Lens – Film and Photography Summer School for adults

Work by artist Audrey Blue

  • Summer Courses

Friday 25 - Sunday 27 August

Booking essential

Fee: €65 Book

Work by artist Audrey Blue

In our annual Summer School for adults, the focus will be on film and photography.


Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August
10am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday; 11am-4pm on Sunday

With artists Beth O’Halloran, Helena Gouveia Monteiro, Jenny Brady, Lisa Freeman, Holly Márie Parnell and Audrey Blue, and film curator Alice Butler.

Facilitated by artist and art historian Kimberly Griffith Walsh.
Co-curated with Alice Butler.

This 3-day Summer School invites participants to creatively and critically engage with moving image and photographic artworks. The programme will include artist talks, facilitated discussions on selected artworks and mixed media artistic workshops.

Fee: €65, no experience necessary and materials are provided. Advance booking required.


  • Biographies

    Beth O’Halloran is a visual artist, lecturer (in the National College of Art and Design) and prize-winning author (fiction and non-fiction). She has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally and her work is in many public and private collections including IMMA, the OPW, The Arts Council of Ireland and the Olin Museum of Art, Maine, USA. Beth is a member of the Hugh Lane Gallery Artist Panel.

    Holly Márie Parnell is an Irish/Canadian artist based between Wexford and Glasgow. Working in film and expanded cinema, her practice explores the ways we impart meaning and value through layers of authority and language. The material is built from personal encounters and connections, and is motivated by the subtle yet powerful truths of embodied knowledge and lived experience. Her work has been shared across Ireland, UK and abroad, with recent projects at Jupiter Woods, Humber Gallery, Sirius Arts Centre, Cork Film Festival, Hot Docs Toronto and Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival as a new cinema award winner. Her recent film Cabbage is currently part of aemi’s 2023 Irish national and international touring programme Súitú. She is an alumnus of Film London’s FLAMIN Fellowship and an MFA graduate of the Slade.

    Audrey Blue is an Irish fine artist from Derry, Northern Ireland and is currently based in Belfast N.I. Her media include analogue photography, painting, printmaking and other experimental practices in film, embroidery and textiles. Blue’s themes explore queerness, mortality and conflict with youth and anxiety through her series titled ‘This Hurts’.

    Jenny Brady is an artist filmmaker based in Dublin, exploring ideas around speech, translation and communication. Her films have been presented with LUX, The New York Film Festival, This Long Century, AEMI, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, MUBI, International Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, TENT Rotterdam, EMAF, Videonale, Camden International Film Festival, London Film Festival, Images Festival, November Film Festival, the Irish Film Institute, EVA International, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Whitechapel gallery and Tate Liverpool. Her works are distributed by LUX.

    Lisa Freeman works across moving image, scripted performance, text and installation. Her works draw into question economic and power structures and explore how intimacy might be employed as a form of resistance. Freeman holds a Three Year Studio at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin and was awarded the aemi & SIRIUS film commission, leading to a premiere at Cork International Film Festival 2023 and a solo show at SIRIUS in 2024. Recent projects include a solo show on ‘aemi online’ (2022-23); Súitú, aemi 2023 Touring Programme, which premiered at Cork International Film Festival (2022) and is touring to national and international venues; an artist publication launch and screening of the film Slipped as well as the presentation of the performance, Slipped, Fell and Smacked my Face off the Dance Floor at Mermaid Arts Centre (2022). Her work is held the Arts Council of Ireland Collection. She completed an MA in Art & Research Collaboration, IADT, Dublin (2020).

    Helena Gouveia Monteiro is a visual artist and experimental filmmaker from Portugal. She received her MFA from the ENSA Villa Arson in Nice in 2015 and lives in Dublin. Her work has been shown internationally in both cinema and gallery spaces and received support from the Arts Council of Ireland and Fingal County Council. She is the co-founder of Stereo Editions, an independent publishing collective of artists’ editions and currently co-directs the LUX Critical Forum Dublin. Helena is a member of the Hugh Lane Gallery panel of professional artists and guides. artist’s website: http://thesocietyofspectacles.com/

    Kimberly Griffith Walsh is an arts practitioner based in Dublin. Her research interests focus on the intersections of modern and contemporary art and culture in Ireland, with an emphasis on feminist and queer theory as praxis. Kimberly is a member of the Hugh Lane Gallery’s panel of professional artists and guides, as well as the Education and Engagement officer at Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre.

  • Schedule


    Friday 25 August
    09.45am Welcome with Education Curator Cleo Fagan, registration, coffee/tea
    10.00-12.00pm Screening of work by artist- filmmaker Jenny Brady, with post screening conversation between Jenny Brady and film curator Alice Butler
    Visual Thinking Strategies session* with Kimberly Griffith Walsh
    2.00-3.00pm Lisa Freeman
    artist talk

    Saturday 26 August
    10.00-11.00am Audrey Blue artist talk
    Workshop with Beth O’Halloran
    For this workshop, we will be looking at the work of Canadian-Irish painter, Elizabeth Magill, to explore image making that combines photographic sources with painting and drawing processes. Through use of photocopies and over-head projectors, photographic images are projected onto paper and card as an immediate, representational element for images which can be abstracted or representational depending on the participant’s choices.
    12.00-1.00pm Lunch
    Workshop with Beth O’Halloran continues

    Sunday 27 August
    11.00am-12pm Screening of Cabbage by artist Holly Márie Parnell; followed by a Q+A with the artist.
    12.00–2.00pm Direct Cut – Drawing and Painting on Film with Artist Helena Gouveia Monteiro. In this 16mm cameraless film workshop, we will explore direct animation techniques and introduce participants to the profusion of visual effects that can be achieved by drawing and painting on analog film. Using black and clear 16mm leader, participants will manipulate the film material to create short individual film loops using techniques such as film emulsion scratching, painting with opaque and transparent materials, collage, cutouts, and application of organic materials to the film surface.
    2.00-3.00pm Lunch
    3.00-4.00pm Workshop with Artist continues


    *Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is an enquiry based educational method that can be used for looking at art. It provides an opportunity to come together and practice looking, talking, listening and engaging with art and each other. In VTS, the discussion is moved forward by your ideas and observations.





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