9 May 2016
By Bryan T. Smyth
Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa’s annual end of year displays of Art, Design, Digital Media, Culture, Heritage and Dance announced.
The efforts and achievements of students and staff at Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa (CSN) will be celebrated at upcoming ‘End of Year’ gala performances and exhibitions. These will enhance ongoing celebrations at the College of Further Education marking their silver anniversary as a centre of further education for Art and Design for over 25 years.
One of the most anticipated events is the “Push to Open” art exhibition, created by the Graduates of Art & Design which launches on May 26th at 6.30pm, (running from 27thMay-14th September, 10-5pm daily,). This innovative exhibition features the creative and dynamic work of CSN QQI Level 5 & 6 graduates from Art, Craft and Design, Furniture Design, Digital Media BTEC HND and Culture & Heritage Studies so should have broad appeal for a wide spectrum of interests. Artist and educator Carol White will open the show and all are welcome to view the wonderful array of art and design that showcases both the talented students’ work and the various disciplines offered at CSN.
Another cultural highlight to be marked in the diary is CSN Dance Graduation Performance 2016, which takes place at Firkin Crane Theathre, Shandon, Cork on Thursday 26th & Friday 27th May, 7.30pm. Directed and produced by Course Director Jane Kellaghan, this end of year performance will showcase the varied talents of students and staff ranging in dance styles from ballet, contemporary, tap commercial and jazz dance. Guest choreographer Sue Ellen Mac Carthy has created original work for this year’s production while dance teacher Aisling Byrne directs a wonderful tap piece.
Choreography craft with Jane Kellaghan is part of students training at CSN Dance and so the CSN Graduation Performance will premiere new works by a number of the CSN Dance students, highlighting a flair and talent for dance choreography throughout the show. With former students of the CSN Dance course currently dancing all over the world in West End productions such as Chicago, West Side Story, Mamma Mia and The Bodyguard, this is a show not to be missed! Boookings can be made by contacting the box office at Firkin Crane, online at www.firkincrane.ie or by calling 021 4507487.
Commenting on the Silver Anniversary and End of Year Show Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa College Principal Vivienne Mac Sweeney said “End of year performances are always a proud occasion, as we witness first-hand the talent of our students and how through their time here they have developed in their learnings and honed their craft with a combination of dedication, hard work and the guidance of our expert tutors. This being our 25th year as a centre of education in Art and Design just makes the celebratory feeling of these exhibitions and shows all the more heightened and I am thrilled to continue our tradition of success into the future. I think it is fair to say that CSN has a reputation for being the premier place to study if you want to seriously pursue a creative path, while also giving the practical skills and qualifications to turn it into a realisable career if that is your goal.”
CSN’s annual End of Year exhibitions are long established in Cork as the essential showcase of work by emerging talent. This year, over 100 graduates will demonstrate their newfound skills and wonderful art/ design work in painting, drawing, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, photography, furniture and digital media. Many will go on to study at prestigious colleges in Ireland and abroad.
Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa, College of Further Education, under the auspices of Cork Education and Training Board (CETB) is located on Tramore Road, Cork for more information see www.csn.ie