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LIFT OFF – Graduate Exhibition

Posted: 19 May, 2015

DIT Graduate Exhibition 2015, Dublin School of Creative Arts, Grangegorman

“Lift Off”, this year’s DIT Graduate Art and Design Exhibition, looks to the future as the graduates embark on their careers as the next generation of artists and designers, and DIT embarks on the next phase of development of the new campus at Grangegorman. The identity and design of the this year’s Exhibition was created by Visual Communications students Alan Habron, Grainne Barry Wallace and Sarah McCoy.  

Among the work on view, Furniture Designers, Gildas O’Laoire bends and sculpts wood to near impossible forms while Ben Walsh uses cast concrete to create his pieces. Product Designer Mark Ennis has designed multifunctional school furniture that promotes active learning and facilitates modern teaching  methods, while Eilis Delaney has developed a device to help Fire Fighters identify obstacles at a fire scene through ultra-sonic sensors, alerting them through tactile feedback.

Fine Artist Maria Quigley’s installation work uses extracts from James Joyce’s novel Finnegan’s Wake to explore the pressing cultural and political issues around water, while Justine McDonnell’s work is mindful of the space and history of Grangegorman and grants a voice to those within institutions. Leonard Traynor deals with our increasing engagement and reliance on digital technology and seeks to find embodied forms for and from the internet.

Amongst the Interior Design students, Jonathan Doyle has designed a unique multi-level space to house an International Language Centre. The interior is based on the concept of maps investigating the relationship between positive and negative space as both features and details. Another Interior Design student Richard May researched the interaction between gym equipment and the human body to develop angles and forms suitable for defining spaces within a Fitness Hotel. The resolution of the building’s interior redefines hotels as we know them, bringing health and fitness in to all areas in new and exciting ways.

From Photography, Daniel Siberry focuses on the tensions between everyday utility and utopian ideal, juxtaposing the abstract designs of the architects and planners against the realities of makeshift homes created in the wake of the economic crisis, while Karl Leonard has produced a series of video interviews with participants who are visually impaired, concentrating on their often ingenious solutions to navigating and negotiating public space.

Lift Off is the first major arts event to take place on the new DIT central Dublin campus.  Students from the School of Creative Arts, from Photography and from Social Sciences are among the first 1000 students to be located at Grangegorman since the campus opened in September 2014.  By 2017 more than 10,000 students and staff members will have joined them.  Visitors to the Lift Off exhibition will have an opportunity to see the campus development.

Lift Off opens on Friday June 5th at 6pm and runs until Saturday June 13th, opening daily from 12-7pm (closed Sundays). For more information please visit