Three DIT students represent Ireland in international project 'Perspectives - Art, Liver Diseases and Me'

Posted: 23 September, 2014

Fine Art students Jennifer Wood Sullivan, Ronan O'Reilly and Vaida Varnageine have been working over the summer - conducting research, patient meetings and creating art work for an unusual project.

The 3 DIT students are representing Ireland in an international project entitled 'Perspectives - Art, Liver Diseases and Me' .


The project has been co-ordinated by  Peter Jones, Lecturer and Ingrid E McGowan, Patient Relations Manager, AbbVie Limited Ireland

'Perspectives' has been initiated by the Faculty of Fine Arts, Polytechnic University of Valencia and the AbbVie organization, a global biopharmaceuticals company with a long term commitment to helping communities affected by certain diseases in an initiative created to raise awareness and enhance the understanding of Hepatitis C internationally.


The initiative brought together patients affected by an Hepatitis C and artists from various countries around the world to jointly create art work and help others understand -- the impact of the disease.

Each art work and journal  will depicts a significant 'moment of meaning' for the patient


Art works will be selected from each country in October and will be exhibited  at AbbVie this December, and then externally in a number of art galleries, medical congresses and public venues internationally 2015.


Over 20 International institutions are involved in this project including

DIT School of Art Design & Printing (Ireland) Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (Germany) The University of New South Wales (Australia) Joanneum GMBH Gesellschaft MBH (Austria) Universidade Federal de Bahía (Brazil) Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta, Edmonton (Canada) Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing (China) Egypt (to be confirmed) Florida State University (USA) Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia (Italy) Southampton Solent University (United Kingdom) Vysoká Skola Umelecko- Prumyslová V Praze (Czech Republic) The Institute of Arts And Humanities Of The St. Petesburg (Russia) Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain) Universidad de Granada (Spain) Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) Universidad de Murcia (Spain) Universidad del País Vasco (Spain) Universidad Rey Juan Carlos-Madrid (Spain) Universidad de Vigo (Spain) Universidad de Barcelona (Spain)

The invitation to take part in this major project has come about from an Erasmus Bilateral Agreement partnership between DIT and the Universitat Politècnica de València. 

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