The Graduate Exhibition of the Dublin School of Creative Arts, the School of Manufacturing and Design Engineering and the School of Media is the highlight of the academic year for our students and staff. This series of catalogues and the accompanying exhibition represents the culmination of many years of full time study and gives our students the opportunity to showcase the results of their imagination, hard work and creative skills in a public arena. Making a Show of features work from all our programmes and highlights the exciting and innovative range of work produced by our graduates across Fine Art, Photography, Furniture, Product, Interior, Visual Merchandising and Visual Communication Design.
Over the past academic year we have seen considerable success among our Grangegorman graduates in national and international art and design competitions. Our design graduates have won the national IDI awards for Interior Design and Visual Merchandising while our Visual Communication graduates have been highly commended in the UA/ Undergraduate Awards. Our Fine Art graduates have had a lot of success in the RDS Art awards and one graduate, Laura Skehan, won the prestigious Lismore Castle Origins award for best Fine Art graduate on the island of Ireland. This year we also were delighted to be chosen by the Mont Kavanagh Foundation for their inaugural awards for students of Fine Art.
Our new studios in Grangegorman have continued to attract a lot of public attention and were used as the main filming locations for the highly rated Can’t Cope Won’t Cope TV series which aired to critical acclaim late last year on RTE. We have continued to host a number of key public events including a major international conference with our partners Create –the National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts- on the contested subject of participatory art practices. The conference attracted 120 delegates from 15 different countries and our new campus and studios were a perfect backdrop for an intense 2 day series of presentations and discussions.
The school continues to build its research profile both nationally and internationally and made two Horizon 2020 Marie Curie ITN applications earlier in the year. The first application called Ident involves Weisensse Art Academy, Berlin, Manchester Metropolitan University, Szecezin Academy, Poland, ECAV , Switzerland ,University of Antwerp and the University of Hildeshein. The second is called MIPPS-Making Art in Public Places- and involves Glasgow School of Art, University of Art and Design Bergen, National Academy of Oslo,University of Leuven and the Valand School of Art at the University of Gothenburg. In late September the school will organise a 2 day symposium as part of the 57th Venice Biennale in the Research Pavilion “Utopia of Access”. Our contribution will be organised in conjunction with Gradcam (Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media) and will focus on questions of digital aesthetics in the context of computational analytics and the development of the contributive economy.
Working with communities is very important to our school and this year saw the latest cohort of students from the BA Visual Arts graduating from our unique Sherkin Island degree programme which we run with our West Cork partners SIDS (Sherkin Island Development Society). As part of National Digital 2016 week the BA Visual Art programme was used as a case study in a special seminar on innovation in digital technology and art education hosted by Uillinn, the new West Cork Art Centre.
Following on from the huge success of the School’s pageant piece for the 2016 Festival called The Future is the Past is the Present, the school was again invited to create and perform a a pageant piece in the main 2017 St Patricks Day Festival. Called Ireland you are: Reflections and designed and performed by staff and students it celebrated a contemporary view of Ireland.Over 100 students and staff from across DIT took part in the pageant which was shown live on RTE across the world on the RTE Player.
Dublin is increasingly recognised internationally as a developing creative urban hub with a rapidly expanding creative and cultural industry sector. The general Grangegorman/Smithfield/Stoneybatter area has a growing creative arts sector and moving our school to Grangegorman is another important milestone in establishing the area as a national centre for the creative and cultural industry sector. In 2019 our 700 creative arts students will be joined by over 2000 music, media, film, drama, gaming and television students in a new purpose built 17,000 sq metre cultural hub with a 400 seater concert hall, black box theatre and a full suite of art, design, photography, film, gaming and
Head of Dublin School of Creative Arts