The Saturday Art Club for adults this week is a lovely fun Mosaic workshop on Circular Cake Boards with Tapas for lunch! 11am to 2pm. The cost is €30 including all the materials and lunch. Booking is essential. Full details are HERE.
It’s been a rollercoaster ride here at The Art Hand over the last few weeks. The recent Words Bash was an overwhelming success with record attendance for our 1 year birthday celebration of the performance night. The next Words event is on August 6th at 7.45pm. Plans are also under way to create a themed open air event called Wild Words which will take place during the Comeragh Wild Festival in September.
Sean Corcoran was the artistic director of The Promenade Festival that entertained over 30,000 people all around the town of Tramore. 8 international artists and over 40 Irish artists and performers took part. Plans are already underway for an even bigger show next year. Thank you all for taking part, picture shows a thank you note from sand artist Andy Coutanche. Miranda Corcoran and Ann McGrath facilitated the creation of a colourful circular mosaic at the festival with the help of hundreds of members of the public. Would you like to be part of the finishing team by helping Miranda put the finishing touches to it? Learn a new skill and it’s free! The completed artwork will be permanently displayed in the new National Training Centre for Beach Guards in Tramore.
The Saturday Art Club for adults has started under the guidance of Sean and Miranda Corcoran. An exciting art project every fortnight from 11am to 2pm with lunch included. A Stained Glass weekend course with Sean Corcoran starts on July 18th. Design and make your own piece of colourful glass to hang in your home. We are taking bookings from small groups for Environmental Art and Art Parties. For further details on any of these projects please check our website, Facebook page or ring 051 292919.
We’re delighted to announce the introduction of a brand new art class here that will give adults the opportunity to create some wonderful artworks under the guidance of professional artists Sean and Miranda Corcoran at The Art Hand every second Saturday starting from this July 12th (from 11am to 2pm).
Exciting and effective projects will be devised for each workshop including Mosaic, Batik, Collage, Clay Sculpture, Decorative Mirrors, Artist Trading Cards, Digital Art and lots more. Demonstrations and tuition will be provided by Sean or Miranda Corcoran throughout each workshop.
The cost per session is €30 including basic materials and a light lunch which will be served in our adjoining home.
Full details are HERE.
Our next Stained Glass Weekend Course will take place on July 18th 19th and 20th. Maximum 4 participants and booking has now opened. Full details of the course are below;
News from The Art Hand
Sean Corcoran has been appointed as the Artistic Director of an exciting new arts and entertainment festival for Tramore called The Promenade Festival that takes place this July 4th, 5th and 6th. The festival is being organised by Tramore Tourism in association with The Art Hand and celebrates the work of the emergency services. Check out the Facebook page for all the details; HERE
Sean has also been busy working on the concept, design and decor of an exciting New Café in Waterford city opposite the old cinema on Patrick Street. We can’t say any more about it but all will be revealed in the coming days.
The Memorial Mosaic we are working on in a school in Dublin is coming on nicely. Thousands of items that were donated by the kids in the school were stuck onto the backing boards last week. Over 500 people have been involved so far including the 465 kids, 20 staff, 14 volunteer parents and the family and friends of Caroline Dwyer-Hickey who the artwork is in memory of. A blog has been set up by the school that follows the progress of the Mosaic; HERE
The Words writers group performing @ The Art Hand took place last week with a great variety of performances. A night full of surprises! Submissions are now being taken for the 4th copy of The Words Zine. Previous copies can be downloaded for free at HERE and are in stock at Waterford City Library. The next Words event is on May the 7th (the first Wednesday of every month). Non-writers are also welcome.
Our next term of Kids Classes return on Tuesdays from April 27th for 4 to 7 year olds, on Wednesdays for Toddlers and Parents from April 28th and on Thursdays from April 29th for 8 to 12 year olds. Bookings are now being taken. Places are limited. Full details on our webpage www.theArtHand.com/kids
Happy Birthday to Alfie who celebrated his big day with a Super Hero Art Party.
A photography class in the Spanish language was just held at The Art Hand by the talented Alma Perissinotti Visualarts & photography for our Argentinian students. This is a multi-lingual art school! Enseñamos el arte en El arte de la mano en Español e Inglés! (We teach art at The Art Hand in Spanish and English!).
Calling all Toddlers! We’re delighted to announce that we are now running workshops for kids under the age of 4. Toddlers @ The Art Hand takes place on Wednesday mornings from 10 to 11.30. A Parent or guardian attends and participates in the workshops. The activities are facilitated by artists Sean and Miranda Corcoran of The Art Hand. For enquiries or bookings please ring 051 292919. Full details are HERE.
Meanwhile the Spring Term of kids @ Art Hand has officially began. We cater for kids aged 4 to 12 in separate groups. On Tuesday last we created Coloured Tin Foil Collages on black card. Well done all, the results are super. On Thursday we created Foam Board Mosaics, a challenging but rewarding workshop, well done guys. Full details are HERE.
Got a load of video footage and don’t know what to do with it? Our Film Editing Courses with Anthony Kelly have begun. Learn how to professionally edit your own footage on this 2 day Course using Adobe Premiere. This course is designed for a maximum of two participants so you will receive practical training that is specific to your individual requirements. Full details are HERE.
Best wishes to Hannah, Chloe and Alfie who each celebrated their birthdays recently with an Art Party here at The Art Hand. From butterflies to super heroes, you name it, we design the event to suit the interests of birthday kid. Details of our Art Parties are HERE.
