Thank You

April 20, 2009

FÍS Athlone 2009 multimedia exhibition has now concluded. I would like to thank everyone who very generously gave their time and enthusiasim to this project . It is through all of your efforts that this project has been made possible.

Documention of the artists work for FÍS Athlone can now be seen on this blog under the artists section


School Visits

March 31, 2009

On Monday 30th & Tuesday 31st we had group visits from Scoil na gCeithre Máistrí. The artists did worshops and talks with the children, this included interactive demonstrations…img_0371img_0368 Read the rest of this entry »

Public event

March 29, 2009

nothgate-streetFÍS in conversation

As part of FÍS Athlone there will be a public discussion held at

TIME: 6pm
Tuesday 31st March
LOCATION: A.I.T. Design Department, Northgate Street.

For this public event Miriam Walsh, curator of FÍS Athlone, will introduce the project. Participating artists – Tokumasa Matsubuchi, Mary-Jo Gilligan, Ronald Boer and Deirdre Ohlwein will speak about the work they have created as part of FÍS.

This public discussion will include invited speakers, Paul Timoney and Father Joe Walsh from Multyfarnham Friary to talk about the artists in residence programme that was initiated by the Friars towards the end of 2008.

Entry to this event is FREE

For further information and to let us know that you will be in attendance please contact Miriam at


Ronald Boer, as an ongoing documantation of FÍS . For FÍS Athlone Boer has taken it upon himself to document the group dynamic and the chemistry amongst the individual projects of the artists. This takes the form of the daily production of a graphic image representing this process.


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FÍS Athlone begins

March 23, 2009

FÍS Athlone begins with a walking historical tour lead by local historian Gearoid O’Brien.

The tour started by outlining the history of the Workhouse (currently the Design Department of A.I.T.) It continued on to Passionfruit Theatre and the building it occupies, ending with a visit to the Castle, an ideal vantage point from which Gearoid gave an overview of the history of Athlone.



March 16, 2009


Participating Artists

March 5, 2009


FÍS involves both emerging artists, and students endeavoring to create a new platform for mutual learning and exchange to take place. The artists participating in FÍS Athlone March 2009 are;

Tokumasa Matsubuchi (Japan)

Ed Simpson (Scotland)

Mary-Jo Gilligan (Co. Kildare)

Ronald Boer (Edinburgh College of Art)

Deirdre Ohlwein (A.I.T.)

For more information about the artists please click on the read more link below
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SITE VISIT – 31st Jan

January 22, 2009

The Site visit took place on Saturday and despite the miserably Irish weather there was a good turn out of artists from right across the midlands. Thank you to all who made it, it was great to meet you! If you were unable to make the site visit please do not let this deter you from making a submission, the deadline is the 12th of February.

site-visit1map-infoThis is confirmation that the site visit will indeed go ahead on Saturday 31st January. This will be an opportunity to meet other potential artists and to see Passionfruit Theatre. Miriam Walsh, Curator of FÍS and Michelle Flynn, Artistic Director of Passionfruit, will be there to answers questions about the space.


12.00pm Meet in cafe/bar of Radission Hotel Northgate Street, Athlone.
1.00-3.00pm Passionfruit Theatre: tour of space, meet with artistic director.

(This is also an opportunity for you to acquaint yourself with the space)

FÍS Athlone

January 3, 2009



This blog has been set up as a resource and point of contact for FÍS site specific exhibition due to take place this March at the Passionfruit Theatre in Atlhone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland.

FÍS is an arts initative which aims to create opportunities for artists to make new work. The main focus of the initiative is to temporarily inhabit non-gallery spaces and to bring international and local artists together in a working environment.