Programme

Future Artist-Maker Labs harnesses the creative power of three leading Fab Labs in Derry~Londonderry, Limerick and Madrid, to bring together.

Artist-Maker International Residencies

Future Artist-Maker Labs will include artist residencies in each of the FabLabs during which established international artists will create new pieces of work for display in a major touring European Future Artist-Maker Exhibition scheduled for late 2016 / early 2017.

Dublin-based conceptual artist Jim Ricks has recently been artist-in-residence at FabLab Nerve Centre. Inspired by the city’s mural art, Ricks created a new mural on a gable wall in Riverview Park using stencils laser cut in the FabLab. 

The mural has a retro design, with 80's era hot pink lettering and an image of an aspirational beach surfer lifestyle, with the wording 'LIFE’S A BEACH – ART IMITATES LIFE’.

Ricks also used 3D-printing technologies to create a range of art works, including a bronze replica of Michael Collins’s nose, based on the bust of the Irish revolutionary leader on display in Merrion Square.

Community creative support programme

The Community Creative programme will open up the FabLabs to local artists and creatives, offering free access to the equipment and fabrication technologies for art-making. Future Artist-Maker Labs will encourage artists to make use of the advanced facilities (including laser cutting, 3D scanning, rapid prototyping and manufacturing) to challenge and expand their usual art practice. Digital collaborations within and between FabLabs will be encouraged and fostered.

European artist-maker travelling exhibition

The project will include artist residencies in each of the FabLabs during which established international artists will create new pieces of work for display in a major touring European Future Artist-Maker Exhibition scheduled for late 2016 / early 2017. More details to follow.

Student Artist-Maker Bootcamp

FabLab Limerick will run a Student Artist-Maker Bootcamp with up to 12 university students to give them an insight into how digital fabrication can enhance their future creative careers, and offering a practical project for them to develop their skills and portfolio of work. The Bootcamp will run over a week to coincide with the visit of the EAM Exhibition to Limerick. Finished work will be displayed as part of the education section of the exhibition.

More details can be found here: http://fablab.saul.ie/events/FAMbootcamp/