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PHOTOS – VTOS Art Exhibition 2017 showcasing amazing works by students

Pictured at the VTOS Art Exhibition are students Patricia Kennedy, Rose Lowe and Jayne Foley. Photo: Katie Glavin/ilovelimerick

VTOS Art Exhibition Showcasing Extraordinary Works by Students

Art, Craft and Design students in the VTOS programme at the new state-of-the-art Further Education and Training Centre, Kilmallock Road Campus (formally St Enda’s) held a one-day exhibition of their artwork on Thursday, May 25. The VTOS Art Exhibition showcased a range of paintings, drawings, crafts, graphic design and photography and represented just a selection of the total creative output of the learners over the past year.

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Pictured is Simone Coutney-Bowler with her craft pieces at the VTOS Art Exhibition. Photo: Katie Glavin/ilovelimerick


Jayne Foley, Course Leader, commented, “It’s exciting for us to show this work as it’s so important for any artist to have their work viewed by the public. In essence, a public viewing is the final element in the creative process and this gives the budding artists the chance to gauge that reaction.”

 Jane also offered an insight into the course for those wishing to apply for the upcoming year “The Art, Craft and Design course is a level 5 and it’s QQI so it’s really for people who maybe want to develop a portfolio and go on to college, or maybe they just want to develop their skills in art and design. We do everything from drawing and painting to graphic design, ceramics and digital photography. You don’t necessarily need much art skills to do the course, it’s adult education so you just a strong interest. I then meet you for a very informal interview. If people are very interested in the course, they are usually able to get into it. In the Art, Craft and Design course it’s usually about 19 to 20 students we take. We have a really great room and great facilities. We have really great computer rooms, we have everything here and the school is a big, bright new campus”

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Pictured: Miriam Lillis pictured with her batique piece at the VTOS Art Exhibition

The course affords people the opportunity to begin on the road to working in the creative industries and can significantly boost their success rate in moving on to Third level Art Craft Design courses. This year the course introduced Enterprise for Art Craft Design which has provided even greater possibilities for promotion and marketing artworks.

Students of the course were also present at the VTOS Art Exhibition to speak to people about their pieces and where their inspiration came from. Simone Courtney-Bowler, who completed the course for the second year in a row spoke about some of the pieces she created.

Through doing the VTOS Simone will be able to attend the Limerick Institute of Technology next year. Simone spoke about how she first got involved with the VTOS course. She said, “A very close friend of mine died, for a year after she died I was completely lost. I decided I needed to do things to keep my mind off of it so I started this course. Through all of the pieces I’ve done I’ve been able to express myself and let go of emotions like depression and sadness”

Speaking about her inspiration for her craft pieces, Simone said “I chose the Gay Pride Parade because I work with weddings and there are not too many venues that are willing to do gay weddings. This was for the enterprise research brief we were given. To make it more fun I decided to add Skittles sweets and liquorice rope. It’s combined materials so I tried to fit in as many combined materials as I could.”

The VTOS Art Exhibition took place in the Art Studio at the Further Education and Training Centre, Kilmallock Road Campus and showcased a wonderful variety of work that students had worked on during the course. The VTOS Art Exhibition also offered tea, coffee and nibbles for all those who attended. 

More information on any VTOS Course is available by phoning (061) 419933

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