We were delighted and honoured to win the Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice for the Marker Hotel commission - a collaboration with Brehon Capital Partners, McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects and photographer Enda Cavanagh.
The Awards Ceremony took place on 10th September at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. The awards were presented by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan T.D and hosted by the broadcaster, Aine Lawlor.
For this amazing commission, we produced 88 of Enda's landscape photographic works for the fabulous new Marker Hotel, following on from his very successful show, Duality, at The Copper House Gallery in November 2012.
Featured above is one of Enda Cavanagh's award-winning images, Inside Looking Out, Blackrock Baths. We are very proud of this award and owe a wealth of gratitude to Stuart, Rowena and Andrew at Business to Arts, for their support and mentorship.
Our featured Copper House Gallery artist is the exceptionally talented Jimmy Murakami, a Japanese American animator and director with a long career working in numerous countries. Among his best-known works are the animated adaptations of the Raymond Briggs books When the Wind Blows and The Snowman.
Murakami was nominated for an Academy Award for Animated Short Film for The Magic Pear Tree (1968). He also directed the music video for King of the Mountain, the single from Kate Bush's album Aerial. Jimmy Murakami was the subject of a 2010 feature documentary film made by Irish director Sé Merry Doyle and produced by Martina Durac and Vanessa Gildea of Loopline Films . Jimmy Murakami - Non Alien was premiered in Dublin at the 2010 IFI Stranger than Fiction Film Festival.
Primarily renowned as an award winning film director, Jimmy Murakami is also an exceptional painter and we are delighted to have some of his exquisite, early Japanese watercolours as editions at The Copper House Gallery.
Pictured above is the wonderful Jimmy Murakami at our Christmas Print Exhibition on the evening of 29th November 2012 at The Copper House Gallery with featured image Fishing Village, Sado Island (1958).
The Copper House Gallery will launch The Afronauts, a photographic exhibition by photojournalist Cristina De Middel, 7.30pm Saturday 13th July 2013 as part of the main exhibition programme for PhotoIreland Festival 2013. PhotoIreland Festival director Ángel Luis González will open the exhibition.
After gaining independence in 1964, Zambia started a space programme led by Edward Makuka Nkoloso, sole member of the National Academy of Science, Space Research and Philosophy. The programme, whose mission was to send the first African astronauts to Mars, was soon cancelled, becoming no more than an amusing anecdote in the country’s history.
In the exhibition The Afronauts Cristina De Middel creates a subjective interpretation of the story that engages with myths and truths. The now sold-out book is comprised of a series of constructed colour photographs, sequenced alongside drawings and reproductions of letters, resulting in a fictional portrait of a national dream. The Afronauts, the acclaimed photobook will be displayed as part of the exhibition.
The Afronauts, a photographic exhibition by Cristina De Middel, runs in the Archive upstairs at The Copper House Gallery, as part of the main exhibition programme for PhotoIreland Festival 2013 from 13th July 2013 until the 2nd August 2013. Admission is free and all are welcome.
The Copper House Gallery will launch Concresco, a photographic exhibition based on the photobook by David Galjaard, 7.30pm Saturday 13th July 2013. PhotoIreland Festival director Ángel Luis González will open the exhibition. As winner of PhotoIreland Festival Portfolio 12, David Galjaard’s Concresco will be shown at The Copper House Gallery as part of the main exhibition programme for PhotoIreland Festival 2013.
Fearing an attack from abroad, Albanian Stalinist leader Enver Hoxha had around 750,000 above ground bunkers built during his time in power from 1945 until his death in 1985. Since the collapse of communism in 1991, the immutable bunkers have served as an obtrusive reminder of a dictatorship that lasted for nearly half a century.
Concresco by David Galjaard won the PhotoIreland Festival Portfolio 12 and The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award 2012. The book was also listed in PDN Indie Photo Books of the Year and was selected as one of the Best Books of 2012 in Photo-eye by Martin Parr. Now sold out, Concresco editions are available to view at The Library Project and at The Copper House Gallery for the duration of the exhibition.
