The cream of Midlands' artists and craftworkers will be displaying pieces in an exhibition curated by Transition Year students at St Fergal's College in Rathdowney, opening tomorrow, Wednesday April 6 at 7pm in the school.
'Eclectic Fusion' is the brainchild of the 'Creative Engagement NAPD Team', as art teacher Clodagh Kennedy explains.
“It evolved after 25 TY students stumbled into discussions on what was “good” art or “easy” art, leading to heated discussions on the value of art in today’s society, and a trip to the Huge Lane Gallery to see art first hand. This newly ignited passion was the very foundation to this project. Students wished others to have this opportunity by hosting and curating their own exhibition in school for students, staff, and the community,” she said.
Established artists who have come on board include wood turner Thomas Adlum, painters Tom Joyce, Pat Byrne, Martina Furlong, Elsie Nolan and Mary Dillon, digital media artist Patrick Corcoran, glass and mosaic artist Nathalie El Baba, decoupage artist Izabella Wrombel, photographer Fiona Dowling, illustrator Elaine Maher and ceramicist Maeve Sookram. Abbeyleix FEC teachers Edel O’Keefe, Jackie Carter and Jock Nichol are also exhibiting.
A student committee took on active roles, from running a primary schools’ art competition, to planning layout, display, lighting, labelling, catalogue, and PR.
Class rep is Sarah Hennessy. “It’s so exciting that there will be an “Art Gallery” in our school for everyone to enjoy. I am looking forward to seeing their reactions to the amazing work we have on display,” she said. The exhibition runs until Saturday April 9.