Big thanks to Mary Bird who is helping us with the kids art classes and to Alma Perissinotti who is teaching photography with us in the Argentinean language!
The next Words writers group performing @ The Art Hand takes place on Wednesday February 5th. Don’t forget that The Words Zine is now quarterly and there is an addition to the submission guidelines; Something you heard at one of the WORDS event that you think should be included in the next Words Zine? Please let us know. Also send in your own submissions. Deadline is Friday February 7th for the next issue…Email to email@example.com Full details HERE.
What do the publications in the above photograph have in common? Well all these Novels, Poetry Collections and Zines were all created by participants of the WORDS writers group performing at The Art Hand. From left to Right; Waterford in Pictures and Verse by Jackie Elger and Tom Power, Love is the East Bit by Mary Grehan, Where the Music Comes From by Pat Galvin, Songs of a Stargazer by John Daly, Dry Tears by Matty Tamen, Windmills of the Mind by John Daly, The Mysterious John Grey by Tom Power and The Words Zine issue 1 and 2. Hope to be adding some more items to this collection in the not too distant future. Well done all, be very proud.
We’re back in full swing with a variety of creative activities for all ages from kids art classes and performance to film editing and stained glass.
Kids; Looking forward to welcoming all our young students who start back next week with an exciting new term of Art Classes. Each Tuesday @ 4pm is for kids aged 4 to 7 and each Thursday @ 4pm is for kids aged 8 to 12. Full details HERE.
Words; The WORDS writers group performing @ The Art Hand held its first event of 2014 this week. The audience was captivated by some outstanding performers including Karen Power, Matty Tamen, Belle Walsh, Pat Galvin, Mary Power and Bernadette McCann. We also witnessed some live performances via Skype from Luck Library in Wisconsin USA and from Roisin Power Hackett in Spain. The next event is the first Wednesday of February (the 5th). Full details of the event and the Zine are HERE.
Zine; Don’t forget that The Words Zine is now quarterly and there is an addition to the submission guidelines; Something you heard at one of the WORDS event that you think should be included in the next Words Zine? Please let us know. Also send in your own submissions as normal. Deadline is Friday February 7th for the next issue. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Storm Christine; Now, we’re not all work and no play…We took the day off on Monday last and Keith Fitzgerald and Sean Corcoran spent the day recording Storm Christine. Unpredictable waves and a huge salt laden wind. Check out our YouTube video of ‘Storm Christine on The Copper Coast’ filmed in locations such as Stage Cove, Bunmahon Head, Tankardstown, Bunmahon Beach and Boatstrand Harbour. Click HERE to see it.
Film Editing Course; Got a mountain load of videos and don’t know what to do with them? Learn how to professionally edit your own footage on this 2 day Film Editing Course with Anthony Kelly using Adobe Premiere. This course is designed for a maximum of two participants so you will receive practical training that is specific to your individual requirements. Full details HERE.
Stained Glass Course; This is 3 Day Intensive Weekend Course at The Art Hand where you will learn how to design and make your very own Stained Glass panel, A3 in size. You will draw a template, cut out the glass and join it together with lead in the traditional way. Bookings for this are now being taken for the Weekend of March 14th 15th and 16th. Full details of the Stained Glass Course are HERE.
Did you see us on National TV on RTE Nationwide the other night? A repeat of the episode about the making of the Miners Films here on The Copper Coast. There’s a link to a You Tube video of it HERE.
Happy Birthday to Hannah who is holding a butterfly mosaic art party with us here this weekend. Can’t wait! Details of our Art Parties are HERE.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny was recently presented a Map of The Copper Coast that was created by Sean Corcoran of The Art Hand. Image courtesy of Fotofitz.
Sean Corcoran and Angela Mulcahy above receiving the award for ‘Down the Ladder’ as the overall runner-up best film at the Waterford Film Festival from Festival Director Stephen Byrne.
The film was made by Copper Coast Productions @ The Art Hand and tells of a day in the life of a copper mining family. It’s an emotional film presented as a silent movie. Set in Ireland in the 1800′s.
We are also honoured to have received this message today from New Zealand film director Michael Heath (pictured above) on seeing ‘Down the Ladder’ for the first time; CONGRATULATIONS SEAN and ANGELA, MOOK and ALEX and all cast & crew- for a most sensitive, and touching film. I was so happy to see it at last. How glorious to see the sad past re-created in such simple imagery and story-telling- that took one back a long time ago…and you have achieved a little miracle in its naturalistic style in both performance and use of land and seascape. The final scene of the boy and the dog and the boat going out to sea is beautiful, and I was immensely moved…..
Delighted to announce that we are now are running 2 day Film Editing Courses in Adobe Premiere with Anthony Kelly.
Learn how to professionally edit your own footage on this 2 day Film Editing Course using Adobe Premiere. This course is designed for a maximum of two participants so you will receive practical training that is specific to your individual requirements.
Full details are HERE.
This weeks News Update;
The Words Zine; Our new zine is being unveiled next Wednesday, November 6th at the Words Writers Group performing at The Art Hand. It’s a self published small circulation of original work by performers from the group that will feature prose, lyrics, comedy, reviews, scripts, letters etc. Copies will be available on the night. All are welcome, doors at 7.45pm. Try it out, full details on our website HERE. Best of luck to Roisin Power Hackett, one of the founders of Words who has embarked on an overseas adventure.
Film News; A film screening of Down the Ladder and the full Copper Coast Miners series took place in Greyfriars Municipal Gallery during the Imagine Festival with a talk by Tina Keating, Angela Mulcahy and Sean Corcoran. Next screening is during the Waterford Film Festival on November 9th in the Granville Hotel at 8.30. Full details and Tickets are now on sale for the event on the Waterford film festival website HERE.
Kids Art; We recently judged the Fun for Life T-Shirt Art Competition for the Solas Centre South East Run for Life held in the Peoples Park in Waterford. Our Halloween workshop for Kids @ The Art Hand was a Halloween themed Silhouette Collage workshop undertaken in UV Light! Spooky fun in the glowing darkness. Edible Art? We made pizzas during a recent Kids Workshop for the Imagine Festival in Tramore.
Map and Guide; Thanks to all the people who submitted iconic photographs of The Copper Coast for the Map and Guide being created by Sean Corcoran that will be printed by the Metal Links Project at the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre to promote the area to visitors.
There is a weekend Stained Glass Course coming up on the 29th of November. Full details of this are HERE.
This weeks update from The Art Hand
The next event for the WORDS writers group performing @ The Art Hand is November 6th at 7.45pm. On the night we will unveil the first issue of THE WORDS ZINE, a self published small circulation of original work by performers from the group that will feature prose, lyrics, comedy, reviews, scripts, letters etc. Full details HERE.
We’re looking forward to the screening of the ‘Down the Ladder’ film at the Imagine festival on the 26th of October in Greyfriars Gallery at 2 pm and in the Waterford Film Festival in the Granville Hotel on the 9th of November at 8.30 pm. Hope to see you there. We’ve also just released a behind the scenes film about the making of the film which you can find on You Tube HERE.
Full details of our next Stained Glass weekend course with Sean Corcoran are now available. It takes place on the weekend of November 29th, 30th and December 1st. Full details are HERE.
We are doing a kids art workshop in Tramore on Saturday the 26th of October at 2 pm as part of the Imagine Festival. The event is designed for 4 to 8 year olds and will be held in Talbot Street (behind the library). Admission €7 (family rates available). Places are limited so please book on 087 1411442. Full details on the Imagine Festival website HERE.
In the meantime we are busy with our regular kids classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Art Parties (check this page HERE). Happy Birthday Martha! Also stay tuned for details of a new Map and Guide of The Copper Coast that Sean Corcoran has been commissioned to make.
Full details of our next Stained Glass weekend course with Sean Corcoran are now available HERE. November 29th, 30th and December 1st.
On the course you will learn how to design and make your very own Stained Glass panel A3 in size. The techniques used are the traditional ones that have been used for centuries involving drawing a template, cutting out the glass and joining them together with lead.
The next event for the WORDS writers group performing @ The Art Hand is November 6th at 7.45pm, however the deadline for submissions to the new WORDS Zine is October 20th. The Zine is a self published small circulation of original work by performers from the group and will feature prose, lyrics, comedy, reviews, scripts, letters etc. Full details on our website HERE.
We’re looking forward to the screening of the ‘Down the Ladder’ film at the Imagine festival on the 26th of October in Greyfriars Gallery and in the Waterford Film Festival in the Granville Hotel on the 9th of November at 8.30pm. Hope to see you there. We’ve also just released a behind the scenes film about the making of the film. See it on You Tube HERE.
We will be doing one more Stained Glass weekend course before the end of the year. Let us know if you’d like to do this. We will be selecting a date soon. Details of the last one are HERE.
Meanwhile the Kids art classes are in full swing with finger painting, still life and self portraits in clay recently. We are doing a kids art workshop in Tramore on Saturday the 26th of October at 2 pm as part of the Imagine Festival. The event is designed for 4 to 8 year olds and will be held in Talbot Street (behind the library). Admission €7 (family rates available) / Book at 087 1411442. Full details on the Imagine website HERE. Places are limited.
Got a birthday party coming up? Check out the new Art Party page on our website HERE.
Finally our condolences to the friends and family of the late great Paddy Barron of Dunhill who passed away recently. We are proud to have been acquainted with him over the last few weeks. Rest in Peace.
The WORDS writers group performing at The Art Hand is going from strength to strength with their announcement that they will be self publishing a small circulation of original work by performers from the group. The new publication will be called THE WORDS ZINE and will feature prose, lyrics, comedy, reviews, scripts, letters etc. Deadline for the first issue is October 20th. The WORDS writers group meet and perform on the first Wednesday of every month at 7.45pm, the next event is on November the 6th.
For full details of THE WORDS ZINE and the WORDS events please visit our webpage HERE.
Locally made films to air at Festivals, Online and on TV…We’re delighted to announce that our film ‘Down the Ladder’ has been selected by the Waterford Film Festival to screen on November 9th at 8.30pm in the Granville Hotel, Waterford city. All are welcome to attend, tickets are available on the festival website. ‘Down the Ladder’ is a silent movie set in the 1800′s that tells the story of a day in the life of a copper mining family in Bunmahon. The film is part of a series of films that were commissioned by The Metal Links project and can be seen in the meantime at the Copper Coast Geopark Centre.
A huge community involvement made this film what it is. The film was written by Sean Corcoran and produced and directed by Angela Mulcahy and Sean Corcoran. Cinematography is by Mook and Alex Vignes. The film was edited by John Loftus. The original score is by Eric Sweeney. The cast includes Ozzy Walsh (as pictured above) as the boy and Stephen Forristal as the Man.
Also delighted to say that ‘Down the Ladder’ will be shown during the Imagine Arts Festival as part of History and Heritage day on the 26th of October at 5 pm in Greyfriars Municipal Gallery with a talk by Geologist Tina Keating. Admission to this one is free. To celebrate the acknowledgements that ‘Down the Ladder’ is receiving will shortly release a ‘behind the scenes’ film that was made by Mark Fitzsimons and Sam Miles and funded by the Waterford County Council Arts Office.
More great film news…We’re delighted to say that you can now view a full length version of ‘Village by the Sea’ on an online showcase of New Zealand television and film (NZ on Screen). Sean Corcoran of The Art Hand was the Production Coordinator and Angela Mulcahy was the Production Manager and the Assistant Director for the Michael Heath film that was filmed by Stephen Latty. The 60 minute documentary film tells the story of artist Edith Collier’s time in Ireland in the early 1900′s.
This film was shot in Bunmahon on The Copper Coast last year. It is currently being shown in film festivals in China and India and is being scheduled for TV broadcast in New Zealand. We had an Irish premiere of the film last December at the Copper Coast Geopark Centre but hopefully RTE will pick up on it too.
Click HERE to view Village by the Sea.
We custom design workshops to suit the interests of the participants. We aim to provide a unique, memorable, fun yet relaxed experience where friends and family have the opportunity to work together on a creative endeavor. With our Kids events we can cater for boys and girls and we encourage parents of the birthday kid to participate fully.
Happy 8th Birthday to David above who recently celebrated his big day with a Map-Making Art Party here @ The Art Hand. A lovely bunch and very creative indeed. There is a link to a photo album of this event on our Facebook page HERE.
Edward had his friends and family around for his big day and we did a Diary of a Wimpy Kid workshop. Happy 9th birthday Edward. More pics of Edward’s event HERE.
Maybe something a bit more girlie like this Mask-Making Workshop. More pictures of this colourful class HERE.
We run Adult Art Parties too. For an example click HERE.
Delighted to say the inaugural event in July was a great success. Next one is August 7th.
WORDS is a new writers group that meets and performs on the first Wednesday of every month at The Art Hand, in Bunmahon, County Waterford. WORDS brings together a diverse group of writers from the traditional to the alternative, including spoken word, rap and poetry.
WORDS founders include the poet and writer Tom Power, Sean Corcoran of The Art Hand and Róisín Power Hackett, poet and artist. Their intention is to develop exciting monthly events based on a broad variety of word based arts.
The next WORDS event is on Wednesday, 7th August.
A contribution of €5 will be asked for on the night from all participants. Booking is essential due to limited places. To reserve a seat please phone The Art Hand on 051 292919 or text Sean on 087 2524657 or e-mail: email@example.com
For further details please go to this page HERE.
The Irish Premiere of the documentary film Village by the Sea took place at The Copper Coast Geopark Centre in Bunmahon on Saturday, the 15th of December 2012. The converted church was packed with over 70 people in attendance. Before the screening the audience were treated to some surprise performances…
The night started with a wonderful performance from our Welsh guests Cheryl Beer, Suzanne Hughes Owen & Danielle Lewis. They performed for us as part of their Irish tour of the Celtic Women Festival funded by Coracle. They were very much taken by the courageousness of Edith Collier and her female colleagues as portrayed in the film. Cheryl has promised to write a song about Edith so we look forward to hearing that in the new year.
Following this we had a spell binding performance by Deirdre Starr of The Flower of Magherally that is also featured in the film. Deirdre dedicated the song to her friend Michael Heath, the Director of the film who was with us in spirit from his home in New Zealand. We hope to see Deirdre back in Bunmahon for a full concert in this wonderful space in the new year. To hear more of her work please visit her website here; http://www.deirdrestarr.com/
Our next guest was broadcaster and historian Julian Walton who gave a wonderful introduction to the life of Edith Collier. He gave a reading of the recent piece he recorded for his long-standing radio slot on WLR fm called On This Day. It was nice to hear a fresh perspective and so fitting that it was broadcast on the radio on the anniversary of Edith death, 12th December 1964. Sadly Julian announced before his reading that his radio slot is being axed due to budgetary constraints. Shame to hear the end of an era after nearly 5500 epic broadcasts.
The last word went to the Director Michael Heath who had sent his greeting earlier that day by email from New Zealand which was read out before the film. Here is a small quote from that email; “I am thinking about you all as tonight you will be watching the film and I wish I was there with you all….It has been a wonderful journey. Both Steve and I cannot say how much we loved being with you, and being able to experience and capture the beauty of the place you call home. We want to thank you all for your kindness and hospitality in looking after us so well, assisting us, and allowing us to make the film I wanted to make.
The film Village by the Sea was shot in Bunmahon in March 2012 and retraces the footsteps of Edith Collier, the New Zealand artist who came to Bunmahon in 1914 and 1915. Her paintings of this small Irish coastal village and the people she encountered are featured throughout the film alongside many contemporary interviews with local people and dramatic footage of The Copper Coast.
Cinematography was by Stephen Latty. Sean Corcoran and Angela Mulcahy coordinated the production and assisted the director in Ireland. I’m sure Edith Collier was with us in spirit for the event at the heart of her home in Ireland. The performances and film were warmly received by the audience and a great night was had by all. DVD copies of the film can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
All proceeds from the event are going to the Ryan and Ethan Appeal. This will help pay for the treatment that these two young local boys are currently undergoing in America since they were diagnosed with ALD. We send Ryan, Ethan and their family all our best wishes at this difficult time.
The event was coordinated by Angela Mulcahy and Sean Corcoran. Special thanks to Paula Mc Carthy, Sean Fitzsimons and the full team at The Copper Coast Geopark Centre for hosting the event. Michael and Sean O’Meara for providing the sound system. Eddie Mc Carthy for a loan of the van. The Gaelach Gorm Theatre for the heating system. Thanks to so many of the cast and crew for attending. Thanks also to our performers Cheryl Beer, Suzanne Hughes Owen, Danielle Lewis and Deirdre Starr. Julian Walton for his reading. Michael Heath for his kind words. Mareike Eccleston for tirelessly promoting the event (and everything else we do).
On behalf of Copper Coast Productions and The Art Hand we would like to thank you all for supporting this event and making it a great night.
For further details of our film productions and events please visit www.theArtHand.com/film
Welcome to our December 2012 Newsletter. It’s been a roller coaster ride since we opened in March and we’re delighted with how things have developed. Thank you all for your support and encouragement. We now have 3700 fans following our every move on our Facebook page and our Kids workshops have really taken off as well as our film production facility. Further details of these and more can be seen on this Website. Thanks again and please stay tuned.
The Miners of Bunmahon; Copper Coast Productions based at The Art Hand is delighted to announce that it has been commissioned to create a series of films called The Miners of Bunmahon. The films are being directed and produced by Sean Corcoran and Angela Mulcahy and have been commissioned by The Copper Coast Geopark. The main film tells the story of a day in the life of a mining family in the 1800′s. There will also be 5 shorter films that cover specific elements of Bunmahon’s mining heritage.
The main cast and crew are already in place but if you would like to be an extra please ring Angela on 086 8569358. We need men, women and children of various ages, preferably living in the area and preferably with some acting experience. Filming will take place from January 11th. Hope you won’t mind working in the cold and up to your knees in mud!
Irish Film Premiere of Village by the Sea; We are also delighted to say that there will be an Irish Premiere of Village by the Sea in the Geopark Visitors Centre in Bunmahon on Saturday December 15th at 8pm. The film which was shot in Bunmahon in March of this year retraces the footsteps of Edith Collier, the New Zealand artist who came here in 1914 and 1915. Her paintings of the area from that time and the people she encountered are featured throughout the film alongside many contemporary interviews with local people and dramatic footage of The Copper Coast.
Angela Mulcahy and Sean Corcoran co-ordinated and managed the production of the film and assisted the New Zealand Director Michael Heath and Cinematographer Stephen Latty. “Village By the Sea” had its world premiere in Wellington, New Zealand at the New Zealand International Film Festival and it is currently touring film festivals around the world.
Tickets are now on sale at €10 each with all proceeds going to the Save Ryan and Ethan Appeal. This will help two Tramore kids who have been diagnosed with ALD, a rare, serious, progressive, neurological and metabolic genetic disorder. Further details of this very worthy cause can be seen on their Facebook page. To book your seat please ring Angela on 086 8569358.
The Open Week and Exhibition has now come to an end including the graduation of this terms Kids @ The Art Hand students. All our young students were excited to show the art they had made over the previous 10 weeks to their speechless families and friends. There were also several visits from local National Schools. The building was jam packed with colourful batiks hanging overhead, giant group collages on the walls, clay sculptures, a 12 foot handmade Christmas tree, stop motion animations and much more. In fact just about every inch of the walls and ceilings were used to display the incredible selection of artworks. Well done to all the graduates, keep up the good work. Follow The Art Hand on Facebook to see exactly how much stuff is going on here.
Kids @ The Art Hand are back on the 15th of January with an exciting new range of classes covering everything from Batik and Collage to Animation and Sculpture. This will be a 10 week term including a Family Art Class, where big people can get stuck in too! These popular classes are run by artists Sean and Miranda Corcoran at their custom built facility near Bunmahon. They also bring these workshops to National Schools around the county. Tuesdays are for kids aged 4 to 7 and on Thursdays it’s kids aged 8 to 12. They will also have art classes for teenagers up and running soon. Classes run for 90 minutes starting at 3.30pm and 5pm. The cost for the term is €90 per child including all materials. The cost for two or more children from the same family is €80 each. For further details ring 051 292919 or visit there website; www.theArtHand.com
The Solas Centre Mosaic is expected to be installed somewhere in Waterford city in January. Over 500 people were involved in creating the piece last October in the Peoples Park at the Solas Centre Run for Life event. The mosaic features over 5000 pieces and is over 12 foot wide by 4 foot high. The vibrant design represents light and hope. The project was made possible by generous suppliers and enthusiastic volunteers and was co-ordinated by The Art Hand.
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Our Open Week and Exhibition starts this Tuesday (December 4th) and runs until Saturday. All are welcome, have a look at our facilities and an exhibition of the work of our students from this terms Kids @ The Art Hand classes. Our studio will be jam packed with everything from Batik and Collage to Animation and Sculpture. Just ring 051 292919 prior to your visit.
Full details of Kids @ The Art Hand can be seen here; www.theArtHand.com/kids
The Art Hand in Bunmahon has been busy lately with over 40 young artists aged from 4 to 12 who are attending the Kids @ The Art Hand workshops. The 10 week term is broken into 4 classes that run on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A limited amount of extra places are available each week for kids who would like to get involved but can’t commit to the full term.
At the end of the course a group exhibition will be held in The Art Hand. Scheduled for the last week in November, this exhibition will be open to the public and will include the students work in clay, collage, mosaic, drawing, painting, printing, stencils, graffiti and more.
The classes are run by artists Miranda and Sean Corcoran in their custom-built art facility on The Copper Coast. The Art Hand already runs art projects in Primary Schools and will be hosting school tours next year. For further details of Kids @ The Art Hand please have a look at this page here; www.theArtHand.com/kids or ring Sean or Miranda on 051 292919.
Also, watch out for an interesting and ambitious art project with The Art Hand in the Peoples Park on Sunday October 14th for the Solas Center Run for Life. Curious? Check this website closer to the time for details.
Our latest facility…Kids @ The Art Hand is a new and exciting range of Art Classes for Kids aged 5 to 12 starting September 18th. Full details HERE.
Bookings are now being taken for a weekend photography workshop with George Munday, here at The Art hand and along the Copper Coast. September 6-9, 2012.
Full details click this link; http://thearthand.wordpress.com/courses/but-is-it-art-photography-with-george-munday/
Here’s an article about the film we were involved in called Village by the Sea in a New Zealand newspaper The Wanganui Chronicle on the 7th of July. It says; The fishing village of Bunmahon remains virtually unchanged since Collier’s time. “The land and seascape are still the same”. Click on the image to enlarge it…
Photographs from the production can be seen HERE .
Our original Press Release is HERE.
Although the courses at The Art Hand are for adults only we do offer an outreach programme for Primary Schools. Our Mosaic Map and Giant Sunflower art projects in two Waterford Primary Schools have just been completed.
We travel to schools across the county with all the equipment and materials needed to develop interesting, fun and educational art projects. Each project is unique and tailored to suit each individual school. In the future we hope to be able to offer professional development courses for teachers and day trips for school groups
The options we offer are endless; paint a mural, build a mosaic, create a map of your area, have an exhibition, make a film. Although the artwork resulting from the collaboration can be very impressive our emphasis is on the actual process. This includes the conception, planning, research and design.
Teamwork is central to how the artwork comes together. Teachers as well as children are involved in the process throughout. We teach simple and safe techniques and knowledge is gained in an enjoyable way.
The projects are facilitated by either Miranda or Sean Corcoran who are both fulltime professional artists and tutors at The Art Hand. Introducing children to an artist gives them first hand knowledge of what being an artist is really like. It gives them an insight into art itself. What is Art? We’ve had some interesting answers to that question!
Please contact us for full details. We would be delighted to visit you to discuss different options and costs. We can bring along photographs and samples of our work to show you. Alternatively if you would like to visit us here at The Art Hand just let us know and we can show you around our facilities.
62 paintings were produced in 3 days during an extremely intensive art course with Lora Murphy at The Art Hand. Encaustic….that’s painting with wax! The paintings were produced in a variety of styles from Egyptian portraits to abstract art. Many different mixed media techniques were used to embed images into the wax and on the final day the participants exhibited their artworks in The Art Hand.
Lora was assisted by artist Rebecca Jane Leech who is also a Ballymaloe trained chef. She also assisted Miranda Corcoran with vegetarian evening meals which were stunning. Participants travelled from as far as Cork, Clare, Offaly, Westmeath and Wexford and stayed locally for the duration of the course.
Music for the below video is Perspectives by Bacalao from the album Vincent Berard Soundtrack and is used under Creative Commons License; http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Bacalao/
Below are some pictures of the course and the 62 paintings that were created;
Fancy a Creative Holiday with your friends for a few days at The Art Hand? We have found that participants on our intensive Art Courses often have friends with similar interests. To encourage and reward small groups we have introduced a discount scheme as follows.
When two people book a course, they will each receive a €50 voucher towards any other course at The Art Hand.
When three people book a course, they will each receive a 15% discount.
When four or more people book a course, they will receive a 25% discount.
Accommodation for small groups can also be more reasonable, for example 3 nights for up to 4 people in a self catering Chalet near the beach costs €150 all in.
Based in Chicago, Ruby Clover brings her new course to The Art Hand this summer. She will show participants how to create a family heirloom box to treasure forever. It’s a three-day course starting on the 4th of July, the same day that Americans everywhere will be celebrating Independence Day. Her work is stunning, we’re delighted to have her onboard. As usual places are limited. This is expected to be a popular course so early booking will be essential. Below is a selection of her boxes and full details of her course can be seen HERE.
Full details of Ruby Clover’s course at The Art Hand can be seen HERE.
Here’s what two of our tutors, Patrick and Pamela had to say about our Launch day;
The grand opening of the Art Hand, the new art school on the Waterford coast, was celebrated on Saturday… a truly great success… and one each of Patrick’s and my paintings, and the bunny chairs I lent for the occasion were displayed very cleverly among the treats! ‘Twas a grand party on St. Patrick’s Day that Sean and Miranda Corcoran held, enjoyed by at least 300 people from the greater Waterford community! Enabling them to introduce their beautiful location and studios to a delighted public, and to raise interest in the courses they are offering there, some of which we hope to teach! It was really a wonderful event….even if this particular rabbit chose to stick to her rather predictable vegetable! xxxxx Pam and Patrick
Our official Launch took place on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th, 2012). Miranda and I were astounded at the turnout with between 300 and 400 people visiting us throughout the day. I’ve never seen a traffic jam on the Copper Coast before! Thank you all for making it a very special day. The storm cleared and the sun came out. At one stage it simply wasn’t possible to squeeze through the front door with the amount of people that were inside.
