ATU students’ art exhibition opens in Galway city

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galway daily news art exhibition in galway city by ATU students

An art exhibition by 22 Contemporary Art students at Atlantic Technological University (ATU) opened in three locations across Galway city this week.

The exhibition, titled ‘Search Engine’, was launched by former Galway City Arts Officer James Harrold on Tuesday.

The work can now be viewed at Saolta Arts, University Hospital Galway, and Galway city library on Middle Street until 31 May.

It was also on show in ATU’s School of Design & Creative Arts until Friday evening.

The exhibition features a range of practices from painting and photography to printmaking, textiles, ceramics, sculpture and digital media, and explores many themes.

Celine Curtin, Head of Department of Creative Arts and Media, ATU, said they are delighted that the students have the opportunity to showcase their work through this dynamic and imaginative exhibition.

“This work demonstrates social awareness and their ability to critically reflect current societal issues,” said Ms Curtin.

“Some of the works were created during lockdown and isolation and reflect the impact of this situation.

“The main body of the work was created after restrictions were lifted and perhaps reflects the societal shift involved in a return to the ‘normal’.”

She said that the rapid deterioration of our biodiversity and diminishing natural resources and human responses to these are examined, and that human emotions and personal struggles are reflected in the works.

“Students had a desire to create work that viewers can relate to and that in some way impacts on and contributes to contemporary society.”

Opening times

10.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday until 31 May