RFR Workshops at The Dock Gallery


During the month of October 2022, RFR will offer two workshops to different local LGBTQ+ audiences as part of The Dock's outreach and public programme of events.


Placard-Making Workshop

Friday, 21st October, 12 - 3pm


Games for Artists and Non-Artists - Artists Workshop

Saturday, 22nd October, 11am - 4pm






Placard-Making Workshop

Friday, 21st October

12 - 3pm


Workshop with LGBTQ+ youth group
Facilitated by Han Tiernan & Sarah Edmondson

Places are limited to 15. Booking is essential. Book here.

In this workshop, artist and researcher Han Tiernan will deliver a short introduction to the history of modern Irish LGBTQ+ Activism and a selection of placards and banners that have been used during various LGBTQ+ protests. This will be followed by a placard-making workshop facilitated by artist and educator Sarah Edmondson, where participants will be guided through a process of combining typography with line drawings to create strong visual statements.

About the Facilitators:

Han Tiernan is a researcher, writer and visual artist. She holds a BA in Photographic Media and an MFA in Art in the Contemporary World from NCAD. Her key area of interest is contemporary Irish LGBTQ+ history and expanding voices within the Irish LGBTQ+ community. She is currently the Editorial Assistant with GCN Magazine (Gay Community News) and has recently been appointed to oversee the digitisation of the magazine’s archive. From 2018 to 2020, Hannah was a researcher on the ACTIVE ARCHIVE - SLOW INSTITUTION initiative with
Project Arts Centre and was the lead researcher for the Queer-in-Progress. Timeline display in 2020. Since March 2020 she has been the editor of the Queer-in-Progress. Timeline: Online Archive, an initiative to map the expanded narratives within the canon of Irish queer history; focusing on lesbian, feminist, female-identifying, trans, bi and HIV/AIDS histories. In 2019 she authored ‘Foul, Filthy, Stinking Muck’: the LGBT theatre of Project Arts Centre, 1966 - 2000, and curated and hosted the ‘Foul, Filthy, Stinking Muck’ symposium. She is also the creator of the Ranelagh/Rathmines Queer Walking Tour, designed in conjunction with Ranelagh Arts.

Sarah Edmondson is a practicing visual artist, supported by the Arts Council, and an art educator from Waterford, but working in Dublin. She graduated from NCAD with an MFA in Fine Art, Sculpture and Expanded Practice, 2020. She also holds a BA (Hons) in Art and Design Education, 2012, and a BA (Hons) in the History of Art and Sociology, 2007. Her work is informed by her dual role as an artist and educator in society. She is interested in the evolution of knowledge and the impact photography and cinema have on our understanding of the universe. Edmondson has more than ten years of experience delivering and designing workshops for varying institutions and independent bodies and six years of experience working as a post-primary art teacher.


Games for Artists and Non-Artists - Artists Workshop

Saturday, 22nd October

11am - 4pm


Workshop for LGBTQ+ Artists , Re-visions: Your Practice, My Body.

Facilitated by Brendan Fox. 

Places are limited. Book here

“It is not the place of the theatre to show the correct path, but only to offer the means by which all possible paths may be examined.” - Augusto Boal.

Experimental workshop drawing on each artist’s area of research and studio practice through Augusto Boal’s Image Theatre techniques.

This workshop will draw on each artist's area of interest and through a series of techniques and exercises, we will locate commonalities and intersections within their practices. Through the consideration of our bodies as both subjects and sculptural objects, artists will have the opportunity to physically manifest their ideas and concepts. This new manifestation may allow us to elaborate on how we may perceive or locate the viewer in this exchange of ideas. As we physically occupy the triangle of Viewer, Artist and Art-object we may attempt to develop a new line of collective questioning.

Participants are requested to…

  • Bring 2 objects. One that they consider emblematic of their practice/research or area of interest and a second personal object that may be of particular significance or illustrative of their queer journey.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • Bring a notebook and pen.
  • Feel free to take photographs as part of their research.
  • Submit an image of their current work for publication.

Note - There will be a 30-minute break from 12.45 - 1.15 pm. None of these exercises are physically strenuous. Elements of this workshop may be photographed and published with your permission.

About the Facilitator:

Brendan Fox is an independent curator, artist, writer & Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) facilitator. He holds a BA in Fine Art from NCAD & received the Global Undergraduate Award for his graduate project Biopredation in 2012. In 2020 he received an MFA in Art in the Contemporary World from NCAD which focused on the intersection of contemporary arts practice & community.

Fox has curated the work of hundreds of Irish & international artists in a broad spectrum of settings. He was project co-curator at Nag Gallery, Dublin, resident curator at Talbot Gallery, Dublin & is the Co-founder, Director/Curator of Foundation Arts in association with Offaly County Council & IMMA. He has devised numerous gallery & offsite exhibitions & has curated from the national collection at IMMA. He has been invited curator at Limerick School of Art & Design & NCAD where he facilitated with both BA & MA students. He is the instigator & curator of Games for Artists & Non-Artists which took place at IMMA in 2020 & saw him receiving the Arts in Participation Bursary Award from the Arts Council of Ireland. Fox is the founder of the Museum of Everyone (MOE), a multidisciplinary platform for artists & community-led initiatives with a focus on inclusion, diversity & active collaborations. MOE received the Dublin City Council Arts Office Incubation Space Award 2021-2022. 2021 sees him devising a major exhibition entitled Spectacular Vernacular in association with Offaly Arts Office which received the In the Open | Faoin Spéir : an Arts Council funded programme. Fox is currently devising projects in Giulianello, Italy and Chicago, USA in association with the Black Lives Matter Movement.

He has facilitated talks/workshops with the RHA, Goethe Institute, NCAD, IMMA, Limerick School of Art & Design, Temple Bar Gallery +Studios, UCD & Trinity College Dublin at The Innovation Academy. He is a facilitator of VAI's Lifelong Learning Program. Fox is currently on the writing panel for VAN Magazine & is one of the invited judges for the Global Undergraduate Awards 2012 -2020 in the Art & Design category. 2019 has also seen him invited to the national steering panel for - Erasmus+ Project, ‘GO UP’: building resilience & intercultural competencies in refugees & asylum seekers through theatre techniques.