IMPACT the Limerick School of Art & Design Graduate Showcase of 2020 will launch tomorrow (Saturday May 30, 2020) at 3pm on www.lsadgraduates.ie
Final Year students from Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT will this weekend overcome the limitations set by a world pandemic and launch the showcase of their graduate work on a special online platform.
IMPACT, the Limerick School of Art & Design Graduate Showcase of 2020, launches live online tomorrow (Saturday May 30, 2020) at 3pm on www.lsadgraduates.ie. The launch features a specially commissioned 45 minute documentary produced former student Pat Short together with current lecturer Simon Maguire which you can view here.
The LSAD Graduate Show has been a significant part of Limerick’s vibrant arts calendar for decades, and attracts national and international attention, but due to Covid-19 restrictions it could not take place as usual on the Clare Street Campus.
Staff and students, determined that these restrictions would not deter them from showcasing the work of this year’s talented artists, designers and creators, busied themselves making the 2020 online graduate showcase one of the best ever.
The online showcase will feature the work of final year graduates from Animation & Motion Design, Creative Broadcast & Film Production, Ceramic Design, Creative Media and Design, Digital Animation Production, Fashion Design, Fashion & Textiles for Product & Costume, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design Communication, Music Technology & Production, Painting, Photography Film Video, Print Contemporary Practice, Sculpture & Combined Media and Professional Masters of Education in Art and Design with Digital Media.
LIT Dean of Limerick School of Art and Design and Director of Cultural Engagement Mike Fitzpatrick explained, “While we have supported the LSAD Graduate Show with an online showcase for the past six years, this year it has come into its own as the sole means of presenting our graduate’s work. It is the Graduate Show of 2020 - celebrating the resilience, creativity and talent of our final year students.
“This year's LSAD Graduates have produced great creative projects while working remotely online, coming up with homemade solutions that ensured even this pandemic did not stop them. To celebrate this achievement we are launching our online LSAD Graduate Online Showcase tomorrow with a specially commissioned video to salute our students and staff in a typical LSAD style.”
“This year’s show also features the work of LSAD, LIT Graduates across fifteen programmes, from Limerick City Centre Clare St Campus, Moylish Campus and Clonmel Campus. We are delighted to welcome our first graduates from Music Technology & Production and Creative Broadcast & Film Production on this platform,” he said.
President of LIT Professor Vincent Cunnane paid tribute to all those who helped make IMPACT the Limerick School of Art & Design Graduate Show of 2020 happen in challenging circumstances - the academics, technicians, administrators, students union, support staff and most importantly the 2020 graduates.
“This graduate showcase has been brought together under exceptional circumstances. It has been a very difficult time for our staff and students, but the indomitable spirit of LSAD and LIT has shone through. We have 228 highly talented people leaving LSAD, LIT at this juncture. These are students who have come through the most difficult of times. They have been focused. They have been guided by staff who have taken every precaution to make sure their students were able to achieve their goals. They have succeeded in producing a collection of work they can be proud of, and which will be available for us all to enjoy on www.lsadgraduates.ie from Saturday. I wish the graduates of 2020 every success as they move on from LIT, LSAD and look forward to seeing even more of their work into the future.”