Callan ++500 is an exhibition presenting the fruits of a unique collaboration. Since last autumn, the Studio Artists of KCAT and students of Colaiste Eaman Ris Callan have been working together to create a coherent and colourful vision of life 500 years from now. Taking as its basis an imagining of life in Callan in the future, they have shaped a wild cast of mutants who fly around their mushroom city in aircars, flying saucers and jet-packs.
The fabulously experienced artists of KCAT, well known now through the recent Living Colour documentary on RTE, have been inspiring and supporting the students to develop this vision of Callan 500 years from now, and to bring that vision to life in sculpture. Taking place in the school itself, the show will feature the work not only of the TYP group, but of nearly a hundred other students:
“The transition year boys have acted as ambassadors for this project through the whole school, leading the other groups, from first to fifth years, in developing a coherent picture of the human being, the car, the home and the town of the future,” said Jeffrey Gormly, who was enabled to co-ordinate this project through an Arts Council Artist-in-the-Community Scheme, administered by CREATE.
“Artists such as Andrew Pike, Sinead Fahy, Karl Fitzgerald and Declan Byrne have provided the creative mentorship to pull a big project like this together into a unique installation in the school. This project has been about cooperation, collaboration, and the unique environment of KCAT which allows for personal, social and community development through the medium of artistic activity.”
The exhibition opens in Colaiste Eaman Ris next Saturday (May 5) at 6.30pm, followed by a social club. Anyone who remembers the TRASNA Festival Social Club that took place in the school back in 2007 will not want to miss this. This very paper described that event as ‘one of the best things to ever happen in Callan’.