The annual 'Graduate Exhibition' at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin opens on Friday 13 June 2014. The exhibition features this year's graduates' projects from across all disciplines.

The exhibition is open to the public from 14 to 22 June and admission is free. For more information visit

Ahead of the opening we take a look back 50 years at the television programme ‘The Makers – Painting’ which visited the 'National College of Art' as it was then called, and met some of the art students.

John Kelly, an associate member of the Royal Hibernian Academy and a teacher of drawing and painting at the National College of Art, believes it is his job to make the students aware of what they are doing. An awareness of weaknesses will allow students to correct them and develop their talent, according to him. 

In this extract from the programme, students are pictured in a studio sketching a clothed male model under Kelly's instruction.

'The Makers' was a series of films showing distinctively Irish contributions to the fields of metal-work, glass, stone, paint and buildings. This episode was broadcast on 28 October 1964.

NCAD Graduate Show