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  • Tutor: Niall Walsh
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Participants: 5
  • Cost: 120

Community Workshop

A 4-day workshop in woodcarving the human head or other designs proposed by participants. Participants will be introduced to the various types of wood and their suitability for carving, with emphasis on native woods found in the local landscape. An overview of the various tools, sharpening and maintenance, concentrating primarily on hand tools. Participants will be guided through the carving process starting with some working drawings that will be used as a working plan for the development of the carving process.

Participants are advised to come with a few working drawings or models for working a wooden block approximately 30cm square by 45 cm high.

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Niall Walsh was born in Dublin in 1963. He works and lives in Manorhamilton North Leitrim and is a long time associate of the Sculpture Centre. Walsh completed an M.A. in fine art at Dún Laoghaire institute of Art and Design and has had solo exhibitions in The Dock in Leitrim 2007, the Higher bridges gallery in Enniskillen in 2006, the Model in Sligo in 2004, and Lithuania 1999. His group shows include, Alter-native at Boyle arts week in 2010, The Blue wall Gallery also in 2010 and the Lab, Dublin 2009.

Walsh’s international projects include the Jardin des Esculptures in Mexico; Quebec, Canada; and San Francisco U.S.A. and he has participated in various sculpture symposia in India, Korea , Poland ,Germany, Netherlands and Ireland. He has completed numerous public Commissions in a variety of contexts through-out the island of Ireland including a recent work for a sculpture symposium near Dusseldorf in Germany concerned with environmental issues. His work is included in private and public collections including the Lalit Kala Akademi India, the U.K. National Trust, the Arts Council of Ireland and the Artist’s Museum, Lodz, Poland.