This page contains information about our Print Studio and work from our members, along with links to their websites and stores.
The daily rate for our print studio is only €30, allowing anyone easy access to printing facilities when needed. Full-time membership grants you 24 hour access to workshop facilities, eligibility to submit work to future Creative Spark exhibitions, an opportunity to be part of a community of printmakers, and more. Further information can be found on this application form.
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I’m a painter, but I also enjoy the more industrial and collaborative nature of print making. I generally try to find collaboration with others and am an active member of Art as Exchange, Dundalk.
Recent exhibitions and projects:
- Art as Exchange Postcard Project. Public events: Drogheda Arts Festival, DkIT and Creative Spark, Dundalk, January – May 2017
- “Stretch”, Creative Spark residency and print studio exhibition, Basement Gallery, Dundalk, October – November 2017
- “No Fixed Abode”, Homelessness Fundraising Exhibition, The Copper House Gallery, Dublin, November – December 2017
Blathnaid is a Dundalk-based designer with a Bachelors in Fashion Design (NCAD), and a post-grad in Bespoke Tailoring (National Tailoring Academy, Dublin).
Her work is largely influenced by print and applied texture on fabric. She has previously created pieces with hand-painted silk and silk fibres bonded onto wool.
Reoccurring themes influencing her work include German Expressionist films from the 1920’s and the stark black and white Chiaroscuro lighting effects used.
Her website can be found at BlanaidMcClean.com
Ciara Agnew is a painter who works from her studio at in Mullacrew. Having graduated from the University of Ulster with a Degree in Fine and Applied Arts (specialising in painting) in 2001, Ciara moved into Bridge Street Studios shortly afterwards and continued to be a member till 2011.
Ciara creates abstract paintings which reflect her concerns with the impermanence of life. She explores our relationship to the world that surrounds us, both physically and spiritually, through horizontal and vertical strips and blocks of colour, which are all around us. She intentionally avoids perfection, as the world we live in is imperfect.
Ciara is a member of the North Louth Artist and exhibits annual with the group. Ciara has held a number of solo exhibitions which include Limitations at The Basement Gallery, Narrow Road at the Shelbourne Hotel, and Open Window at Carlinn Gallery. Over a dozen works have been acquired by the Office of Public Works, one of her paintings was exhibited in Current Art of the State touring exhibition; other collections include the Louth County Council, ACC Bank as well as private collections in Ireland, Australia, France and the USA.
Her work explores the human figure and often includes recurring images of entomology.
Her work plays between the ideas of dark and beauty and the surreal.
Her website can be found here.
His background is in graphic design. Having launched his brand FlingFire he now accesses the print
studios screen-print facilities to print his product range of textiles.
Flingfire can be found here.
Having returned home, I have found great inspiration from the surrounding area of the Cooley Peninsula and the Mournes and am producing and exploring work in papercut and print work through dry point, screen print and lithograph. I am a member of the Creative Spark print group and recently exhibited and sold a piece the as part of the print studio group in the ‘Stretch exhibition’ at An Tain Arts centre in Dundalk.
My work is inspired and shaped by the natural beauty of the area and its wildlife.
James McLoughlin’s facebook page is Duck and Jam Art.
This was the late sixties and seventies, and coming from Dublin to my grandparents was an adventure. I like being on the land and everything is there for a painter, colour, texture and constant change. Farm implements, pitchforks, scythes, white enamel buckets with a blue trim, copper potato sprayers, stone floors, as well as the landscape itself, have played a part in image making.
I have painted on copper, floorboards, panel and canvas. I have also made carborundum prints, and etched using copper sulphate.
- RHA, 2016
- Hamilton Gallery, summer 2017, Crazy Jane show highlighting WB Yeats poem.
- North Louth Artists, An Tain Gallery, 2017
I use a wide range of fine art printmaking processes and a number of mark-making techniques to investigate aspects of the natural world.
My works range in size from micro images (<1 x 1cm) drawn onto glass slides and viewed through a microscope, to copper etchings and screen-prints on paper, and hand-drawn pieces on True Grain that are approximately 100 x 70 cm.
My ongoing research is focused on the human brain and its capacity for recovery, change and growth. Initially, in order to build my knowledge of brain structure at macro and micro levels, I concentrated on a study of 21st century, digitally-generated imagery and current text books. However, I was soon drawn back to the mid–to-late 19th century and early 20th century drawings of Spanish and Italian histologists, in particular Santiago Ramón y Cajal and Camillo Golgi, who were seeing, and attempting to understand the functioning of, cells in the brain for the first time. I have a long-standing interest in neuroplasticity; the ability of the brain to evolve, regenerate, compensate, and adjust to new challenges. In my work as a counsellor/psychotherapist, I have seen how consistent practice and determination on the part of an individual will bring about significant changes that can only be made possible by the patient formation of new neural pathways and the conscious and unconscious abandoning of old, habitual patterns that gradually fade as new thought processes and behaviours become the norm. Paradoxically, as my research has expanded my technical knowledge and understanding I have been drawn more deeply into the world of neuroscience, simply by the immense beauty of what is hidden there. My current work, the early stages of a more extensive study, pays homage to Ramón y Cajal, Golgi, and their peers, and carries a reminder of how little thought many of us give to the brain and its exquisite combination of vulnerability and resilience.
Our brain is a place of complete darkness yet it controls everything that we use to access the world. Each of our lives is, or will be, touched by the consequences of brain functions that are not adhering to the norm. Through the work that is presented in this exhibition I hope to entice the viewer into the little known, and constantly evolving, landscape of the brain, and to trust each individual to find what he or she needs most within its delicate shapes and patterns.
