Curriculum Vitae – Laurence O’Toole
Moortown, Carne, Broadway, Co. Wexford, Ireland.
Tel: 00353 53 910 1595 / Mob: 00353 87 232 5606
Full ‘B’ Drivers Licence
Departures. Outdoor public art project. Funded by Wexford Co.Co.
Group show with Wexford artist group during Wexford Opera Festival
Group show with local artists during The Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival
13 Degrees, IT Carlow degree show @ The Wexford Arts Centre.
13 Degrees, IT Carlow degree show @ VOID, Derry.
RDS Student art award @ RDS Concert Hall, Dublin
RDS Student art award @ Bourn Vincent Gallery, University of Limerick
Screening of mini documentary ‘Aftermath’ at Wexford Documentary Film Festival
Wasteland – In Response @ Wexford Arts Centre
Education & Training:
Third Level Education:
|IT Carlow, Wexford Campus
|BA Hons Art (AWART-B)||2011 – 2014||First class honours|
|Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design||Visual Communications
|1986 – 1990||NCEA Certificate
Other Training and Qualifications:
FAS, Loughlinstown: 1991, Desktop Publishing, City and Guilds certificate.
School of Trades, Kevin’s St: 1998, Weld Repair Techniques. 1999, ASME IX Tig (Stainless tube).
St Peter’s College, Wexford: 2006, Level 1 CAD drawing, City and Guilds certificate.
|Arks Advertising Ltd
|June 1991 – May 1992||Junior member of creative team|
|Niall Murphy Associates
|Graphic design||Oct 1992 – Dec 1993||Graphic designer / illustrator|
|Self employed||Graphic design||Jan 1994 – May 1995||Graphic designer / illustrator|
|Self employed||Design, fabrication
|June 1995 – May 1998||Part owner; Dr Bobs Custom Motorcycles|
|Metal fabrication||May 1998 – Jan 2003||Designer/fabricator, Workshop supervisor|
|Metal fabrication & engineering||Feb 2003 – Sept 2007||Designer/fabricator, Workshop supervisor|
|Self employed||Design, metal fabrication & light engineering||Oct 2007 – Sept 2011||One-off design and fabrication in metal|
Description of work duties & responsibilities:
After my four years study at DLSAD (now IADT) I expanded my computer competence by studying desktop publishing with FAS. I worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in advertising and design studios until mid 1995. I specialised in layout, typography, product labelling, promotion, photography and illustration.
In the summer of 1995 two friends and I set up a small business where I could combine my interests in design and craft to build bespoke motorcycles. At ‘Dr Bob’s Custom Motorcycles’ we fabricated custom parts and complete bikes, as well as designing and fabricating many of the projects, I also oversaw the design and development of the company brand and promotion of the business.
When we closed Dr. Bob’s in the spring of 1999 I took my well honed skills of metal fabrication to more industrial applications. For the next nine years I worked very successfully as a metal fabricator, sheet metal worker and welder. In both of my full time positions I advanced to the position of workshop supervisor; overseeing quality control, apprentice training and production, all the while upgrading my skills to include CNC programming and CAD design.
In 2007 I decided to pursue more design orientated metal fabrication work on a self employed basis. I set up and equipped a workshop and spent the next four years executing one off designs and prototypes for a wide variety of clients.
Current skills and recent activities:
The traditional analogue photography and graphic design techniques I studied at Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design have now been augmented by digital media skills garnered during my BA Hons’ in art at IT Carlow. It was here I developed my sculpture, photography, research and digital filmmaking abilities. I am familiar with the Adobe Creative Suite and competent in Photoshop, Premiere Pro and Illustrator. My practical and craft skills are of a very high standard and I am a very effective problem solver in any situation. This wide range of abilities gives me a very rounded skill set for use in many visual art pursuits.
Since completing my studies I have been working to set-up and develop a professional art practice, re-orientating my workshop, equipping a home studio and researching new projects.
During the spring and summer of 2014 I assisted sculptor Remco De Fouw in the final stages of his latest commission for Maynooth College, ‘DANCE’, acting as technical advisor and stainless steel fabricator.
In late September 2014 I participated in a video production with The Wexford arts group ART HUB, working as camera operator, actor and editor.
In October 2014 I was chosen for the intern stream of Wexford County Council’s Living Arts programme assisting the Wexford based artist and filmmaker Els Dietvorst. Living Arts is an art education programme for primary schools in Co. Wexford that continues throughout the school year, culminating in April 2015 with a professionally presented exhibition in the Wexford Arts Centre. As well as being a general assistant to Els my duties include teaching drawing skills, painting techniques and video animation. After the course work is complete these will include exhibition curator and technician.
Between 23rd of October and 14th of November I was engaged by IT Carlow as a temporary technician in the Art Dept of the Wexford Campus, providing holiday cover for the incumbent technician. I was chosen specifically for my metalworking and sculpture abilities as the cover coincided with a metal sculpture block with the first year students. Other duties included assisting students and lecturers with general art and audio/visual technical support.
I have just completed a commission from the Wexford Arts Centre to produce a video to promote the Livings Arts project which I participated in as an intern. The video is centred on a series of interviews with teachers, artists, children and administrators involved with the project.
The conclusion of The Living Programme was a professionally curated exhibition at the Wexford Arts Centre, I oversaw and assisted with the installation of our students work and conducted a performance workshop with them as the final task of my internship.
I have recently been invited to produce a series of artworks in response to the travelling exhibition ‘Wastelands’ by Eva Kot’atkova and Dominick Lang which visits Wexford this June.
I’ve just completed working as technician for the installation of Wasteland at The Wexford Arts Centre and installed my sculpture Sic Transit Mundus as part of the Wasteland – In Response exhibition.
To see examples of my recent projects to date please visit:
I am considered a friendly and reliable person with very good communication and interpersonal skills. I absorb information efficiently, work well under pressure and I am always open to learn new skills. Art is my core tenet and I have been steeped in creative pursuits for most of my life which has given me essential insight of this domain. My experience in several professional fields and the resourcefulness and self reliance that I developed during self employment would benefit any position that I am appointed to.
Aside to my main concentration in art and photography I have keen interests in cinema, science, history, astronomy, philosophy and environmental issues. I also love to travel with my family when the opportunity arises, mainly visiting major cities, coastal or mountainous areas. I am in good health and keep fit by regular surfing, cycling and walking. I still dabble in motor bike building and have an on-going project involving a late 1970s Harley Davidson.
|Brian Hand / Programme Director, IT Carlow BA Hons Art Course.||Brian.Hand@itcarlow.ie
|086 823 1611|
|Remco De Fouw / Sculpture lecturer, IT Carlow.||Remco.DeFouw@itcarlow.ie
|086 606 5631|
|Catherine Bowe / Visual Arts Manager Wexford Arts Centreemail@example.com||+353 53 9123764|
Brian Hand / Lecturer and Head of Sculpture and Expanded Practice Department NCAD
+353 86 823 1611
Remco De Fouw
+353 86 606 5631
Catherine Bowe / Visual Arts Manager Wexford Arts Centre
+353 53 9123764
I hereby certify that all statements given by me on this application are true and correct without omission or misrepresentation.
Signed: Date: 25 – 7 – 15