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New Murals Take Shape at Dublin Main Campus

Happy Mural at Griffith College



Design students create murals implemented by Dublin-based graffiti artist Garreth Joyce.

Griffith College Dublin is proud to show off their recently commissioned campus murals, created as part of a student project in collaboration with Dublin-based graffiti artist Garreth Joyce. Garreth is an experienced graphic designer and muralist with works on display throughout Dublin, his native Cork, and Limerick.

Under the supervision of lecturer Martina Moloney, Griffith’s final year Design Communications students developed two designs over a period of four weeks. They were asked to look at local street art, consider how it enhances the experience of the city, its sense of place and how it captures an audience. After initial concepts were developed, Garreth talked the students through the process of creating a mural and allowed them to present their designs. He then worked alongside the students to develop their ideas further to ensure the final pieces were as impactful as possible. The design concepts were created by students Ruth Campo and Christopher Fernandes, which Garreth then installed. 

Griffith’s Head of Design, Deirdre Doherty, stated “Street art can completely modify the aesthetic feel of a place and there is no shortage of street artists of Dublin, who can turn the drab, grey surface of a city wall into a creative, colourful canvas with powerful imagery. Our students got to learn the process first-hand from Garreth. The murals not only add colour to our campus, but a vibrancy and dimension to the space that reflects the youth and creativity of Griffith students here in Dublin. It is hoped that messages conveyed by both pieces can influence the thoughts of its audience.”

Griffith aims to provide students with skills that can directly translate into industry and opportunities to work on real-life projects, of which this is just one example. To have the opportunity to work on an open brief on large format graphics with a working graffiti artist will no doubt stand to the students in the future.