1. Cosc Art Competition and Exhibition

Cosc Art Competition and Exhibition

Cosc, the National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence, is sponsoring an exhibition in the Coast Guard Station, Tramore from the 29th of May to the 15th June inclusive.

Cosc has sponsored an art competition and exhibition, to run in association with its first major conference ‘Stopping Domestic Violence: What Works?’. The conference is being held in Waterford Institute of Technology this week from the 28th – 30th May.

The competition was for third and final year undergraduate art students across the country.

We know that, sadly, Domestic Violence is a feature of Irish family life. We know that it is under-reported, victims often feel stigma and shame and many lack confidence in the system. It is vital therefore that those experiencing Domestic Violence are assured that they will experience sanctuary, and that society will protect and support them to recover from their ordeal. It is for this reason Cosc chose the theme of ‘Sanctuary’ for the competition.

The judging panel was chaired by Mr. Seán Aylward, Secretary General of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, and comprised Ms. Caroline Senior, Artistic Director, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford and Dr. Abdul Bulbulia, Board Member, National Gallery of Ireland. In all 24 works have been selected for exhibition. There were four prize winners:

First Prize     Jason Dunne, National College of Art and Design,
"Shepherd’s Delight"
Second Prize   Siobhan Conway, National College of Art and Design, "Act 1"
Third Prize     Jamie Murphy, Waterford Institute of Technology,
"Safe"
Highly Recommended Josephine Geaney, Limerick Institute of Technology, ‘Alone’

The exhibition is open to the public from the 29th May to the 15th June inclusive. Admission is free.

28 May 2008