IRON-R18 is an iron-casting project developed by artist & CIT/CCAD lecturer James L Hayes in association with CIT Crawford College of Art & Design and National Sculpture Factory and facilitated through funding from the Arts Office at Cork City Council.

IRON-R18 is the third iteration of the Iron-R project since its inception in 2012 and this year it will be held in collaboration with US based artists and educators Tamsie Ringler and Rian Kerrane.

This project is designed as an intensive 6-day laboratory taking place from Mon 16th – Sat 21st July and it will be held at 2 venues CIT Crawford College of Art & Design and the National Sculpture Factory, Cork. During the IRON-R18 week there will be offsite events and talks included – relating to the artists involved and the overall context of the project.


4. Ringler - -

For IRON-R 18 Tamsie Ringler has been working with IRON-R 18 Project
assistant & Artist Lynn Marie-Dennehy to produce a 3 dimensional map
of the River Lee highlighting the overall watershed of the River. Cut
into multiple connected patterns with a CNC router, the River Lee map
will be sand moulded at the IRON R Project resulting in multiple moulds
that will be joined up and cast in iron over a durational performative
event. “Rivers are the lifeblood of landscape, as important to
sustaining life as the iron in our bloodstreams. The River Lee project
focuses on the significance and beauty of the river to the land and
communities it sustains.”

This event will take place on Thursday 19th July at The National
Sculpture Factory. More details this to follow.

Tamsie Ringler studied Art at the University of Wisconsin and received her MFA in
Sculpture from the University of Texas at Austin. She teaches sculpture and
foundry at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and serves on the
Board of Directors of Franconia Sculpture Park where she leads the annual
Hot Metal Residency and Valentine’s Day Iron Pour. In 2014 she co-directed
the 7th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art at the Pedvāle Open-Air
Art Museum in Latvia. Recent notable works include Ainavas Galds (Landscape Table)
and River of Iron, an overnight iron pour spectacle casting a twenty foot mould of the
Mississippi River watershed. Current awards include a McKnight Fellowship in
Visual Art and Still Life an exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, November 15 – February 24, 2019.


Pairs of Oars

For The IRON-R 18 will assist in teaching mould-making element and also produce a range of her ready made sculpture and objects.

Born in Galway, Ireland Kerrane received her BA in Fine Arts Degree from
the University of Ulster at Belfast before migrating to the United States where she earned her MFA from the University of New Orleans, Louisiana. Currently residing in Denver, Colorado, Kerrane is Professor and Area Head for the Sculpture Program at the University of Colorado Denver. She was the Keynote for IRON R 2, Cork, Ireland in 2014 and is a board member for the Western Cast Iron Art Alliance. Kerrane contributed to steering the 7h International Conference in Contemporary Cast Iron Art (ICCCIA) in Latvia and is co-director for performances for the 8th ICCCIA in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She hosts nomadic foundry events in the region and values the interconnectivity between art practice and the community experience.



James L Hayes is a contemporary visual artist and educator, Hayes’s
most recent series of sculptures aim to reinvest a modernist sculptural language, whilst exploring aspects of the casting process as a means by which to interrogate the boundaries between artist / artisan, the ‘ready- made’ and ‘art object’. For IRON-R 18 he work will aims to draw out the often-incongruous relationships between finished art objects, and the industrial aspects of the processes that produce these revered objects. This referencing or re-imagining is brought together with his broader research interests
that range from contemporary interpretations of sculptural legacies, to site-specific interventionist works that draw from traces of significant pasts and histories.

Hayes exhibits his sculptural works, installations and film works nationally
and internationally, most recently completed his second solo show in New Orleans in the summer of 2016. Hayes recently completed a residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, in Dublin. Hayes’s practice is diverse and multi-disciplinary, alongside working within a gallery context he has been awarded a number of large-scale public art works for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Office of Public Works (OPW) in Ireland. He is the founder and project director of the IRON-R Project, a graduate of Limerick School of Art & Design, De Montfort University Leicester and the University of London. Hayes is represented by MART Gallery in Dublin and in 2005 he was appointed Sculpture Lecturer at the CIT Crawford College of Art & Design in Cork, where he currently lectures on both undergraduate and post graduate fine art programs.



Catherine Hehir and Noelle Noonan are Irish artists who work both independently and collaboratively using a number of different mediums but primarily print and print installation. They are inquisitive about developing new ways to articulate ideas through the medium of printmaking. Their collaborative work embraces both traditional methods and new technologies in a progressively experimental manner. The process of multiplicity in printmaking is strongly evident in the work presenting them the opportunity to develop expanded print forms.For IRON R 18 a recent body of work, Worldwithin worlds, focus on landscapes exploring the dialogue between both the actual and virtual and the commonality and divergences of these worlds. This work investigates relationships between physical and virtual structures,
words and images, light and space. Text is also a significant element in these installations; words appropriated by technology seem to have a much wider resonance for e.g. cloud, memory, bug and host.

Hehir & Noonan are currently involved in a large-scale touring collaborative project the State of Print with international partners. Recent projects include World Within Worlds, (Hehir & Noonan Collaborative Practice) Hannah McClure Gallery, Print Festival Scotland, Impact 9, China 2015 (H& N) Escape Shift, Cork, The Belltable, Limerick, St Carthage Hall, Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford, Impact 8, Dundee, Scotland. Their work has been exhibited in SNAP 3 Bentlage Germany, Impress Impact 9, Impressions Centre for the Creative Arts and Media GMIT Galway, Present’, Center of Contemporary Printmaking, Connecticut, 25 shown at The Atrium, Cork City Hall, Deception and Sacrifice, Southern Graphics International Conference San Francisco, Print Installation Honolulu, Academy Art Centre, Hawaii, USA and An Eire of the Senses,Irish Contemporary Art at the Ireland World Expo Pavilion, 411 Galleries, Shanghai, China.




The weight of iron and it’s uses within both the domestic and military realm are the firing points for the new work that Rachel Fallon has conceived for IRON-R 18. A Livery Chain, traditionally a mark of fealty and status is re-imagined from the lived experience of motherhood. The medallions that make this chain of office will be moulded and cast during the project and will form the centre -piece of her upcoming solo show Home Front.

Rachel Fallon is a visual artist whose work explores themes of protection and defence in domestic realms and addresses the domain of motherhood. Her arts practice encompasses sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. She is known for her collaborations with Irish and international artists and collectives.

A founding member of Outpost Studios and of pff publications; a feminist zine collective, a member of U.K. collectives Desperate Artwives and Project Procreate.; She exhibits nationally and internationally and her work is held in public and private collections. Awards include Artists Support Bursary, Artlinks Emerging Artist Bursary, VAI workplace bursaries, group project bursaries and a research grant for the collective RAFT.

Current and upcoming exhibitions; Home Front, Mermaid Arts Centre
Nov 2018 Group shows; 2018 – 38th EVA International Biennale, Limerick,
Ireland; At The Gates, Talbot –Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, U.K.; Sweet Autos,
Doswell Gallery, Ireland.
She lives and works in Bray, Co. Wicklow