Practical / Professional Workshops

National Sculpture Factory Professional Development Training Workshops Spring – Summer 2013

The National Sculpture Factory is committed to supporting artists in their professional practice and as part of this, we are undertaking a number of skilled-based workshops again this year, to provide practical advice and skills to artists to assist them in the development of their career. The following workshop is run in collaboration with CIT/Crawford College of Art & Design.

Creating Three-Dimensional Images On Glass With Jeff Zimmer
Trainer: Jeff Zimmer
Dates: 17, 18 & 19 April 2013
10.00 – 4.30 pm
Venue: National Sculpture Factory
Places: maximum # 6
€120 to NSF members and €150 to non-NSF members
Experience: Some basic experience required 

Course Description – This is a course about creating three-dimensional images on glass. This three-day workshop will exploit the transparency of glass and layer images and techniques to collage and create a sense of space. The course will focus on glass painting, sandblasting and assembling flat glass, but students with other skills – traditional or modern, in glass and in other media – will be encouraged to integrate them in their work.

Students will be given assignments each day as well as being encouraged to work on a more personal piece.  The experience will be enhanced through discussions and presentations.

The course will be of interest to individuals looking to expand their practice into a new dimension. Those new to painting on glass will learn the both the basics of the craft and novel applications while those with experience of image making on glass will learn to see their work in a new way.

Bio – Jeff Zimmer (b. 1970, USA) is a Tutor in the Glass Department at Edinburgh College of Art, and has led courses at Bild-Werk, Frauenau (DE) and North Lands Creative Glass (UK).  Through his work he explores areas between certainty and doubt, and provokes a sensual experience of light.  His work is in the collections of the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft and North Lands Creative Glass, and in three of the past five years his work has been one of only 100 selected internationally to appear in New Glass Review.  From Washington, DC, he currently lives and works in Edinburgh.

 N.B. – Health & Safety – Our objective is to provide a safe and healthy working environment for all employees/ members and to meet our duties to members of the public who might be affected by our operations.  The success of our safety policy depends on your cooperation. Therefore, it is important that you adhere to the H&S guidelines outlined to you at the start of the workshop and fully understand the overall arrangements including your role, for health and safety in the NSF.

Appropriate footwear is a must: leather boots preferred, leather shoes acceptable; No open toed shoes or sandals!

Artists Information and Terms & Conditions

Practicalities… The workshop takes place on 17, 18 & 19th April at the National Sculpture Factory, Albert Rd, Cork.

We will begin each day at 10.00 am (Sharp). And we will be aiming to finish work each day by 4:30pm but due to the nature of this work this time may be extended if necessary.

The fee must be paid in full before beginning the workshop.

To book a place contact Elma O’Donovan at 0214314353 or email by Monday 4 March. Places will be allocated based on first come basis so please ensure you can commit if you apply.

Cancellations – Cancellation of class due to insufficient numbers will be sent out 4 days in advance. Classes will be offered again at a later date and participants can either keep their place or request a refund.

Early booking is advisable as places on workshops are limited and only guaranteed upon receipt of payment.


Insurance for Artists

Trainer: Peter Kirwan, Commercial Sales Manager, & Alan O’Brien, Commercial Account Executive, McCarthy Insurance Group

Tuesday, 26 February
10.00 – 1.00 pm
Venue: NSF mezzanine
Places: 20

Workshop Description
Peter Kirwan & Alan O’Brien will provide practical advice on insurance options/requirements.

Duration of the workshop  – Two hours with one-hour clinic afterwards for Q&A

Peter Kirwan & Alan O’Brien – Having a keen personal interest in the arts Peter Kirwan of the McCarthy Insurance Group identified The Arts as a sector not well catered for within the insurance industry. Having discussed the merits of providing an exclusive scheme to cater for The Arts with Aviva Insurance Company, M.I.G developed a number of products for Visual Arts, Production Companies, Dance Companies, and Theatres & Arts Centres. Over the past number of years Peter along with his colleague Alan O’Brien have identified a number of alternative insurers along with Aviva with an appetite for providing cover to those involved in the arts industry. McCarthy Insurance Group founded in 1952 is one of Ireland’s largest independent insurance brokers. They have 12 offices around the country and employ 150 staff. They provide over 45,000 customers with commercial, personal and financial services. They pride themselves on the professional, efficient and personal service they provide.

