Look­ing ahead

With fund­ing se­cured for the im­me­di­ate fu­ture, a new post grad­u­ate pro­gramme in vis­ual arts s un­der way on Sherkin Is­land

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With fund­ing se­cured for the im­me­di­ate fu­ture, a new post grad­u­ate pro­gramme in vis­ual arts (BAVA) is un­der way on a West Cork is­land.

It fol­lows the lat­est grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony on Sherkin Is­land which, since 2007, has uniquely hosted a BA (hons) in Vis­ual Art four-year pro­gramme based on Sherkin Is­land.

The lat­est grad­u­ates were Jill Dins­dale, Mary Sul­li­van, Colin O Sul­li­van, Áine Tier­ney, Fiona Cough­lan, Ju­lia Pen­ney, Mary Scroope, Cather­ine Kee­ley and Sarah Buck­ley.

More than 80 peo­ple have grad­u­ated from the fouryear course to date which is fully ac­cred­ited, man­aged and de­liv­ered by the Dublin School of Creative Arts at Dublin In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (DIT).

The pro­gramme is op­er­ated in part­ner­ship with Sherkin Is­land De­vel­op­ment So­ci­ety (SIDS) and Uillinn: West Cork Arts Cen­tre, and is part­funded by the De­part­ment of Cul­ture, Her­itage and the Gaeltacht and Cork County Coun­cil.

Pro­fes­sor Michael Mur­phy, di­rec­tor of aca­demic af­fairs and regis­trar, DIT, con­ferred de­grees on the new grad­u­ates.

Ex­tend­ing his con­grat­u­la­tions to the BAVA grad­u­ates, the newly-ap­pointed Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills Joe McHugh said: “I was de­lighted to be able to sup­port the BA in Vis­ual Art again this year, and to have put fund­ing in place to en­sure that this pro­gramme will con­tinue for the next two years.”

For­merly a min­is­ter of state at the De­part­ment of the Taoiseach un­til his ap­point­ment as ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter, this month, Mr McHugh said: “I wish the grad­u­ates con­tin­ued suc­cess in their fu­ture, and would like to take the op­por­tu­nity to strongly en­cour­age bud­ding artists from around the coun­try to fol­low in their foot­steps and take part in this unique pro­gramme.”

The fund­ing sup­port of the De­part­ment of Cul­ture, Her­itage and the Gaeltacht along with Cork County Coun­cil has been hugely sig­nif­i­cant in the con­tin­u­a­tion of the third level arts ed­u­ca­tion course and was in­stru­men­tal in the pro­gramme be­ing able to progress.

The as­sur­ance of fund­ing be­ing in place en­abled a fur­ther group of stu­dents to be­gin their four-year de­gree on Sherkin Is­land, in Septe­many ber. The grad­u­a­tion event was also at­tended by var­i­ous lo­cal com­mu­nity and gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

They in­cluded Cork South West TD Michael Collins, vicechair of the Joint Oireach­tas Com­mit­tee on Cul­ture Her­itage and the Gaeltacht along with and Seán Can­ney, the newly-ap­pointed Min­is­ter of State at the De­part­ments of Ru­ral & Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment.

The pro­gramme is specif­i­cally tai­lored to al­low ac­cess to third level ed­u­ca­tion to ge­o­graph­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged, ma­ture stu­dents who would other­wise have to leave their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

It also brings so­cial, eco­nomic and cul­tural ben­e­fits to Sherkin Is­land.

Since its in­cep­tion, the course has also helped to sus­tain and nur­ture a ru­ral com­mu­nity and pave the way for gen­uine ac­cess and par­tic­i­pa­tion to life­long ed­u­ca­tion.

It con­trib­utes to sus­tain­ing liveli­hoods and to build­ing liv­ing and vi­brant com­mu­ni­ties in the im­me­di­ate lo­cal­ity and beyond, and has been vi­tal to the qual­ity of life of the is­land res­i­dents and to the is­land econ­omy dur­ing the tra­di­tion­ally quiet win­ter months.

BAVA Pro­gramme chair, Dr Glenn Loughran said “this year’s co­hort of grad­u­ates are unique”.

“Over a thou­sand vis­i­tors from all over the West Cork re­gion came to ad­mire their de­gree ex­hi­bi­tion A Di­a­logue

with the World which ex­panded across the whole is­land and which was then recre­ated at the West Cork Arts Cen­tre.”

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the pro­gramme, con­tact Ais­ling Mo­ran, Sherkin, Long & Heir Is­land De­vel­op­ment Worker at 087 7669657 or ais­ling­bipg@gmail.com

Pic­ture: Rob­bie Mur­phy

Stu­dents and aca­demics from Dublin In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy at the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony of the BA in Vis­ual Arts Pro­gramme on Sherkin Is­land.

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