Stunning Art captures life at Presentation College, Carlow

A series of stunning art pieces, depicting life in Presentation College, Carlow over the course of a year, are on display in Carlow Visual Arts Centre.

The exhibition by artist Blaise Smith runs in the centre until 6th January 2012 before moving to the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork and finally coming back to Carlow, where they will take pride of place in Presentation College, Askea, Carlow.

The 20-piece exhibit was commissioned by the school after it received funding to build a new extension in 2008.

As Principal Ray Murray explained in an interview to the Carlow Nationalist, a percentage of the funding was made available for art works and Presentation College Carlow opted to commission a series of paintings.

Three days a week for an entire year, artist Blaise Smith immersed himself in school life. "He walked the corridors, sat in the back of classrooms, etc, and the students reacted very positively. Initially, they asked him a lot of questions, but they got used to him quite quickly."

Mr Murray said Blaise himself wrote about his experiences in the art catalogue, which is available in the Carlow Arts Visual Centre.

Once the 20-piece collection is returned to Presentation College, Mr Murray said it will take pride of place on the school's walls.

Pictured above are four girls in home economics class.