an open day at the Laois. Christina Kennedy, Head of the Collections of IMMA, will interview Nick Miller on his process, as well as viewing of the portraits undertaken during the residency and the IMMA art exhibits.
For the duration of the residency the Laois Arthouse is open to the public from 10am-5pm Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday 3.00pm-6.00pm
This project is funded by the Percent for Art Scheme and Laois County Council.
For further information and images please contact Muireann Ní Chonaill at email@example.com or telephone: 0578664109/057864174
Map of Location of The Laois Arthouse in Stradbally, Co. Laois
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The new Summer Arts Workshops and Music Camps Brochure is now available for Download.
If you wish to avail of one of these services please download the appropriate application form and please return to the appropriate address (see bottom of application form)
Hard copies of the Brochure are also available from Laois County Council, The Laois Arthouse and other usual places.
FELT AND FA(C)T
SATURDAY JUNE 7TH 16.00 until SUNDAY JUNE 8TH
MALT HOUSE STRADBALLY, CO. LAOIS
featuring work by
Not Abel, Cathy Carmen, Charlie Dance, Vivienne Dick, Sarah Jones,
Breda Lynch, Yoeri Guepin, Isabel Oberländer, Ciaran Walsh
Laois Arthouse artist-in-residence Padraig Robinson presents the second manifestation of Felt & Fa(c)t, a rolling curatorial project, which was first presented in Ormston House Gallery, in January 2014. The Malt House Stradbally becomes a site where national international artists will gather together, for an event beginning on the 7th of June at 16.00, ending on 8th June 16.00. Irish documentary and filmmaker Vivienne Dick will screen her recent film “The Irreducible Difference of the Other”. All this will happen in the beautifully preserved former Malt House in Stradbally, which is itself an impressive piece of architecture. The screening will begin when it gets dark. Before that however, there will be lots going on, and lots to see. Austrian dancer Isabel Oberländer will respond to a spoken word soundtrack by Australian artist Sarah Jones. English artist Charlie Dance and Dutch artist Yoeri Guepin will exhibit new work, and former ArtHouse resident Cathy Carmen will exhibit a figurative sculpture. Irish artists Breda Lynch, Ciaran Walsh and Not Abel, will also be exhibiting. So it will be vibrant and experimental event worth visiting.
All who come are more than welcome to bring food, which we will cook on the BBQ in the beautiful garden of the MaltHouse.
Further details from Muireann Ní Chonaill, Arts Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 057-8664109.
NATIONAL DRAWING DAY 2014
National Drawing Day took place in The Laois Arthouse, Stradbally on May 17th from 11am –l 1pm.
Children and Adults came along and joined in the fun.
There were four workshops co-ordinated by artists Cathy Carman, Maria O’ Brien, Caroline Keane and Gareth Jenkins. Everyone got to experience all that was on offer.
+ Cathy Carman set up a large scale drawing workshop in the Gallery Space and showed the participants how to draw using all of their senses.
+ Maria O’ Brien had set up a still life workshop and demonstrated how different mediums could be used to create exciting works of art.
+ Caroline Keane demonstrated paper-making using combined materials with fantastic results.
+ Gareth Jenkins completed a creative art event which showed participants the many ways in which they can experiment using paint brushes and pastels taped to bamboo shoots.
An extensive amount of fantastic artwork was created and we thank everyone who came along and joined in with the activities.
For further information contact Muireann Ní Chonaill, Arts Officer.
E: email@example.com or T: 057-8641710
You can now download the new Laois Arts Plan 2014–2017 here: