What’s the story…

•September 15, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Thanks for dropping by the ArtsLab Blog

Launched in 2009 by ArtsLab artists  David Buckley, Sam Dalley and Tim Spencer, the ArtsLab blog features the work in progress of the ArtsLab artists in residence at Shopfront Contemporary Arts & Performance

This is the place for all artists to engage in some creative banter.  Raise questions, leave inspirational thoughts, follow the artistic process and perhaps be inspired to create

ArtsLab10 artists – in- residence were Alice Cooper, Aslam Abdus-samad, Clara MacDermott, Sime Knezevic and Sybella Stevens.  Follow their ArtsLab journey through their individual posts. Watch this space to see where they go next…




•November 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Inspired by the work that has been created by ArtsLab10? Keen to create your own new works?Expressions of interest are open for ArtsLab11.

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Goodness, it’s over.

•November 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The last thing I ate last night before going to bed, was rather aptly, a toasted piece of mountain bread with nutella. Yes, I thought I would be sick of it too, but alas I think I am more in love with it than ever before. (For those of you who didn’t see/smell the show- I have a moment where my clown covers her entire body in nutella then attempts to lick it all off when she realises it tastes like chocolate).

I will write some notes in the days/week to come about the process and the performance experience, but for now I just wanted to say thank you so much to everyone who came to see the season of work. It was lovely to play to such a packed house every night and be geared on by such a supportive crowd.

Also, a huge merci bien a’ Michael, Saskia, TJ, Eddi, Nerrida and Tom- we truly, truly, truly could not have done it without you all. Thank you from the bottom of my nutella coated heart.

Of course, Andy would disagree…

•October 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

But frustratingly, all the bets are off, as Andy Warhol would tell us… How much time does it take?

Yes, no, maybe.

Warhol would remind us… Product is king, show me the money, decide for yourself, be successful at your own risk, you’ve got at least fifteen minutes…

And you can endlessly repeat yourself.

If it looks like art, it must look like someone else’s art…

Even inauthenticity, pursued relentlessly, has a kind of honesty in it.

What else would you be doing?

•October 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

It takes time. I’m reminded all the time, but mostly by myself, that it takes time.

Which means having to mediate my own desires for immediate success, or success full stop, having to re-envisage my time frames, having to postpone, work harder, let things go, or re-orient. Mostly having to admit when I’ve got it, but being willing to know when I haven’t.

To borrow and re contextualise the famous quote from The Princess Bride – “Anyone that says differently is selling something”.

It also helps me to ask… what else would I be doing? Walking to the shops? Drinking coffee? Chatting with friends? Earning money? And then?

When I was eighteen I discussed not going to University with my boss – who was also an early mentor for me. I told him I didn’t want to waste my time, cause University took three years, at least. He replied by asking how old I was going to be in three years – pointing out that no matter what, in three years I would be twenty one either with or without a degree. The question then arose… what would I want to have done by the time I was twenty one…? When I was twenty one, what kind of life would I want to look back on?

I’ve always thought, since then, at how amazingly different time spend looks from before and from after a project.

When your world begins to crumble, bake a pie

•October 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Art: A series of happy mistakes? That seems to be how my show is coming together!

Continue reading ‘When your world begins to crumble, bake a pie’

ArtsLab10 Season Trailer

•October 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Five short works flirt with the banal, the fantastic, the mundane, the dream-world and the everyday. Contemporary story-telling meets clowning, Irish love songs get a burlesque twist, dance makes passionate love to new media, gaps in time cut open a typical office space and friendships are tested to difficult limits.

I have found out where I am!

•October 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Hello hello!

So I had a rather exciting discovery on Wednesday night (yes, even more so than my last post’s discovery). I am actually a clown on a stage. There is no house. It is just me, a clown, who has stumbled (or been beamed onto it- haven’t quite decided that yet) onto an abandoned stage where there happens to be an audience. And this audience have clearly come to see a show. So a show I will give them, using whatever I can find lying around.  And so now I have a safe space to play and I’m a much happier little clown this Friday.