Unfortunately, Minister Madigan is no longer available to attend the launch of the Arts Council funded Artist-Initiated Projects 2018 on Thursday 31st May, due to Oireachtas business. We hope to reschedule so please watch this space.
The minister made this statement about the Artist-Initiated Projects at Pallas Projects/Studios:
"The Arts Council funded Pallas Projects Artist-Initiated Projects 2018 is an important scheme, particularly for artists with fledgling careers.
The arts provide challenges at all levels, demonstrating the variety of interpretation and imagination that exists. It demonstrates many different palettes, subject matter and styles of work. It compels us, the audience, to slow down, to stop and to take time to appreciate, to consider and to reflect.
This wonderful scheme, led by artists for artists, will provide us with a stunning display of diverse talent through the summer and autumn until November. I am certain that it will provide a springboard for the careers of these exhibiting artists, inspire others and demonstrate just why the arts are intrinsic to the very fabric of life in our capital city."
– Josepha Madigan
Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
Artist-Initiated Projects 2018
The series of 12 x 2-week exhibitions between April—November 2018 will present exhibitions of new work by:
David Lunney, Austin Hearne, Roisin Lewis, Salvatore of Lucan, Emma McKeagney, Miguel Martin & Jennifer Mehigan, Robert Dunne, Marc Guinan, Sibyl Montague, Ella Bertilsson & Ulla Juske, Ann Ensor & Louisa Casas, Ann Maria Healy
For full programme info see here
Pallas Projects/Studios is one of Ireland's longest running artist-run spaces, providing much needed studio and exhibition space over 22 years in Dublin's city centre. Artists are a key factor in cultivating rich and diverse culture that enhances social lived experience in the city and as such PP/S has long advocated for the importance of retaining artist-led spaces as an essential part of this cultural fabric. The organisation, which began on Foley Street in 1996, has traversed the city, utilising and injecting new life into disused spaces, and has since 2012 settled in the Coombe in Dublin 8, where it has become embedded in the community as a key visual art and cultural resource for the area. PP/S have established a local, nationwide and international reputation among artists and organisations, and a public profile through successful and critically engaged exhibitions, publishing, collaborations and partnerships, and education programmes for schools. Recent projects include the 4-year research project and publication 'Artist-Run Europe', published by Onomatopee, Eindhoven in 2016, and the annual 'Periodical Review' exhibition now in its eighth year.
Artist-Initiated Projects at Pallas Projects/Studios is an open-submission, annual gallery programme of 12 x 2-week exhibitions taking place between April and November 2018. This unique programme of funded, artist-initiated projects selected via open call is highly accessible to artists, with a focus on early career, emerging artists and recent graduates. Projects are supplemented with artists' talks, texts, workshops or performances, and gallery visits by colleges and local schools.
Artist-Initiated Projects aims to act as an incubator for early careers, and support artists' practices at crucial stages, providing a platform for artists to produce and exhibit challenging work across all art forms. The model of short-run exhibitions with a relatively short turnaround time of 3–6 months is an alternative to the normal institutional model, where the process of studio visit to exhibition can take several years. Shorter lead-in times allow the programme to be quick and responsive, reflect what artists are currently making, and encourage experimentation and risk-taking.
Pallas Projects/Studios Artist-Initiated Projects is supported by The Arts Council
Time: 2pm Saturday 28th April
Venue: Pallas Projects/Studios
No booking required – all welcome
Join Austin Hearne in conversation with Michelle Hall as they discuss Hearne's new exhibition Remains, the second exhibition of our Artist-Initiated Projects programme.
Austin Hearne’s practice is rooted in photography wherein he explores its possibilities to produce installations, objects and performances that expand the limits of the photograph and indeed the medium. Hearne’s research stems from an analysis of the surfaces, iconography and politics of the Catholic Church. The majesty and misery of this institution’s past and present dwells in the exhibition, with Hearne presenting photographs as interior decor and furniture.
Austin Hearne completed his MFA in NCAD in 2016. His most recent exhibitions include Pull The Rug Out From Under The Carpet at The Kilkenny Arts Festival in 2016 with a review in billionjournal.com, the Royal Ulster Academy annual exhibition, The Waiting Room at ArtBox Gallery, peripheriesOPEN 2017 at the Gorey School of Art and two group shows at Solomon Fine Art. He has performed at Room and Livestock. His photobook Butty was included in the Dublin Art Book Fair 2017 at TBG+S. His work is held in private collections across Europe, Ireland and the USA.
