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Portfolio preparation @Galway Arts Centre, Mondays 5-6.30 pm

Contact the Galway Arts Centre to book your place on 091-565886

Applicants from a wide variety of ages, backgrounds and experience welcome. This course is designed for people who wish to expand their drawing skills and/or pursue an art-related subject at a third level institution. Whether you wish to add to your existing portfolio or create a new portfolio, this course is for you. Also useful for those studying Art for the Leaving cert due to the recent change in the curriculum.

The objectives are to learn how to construct projects from concept to completion, how to use research notebooks, process images and develop their ideas through 2D, 3D and colour. Students will learn how to create a relevant, personal and individual comprehensive Portfolio.
Jennifer will cater her teaching to suit you and each student will receive personal tutorials to develop their drawing skills. She has extensive lecturing experience in IADT, has specialist knowledge of the N.C.A.D brief and her students usually gain third level entry.
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After the Future- Solo show, Festival Gallery, Galway International Arts Festival

For this exhibition, Jennifer developed a body of work investigating the ways in which modern realms of collective pleasure decay. Abandoned fairgrounds, overgrown glass houses, untended car parks, ghostly figures and derelict hotels all hint at recent economic struggles but also suggests the cycle of change and renewal in which places become spaces and vice versa.

Statement about Exhibition

After the Future is a body of work that does not invoke a whimsical nostalgia. Rather it evokes a perturbance, a feeling of participation in a nostalgia that is not one’s own. This body of work comes to us in three distinct yet interlinked sequences, we see places that have been abandoned with little or no human population, we see children not at play but in moments of isolation and we see women in dream-like sequences in strange off-modern scenarios.

While it seems the world around us in ‘this’ present may be revelling in a political restorative nostalgia far out of reach for younger generations, it is pertinent to ask if hope lies in the past where does that leave these children but in the ruins of the world we think once was, after our own future? Restorative nostalgia stubbornly wants to return to a past that never was without realising it can never be again. It wants to simply go back and live within the fantasy without acknowledging the fantasy is indeed just that.Read More

A acid free etch showing a young boy with angel wings by Jennifer Cunningham

Acid Free Print workshop Sat 9th & Sun 10th June

A two-day workshop where students will get to experiment with a wide range of intaglio techniques, including Monoprinting, Chine cole, Drypoint and mixed media. Taking place on Saturday 9th and Sunday the 10th of June from 10.30 until 4.30 pm.

This acid-free workshop starts with an introduction to materials, equipment, and tools and then moves onto the portfolio, where participants can see examples of prints. Then, there will be a brief demonstration of the process, before participants start to create their own prints using monoprint at first and then moving onto drypoint later in the workshop.  No experience necessary, participants will be able to trace over their images without any difficulties as photocopies can be used. Once the plates are done we can print them using a range of colours and papers.

Contact me to book your place or book through Eventbrite

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Galway Art Centre’s 2018 Artist in Residence.

Located at Number 47 Dominick Street is a 3,000 sq ft gallery, showing national and international contemporary arts. The building was built in the 1840’s and was the residence of Augusta Gregory, founder and patron of the Abbey Theatre.

Jennifer will be Galway Art Centre’s 2018 Artist in Residence.
She plans on using the space to finalise her upcoming Galway International Arts Festival solo show
It will give her a chance to spread out and see her body of work together and to present it to visiting curators and to experiment with her projections for Una, a play which will be premiered at the Galway Theatre Festival as a work in Progress
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Art classes and One day workshops 12th, 19th and 26th of May by award winning artist Jennifer Cunningham

Jennifer Cunningham is now taking bookings for her popular Spring term classes and One Day workshops.

Places are available on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Workshops run on the 12th, 19th and 26th of May.
Jennifer teaches all levels from complete beginners to advanced students. She teaches her students individually and she covers all mediums including watercolour, oil and acrylic and portfolio preparation. A high percentage of Jennifer’s students progress on to the third level and have well-established art careers in their own right.

She will also run a new week-long course in June catering to those who wish to develop drawing skills or develop a portfolio at the end of June.
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Linen Hall Show

What is drawing? A pencil mark on paper? A swipe across a screen? A double yellow line? Where do we draw the line – or do we? Visit this exhibition of a whole multitude of drawings from some of Ireland’s leading mark makers. Find drawings made from materials such as pencil, ink, paint, pixels, chalk, pastels etc… by architects, visual artists, illustrators, furniture designers, animators, and more. Visitors can also explore drawing for themselves at the exhibition process stations.
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Artist in the School Scheme, Bringing the ocean to Kilglass National school

Earlier this year I was part of the Artist in the School School to Kilglass national School.

Each week I explored a wide range of different media, developed their craft skills and researched a wide range of different artists. They also learnt about gastronomy, important ocean food and E.P.H.E ( healthy eating). They explored geography and topography as they used maps and tide tables in their work. I found working with the teachers and students in the school extremely enjoyable and it is something I hope to do again. Contact me if you’re interested in working on a project together.

We had a mini-exhibition at the end of the project and we created an installation piece together. The parents attended and refreshments were served.
Special thanks to Galway County Council who funded the project.

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Art classes this winter 2017

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Jennifer Cunningham School of Art is established over ten years and classes take place Monday to Wednesday mornings 10.30 a.m- 12.30, evenings 7-9 pm in Newcastle and Cregal Art.The standard and diversity of artwork from the students are of exceptional quality, including traditional landscapes, seascapes through to contemporary art using various techniques and a range of mediums. A special drawing and portfolio preparation course takes place every Wednesday evening perfect for developing your technique leading to finished paintings or creating a portfolio for the third level.
Saturday full day workshops are available throughout the year catering for all levels of ability
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