Atlantic TU graduate art shows open 4 June (Galway) and 13 June (Mayo)

Thursday, June 02, 2022 Press Office
Press Release
Manon West

Galway show combines work of Art, Design and Film students for first time
Mayo show displays work of Contemporary Art Practices part time programme

Over 80 final year students of Contemporary Art, Design and Film are joining forces to hold their first graduate exhibition together in ATU Galway City, School of Design and Creative Arts, Wellpark Road, Galway from 4 to 11 June; in ATU Mayo, nine students on the Contemporary Art Practices programme in the School of Health Science, Wellbeing & Society will host their graduate show in St Mary’s Hall on campus from 13 to 17 June. Both Graduate Shows mark the Golden Jubilee of the former GMIT which became Atlantic Technological University two months ago (1 April).

The ATU Galway City campus show will be formally opened by the President of Atlantic TU, Dr Orla Flynn, on Friday 3 June. It will run from Saturday 4 June to Saturday 11 June 2022 with opening hours 10am to 5pm daily. It will feature the work of final year students on the BA Contemporary Art programme, the BA Design (Industrial Design, Textiles & Fashion Design, Graphic Design & Illustration, Animation and Game Design) and the BA Film & Documentary. 

The ATU Mayo campus exhibition will be opened by Fiona Neary, Interim Director of the Linenhall  Art Centre Castlebar on Friday 10 June at 6pm, and run from 13 to 17 June. It will showcase the work of students on the part-time BA Contemporary Art Practices programme. 

These annual graduate exhibitions are highlights of ATU’s academic calendar, drawing visitors and the students’ families and relatives from across the country to celebrate their work.

In ATU Galway City, the students’ exhibition will be displayed across three floors of the historic former Redemptorist building at Wellpark Road, formerly known as GMIT Cluain Mhuire. In Mayo, the students’ work will be showcased in the historic St Mary’s Hall, formerly St Mary’s Hospital which now accommodates Atlantic TU (formerly GMIT and RTC Mayo).

Celine Curtin, Head of Dept, ATU Creative Arts & Media, says: “We are delighted to welcome the students’ families, friends and the community to come on campus and view the range of work on display. Their creativity and tenacity in generating exciting new work is all the more remarkable in light of the difficult circumstances they endured during their studies since the pandemic. We look forward to celebrating their work with the wider community.”

Hazel Walker, lecturer, ATU Mayo, says:  "The degree show of the BA in Contemporary Art Practices has been an integral part of life on the Mayo campus. We are delighted to be back live in St Mary's Hall and to welcome everyone to this year's graduates’ exhibition.”

To read more about ATU’s School of Design and Creative Arts, and the variety of undergraduate and post graduates course on offer, see: ATU Galway City, Wellpark Road | ATU - Atlantic Technological University ( For information on ATU Mayo, see: Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Art Practices | ATU - Atlantic Technological University (


Regina Daly, Atlantic TU Communications
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