Fine Art Services
At DOWTCHA we’re proud to put our skills to use in the services of the Fine Arts sector.
Our versatile workshop provides a variety of carpentry and construction services from highly detailed model making work through to packing cases and crates, and including cabinet making for display cases, framing, gallery furniture, wall and panel construction.
We have provided model making services for several artworks by John Kelly
The Crawford Art Gallery called on us to design, construct and install the very particular panelling for Simon Fujiwara’s Museum of Incest (images Fujiwarra).
For The Studio Embassy in 2011, ARTTRAIL commissioned us to design and construct on site a low budget, large scale temporary exhibition space in the retail Unit 1 of the Elysian Tower. A conditions of the brief was that the materials used to build the structures be reusable.
Artist Irene Murphy has used our services on a number of occassions to help with the construction of her work that explores artist’s spaces, plays with what they mean, and what it is to be an artist in today’s world.
We built a touring reproduction of Irene’s studio at The Cork Artists Collective, (in Library House at St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral), and installed it in the Crawford Art Gallery.
We also made an oversized table for Irene Murphy for an interactive installation piece.
Renowned photographer, Mike McSweeney of Provision, commissioned DOWTCHA to design, manufacture and install a hanging system for his ‘Summer-Us’ series over the crowds at Cork’s Old English Market.
Mike’s photos were taken at a number of iconic Cork Summer locations and the public installation in the market was a fitting very popular exhibition.
The ‘Artist Led Initiative’ gave us a brief with specific requirements to store present and display information about Artist’s collectives and studios in a way that was flexible, interesting, durable and low budget. We presented a number of designs and the final result ticked all the boxes!
The Crawford Art Gallery are a regular client, and we’ve hung large murals six meters high on complicated trussing systems in their sculpure gallery, made oversize display cases, theatrical versions of exhibition walls, hung drapes and made other dramatic interventions in their galleries. We’ve come up with innovative ways to black out spaces and light up other ones, not to mention build plinths, panels, walls, boxes and a fair share of restoration workWe’ve also made a model of their galleries that is demountable and can be used to plan exhibitions.
St Johns College Architectural Drafting department commissioned us to make a pair of these display cases to exhibit student’s work.