2015 Residency details coming soon…

Thank you so much for your many enquries and for your patience!
We are finally about to publish the details about the Palazzo Rinaldi residencies 2015…all will be revealed next week…stay tuned!


2014 Painting Workshops at Palazzo Rinaldi

Happy new year!  Time to welcome in 2014.

If you haven’t thought of a resolution yet, how about this one: finding your inner artist in the heart of Italy’s sunny south, under the guidance of a professional tutor?  Thought you might like it.

We are delighted to launch not one but two painting courses, developed specifically by professional visual artist and art teacher Cora Murphy, herself a former Palazzo Rinaldi AIR.  Cora says about her courses:

Palazzo Rinaldi is a unique and very special location.  My time there has been enormously inspirational to my painting practice.  In many ways, it has sustained and underpinned my painting since.  I genuinely expect all workshop participants to feel likewise!

Cora Murphy painter

Cora at Palazzo Rinaldi in 2010

Cora’s artistic skills and wonderful, outgoing personality coupled with her experience of Palazzo Rinaldi – and the small matter of having created some outstanding work while in Residency – made her the perfect choice of tutor.  Since first discussing this idea, she has gone on to  developing the two wonderful week-long painting workshops we are delighted to launch today, which make the most of our unique geographical location at the heart of Italy’s largest national park.

Italy painting workshop Palazzo Rinaldi

The courses – Abstracting the Landscape and Adventures in Abstract Art – will both run during the month of August 2014 and will take place at Palazzo Rinaldi Artists’ Residency. Featuring daily professional tuition and one-to-one critiques as well as sightseeing trips and social time, they promise to be the perfect way to improve your technical skills while having fun and exploring a foreign country.  And not forgetting having an exhibition in Italy to your name – as all participants’ works will be showcased in end-of-course exhibitions.

Noepoli PZ

Above: the village of Noepoli, idyllic setting of the painting workshops.  Below: the UNESCO heritage site of Matera, destination of the workshops’ art trips.

Matera UNESCO Palazzo Rinaldi

Workshop dates:

11th-18th August: Abstracting the Landscape

19th to 26th August: Adventures in Abstract Art

Download the full workshops’ brochure here

Both workshops are booking now but regrettably places are limited and filling fast.  To book please contact tutor Cora Murphy directly at cora[at]coramurphy.com

About Cora Murphy:

Cora Murphy

Originally from County Carlow, Cora travelled extensively for 15 years before returning to live in Ireland in 2007, when she abandoned conceptual art to focus on painting full time. Although abstract in form, Cora’s work is most usually described as landscape – as the work capture the essence and emotional significance she attaches to a place or time. While her influences are broad, the work is largely concerned with the natural world and our place in it. Cora takes her inspiration on the land – literally – walking the land, interacting with the community and generally immersing herself in the scene – a process she describes as ‘dropping down’ into the landscape – before documenting her response to the surroundings.

Since moving back to Ireland, Cora has made bodies of work in response to the Irish landscape – in the Kerry Gaeltacht (‘Ballads to the Bog‘), the Mayo Lakes (May 2011) and throughout the country – most recently in ‘Land of Plenty‘ (Origin, March 2011) – a celebration of the abundance of our land in spite of recesssion. Cora has also created bodies of work overseas – in Southern Italy (Sept. 2010) and Mexico (Oct – Nov. 2009).

Cora’s ‘Mexican Odyssey‘ – a body of work made while camping in the Baja Desert toured Ireland last year – initially premiering at The Mexican Embassy of Ireland (September 2011) with an opening by Mr Jimmy Deenihan TD – Minister for Arts, Heritage & The Gaeltacht – before touring to Origin Gallery in Dublin (October 2011) and University College Cork (November 2011).

The scale of Cora’s work tends to range from very small works on paper to large loquacious pieces created en plein air. Her methodology, while not entirely rigid, will usually involve creating the bones of larger piece on the flat outdoors with inks and heavy body acrylics before stretchering the piece back at the studio and introducing extensive layers of voluminous oils.

Colour and cogency are key concerns in Cora’s work – which tend towards the volumous in composition. Joash Woodrow, Turner, Kurt Jackson, Hughie O’Donoghue & Barrie Cooke are amongst Cora’s influences. Poets and their work are also a key influence.


Papermarbling Workshop with AIR Carey Watters

In June 2013 we had the pleasure to host a public Papermarbling Workshop, facilitated by our AIR Carey Watters (WI, USA), Assistant Professor in Graphic Design and Typography at the University of Wisconsin.

Paper marbling is a traditional printmaking technique: a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to marble or stone, often used in bookbinding and stationary making.  Carey has been working with this technique for years, playing with surfaces and transparencies and creating both beautiful standalone works and creative stationery sets.

While in Residency Carey experimented with antique atlas maps, designed and hand-bound notebooks, and even marbled one of our baked cotto tiles!

Carey W.          papermarbling works float2          float3

With a disposition as sunny as the terrace where her works dried out, floating in color, Carey proved to be a natural teacher, spending  time with us in the Residency explaining and allowing us to try out her techniques, and proposing a workshop for the local community- which of course we we re delighted to host.

On the day of the workshop the participants crowded into the upstairs studio and around the table, where Carey began by demonstrating the basics of the technique.

Carey Watters workshop  Workshop participants

(Before the workshop, Carey mentioned laughing how everytime she runs this particular workshop the first ‘reveal’ of the marbling on paper is always welcomed with a big ‘…oooooooh!’ from the crowd – …and this was exactly what happened!)  Soon after the initial surprise, people who had never tried their hand at papermarbling or anything similar had the opportunity to experiment for the first time, and make up their own papermarbling patterns.

workshop at Palazzo Rinaldi

Another fascinating aspect of the workshop was to see that absolutely all ages were able to create some fun and unique works.  Here is the lovely Cumpà Antonio (80 years +) proudly showing his finished piece!

all ages  Cumpa' Antonio

As the patterns dried over the next few days, Carey and Pina started binding the finished works as covers for notebooks, that were then distributed to all the workshop participants as a souvenir of the day.  Thank you Carey for allowing us a peek into the fascinating world of paper marbling and book binding!