The Gathering comes to life at Shannon Airport

Mike Fitzpatrick of Limerick School of Art and Design and Mary Considine, Managing Director at Shannon Airport which underwent a a Gathering make-over. [Picture: Press 22]
AS the “international crossroads for Ireland” and the scene of countless emotional good-byes and reunions, Shannon Airport proved the fitting location to launch a photographic exhibition to coincide with The Gathering.

AS the “international crossroads for Ireland” and the scene of countless emotional good-byes and reunions, Shannon Airport proved the fitting location to launch a photographic exhibition to coincide with The Gathering.

Passengers at the airport over the coming months can enjoy a unique photographic exhibition by 70 third year students at the Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD) in the airport’s departures lounge.

Mike Fitzpatrick, head of LSAD, said “Shannon Airport is more than any other place on the western half of Ireland where The Gathering comes to life this year and, indeed, every year.

“It’s an international crossroads for Ireland, where people will reunite, where they say goodbye, where so much emotion happens and that was all the inspiration our students needed. There are very few people across this region who do not have a memory or a connection with Shannon Airport and our students have done an excellent job in reflecting that through this exhibition.”

He said this exhibition was a great opportunity for students to show their creativity and insight and they are really delighted with the outcome.

The fine art students were encouraged to examine a diverse range of themes around travel, cultural identity, tourism and place. The end product is a “diverse and impactful installation” played out through a variety of media and imagery that will be enjoyed by passengers up to the end of June. airport director Mary Considine said that the students have delivered a truly unique and engaging interpretation of The Gathering.

“We came up with the idea late last year to collaborate with LIT and its School of Art & Design and the enthusiasm with which they have approached the project is shining through in this exhibition. We gave them a wide open brief and what they have come back with reflects just why LSAD is rated in the top 50 schools of art and design in the world. It’s really engaging and you can see that already through the reaction of people coming through the airport.”