In Conversation with Curator Stephen O'Connell

January 21, 2021
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January 21, 2021

Online
7:00pm
In Conversation with Curator Stephen O'Connell
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In Conversation with Curator Stephen O'Connell

January 21, 2021
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January 21, 2021

Online
7:00pm

Curator Stephen O'Connell and artists Roger Bennett, Liam O'Neill and Max Brosi will discuss the recent history of woodturning in Ireland, woodturning as an artistic practice and also touch upon broader issues relevant in the world of woodturning and craft. Join us to mark the closing of our exhibition of contemporary woodturning- After the Fall. Live on our YouTube channel @7pm on Thursday, 21st January. https://youtube.com/channel/UCpfTNZ-UU5-agP-paDQYYWg>https://youtube.com/channel/UCpfTNZ-UU5-agP-paDQYYWg Bios Exhibition curator, Stephen O’Connell , has many years of experience working in the field of decorative and applied arts. Formerly a decorative arts specialist at Christie’s auctioneers in London, he spent a number of years furnishing historic properties for the Landmark Trust throughout the UK. Informed by a broad historical perspective, Stephen has developed a keen understanding of and appreciation for Irish and international contemporary craft across a range of disciplines and recently successfully curated his first exhibition for the Lavit Gallery in Cork in 2019, working with a selected group of internationally recognised Irish artists/studios/craftspeople. Liam O’Neill is an internationally renowned figure in the world of woodturning with vast experience and whose own influence has been widespread. An apprenticeship with John Shiel in Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow in the late 1960s brought him into contact with the methods taught by Maria van Kesteren at Kilkenny Design Workshops in the preceding years and gave him the skills to transition to artistic turning. Liam is a founding member of the Irish Woodturners’ Guild and has worked closely with leading figures in the USA such as David Ellsworth. Roger Bennett is well-known in the Irish craft world for his very distinctive coloured bowls and vessels. These are surprisingly thin, gracefully shaped, and many of them are dramatically inlaid with hundreds of silver dots arranged in constellation-like clusters or formal geometric patterns. A member of the Board of Visual Artists Ireland from 2005 to 2014, Roger’s work has been exhibited internationally and is in numerous private and public collections. Roger also writes regularly on a diverse range of art and craft subjects. Max Brosi was born in Germany and is now based in the North West of Ireland. A graduate of Furniture Design and Manufacture at Letterfrack, Co. Galway, Max now teaches furniture design and woodworking skills. His artistic practice, which employs a broad set of evolving techniques, is much lauded for its heightened aesthetic character and ranges from political and social commentary to nuanced explorations of form. He is the recipient of national and international awards and is represented by leading international specialist galleries. Kindly supported by Tipperary CoCo and DCCI

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