Saturday, January 28, 2012

1st Yr Clay Tiles

A few months ago a group of 1st years took a trip to the Botanic Gardens in Dublin. Since then they have made clay tiles in response to the patterns, textures and forms they observed and documented while on the trip.
Amy Kiernan

Precious Edosomwan
Emily Carton

Ana Gardiner

Chloe Bickmore

Cáit Murphy

Lisa Reilly

Samuel Walsh Exhibition

Here is some information about the current exhibition in The Highlanes Gallery.

Samuel Walsh: The Coercion of SubstanceJanuary 20 - February 29, 2012
Artist’s Talk and Exhibition Opening: Friday 20 January at 6.15pm, and 7.00pmTo be opened by Medb Ruane, Writer and psychotherapist, UCD
The Coercion of Substance is a new body work by the artist Samuel Walsh who describes his practice as one that emerges “from endless dualities: drawing and painting, line and colour, art and audience, seeing and drawing and poetry and prose.”
For this exhibition at Highlanes Gallery the work of Samuel Walsh will fill the main Lower Gallery space with a spectacle of dualities. Meeting the challenge of this unique gallery space, a former Franciscan Church, the artist has created a considered environment of canvases which will play with a further polarity: intimacy and exposure.

The title of this exhibition is taken from Seamus Heaney's poem The Artist. Multitudinous square canvases will fill the gallery; vivid colours are criss-crossed with the heavy black lines. These paintings, made between 2008 and 2011, are influenced by places, experiences and colour memory.

Each work has its' own pattern of line interspersed with pockets of colour suggesting aerial field patterns, stained glass windows or sun shining through branches. This exhibition will be a merging of painting and drawing through which Samuel articulates memory and experience.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Carol Service

Well done to everyone involved with the Carol Service. It was a huge success with fabulous music, dance and art, all tied together under the theme of 'Love'. A huge thank you to all the students who helped to make the artwork for the service.
Here is a photograph of just a few of the hundreds of danish hearts that were created for the service. There was one to represent every student and member of staff, nearly a thousand in all. Every heart had a wish written by students and staff inside.

Some of the dancers in action

Detail of one of the hearts that hung over the stage. Each one was stenciled with 'love' in many languages
The danish hearts were used to decorate the trees during the service. Everyone took a heart (with a wish) away with them at the end of the service.