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July 18, 2016 NCAD Creative Lab
NCAD Creative Lab Exhibition in Ballymun

The creative works of 15 secondary school students are on display in the Axis Arts Centre in Ballymun until July 22nd. The Creative Lab project saw students from five schools across North Dublin coming together for a two-week collaborative project developed by the National College of Art & Design (NCAD) and The Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun, an environmental social enterprise.

The pilot project set out to develop a creative model of engagement with young people from the North Dublin community, while also introducing them to the concept of zero waste and circular economy thinking.

For two weeks, the teenagers worked with a team of artists, designers, sustainability experts, and film-makers in a Creative Lab located in the Axis Arts Centre, Ballymun. These include: artist, Sinead McDonald, who currently has an exhibition in the Axis Centre; Sophia Vigne-Welsh, a graduate of NCAD Fine Art Media; and Carrie Ann Moran, a tutor in fashion design from the Rediscovery Centre.

The programme featured a series of introductory workshops, including multi-media, coding, computing, photography, up-cycling, fashion design, art presentation and exhibition curation.

The project was featured here in the Irish Times: http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/art-and-design/creative-lab-how-to-get-teenagers-interested-in-art-1.2723391

Speaking at the showcase, Finola McTernan, NCAD Access Officer said: “We are really excited to have developed this pilot project with the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun which aims to engage young people, to deliver new skills and to raise awareness about opportunities for further education.

“Last month, the students visited the NCAD Graduate Showcase and met with the Rediscover Fashion team in preparation for Creative Lab. This helped hugely in raising awareness of use of materials, conceptual and artistic expression, as well as design sustainability. This is the first year of the project and we hope that we can build on its success in the future.”

A selection of the projects showcased at the Creative Lab exhibition include:

  • A personal short film by Shannon Jury, exploring alternative paths that the filmmaker’s life could have taken. The story is told through the depiction of old family photographs and personal text.
  • Chelsea Burke and Antoinette Farrell have re-purposed a vintage dress incorporating futuristic recycled materials that will be modelled, photographed and included in a mocked-up glossy fashion magazine.
  • Liam Dunne, Glen McCormack and Sam Harrison will screen a short comedy film and display several print pieces mixing cultural references from Pokemon and The Simpsons to Lord of the Rings.

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