Each year the SETU Art Graduate Exhibition assembles the creations of final year Visual Art students to celebrate and share their pieces created throughout their final year
Waterford Institute of Technology and Garter Lane Gallery recently united to launch the 2021 Degree exhibition, Six Degrees of Separation, which took place on Saturday 29 May.
The exhibition brought together the work of final year BA Hons in Visual Art students at SETU to celebrate and share with the public the extraordinary artworks that have been made during the strangest of years.
Varied themes addressed
The class of 2020/21 having existed in a collective limbo, isolated and yet together via virtual means, brought their artworks for public exhibition at Garter Lane Gallery addressing themes as varied as fast fashion, time and our existence within it, climate change, use and abuse of rural landscape, sport and dystopian worlds.
Celebration of resilience
The 2021 SETU Graduate Art exhibition theme 'Six degrees of Separation’ seeks to speak to the recent state of detachment that so many people within society have been forced to deal with.
It also reflects the challenges the six graduates: Catherine Ashe Doyle, Petr Rozonovsky, Emma Kiely, James Whelan, Lauren Keohe, Laura Donegan overcame this year, and is a celebration of the students' collective and individual resilience that prevailed throughout.
The students and staff at SETU would like to extend their thanks to the following people without whom this exhibition would not have been possible: Sandra Kelly, Sile Penkert, Hayley K Stuart, Neill Mac Cann, Suzanne Denieffe, Seamus Dillion, Dr Helen Farrell, Larry Condon, Martin Browne, and The Art Committee at SETU, The National Sculpture Factory, Cork Printmakers, GOMA, and Waterford Arts Office.