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Brazilian students welcome Ambassador Cardoso to Grangegorman

Posted: 10 May, 2016

Fifteen students from Brazil, who have spent this academic year studying at the DIT School of Creative Arts, welcomed the Brazilian Ambassador to Ireland to the Grangegorman campus last week.

Ambassador Cardoso of Brazil (standing) and his wife Solange (right) speaking to Brazilian students of Visual Communications on his visit to DIT Grangegorman.

The students are among 250 participants in DIT on the ‘Science Without Borders’ scholarship programme, funded by the government of Brazil.

Ambassador Cardoso was accompanied by his wife Solange who is herself a visual artist, and by Cultural Attaché Daniela Guerra. DIT Lecturers Tom Kelly and John Short created an exhibition of the students’ work in the foyer and along the corridors of Rathdown House and the students took the opportunity to explain their own pieces to the Ambassador and described their experience of studying in Ireland for the year.

 

Ambassador Cardoso views exhibition

Ambassador Cardoso views students’ work 

The students took the Imagemaking and Drawing modules on the Visual Communication Design degree programme (DT545).  Their work included some fascinating impressions of the Grangegorman campus and also of life – and lifestyles – in Dublin.  Some chose the Illustration and Drawing modules and created exquisite accordion-folding illustrated books on themes of myths and legend.  Some also chose the St. Patrick’s Festival module and played a really significant part in the first ever DIT pageant in the St. Patrick’s Day pararde.

 

Ambassador Cardoso, Sra Solange Cardoso, and Cultural Attaché Daniela Guerra, with Kieran Corcoran and Barry Sheehan

During the visit, Kieran Corcoran, Head of School, and Barry Sheehan, Head of Design, escorted the Ambassador and his wife on a tour of the North House where they could see the studios in action.  Speaking to the students afterwards, Ambassador Cardoso enthused about the facilities that were so readily available to the students, especially in the print studio.  Speaking about the differences and similarities between Brazil and Ireland, he said both countries shared a particularly strong sense of identity and culture.

 

Ambassador and Solange Cardoso, with students and lecturers in Grangegorman

The students will now say goodbye to Grangegorman and to Dublin, and will return to Brazil to continue their studies in Visual Communication, Product Design, Photography, and other related disciplines. 

View a photo gallery of the students work here.