24 Apr 2013



126 presents:
May 3rd - May 31st  2013
Preview | Thursday 2nd May 2013 | 7pm
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Image: John Freeman - 'You're the One I'm Thinking Of'

May 3rd - May 31st 2013

126 is delighted to present work by John Freeman and Jill Miller, Burren College of Art MFA Graduates 2013.
Freeman's focus is on interrogating the cultural binary views of gender identity. His work addresses
Carl Gustav Jung’s idea of the anima (the feminine component of the male psyche) and it’s archetypes.
He attempts to separate the feminine psyche from the masculine, externalizing her through performance,
video and sculpture. He takes on alter-egos  and works towards achieving the masculine potential,
by investigating archetypal feminine identities.

Miller's paintings represent an autobiographical understanding of emotional reactions, specifically in relation
to experiences of anxiety and fear. They investigate the idea of liminality as a metaphorical state, hovering
between spaces, how this place of transition exists in physical body language. Liminality is defined as
“relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process, occupying a position at, or on both sides
of a boundary or threshold”.  In these works, physical liminal space is expressed within the environment
surrounding the figure, which enforces the fragility of the context. Bringing the idea of a constant state of
fear-based anxiety into physical, cohesive visual representation through paint.

John Freeman was born in Greenwich Village, New York, and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at
Eckerd College in 2011, with a concentration on ceramics and installation. He currently works predominantly in the
mediums of video and multimedia installation. He has participated in group exhibitions in St. Petersburg Florida
at the Rhino Gallery, Artpool, and the Ransom Gallery, as well around Ireland at Gallery 126, the Iniscealtra Arts
festival, the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center, and the Burren College of Art. He was awarded a solo opportunity to
open the New Cobb Gallery at Eckerd College. He lives, works, and studies in Ballyvaughan.

Jill Miller received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from the University of
Michigan and continued at a graduate level with painting, drawing and printmaking courses at Ox-Bow
School for the Arts through The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited at the Burren College of
Art Gallery, Gallery 126, and The Courthouse Gallery (Ennistymon). In 2012 she completed a residency at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin.

Freeman and Miller along with fellow BCA PHD student Elizabeth Matthews, formed the collective Poll na bPeist,
currently working out of the graduate studios of the Burren College of Art.

Burren College of Art is an internationally recognised not-for-profit independent college specialising in undergraduate and graduate fine art education. It offers artists and art students from around the world time, space and inspiration within the unique environment of the Burren. Their graduate PhG, MFA, MA and PG Diploma programmes are accredited by the National University of Ireland , Galway and are operated in association with the Royal College of Art, London and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. To date, the core of the Burren experience has been the education of artists, with ecology, law, archaeology, business, leadership and other subjects as background elements. 

20 Apr 2013

Professional Practice Workshop: A Guide to Artist Residencies

126 presents
Professional Practice Workshop: A Guide to Artist Residencies
10am-1pm | 03 May 2013
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10am - 1pm | Friday 03 May 2013
Artist Residencies are an extremely viable and practical approach for an artist at any level of their career, to challenge, sustain and develop a significant studio practice.
Fiona Kelly will give an in depth professional development workshop on the topic of artist residencies; what facilities you use to find them, how to apply, the available funding and what documentation is required of you to display your work in the best possible light. She will demonstrate how to build an artist CV and the best way to write a clear and concise proposal.
A prologue to these demonstrations will be a brief presentation of her experiences while on residency and how they facilitate, develop and fuel her professional practice.
The talk will be followed by a Q & A session.
To book a place, please email contact@126.ie
Workshop Fee:
€5 for 126 Members
€15 for non-members

14 Apr 2013

Open Call for ARTFarm Residency, Co. Galway


1st - 14th July & 1st - 14th August 2013

Closing Date for Submissions by email, 4pm, 10 May 2013

ARTFarm interior

As part of our continued commitment to support our members, 126 is delighted to announce an open call out for the ARTFarm Residency. This residency will take place in a very rural and secluded setting in Cloonkeen, Newbridge, Ballinasloe, Co.Galway. The ARTFarm is owned and operated by Sheila Flanagan and comprises of a small self-catering farmhouse with access to a studio space comprising a large open barn, indoor library/studio and an indoor shed/workshop space. The ARTFarm is ideally suited to independent, self-sufficient artists who would relish quiet, unplugged time to develop their practice or new work. Own transport is necessary. The residency is aimed at providing an artist with the experience of a residency and subsequent joint exhibition. 

