DIT presents the most wide-ranging graduate exhibition in Ireland

01 June 2004:

DIT graduate exhibition 'DIT Arts', was launched today by Arthur Mathews and Michael Nugent, at a reception in Dublin City Council's Civic Offices.  The exhibition, which is the most wide-ranging graduate showcase in Ireland, features the work of DIT students graduating in fine art, sculpture, furniture and interior design, display, photography, media arts and music. 

Arthur Mathews and Michael Nugent

Following the presentation of awards for outstanding work across a number of disciplines, Arthur Mathews, co-writer of Father Ted, and Michael Nugent, author of That's Ireland: a Miscellany, formally opened the 2004 exhibition.  They spoke about their own days in art college as well as their subsequent experience of the commercial world.  Reassuring graduates that it was all worthwhile, they said:  'As you enter the rapidly-changing "real world" of commerce, your main legacy from college is not actually any specific design skills.  It is the ability to structure and project-manage creative output for an intended purpose.  This is a transferable skill, just as useful when writing a book or television programme as when designing a brochure or website or antelope enclosure....'

The Irish Traditional Music Group from DIT's Conservatory of Music and Drama, comprising six musicians from the B. Mus programme in traditional music, played for the audience in the Atrium, before moving on to perform again in Meeting House Square at 8 pm.

Although the Fine Art students are holding their main exhibition in DIT Portland Row, they added a great sense of fun to the occasion by setting up a temporary Moroccan style market stall to with a showcase of their work.  Each student produced up to 20 'multiples' based on their main body of work, and these wares were displayed for sale in a Moroccan-style market stall.  The stall, covered in rich rust linens and camel coloured muslin, created a complete contrast with the contemporary architecture of the Civic Office and guests were invited to make an offer for any of the pieces on sale.  According to Gillian O'Shea, final year student in Fine Art , "The price had to be under €5 but you had to haggle before striking the final deal - the whole point was to make contemporary art more accessible to the public, and I think it worked well".

Guests also had an opportunity to preview the Furniture Design exhibition (which will remain on exhibit in the Atrium and Bridge of the Civic Offices until 8 June), including Jennifer Chan's remarkable woolly three legged stool and rocking sofa.  The Interior Design exhibition is also on view in the Civic Offices until 08 June.

DIT Arts, which is the largest graduate exhibition ever put together by DIT, will take place in a number of venues around Dublin city centre between June 01 - 18.  The public are invited and encouraged to visit any of the exhibits and to attend the many music recitals which will take place in the Bank of Ireland Arts Centre and the John Field Room at the NCH. 

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