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Art and Visual Communications Exhibition Wexford General Hospital June 2014 to May 2015


‘Flowers, Kaleidoscopes and Viruses’

Artworks by the 1st year students of Art and Visual Communications honours degree courses in Wexford Town are displayed in the new Emergency Department and Concourse of Wexford General Hospital.

In the entire new building are displayed 140 artworks by the core 1st year Art and Design students of Wexford Campus School of Art and Design (IT Carlow).

Students responded to themes related to health resulting in outstanding, strong and sensitive work using a variety of media including painting, collage, photogram, marbling, cyanotype and large-scale digital photographic printing. The art works are all framed using museum quality framing resulting in the presentation being of a truly exceptional high quality. 

‘Through our research we recognised the similar features of flowers, kaleidoscopes and viruses such as the colour, shape and texture of them as living organisms. This, with medicine in mind, became the theme for the exhibition. We used a variety of mediums to express the themes. With the medium of photography, we created negative and positive images and blue prints (Cyanotypes) evoking dreams. Through the medium of collage, we created quilts. The inspiration for these quilts comes from images of viruses and flowers, while the kaleidoscope and marble-effect prints portray microscopic images of viruses. The abstract images of Wexford are created by chance using experimental methods of collage. As this is a new departure, we would love to hear feedback on our work.’

The collaboration between the Hospital and the Art School was initiated by the Community Development Department, Tusla Child & Family Agency Wexford. The project evolved as a collaboration to present a temporary exhibition of students work and has been supported by Wexford General Hospital and Wexford Campus (ITCarlow). The new wing with artworks was opened by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Mr. Brendan Howlan TD on Friday 6th June 2014. The exhibition will remain in place for over a year.