The spacious industrial building that was the home to the Connacht Tribune Printworks will once again have her walls, and floors, adorned with art. The now internationally famous venue, having been the major art gallery space for the Galway Arts Festival these past years, will open her doors to the public once again on the eve of the 21st September.
All of twelve MA art students from CCAM art college (GMIT) will ascend on the venue with their art work for what will be the exhibition of the year. In conjunction with Galway Culture Night the exhibition will be opened by the robust art man himself James Harold. The art work to be exhibited is a culmination of one long year of demanding studio work from the students. Working within a diverse range of media there will be an exciting collection of art fresh works from the following artists:
Andreas Goenig who predominantly works with willow employing traditional Irish and contemporary weaving techniques.
Katie Moore explores empathy and memorialisation by creating environments the viewer can experience, her sculptural installations are influenced by her own life experiences of living with long-term illness.
Eileen Lydon explores the area of phenomenology within the study of colour and light, and the effects of these on the person.
Alejandra Plazas practice explores the interaction between specific spaces, different views, and various materials, using everyday functional objects, such as a table and chairs, and transforming our understanding of them.
Painter Stephanie McLoughlin is drawn to the effects of industrialisation on the landscape, painting structures which are the result of human habitation which are banal.
Martina Passman comes from a background of painting, now creates sculptural installations using everyday found objects, exploring the visual narratives conveyed by inanimate objects.
Film maker Paul McDonnell, well known for his giant hyper realistic creatures in the now internationally famous Macnas parades, will exhibit a sculptural installation. McDonnel explores the idea of distorting boundaries between reality and the fantastical, providing a platform by which the viewer can momentarily escape their own realities.
Umesh Maharjan Using oil/acrylic paint Maharjan will exhibit a body of paintings which represent the mass destruction in Syria caused by war.
Galway painter Bernard Dooley works mainly in the figurative and portraiture in which he likes to paint from photographs. These can include musicians busking in different parts of the city, homeless people begging or sleeping rough, people waiting for the bus or train, or just simply relaxing at the Galway Basin near the Spanish Arch.
Artist Nuala Hiney is an artist living and working in the West of Ireland. An avid walker, Nuala has years of experience trekking along pilgrim routes in Ireland and Europe. Her art is derived from these journeys, and her documentation of them with drawings and photographs.
Risteard Ó Domhnaill is a film maker. O Domhnaills motivation is born out of a feeling of hopelessness that is almost paralyzing. Frustration with the powerlessness of politics, despair at the enrichment of the few at the expense of the many, anger with the disempowerment of the masses, and fear of the oncoming ecological collapse across the globe.
Brigid Mulligan Using found objects to make sculptural installations Mulligans explores the human psychological awareness of various emotional happenings such as loss and memory. Her work explores the human psyche and the emotional ramifications associated with specific experiences such as loss and fear.
This event is open to the public and admission is free. It will remain open each day from 11a.m. through to 6p.m. until the 30th September. All welcome!