Michelle Hall is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. Throughout her practice she uses details, textures, words and objects to create works that examine modes of behaviour and thought. She graduated from the MA Art in the Contemporary World programme at NCAD in 2016 and completed her BA Fine Art at DIT Portland Row in 2007. In 2017 Hall received the StartPoint Prize and was awarded an upcoming residency in Prague and exhibition at Berlinskej Model. In late 2018 she will travel to Berlin on residency at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien. Hall was awarded the Arts Council Film Bursary 2017 and the Dublin City Council Tyrone Guthrie Residency 2017. Her practice has been generously supported by the Fingal Arts Office Artists' Support Scheme 2014 – 2017. Hall is currently based at the RHA School having been awarded the Fingal Arts Studio Award 2018.
Time: 5–6pm Thursday 12th April 2018
Venue: Pallas Projects/Studios
No booking required – all welcome
Join David Lunney and Blaine O'Donnell discuss Lunney's new exhibiton Chrome Dreams, the first exhibition of our Artist-Initiated Projects programme.
David Lunney’s artistic practice involves the undertaking of protracted art processes. Typically, these processes start with the construction of site-specific or portable sculptural works in the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains. These sculptures are generally created less for their inherent value but rather to provide photographic source material for documentary artworks. The resulting documentary artworks can take the form of prints, drawings or photographs. These images are rendered, framed and presented in a fashion which intentionally obscures and embellishes the original object and moment that they represent. In these artworks, it is often the relationship between representational imagery and its surrounding abstract visual information which infers the process and concept behind the work. The works have a self-contained narrative; the concept and the material process are intrinsically linked in the artworks discussion of it’s provenance.
David Lunney is an emerging visual artist based in Dublin. His practice is process-led, in the making of any given work he uses a wide variety of materials and media. He is currently working in Talbot Studios. He uses The Dublin Mountains both as his main source material and guerrilla sculpture garden. He has had solo shows in The LAB Gallery, Eight Gallery and Droichead Arts Centre. He has recently participated in shows in The Dock, RUA RED, Catalyst Arts, LACE Los Angeles and 126 Gallery.
Blaine O’Donnell (Northern Ireland, 1986) is an artist and writer. He is a graduate of MA Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD, and has taken part in exhibitions and projects including RESORT: A Popular Destination at Pallas Projects/Studios (2014), and Spectrum of Activity, Black Mariah, Cork (2011) curated by Padraic E. Moore. Solo exhibitions include Table-Fables, Void Community Space, Derry (2011) and ZENITH, Ulster Hall, Belfast (2011/12).
Pallas Projects/Studios are seeking a candidate to join their team as part of the Community Employment (CE) Scheme*.
The Community Employee will gain practical experience in how Pallas Projects/Studios, which is an Artist-Run Organisation in The Liberties, is run. This will involve first hand interactions with artists, and the curator/directors in preparing exhibitions as part of the new Artist Initiated Programme funded by the Arts Council.
The role will involve the Community Employee in all aspects of organising content for the various Pallas Projects media channels, including its website and other social media platforms. This will include documenting exhibitions, events, workshops and talks, and preparing content for dissemination to internal and to all our external media channels.
Please download our full Job Description/Guidelines below before applying.
How to Apply:
Applicants should send a LETTER OF INTEREST as a PDF attachment explaining why they are suitable for this position with a CV/biog emailed to Deirdre Leniston at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT. Please contact Deirdre Leniston 01-4543713 for further information. Deadline: Thursday 22nd February.
Please Note: This scheme is sponsored by Mercy Family Centre and applications must be made directly to their email listed above.
Link to the role on intero/Jobs Ireland website here
* Please contact your local DSP Employment Services/Intreo Office to check your eligibility and to apply for this vacancy. Vacancy Reference Number will be required. Eligibility to participate on CE is generally linked to those who are 21 years or over and applicants must also be in receipt of a qualifying Irish social welfare payment for 1 year or more. This is a developmental opportunity, no experience necessary. Accredited training will be provided to support your career.
Closing event: Saturday 20th January, 2pm
Gallery talk: Eimear Walshe, Van Abbemuseum Deviant Practice, 2017
Eimear Walshe will give a talk on their research from the Van Abbemuseum’s Deviant Practices Research Programme 2016/2017, following a presentation for the Basic Space series, Basic Talks at the Hugh Lane Gallery earlier this year. The project is currently being developed into a publication featuring illustrations by Dearbhla Ní Fhaoilleacháin, which will function as a learning resource at the museum. Walshe looks at the history of queer separatism as a deviant impulse, and examines how this impacts the production of knowledge, the formation of communities, and the development of art practices. Walshe is artist and writer specialising in feminist epistemology and queer theory. Their work seeks to reconcile queer histories with personal or local narratives through fiction, biography, and academic work.
Image: Eimear Walshe, because not all straight people are straight, illustration series by Dearbhla Ní Fhaoilleacháin. Image Courtesy of the artist