Laura Quinn, BA Hons Fine Art student with her final year project entitled ‘The Lilith Series’ at MTU Crawford College of Art and Design. PhotoS: Joleen Cronin

MTU students showcase amazing artworks and dynamic design skills

By Ray Lucey

You’ve got one final day to see what some of the finest student creatives can do!

MTU Crawford Graduate Exhibitions 2024 showcases work of final-year creatives from all CCAD’s undergraduate programmes: Contemporary Applied Art, Fine Art, Creative Digital Media, Visual Communications and Photography with New Media.

Works feature a wide range of visual art practices from drawing and painting through textiles, glass, sculpture, photography and film to graphic design, illustration, interactive media design, app design, book design and VR.

Undergraduate MTU Crawford College of Art & Design (CCAD) Graduate Exhibitions celebrate creative practices of CCAD’s graduates in MTU’s Bishopstown Campus and Sharman Crawford Street Campus.

Both exhibitions run until 6 June inclusive.

Rose McGrath, Head, MTU Crawford College of Art and Design, said: “While talking to our students about their work as they prepared their exhibits, I was struck by how they have found their own individual voice.

“I am impressed by how they communicate and present their responses to these challenges in their end of year exhibitions.”

She said: “It must be noted that in Ireland, the creative industries account for 8.9% of national employment, the 2nd highest in Europe as a proportion of overall employment. This is an area of growth and MTU will endeavour to continue to support and adapt its delivery of programmes to support this successful and growing national industry.”

Trish Brennan, Head, MTU Department of Fine Art and Applied Art, said: “Our graduates, over the years, have gone on to become internationally acclaimed artists, cultural producers, curators, writers, and educators who are making significant contributions to the professional creative and cultural fields.”

Valerie Renehan, Head, MTU Department of Media Communications, said: “The Department of Media Communications Graduate Exhibition this year captures the topics of place, people, mind, self, senses, and inclusivity. These are uniquely brought to the viewer through story, teaching, brand, 3D graphics, visual narrative, film, book design, cinematic virtual reality, augmented reality, user interface, user experience and web design & development.”

MTU Department of Media Communications Exhibition is open until 6 June from 10am to 4pm, at James Barry Exhibition Centre.

MTU Department of Fine Art and Applied Art Exhibition is open to the public until 6 June from 11am to 8.30pm, at MTU’s Sharman Crawford Street Campus.

For further information on all the exhibiting artists, see