What’s on | June

June is here! It’s officially Degree Show month! We love degree shows and we encourage everyone to go – it’s not only a chance to see what’s coming out of art schools in Ireland while sipping on free wine, but a perfect opportunity to support emerging artists by chatting with them and maybe even purchasing some work. It’s also a great month for arts festivals as summer kicks off so here are some we are most excited about.

IADT – Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology | Dublin


3 June – 8 June | Opening: June 3, 5pm | Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

The exhibition will include work from graduating students in the following programmes Animation; Photography; Visual Communication Design; Visual Arts Practice; Film & Television Production; Modelmaking; Design & Digital Effects; Design for Stage & Screen – Production Design, Costume Design, and Makeup Design.

Find out more here

CCAD – Crawford College of Art & Design | Cork


The CIT Degree Exhibition 2016 showcases the work from the Visual Communications, Multimedia, Fine Art, Applied Art and Interior Architecture final year students. You can view the profile of each student on their website which contains relevant links and previews of their work.

Multimedia and Visual Communications | CHROMA

27 May – 2 June | Opening: 27 May, 6pm | James Barry Exhibition Centre, CIT, Bishopstown Campus

Graduates from the Department of Media Communications would like to invite you to the 2016 Graduate exhibition, “CHROMA”. The “CHROMA” exhibition will host CIT’s final year student projects in the BA (Honours) in Visual Communications and a number of the BA (Honours) in Multimedia projects.

Fine Art and Applied Art | COOKED

9 June – 15 June | Opening 9 June, 6pm | Sharman, Crawford St, Cork

Welcome to the Degree Show 2016, Cooked. We are proud and excited to give you the chance to experience the work of final year BA (Hons) Fine Art & BA hons Contemporary Applied Art students. The degree show is a fantastic opportunity to catch a glimpse of some of the innovative work produced by students graduating from CIT Crawford College of Art & Design’s Department of Fine Art & Design.

Find out more here and here

CCAM – Cluain Mhuire GMIT | Galway


27 May – 5 June | Opening: 27 May, 5pm | CCAM Cluain Mhuire Campus, Wellpark, Galway

CCAM Graduate Degree Show is a diverse exhibition showcasing the work of graduating artists of BA Fine Art 2016. This show displays contemporary art across 5 disciplines to include Paint, Print, Sculpture, Ceramics and Textiles in a culmination of 4 years of in depth study and development at CCAM.

Find out more here

Belfast School of Art | Ulster


3 – 11 June 2016 | Opening: 3 June, 6pm | Belfast School of Art, Ulster University, York Street, Belfast BT15 1ED

Students from Belfast School of Art  continue to make a significant contribution to the field of contemporary art and design both nationally and internationally. Come and see exciting, unexpected and innovative work made by our students in dynamic studios in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter.

See the work of future creative leaders in Contemporary Applied Arts: ceramics, jewellery and silversmithing, Animation, Interaction Design, Graphic Design and Illustration, Photography, Fine Art: painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, time-based art, performance, digital media, video, Textile Art, Design and Fashion… and more!

Find out here | Twitter @belfastschart

DIT – Dublin Institute of Technology | Dublin


4 – 19 June 2016 | Opening: 7 June, 6pm | The Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar

The School of Media at the Dublin Institute of Technology is pleased to announce the 2016 BA Photography Graduate Exhibition. Praxis is the title of the exhibition which has been chosen by our graduates to reflect their experience of learning through photography, where thinking and making go hand in hand.
The exhibition will be opened by Dr Daniel Jewesbury, artist, writer, lecturer and editor who is based in Belfast. Daniel is currently Lecturer in Film in the School of Media, Film & Journalism at the University of Ulster.

Find out more here | Instagram @praxis.show

LSAD – Limerick School of Art and Design | Limerick


11 June – 19 June | Opening June 11 at 3pm | LSAD Clare St Limerick

The Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD) is a world renowned centre of Art and Design. LSAD has an award winning reputation in Ceramics, Fashion, Visual Communications, Knitwear, and Textiles, Animation and Motion Design, Digital Animation production, Creative Multimedia, Painting, Printmaking and Contemporary Practice, Sculpture and Combined Media, Photography and Lens-Based Media, Art and Design Education, Social Practice, Interdisciplinary Design and MA and PHD Research in Art, Design and Curatorial Studies.


NCAD – National College of Art and Design | Dublin

17 June – 26 June | Info coming soon

K-Fest Music and the Arts | Killorglin


3 June – 6 June | Killorglin, Kerry

K-Fest Music & The Arts aims to promote culture in all its forms and to nurture the growth of music and the arts to include galleries, live music, film, spoken word, children’s workshops and to foster participation in the arts and artistic thought for all ages. They seek to present emerging and ground-breaking artists in a unique setting and to develop long-term relationships with the musicians and artists that participate. The K-Fest name is associated with cultural innovation, artistic exploration and excellence and for showcasing fun, eclectic and thought-provoking events while setting and maintaining high production standards across all its programmes.

Find out more here and here | Twitter @KfestMusicArt

Body & Soul | Westmeath


17 June – 19 June | Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath

Body&Soul is an arts & music festival where like-minded people come together for three days on the grounds of Ballinlough Castle in Co. Westmeath to explore and discover new music, interact with visual and performance art outside a traditional setting, and celebrate life in all its shapes and colors.

Body&Soul is an entire experience. Placed in an amazing setting with a 15 century walled garden, it showcases a brilliant line up, secret hideaways and glittering late night discos in the woodlands, an inspirational art trail, spoken word and debate, a magnificent masquerade ball, culinary feasts, steaming hot tubs and seaweed baths and much much more. It appeals to both fans of electronic music as to nature lovers, to families with young kids as to the 30 somethings that like the finer things in life, to foodies as to folkies, funksters as to late night revellers. There is something at Body&Soul for everyone. 

Find out more here and here.

Carlow Arts Festival | Carlow


10 June – 19 June

Carlow is home to the first big cultural event of Summer 2016 – the 37th Carlow Arts Festival. This year it’s more than a festival – it’s three festivals in one, celebrating all the very best of cultural Carlow. Get inspired at the Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas. This year’s outing brings world famous authors, artists and thinkers to Borris for an inspiring weekend (June 10-12) of thought provoking conversation and ideas. Then sail up-river with Barges on the Barrow (June 14-16) our floating mini-festival that will deliver a cargo of music and fun events at Carlow’s riverside towns from June 14-16. Finally, Carlow Arts Festival is delighted to announce a brand new arrival – The Big Weekender!

Find out more here and here

Cork Midsummer Festival | Cork


17 June – 26 June

Cork Midsummer Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival that uses the city as its backdrop and inspiration. It provides high-quality arts events, both national and international, for audiences of all ages. Its programme provides opportunities for significant public participation and engagement, supports the development of emerging artists across all artforms, and provides a unique platform for work by local and national artists.

Find out more here and here