Behind the Seen – Launch Tonight!

April 14, 2008 at 9:39 am Leave a comment

After a lot of hard work by the group, the publication is finally ready and the launch will happen tonight at 7pm at Sligo Education Centre. There will also be a digital slideshow of work by the students throughout the project. All are welcome to celebrate the work of these young artists and launch the publication.

This publication presents twelve unique reflections of place and identity in the postcard format by six young artists from St. Mary’s School, Ballymote, Co. Sligo: Neil Murray, Elaine Dwyer, Shauna Gallagher, Angela Brennan, Keith Henry and Kristof Kenderesi.


These postcards are the result of a three month art project that was a response to the exhibition A Special Place in Sligo Education Centre, where a variety of artists explored a place special to them through drawing, painting, collage, text and photography. The task for this project and publication was to explore the same theme and how it relates to the experience and ideas of the young artists in Sligo. 


The images on these postcards have been created using a variety of photographic and other techniques – the group have experimented with different cameras including waterproof plastic cameras; digital cameras; plastic fisheye cameras; multiple exposure cameras; digital cameraphones; and finally, digital manipulation of their photographs. This has created a diverse range of quality and technique in their imaging of ‘place’.


The postcard format is the way the tourist industry typically represents places and landscapes in the area. Within this publication, the young artists have worked to develop alternative images and understandings of ‘place’ that are different from the typical commercial and tourist representations of Sligo. The ‘places’ shown by the young artists on these postcards are often not visually arresting, but are embedded with memory and invisible personal attachment: this is expressed through the name they have chosen for their publication, Behind the Seen.





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