Art students hold art-themed fancy dress fundraiser 'Dada Dubh'

Thursday, February 22, 2018 Press Office
Press Release

Event takes place in Roisin Dubh, Galway, on Monday 5 March

Final year art students from the Galway School of Design & Creative Arts, GMIT, are to hold an artist themed fancy dress fundraiser in the Roisin Dubh, Galway City, on Monday 5 March (8pm – 11.30pm). Proceeds from the night will go towards the students’ end of year Degree Show (catalogue and installation) which is a highlight of the Galway arts & culture calendar.

DJ for the night is Will Softly, with special guest DJs - lecturers Austin Ivers, Gavin Murphy, Jim Vaughan, John Brady, Ben Geoghean, Fionna Murray, Blaise Drummond, Eimearjean Mc Cormack and Lynne McLoughlin. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are only €7. The night includes a raffle with special prizes including for best costumes.

Dr Paddy Tobin, Head of the School of Design & Creative Arts, GMIT, says: “The event again demonstrates the enthusiasm and imagination of our students, and the strong bond between staff and students at the school. It is also a prelude to the creativity you can expect to see from this dynamic group at the end-of-year show in June.”

Organiser and final year Print student Laney Mannion from Roundstone, Co Galway, says it will be a fun night: “The great thing about this fancy dress is art depicts some of the most bizarre and beautiful, ugly and chaotic, and out of this world, white canvas and colour-blocks. It could be anyone or anything, so we welcome you to come and explore the possibilities at this 5th of March event."

“The event is a great opportunity for the students and lecturers to connect on a more social setting, to have some fun and create a lasting memory while we are all together in the final semester before the building and fine tuning of our end of year show and we all go our separate ways. It is very much supported by our lecturers especially Austin Ivers for suggesting the concept for the event and his support in fine tuning the details, along with lecturer Gavin Murphy, and all lecturers guest DJ-ing on the night.”

“Our Degree Show on 2 June promises to be a magical experience.  Fifty of us will showcase our work in paint, print, ceramics, sculpture, and textiles. It will be a vibrant exhibition. My own personal view is that artistic practice is the raising of every day mundane to the sublime, from the Latin word sublimare meaning “raised to a higher status.”

“Our Students Union are supporting the night, offering us two full end of year ball tickets as a prize for the best costume on the night. SU President Mark O’Brien will also be one of the judges of the fancy dress competition. On behalf of our class I’d also like to thank The Roisin Dubh for providing the venue free of charge, and Just Art It on Dominic Street and Caseys Londis, Dublin Road, for raffle prizes.

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