Tis a beautiful story, text and visuals by Conor that takes you directly to New York, no subway fare needed. Ah go on, have a read. Conor Horgan's work is available on The Copper House Gallery website!
Our hearty congratulations to the four very talented artists shortlisted to exhibit at the 3rd Alliance Française photography exhibition, launch Thursday 11 April 2013 at 6.30pm.
The finalists selected were - Ieva Baltaduonyte, Maurice Gunning, Kate Nolan and Kenneth O’Halloran. Our featured shortlisted image, produced here at Fire, is entitled Alissa by the fabulous Kate Nolan.
Members of the public can vote for their favourite artist by using the ballot paper provided and bringing it to the Alliance Française reception desk for validation by 1st May 2013.
The Alliance Française Gallery Committee will take the public vote into account when making their final choice and the winner will be announced at the end of the exhibition.
Wow factor does not even begin to describe the work of internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Spencer Tunick, a visionary renowned for his photographs of clutches of naked people posing in urban locations, including New York, London, Rome and Barcelona.
We had the honour of producing this stunning Spencer Tunick image entitled 'Ireland', here at Fire for the exhibition SKIN – an artistic atlas, showing at the Royal Hibernian Academy.
Curated by the Director of the Royal Hibernian Academy, Patrick T. Murphy, SKIN – an artistic atlas touches on some of the most dominant themes that skin invokes such as race, gender, age, texture, identity, eroticism and race.
This exhibition also includes work by Robert Ballagh, Dorothy Cross and a plethora of highly talented artists. SKIN – an artistic atlas runs at the RHA until 28 April 2013.
A hive of industry we have been here at Fire, framing and printing for the most amazing project Pictiúr led by the Laureate na nÓg project. Pictiúr, an exciting new exhibition of the work of Ireland’s leading children’s book illustrators, is curated by the fabulous Laureate na nÓg, Niamh Sharkey and will visit four venues in Europe during Ireland’s Presidency of the EU, before returning to Ireland to tour.
Featured image above, the distinctive vintage signature of the very talented Mr. Steven Simpson. The exhibition will comprise 42 art pieces and will include illustrations from books written in English and Irish.
For more information, do visit http://childrenslaureate.ie/
We're thrilled to have two happy announcements to make today, the first is the launch of Propeller 2013 and the second is the extension of the Propeller Awards by another two years. This will bring the Propeller graduate awards through to the winners show in 2016! We've made some changes and have added €25,000 to the value of The Fire Art Awards fund to enable the two year extension. Details and forms of Propeller 2013 for download here.
We're getting lots of questions about the new mounting, framing and conservation processes that we've developed recently for our fine art photographs and prints so this is the first of a series of posts and workshops showing some of our new techniques and materials.
We're big fans of Peter Gordon's work and especially like his Burning Man series, one of which we saw at this years RHA show. We're obviously not his only fans as the series deservedly won the "Reportage European Photographer of the Year" award.
He's asked us to make one of our museum acrylic prints of the RHA image so we thought we'd share the process with you. In the photograph, Daniel is preparing the print before we embed it in acrylic using our own proprietary chemistry.
There a video here of the entire process showing us making Abigail O'Briens 'Saltfields'.
The new acrylic we use is unique, coming straight to our laboratory from the German factory that manufactures it for us. It's very special as it has the highest UV absorption, blocking 99.7% of UV light and has a scratchproof coating making it very tough and able to be cleaned repeatedly. The image is protected from air-borne pollutants and is completely stable and of museum quality.
Please give us a shout if you're thinking of producing new works and would like to chat about new ways of making them...
One of the guest speakers at our symposium Conversations on Collecting was Francis Hodgson, photography critic with the Financial Times. Francis has a terrific, and different, insight and absolutely blew us all away with his discussion of the importance of 'looking' and 'mattering'. This video gives a brief synopsis of part of his brilliant presentation on Saturday and we can't wait to chat to him again.
We were also delighted to announce Richard Gilligan as the winner of Showcase Select during the symposium and look forward to working with Richard during his residency at The Copper House later this year.
The residency will be part of the preparations for Richard's solo exhibition in The Copper House Gallery next year, his prize for winning Showcase.
We're thrilled with the success of the Showcase initiative, run in partnership with The Gallery of Photography and look forward to launching our Propeller 2013 graduate student award soon.
Our Christmas Print Exhibition opens tonight and we're totally hyper as we're hanging work from 42 artists!
There was a moments panic as no one had invited Barbie and, well, you just can't have a proper party without Barbie. No biggie though, Ruth Kearney Wolnik stepped up and is bringing Barbie with her, albeit without her party dress.
Please come along tonight and say 'Hi' to her and drag Ken along too if you see him on the way over.