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art and design

"I'm hoping it will start a dialogue about mental health": Meet the art students who want to make a difference

Students from NCAD are using their creative skills to tackle social issues with their art and design skills at a new exhibition. / YouTube

STUDENTS AT ONE of Ireland’s most prestigious art colleges want their work to highlight social issues like mental health and sustainability. Now they’re showing off their work at a nine-day exhibition in Dublin.

Students from the art, design and fashion disciplines at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) have worked on responses and solutions to challenges facing sectors such as healthcare, medical devices, food production and education.

The resulting work is now on display at the NCAD campus from 9 June to the 17 June.

Shane Keeling (22) who works with ceramics, has created a sculpture that explores men’s suicide and depression.

“Ireland has the fourth highest suicide rate for people between the age of 19 and 24,” Shane told

“Men in this demographic are three times more likely than any other demographic to die by suicide.” He hopes his work will start a dialogue about mental health and that young men will feel more comfortable expressing themselves.

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