Spotlight on NCAD

by Emma Nolan

This year’s show highlighted the work of Dublin’s future leading artists and designers.
In total, work by 329 students featured in the NCAD 2017 Show.
The showcase presents an annual opportunity to exhibit the creative identities of students as they launch their careers.

Pictured at the opening of the National College of Art and Design’s NCAD 2017 Show was textile and surface designer Tanya Byrne with her work Suck it and see. Pictures: Marc O’Sullivan

Highlights include:
· An interactive virtual reality installation by MFA Fine Art student Elaine Hoey, Stranger than Fiction is Fact utilises technology to disrupt and destabilise the viewer’s navigation and understanding of our current political mediascape. It investigates the idea of fiction as a new reality, drawing parallels between technological, mediated and political systems, proposing new ways to negotiate this uncertain terrain.

Buse Kanliklic with her work, Disposition

· Through personal interviews and anecdotes, The Curious Paradox by Visual Communication student Conor Foran, sheds light on the shy presence of stammering in our society.
· A Culinary Childhood by Jewellery and Metalwork student, Sinead Christie, explores the challenging and memorable personal moments that she has experienced with her family. Passion for food runs through their veins and when they eat together, they are celebrating life – the good and the bad. By taking the fork and spoon motifs, Christie turns them into personal and quirky reflections of both her and her family, while showing how love stands in the face of adversity.

Alice Mary Brennan with her Pocket Parks ceramic planters

· Demolishing the Memories by Joint Painting and Education student, Adam McGrane, is a tribute to the people of St Teresa’s Gardens on the occasion of the demolition of the flat complex. McGrane’s work captures the moment the resident’s homes were destroyed through using raw materials from the scene as an artistic medium. It offers an insight into the thriving community spirit that once existed, its balcony culture and an intimate view into the characters of St Teresa’s Gardens.
· Shackleton by Product Design student Adam Blagburn, explores our sensory perceptions and questions the values we place on everyday experience. Modern society often fails to stop and take in the world around us. Through haptic navigation and inflatable location mapping Shackleton acts as a tool for modern sensory exploration, disrupting everyday routine.

Adam McGrane with his piece, Working from Rubble

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