Tax Exemption for Artists

Trainer: Andrew Guerin
Tuesday, 26 February
2.00 – 4.00 pm
Venue: Webworks, Room 25, (second floor), Eglantine Street, Cork
Places: 20

Workshop description

General outline on Tax Relief for Artists, who and what income qualifies for the relief, procedure in applying for tax exemption, timescale involved in obtaining Revenue approval, calculating relief for Artist Exemptions, VAT issues, PRSI, Income Levy and Social Insurance charges, Advance Revenue rulings and Income limit introduced for tax year 2012/2013.

Duration of the workshop – Two hours with a One-hour clinic afterwards for Q&A or follow on individual queries with Andrew Guerin.

Participants will be asked to submit queries relevant to their practise in advance of the workshop to be addressed by Andrew during the workshop.

BIOG – Andrew Guerin, Andrew Guerin & Associates, Taxation & Business Advisers

Andrew is a certified public accountant and also a member of the Institute of Taxation. He runs his own accounting and tax consultancy practise and has a particular interest in family and small businesses. He previously worked with Deloitte and Ernst & Young. He is principal of Andrew Guerin and Associates, which is based in Cork City. He has also lectured extensively to various bodies including business groups and accounting bodies. In addition, the firm have many clients in the artistic and cultural sector and the firm has considerable experience in this area.

Preparing Digital Images for Submission

Mike Hannon
Wednesday, 27 February
10.00 – 1.00 pm
Venue: NSF mezzanine
Fee – €20 to NSF members & €25 to non-NSF members
Maximum # of participants 12

Workshop description
Artists submitting photographs of their work often face what seems like a bewildering array of options regarding file formats, image sizes, dots per inch and compression levels. Mike Hannon, a visual art documentor and artist, explains the important differences between these variables, when to choose one over another, and how. The workshop will show participants how to prepare their images in the best way for common uses: online or postal submissions to institutions, galleries and residencies; print formats for catalogues and invites; and preparation for the web.

Mike Hannon is a freelance photography and video documentor for creative sectors and the visual arts. He has worked as an architectural photographer for Murray Ó Laoire Architects. He is also a video artist and filmmaker. His work has been screened at various galleries, film festivals and on national TV.

Online Marketing

Trainer: Mary Carty
Wednesday, 6 March
10.30 – 4.00 pm
Venue: NSF mezzanine
Fee – €35 to NSF members & €40 to non-NSF members
Places: 10

Workshop description

This session will teach you how to build your profile, increase your network and promote your work online. By using social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Flickr effectively, you can grow your audience and position yourself as an expert in your field. Mary will use case studies and give a practical walk through to help you get the most from your time online.

Mary Carty is an award-winning entrepreneur with a background in the arts and education. Working with leading international, companies, arts and cultural institutions, universities and non-profits; Mary is a recognised leader in the digital and start-up space. Her passion is bringing entrepreneurial thinking and vision to the creative sector; to create self-sustaining models for the next generation of artists, creatives, organisations and audience.

BIOG – Mary is CEO of BAFTA nominated digital agency, Spoiltchild, launching email / marketing service to critical acclaim in 2008.

Mary is an associate of Games Capital, a network of senior, professional digital industry figures who support the commercialisation and investment in digital media and related digital technology. She co-founded BizCamp, an international conference for start-ups in 2009.

Mary is a mentor on “Growing Pains”, a development programme for Scandinavian media professionals. She writes and speaks regularly about entrepreneurship business innovation, creativity and the art of self-promotion. Find out more on or follow her on Twitter @marycarty


For further information or to book a place, contact Elma O’Donovan at the National Sculpture Factory. In order to ensure a place on the workshop/s it is essential that you phone or email, prior to forwarding payment.


Please make cheques / postal orders payable to the National Sculpture Factory and forward to following address:

Elma O’Donovan, Administrator, National Sculpture Factory, Albert Road, Cork, Ireland
T: 00353 21 4314353