Concresco, a photographic exhibition by David Galjaard, runs at The Copper House Gallery, as part of the main exhibition programme for PhotoIreland Festival 2013 from 13th July 2013 until the 2nd August 2013. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Our featured artist this week is the goddess of mixed media and found art - Catherine Ryan! Having studied glass design at the National College of Art and Design, Catherine’s artistic interests include street art, fine art sculpture, photography, pop culture, comic illustration and street theatre, having made props for Macnas and participated in comic making.
Her painting-collages are a fusion of these influences, believing all art forms to be relevant and inter-connected. Using materials that would otherwise be considered waste, she raises issues concerning the environment and consumption with flair and originality. Think Phoebe Buffay meets Hannah Höch in a sherbet palette.
Her work has been shown in selected group exhibitions including the RHA annual exhibition, Rua Red Arts Centre, The Mill Theatre, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, county Offaly, as well as many venues around Dublin city. Or just go see for yourself - Catherine Ryan's Funkytown, an exhibition celebrating the spirit of Dublin city, as part of 10 Days In Dublin Festival, taking place at Avenue Road Gallery, Portobello Dublin 8, on July 4th - 7th inclusive!
We've been receiving lots of feedback from artists and photographers recently that making finished work is getting tougher and that exhibitions are increasingly difficult to fund and stage.
It's also a tough environment for artists making multiple and edition prints and one that we've been determined to overcome.
Well, we were wondering how best we could reduce costs to give lower prices and we had one of those lightbulb moments that was a complete game changer.
A leading paper manufacturer is now making paper by the mill reel for us so we're receiving our own 'private label' range of fine art papers directly from their mills, taking delivery of 2 huge reels of paper last week. The reels look kind of boring but what's inside them is electrifying for the likes of us!
The really great news is that we can now offer our own label Fire fine art papers and significantly reduce the price of our archival pigment prints whilst maintaining and improving the quality of our prints.
Perfect result, fabulous work for artists and photographers for far less spend!
Equally exciting are the huge reductions our own label papers allow us to offer on multiple and edition prints, these now being a fraction of the original price.
We're thrilled by these innovations and will be publishing new price lists for our new and existing papers shortly.
Please call in for a sample and a tour, we're keen to show off.
These mill reels are normally supplied to paper converters who package and brand them for the manufacturers so we're having to design and manufacture our own equipment and will be posting the story of the new Fire papers and their development on our Facebook page.
We are delighted to announce the 10 finalists for the Fire Annual Photographic Award for Graduate Students, Propeller 2013 in association with Source Magazine. The standard this year was exceptionally high and we wish to thank all of the entrants.
The ten finalists will have their work hung as part of the Propeller 2013 Finalist's Show, which launches Thursday 27th June 2013 at The Copper House Gallery. We will be announcing the overall winner of the Propeller 2013 Award during the prize giving.
So without further ado, our congratulations to Propeller 2013 finalists!
Catherine O'Toole (DIT)
Ciaran Cummins (St Kevin's College)
Claire Duggan (Griffith College)
Deirdre McGing (DIT)
Derville Conroy (Griffith College)
Gavin Mullan (University of Ulster)
Gwen Wilkinson (NCAD)
Lewis Rankin (University of Ulster)
Maciej Pestka (DIT)
Robert McCormack (DIT)
Drum roll please! Our featured Copper House Gallery artist this week is in fact a featured illustrator- Eoin Coveney take a bow!! Would you believe The Copper House Gallery are launching Attitudes the first solo exhibition by illustrator Eoin Coveney, 6-8pm Thursday 13th June 2013, just so as you know. Artist and activist Will St Leger will open the exhibition.
Eoin Coveney's work has been informed by a passion for comics, horror films and science fiction. His distinctive storytelling ability and bold figurative work are underscored by an elegiac, cerebral and neo-noir beauty. Oh so David Lynch meets Judge Dredd with a hint of Aubrey Beardsley.
Attitudes, an exhibition of illustrations by Eoin Coveney, runs at The Copper House Gallery from 13th June 2013 until the 29th June 2013. We are delighted to promote Attitudes, an exhibition of illustrations by Eoin Coveney, in association with The 2013 Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival. Admission is free and all are welcome.