DIT Graduate Exhibition 2010 celebrates imagination
9th June 2010
One of the most wide-ranging graduate exhibitions in the country has opened to the public in a number of venues in Dublin today, showcasing the exciting work of DIT students of art, design, media and innovation.
Extending an invitation to Dubliners to visit the exhibitions, DIT President Professor Brian Norton, said “The creative industries represent a significant opportunity for Ireland, both culturally and economically and the work of the ‘class of 2010’ showcases the extraordinary potential of these emerging artists, creators and innovators. Ireland’s first Cultural Ambassador, Gabriel Byrne recently emphasised the critical importance of imagination and how the seeds of some of the best business ideas in the world were first imagined in the work of an artist. The DIT exhibitions this week offer an opportunity to see the fruits of many imaginations - realised in photography, fine art and sculpture, visual communications, interior design and furniture design, visual merchandising and new product ideas – and everyone is invited to see their work.”
The exhibitions will be open to the public from 11 – 5pm each day in the following locations:
- The Complex, Smithfield Plaza: Visual Communications, Interior & Furniture Design; Product Design until Saturday 12 June
- DIT Portland Row: Fine Art, Sculpture, Visual Art until Friday 18 June
- Meeting House Square, Temple Bar: Photography – in the Gallery of Photography and National Photographic Archive until Saturday 19 June
- Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre: Visual Merchandising and Display – ground floor unit (opposite Tie Rack) until Saturday 12 June
Film director and DIT graduate, Brian O’Malley, was guest speaker at yesterday’s launch and also wrote the foreword to the excellent exhibition catalogue. O’Malley said the exercise made him ask himself what use a qualification in Fine Art Sculpture had been to him, given that he subsequently made his career as a film director. His answer was “The truth is I couldn’t have had a better schooling. On a practical level I can draw my own storyboards, I can pre-visualise my sets and I can clearly communicate to a production designer what I’m trying to achieve. My ability to pre-visualise an idea pretty much allows me to imagine a scene from moment to moment in my head. These skills combined meant in my early career I was a director who could communicate his intentions clearly in advance and then follow through on those intentions pretty accurately, something that makes clients spending hundreds and thousands on 30-second commercials very comfortable.”
The end-of-year exhibition is an opportunity for a wide audience to see the results achieved by these hard-working young artists. It’s also a chance to get an insight into current trends in the visual arts, and to preview the innovation that young designers demonstrate in a cross-disciplinary area such as product design that fuses art, engineering and business.
Don’t miss DIT Graduate Exhibition 2010!