“Fissure” by ATU MA graduates opens in Galway Arts Centre

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“Fissure” by ATU MA graduates opens in Galway Arts Centre

Curated by Sona Smedkova, the exhibition runs until 23 September

Fissure, an exciting exhibition by graduates of the MA in Creative Practice from ATU School of Design and Creative Arts, was formally opened in the Galway Arts Centre, Dominick Street, Galway city on Friday 8 September by Galway City Council Arts Officer Ruth Mulhern, and runs until 23 September.

The exhibition is curated by Sona Smedkova, co-director of 126 Artist-Run Gallery. Sona describes “Fissure” as the common thread linking the contrasting and divergent practices and backgrounds — installation artists, 3D animators and a photographer from Catalonia, France, Ireland and Palestine.”

Eight graduates are exhibiting: Dina Abusehmoud, Mohamed Alkurdi, Carina Berger, Rocio Romero Grau, Kate Hodmon, Laurence Hynes, Cheryl Kelly Murphy and Evan Murray. They work in a diverse range of media from photography, sculpture, documentary, animation, graphic novels, Manga to mixed media and interactive installations.

‘Fissure’, Sona continues, “draws on the notion of gaps, marks, pauses, boundaries, and margins. Its purpose is to establish a common thread between each individual work and create a cohesive and immersive experience”.

Graduate Rocio Romero Grau says “It is a wonderful prospect to exhibit in the Galway Arts Centre after an intense year where I have challenged my ideas about contemporary practice and how to integrate innovative perspectives in public spaces.”

Gavin Murphy, Programme Chair of the MA in Creative Practice, ATU, says: “This is a great opportunity for the Masters students to showcase their work in a gallery with a growing international reputation. It has been a thrill to work with Megs Morley, Director of Galway Arts Centre, and a wonderful collaborative opportunity for Atlantic Technological University and Galway Arts Centre.”

Celine Curtin, Head of Department Creative Arts & Media, adds: “The MA in Creative Practice offers artists, designers and filmmakers a creative and critically informed environment in which to develop their practice. This exhibition serves as an intrinsic bridge between the academic and artistic realms and offers a platform for interdisciplinary discourse.”

Click here for further information about the MA in Creative Practice.



Regina Daly, Atlantic TU Communications

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