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I took part in the largest European Jewellery Trade Fair in Munich, Germany from February 10th to 13th.


I was one of a group of ten Irish Jewellery designers who braved the snow and took the trip over and took a large stand together to show our work at this international trade fair. We were exhibiting together under the banner of the Crafts Council of Ireland on Stand #134 in Halle C2, The Contemporary Design Hall.


There was a great reaction to our work and to the large atmospheric landscape photo of Ireland that filled one of the walls and really got everyone’s attention. You can see how the stand looked in these great photos by Filip Vanas.


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5th March 2012


I was invited as external assessor to NCAD (National College of Art and Design, Dublin) for the jewellery design evening course.


The course is for students experienced in making jewellery who want to progress their idea and design skills. I was very impressed by the high standard of research, drawing, design development and the technical problems the students overcame in realising the finished pieces. It was great to come across the drive, talent and enthusiasm the students had, led by their tutor, the great jeweller, Erika Marks.


TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN INNOVATION AWARDS


April 13th 2012

I was again delighted to be asked to make the Trinity College Dublin Innovation Award which was presented to Trinity computer scientist and entrepreneur, Dr Gerard Lacey.

The Trinity Innovation Award is an annual award presented each year to an individual or company that has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of an entrepreneurial culture within the University and society. The award is a silver pod form which represents growth and development.     









ACCENTURE LEADERS OF TOMORROW AWARDS


30 March 2012

This is the fifth year of the Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow Award and I was delighted to again make the award for this prestigious event which was won by Peter Cleary.


A new system allowing library users to take responsibility for checking out and returning their books has won this year’s Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow award.


The SIAR Book Pod system, developed by Peter Cleary, a MBS Business Economics student at University College Cork (UCC), claims to greatly improve efficiency for staff as they no longer have to re-shelve returned books.



See the full story at http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2012/0402/122 4314225838.html




THE DESIGN TOWER SUMMER SCHOOL


Saturday 9th June and Saturday 16th June



Séamus Gill will hold a two day silversmithing workshop in his well equipped studio where you can learn the art of forming metal with a hammer; how to move a flat sheet into a three dimensional form. The workshop will move between demonstration and hands on making time.


On this two day course students will be shown how to make two bowls, concentrating on the two main silversmithing principles, stretching and compressing of metal. By sinking a bowl you will learn how to stretch metal and by raising a bowl you will learn how to compress metal. Techniques also covered will include correct use of hammers, annealing and some soldering.


Cost €230 for two day workshop

Limited to 3 students



Séamus Gill meeting President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and discussing the awards.

President Michael D. Higgins and Joe Osborne managing director, presents the winning owner award to Lady Rothschild, owner of Great Heavens.


THE Group 1 DARLEY IRISH OAKS

At the Curragh Races


Sunday 22 July


Séamus Gill was again honoured to be commissioned to make the awards for the Darley Irish Oaks, which

is one of the best fillies races in Europe. He made three trophies, one for the winning owner, and a smaller replica for the Jockey and the trainer.


This exciting race was won by Great Heavens and ridden by William Buick who celebrated his birthday on

the day. The awards were presented by our very popular president Michael D. Higgins.


Séamus was very honoured to meet and have a chat with our President. As a great supporter of the Arts in Ireland he showed great interest in the work of Séamus and how the piece was made.


This tall silver award is 20 inches tall. The form goes from a tube to a twisted ribbon form that unfolds to expose a sumptuous 22 carat gold plated interior. It evokes the speed and grace of thoroughbred horse racing.


  



Photos of the event by Created.ie who managed the commissioning of the award.

RDS NATIONAL CRAFT COMPETITION 2012

August 2012

Séamus Gill has two pieces at the RDS National Craft Competition. The exhibition is open to the public in the RDS Concert Hall on Friday August 10th and then during the Horse Show from 15th to the 19th August. His silver piece “Podform vase and removable stem” won a Craft Council of Ireland purchase prize, and will join the permanent collection of the Craft Council of Ireland.













The vase was made using his unique technique of “sideways raising”. He made a feature of the joining of the two sides together allowing them to meet together in a raised rib which runs along the length of the vase. The elegantly balanced silver stem is removable, allowing flowers to be arranged in the vase.

A number of piece in the exhibition will be exhibited at the Heritage Centre in Tulsk, Co Roscommon from September 14 to October 14 and at the Discovery Park, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny from October 27 to November 18.

























This Tall Ribbed Podform was made in sheet Bronze and is exhibited in the Metalwork section of the RDS Craft Competition.