Mary Goss is a Newry based Fine Art printmaker. She obtained a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at the Southern Regional College, Newry Campus, in June 2013. She graduated with a First Class Honours classification in the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree programme at The Belfast School of Art on The Ulster University’s Belfast Campus in July 2017
Her work has been represented in the following exhibitions:
- 2018: Emergence, group exhibition, Queen Street Studios (QSS), Bedford Street, Belfast.
- 2017-18: 8th Lessedra International Painting and Mixed Media Exhibition, Lessedra Gallery & Contemporary Art Project, 25 Milin Kamak Street, Lozenetz, 1164 Sofia, Bulgaria.
- 2017: heART OF HOPE, NI Hospice group exhibition, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast.
- 2017: Stretch, Creative Spark members’ exhibition in An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk, Co Louth.
- 2017: Royal Ulster Academy of Arts 2017 exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast.
- 2017: Unfolding, group exhibition, in Spy Pond Gallery, Newcastle, Co. Down.
- 2017: 16th Lessedra World Art Print Annual Mini Print, Lessedra Gallery & Contemporary Art Project, 25 Milin Kamak Street, Lozenetz, 1164 Sofia, Bulgaria.
- 2017: Closure, Arts & Culture Society UUSU, members’ exhibition, The Engine Room Gallery, Donegall Square South, Belfast.
- 2016: Collective Memories, Arts & Culture Society UUSU, members’ exhibition, The Engine Room Gallery, Donegall Square South, Belfast.
- 2016: Ulster University Fine Art Printmakers, group exhibition, Seacourt Print Workshop, Bangor, Co Down, Northern Ireland.
- 2015: Ulster University Fine Art Printmakers, group exhibition, Georgian College, School of Design & Visual Art, Barrie, Ontario, Canada.
- 2014: Half Way There, group exhibition, Orpheus Building, Ulster University, Belfast School of Art, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Samples of her work are held in the Ulster University Print Archive and in private collections in Belfast, Glasgow, Leeds and London.
She was an active participant in a two day, UUB-based, workshop on the use of print in ceramics led by renowned ceramic artist Paul Scott in December 2015
Volunteering in the Arts Community: Mary has been a set designer and painter with a highly respected Northern Ireland amateur drama society for many years; her involvement with shows touring on the Ulster and All Ireland amateur drama circuit has seen her designs adapted for stages as diverse as those of The Grand Opera House, Belfast, The Little Theatre, Bangor, and The Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
She is committed to raising levels of inclusivity in the performing arts, and to the development of performance opportunities in Music, Dance and Speech for people of all ages; she is the Administrator of Newry Musical Feis, the largest festival for multi-disciplinary, adjudicated performance in Europe, and Chair of the Northern Ireland Festivals Forum. She is registered as a volunteer researcher with The Newry & Mourne Museum at Bagenal’s Castle and is a regular contributor to the exhibitions held there.
Work Experience in the Arts:
She is a member of the General Teachers Council of Northern Ireland [GTCNI]. Upon completion of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with teaching practice in Geography, English and Art & Design, she taught Art to Key Stage Three students for seven years.
Micheal’s website can be found here.
She spent 15 years in London working for some of London’s Top fashion companies including Paul Smith and Topshop designing prints for their womenswear collections.
Niamh always likes to work on her personal work as well as freelancing for Fashion companies.
Her love for pattern, stripes and typography comes through in her work and she creates intricate, fun, unique pieces of Art.
Her website can be found here.
Recent Exhibitions include:
- “Stretch”, Creative Spark residency and print studio exhibition, Basement Gallery, Dundalk Oct-Nov 2017.
- Guest Artist – “North Louth Artist” Annual Exhibition – Basement Gallery, Dundalk. May-June 2017.
- “Halftone” Print Fair – The Library Project, Temple Bar, Dublin 2016.
Rachel specialises in creating personal gifts, artwork, T-shirts, wedding stationary and accessories. Designing unique framed fabric art and cushions, using cherished pre-loved garments, all products are lovingly hand crafted.
Rachel is a print designer currently working in Creative Spark Print studio, where she works with the community facilitating print classes. She recently participated in the 20:20 print exchange and help stage the Stretch exhibition in the An Tain Art Centre, in Dundalk, which she also exhibited some of her print work.
His most recent shows were Memory Has A Pulse at 126 Galway and NUIG (2017, three person show, touring),Father, Lapua Art Museum, Finland (with Klaus Effern, 2016, touring) and Why Stop Dreaming When You Wake Up, Linenhall Arts Centre, Mayo (2015, solo).
My website is coming soon.
Tracyfry.ie will currently bring you to my facebook page Tracy Fry art.
Úna is a mixed media artist, she grew up in Kerry but now based in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan.
She studied at NCAD and graduated with a first class (Hons) degree in Textile Design/Art and Artefact. This was the culmination of a long journey of exploring art as a language of expression.
Having previously attained a BA (Hons) Mgt with IMI and an MSc Communication from Queens University, as well as business counselling, NLP and legal Mediation; Úna was still curious about the intent or meaning beyond words; in particular, the complexities of stories, concepts, words, thoughts and feelings and the expression thereof. Through art she found that ‘words were not her first language!‘
She was selected for the student art awards at the RDS 2015. In 2015, she was also awarded a residency with Creative Spark and in 2016 a summer residency with An Táin Arts Centre.
This afforded her the time to explore the rich heritage of County Louth and develop new ideas through some collaboration and community involvement.
In August/September her very successful solo exhibition ‘Mi Camino a travé del Arte’ invited the viewer to journey with her through the art works and to experience the issues and barriers posed during a period of change.
Úna’s website can be found here.