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Tuesday, 13 October 2015
5-week course with Michael Doherty at PLACE
An introduction to sketching the environment around you led by architect and artist Michael Doherty
5-week course, beginning Monday 19th October (price includes entry to the Ulster Folk Museum)
The aim of the course is to develop drawing skills and improve observation techniques in a creative and fun environment. Armed with his architectural quips and his 2b pencils, Michael invites you to learn how to select views, enhance your ability to sketch and increase your confidence and capability to capture the world around you by exploring mark-making, depth of field, light and shadow.
You will try a variety of basic sketching materials, making sure you are properly kitted out for your sketching trips and on the final day, we will visit the Ulster Folk Museum where you will have the opportunity to try out your new skills as well as some one on one time with Michael to iron out any personal (sketching!) issues.
Monday 19 October 6pm-8pm, PLACE
Monday 26 October 6pm-8pm, PLACE
Monday 9 November 6pm-8pm, PLACE
Monday 16 November 6pm-8pm, PLACE
Saturday 21 November 11am-3pm, Ulster Folk Museum
- A3 hard backed sketchbook with plenty of sheets for quick sketches
- Pencils (2b,4b and 6b)
- Any other mediums that you’d like to try out (Pens, ink, charcoal etc.)
To book and pay via Paypal (incl. £4.13 booking charge), click the link below, or contact [email protected]/ 028 9023 2524 for other payment options.
Monday, 27 October 2014
Friday 15th August was a very exciting day for me. I found out that I was being kept on in PLACE after working on a summer project with them. As if I wasn’t already excited enough, I was asked to work on a project with Artichoke in Derry next year with an Artist who builds wooden Temple structures at Burning Man. To research and prepare for this I was asked to be part of the Derry team to help with the Temple build at Burning Man festival in the Nevada Desert in America!
"Love" art installation by Laura Kimpton
As a former San Francisco resident, artist, creative person, festival reveller and random experience junkie, Burning Man has always been high on my bucket list of inspirational experiences. Burning Man is a difficult concept to explain if you haven’t been but I’ll try. It’s a festival in the desert where a temporary city, Black Rock City is created for a week. In Black Rock City art and architectural structures are built on the desert, referred to as “the playa” and burnt by the end of the week to emphasise the temporal nature of the festival; immediacy being one of their guiding principles. Burning Man has 10 key principles, which set the tone and atmosphere of the festival, which I think is one of the reasons why it is so unique. Money doesn’t exist in Black Rock City (with the exception of coffee and ice for sale), there is no marketing, brands, band line-ups. Instead this non-monetary environment is balanced out by a gifting culture (another principle) You no more as have to think of something you need or would like and someone will offer it to you. This ranged from food, a lend of a bike, a hug, a compliment, time, an amazing indian head massage hairwash, an air mattress, weird and wonderful entertainment, as well as countless Burning Man trinkets and mementos. As they say in Black Rock City, “The Playa provides…” which I found to be very true!
Art car & mutant vehicle line up
Myself and the three other Derry crew felt like we had won a golden ticket by being asked to take part. We made our journey from Derry to Belfast, San Francisco via Newark and hopped on the Burner Express to the Nevada desert!
We arrived with an early pass, first timers at Burning Man were separated from the crowd, made to make dust angels and roll about in the sand and ring a bell shouting “I’m not a virgin anymore!” signifying our initiation into the wonderful mysterious experience that is Burning Man festival.
Temple of Grace at sunset
We were warmly welcomed by David Best to the Temple team of 100 people made up of architects, designers, artists, builders and general volunteers who worked on the Temple for 3 weeks. We helped the last 3 days. Everyone was fascinated by the Derry project and many of them were really keen to be a part of the chosen team going to Derry for the build. We tried to explain the context of Derry, the bonfire culture, divided communities and discussed the potential of a project like this in Derry.
Temple decor team making mosaic tiles for the floor
What struck me about the Temple team was how much of a community family atmosphere had grown between them. Many of them were coping with big losses in their lives and found the Temple project a way to work through these. It was amazing to see such a diverse group of people, of all ages and abilities, full of absolute characters work together in a non hierarchical fashion and tirelessly build a Temple that would be burnt down after a week!
Temple of Grace team 2014 & David Best, photo by David Washer
The Temple was incredibly intricate and beautiful, made from thousands of wood cut panels which then people were invited to write on and leave their messages. It was such an emotional atmosphere in the Temple, people mourned lost loved ones, singing, praying crying, writing messages This was a stark contrast to the booming techno music and exhibitionism on the main playa.
The altar and messages left at the Temple
The Temple burn night was the last night of the festival. As Temple crew we have front seats on the sand and thousands gathered to watch the Temple burn down along with their messages to loved ones, regrets, secrets and confessions. The atmosphere was respectful, reflective and still. We sat mesmerized by the beauty of the Temple burning, watching the flames slowly envelop the structure, the colours of the flames inverting like the negative of a photograph, the heat on our faces, the wind dance swirls of dust and ash and eventually the structure spinning and collapsing.
Burning Man and working on the Temple was an amazing, inspirational, intense and emotional experience. I’m so excited about the Temple coming to Derry, if it can even create of fraction of the positivity, emotional release and community atmosphere that comes from working together on a project like this I think it will be very powerful!
The Man burning
If you want to help #Temple2015 come to Derry, spread the word and donate to their Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/artichoketrust/temple
Monday, 30 September 2013
Ballymena Borough Council, Braid Arts Centre & Mid Antrim Museum in partnership with PLACE will host 'Space: A Social Agenda' on Friday 18 October. The symposium will explore the links between art, architecture and society.
