ON SHOW Sue Heap’, a portrait in egg tempera, by 2006 graduate Benita Stoney – one of the pieces to be exhibited in the GMIT Castlebar show ‘Aluminium’
‘Aluminium’, an exhibition of works by alumni of the part-time BA in Art and Design programme, will open in GMIT Mayo on Friday, April 27, from 6pm to 8pm, in St Mary’s Hall on the Castlebar campus. The exhibition, which will run until May 1, will be opened by well-known poet and visual artist Alice Lyons, who previously taught on the course.
‘Aluminium’ will feature work by most of the graduates from the six-year part-time course, which ran from 2000 to 2017. The aim of the show is to mark the end of this period, both for the college and in the graduates’ lives, while celebrating the development of the new four-year part-time BA in Contemporary Practices, the only part-time BA in Art degree programme currently on offer in the country, which has been running successfully since 2014.
The show promises to be an exciting event, with a large number of alumni participating. It reflects the ongoing contribution of the part-time art courses on offer in GMIT Castlebar to the cultural life of the region, and the close relationships that have been built over the years with organisations such as the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar, the Custom House Studios in Westport and many others.
Many of these graduates have gone on to further study, up to and including PhD level, and many have been represented in national and international exhibitions and residencies, including The Royal Hibernian Academy, The RDS Open Submission Annual Exhibition, the Claremorris Open Exhibition, BP National Portrait Award UK and the Society of Portrait Painters (UK), among others.
Entry to the exhibition opening is free, and everybody is more than welcome.