Claire Mc Alister kept us all topped up. Colleen and Audrey’s edible creations were surrounded by Pamela Silin-Palmer’s wonderful Bunny Chairs. David’s bowls were licked clean. Ciaran, John, Mook, Alex, Margaret and Hy captured the whole event on film. Kids got up to mischief and dogs barked. Hy stood up on one of the tables to officially launch us into the world. Alive and kicking, ready for action. Below is a taste of the atmosphere of the day. Sean.
Margaret Keane’s great photo slideshow of the big day…
Hy Mayerson’s roaming video camera…
Wow, what a turnout! Between 300 and 400 people squeezed through our door throughout the course of the day for our Launch party on St. Patrick’s Day. THANK YOU all, we are overwhelmed!
Please join us this coming Saturday, March 17th (Saint Patrick’s Day) to celebrate the official launch of The Art Hand. Maybe we can entice you with Coffee and Cakes or maybe you’d prefer something a bit stronger!? We’re a new art school on the Copper Coast in County Waterford near Bunmahon. We provide a range of art courses including Painting, Drawing, Photography, Stained Glass, Ceramics and more. Please check the Location page of our website for directions or give us a ring on 051-292919.
See you then!
Sean and Miranda Corcoran
Saturday, March 17th, 2012, 3 to 7pm
Press Release Launch of The Art Hand, March 16 & 17, 2012
The Art Hand is a new art school that runs intensive and challenging art courses in painting, photography, film-making, stained glass, ceramics and more. It is located on the cliffs in an area of great natural beauty called the Copper Coast near Bunmahon in County Waterford.
The art courses take place in a custom-built cottage that is connected to an ultra modern house with polished concrete floors and a grass roof. Accommodation and food is provided for participants in the local area. The Art Hand is run by artists Sean and Miranda Corcoran and a team of talented tutors.
There is a press preview of The Art Hand this Friday March 16th and the official launch takes place on Saturday, March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day) from 3 to 7pm. All are welcome.
The Art Hand is pleased to announce that to coincide with its official launch there will be a documentary film created in Bunmahon called ‘Village by the Sea’. The film is being made by New Zealand writer and director Michael Heath with cinematography by Stephen Latty.
The documentary will be about New Zealand painter Edith Collier’s time spent in Bunmahon in 1915. The production will attempt to identify the landscape and people that are featured in her paintings. We are still trying to find out who the boy in the following painting is…
For further details or directions please ring Sean or Miranda on 051 292919.
Artistic Director Sean Corcoran in conversation as he drives along The Copper Coast to the door of The Art Hand, explaining about the kind of courses we run, the accommodation we offer and our location.
Don’t rush past as you might just miss us! It took four years for planning permission and one year for construction. Can you even tell the difference? Oh yeah, a chimney! When we tell people we have a grass roof they expect a monument on a hill!
The latest artist to join The Art Hand team is the experienced lifedrawing tutor Ger Kennedy. Her intensive weekend course starts on June 14th and is currently booking. Full details of her course are HERE. Below is a small selection of her art. More on her website HERE.
Full details of her course are HERE.
Welcome to The Art Hand and a quick tour with Artistic Director, Sean Corcoran;
We are looking for help to identify many people and places around Bunmahon in Waterford that were captured by New Zealand artist Edith Collier in 1915. There is a documentary film currently being made by a New Zealand film crew led by director Michael Heath. We are shortly starting a campaign on facebook and we will soon publish 37 images to help in the search. Can you help? Contact The Art Hand on 051 292919 or email us; info@theArtHand.com
We are delighted to announce that Lora Murphy, the talented Encaustic Artist is joining The Art Hand’s team of tutors with an exciting new course that involves painting with wax. The course is called Waxing Lyrical and is scheduled for early June. This is expected to be a popular course currently taking bookings. Full details of Lora’s course can be seen HERE.
Full details of Waxing Lyrical can be seen HERE.
Welcome onboard to Adele Stanley who joins the team of tutors at The Art Hand. Adele has created a course called Transform it that starts early June. Everyday objects will be moulded, transformed and fired in our kiln to create clay and plaster sculptures. Details of the course can be found HERE.
Full details of Adele’s course can be found HERE.
The Art Hand is pleased to announce that to coincide with its official opening in March there will be a documentary film created in Bunmahon called ‘Village by the Sea’ about New Zealand artist Edith Collier’s time spent here in 1914 and 1915.
The film crew from New Zealand hope to capture the spirit of the place that was so inspirational to this great artist who painted the people, landscape and houses of the village of Bunmahon on the Waterford coast in Ireland. Almost all of the drawing and paintings she created in Bunmahon are preserved in New Zealand in the Sarjeant Gallery in Whanganui and the Te Papa Museum in Wellington. These will be featured in the production along with her letters and postcards.
