Creative Showcase and Yearbook Launched


Creativity, hard work and commitment have been celebrated at the Institute of Technology Sligo (IT Sligo) as the Creative Showcase successfully completes its second year as an online exhibition.

The Yeats Academy of Arts, Design and Architecture (YAADA) launched a digital yearbook with the work of over 80 students across an array of creativity, including writing, fine art, architecture, performing arts and design.

The flagship department for IT Sligo has seen growing student numbers as its reputation as a leader in the creative arts builds on the national and global stage.

Emmet O’Doherty, Head of the Yeats Academy of Arts, Design & Architecture congratulated the students for their work during a challenging year;

“I would like to congratulate our graduating students who have successfully completed a rigorous programme in which the last year was in the midst of a pandemic. This could not have been an easy journey, yet they demonstrated resilience, grit and tenacity in the face of severe challenges. Creative thinkers and problem solvers like these students, have the opportunity to make an enormous difference to our society by refining and applying these traits in the careers they pursue after graduation.”

Úna Parsons, Head of Faculty of Engineering & Design at IT Sligo said creative and cultural arts would play a pivotal role in the future of a Technological University for the region;

“It is an exciting time for IT Sligo as we work with our Connacht Ulster Alliance partners in LYIT and GMIT and edge closer to become a Technological University. Our vision is that the Creative & Cultural Arts, which are so central in the West and Northwest of Ireland, will play a pivotal role in this new university. Our Yeats Academy of Arts, Design & Architecture, with its new refurbished buildings in the creative hub on the Northern campus, will be a key player in these formative university times.”

Rebecca Duggan from Westport, Co. Mayo was this year awarded the annual six-month Abbey Theatre Bursary Award.

The Abbey Theatre Residency gives a unique opportunity to a student each year, during which they work with world-class directors, designers and production staff on a range of productions in the Abbey and Peacock Theatre.

Rebecca is looking forward to her upcoming experience at the Abbey:

“Having graduated from IT Sligo’s BA in Performing Arts in Acting last year, I was delighted to get the opportunity to continue my studies in the creative sector by doing a Masters at IT Sligo in Creative Practice. During the MA, I returned to my interest in theatre design having studied it in the first year of my undergraduate degree. This proved a great choice as I submitted my design for the Abbey Theatre Bursary Award and was chosen as this year’s winner! This means I get a six-month paid residency in the Abbey in 2021-2022.”

As the creative centre of excellence along the Wild Atlantic Way, YAADA continues to highlight emerging talents by supporting and enabling students in arts, design and architecture to create space where their creativity can thrive.

The Creative Showcase annual event is an opportunity to showcase that immense talent.

Download a PDF copy of the Yearbook by clicking the link below:

IT Sligo YAADA-Yearbook-2021a


You can also view our showcase online by clicking below: