Beyond the Frame

Beyond the Frame
BA Visual Art Graduate Exhibition 2024
25 May to 15 June 

Opening on Saturday 25 May at 12 noon by Sara Greavu, Curator of Visual Arts at Project Arts Centre, Dublin and Ireland at Venice 2024

Featuring work by the seven graduating students - Natalie Allen, Sorcha Browning, Daniel Flynn, Hammond Journeaux, Macha, Paula Quirke and Sarah Wainwright - this exhibition includes a variety of media from painting, drawing and sculpture to photography, film, multi-media and digital work, from sound and projection to installation. Beyond the Frame highlights the deep engagement of the students with the island context over the course of the four-year degree programme, with much of the work concerned with ecology, community and sustainability.

For more information about the graduates and their work see In the Frame BAVA 2024 Digital Catalogue.pdf

This year’s seven graduating students will join the ranks of ninety-nine alumni of this prestigious and highly successful programme. Graduates have gone on to Masters and PhD level programmes, including the MA Art and Environment have secured work through teaching, lecturing and arts facilitation; and have developed careers as successful artists in West Cork and elsewhere.

This four-year modular honours degree, offering a dynamic and creative programme in contemporary visual art, fully accredited, managed and delivered by the TU Dublin School of Art and Design is OPEN NOW FOR APPLICANTS to the 2024/2025 ACADEMIC YEAR

For further information, contact TU Dublin Programme Coordinator, Jesse Jones at or Sherkin Island Facilitator, Majella O'Neill Collins at 086 8771765
The programme will run subject to continued funding

The BA Visual Art Degree Programme offers a unique and enriching experience for aspiring artists. Nestled amidst the stunning natural beauty of West Cork, this programme provides a nurturing environment where creativity flourishes. With a focus on interdisciplinary exploration, students have the opportunity to delve into various mediums, from traditional painting and sculpture to contemporary digital art and performance. What sets BAVA apart is its deep connection to the local community and the island's rich cultural heritage, which serves as both inspiration and backdrop for artistic expression. Through a blend of rigorous academic study and hands-on studio practice, students are encouraged to push boundaries, challenge conventions, and cultivate their unique artistic voices. With dedicated faculty and a supportive peer network, BAVA fosters a dynamic learning environment where students can grow both personally and professionally, preparing them for a successful career in the ever-evolving field of visual arts.

BA (hons) in Visual Art is a community-based, four year, honours degree, visual art programme based on Sherkin Island. It is fully accredited, managed and delivered by the School of Art and Design, Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) in partnership with Sherkin Island Development Society (SIDS) and Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, and is part-funded by the Department of Community and Rural Development and Cork County Council.

Images: BAVA final year student Hammond Journeaux working on Sherkin Island
Sarah Wainwright, making work in Sherkin Abbey, 2024

WCAC acknowledges the financial support of Arts Council Ireland and Cork County Council in making these exhibitions possible.


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