With our photographic history being built on black and white film, Belfast Exposed recognise the importance of this medium and how these skills link to digital photography, from picture taking to post production and the final print.

This course will be run over 3 x three hour sessions starting with picture taking, through to the editing and processing, and finishing with high quality printing. We also look at composition and taking images in full frame capturing the entire scene and obtaining correct exposure and metering techniques. The image taking skills are mirrored by our post production learning.

What You Will Need
– No requirements. We provide all of the equipment and materials. Though, you can bring your own camera.

What You Will Learn
– Understanding the composition, focusing, metering and exposure when picture taking.
– How to correctly process a roll of black & white film.
– Choosing the correct film for the correct picture taking.
– Looking at ISO levels and grain in film and how to use them.
– Looking at various types of paper, from graded fibre based paper to multigrade resin coated paper.
– How to print in tonal ranges and grade levels, and techniques such as pre flashing paper and split grade printing.
– How to produce exhibition quality prints.

Tutor: Mervyn Smyth
Dates: Thursday 12, 19 & 26 April 2018
Times: 6pm – 9pm
Fee: £135 / £120
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at training@belfastexposed.org
Website: belfastexposed.org/

Focus On: Black and White Film Photography Course at Belfast ...

img class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-196746″ src=”http://visualartists.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Promotional-Image12.jpg” alt=”” width=”270″ height=”270″ />This unique workshop will bring you right back to the roots of photography. The workshop has been devised using the Ilford Obscura Pinhole Camera Kit using both paper and sheet film techniques to take your images.

You will gain technical knowledge in how to use a traditional pinhole camera to take images from street scenes to portraiture.

Each participant will then get to keep the Ilford Obscura pinhole camera kit (R.R.P £69.99) they have been using to put their new skills into practice at home.

What You Will Learn

Gain technical knowledge in how to use a traditional pinhole camera.
How to load and use both paper and sheet film techniques to take your images.
How to calculate the correct exposure.
How to process the paper and film in the darkroom.
Experiment with a variety of themes from street scenes to portraiture.
Get to keep the Ilford Obscura pinhole camera kit (R.R.P £69.99)

Tutor: Mervyn Smyth
Dates: Saturday 31 March 2018
Times: 11am – 4pm
Fee: £110 / £100
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at training@belfastexposed.org
Website: belfastexposed.org/

Focus On: Pinhole Photography Workshop at Belfast Exposed

The deadline for applications Sunday 25 February

Studio space available in spacecraft artists studios, Limerick city centre. The space is one of eight in the open plan studio.
Each space measures 3m x 2m and members have 24 hour access.

Rent of €80 per month covers rent, rates and electricity. There is also a €40 security deposit.

If interested please forward your artists CV, 3-5 images of previous work and 100-150 words stating why you would like to join, to:


If you have any further questions feel free to get in touch by email.

Studio Space Available in Limerick City Centre

Application deadline: 1 March, 4pm

Visual Artists Ireland invites curators to join the Speed Curating Panel for Get Together annual events. Get Together is Ireland’s national day for visual artists. A wide range of artists, curators, galleries and institutions attend each year. It provides the opportunity to make new connections and opens up new possibilities of working together.

Each year, 30 curators are selected from the panel and invited to take part in one-on-one meetings with artists during Speed Curating.

Speed Curating is a one of the most popular events at Get Together. There are generally two hour-long sessions, in those sessions artists will have pre-booked to see curators. Each booking is 10 minutes, so each curator will see approximately 12 artists in total. It is an opportunity for artists to show curators their work, present ideas and make the connection. It is fast paced and enjoyable for curators and artists; and has lead to multiple exhibitions, working relationships and collaborations.

View last years participating curators HERE.

Curators interested in joining the Speed Curating Panel are asked to send a C.V. and biography outlining your curatorial interests (max. 500 words) to info@visualartists.ie before the deadline. Queries by email or 01 672 9488.

Open Call to Curators | Join VAI Get Together Speed ...

Application deadline: Monday 19 February, 9am

b-side is looking to commission an artist for a project exploring the historic origins of footpaths on the Isle of Portland, Dorset. They would like to commission an artist to respond to information gathered by a community research team to create work that animates footpaths and informs and engages visitors to Portland over the 9 day period of the b-side festival in September 2018. Portland Pathways is a project that will explore the historic origins of public rights of way on the isle of Portland, Dorset.

A Project Research Coordinator will work with residents of Portland to explore Portland’s paths and find out more about their original purpose and relationship to the landscapes they pass through and places they connect. This community research will involve walks, visits to sites on route and the use of records, archives, and include people’s experiences and memories. The information and understanding gathered will be collated, recorded and archived and used to inspire and inform a map based footpath guide and an artist commission to help share the learning with visitors to Portland (map and artist commission could be a collaboration). The aim is to inspire and encourage residents and visitors to explore Portland on foot, and learn more about the significance of the paths and their relationship to the landscapes and heritage sites they connect.

b-side would like to commission an artist to respond to information gathered by the community research team to create work in any media that animates footpaths and informs and engages visitors to Portland over the 9 day period of the b-side festival in September 2018. They would like the work to incorporate walks and talks in some form and to link to an associated map based guide to the footpaths. The artist/s would be welcome to join the research team and contribute to, collaborate on or incorporate the production of the map as part of their work. NB A separate budget covers design and print for the map.

