For the last number of months, Transition Year students at Carrigallen Vocational School, under the supervision of their Art Teacher, Julie Martin, have been preparing a body of work to exhibit in The Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon. Studentsfrom both Cavan and Leitrim, and officially open ed this exhibition yesterday, Tuesday, May 12th .
The chosen theme was ‘My Own Place’ and students explored this theme through various handmade printing techniques. Initially they brainstormed ideas relating to ‘My Own Place’ and took photographs for inspiration.
All research and the development of their ideas has been recorded in the form of a visual diary which which is also displayed in the exhibition. To contextualise the work done in the classroom, the students visited The Black Church Print Studio in Temple Bar, and The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham, both in Dublin. At the Black Church Print Studios, they witnessed a professional printing studio for contemporary artists.
They saw demonstrations of different methods of printmaking. The Irish Museum of Modern Art allowed students to experience a contemporary exhibition of artwork before creating their own. It gave them a better understanding of what is involved in curating and hanging an exhibition of artwork.
Since then students have been working on prints relating to Nature and Architecture, using mono printing, collograph, relief printing, and lino printing. Their favourite pieces were then selected for framing.
In order to successfully organise the exhibition, students were assigned various roles like Curator, Technician, Graphic Designers and PR Personnel.
The nationally renowned fibre artist Frances Crowe officially opened the exhibition which will run until June 16th. All to view this exhibition of works.