SCULPTURE IN CONTEXT 2012

NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS, DUBLIN

6 September to 19 October 2012


Séamus Gill is one of the artists exhibiting in Sculpture in context. Over one hundred and thirty pieces are spread around the botanic gardens for this popular exhibition. This exhibition is always a favourite exhibition with Séamus, who lives close to the botanic Gardens.

This year he has made three botanically inspired pieces called “plant form”. The three bronze pieces explore the evolving growth from a budding pod to a blooming flower.



CULTURE NIGHT

FRIDAY 21st SEPTEMBER 2012


DesignYard, Séamus Gill’s representative gallery in Dublin, have recently moved from Nassau Street, around the corner to South Fredrick Street where they share a beautiful new space with Gormley’s Fine Art Gallery. This great new space was one of the venues opened throughout Dublin as part of this years Culture Night.

To mark the occasion Séamus exhibited three new related pieces “Low Podforms”

DESIGN WEEK 2012


5-11 November but this exhibition is continuing through to mid December.

To celebrate Design week in Dublin Séamus was invited to participate in the exhibition “Living with Design”. It is  the story of design as seen through the eyes of Irelands design professionals at the Malthouse Design centre on the North Circular Road, Dublin.

www.malthousedesigncentre.ie

Each designer was asked to select a piece of design which contributes to and enriches their daily lives. Séamus selected a beautiful wooden tray by Holly Tornheim.

The exhibition was accompanied by a photograph of each designer with their piece by the photographer Lois Crighton.

Walnut Tray by Holly Tornheim


In 2004 I took part in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show in the USA. The exhibition was a great success for me and to top it all, I won the award for excellence in metals which was sponsored by Rolex and I decided to spend some of the money I won to buy a piece at the show.


I bought this sculptural wooded tray from Holly Tornheim. Her work is very unfamiliar to Irish eyes. It is beautifully hand carved with some power tools used for finishing off. She has a great sculptural eye for form and a great knowledge of the character of the woods she uses. I selected this piece for the exhibition because it displays how a great artist transforms a beautiful piece of walnut into something so desirable that you just end up emotionally attached and want it as part of your home.  


But as well as being an elegant sculptural piece it is beautiful in use. When entertaining at home, it’s just perfect for serving up a selection of cheeses at the table.    


GUINNESS RUGBY WRITERS OF IRELAND AWARDS  


12 November 2012




I was delighted to make the awards for the Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Awards. Leinster and Ireland full-back Rob Kearney was named Player of the Year for the 25th annual GUINNESS Rugby Writers of Ireland Awards which were presented in Dublin.


St. Mary’s College RFC was voted Club of the Year due to their success in the All-Ireland League this past season.


The Tom Rooney Award went to Kelly Wilson for his exceptional contribution to the game over the years and his continued involvement with Ulster Rugby.


Rob Kearney is pictured on the Aviva Stadium pitch with his GUINNESS Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year award.

Photo by Inpho.ie

INHORGENTA 2012


February 10th to 13th 2012




Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Patrick Prendergast, Dr Gerard Lacey, and Dean of Research Professor Vinny Cahill.


SILVER BELLS

For Beaumont hospital Foundation

I was delighted to be invited by the Beaumont Hospital Foundation to design a piece which could be sold as a fundraiser. The foundation helps to improving care and conditions for the 40,000 patients and their families who attend the hospital annually.  

The “Silver Bells” are made here in Dublin, but to keep costs down they are made in brass and then plated.

They hang from a red ribbon which carries the lovely message “The gentle ring of a silver bell reminds us of all we hold dear; health, family, love and friendship".

These delightful “silver bells” with their lovely ringing chime are available from the foundation for just €20.00 each.


www.bhf.ie

Séamus with Senator Feargal Quinn hanging “Silver Bells” on the Christmas Tree at the beautiful surroundings of Number 10 Ormond Quay, well known as Dublin’s most exclusive venue.

NATIONAL CRAFT FAIR AND DESIGN FAIR 2012

RDS Dublin 5th to the 9th December.

I was again taking part in the National Craft Fair in the RDS in Dublin. I exhibited jewellery, silversmithing and some bronze sculptural pieces.

This is Ireland’s largest craft event and it was nice to get out of the studio and get to meet so many people who really liked my work and have collected it over the years. In this era of disposable commodities it was great to find out how long silver jewellery lasts. I met many people who are still wearing older pieces of my jewellery, some with pieces for over 20 years. And it’s great to see that it still looks fresh today. As one collector said to me “quality and great designs last the test of time”. That really pampered my ego.

