Happy 2015 from all at Ormond Studios

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Happy New Year to you all from everyone in Ormond Studios! 2014 was a great year and we would like to thank you for all the support and encouragement throughout. We also want to wish departing member Deborah Smith (and associate member Jack) all the best with her future endeavours, and to welcome new member Jessica Kelly to the studios! Happy 2015 to you all!

Garry Loughlin – ‘Between Spaces’ Book Launch


Ormond Studios is delighted to be the venue for the launch of Garry Loughlin’s new book ‘Between Spaces’ featuring landscape and portrait photographs taken in 2013 when Garry decided to cycle nearly 8000km from New York to San Francisco, which took a period of 6 months.

“In 2013, I decided to cycle nearly 8000km from New York to San Francisco, which took a period of 6 months. This was a conscious decision which I hoped would afford me the time to develop new lines of investigation within my practice. Whilst there is a photography tradition of documenting the American road trip, I felt that traveling by bike would expose me to opportunities and encounters that could be overlooked if travelled by car or bus. Taking a slower pace and being on my own speed allowed me, as an observer passing through small American towns, to see the beauty in the banality of everyday life. I feel the decision to cycle not only gave me a stronger connection the landscape but also to the people I met along the way.

“Between Spaces” is series of both landscape and portrait photographs which were taken on this journey. The book consists of 50 colour images and is offset printed with a limited run of 300.

The book launch will take place in Ormond Studios on Wednesday 17th at 6pm.

More information here – https://www.facebook.com/events/708773845885950/

James Ó hAodha – ‘OUT’ at Ormond Studios five year anniversary, Exhibition II

IMG_5001Ormond Studios is celebrating five years supporting emerging practices with Exhibition II, open now until Tuesday 11th, 12pm – 5pm daily. This second show features new and existing work from eleven Ormond members, past and present. For a full list of artists see our event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/382630718561829/

For those who missed the opening, James Ó hAodha’s site-specific intervention ‘OUT’, will run again next Tuesday 11th, between 12pm and 5pm.

Kieran Gallagher – Virtually There symposium


Ormond Studios member, Kieran Gallagher, representing St Oliver’s community school Drogheda, was part of a panel of invited speakers discussing different perspectives from the arts and education sectors at the Virtually There symposium on the 16th of October.

Kids’ Own and Visual Art Education in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, hosted the national symposium for the education & arts sectors on Thursday 16 October 2014 on the theme “Virtually There? Are we on the road to meaningful arts experiences with children in schools?”

As part of Kids’ Own’s national Virtually There Tour – funded through the Arts Council’s Touring & Dissemination of Work Award – This special event was hosted for artists, teachers, practitioners and sector professionals with an interest in current arts in education practice. Through the symposium, participants were invited to engage with the Virtually There touring exhibition and to question and interrogate how far we have come along the road towards meaningful arts experiences with children in schools.

The day included presentations by artists and teachers involved in the Virtually There project, and a panel discussion with representatives from the arts and education sectors, including Helen O’Donoghue, Head of Education at IMMA, Artist Maree Hensey, Eamonn Mitchell, School Placement and Visual Art Education at Mary Immaculate College, Liz Coman, Arts Officer, Dublin City Council, and Mary Nunan, Dancer & Choreographer and former Chair of the Arts Council’s Special Committee on Arts & Education.

More information here – http://kidsown.ie/virtually-symposium-16-october-road-meaningful-arts-experiences-children-schools/

Origins 2014 – Rachel Marum


Ormond member Rachel Marum will be exhibiting work in ‘Origins 2014’ in Lismore Castle Arts annual graduate exhibition. The show opens on Friday the 24th of October. For more information, see the Facebook event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/329032740603464/

Air Between Form – Martina Galvin


Exhibition opens in the Project Space in Pallas Projects Studios from Thursday 23rd October 12–6pm, continues until Saturday 25th October, and open Sunday by appointment. Opening reception: 6pm Thursday 23rd October

Air between form refers to the actual invisible space that surrounds objects, ourselves and our environments. The material and physical elements of this exhibition: wood – paper – Perspex, are conduits to carry and hold light and air. In air there is light, in light there is colour, in colour we get the description of form. This is the source of fascination for the making of these new works.