Fee: £2000 to include artist fee and all costs including materials, production, installation and de-installation of work. (plus separate budget for design and print of map if applicable)

Expenses: An additional allowance of up to £760 is available for travel and accommodation.

Dates: Research and development – anytime from March/April onwards. Final work to be presented as part of the 2018 b-side festival from Saturday 8 – Sunday 16 September 2018.

The commissioned artist will be invited to join other b-side artists on residential research days 23 and 24 March 2018. Material and information gathered over the project research period of March-May 2018 will be made available to inform the production of the map and artist commission.

A final proposal for work will be agreed with b-sideThe commissioned artist/artwork is expected to play an active part in audience engagement during the festival. Support and assistance will be available for production, installation and stewarding.

For more information and application details see: b-side.org.uk/opportunities/portland

Open Call | Portland Pathways Artist Commission, Dorset, UK

Top Floor Art Gallery and Open Studios are inviting applications for full studio membership. A shared, open studio space will become available in April/May2018.

As a full studio member, the successful applicant will benefit from a package of support including mentoring, opportunity for 1 solo exhibition per year, product selling and workshop facilitation support, subsidized commission rates, promotion via our online platform access to shared studio equipment and resources, use of our workshop space and includes all the benefits of membership of the Top Floor Art Studio Group. The studio space available is approx. 3m x 4.25m. Rent is £100 per month, including utilities and some storage space.

This opportunity is ideal for applied artists, designer/makers, jewellers, mixed media or textile artists keen to expand, enhance or rebalance their practice and explore exhibition, product based and facilitation elements within a supportive gallery setting.

Expressions of interest should be sent by 4pm Friday 16th March 2018 to info@topfloorart.co.uk containing (a) letter of interest outlining your reasons for joining an artist-run space and how you see your practice progressing in the next year (400 words max) and (b) 3 – 5 images of your work (max 1MB per image), or links to your website were your work may be seen.
We hope to begin interviewing end of March 2018.

92 Main Street
County Down
BT24 7AB
United Kingdom
W: topfloorart.co.uk

Studio Space Available at Top Floor Art Gallery, Co. Down

Wednesday 21 February, 6.45 to 7.45pm

Join Diana Copperwhite in conversation with TCD Professor in Art History and Director of TRIAC Yvonne Scott; they will talk about the themes and concepts in Diana’s work. Diana is currently exhibiting in Double Vision, on show until the 25 March in the Gallery, dlr LexIcon.

Free but booking required, go to www.eventbrite.ie and search for dlr LexIcon Gallery
Image credit: Gillian Buckley

Project Room, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire
T: 01 2362759
E: arts@dlrcoco.ie
W: dlrcoco.ie/arts/

Artist in Conversation: Diana Copperwhite at dlr LexIcon

In this day-long bookbinding workshop, participants will create a variety of folded books – no stitching required! Starting with the concertina book, we will build up on this binding to create mutant books including a Japanese accordion book, a blizzard book and much more. The objective of this course is to explore the potential of basic book structures, building up on them to create unexpected handmade books.

Participants will also gain knowledge of how to use basic book binding tools and the principals of bookbinding including grain direction, gluing and folding tips.

Participants are encouraged to bring along any ideas or decorative paper that they would like to incorporate into their books.
Participants need to bring: Stanley knife/scalpel, cutting mat, metal ruler, pencil. All other materials will be supplied.

Dates: Saturday 24th February
Times: 10:30 – 4:30
Fee: €75
Location: Galway Arts Centre, Dominick Street, Galway city
Booking: email Eilis at eilis@foldedleaf.ie or pay now through Paypal: paypal.me/IntroToBinding/75
Website: foldedleaf.ie/introduction-to-bookbinding/

Introduction to Bookbinding Workshop at Galway Arts Centre

A playful day at PrintBlock studio with textile print artist Liz Nilsson. Experiment with different types of materials and techniques to make bold and wild marks. Expect to use unconventional drawing and printing methods, experiment with large scale marks and unusual drawing tools. The outcome of the workshop will be black and white sketches and ideas which can be developed into art pieces or designs at a later stage. The most important outcome of the day will be to relish the process of creativity, and to just to enjoy the moment.

Dates: Saturday 24th February 2018
Times: 10.30-4.30
Fee: €90 including materials and light lunch.
PrintBlock Studio Collective,
107, Cork street,
Dublin 8.
Booking: liznilsson@me.com
Website: printblock.com

Bold and Wild Mark Making Workshop at PrintBlock Studio, Dublin ...