Galway Technical Institute presents the artists and designers of the future in their 2017 student exhibition from 26-31 May in the Dominican Hall, The Claddagh.
Students from four groups; Art: Portfolio Preparation QQI Level 5; Drawing & Visual Inquiry QQI Level 6; Animation QQI Level 6 and Furniture Making and Design QQI Level 5 will be showing the results of their year’s hard work at the event.
While all GTI courses are for one year, students return at all stages of their learning to tune up their skills or to gain new ones. Across all the above courses, students recognise the unique educational environment GTI provides and return for a conversation or for further formal learning arrangements.
Ross Gibbons completed the furniture course in 2006. In his words “the furniture course at GTI was a major stepping stone in my path to pursue a teaching career…I am delighted to be back teaching the class as part of my Education Diploma in NUI Galway this year”.
David McLoughlin was a student on the Art: Portfolio Preparation and Drawing & Visual Inquiry courses. He now studies Animation at Limerick School of Art and Design and as part of his final year work placement this year worked with GTI Animation students and with Finnish Animation students at GTI on their own Erasmus+ placements.
Reputation for Excellence
GTI has acquired a reputation for educational excellence and for providing a supportive learning environment; GTI students are always warmly welcomed by higher education institutions. The Art: Portfolio Preparation course has an unbroken reputation in gaining high scores from all the Irish art and design colleges and from those in the UK. This course is seen as an essential foundation in art and design skills, knowledge and concepts by all the higher institutions of art and design in Ireland. Graduates of this course are proven to be more likely to stay the course at degree level and to achieve higher grades in their final examinations.
There is a clear progression pathway from the level 6 courses at GTI directly into the second year of relevant degree programmes and it is not unheard of for students of distinction being offered a place directly into third year.
Some GTI past students have also been making headlines. Deirdre Duffy of Wild Cocoon textiles won the Irish Accessory Designer of the Year and Over All Innovation Award winner at the Fashion Innovation Awards this year and Gearoid Muldowney and Joanne Butler of Superfolk design studio are going from strength to strength. Closer to home, more recent past students Patricia Bomba and Micheal de Brun are exhibiting with their fellow third year GMIT art and design course graduates, in the NUI Galway quadrangle art gallery.
GTI is the largest provider of Erasmus+ placements in Ireland. Fourteen students from the Drawing & Visual Inquiry and Animation level 6 courses embarked on their Erasmus+ placements in Finland this year. This is a fully funded three week work placement. GTI students got to work in state of the art animation studios and art students worked in world-class institutions such as Pori Art Museum, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki and at EMMA, Espoo during the installation and opening of a major Joseph Beuys/OlafurEliasson exhibition.
Nine Finnish students have been part of the everyday life at GTI this year. Birgit Harinen from Omnia College, Helsinki has been working at iSupply for her placement and has worked on a number of GTI design projects including an animated poster. Lotta Serpilä and Matthias Kaakinen of Hyria College Hyvinkaa will be exhibiting their painting as part of the GTI student exhibition.
The result of this hive of activity is the GTI student exhibition. All are welcome to come and enjoy the visual expression of students’ remarkable journeys.
The exhibition takes place at the Dominican Hall behind the Claddagh Church from 26-31 May excluding Sunday from 10am until 4pm.
The opening reception is on at 7pm on Thursday 25 May and Paul Fahy, Artistic Director, Galway International Arts Festival will formally open the exhibition.