Helen Cantwell & Bernie Hennessy, Student of the Year Exhibition sponsored by Roberts Nathan Accountants

Image three pre show, prize giving cermoney
Image two pre show, Helen Cantwell
Image one pre show, Bernie Hennessy
Images: Roberts Nathan Student of the Year Award Prize Giving Ceramony 2022, Courtesy of MTU Crawford. Helen Cantwell, The Purpose, 2022, 60x50cm, Vinyl on acrylic. Hennessy, Bernie, Montastreaea, 2022, 32x15x18cm, Porcelain paperclay and merino felt, Photograph by Ronald Paschhoff.

26 January – 18 February

Opening reception Thursday 26 January 5.30-7.30pm

Lavit Gallery are delighted to present Helen Cantwell and Bernie Hennessy, joint recipients of the 2022 Roberts Nathan Student of the Year Award. This is an annual award given to one or more graduates of MTU Crawford College of Art & Design. In addition to an exhibition at Lavit Gallery both artists receive a cash prize of €500 kindly sponsored by Roberts Nathan Accountants, Cork.

The Student of the Year Award was initiated in 1967 by Cork Arts Society, now trading as Lavit Gallery, with sculptor John Burke as the first recipient and subsequent recipients including Maud Cotter, Eilis O’Connell and Vivienne Roche. Initially the award was solely a cash prize but it later evolved to include an exhibition once a gallery had been established by the organisation. More recent recipients of the award include Stephen Doyle, Orlagh O’Byne, Padraic Barrett and Deirdre Frost.

In June 2022 the newly appointed Director of Lavit Gallery Brian Mac Domhnaill and board members Ellen Barrett and Cassandra Eustace selected Helen Cantwell and Bernie Hennessy as a compatible pairing given the contemporaneity of their respective concerns and the complimentary and contrasting qualities of the materials being used.

Helen Cantwell is a Fine Art graduate exploring advertising culture, crowd manipulation, social media streams and their impact on the identities and psyches of a generation raised online. Working in expanded image making, her practice combines moving image and materials such as acrylic and steel to emulate advertisement, internet and screen media aesthetics. Bernie Hennessy is a Contemporary Applied Art graduate who combines porcelain paperclay and Marino fleece to create sculptural objects that reference the effects of global warming, specifically coral bleaching.

This exhibition marks the beginning of Lavit Gallery’s 60th anniversary programme, Cork Arts Society having been founded in 1963.


For further information please contact info@lavitgallery.com or 021 4277749