CIT Environmental Exhibition 2020

CIT Environmental Exhibition 2020

Date: 27th Jan 2020 - 21st Feb 2020
Time: Exhibition Centre Open: 10am-5pm Mon-Fri
Venue: James Barry Exhibition Centre

CIT ARTS OFFICE Environmental Exhibition AWARD 2020 - With work by three 2019 gradUATEs of CIT Crawford College of Art & Design.

Showing recent and new works from RoSALIND Spencer, OisÍn Osborne & Emma Ryan.




Opening Reception on Wednesday 5th February at 1pm, with special guest Cllr. Dan Boyle, Green Party. Each of the artists will also give a brief introduction to their work. All are welcome.





Emma Ryan 

The rationale behind these sculptural pieces aim to question the subject of global consumption of goods and the human quest to continue to find their true self in the “object of desire” which is believed to “complete” and bring us all to a global state of unity.

The work questions the consumerism value of the singular object, and our boundless desire to possess.  How we pursue only what’s new and ‘the now’, in a global culture of consistent disposal.

Reviewing the historical archives and theories of capitalism on a global level, the works analysis is grounded in the framework of Karl Marx and the “Fetishism of the Commodities”.  It questions the real value of the handmade versus the modern production of mass goods, and questions what its real value is.  How this cohesive destruction of consumerism and manmade materials has exhausted all our natural resources, leading to energy crisis, and climate change, pollution and the destruction of the planet we inhabit, World’s scientists call the sixth stage of evolution, the Anthropocene Epoch.


Oisin Osborne

I grew up in the Canadian Arctic and have a special interest in the changing climate there, which has now been effected by global warming. I had many Inuit friends in Nunavut, North Eastern Canada who were struggling with social and mental health issues in their families. The rate of suicide is one of the highest in the world and the reasons for this are complex but loss of culture is a major factor. 

My work is looking at these effects on the people who are presently living on the front line.  I have seen the impact of this change, and have made this narrative the basis of my art.

Climate change for the Inuit is be the biggest thing to affect their culture since colonisation by white people which drastically changed their traditional way of life after the 1960s.

Aboriginal cultures across the world are being drastically changed due to global warming.  The arctic environment where the Inuit live is the most effected place on earth. 

The Inuit people are being hit by changes such as the warmer winters which influence seasonal ice conditions that until now have remained more or less the same for thousands of years.

Due to changing climatic conditions on the land the elders aren’t able to pass on their traditional knowledge to the younger people, and this has caused a generation gap and cultural confusion which has led to many social problems.

The Inuit, like most aboriginal people, have contributed the least to greenhouse gasses emissions but are suffering the most.


Rosalind Spencer

In our contemporary world animals are subjected to countless acts of violence that are culturally and legally approved, ranging from intensive agricultural systems to mass extinction through human activities. Industrialisation, domestication and capitalism have augmented human detachment from animals, arriving at a point where they are perpetually regarded as commodities for human consumption and their visibility obscured. The objectification of domestic animals provides a possibility for overcoming the paradox of carnism, that is, the tension caused from feeling compassion for animals whilst at the same time the enjoying the consumption of meat. Turning animals into objects alleviates the dissonance of the paradox, thus removing the need for ethical consideration.

Through sculpture and mixed media installation the work contemplates developments in industrialised farming and animal rendering. Installation facilitates a dialogue between different elements within the work but can also emphasize silence and stillness to convey a sense of mourning, or suggest traces of past lives. The materiality of the work aims to bring the physical reality and materiality of death to the fore, and signal towards the human inclination for manipulating and objectifying animals.

The work aims to interfere with our comfortable lack of awareness by confronting the duality of nature and culture, and highlighting the disparity of treatment and attitudes between species.



CIT Arts Office has produced a small printed leaflet for this exhibition, printed locally by Cityprint, on 100% recycled paper using soya based inks.

We have also launched a paperless exhibition guide to accompany the exhibition

The digital guide is available to view online at the link below. It is setup for online viewing only, with no download or print option. It can also be updated with any new event details so the reader is always kept up to date.

This is an environmental initiative to reduce printed paper, and also aims to be a more accessible format for students and the wider CIT community. 



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