This Is Art Club! on RTÉ

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RTÉ will air This Is Art Club! – a new eight-part series for young artists and art lovers on – RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player starting Thursday March 3rd.

This Is Art Club! is filmed in the National College of Art and Design in Dublin campus each week with each episode dedicated to one of the key materials used in the making of art – clay, pigment, paper, glass, metal, plastic, and even pixels.

The show is presented by Dublin-based illustrator and muralist Holly Pereira and emerging Wexford artist Shane Keeling,

Throughout the series, young people get to go behind the scenes in different industries to be an ‘artist’s apprentice’ for a day – trying out all sorts of creative careers from pottery throwing to costume design, sign painting, glass blowing and special effects model making.

A host of different creative practitioners share insights on their work and process and special guests from the art world include Aideen Barry, John Kindness, and James Earley.

This Is Art Club!

Holly says: ‘I’m excited to see the ideas and thought processes of all the young artists on This Is Art Club!, especially when it comes to politics and the climate crisis.

“They will shape the art world (and maybe the world) in the coming fifty years, and I’m looking forward to what they have to say.’

Shane added ‘Art for me is a lifestyle,” he says. It’s walking through the world with my eyes wide open and taking in everything like a sponge, looking for inspiration from the everyday.

“Art is about inclusion and having fun……Trust your gut and your work will always be honest. Be excited by every step in the making process and take risks whenever you can. Don’t be afraid to try something new and failure is your new best friend.”

This is Art Club! begins at 5.00pm on Thursday March 3 on RTÉ2 and on the RTÉ player.

The National College of Art & Design NCAD occupies a unique position in art and design education in Ireland. It offers the largest range of art and design degree courses in the state at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The National College of Art & Design has 1,000 full time students and a further six hundred students who are taking evening courses. Those who know the College, and those who have attended the Open Day, the annual exhibitions and fashion show, will be aware of the very high standards that are achieved.

The College has four Schools; Design, Education, Fine Art and Visual Culture.

A tutorial system operates throughout the College and many of the courses are project based. Students’ progress is monitored at the end of projects, and by examination at the end of each year.

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Steven Galvin

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