121% Funded


Target: €3600


€4,356 Raised


63 Funders

Help cast life-sized sculpture in bronze

By Julie Moorhouse


Do you want to become an alchemist with me and turn something base into something precious? St. Sebastian is my first life-size sculpture. I have been working on this project for over a year now, but unfortunately the cost of casting him into bronze is enormous. With your help, I hope to produce the most important piece of work in my artistic life.

So, who is Julie Moorhouse?
I am an award winning artist living and working in Kilkenny. Although I have been predominantly painting for the last two decades, I made a decision two years ago to return to sculpture – I had not sculpted since my degree show in 1988 which involved making sculpture with found and preserved natural objects embedded in fibreglass.

What’s the plan?
So far I have created only small-scale sculptures. To work on a larger scale is the next big challenge for me. But it’s costly. With your help I hope we can take that next step.

Why St. Sebastian?
St. Sebastian is a well known religious icon who has long been a favoured subject of artists such as Rubens, Titian, Botticelli... and now me. St. Sebastian is usually depicted as a handsome youth, naked or semi-naked, bound and pierced with arrows. But the Sebastian I have portrayed is a pacifist; a non-combatant, a victim. He is a soldier in any and every conflict; a victim of tyranny and oppression at any point in time. His naked body belies nothing of his status or class. He is passive and resigned to his fate.

What will the money be used for?
Well, firstly I need to create a mould and mother jacket. Then, a wax positive of the entire sculpture. This I will bring it off to the foundry to be cast in bronze. You’d think that would be it, but no! Then comes the incredibly laborious and time-consuming task of chasing and cleaning off the bronze pieces. Next comes the welding; that’s a week of death-by-a-hundred-little-burns for me!. And last, but not least – and possibly my favourite 'chore' – the patination. All of the above requires significant outlay. The time and effort I can muster, but not the cash.  In the last two years I have received funding from Artlinks (South East Arts Resource Organisation) that has helped me enormously. With their support I have completed two bronze-casting courses, learned how to weld, build armatures, make moulds and chase bronzes. Now I know enough to make a statement piece of art.

Why support me?
This funding will cover the costs of production, including materials and equipment rental, as well as the promotional expenses required to make this a success on which I can build for the future. If you think this is a worthy cause and you want to be part of something original and special then please join the campaign – oh, and tell a friend or two. I plan to be unveiling the work in spring 2012.

More imagery at http://www.juliemoorhouse.com

THANK YOU for being part of this (ad)venture.




Kilkenny Arts Week 2012

Hello Everyone I have managed to haul St. Sebastian plus a few small sculptures, a handful of paintings and a sprinkle of drawings into the old arcade - or "The High Street Mall" as it likes to be called! I'm upstairs along with an array of other artists for the whole week 10th -19th August. For any of you that didn't get a chance to see the fruits of your funding at the Norman Gallery exhibition please pop in. (of course everyone else is welcome too!) Julie

St. Sebastian unveiled

Hi all, Just to let you all know that you are still in my thoughts every day. The St. Sebastian sculpture has been unveiled (a big than you to Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan) and is on view at The Norman Gallery in Rathnure until June 3. If you get a chance then please do pop by to have a look - it's thanks in no small way to you that this was possible. The exhibition has been getting great reviews. A big thanks to Echo editor Tom Mooney for coming to see the show and writing a glowing review in this week's paper (if you haven't seen it - or aren't in Wexford ;-) I've posted the article on my web site www.juliemoorhouse.com. Once again, thanks to your genorosity, this project has been a great success and I am eternally grateful to you for all your help to date. Love Julie

Unveiling of St Sebastian sculpture May 12 @ The Norman Gallery

Hi all, In case you haven't been following progress on my website or facebook, I decided to update the FundIt project page just to let you all know where we stand. Casting is complete; still working on metal finishing and welding; after that it's patination and then the long trip from the foundry in Clare to the gallery in Wexford (I'm trying to avoid a gag about it being a long way from Clare to here ;-) So all things going well St Sebastian should be unveiled on May 12, 2012 @ 7pm by Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan at The Norman Gallery, Rathnure, Co. Wexford (053)9255071 Remember this project couldn't have happened without you, so I would be honoured if you could come and attend at the official unveiling. Thanks once again, Julie

Mould is Finished!

Well , 25kg of silicon and 3 bags of plaster later - the mould is finished! This is great as now I am not worrying about what the frosty weather is going to do to the clay St. Sebastian. I am now on a mission to get 2 - 3 drawings done every day for the month of November so that I can reward all my funders. I aim to start putting the drawings up on my website www.juliemoorhouse.com by the beginning of December . I will notify you all when the drawings are on-line and then it will be first come first served! Gulp! Anyone that I need to post out the rewards to will have to email me their addresses! Thank you all for your patience and I will be in touch soon! Julie


Yet again I am humbled by peoples generousity. No doubt these are tough times yet you have all been amazing! My clay St. Sebastian is very nearly finished and the silicon for the moulding is ordered so I am thrilled to say I plan to begin the process of creating the mould at the weekend - before any really mad, bad weather does him any harm! After the mould is made I will begin on ALL the drawings I owe you. I am trying to think of a way of having a pile of drawings ready that you can choose from, (if anyone can think of a fair way I can arrange this then please let me know) Meanwhile, I will keep you posted on his development and I am working on a new little video so watch this space! Many thanks - Julie

Great News - We've Done It!

Well – what can I say? We’ve done it! We reached the target just before midnight on day 17! I am just so excited and humbled by this all and your generosity is simply beautiful. The campaign will continue to run until the 4th Oct and it is still ok to pledge to the project. So I am sharpening my pencils as I type as I will have to get busy working on a lot of drawings in the mean time. So interesting times ahead, but it is thrilling to think that this big clay sculpture taking up so much room in my studio will soon be transformed into a bronze work of art, a piece that should have a life-span of a thousand years or more, and it really couldn’t have happened without your help! I am also delighted to announce that I have received an absolutely amazing offer to hold the un-veiling and an exhibition at the wonderful Norman Gallery in Rathnure, Co. Wexford next year. Hope to see you there!

Day 16 - still going

Hi all, It is now day 16 and thanks to you the total pledges amount to €2415. I am so thrilled, relieved and giddy I cannot tell you – of course that is interspersed with moments (or days even!) of worry, doubt and exhaustion. For any of you that spend your days at a computer and on the phone – I commend you! It is so tiring and my neck is in bits, give me a day in the studio with an angle-grinder or a lump of clay anytime over a day at the desk! Although I am very happy with the level of pledges so far I still have 33 days to raise another €1185. If you can think of ANYONE who maybe in a position to help me with my project, then please pass on my details and the link to FundIt. Every penny and every person counts!

3 days in and we’ve reached 9% already!

I am so thrilled with reaching 9% after 3 days! Thank you so much to all the good people who have been so generous towards my project so far. I’ve just released a new video on the whole process of turning a clay sculpture into bronze. I will put it up on my facebook and website soon. Please keep spreading the word. We've a long way to go. Thanks again, Julie

funders (63)

There are 57 public funders of this project

There are 6 anonymous funders of this project