MEANWHILE – workshops

Workshops and Talks

Thursday 9th February, 3pm
Emily O’Flynn and Aideen Quirke – Go Start Your Own Space
Cost: Free
Duration: 1 Hour approx

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Sample-Studios was established in 2011 in order to provide affordable workspace for artists based in Cork City. Since then, the organisation has grown into one of the largest studio groups in Ireland, with over 80 members. The studios run a performing arts programme, providing residency and development opportunities to theatre practitioners, along with the visual arts programme, TACTIC, one of the few independent, non-commercial art galleries this side of the island.
In 2017, Sample-Studios had to leave their premises at the former Government Buildings on Sullivan’s Quay due to commercial redevelopment. Squeezed to the peripheries of the city, the studios, and its public programmes face major challenges, however the need for the arts organisation in the city presents an urgency to keep going.

Where else can artists work? Where can they exhibit their work? There are fewer and fewer spaces for cultural creatives to produce work from due to commercial developments and a lack of policy for the provision of cultural spaces at a planning level. The more established studios and venues, with their resources stretched to their limits, are mostly outside of the financial reach of emerging practitioners. There is an urgent need for more artist-run, DIY spaces in the city. Where can they come from?

This artist talk discusses the challenges faced by creative arts practitioners in the city, looks at why there are so few collectives, exhibition spaces and studios, and presents realistic solutions and a ‘call to arms’ to go start your own space.

Emily O’Flynn is an artist, curator and visual programmer of TACTIC. She is also a member of &union, a collaborative artist collective based in Cork. Aideen Quirke is the Artistic Director of Sample-Studios, overseeing the daily operations and public programmes of the organisation. She has curated and features in the exhibition MEANWHILE with Emily O’Flynn.

Friday 10th February, 3pm
Tom Doig – artist talk and collage workshop
Cost: €3
Duration 45mins approx

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Tom Doig was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and raised in both London and West Cork before eventually settling in Ireland in 1994. Tom studied Fine Art to Honours Level at CCAD, graduating in 2009. Since then he has worked with Cork Folklore Project, Mayfield Arts Youth Program, and worked on several public art commissions in the City Centre. He has been a member of Sample Studios since 2012. You can see a complete catalogue of projects at
Join Tom at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery to learn about his techniques and process of collage making. Tom will give a short presentation about the various projects he has produced in Cork City – the most recent being the Flags for the Townlands installation at the bottom of Shandon Street commissioned by Cork City Council.
This workshop is geared towards students and adults as some of the techniques are not suitable for young children.

Wednesday 15th February, 1pm
Jessie Malone – artist talk
Free of charge
Duration: 45 mins approx
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Jessie Malone graduated from Crawford College of Art & Design in 2013 with a BA in Fine Art. Upon graduating, she received the 12 month bursary award from Cork Printmakers and remains a member. She also is a member of Sample-Studios. Her work has been exhibited throughout Ireland, as well as in the UK, Spain and Australia and is part of both private and public collections including the OPW (Office of Public Works) and Cork City Council. Jessie recently curated 16, a unique box-set and exhibition of prints in response to the theme of the 1916 Easter Rising which toured Ireland and the UK.
On Wednesday February Jessie Malone will give a talk about her approach to printmaking and illustration. Jessie will give a demonstration of the processes involved in creating linocut prints and discuss her previous projects.

Saturday 18th February, 3pm: art and tech workshop: Hack your Handbag, Hack your Hat: a fashion-forward workshop for paranoid conspiracy theorists
Cost: €5
Duration: 45 mins
Booking required
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Are you worried about how your smartphone data is monitored and recorded? Do you get the sneaky feeling someone is watching you? Ever get a buzzing feeling in your brain when you suspect a satellite is passing over your home? This workshop validates your paranoia and presents methods for taking action about your deep-rooted concerns regarding government surveillance, corporate tracking and other state-sponsored violations of your privacy and freedom.

Don’t get caught wearing an outdated tin-foil hat, bring your own stylish beanie or fedora and build a Faraday Cage inside it (tin-foil hats actually amplify potential mind-hacking signals). Use radio frequency shielding material to build a barrier inside your handbag, wallet or pocket to prevent hacking of your devices, credit cards or whatever you need to hide from whoever is out to get you.

This event is presented by Aideen Quirke, the curator of MEANWHILE, and discusses some of the themes of the exhibition along with practical and impractical approaches to dealing with internet-induced anxiety.
Booking is essential for this workshop due to a limitation on space and materials and also to ensure the non-attendance of government spies. This event will last approximately 45 minutes and a contribution of €5 toward materials is required if participating. Materials are provided however you are welcome to bring a small item to hack, such as a hat, wallet, handbag, clothing etc.

Saturday 25th February, 3pm
Closing reception and artist panel discussion: MEANWHILE.. in Ireland
Cost: Free
Duration: 45 mins approx

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The closing reception of MEANWHILE brings together some of the featured artists for a discussion around the themes of the exhibition including: making a living as an artist after college, external factors influencing the making of work, exhibition and work opportunities, artist collectives and artist-led initiatives.