GMIT art students and staff hold two public art exhibitions

Tuesday, December 02, 2014 Press Office
Press Release

CCAM students curate Salthill exhibition and Mayo-based artists exhibit their work in Castlebar

Two GMIT art exhibitions will take place during the month of December, one in the Mayo campus in Castlebar and the other in Salthill, Galway, both opening on Friday 4 December.

Art students from the Galway campus' Centre for Creative Arts & Media are turning the tables on their tutors by curating an exhibition of their lecturers’ artwork in the Norman Villa Gallery in Salthill, Galway, from Friday 5 to Saturday 20 December.

Students Lidia Montemurri, Therese Murphy and Rosie O Connell, known as ‘Trí-Collective’ –their curatorial name, are all third year students on the Bachelor of Arts degree programme in Art and Design. They will curate artwork by 18 artists from the GMIT Centre for Creative Arts and Media (CCAM) including Blaise Drummond, Fionna Murray, sculptor Katharine West and ceramicist Rob D’eath.

The exhibition will feature works in a range of disciplines from painting and ceramics to sculpture, print photography and mixed media.

The three student curators hope that this event will promote the artistic talent of GMIT’s Centre for the Creative Arts and Media and create new opportunities for emerging artists and their work in the west of Ireland.

Cáit Noone, Head of the GMIT College of Tourism and Arts, applauds the students for their initiative and entrepreneurial spirit in bringing this exhibition to Salthill and the people of Galway.”

All of the artwork is for sale. For further information please call the curators:

Rosie O’ Connell / 087 227 3106 / Lidia Montemurri: 086 882 5091 /Therese Murphy: 087 979 8134

To learn more about GMIT design programmes, see: (Centre for Creative Arts & Media)

Separately, 'In Situ', an exhibition of new works by Mayo-based artists Betty Gannon, Joanna Hopkins, Amanda Rice and Ian Wieczorek, will open to the public in GMIT Mayo (Castlebar) on Friday 5 December, (4pm).

The four artists were this year’s selected artists in residence at GMIT Mayo (Castlebar) which took place during the summer months of July and August. They have created individual works situated in different parts of the college which respond to their own thematic concerns arising out of their time as resident artists in GMIT. 

“The residency has been a very exciting project for the Mayo campus as it deepens the relationship between the local arts community, the Institute and our current art students”, says Dr John Mulloy, GMIT lecturer in Art History and Critical Theory.

“It is important that we continue to provide support for graduates as they build new careers after college, while also providing space and time through our summer residencies for emerging artists to reflect on and develop their practice.”

This exhibition will be opened on Friday, 5 December at 4pm by Dr Deirdre Garvey, Head of GMIT Mayom and run until Friday 30 January (2015). All are welcome.