Sunday, December 11, 2011

1st Year Postcard Swap

The First Years have produced these fantastic postcards for a postcard swap. They are ready to be posted off to Roscommon for a group of 1st Years to receive.

 Kerrie Moran, 1.1
 Dacia Smith, 1.1

 Kayleigh Myers, 1.1

 Aisling Kane, 1.6

 Orla Molloy, 1.6

 Rachel Connolly, 1.6

 Ana Gardiner, 1.4

 Meadhbh Honan, 1.4

 Precious Edosomwan, 1.4

 Caitlin Donnelly, 1.4

Civil Rights etc. Rita Donagh and Richard Hamilton

6th Year Students are taking a trip to Dublin next Tuesday to visit The Hugh Lane Gallery and the National Museum on Kildare St.

Here is some information about the temporary exhibition currently on at The Hugh Lane.

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane is pleased to present this major retrospective exhibition by two of Britain’s most respected artists, Richard Hamilton and Rita Donagh. The exhibition includes works from the 1960s to this decade that primarily relate to Ireland, but also to seminal moments of social change in recent history. The two artists share a viewpoint of ‘political or moral motivation’ and a concern for human rights and justice, while also using images directly taken from popular culture and the mass media. The Hugh Lane has worked closely with the artists on this exhibition which explores both their shared concerns and divergent practices.
Richard Hamilton was a key member of the Independent Group and one of the leading artists during the emergence of Pop Art in Britain in the 1950s. Born in 1922, he studied at the Royal Academy Schools before and after the war and subsequently in the Slade School of Art. Hamilton’s work, addressing themes of consumerism, contemporary culture, politics and war, continues to be hugely influential and respected internationally. Civil Rights etc. concentrates on his iconic political works, including Kent State and Swingeing London, as well as the striking images from Northern Ireland during the Troubles. The exhibition also features the installation Treatment Room, a response to Margaret Thatcher 's reign as Prime Minister in Britain and his more recent protest pictures created in the context of the war in Iraq in the early 90s, as well as more recently the 00s and the current situation in the Middle East.

For more information visit the Hugh Lane website

You can read a review of the exhibition in the Irish Times here

6th Year Charcoal Portraits

Photographs by Lee Jeffries

These Impressive black and white portraits full of emotion by Lee Jeffries provided the perfect subject matter for charcoal portraits. Lee Jeffries lives in Manchester in the United Kingdom. Close to the professional football circle, this artist starts to photograph sporting events. A chance meeting with a young homeless girl in the streets of London changes his artistic approach forever. Lee Jeffries recalls that, initially, he had stolen a photo from this young homeless girl huddled in a sleeping bag. The photographer knew that the young girl had noticed him but his first reaction was to leave. He says that something made him stay and go and discuss with the homeless girl. His perception about the homeless completely changes. They become the subject of his art. The models in his photographs are homeless people that he has met in Europe and in the United States: "Situations arose, and I made an effort to learn to get to know each of the subjects before asking their permission to do their portrait." From then onwards, his photographs portray his convictions and his compassion to the world.

 Aoife Sharkey
Each of the students chose a photograph to reproduce using charcoal. They created their portraits by blacking in their page with charcoal and then working back into the page using an erasing technique. They used putty to take the charcoal back off the page for the highlights and slowly the faces emerged from the darkness.
Here are the results

 Helen Campbell

 Christina Lynch
 Hannah Clayton
 Megan Clarke
 Stephanie Smith