And it was great to meet so many people that had never seen my work before and really appreciated what I was doing. So I would like to say “Thank you” to all those who bought work from me at the show and I hope they get to enjoy it for many years into the future.    

PHILIPS SPORTS MANAGER OF THE MONTH AWARD


Every month I make the Philips Sports Manager of the Month Award. The award “celebration” depicts an abstract figure with the hands held over the head in “celebration”. The award is presented to honour the manager behind each month’s leading Irish sports events.


In December, the twelve monthly winners are narrowed down to the awarding of the annual Sports Manager of the year Award.


And what a year it was for Irish sports. To go through some of the winners, In January, Anne Keenan Buckley and the success of the Irish Cross Country Team winning the European prize, Brian McLaughlin of Ulster Rugby, Joe Schmidt delivering Leinster the European Heineken Cup, Aidan O’Brien of Ballydoyle racing winning two Derby’s, Anthony Cunningham of Galway, winning two awards for Garrycastle GAA Club and for leading the Galway team to beat Kilkenny in the Leinster Championship, at the Olympics Peter Taylor, coach to Katie Taylor winning a gold medal and the huge success of Billy Walsh, the high performance head coach to the Irish Boxing team, Brian Cody for delivering an unpricented ninth win for Kilkenny in the All Ireland hurling championship, Jim Mc Guinness leading Donegal to All Ireland Football victory, Ian Baraclough leading Sligo Rover to win their first Airtricity League of Ireland in 35 years, and Michael Bannon, coach to Rory McIllroy, the world’s number one golfer.


This year, the 31st year of the awards, it came down to the joint winners, Peter Taylor and Billy Walsh of the Irish boxing team.


Peter Taylor has masterminded his daughter Katie’s career from an early stage. She has won four consecutive world titles, five European titles, carried the flag for Ireland at the opening ceremony of the Olympics and went on to win an Olympic gold medal, the first time women’s boxing was included in the games. As a popular sports star she was awarded best women’s boxer at the Olympics and the Irish sports person of the year.


Billy Walsh, the highly successful high performance head coach has had huge success with the Irish Boxing team. At the Olympics, he guided John Joe Nevin to a silver medal in the bantamweight division, while flyweight Michael Conlan and light flyweight Paddy Barnes each claimed a bronze medal.


ART SOURCE at the RDS Dublin

8th to 11th November 2012


Ireland’s biggest and best art fair is making a return to the RDS this year with a new name and look.


Séamus will be exhibiting some of his silversmithing, bronze and jewellery work between Designyard and Gormleys Fine Art just inside the front door.



JEWELLERY PORTFOLIO at THE SOLOMON GALLERY

I like making bangles, so for the Irish jewellery exhibition at the Solomon Gallery I made a series of five large bangles.

Fifteen Irish Jewellers will be exhibiting 60 pieces in the exhibition at the Solomon Gallery in the Westbury Mall, Dublin from the 2nd to the 24th October 2015.


For further details see www.solomonfineart.ie

CULTURE NIGHT IN DUBLIN

Friday 18th September is culture night. And again this year all the designer, artists and craftspeople here in the Design Tower at the corner of Pearse Street and Grand Canal Quay are opening their doors offering you a rare chance to meet them in their studios and see around inside this unique building.

All the studios will be open from 5PM until 9.30PM.  



SCULPTURE IN CONTEXT

3rd September to 16th October 2015

This is the 30th year of Sculpture in context and it again returns to the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. I’m taking part again this year with three related water lilies sculptures made in sheet bronze.

They are based on the movement and growth of the beautiful Irish water lilies.


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METALS PORTFOLIO at THE SOLOMON GALLERY


For the Metals exhibition at the Solomon Gallery I have two silver watering cans displayed in the window and a series of four bronze sculptures “growing Podforms”.


The Metals exhibition runs from the 30th October until 22nd November.

The Gloss Magazine November

November issue of the Gloss magazine has a special supplement “Designed & Made in Ireland” looking at the work of some of Irelands designers and makers. It features a photograph of the new bracelet from my new flow collection.  

Designing Ireland on RTE on Thursday at 10.15pm, from 5th November to 26th November

Designing Ireland is a four part programme exploring design in Ireland. Seamus was delighted to be involved with the programme. He is one of the designers and craftspeople interviewed for the first episode and he is interviewed more extensively in his studio on the third episode on 19th November.

Art source at the RDS

13th - 15th November 2015

Again I exhibited with Alan Ardiff at Art Source showing a selection of sheet bronze bronze sculptures


Irish Independent Weekend magazine Saturday 21 November 2015

Great recommendation on “the hot list” for the weekend magazine