November | Welcome to Woodcarving! | Conleth Gent


November | Welcome to Woodcarving! | Conleth Gent


Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd November

10am - 4pm

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Our ‘Big Chiseller’, artist, Conleth Gent will lead and introductory workshop in woodcarving - suitable for all levels! Students will be guided through tools and techniques of woodcarving  by Con (whose large wood sculptures feature in our Sculpture Garden). By the end of this 2 day weekend workshop you will take home your own carving – and no doubt you’ll be planning your next woodcarving project!

Wood and tools will be provided and students are welcome to bring along any of their own tools to work with.

Gloves and goggles are recommended.

Conleth’s course will cover the following topics:

  • Selection and care of tools and safety.

  • Woods and their different characteristics.

  • Carving relief (carve your own).

  • Carving in the round (carve your own).

  • Basic tools and materials provided.

About Con,

Conleth Gent was born in Newbridge, Co. Kildare and studied at U.C.D. University College Dublin. His love of wood and working with wood can be clearly seen in each of his unique pieces. He is concerned mainly with personal expression through the use of figurative elements and occasionally abstract forms. His approach is individualistic, communicating something of the character of the particular piece of wood and his interaction and relationship with it.

Currently living and working in Glencullen in the Dublin Mountains his work is collected widely in Ireland and abroad and can be found in the private collections of some of Ireland’s leading artists. University College Dublin purchased one of Gents works in 2009 for its prestigious Belfield campus collection. Griffith College also has his work on display.


Conleth was a founder member of Signal Art Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow. He exhibit widely up and down the country from Skibbereen to Derry and has also worked on and led many community arts projects including the Fitzgerald Park, Children’s Art Project, winner of the first prize for a children’s art project 2005.

Con created public sculpture for ESB to celebrate 100 years of electricity generation (the sculpture situated on Sandymount strand). He was winner of the CAST Foundry Award at Sculpture in Context 2008 and best sculpture award 2012. A sculpture for Marlay Park was commissioned by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in 2011.


Works by Con

Con's students