IRON-R 18 | Cork | Ireland

July 16 - 21, 2018

Participating in this year's IRON-R18 project. This event is a unique opportunity to cast some new 3D printed artwork in iron.

IRON-R18 logo designed by searchgonygrows.org
IRON-R18 logo in 3D printing software
3D printed logo ready for mouldmaking and casting

IRON-R18 is an iron-casting project directed and 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.


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 run at 2 venues, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design and the National Sculpture Factory. During the IRON-R18 week, there will be offsite events and talks included related to the artists involved and the overall context of the project.

End User | Artists' Residency programme | Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre | Skibbereen | Ireland

5 June - 31 August 2018

More infromation about the Uillinn residency programme here. This article will be updated during residency as an online blog.

Studio visits are welcome on Friday and Saturday. Please email me at tellme(a)searchagonygrows.org to arrange for other times.

The work undertaken during this residency is in preparation for a solo exhibition titled End User planned for October 2018 in the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork. The research includes developing audio/visual content with computer generated imagery, motion triggered sound-sculptures and analogue photography of places of interest related to the stories of the Great Hunger in the Skibbereen area.

Upcoming Events

Umbra | interactive Installation | Cruinniú na Óg

Saturday 23 June

Umbra is a motion triggered interactive projection that will be active during Cruinniú na Óg at Uillinn. It responds to the theme "Connecting the World" which implies human interaction and relationship with our environment, each other and us internally as individuals. The installation is part of a long-term investigation into the impact of technology and science in today’s world.

PRESENT.MAKES.FUTURE | Artist's talk for Skibbereen Arts Festival

Thursday 2 August | 1.30pm

Open discussion on technology, science and contemporary mind-set around its use. Join the discourse on possible implications of technology on our future.

Our rapid adoption of technological devices and applications into every aspect of our daily lives means that vast amounts of our personal data, daily movements, habits and intellectual information are being silently collected and used in the development of a range of technologies. The impacts, and potential future impacts, of these technologies are largely unpredictable and difficult to measure.

Grave Matter | Artist's talk for National Heritage Week

Saturday 25 August | 12.00 noon

Illustrated talk on this residency project which researches local stories related to the Great Hunger in Skibbereen and photographing locations of interest in the area to document and record them for post-production in 3D animation.

Arteles SAE programme | Arteles Creative Center | Hämeenkyrö | Finland

February 2 - 28, 2017

Silence Awareness Existence is a thematic residency program in Finland for artists and creative minds, engaged in the theme on various fields. The program brings together international artists and professionals from different backgrounds. Artistic, scientific, meditative and existentialistic approaches are all equally embraced. (from Arteles website) More information about the residency programe here. This article will be updated post residency.


national sculpture factory | Cork | Ireland

January - December, 2017

Currently based in the National Scultprue Factory, Cork, Ireland on a graduate residency award received for 2016 Ba in Fine Art course work in Cork Institute of Technology, Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, Ireland. More information about the NSF here.

The National Sculpture Factory floor, November 2017