Abbey Road Artists’ Studios Collaborate with AIT Design Department
Abbey Road Artist's Studios launch the first of - what it hopes will be many collaborations with AIT starting with IN ORBIT - an exhibition of works by 1st and 2nd year AIT Design and Visual Communications students. On Tuesday 8th of May at 5.00pm the exhibition will be launched by Miriam Mulrennan, Manager of Athlone Art and Heritage. The exhibition will run Wednesday the 9th and Thursday 10th of May with doors open from 11a.m. - 5p.m. The students from AIT who created the work will themselves be present to invigilate and discuss the work with visitors.
Miriam Mulrennan says “in many cases we see the work of final year graduates is celebrated and this is important and appropriate. However the work produced by college students starting out on their course of study, often marks the beginning of their creative journey and for this reason this can be both surprising and experimental. From the offset we agreed with AIT that the end of each year marks a significant milestone as student’s progress on their creative journey. Additionally the work will be showcased while other community groups use the Abbey Road exhibition space, groups such as Athlone Arts Group and Abbey Road Active Age Group and the interaction between these ‘regulars’ and AIT students is at the heart of what Upstairs@studio5 is all about.”
The exhibition showcases a diverse selection of work produced by the students during their year of study, which encompasses fine art, 3D design, photography, bookmaking, graphic design and textiles. Eddie Ryan senior lecturer in design at AIT says of the collaboration “this heady mix of practice, participation, ideas and influence has produced a range of visually diverse, visually exciting and intellectually engaged work that we are delighted to get to show you at Abbey Road.”
Athlone Art and Heritage Coordinator Catherine Yorke, herself a former AIT Visual Communications graduate says of the collaboration “this is an exciting opportunity to showcase work by students, giving audiences access to the broadest possible range of practices and an insight into the mindset of a design student. I am delighted to be involved with featuring and celebrating the work of AIT Year 1 and 2 students, for the first time in Abbey Road.”
A further addition to the AIT and Athlone Art and Heritage collaboration involves the 2012 1st year Visual Communication students. The class group were invited to Abbey Road Artists’ Studios to meet the resident artists, to take a creative brief - grounded in the artists’ practice, from lecturers Tara Cullen and Sheila Hough. The brief explored the fact that currently the Artists’ studios at Abbey Road are individually numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4. Each student had to come up with a design solution for one of the individual studio doors. The brief was designed to be deliberately open in order to allow students to experiment and work outside usual brief guidelines. The history of the Abbey Road building, along with the iconic musical connotations of ‘Abbey Road Studios’ were among the themes which students were free to explore. Resident artists Lesley Wingfield, Laurence O’ Neill, as well as Miriam Mulrennan and Catherine Yorke from Athlone Art and Heritage attended an end of year presentation of the work of the students on site in AIT last week and selected 5 x projects which will be blown up to ‘door size’ and displayed in the coming weeks. Further notification about this exciting project will be made available once the students and AIT have navigated the technical and physical challenges of how these five works will be showcased in Abbey Road.