I haven't had a chance to write a post in over 4 months...that does say that I've been busy at least! I decided to move to Dublin and try get an internship to see where I wanted to go in my career next. Managed that! But making a living on top of the internship takes up quite a lot of time, so it's only recently I've had the chance to catch my breath and start looking at making art again.
I'm working in Origin Gallery at the moment, it's a small gallery on Harcourt St., which runs in tandem with an Artist Retreat down in the Kerry countryside. There is a massive variety of work in the gallery, as we spend a lot of our time promoting and fundraising for the retreat in order to keep it running, as well as selling our art!
I really enjoy the variety in the gallery, one minute you could be hanging paintings, the next you will be calling the office in Kerry to check details. We get quite a few passers-by who see the sign for the gallery and pop in to see what we're all about. The focus on supporting emerging artists and helping the smaller names as well as the bigger ones is something that I really appreciate as a graduate. Getting into any exhibition fresh out of college with a rather short C.V. is never going to be easy, and feeling that a gallery is on your side instead of dismissing you is something you really appreciate.
It's pretty hard work to keep on top of all the correspondence and databases, it has certainly made me a much more organised person! When an exhibition or a fundraising event comes together though, it's all worthwhile. You may have been pulling your hair out trying to put it together, but when it all goes off without a hitch there is an immense feeling of satisfaction.
So far, this internship definitely has me looking at curation as an option to look into more, and given me a much clearer sense of the how a gallery functions.
So pop in over the weekend and check out our ART250 exhibition- everything is €250 so you could snap up a real bargain!!