arts@dit - DIT Graduate Exhibition 2007 Officially Opened
Dublin 14th June 2007: The DIT Graduate End of Year Exhibition was officially opened on Tuesday evening (12th June) at the Applied Arts Students' Awards Ceremony in the Civic Offices, Wood Quay. The exhibition includes work from final-year students of fine art, visual communications, interior and furniture design, design display and product design. 'Stick a fork in me- I'm done' is the most wide-ranging graduate exhibition in the country. The end of year exhibition is running in a number of venues around Dublin's city centre and will be open to the public free of charge (see details of times and date below). This year's exhibition was the first time that work from the new BSc in Product Design was included in the catalogue.
Award winners on the evening included Visual Communications graduate Stephen McCarthy who received the John Creagh Annual Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Studentship Award. (Stephen's work is pictured below). Other notable winners were Genieve Condon Best Interior Design Student Award; Edel Gillick, Best Furniture Design Student Award; Katy Judge, Best Visual Communication Design Student Award; Ciara Moran, Best Display Student Award and Marianna Kane, Product Design Student Achievement Award.
Stephen Mc Carthy
Guest speakers at the opening were two of DIT's most exemplary graduates who have established major reputations since leaving their respective programmes at DIT - Darrell Kavanagh, Director of Image Now in Dublin and Aoife Wasser, Art Director with Visionaire in New York City. Image Now and Visionaire produce some of the most striking and challenging work in Ireland and the USA today.
Best Furniture Design Winner, Edel Gillick
Speaking at the event Darrell Kavanagh said: 'Today's design graduates have numerous career options in front of them. New media and technology are constantly expanding the boundaries of possibilities and creating exciting new opportunities. However, in future, designers must learn to work together to create a greater sense of the value of design amongst businesses and the general public. Other professions such as engineering have always generated respect for their craft and this is something that the design fraternity should try to emulate.'
Patricia Murray with her Cocoon
Commenting on the range of work of highly innovative and challenging creations produced by the students, Mr Peter Jones, lecturer in DIT's School of Art, Design and Printing, and co-ordinator of the exhibition said; 'Now more than ever, good art and design matters. It has to stand out in the multi media avalanche or else disappear from sight. This exhibition is the culmination of a lot of hard work by the students and proves that they can produce distinctive and eye-catching work.'
Aoife Wasser, Art Director, Visionaire; Stephen McCarthy, Winner of the John Creagh Annual Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Studentship, and Neville Knott, DIT lecturer
Jones is enthusiastic not only about the exhibition, but also about the very sophisticated catalogue designed by the visual communication students, which brilliantly showcases the individual artists work.
Aisling Conroy, Tom Keegan, Andrew Deegan, Michelle Fitzpatrick and Siobhan Groark winners of the Assistive Technology Award for Product Design
'The tradition of the School of Art, Design and Printing has always been to encourage students to find their own creative voice in a range of disciplines and media. In recent years, the advent of new media has changed the role of art and design. Original creators emerge in every generation and our graduates go on to set standards as well as styles. Aoife and Darrell are two examples of these original creators who have combined a grasp of media with concept,' he said.
* The school of Arts and Design would like to extend a big thank you to the sponsors of the exhibition - The Open Book Co., Enable Ireland, Image Now and Lorna Brett Jordan Bursary.
Exhibition Time & Dates:
Design Display DIT Mountjoy Square Opening Wednesday 13th June at 5.30pm - 8.00pm Exhibition runs from Thursday 14th June to Saturday 16th June Opening times 10am - 5pm
Product Design Dublin City Council Civic Offices Walkway Opening Tuesday 12th June at 6pm - 8.00pm Exhibition runs from Wednesday 13th June to Saturday 16th June Opening times Wed - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 11am - 1pm
Interior & Furniture Design Dublin City Council Civic Offices Atrium Opening Tuesday 12th June at 6pm - 8.00pm Exhibition runs from Wednesday 13th June to Saturday 16th June Opening times Wed - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 11am - 1pm
Fine Art DIT Portland Row Opening Monday 11th June at 6pm - 8.00pm Exhibition runs from Tuesday 12th June to Saturday 16th June Opening times 10am - 5pm
Dame Street Gallery Exhibition Runs from Tuesday 12th June to Saturday 16th June Opening Times 10am - 5pm
Visual Communication Film Base, Curved Street, Temple Bar Opening Tuesday 12th June 6pm - 8.00pm Exhibition runs from Wednesday 13th June to Saturday 16th June.Opening Times 10am - 5pm
Media Arts Sugar Club, Lesson Street Opening Tuesday 12th June 6:30pm Screening of final year students work including dramas, film and radio documentaries.
Photography The National Photographic Archive and the Gallery of Photography Opening Tuesday 19th of June
The School of Art and Design would like to extend a big thank you to the sponsors of the exhibition.
For more information on the Exhibition please contact:
Public Relations Officer
Dublin Institute of Technology
Tel: 01 402 7131