Wexford Campus School of Art and Design (IT Carlow)
BA (Hons) Fine Art Graduate Exhibition
Friday 22 May – Saturday 6 June 2015
Exhibition Opening: Thursday 21 May, 6pm
Opening Speaker: Artist Diana Copperwhite
Wexford Arts Centre in partnership with the Wexford School of Art and Design (IT Carlow) are delighted to once again host the annual exhibition of graduating students work in a dynamic new show entitled Amalgamations. Throughout the last four years, the students of the Wexford Campus have developed, experimented and fine-tuned their personal practice culminating in this visually challenging and interrogative group show.
Since 2010, the Arts Centre has played host to the talented students of the B.A. Honours Fine Art Graduates from the Wexford Campus School of Art, and continues to support emerging contemporary artists within the community. This year has been no different, and the show continues to be a very important highlight of the arts calendar for the south east. Collectively the students have created a diverse range of strong, thought provoking work; with the graduate show marking the start of each artist’s professional career, showcasing and celebrating their dedication and perseverance to their practices.
This year, the students work explores many fundamental and relatable subjects such as visions of the future, technological advancements and concepts surrounding politics, power, territory, public and heterotrophic space. Connotations of surveillance and voyeurism, the transition between childhood and adult life which we all experience, as well as personal belief systems are examined and extracted. The importance of online and personal identity, especially in our technological and social media reliant society is closely examined. Inherited traditions and culture remind us of the importance of our own personal histories, while the creation and physiological effects of fear are also explored in depth. Students have aimed to push new boundaries through the creative use and application of different media and materials, while further seeking to engage with the imagination of children, and question how we perceive film, visual language and image based communication. Amalgamations is an exceptionally diverse show, achieved through the intelligent use of digital media, installation based work and more traditional approaches to visual art such as drawing, painting and printmaking techniques.
Amalgamations features the work of Sileshi Abayneh, Ben Dolan, Heather Grogan, Eric Hamilton, Jung-A Han, Karen Lyons, Stephen Martin, Paula McCullotte, Tara McGinn, Sandra Mlak, Ciaran Murphy, Muireann O’Donoghue, and Tanya Tierney, and officially opens on Thursday 21st May at 6pm. All are welcome to attend.
The exhibition will run in the lower and upper galleries of Wexford Arts Centre from Friday 22 May to Saturday 6 June 2015. For further information on the exhibition please contact Catherine Bowe, Visual Arts Manager on +353 (0)53 9123764 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information on the Wexford Campus School of Art and Design please log on to www.itcarlow.ie/study-at-itc/campuses/wexford-campus/school-of-art-design.htm