Rory Mullen’s Hours of Idleness : National Sculpture Factory CIT CCAD Graduate Residency Award

09 May, 2013

Rory Mullen’s Hours of Idleness




Each year the National Sculpture Factory gives out a major Graduate Award Bursary to one outstanding artist from the CIT Crawford College of Art & Design Degree show. 


The artist choosen in 2012 was Rory Mullen. This exhibition is the culmination of this artist’s 6-month residency here at the NSF.

We are delighted to invite you to the opening of Rory Mullen’s Hours of Idleness Thurs 16th May 5:30pm. Unit 8, Winthrop Arcade, Oliver Plunkett St. Cork City.

With ‘Rory Mullen: Hours of Idleness’, Rory presents a new body of work completed during his six-month graduate residency at the National Sculpture Factory.

Comprising drawings, video and small-scale sculpture, this exhibition evidences a move away from the immersive cardboard installations stemming from his degree show, which garnered him critical acclaim. Conceptually however, he continues to investigate ideas of the everyday and the useless, filtered through the lens of his own particularly anarchic humour and a defiantly ‘anti-slick’ aesthetic. Delicately intricate line drawings of isolated objects, adrift on the page, are described by the artist as ‘field notes from something that never happened’, while deliberately precarious architectural models made of soap and glue sit alongside complex drawings of churches, a motif chosen by Rory because the purpose they were built for ‘is now largely irrelevant.’



‘IBory Mullen: Hours of Idleness’ runs from May 16th– 26th. 5:30pm – 6:30pm.

Free & Open to all.

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