NCAD Grad show tackles real-world challenges

**[The National College of Art and Design “Works 2023”]**
Witness the extraordinary talents of final-year and postgraduate students from the esteemed National College of Art and Design in Ireland. From June 9th to 16th, experience an awe-inspiring display of art and design that pushes boundaries and delves into a diverse range of topics, including politics, ethics, sustainability, and real-world issues. Get ready to be captivated by their innovative creations that aim to spark positive impact and foster connection and understanding.

**[Video: Bryan O’Brien]**

Welcome to the mesmerizing world of *Works 2023* at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD). Prepare to immerse yourself in an artistic journey where convention meets avant-garde. In this showcase, we proudly present the remarkable works of graduating students who fearlessly tackle unconventional subjects, bringing new perspectives to the forefront of the art and design scene in Ireland.

True art knows no boundaries. In our curated collection, witness the emergence of artists and designers who actively engage and challenge concepts related to diversity, politics, ethics, sustainability, and real-world problems. These talented individuals have seized the opportunity to use their creative voice to create a lasting impact, connecting with people on both personal and societal levels.

One extraordinary artist, using food as a thought-provoking tool, invites you to explore identity, belonging, and the experiences of third-culture individuals, immigrants, and marginalized communities. Through their project *”Feed Me Your Stories”*, they redefine diversity by fostering collaboration and pluralism, urging society to move beyond mere performance and embrace meaningful exchange.

Another breathtaking piece derives inspiration from a tragic event, the Stardust fire. The artist shares a personal connection to this devastating incident, as their grandmother lost three children during that fateful night. With great compassion and artistry, they strive to honor their family’s journey and tell a story that has long been forgotten. Through a contemporary design publication, they meticulously weave together interviews, photographs, and powerful narratives, bridging the gap between past and present.

In the realm of technical innovation, witness a captivating materials exploration project that challenges the conventional notions of knitted textiles. Using the intricate Jacquard technique, the artist expertly blends various yarns and patterns, enigmatic symbols of the interplay between tradition and contemporary artistry. The fusion of yarns allows for a myriad of possibilities, with the final textile able to be laminated onto surfaces or transformed into stunning three-dimensional forms. Immerse yourself in the tactile beauty, unraveling the secrets hidden within this unique creation.

Every thread tells a story. With great devotion and attention to detail, a visionary artist embraces traditional loom and weaving techniques, meticulously crafting textiles that embody patience, timelessness, and beauty. Each piece undergoes a laborious process of dyeing, resulting in a distinct color aesthetic that exudes harmony and warmth. Beyond their utilitarian function, these woven marvels transcend their physical existence, offering both comfort and intrigue to any space. Explore the intersection of art and textiles as these masterpieces invite you to experience an extraordinary feast for the senses.

Prepare to be captivated by the *Works 2023* exhibition at the National College of Art and Design. Join us in celebrating the remarkable talents of graduating artists and designers who dare to challenge norms, provoke thought, and incite conversation. Discover a captivating fusion of tradition and innovation, as the boundaries of art and design are redefined before your eyes. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to witness the future of creativity and immerse yourself in an awe-inspiring display of talent and imagination.

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The National College of Art and Design “Works 2023” runs from June 9th to 16th, featuring the work of final-year and postgraduate students of the NCAD. Video: Bryan O’Brien

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