Exhibition by students of Visual Art in DIT and Shanghai Institute

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Mr. John O?Connor, DIT; Ms Brid Grant, DIT; and Ambassador Biwei, with colleagues and students from DIT and SIVA at the opening of the joint exhibition.


11th May 2010

An exciting exhibition of artwork by Irish and Chinese students of Visual Art is on view in the entrance foyer of DIT Aungier Street this week.  The joint exhibition was officially opened by His Excellency Liu Biwei, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, and includes images created by third year arts of Visual Communication in DIT, and their counterparts in the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art (SIVA).  John O?Connor, Head of the School of Art, Design and Printing, showed the Ambassador the students? work and explained the background to the exhibition which had arisen from a visit by DIT students to Shanghai last year.  The students, together with their lecturers, artist John Short and photographer Tom Kelly, visited the city where they collaborated with fellow students in SIVA.  Before travelling, the Irish students had worked on a brief to depict denizens of Dublin ? people you might regularly encounter on the city streets.  During their visit to Shanghai they, and their lecturers, continued the theme, this time working on images of people and city life in Shanghai.  John O?Connor, told the Ambassador, ?The two groups of students enjoyed excellent collaboration, so much so that the Shanghai students and their lecturers are now in Ireland on a reciprocal visit, their first to Ireland, and we hope to continue this collaboration even further.?   Ms Brid Grant, Director and Dean of the College of Arts and Tourism, welcomed Ambassador Biwei to DIT and thanked him for coming to meet the students in person.   Complimenting both the students and their institutions, the Ambassador spoke with great enthusiasm about the work itself but also about the philosophy behind it which had enabled staff and students to work together and to get to know one another.  He said it would strengthen the bonds between both countries and would provide opportunities for future development. 

The work of both groups of students makes for a highly visual exhibition and well worth a special visit to Aungier Street where it will be on display until Friday 21st May.

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