The film is being made by New Zealand writer/director Michael Heath with cinematography by Stephen Latty and is being produced by Bhim Singh and Krishna Chouhan of KBCR Production, New Zealand. This film is being made possible by the support of The Edith Collier Trust.
Who is this? Can you identify any of the places or people that are featured in Edith Collier’s artworks? We will shortly have a photo album of all the relevant artworks on our website; www.theArtHand.com. In particular we are trying to find out who the boy in the following painting is…
Open Day; The film-makers would very much like to meet and speak with local people that can help them to reconnect with the Bunmahon of 1915. Do you have any information about Edith Collier or the artists colony? Newspaper clippings or old photographs of County Waterford from 1914-1915? If you think you can help please phone Sean Corcoran at The Art Hand on 051 292919 or email the director Michael Heath; email@example.com
Workshop; We will organise a day long documentary film-making workshop with Michael and Stephen while they are here. If you are interested please contact The Art Hand to reserve a place.
Volunteers; The film-makers have also asked for one or more volunteers who are interested in film production to assist them. This is an exciting opportunity to work with professional documentary film-makers. If you are interested please contact The Art Hand for details.
The Art Hand is a new art school that will open in March on the Waterford coast. It will run intensive and challenging art courses led by professional artists in painting, photography, film-making, stained glass, ceramics and more. The Art Hand is located in a spectacular rural landscape on the cliffs near Bunmahon in an area of great natural beauty called the Copper Coast. www.theArtHand.com
Bunmahon is a simple Irish village on the coast of County Waterford. It is situated at the heart of an area designated by UNESCO as a geopark; a place of great geological significance. In the 18th century the area had a booming copper mining industry the remnants of which can still be seen. The area is generally called The Copper Coast. The rugged coastline and cliffs are dramatic with many coves and beaches. The village itself hasn’t changed much in the last hundred years. There are two pubs and no shop. The long sandy beach is popular in the summer for holiday makers and is one of the best surfing locations in southern Ireland.
The upcoming film production will concentrate on the time that Edith Collier spent in Bunmahon. Here is the current poster for the film that features one of Edith’s paintings of the village;
‘Edith Collier: A Light Among Shadows’ The current production is a follow up to a movie made by the same team in 2007 called ‘Edith Collier: A Light Among Shadows’ which covered the full life story of the artist. The Art Hand in association with The Copper Coast Geopark screened this for the local community at the time. We hope to show this film again at The Art Hand with the film-makers in attendance.
The feature length documentary was warmly received by the public and critics and was screened at major film festivals in places across the world including Bangladesh, Kathmandu, Dhaka Nepal, Pakistan as well as in Ireland and New Zealand.
Edith Collier (1885-1964) was one of New Zealand’s most talented yet under-rated artists who was sadly a victim of her times. She created many exquisite paintings whilst studying in England and her talent flourished after she spent two visits to Bunmahon, during the First World War years of 1914-15, with a colony of artists, including Australian Margaret Preston.
But when her father back in NZ felt she was wasting her time, and summoned her back home, she had no option to return. Being back in quiet, provincial, Victorian-influenced Whanganui, people had no understanding of her forward-looking work, and tragically she gave up painting after her father burned many of her nude paintings.
This emotional film tells the story of Collier’s life with sensitivity and respect, and includes much of her extraordinarily beautiful work created at opposite ends of the world. It is not only a fitting eulogy to a remarkable artist, but an affecting tale of cultural identity and rejection. It is a human story too – told through Edith’s family members who realized that their stories and reflections of Edith would be lost forever if they were not documented now.
The film has a distinctive, measured rhythm as it takes the time to dwell on significant landscapes with a rich soundtrack that is always appropriate and evocative. ‘Edith Collier, A Light among Shadows’ is not only an exemplary documentary on a great artist; it is also a dignified portrait of a now distant generation that lived in a very different time and place. We look forward to the new production.
The Art Hand
January 23, 2012
Yanny Petters is joining us at The Art Hand with an intensive three-day course starting this May. The Course is called ‘Drawing from Nature’ and it will give participant the opportunity to work with an extremely talented artist using the plants and flowers of The Copper Coast for inspiration.
Below is a selection of Yanny’s artworks, please click to enlarge;
Full details of Yanny Petter’s Drawing from Nature Course HERE.
To see more of Yanny’s artwork please have a look at her wonderful website HERE.
We are excited to announce that Fintan Taite, the award-winning Cartoonist and Illustrator is to be a tutor at The Art Hand. He will be presenting his challenging new course starting this May. Based in Dublin, Fintan has had over 10 successful years in Editorial Illustration, Advertising, Comics and Book Illustration. He teaches throughout Ireland and is also an Animation graduate from DLIADT. He’s got a quirky and energetic style and sense of humour in his work that is also apparent in his teaching style. We look forward to seeing some of the crazy creations that develop in his class! We have put a selection of his work together below.
For more details of his course please see our courses page HERE.
To see more of Fintan’s work please see his website HERE.
We are delighted to welcome two new tutors to The Art Hand, Aoife Banville and Emily Robyn Archer who between them will be presenting an interesting art course called ‘Collections’. Aoife and Emily are contemporary artists who work in a variety of disciplines including Photography, Drawing, Animation and Installation.
Full details on our Courses Page.
Below we have compiled some artworks by Aoife and Emily that are specific to the course and the notion of Collections.
Click any of the thumbnails below to enlarge.
Full details of Aoife and Emily’s ‘Collections’ course on our Courses Page.