March 7th - 21st

Student Of The Year Exhibition
Sinéad Fagan and Raphael Llewellyn

For 45 years,The Student of the Year Award has been given by the Lavit Gallery to a graduate of the Crawford College of Art and Design, who shows promise and potential. Past recipients of this award have included - John Burke, Eilis O' Connell, Vivienne Roche, Maud Cotter and Bridget Flannery to name but a few. In 2011, the decision was made to jointly nominate Sinéad Fagan and Raphael Llewellyn for this award,which takes the form of an exhibition at the gallery, (from which no commissionis taken on sales) and a cash prize sponsored by Parfrey Murphy & Co.Chartered Accountants. The exhibition by the latest recipients of the award will be officially opened at the Lavit Gallery on Wednesday March7th by Liz Meaney - Cork CityArts Officer

Living and working from her studio in Baltimore West Cork, Sinéad Fagan's ceramic work is thrown on the wheel. She has an interestin line and colour and how they interact together - uniform areas within her plates and vessels are divided by bands of contrasting colour and stronger darker lines create horizon like imagery. Her pieces are created using a technique called saggar firing. Combustible items surrounding the clay give off fumes during the firing, which create colours ranging from pastel grey blue to vivid shades of pink and orange. The firing process allows for an element of unpredictability in the results, which means that each piece is completely individual and unique.

Based in Fermoy, Co. Cork,Raphael Llewellyn's acrylic paintings also have adistinctive colour range -grey blues,grey greens and dusty pinks. Llewellyn is interested in place and mood. While her degree show work,focused on an army barracks, her most recent series shifts it's focus to a specific domestic interior. The exterior of a house and its resident was well known to the artist, however the interior of the dwelling only became known to her after the occupant had left. These paintings really portray a sense of emptiness within these interiors, with lone pieces of furniture appearing in otherwise sparse spaces.While Llewellyn's landscape paintings have a very textural quality, her use of texture in her interiors paintings is pared down to emphasise the mood and character of the place.

We look forward to what promises to be a very interesting show, which will provide us with an opportunity to see and support the work of these artists, at the beginning of what will I'm sure be long and successful careers. The exhibition continues until March 21st.