Delighted to announce that I have been awarded an Artist Support Award from Wicklow County Council Arts Office.
6 Apr 2019 – 7 Apr 2019
Vidal will give a presentation of his work and will discuss his materials, palette and studio. In addition he will give insight into his photographic sources and his process of image selection through editing and cropping. The workshop will explore Vidal’s approach to oils with examples of paintings at varying stages. Starting in raw sienna and burnt umber participants will create a tonal underpainting. This will be followed by the application of thin layers of colour and glazes.
Artists Nuala O’Donovan and Marcel Vidal have been awarded €12,000 each at this year’s Golden Fleece Awards, presented at a ceremony at Dublin’s Royal Hibernian Academy, with additional ‘special awards’ of €3,000 made to Sara Flynn and Dragana Jurišić.
The Trustees of the Golden Fleece Award are delighted to announce that all four shortlisted artists will share in this year’s award fund of €30,000 – two Special Awards for Dragana Jurišić and Sara Flynn and two main Awards for Marcel Vidal and Nuala Odonovan.
The Golden Fleece Award is an independent artistic prize fund established as a charitable bequest by the late Helen Lillias Mitchell.
“Marcel Vidal made a big black sooty splash in a corner of the RHA with White Noise, his contribution to the 2018 Futures show. In 2018, he also impressed with his solo show Silverfish at The Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon. His installations are dark, apocalyptic and occasionally dangerous (White Noiseincluded razor wire), and the contrast between the restrained, clean elegance of his works on canvas and the drama of his three-dimensional work is part of what give his installations their edge.”
ACW work with the RHA for Learning and Public Engagement, Futures Series 3, Episode 2 with Dublin Youth Dance Company
Working closely with the RHA, Katy Fitzpatrick and Róisín Bohan for the Public Engagement and Learning program for the current Futures exhibition, ACW students, Brendan Fox, Natalie Pullen and Éimear Regan developed You, Me and Everything In Between, a theatrical workshop loosely based around Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, where participants were encouraged to manifest a performative narrative connecting the exhibition content. The artists featuring in Futures Series 3, Episode 2 exhibition are Bassam Al-Sabah, Cecilia Danell, Laura Fitzgerald, Jennifer Mehigan, Joanne Reid and Marcel Vidal. The work on display by each artist in Futures is unconnected and seemingly disparate as the exhibition is a display of their own personal practice rather than a group show that relates to a specific theme or greater narrative. The challenge set forth in the workshop was to develop a constellation between the artists’ work on display, with an outcome of producing and creating a wholly separate piece of performance art. The artists also contributed to the workshop, donating personal objects for a further insight into their world, among the objects donated were a paint pot cast from layers upon layers of paint, a silver mask and a metal rod. Members of the Dublin Youth Dance Company directed by Mariam Ribon, were invited to participate in the 3-hour-long workshop which took place on Saturday 15 December. The first half of the workshop began with the 11 participants viewing and taking in the work, followed by a meditation and then contained a series of exercises influenced by Boal’s practice where there was a discussion and consequently a generation of ideas for a narrative emerged. During the second half of the workshop the DYDC participants were divided into three groups and were instructed to develop their narrative of the exhibition through three “moments” that established a final performance. Materials were provided by the facilitators Fox, Pullen and Regan to aid the development and theatricality of the narrative, encouraging the participants to engage in producing a fully embodied piece of art. The dancers infused themselves into the workshop and the outcome was outstanding. Each group performed their finished piece within the space with the artworks as a backdrop. The dancers’ commitment to the workshop was phenomenal and the creative energy generated in the space was quite special.
Éimear Regan, MA Art in the Contemporary World
Basic Talks: Marcel Vidal
Friday 11 January, 1pm
Marcel Vidal in conversation with Frank Wasser. The convergence of two modes of production –painting and sculpture- and their aesthetic contrast interests the artist Marcel Vidal. His practice will be the subject of an in-conversation with Frank Wasser, artist, writer and art historian. Free, no booking is required.
Basic Talks is a series of informal talks with leading contemporary practitioners taking place on the second Friday of every month. Curated by Basic Space in partnership with The Hugh Lane, BASIC TALKS is an open platform for talks, panels, lectures and performances. Speakers will include artists, curators, writers and critics who will generate discourse on producing and exhibiting art.
Free, no booking required.