BEYOND THESE WALLS... opening of BA HONS Fine Art graduate exhibition


Thursday 18th May at 6pm the Institute of Technology Carlow Wexford Campus School of Art and Design, in partnership with Wexford Arts Centre, will present the annual BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate exhibition entitled Beyond these Walls. The exhibition, which will run from Friday 19th May to Saturday 10th June, will be opened by the artist Kathy Prendergast who has exhibited widely in the international contemporary art world including Tate Britain, Shanghai Art Museum, Sydney Biennale, amongst others.

Beyond these Walls features work by Philip Bodger, Helen Cleary, Michelle Colfer, Ian Doyle, Elis K, Alyce Geraghty, Aoife Glynn, Emma Hearne, Shannon Keegan, Patsy Kent, Fiona Martin, Anne Martin Walsh, Meghan McLachlan, Catherine Murphy and Andrew Wickham. Through painting, drawing, photography, printmaking and sculpture, Beyond these Walls examines challenging topics prevalent within contemporary society such as cultural identity, diaspora and the mediation of war through various media. Wider areas of research, such as psychology and gender identity, are also touched upon, and the physical body is examined through movement and by scrutinising small details, such as skin marks and strands of hair to ascertain how they capture an individual’s identity.

Among such weighted themes, certain works also convey the enjoyment that can result from engaging in a creative process. Inspired by geometric forms and repetition, a series of paper sculptures deftly explore the relationship between light, surface and material, blurring our perception of what we think we should see as to what is actually there.  A series of charcoal line drawings serve to integrate and touch upon the hidden activity of the subconscious and in doing so form an abstract language. The artist’s repetitive and cumulative process of drawing interrelates with the way in which thoughts occur, with each work has the potential to evoke a range of emotions. Capturing domestic scenes and mundane but extraordinary aspects of contemporary life, Beyond These Walls reflects a tangible and intrinsically human world, conscious of its faults and triumphs.

Commenting ahead of Beyond these Walls, exhibitor and 4th year BA Hons Art student Philip Bodger commented, “The learning environment within the Wexford Campus was first class as I found the atmosphere gave me a platform that encouraged and helped my learning progress and confidence. The teaching style was approached, I feel, in a relaxed and comfortable manner which encouraged and improved my working practice.”

Fellow student and exhibitor, Helen Cleary added, “The atmosphere is conducive to learning, is friendly and stimulating. Projects are designed towards continued progression in the field of contemporary art. Tutorials are frequent and provided by skilled enthusiastic lecturers. The college is situated in Wexford town and is connected to all amenities. The course has given me the opportunity to develop personally in a unique and pleasant environment.”

All are welcome to attend.