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Media Release St. Angela's College IT Sligo


26th July 2010

St Angela’s College showcases IT Sligo artwork
during recent international event
A selection of art from the IT Sligo Honours Degree Show on display during the International Federation for Home Economics Council 2010 event hosted by St Angela’s College, Sligo.

In preparation for the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) Council 2010, St Angela’s College, Sligo turned to IT Sligo for support to enhance the campus aesthetics. Nine visual artists, from IT Sligo’s Honours BA in Fine Art programme, agreed to have their work available on display and for sale during the week-long event, the largest home economics event in the world this year. Over 250 delegates from 20 countries attended the event last week, with many of them offering positive comments on the new artwork on display.

In the College Dining Room, visual artists John Gunning, Maimie Lambert, James Malone and Marolly Rowan have large art pieces on exhibition, a room that served as the main hospitality venue for the event. The artwork of Ann Conlon, Marilyn Gaffney, Sinéad Guckian and Orla Sheridan is on display in the corridors of Áras Malachy and Áras Bhríde buildings while Olivia Heyburn and Marolly Rowan’s paintings are on display in the College auditorium.

Dr Anne Taheny, President of St Angela’s College, Sligo is grateful for this collaboration, initiated following the IT Sligo Art Show:  ‘This is a great opportunity for the students who recently completed their Honours BA in Fine Art at IT Sligo to showcase their work to an international audience.’ She also acknowledges the work of Marie Martin, art and design lecturer at the College, members of College staff along with the artists themselves for arranging this initiative in only a few short weeks.

This event brought home economists, academics, researchers, teachers and students from around the world. Ursula O’Shea, Chair of the IFHE Council 2010 and lecturer in textiles, fashion and design at the College commented on how the showcase of work from the IT Sligo Honours Degree Show complements the themes of the event: ‘Globalisation, interculturalism and sustainability formed part of the international dialogue this past week and the artists explored these themes through their artist statements, subject matter and through the choice of medium and materials.’ She also noted that this work enhanced the work already on display in fashion, creative textiles and design created by College students and from the national Sew Cool competition in the College Gallery Space.

Dr Geraldene Hodelin, President of the International Federation for Home Economics from Jamaica toured the campus to view the artwork and commented on the great creativity and excellent standard of work.

For more information on the collaboration and the event, please visit or please contact the IFHE Council 2010 Organising Committee Office at St Angela’s College, Sligo at 071 91 35658.
Notes for the Editor:

Artists from the Honours BA in Fine Art programme, IT Sligo
The following artists, graduating from the Honours BA in Fine Art programme 2010, provided work on display during the IFHE Council:
Ann Conlon               Sligo
Marilyn Gaffney        Co Westmeath.
Sinead Guckian         Co Leitrim
John Gunning            Sligo
Oliva Heyburn           Co Leitrim
Maimie Lambert        Glenkillany, Co Sligo
James Malone            Co Mayo
Marolly Rowan          Sligo
Orla Sheridan             Co Cavan

St Angela’s College, Sligo
As a growing and dynamic College on the shores of Lough Gill, St Angela’s College, Sligo is a leading College for University-level education in the North West of Ireland. Established in 1952, St Angela’s College is a College of the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway). St Angela’s College provides programmes from the core academic departments of  education, home economics, and nursing to include special educational needs, theology, food science, biology, Gaeilge, health studies, economics and social studies. The College hosted the IFHE Council 1978 and Council 2010.

International Federation for Home Economics
Established in 2008, IFHE is a non-governmental organisation recognised by the United Nations and is the only worldwide organisation concerned with Home Economics, Family Ecology and Consumer Sciences. This federation has a membership of over 1500 individuals and 150 organisations from over 50 countries. The Council 2010 is on from 18th to the 23rd of July at St Angela’s College, Sligo. The last time the Council was held in Ireland was 1978.

MEDIA:          Dr Maria Gallo, IFHE Council 2010 Office and Office of the President
                        071 91 95503

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