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Date: 17th – 19th November 2023
Medium: All media
Participants: Maximum 10
Course level: Intermediate – Advanced

Maurice studied at LSAD, RCA, London, ENSBA(PSL), Paris, Mac Master, Toronto, UL, Limerick.

He has taught at the LSAD, Mac Master, IADT, NCAD and UL.

He has curated and project managed many exhibitions and site specific works both in Ireland and abroad. Recently curating a group exhibition which toured China, entitled ‘Youyi Visual’ a government to government initiative celebrating forty years of Irish diplomatic relations with China. The Youyi project encompassed exhibitions, talks and practical demonstrations which has developed into cooperation between Chinese art schools and Chinese artists exhibiting in Ireland.

Course concept

This course looks at current international trends in painting and drawing, (which has re-emerged as a genre in itself).

The course will aim to empty out your current  paintings and drawings (sort of a spring clean!) and look afresh at current developments and strategies in contemporary practice, in turn using some of these to inform and challenge our developed conceptions and current work, the outcome being new strategies and possibilities to refill and refresh each participants visual vocabulary.

Currently, painting is focused on developing structure through ‘sampling’ – picking elements from the history of art and general culture and reinventing and moulding pictorial form for its own sake. Current international painting tends to be a collage of print, painterly techniques and appropriated images and industrial processes, seemingly at variance with each other, which through this edgy discordance form a contented multi part marriage.

We examine the most important developments, the leading exponents of this twenty first century ‘mannerism’ and role of the galleries and museums in pushing this agenda through studio based workshops, which aim to develop and extend each participants current practice.

While the course is centered around drawing / painting we will use as many mediums as possible, drawing upon the richness of print, collage and photography as the underlying architectural foundation currently employed to construct contemporary artworks.

* The course takes place in Artform modern light-filled seaside studio with 24hr access for each visiting artist, and runs from 11am to 5pm on the first day and from 10am to 4pm on the subsequent days. Cost does not include accommodation, on request Artform offers artist accommodation options. Details on art materials and safety will be provided after signing up to the course. Artform operates Health and Safety studio policy in keeping with updated national guidelines (for further information please see here https://www.artform.ie/covid-19/).

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