24 / 7

24/7 is one of the National Sculpture Factory’s new digital online artists’ platforms.

24/7 is a short a short visual essay presentation where each artist introduces 24 slides in 7 mins with accompanied narration. It is designed for artists to explore their artistic research or areas of interest that feed into their artmaking or art thinking. Designed to be easily assembled during these times of Covid restrictions.

24/7 is so entitled because it alludes to the fact that artistic pursuits have no definitive timelines, there are no parameters, artists’ productive time is 24 hours 7 days a week.

24/7 allow us into the world of interests that drives artists’ imagination; the areas of researches that artists engage in in the formation of their artistic practice and the stuff that catalyses their creativity.

24/7 can be simple, exploratory, experimentary and playful.

24/7 is not a platform for the presentation of an artist’s back catalogue or to showcase their past exhibition history but rather allow us access the extraordinary material that influences an artist’s practice or body of work.

Sara Baume

Sara Baume is a writer and artist based in West Cork. She is the author of two novels and a non-fiction book called Handiwork. Since 2014 her writing has won multiple awards and been widely translated. In 2018 she had her first solo exhibition with the support of Culture Ireland.

Several years ago I came across an exhibit in a museum in Cork harbour that sparked a continuing fascination with model ships, in particular those handmade, ancient, imprecise. This presentation shows how the interest has gathered force and evolved, resulting in my own series of miniatures.

Sarah Iremonger

Sarah Iremonger is a visual artist, born in 1965, living and working in Cork since 1985. With a unique approach to a multidisciplinary practice exploring the world around us. For more: www.sarahiremonger.com

Here I have created a visual mind map to explore the thought processes gone into the creation of ‘Vessels’ (painting project) 2020. Included are source
materials and other possible outcomes.

Ciara Rodgers

Ciara Rodgers is a visual artist based in Cork City, Ireland. She finished her MFA at CIT Crawford College of Art and Design in 2018 and was awarded the 2019 graduate residency award for one year at MA:AP postgraduate studios.

This video is a little window into how Ciara applies her own fictions to less appreciated landscapes, reimagining what’s already there. The artist also presents her methods of gathering research and manipulating materials as she creates a body of work within a restricted space.

Jon Barlow Hudson

Jon Barlow Hudson has been creating large scale sculpture for public and other environments around the world since 1976. Two of these are on the Irish isle: Longa Faoi Shoil at Lisdoo Estates, Dundalk; and Through The Mangle & Into The Fire:Sanctuary For The Unknown Worker at Benburb Heritage Park, Armagh, Co. Armagh, N. Ireland.

My TS’UNG TUBE series of sculptures is inspired by the ancient Chinese Liangzu culture jade ritual object, called a “ts’ung tube” or “cong”, symbol of the unity of heaven and earth.  They are carved in jade, jadite or nephrite, for the most part, and often have eyes/faces at each corner. They are an early yin/yang symbol–square and circle, space and material form together. Each one is unique and their true use is still a mystery.

Dominic Fee

Dominic Fee is a visual artist and educator based in Cork, Ireland. His artworks are often developed in collaborative situations, and comprise printmaking, mixed-media sculpture, moving image and site-specific installation.

“An invitation to invent, construct and collaborate”, “FORMative” was a workshop for young people which I ran in August 2019 for one week as part of the “Seen and Heard Playspace” in the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. The project was developed and facilitated in collaboration with Cork Printmakers.