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Transition Year Project

In the grounds of Visual you will see the work of nine transition year students who took part in a series of workshops with Adam Bohanna, an artist from Carlow from May - September 2009. The students were asked to respond creatively to the artistic styles of the artists in the opening programme, and in particular, The Weight of Light exhibition and Polly Apfelbaum. This presented the students with the difficult task of approaching abstraction and non-figurative painterly techniques. The success of their efforts can be seen around the centre, both on a large and small scale. Please take the time to have a closer look and see the links with the artists of the main and link galleries.

Transition Year Project

Lecture: The Weight of Light

Wednesday 18th November 2009, 8pm. Entrance fee €5. In the context of the main gallery exhibition, VISUAL has invited well known art historian Catherine Marshall to deliver a lecture on the theme of Irish Abstraction in the last 50 years. This lecture will provide an insightful and illustrative introduction to the genre of abstraction, its use as a language of expression, the variety of ways it is engaged with, and the Irish canon in the context of the history of art internationally. Catherine Marshall is an expert in her field of art history while also a wonderful mediator of what can sometimes seem like mysterious and alienating artforms. She is in constant contact with artists and has a wonderful ability to open up their thinking and creative processes for everyone to understand.

Maud Cotter at work on her piece, More than Anything

Schools Song and Choral Project

Over May and June 2009, four performing arts practitioners worked with teachers and senior class pupils in five schools across Carlow to generate the raw material and content for a new song. This was to become a celebration song for the opening celebration of VISUAL and The George Bernard Shaw Theatre. The workshops interlinked the three main strands of the primary school curriculum; listening and responding, composing and performance. Over the summer months the material produced during those sessions was transformed into a wonderful celebration song across a range of musical styles specifically written to challenge and stretch the young performers for their big performance at the celebration event. The artists returned to the pupils in September for further workshops in movement and to direct the final composition. On the big day, there will be participating schools, joined by a chorus of children from other Carlow schools that have previously engaged in similar projects to perform en masse at the opening celebration. The resulting song is one that we hope our young performers and audience on the day will remember and continue to enjoy for years to come!

Schools Song and Choral Project

Gallery Tours-schools

VISUAL is delighted to present gallery tours for both primary and secondary schools. Tours take place at 11.15am on the days detailed above and last approximately 40 minutes. Primary school tours will focus on the main gallery exhibition and discuss the nature and content of abstract painting and sculpture, with questions and answers that lead to a fact finding process revealing the artists inspiration and how they make their work. A workshop pack will be supplied to schools for a classroom based teacher led workshop to follow up the visit*. Secondary school tours will vary depending on class group but can be tailored to suit both junior and leaving certificate cycle, and a similar package will be supplied. Tours are limited to one class at a time with a maximum number of 36 students. Teachers are required to remain with tours at all times. Tours are €2 per child but must be booked in advance, please call our booking office to secure your class place. There is limited availability so tours will be offered one class per school, until all schools are booked, where spare capacity allows, schools can be offered a second tour for another class. * There will be a €10 charge for the workshop pack.

Richard Gorman, Shuffle, 2009, Oil on Linen, 150 x 150cm, from the exhibition The Weight of Light, w

Gallery Tours - Adults

Gallery tours are available on Sundays, for groups of ten or more one of the tour slots needs to booked at least three days in advance, otherwise they can be availed of on a drop in - first come first served basis. Tours commence at 2.30pm & 3.30pm. Tours last 30 minutes. Week day tours can be availed of by special arrangement, please contact the booking office for further information.

Gallery Tours - Adults

Aspiro - Performing Artists in Residence

In 2009, the Performing Artists in Residence Scheme will see the senior members of Aspiro engage with internationally acclaimed choreographer John Scott, Artistic Director of Irish Modern Dance Theatre to explore the relationship between voice and body. In addition to his choreographic practice, John is a well-known tenor and opera singer and has studied and performed with US dance and contemporary arts luminary Meridith Monk working under her unique interdisciplinary approach and ground-breaking "extended vocal technique" as well as studying with New York's Pablo Vela.

Aspiro choir

Artist Talks

Where the artists will discuss their work informally in the galleries. All Welcome, Admission is Free. Friday 25th September @ 12.45pm Link Gallery, Polly Apfelbaum; Friday 25th September @ 1.45pm Studio Gallery, Daphne Wright; Saturday 26th September @ 2pm Lobby Gallery, Ciarán Walsh.

Artist Talks

Landscape Painting facilitated by Paul McKinley (oil & acrylic)

The workshop will take a personal approach to landscape painting and participants will be required to bring in photos or visual images of landscapes that interest them. The focus will be on painterly techniques which evoke atmosphere and mood as well as looking at the basic structure and planning that goes into making a successful landscape. Paul McKinley has been rapidly developing a strong profile in Ireland, having had a major solo show at the RHA in 2007 sponsored by NISSAN.

Workshops last from 10am - 6pm, €60, places are limited so early booking is advised.

Paul McKinley

Still Life Painting facilitated by Geraldine O'Neill (oil)

This workshop will take a practical approach to making a successful still life painting, looking at setting up your still life, colour & textures, achieving weight, gravity & perspective. Geraldine O'Neill has carved out a unique niche for herself as a contemporary artist who works almost exclusively in the traditional medium of still life.

Workshops last from 10am - 6pm, €60, places are limited so early booking is advised.

Geraldine O\'Neill

Portrait Drawing with Confidence facilitated by Alan Daly

This workshop will take participants through a step-by-step process in how to successfully make a portrait drawing. Participants will look at the structure of the head and how its sits into the shoulders, posture, and rendering a three dimensional look to your drawing. Alan Daly is an artist who has dedicated his career to mastering the art of portrait drawing and painting, he is a regular exhibitor at the RHA annual exhibition.

Workshops last from 10am - 6pm, €60, places are limited so early booking is advised.

Alan Daly