Interior of self-catering farmhouse

126 invites its members to submit proposals for the residencies that will take place at the ARTFarm this summer. The inaugral residency will be for up to two artists, from any discipline, from the 1st - 14th July 2013, working towards the ARTFarm exhibition in 126 Artist run Gallery in February 2014. The second residency for up to two artists will run from 1-14th August 2013. In your application, please state if you are applying for the July or August residency. Individual and joint collaborative applications are welcome from artists working in any medium. 126 Board members will visit artists during the residency.

Artists and recent graduates are invited to apply for the ARTFarm residency with a proposal of how time would be spent at the ARTFarm, images of recent work, an artist statement and CV. A small stipend will be made available to the artist to cover costs.

Studio workspace

Submissions are by email only to contact@126.ie. Please title the email "ARTFarm Residency Proposal"

The deadline for applications is 4pm, 10 MAY 2013.  Decisions will be made by 17th May.

Interior of self catering farmhouse

Submissions for this open call are invited from 126 members. Membership details are at  http://www.126.ie/member.htm
The financial contribution of our membership is invaluable. It helps support our strong programme of unconventional and international art exhibitions. One year's membership costs €10 to students/unwaged or €20 to those with a wage. You can also support us further by becoming a 'Friend of 126' for €50 or 'Patron of 126 for €250. Just drop in to the gallery to join up or you can use paypal through our website www.126.ie. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18 that supports our aims.

Studio/Library inside farmhouse

Members are encouraged to make exhibition proposals throughout the year. In addition to this, 126 members will have access to discounted rates on a number of events throughout the year including, workshops, seminars and screenings. Invitations and opportunities to take part in 126 projects and collaborations throughout the programme year are offered to current 126 members only. Members can also avail of listing a link to their website from the 126 website.

ARTFarm self-catering accomodation

Large Barn with electricity for large scale work

ARTFarm cottage interior

Studio workspace

Studio workspace

Adjoining field for large work


SATURDAY 13 APRIL 2013 | 4pm
A recording of the talk is available here

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Image: Knut Egil, The Coronation of artist Martin Holmefjord as Viceroy of the Micronation "Fusa" 2003

SATURDAY April 13th 2013 at 4pm in 126 Gallery, Flood Street, Galway.
Introduced by Megs Morley.

126 is delighted to present 'The Artist, The State and the Collective Imaginary",
a talk by artist Conor McGrady.  All welcome.

From the Temporary Autonomous Zone to the Commune, Squat or Micronation,
the desire for alternative communities has long existed in opposition to the
collective imaginaries offered by the modern nation state. Artists have often
been key in shaping the utopian flows of desire that drive the formation of such
communities. In an era characterized by globalization, neo-liberalism and crisis,
what role do artists or artists’ collectives play in the formation of alternative
social structures? If cultural producers do play a role in such formations, how
do they relate to existing societal mechanisms or to the broader public? If
society on a macro and micro level embodies contradiction, conflict and tension,
can cultural/aesthetic projects that utilize the form and language of social
structures pose as viable alternatives to the dominant paradigm, and if so, what
can such projects offer that traditional forms of activism or social/political
engagement cannot? Conor McGrady, will address the relationship between art
and ideology/representation and action and examine the role played by artists in
the formation of utopian or alternative communities.
A discussion will be facilitated by Megs Morley after the talk.
Conor McGrady was born in Downpatrick in N. Ireland, and lives and works in
New York City and The Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland. He received a BA Hons from
the University of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK, and an MFA from The School of
the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998. He has exhibited internationally, with one-
person exhibitions in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago and Zagreb. Group
exhibitions include the 2002 Whitney Biennial in New York and the Biennale
of Contemporary Art, D-0 Ark Underground, Sarajevo-Konjic, Bosnia and
Herzegovina. Editor of Curated Spaces the journal Radical History Review, his
writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Ruminations on Violence (Waveland
Press, 2007) State of Emergence (Plottner Verlag, 2011) and State in Time
(Drustvo NSK Informativni Center, Ljubljana and Dolenjski Muzej, Novo Mesto,