Abstraction Workshop with Nuala Clarke, 27th October – 4th November 2016

Immersed in this unique environment, delve into the real unseen.

This is a painting workshop focused, not on a particular technique, but on exploring the world of abstraction. Ballycastle & the surrounding rural area is steeped in history, mythology and natural wonder. An immersed experience of it all enriches creativity. Abstraction, as a form, allows for the expression of a myriad of situations and energies. To step into this unknown territory we will gather sensory information, loosen up the hand and get inspiration flowing.The requirements are curiosity and openness to experimentation. It is especially useful for those in transition, those facing a creative block, anyone who would like to expand horizons or those, like me, truly passionate about abstraction!

Daily assistance will be given in the execution of work in the form of morning group sessions. The aim of the week is to create a situation in which you gather/unearth precious internal resources, prompted by the working & outside environment, the impetus for a lifetime of work. There will be an emphasis on collection of information, flights of fancy, profound realisation. The resulting work can take any form; painting on paper, notebook work, drawing and basic mono printing will be encouraged as starting points. The week will be comprised of morning meetings, working trips out into the extraordinary coastal areas, copious time to work in studio and communal dinners.

Nuala Clarke is an Irish artist who lives & works between New York City & Co.
Mayo. Educated at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin. In 2007 she received a fellowship to The Ballinglen Arts Foundation. Nuala is represented by Boltax Gallery in New York, has exhibited in Dublin, Europe & the US. Recent shows include Amid a Space Between: Irish Artists in America at the SFMoMa Artists Gallery, San Francisco (March 2012) & in 2013 a Yeats inspired show at the Hamilton Gallery, Sligo & invited to show at the RHA annual exhibition. In 2014, FIND, a temporary public art project, Castlebar, Co. Mayo and Blink, Westport Arts Festival.
Nuala taught at the New York Open Center, the Interdependence Project and to small groups of painters in NYC. Her teaching style, based on professional experience, focusses on strengthening the students relationship to personal vision.

Workshop Leader Nuala Clarke

Workshop Leader Nuala Clarke Photo credit Deborah Meehan

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