Art students from Atlantic Technological University, Galway are coming out of the dark into the light after two years of the virtual. Nothing can replace the actual experience of visiting an exhibition space and allowing all the senses to truly absorb the work.
The Atlantic Technological University, Galway City located on the Wellpark Road is proud to host Search Engine, the end of year exhibition of our third year Contemporary Art students.
The exhibition will launch in Galway on the May 3rd and features artworks by 22 artists. The exhibition is curated by the TECA collective and will be displayed across four different locations, bringing the audience on a tour of the city with its rich history of culture and the arts.
Work produced by third year students from the School of Design and Creative Arts demonstrates social awareness and their ability to critically reflect current societal issues. The exhibition includes a range of practices, from painting to photography, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, sculpture and digital media, that explore a diversity of themes.
Some of the works were created during lockdown and isolation and reflect the impact of this situation. The main body of the work was created following lockdown and perhaps reflects the societal shift involved in a return to the ‘normal’. The rapid deterioration of our biodiversity and diminishing natural resources and human responses to these is examined. Human emotions, personal struggles and the fragility of these, both generally and personally, is reflected in the works. Students had a desire to create work that viewers can relate to and that in some way impacts on and contributes to contemporary society.
Welcoming the opportunity to host the exhibition, Head of Department Creative Arts and Media, Celine Curtin said: “We are delighted that our students have the opportunity to showcase their work through this dynamic and imaginative exhibition.”
There will be an opening ceremony and reception at 7.00pm Tuesday May 3rd in the School of Design and Creative Arts, ATU, Galway City, Wellpark Road.
The event will be officially opened by former Galway City Arts Officer, James Harold.
School of Design & Creative Arts (Wellpark Road) 3rd May-7th May
Saolta Arts, University Hospital Galway-3rd May-31st May
Galway City Library-3rd May-31st May
Odeon Hotel, Eyre Square- 3rd May- 15th May
Opening times vary at each venue. General opening times for all venues 10.30-17.00 Monday-Friday, Sat/Sun, please check Instagram page for specific opening times for each of the venues and weekend opening times.