Within the process of exploring form, the materials reveal individual qualities that add to the tactile nature of the works. Line, colour and shadow all become elements of the artworks, Galvin’s material processes use these materials to draw both air and space.

For more information see Martina’s website – http://www.martinagalvin.net

Ormond Studios | 5 Year Anniversary

NEW ONETo celebrate 5 years successful running, Ormond Studios is excited to present two exhibitions featuring new and existing work from a selection of current artists and past members who have contributed to the space since its founding.

Ormond Studios was founded in 2009 by 11 recent graduates from IADT and NCAD as a non-hierarchal, self-organised art initiative for emerging artists. The ongoing aim of Ormond Studios is to provide a centrally situated, affordable and discursive workspace with facilities for emerging visual artists in Dublin that is collaboratively run and entirely artist-led.

To mark half a decade functioning as a unique creative hub in Dublin City Centre, past and present members of Ormond Studios will come together to create two exciting exhibitions. These anniversary shows will highlight the diversity of creative talent that has fed and driven the space during its five year existence, and serve as a representation and reminder the varied practices the space has been home to in this time. 

Thursday October 23rd – Tuesday 28th. Opening 6pm

Kieran Gallagher 

Martina Galvin

Sam Keogh 

Kevin Kirwan 

Louise McGrath 

Helen MacMahon

Ciara O’ Hara

Matthew Slack

Deborah Smith 

Tanad Williams 

Keshet Zur 

Thursday November 6th – Tuesday 11th. Opening 6pm

Lucy Andrews

Alan James Burns

Amanda Elena Conrad + Róisín Beirne

Jennette Donnelly 

Jason Dunne

Rachel Marum 

Sandra McAllister 

Martina McDonald

Joseph Noonan Ganley

James Ó hAodha 

Nicky Teegan 

Co-Curated with Sandra McAllister.

Ormond continues to evolve and offer concrete supports for emerging practices including our annual Recent Graduate Award, a peer-supported residency and solo exhibition aimed toward graduates from all art institutions across the country, and our in-house Feedback sessions, offering members and other interested artists a platform for testing out new work and ideas.

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Ormond studios gratefuly acknowledges the support of Dublin City Arts Office with this event.

Helen Mac Mahon – Into the Field


Ormond member Helen Mac Mahon will be exhibiting work as part of the upcoming show ‘Into the Field’ in the Model Sligo.

Odey Curbelo, Jack Doherty, Olafur Eliasson, Spencer Finch, Helen Mac Mahon, Tumi Magnusson, William McKeown, Paula Stokes, Norbert Vollath, Jack B. Yeats.
Curated by Marie-Louise Blaney.

“The world and the universe contain elements that cannot be articulated or contained using the codes, language and meaning with which we try to make sense of our lives. But our world is somewhere we can feel, and feel reassuringly part of in those moments that the boundaries between us and it dissolve.”
William McKeown

Opening on Saturday 11th October, Into The Field is an invitation to encounter the inner world of feelings through the lens of a live field of contemporary art practice, dissolving the boundaries between artist and viewer.

Light, colour and sound gently collide within a myriad of objects, video, installation, colour studies and soundscapes that move between material and immaterial worlds. This encounter will create possibilities for the viewer to find meaning and resonance within the porous nature of the work, thus providing a fertile ground for activating the viewer’s response.

New works by artist Odey Curbelo and composer Norbert Vollath, together with works by William McKeown and Jack B. Yeats will be placed in dialogue with each other. The theme of colour and light will be anchored lby Olafur Eliasson’s Colour Circle Series, a quiet interruption at the centre of the experience.
Into The Field invites the viewer to step into this elusive experience, in an attempt to elicit an open-ended response to the work.