School Portraits

School Portraits

John Ahearn, Mandy O’Neill, Blaise Smith, Kilian Waters

Wed 24 May - Sat 24 Jun 2017 Ground & First Floor Galleries

School Portraits takes the viewer into the world of school to see contemporary artists’ representations of young people, school buildings and the wide range of activities and experiences that go on during a school day. The exhibition presents work by artist John Ahearn, photographer Mandy O’Neill and painter Blaise Smith who have immersed themselves, often for extended periods of time, to create bodies of work that capture the rich and varied moods and lived experiences of Irish school life. The exhibition will also include new work produced in a collaborative project between filmmaker Kilian Waters, Draíocht Curator-in-Residence, Sharon Murphy and Room 13 Inquiry, Dublin 15.

From classroom to playground, from close-up to group studies, from painting-from-life to filmed testimonials, this exhibition offers an extended portrait of school and an insight into the thoughts and feelings of young people who go there every day.

Room 13 International is a network of student-run arts studios in schools and community settings worldwide. Room 13 Scoil Bhríde National School and Room 13 Tyrrelstown Educate Together National School both located in Dublin 15 are the first two Room 13 studios to open in the Republic of Ireland. Room 13 Inquiry in Fingal is an initiative of Fingal County Council Arts Office. You can read more here and here.

John Ahearn’s St Francis Street Boy’s 1994 is on loan from the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) through its National Programme.
Works from Blaise Smith’s SchoolWork are on loan from Presentation College, Carlow.

Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

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