DITX2013 – Fine Art Grad Show Opens

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11 June 2013: The DIT Graduate Show in Fine Art (DITX2013) has officially opened at DIT Portland Row and will run until Saturday 15 June.

Guests at the opening last Thursday evening were able to move around the exhibitions, which included painting, video, drawing, sculpture, performance, installation and a range of hybrid forms of these disciplines, and also enjoy the atmosphere in the sunny courtyard.

The President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton, said the graduates’ work was formidable and said there was “evidence of vitality and talent that was to be explored going forward in their careers”.

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The Head of the School of Art, Design and Printing, Kieran Corcoran, welcomed everyone to the opening, including some guests from a sister programme, the BA in Visual Art, based on Sherkin Island, Cork.

Kieran introduced the guest speakers at the opening – Sarah Glennie, Director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), and Pádraic E Moore, writer, curator and art historian.

Sarah Glennie said it was encouraging to see the quality of work by graduates and to get a sense of the progress being made.

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Aoife Lynch with her exhibition The Tale of the Motive, which uses both video projectiona and traditional drawing methods

“What struck me when looking around at the exhibition tonight was the confidence and considered practice that students are showing,” she said.

“Despite the challenging times, visual arts are going from strength to strength. I hope that the very close relationship between IMMA and DIT will continue.”

Sarah said she hoped to attend openings of the graduates’ own collections in the future and to see their work on the international stage as well as Irish galleries.

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Future Monument, pictured next to its creator, Sarah Doherty (the monument is made from sugar, food colour & MDF)

Pádraic E Moore told the graduates that for “most of you today, your art career truly begins”.

He spoke of how artists’ success is usually broken into those who gained success after their death and those who gained celebrity through their art before the age of 30.

“But this make or break extreme bears no resemblance to reality,” he said.

He said that with diligence, insane amounts of hard work and the ability to be self employed, artists could achieve success.

Pádraic, who had previously worked with several of those exhibiting at the show, paid tribute to all of the relatives, friends and lecturers, who supported the students in their work.

The exhibition runs from 10:30 to 4:30 every day at DIT Portland Row, St Josephs Convent, Portland Row (until Saturday 15 June).

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