Centenary Art Exhibition 2017

Amid the hustle and bustle of July’s Irish Open Golf tournament and the Red Sails festival, more than 1500 people took the opportunity for a quiet hour away from the beach and promenade to visit Flowerfield Arts centre to see the work chosen by Dominican College to showcase the quality and variety of work the school produces year on year in Art.

The exhibition was the idea of Mr Declan Brolly as a way of affording visitors from near and far a window into the creative processes within the school. He helped to curate and organise the exhibition alongside the school’s present and past Heads of Art, Miss Laura McConnell and Mr Brendan O’Boyle. Mrs Jenny Millen, Art Assistant, helped organise and display the work of pupils.

Most visitors were amazed to discover the quality, variety and diversity of work on display, much of it from our present day Art pupils under the careful mentoring of Miss Laura McConnell, our Head of Art. The majority of visitors stated that the diverse and distinctive work would have not looked out of place in a professional exhibition.

 The idea for the exhibition was, in our centenary year, to showcase the artistic and creative talents of our pupils and to allow members of the local community and summer visitors a window into the quality of work produced by the school. Work from our GCSE students included pieces by Sebastian Kania, Jessica Howard, Robyn Fleming and Heidi Archibald. A Level art in the school was represented by pupils such as Aimee Semple, Lauren McClenaghan, Caitlin Porter, Erin Melville, Ruby Frew and Orla Tracey.

The superb work of our recent past pupils was represented by Toni Kafaliev, Adrienne Shirlow, Sian McAfee, Niamh McIlfatrick and Laoiseach McGarry.

The school was delighted to be able to display some superb pieces from past pupils, parents and friends of the college many of whom have gone on to have careers in Art such as Stephen and Jennifer Forde, Rhonda Church, Maeve O’Hara, Heather and Anna Reid also had work on display showcasing the pupils who, over the years, have gone on to make careers within the art sector. Our past head of Art, Mr Benny O’Boyle had four exquisite pieces on show and Miss Laura McConnell exhibited some of her own landscape pieces.

 Miss McConnell launched the exhibition to a packed gallery on the morning of July 1st, explaining:

“Dominican College has a long and proud History as a centre of artistic excellence and   I am delighted and excited to be able to showcase the artistic talents of the pupils of Dominican College and it has been a thrill and a pleasure to co-ordinate the works which will be on display which I hope will demonstrate and celebrate the diversity and individuality of the work produced by both our present and past pupils.”

A special mention must go to the family of the late Betty Deery, a past Dominican Head Girl from 1946, whose daughter Gloria Perry travelled in honour of her mum to display three superb sculptures entitled “Wild Poppies” and “Girl with Dove” and “Sweethearts”.

The staff and governors of the school would like to thank Flowerfield Arts Centre for the use of their amazing venue throughout July and for affording our pupils to exhibit their work in a professional gallery setting.

The school’s Centenary celebrations will continue throughout the Autumn term with showcase events such as our School Show, a Mass for the Dead and our Christmas Carol Service.