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Hello and goodbye from an emotional pot

PASSENGERS leaving Shannon in the next few months will get to enjoy a unique interpretation of the emotional melting pot that an airport is, thanks to collaboration with students from the Limerick School of Art and Design.


The Gathering is an exhibition by 70 third-year students from the Department of Fine Art at the Limerick Institute of Technology-run school.

It is in the airport’s departures lounge and through digital photography it celebrates a range of themes and emotions.

The students were encouraged to approach The Gathering in as broad a manner as possible and to examine a diverse range of themes around notions of travel, cultural identity, tourism and place. The final product is a diverse and impactful installation played out through a variety of media and imagery that will be enjoyed by passengers right up to the end of June.

Launching the exhibition, airport director Mary Considine said, “We came up with the idea of collaborating with LIT and its school of art and design late last year. 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 ranked 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.”

Head of LSAD, Mike Fitzpatrick, said students had been inspired by the various comings and goings at Shannon. “Our students were delighted to take up the offer of delivering their interpretation of The Gathering. It was a great opportunity for them to show their creativity and insight and we are really delighted with the outcome.

“Shannon Airport is, more than any other place of 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 don’t have a memory or a connection with Shannon Airport and our students have done an excellent job in reflecting that through this exhibition.”

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