Lodestar | Leuven 2023 is an intensive 10-day residency of painting and drawing in the historic city of Leuven, Belgium at the 17th century Irish College in Leuven. Led by internationally recognised artists and critics from Europe and the US, students will be immersed in making, discussion and reflection combined with critical dialogue, structured around:
Individual One-on-One Critiques
Talks from Guest Artists
Evening Events and Excursions to include Studio Visits, Museums, Galleries, Poetry, Music and Performance
Showcase of Works-in-Progress and Closing Reception
Lodestar offers an open and reflective environment for students to take the creative and radical departure artists must seek in order to thrive. What makes it interesting is that it’s non-judgmental–it’s a place where approval doesn’t need to be sought, and the willingness to fail is a triumph. Students will be working alongside internationally recognised artists who share in this spirit of generosity. They will be mentored on an individual basis, with access to all guest artists. A fluid and relaxed exchange between guest artists and students—based on rigorous engagement—is designed to support the development of a chosen body of work. The atmosphere is generous, however, the session is decidedly rigorous and rewarding.
Mornings and afternoons are spent working, thinking, reflecting and working in the Irish College’s large shared studio spaces—or outside in the gardens. Evenings include a Guest Artist talk about their work, or a performance of music or poetry before dinner. Dinner is not provided at the college, however, there are numerous options just a few minutes away in Leuven city centre. Following dinner people are free to return to work or relax on the terrace. The first five days of the session are studio intensive, then we take one day for an excursion, before returning to the studio to continue for another four days. The last day is spent hanging the works-in-progress to be showcased in the evening, followed by a closing reception.
“Since Lodestar last year I got accepted into the Utopia Dystopia exhibition in the Lexicon Municipal Gallery in Dun Laoghaire and also to the Artnet Fire exhibition and Air Exhibition. I was also asked to exhibit a piece for Artnet for inclusion in the launch of their bid for an art centre in the Carnegie Library. I think the fact that I got my work into these shows was very much due to my time in Lodestar and the invaluable support and mentoring. “
Ann Mulcrone, Ireland, Lodestar 2019
“I felt privileged to be in the company of internationally renowned artists and critics from Europe and the U.S.A. and amazed by how generous they were with their time, giving us lots of encouragement, help and advice. I particularly enjoyed the talks each artist would give in the evenings about their own work and practice. It made for a relaxing end to the day. We worked hard alongside the visiting artists – wonderful people who were a real inspiration. There was a great sense of shared purpose and acceptance in a positive atmosphere. I made new friends for life and there is nothing I would like better than to meet them at Lodestar School of Art again in the future.”
Lorna Roberts, BA Honours (Fine Art), Sligo Institute of Technology, Ireland / Lodestar 2014, 2015, 2017