Fifth year classmates in Clonmel’s Loretto Secondary School have curated their own, unique exhibition of paintings and sculpture from the Arts Council Collection, and the local arts centre has opened it to the public for the next five weeks.
The Leaving Certificate students worked closely with visual artist Mollie Anna King, South Tipperary Arts Centre, the Tipperary Arts Office and the Arts Council to create Transition, which runs from 11th April to 18th May at the popular Clonmel venue.
The project saw the teenagers choose carefully from the Arts Council’s outstanding collection of almost 1,100 works of modern and contemporary Irish art, learning at first hand all aspects of curating, from planning and developing to the selection of works and overseeing the installation in the gallery.
Transition features works by artists John Behan, Carmel Benson, Pauline Bewick, Melanie leBrocquy, Jennifer Brady, Michelle Brown, Amanda Coogan, Dorothy Cross, Mary Ann Duffy, Anita Groener, Dragana Jurisic and Helena Kelly.
Speaking today Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council said:
“The Arts Council is delighted to be part of this wonderful project giving students an opportunity to experience working directly with one of the national collections of this country to design a unique exhibition of work selected from amongst the important Irish Visual Artists from the 1960s to the present day.
Congratulating the students, she said projects like Transition represented one of the Arts Council’s key priorities of supporting public engagement with the arts, as set out in its 10-year strategy Making Great Art Work: Leading the Development of the Arts.
For more information on borrowing works from the Arts Council Collection please contact Ben Mulligan, Visual Arts: Collection Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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