School Days, The Look of Learning, curated by Matt Packer, is the title of one of the current exhibitions at the Glucksman in UCC.

“School Days explores the experiences and environments of school, college and university, through the work of nine contemporary artists. The exhibition emphasises school not only as a place of organised learning, but as a space of social interaction and self-awareness that often occurs outside the classroom and exam hall: such as in playgrounds, canteens, and in corridors.”

 Of the nine artists, Eva Kotatkova was one that caught my eye, not least her childlike Walk to School Drawings and also her Sit Straight work. Was also initially interested in the large scale photographs of school groups (in social interaction) by Dutchman Raimond Wouda but soon found there were too many of them, all fairly similar. Less might have been more in this case.

Other artists explored the theory of education and the physical spaces where it and allied activities (recreation, eating, for example) take place but all in all it wasn't an exhibition that sparked much reaction from this long-time ex-pupil.  

But please don't take my word for it. Go along and check it out for yourself before it ends and, while you are there, have a look at the second exhibition, Field of Vision, which I did enjoy.
School Days continues until 20 March 2011.

The exhibition finishes with a little extra: A School Room, which contains furniture from the UCC collection, mainly desks, but none containing an ink-well!
Exhibition inside, ball playing outside