Making Connections Seminar | The Artist’s Way

12 October 2019

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Are you curious about what motivates and drives people to create art? Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the artist’s studio door, or, what it takes to be an artist? This unique event explores the artist’s way from various perspectives giving insights into activities taking place at TBG+S.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios presents
Making Connections Seminar | The Artist’s Way
Saturday 12 October 2019
11am - 7pm

For free. For everyone.

This is a free event with booking required through eventbrite.

Are you curious about what motivates and drives artists to create art? Have you ever wondered what goes on behind an artist’s studio door, or, what it takes to be an artist? This unique event explores the artist’s way from various perspectives, giving insights into a cross-section of activities taking place at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.

Join us at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios for this stimulating day-long event which will explore these questions, while showcasing the many activities that take place in our building, including a solo exhibition of new paintings by Berlin-based Irish artist, Aileen Murphy, our Atrium project by studio artist Dragana Jurišić., and the wide variety of daily working activities undertaken by our twenty-eight studio artists. You will have the opportunity to meet with exhibiting artist Aileen Murphy, who will be in-conversation with an internationally regarded painter, Lucy Stein, to discuss the commonalities and divergences in their work and each artist’s approach to their respective painting practices. This conversation will also consider living, working and exhibiting in different international contexts. The day’s events will begin with a morning reception, where you will be welcomed by TBG+S staff and artists. Our Programme Curator, Michael Hill, will guide you through our current exhibitions followed by a unique insight into the artist’s way, how artists think and create, which will be explored through a panel discussion and visits to some of our artists’ working studio spaces. Finally, relax with a glass of wine or refreshment, to reflect on the day, while attending a reading by our 2019 Commissioned Writer, Annemarie Ní Churreáin, whose debut collection Bloodroot (Doire Press, 2017) has been praised for ‘its muscle and grit, vision and clarity.’

The Artist’s Way (seminar & event) offers an insightful opportunity to get a behind the scenes perspective of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios; experience and explore all areas of what we do, with an emphasis on our core focus, the artist. The title of this seminar is taken from Julia Cameron’s bestselling book, 'The Artist's Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self'. It ultimately speaks to one point: everyone is an artist.

This seminar will look at diverse artistic processes, habits, environments, intentions, and desires, a combination of which forges an individual’s unique artistic practice. Discussions will involve thinking about the motivations and experiences of artists, as well as the practicalities that facilitate the creative process. The seminar will also consider what is at stake when we allow ourselves to bring our creativity to the fore.

Come with friends and family, meet new people, get to know artists, and feel at home in the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios community.

This seminar is open to all and offers an opportunity to meet with artists and arts practitioners in a relaxed and welcoming environment. This is a special day in our calendar that opens up to the public all aspects of what we do. If you have ever wanted to know about what goes on at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, this event is not to be missed. Our staff will be here throughout the day to chat and welcome you.

Please note that tickets for the morning and afternoon events are sold separtely, if you would like to attend the seminar for the full day, morning & afternoon, please book tickets to both sessions. FREE admission, click here to book your morning and/or afternoon tickets.

The Artist’s Way | Schedule

11 am | Tea & Coffee reception
Start the day with tea, coffee and a treat in our atrium, welcomed by TBG+S staff.

11.30 am | Exhibitions tour with Programme Curator Michael Hill
Join TBG+S Programme Curator to learn more about our current exhibitions by Aileen Murphy and the Atrium project presenting a work-in-progress by studio artist Dragana Jurišić.

12.30 pm - 2 pm | Panel Discussion
Keep an eye out for further updates on our social media platforms as announcements are made.


3 pm - 4.30 pm | In-conversation: Aileen Murphy and Lucy Stein
We are delighted to welcome our invited guest Lucy Stein who will be in conversation with exhibiting artist Aileen Murphy. Stein and Murphy will discuss their respective painting practices, while considering the contexts of practice, working and exhibiting in different places. This is a great opportunity to learn more about working as an international painter, and a chance to ask the artists questions.

Lucy Stein lives and works near Penzance in Cornwall. Stein paints and makes ceramics, videos, sound works, curated shows and performance events, often collaborating with close friends and family. She is currently working towards a solo booth at Frieze, London, and a solo show at Spike Island, Bristol.

4.30 pm - 6 pm | Guided Open Studio Tours with Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Artists
Join one of our guided artist studio tours, a rare opportunity to meet some of Ireland’s most dynamic emerging and established artists in their workspaces.

6 pm | Drinks Reception and Reading by Annemarie Ní Churreáin
To round up the day, enjoy a glass of wine or refreshment and chat to other guests. Witness a reading by our 2019 Commissioned Writer Annemarie Ní Churreáin, who will be reading her response to our current exhibition among other writing.

Annemarie Ní Churreáin is a poet from Northwest Donegal. Her debut collection Bloodroot (Doire Press, 2017) was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award for ‘Best First Collection’ in Ireland and for the 2018 ‘Julie Suk Award’ in the USA. She is the author of a suite of poems about Dublin titled Town (The Salvage Press, 2018). In 2016 Ní Churreáin was the recipient of an Arts Council Next Generation Artist Award. She was the 2017–18 County Kerry Writer in Residence and the recipient of the inaugural 2018 John Broderick Residency Award. Ní Churreáin has been awarded literary fellowships from Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany, Jack Kerouac House, Orlando and Hawthornden Castle, Scotland.