Twelve Art graduates from GMIT; painters, sculptors, film-makers and other forms of artist, have created an exciting exhibition for Culture Night in Galway this year.
The exhibition, titled MA18, will be housed at the Connacht Tribune’s Printworks Gallery, with Galway City’s Arts Officer James Harrold opening it on Culture Night, September 21.
The twelve artists who created this eclectic mix of pieces are graduates of the Master of Arts in Creative Design at GMIT‘s Centre for the Creative Arts & Media.
Alejandra Plaza and Andreas Keonig are sculptors whose work explores how specific materials and spaces interact.
Andreas blends traditional and contemporary weaving techniques in willow and Alejandra uses everyday objects such as tables and chairs as the centrepoint of his work.
Katie Moore is a textile artist whose work evokes the issues of empathy and memorialisation.
Martina Passman, Eileen Lydon and Brigid Mulligan are installation artists. Martina uses found objects as the foundation for her creations.
While Eileen shows us how colour and light impact on the human experience, and Brigid takes a sentimental object and uses it to explore the themes of grief and loss.
Paul McDonnell and Risteard O Domhnaill are filmmakers who try to show the far reaching complexities of modern life.
Risteard looks at the strange world of currency, debt, and bitcoin and the environmental impact that it has all around the world in a short documentary.
While Paul blends sculpture and filmmaking to evoke nostalgia through the use of hyper-realistic projections and sculptures.
Umesh Maharjan, Stephanie McLaughlin, Nuala Hiney and Bernard Dooley are all painters who use symbolic objects to capture moments in life, drawing heavily on the landscape.
Dr Gavin Murphy, Chair of the programme, says the exhibition, “Brings together a diversity of practices and people with a range of experiences to bring to the table.”
“Each has been challenged by chance encounters and a rich engagement with their other. A freshness of thought and lightness of touch is the order of the day.”
The exhibition is free and completely open to the public. It will be unveiled on Culture Night, September 21 and remain open until September 30 from 11am to 6pm every day.