Kinvara’s workshop sheds light on the process of ancient photography

SISTERS Susan Campbell and Paula Hickey will illuminate their practice as visual artists with an exciting ‘cyanotype’ workshop at Kinvara Courthouse later this month.

Prior to the launch of their joint exhibition titled “Twofold”, the acclaimed artists will discuss their creative practice and invite others to experiment with this ancient photographic technique. A workshop on Thursday August 25of 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. will demonstrate the process of making the cyanotype. Cyanotype is a centuries-old photographic printing process that creates images in distinctive shades of dark green-blue.

At the Kinvara event, Susan and Paula will demonstrate a new and exciting technique for harnessing cyanotype as a means of capturing flowing water. The creation of cyanotypes will involve a process by which a light-sensitive solution, used to coat a medium – such as paper – reacts to anything placed on its surface. These experimental techniques exploit its reactive properties and record water in different flow states.

The workshop will include a brief introduction and demonstration, followed by an opportunity, time permitting, to venture to Kinvara Harbor and create your own cyanotypes. The beauty of the medium is that it’s relatively easy to achieve impressive results. The workshop is limited to a capacity of ten people. A supplement of €25 per person applies and equipment and refreshments are included.

Susan and Paula will also discuss their own work in a free session from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday August 25. They will discuss themes and processes relevant to their creative practice. The sisters will also reflect on their ongoing collaborative venture and how it enhances and informs their individual creative practices.

The ‘Twofold’ exhibition itself is a response to the dynamic processes and balances found in nature. Bringing together their converging practices, the event is the culmination of many Zoom conversations and time spent working side-by-side earlier this year. Using a range of mediums, the show references water cycles, geological formations and flora, including those local to the Burren. Susan Campbell, living in County Wicklow, holds an HND in Fine Art, an MPhil and a PhD in Art History. Now, integrating her creative and research interests, she is interested in natural dynamics; the structures underlying reality and the inherent relationships between things. Paula Hickey is based in Leeds and regularly visits Kinvara. With a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and a master’s degree in creative practice, her process is grounded in material play, through which, she says, more elusive aspects of our existence can be explored.

The exhibition will be inaugurated on Friday August 19 and will continue until Sunday August 28.

To reserve a spot at the workshop, email Paula at [email protected]