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  • Tutor: Seamus Dunbar
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Participants: 6
  • Cost: 120

Community Workshop

Cutting inscriptions in stone is an important part of the stone-carvers craft that has been elevated to an art form in its own right. This module teaches calligraphic and typographic design in combination with precise sculptural skills. Participants will learn to identify and understand the tools required for stone cut lettering, gain an appreciation of basic letter proportions and layout and a will cut a name or short inscription (12 characters) in stone. Students come with: sketchpad and basic drawing/writing materials. They should think about a monogram, name or (very) short inscription. Bring sturdy boots. Tutor: Seamus Dunbar. Beginners to intermediate.

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Seamus Dunbar is based in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, where he co-founded along with fellow artists the Leitrim Sculpture Centre. With a background in sculpture, Dunbar has worked in a range of media including stone, wood and bronze, creating a number of publicly commissioned artworks as well as numerous smaller works. He has participated in sculpture symposia in Ireland and internationally, and has received a number of awards and bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland, the Artists’ Association of Ireland, and Wexford and Leitrim Co. Councils. He taught sculpture techniques at the Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Dublin (1993-95) and Leitrim Sculpture Centre (1995-03) and completed an MFA Art in Public at the University of Ulster in Belfast, integrating his studies with his on-going practice. In tandem with the Visual Arts, Dunbar has pursued an interest in movement and performance since the early 1980s, collaborating with dance companies, notably Fluxusdance in 2007-2008. In 2006 he became interested in the “Body Weather” system with Frank van de Ven, and has co-ordinated 4 workshops in Ireland, including Rathlin Island in 2012.