Graduates of MA in Creative Practice host exciting exhibition in City's Printworks Gallery

‘MA18’ features the work of 12 visual artists and film makers (Connacht Tribune Printworks Gallery, 21 Sept)


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Thursday, September 6, 2018

An exciting collaborative exhibition, MA18, presented by graduates of GMIT’s Master of Arts in Creative Practice, opens on Culture Night, 21 September, in the Connacht Tribune Printworks Gallery, Galway city centre, at 7pm. The public exhibition will showcase work created by twelve visual artists and film-makers who have completed the year-long programme at GMIT’s Centre for the Creative Arts & Media (CCAM).

Alejandra Plaza and Andreas Keonig are sculptors who explore interactions between specific materials and spaces. Koenig works with traditional and contemporary weaving techniques in willow and Plaza explores everyday objects such as tables and chairs within a gallery setting.

Katie Moore is a textile artist who explores empathy and memorialisation through her work.

Martina Passman, Eileen Lydon and Brigid Mulligan are installation artists. Passman uses found and inanimate objects as the basis of her practice. Lydon explores the impact of colour and light upon human experience. Mulligan explores themes of grief and loss through the sentimental object.

Film-makers Paul McDonnell and Risteard O Domhnaill capture the realities and complexities of life. O Domhnaill’s work explores the world of currency, debt, bitcoin and its devastating environmental impact around the globe in an experimental short documentary. McDonnell, film-maker and sculptor, creates installations that evoke nostalgia and memory through the uses of hyper realistic sculptures and projections.

Umesh Maharjan, Stephanie McLaughlin, Nuala Hiney and Bernard Dooley create paintings using symbolic objects and seek to capture arresting moments in life. Landscape is a key source of inspiration. 

Dr Gavin Murphy, Chair of the programme, says: “MA:18 brings together a diversity of practices and people with a range of experiences to bring to the table. Each has been challenged by chance encounters and a rich engagement with their other. A freshness of thought and lightness of touch is the order of the day”.

MA18 will be officially opened by James Harrold, Galway City’s Arts Officer. This event is open to the public and admission is free. It will be open from 11am to 6pm, from 21 to 30 September.

For further information on this course, please see:

Katie Moore, Entropy, Installation, gypsophila stems.

Katie Moore, Entropy, Installation, gypsophila stems.

Katie Moore, Entropy, Installation, gypsophila stems.Stephanie McLaughlin, Dereliction, 20 x 30cm, oil on board.Alejandra Plaza, Exercise in Red, Installation, thread and wooden chair.Paul McDonnell, Memory Station, Size 3000mm X 1800mm X 1800, Multimedia.