Exhibition Programme
Opening view: Thursday 25 January 2024, 6PM—8.30PM. All are welcome to attend.
Exhibition: Friday 25 January—Friday 9 February 2024, 11AM—6PM.
Exhibition Walkthrough Public Event:
  Tuesday 6th February 2024, 1:15PM-1.45PM.
Join the NCAD Print Department Year 2 Students 2024 on a walkthrough of the exhibition and public discussion of their work.

The NCAD Gallery presents Sights Of Polykites: An Exhibition of Expanded Printmaking by NCAD Print Department Year 2 Students, 2024. This exhibition highlights the output of the Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (SATLE) which aims to drive teaching and learning innovation and enhancement across the higher education sector on specific themes.

Sights Of Polykites is the second NCAD Print Department project funded by SATLE which introduced students to ways in which print informs, and is informed by, new advances in technology. Integrating digital and rapid prototyping technologies at the newly available on-campus 'William Walsh' facility with the analogue and mechanical process of print already familiar to NCAD print students.
Aligned to the NCAD Academic Ethos, this project enabled a focus on learning through making, introducing students to expanded print practice through an engagement with newer digital technologies - a taster of what's possible. Offering an extension of the NCAD print department's existing specialist expertise which also allows for a generation of new knowledge: curiosity, critical enquiry, reflection and  innovation within contemporary print practice. This pilot project focused on a process of making a library/ inventory of techniques that allows students and staff to foresee how the William Walsh facilities can be used and integrated into teaching and learning within the context of fine art print.

In the exhibition foyer area, visitors can view documentation of the SATLE funded project Message Markers that was delivered in 2022/2023. For this SATLE funded project students responded to a brief that located them off campus and on the site of Dublin Port. This location provided a rich resource for expanded print practices, supporting Print teaching and learning within the “Art Practices and Dissemination Strategies'' module with the potential to prosper in ways that met partnered and bold and curious strategic objectives for students, Department and School.  The project funding allowed for the testing of a new digital tool Padlet which acts as a shared notebook, the purchase of new equipment, digital printing outcomes for expanded print practice and development of offsite exhibition strategies. 

Project / Exhibition Team & Exhibitors

The above Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (SATLE) projects at the NCAD Print Department are led by lecturer and artist, Emma Finucane, Assistant Lecturer and artist Neil Dunne and supported by Catriona Leahy, Head of Department, Liam Gough, Print Technician, Mark Ferguson, Digital Technician, and Alan McLeod, Technical Manager, William Walsh Workshop

Year 2 Print Student Exhibitors: Shauna Bannon, Dolgeai Basco, Ciana Clarke, Alexandra Cobzaru, Ava Cullen, Aimee Curry, Orlaith Dalton, Eimear Dowling, Viktorija Jegrova, Orla Jordan, Melanie Kitsan, Ernest Klosewski, Neda Kuznecova, Eimhin Lowney, Keelah Malcomson, Ciaran McCarthy, Leah McEneaney, Eva Mulivhill, Jessica Power, Eva Ryan, Anna Scott, Noah Sex, Kate Tracy.

Anne Kelly, NCAD Gallery Curator, Fergus Byrne, Exhibition Technician

Image credit: Ava Cullen, Year 2, NCAD Print. In-process work -hand printed laser cut and engraved birch ply on Japanese paper, 2024.

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