- Arthur Acheson (Architect and Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Group)
- Cara Courage (Arts and Culture Consultant and PhD researcher at University of Brighton Doctoral College - Arts, Relocalism and the City)
- Ciaran Mackel (Architect and founder of ARD, Academic and non executive director of PLACE)
- James Hennessy (Landscape Architect and Urban Designer at The Paul Hogarth Company)
- Jo Anne Butler & Tara Kennedy (Artists and Architects, Culturstruction)
- Marianne O’Kane Boal (Art and Architecture Critic)
- Michael Corr (Creative Director of PLACE, Architect and co-founder of Pie Architects, London)
- Tom Keeley (Writer, Educator, researcher and publisher)
- Torange Khonsari (Architect and co founder of Public Works, London)
- Richard Harris (Co founder of Upstart Dublin)
Date: Friday 18 October 2013
Time: 10am - 4pm
Venue: The Braid, Bridge Street, Ballymena, BT43 5EJ
Cost: £15 (including lunch)
Booking: Online (click here) or by phone (028 2563 5900)
Note: There is a 10% online booking charge. Bookings made by phone directly to the Braid will not incur an additional fee.
For further information contact symposium organiser Marianne O’Kane Boal: [email protected] / 0035385 7687757.
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Above: Rendering of the Magic Jug in situ; via Belfast Streets Ahead
On this morning's Good Morning Ulster, the debate on the Magic Jug continued...
You can listen to the piece on the BBC iPlayer here - it starts at around 1 hr 52 mins.
Some of the main arguments are outlined below...
"It's not going to resonate with people, because it's not designed by someone who understands the people of Belfast. What makes great art? Why should it go here? There was no debate." (Will Chamberlain)
"We need a bit more transparency in how public money is spent. We don't want to be just given public art and told why it's good for us." (Daniel Jewesbury)
"Everything like that brightens the place up and makes it nice."
"It's like dressing a room."
"I think the worst people to ask are the experts in the field of architecture and art."
"I think the public are the ones who should decide because they're the ones who are going to be paying for it." (Public on Fountain Street)
"The whole concept of the city means discussion, and it means that it has to be held in a very open forum. We can't have people behind closed doors making decisions that don't engage with the people. It goes right back to the ancient idea of a city, and it has a lot to say about how you then put art in a city as well." (Mark Hackett)
"The response that we got around the city centre was extremely positive. I think what you are hearing is a small bunch of "experts" who are getting into a debate about the merits of what is art, which is not reflective of the debate you hear on the streets and which your reporter picked up. And that's a debate which very much welcomes this investment. From a town centre manager's perspective, a lot of my colleagues in other cities would be delighted that a government department was making this sort of investment. I think some existential debate about what is art is not particularly helpful... Not only are we doing this dressing exercise and giving ourselves something that looks very attractive, actually it has a physical purpose of connecting areas, drawing lines of sight and helping people move around the city." (Andrew Irvine, BCCM)
- Read the report of the meeting held at PLACE on Monday 26th May
- NO MORE PUBLIC ART IN BELFAST! - Facebook group
- Belfast's Magic Jug? - Slugger O'Toole
- Smash or hug the jug? - Slugger O'Toole
Saturday, 27 March 2010
Friday, 19 February 2010
Opening: Monday, 22.February 2010, 6-8pm (with background sound radiation by Christian Cherene)
More info: PS2 website
Refurbishment- what is going on in PS²: the floorboards ripped up, exposed rafters, sawdust, the usual mess if you have builders in.
At a closer look, the destruction happens quite orderly: the floor panels are carefully placed against the white walls, the floor layers are exposed in sections. The work of a specialist firm of building conservationist or archeologists?
Joanna Karolini, who works in film and installation, is the fourth artist in the series ‘sounding out space’, a multidisciplinary exploration of the 23sqm PS² space.
In ‘Unprivileged Highs and Lows’, she investigates with a historic and artistic curiosity, what’s underneath the floor of the art space.
She peels off the layers and uncovers materials placed upon each other, serving different functions and tastes of a building dating back to 1870.
‘I am particularly interested in the floor. It carries the heaviest but silent evidence of weight. Unseen and un-noticed, traces are left by artists, artworks and audiences using the gallery. It’s my canvas... I will re-negotiate the gallery’s own architecture and function, focusing mainly on the architecture of traces left by the cultural activities, on/in/under the floor.’ (J.Karolini)
These traces do not only excite your own imagination of people and the use of the space in the past, this site specific project exposes a material beauty which refers back to the current use of the space for art.
This is the 4th in the series of ‘sounding out space', a series of explorative projects around aspects of space (architectural, emotional, historical, practical…). The 23m² of project space with its public exposure to the street is the object of investigation with a wide range of multidisciplinary approaches; artists, musician, choreographer, a cat, interior designer, spiritualistic medium, refurbishment people, tenants... All projects are recorded and documented by Fiona Larkin.
Projects in the 'sounding out space' series:
(1) Matt Green: 'Present place', 2008 www.pssquared.org/sounding%20out%20space.php
(2) Kathy Graham: 'Portraits', 2009 www.pssquared.org/KathyGraham2.php
(3)Tobias Sternberg: 'Yourself from the outside', 2009 www.pssquared.org/TobiasSternberg.php
Opening times: Wed- Sat: 1 - 5pm
Late Night Art: 04 March, 6 - 9pm
Special site-entrance accompanied by the artist: Monday 8th and 15th March, 5.30 - 6.30pm
‘Unprivileged Highs and Lows’ continuous till 20 March 2010
More info: PS2 website