Category: Munster – Limerick

Who put Bella in the wych elm? | Isabella Walsh at Limerick City Gallery

30 June to 27 August

Who put Bella in the wych elm?” is a true story, a murder-mystery involving an unidentified female skeleton found inside a hollow tree in Hagely Wood, Worcestershire 1943. It is a complex tale of murder, mystery and intrigue.

This book acts as a metaphor for the whole story – there is a brief period where the truth may be gleaned before the information degrades. Events leave marks and traces of their occurrence. Although the actual details can fade and disappear quite quickly, some elements are long lasting. The story may seem completely changed and outwardly bear little or no obvious relation to the event, but would not exist without the original circumstance.

Limerick City Gallery
Carnegie Building, Pery Square, Limerick
T: (061) 310 633

The Space Between | Chris Doris at Limerick City Gallery

30 June to 27 August

The Space Between brings together large scale Open paintings derived from observation in mediation of the other, a monumental work – “a self portrayed as process”; Who Goes There.

Comprising of a grid of 200 A4 images on sandpaper and a series of paintings on paper which are rooted in post “austerity” West of Ireland. Doris’ studio based practice and public art works are informed by and interest in consciousness, in the relational field that connects us and in how the self is constructed relationally. This is the animating field of the space between things.

The Open Paintings invite us to attune to the stillness of Being as subtle and open. The sandpaper and landscape works evoke systems – self and societal – that are ambiguous. They may be disintegrating or in the flux of moving to a higher level of organisation. It is this being present to the complex ambiguity of relational experience that open up the still field of presence.

Limerick City Gallery
Carnegie Building, Pery Square, Limerick
T: (061) 310 633

Strange Attractors | Ronnie Hughes at Limerick City Gallery

30 June to 27 August

Touring exhibition by Irish artist Ronnie Hughes, one of Ireland’s most dynamic abstract painters, Hughe’s elegant and poised works are executed with complex technical skill, yet retain a lightness of touch. While his finished paintings display a diversity of styles, at heart they share common concern with the lived experienced, and what Hughes has described as “the beauty, the fragility and the violence of being.”

The exhibition was organised and toured by The Model, home of The Niland Collection, Sligo and after its exhibit at Limerick City Gallery of Art will tour to the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-colour publication.
The project has been generously supported through the Arts Council Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme.

Limerick City Gallery
Carnegie Building, Pery Square, Limerick
T: (061) 310 633

LIT Limerick School of Art + Design Graduate Show 2017

10 to 18 June

The President of LIT, together with the Staff and Students of LIT Limerick School of Art + Design invite you to the opening of the LSAD Graduate Show 2017 on the 10th June at 3pm at Limerick School of Art + Design, LIT, Clare Street Campus, Limerick.

LSAD Graduate Show 2017 will be offically opened by Creative Ireland Director, John Concannon.

LIT Limerick School of Art + Design
Clare St, Limerick
T: (061) 208 871

Traveller Pride at the Hunt Museum

The Irish Traveller Movement has undertaken a number of initiatives to create a greater understanding and acceptance of Traveller culture in society where Travellers are able to express who they are without fear of discrimination from settled or Traveller community- including looking at diversity within the community. These events and discussions take place over the course of the year, but there is specific focus on events for Traveller Pride Week.

The Hunt Museum is hosting two events this year as part of the Traveller Pride Week:

Tuesday 6 June, 1pm:
Selected glass artworks from the HOME exhibition will be on display. These were created by 13 Limerick City Traveller women who worked with glass artist Róisín de Buitléar. Come along and hear their experience of this project. HOME was delivered by The Hunt Museum and the Traveller Health Advocacy Agency with funding from Limerick City and County Council and the HSE.

Wednesday 7 June, 1pm:
Lecture by Sindy Joyce, a PhD student with the Department of Sociology, UL, entitled ‘Traveller ethnicity: reclaiming our identify and culture post-recognition‘

The Hunt Museum, The Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick
T:+353 (0)61 312 833

Contrasting Visions of Ireland | Jack B. Yeats + Paul Henry, Hunt Museum, Limerick

2 June to 30 September 2017
The Hunt Museum, The Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick

This summer we are featuring two of Ireland’s most important 20th century artists, Jack B. Yeats + Paul Henry, in the exhibition Contrasting Visions of Ireland from June to September. Billed to be an exhibition of both national and international significance and will feature 50 works, many of which are not usually on public display. This brings together a collection drawn from private and public collections including works from the European Investment Bank Collection in Luxembourg.

The Cool Vernacular | Jim Furlong at Limerick Printmakers

12 to 27 May 2017 | Opening: 11 May, 6pm
Belltable, 69 O’Connell street, Limerick

Limerick Printmakers are proud to announce the opening of The Cool Vernacular, an exhibition of new work by emerging Limerick based artist Jim Furlong. The exhibition will be held in the Belltable.
Jim Furlong is the recipient of the 2016/17 Tom Fox Painting Award, an accolade bestowed on an outstanding graduate of LSAD’s Painting degree program each year. The Fox family has kindly supported this bursary over the last five years as a way of commemorating the Limerick based painter Tom Fox’s life and untimely passing in September 2010. The award has become an integral part of Limerick Printmakers remit and one that reinforces Limerick Printmakers ethos of supporting artists working within various visual art disciplines.


World Cafe Event, Limerick | Moderated by Neil Peterson

Tuesday 16 May, 6.30pm
The Savoy Hotel, Henry Street, Limerick

The Limerick City and County Council cross party Culture and Arts Working Group are looking at developing a model of delivery for Culture and Arts for Limerick. Recommendations on this model will be informed by the views and experiences of individual creative practitioners, arts and cultural organisations, communities of interest, community groups, the third level sector and anyone interested in the strategic investment in culture in Limerick.

This consultation event will enable you/your organisation to contribute your views, that will form the recommendations that will go to Council on a new model of delivery for Culture and Arts in Limerick.

Neil Peterson
Neil Peterson will moderate the World Café Public Meeting. He is Director and Founder of Inside Track, a consultancy group which focuses on helping clients to deliver positive social and economic changes.
In 2005, Neil joined the Liverpool Culture Company to lead the Liverpool Welcome programme in the build up to Liverpool’s 2008 year as European Capital of Culture. This programme has become the benchmark for European Capital of Culture volunteer programmes. He also led Liverpool’s International work during the build up to and during its European Capital of Culture year.
From 2009 until setting up his Inside Track business, Neil was Liverpool’s Head of International and Commercial Relations. He continued to lead the City of Liverpool’s International work and its work on securing external funding and major bids, including the City’s successful 2018 World Cup Host City bid and being a key writer of Liverpool’s UNESCO City of Culture bid.

If you or a member of your organisation/group would like to attend this consultation event, please RSVP to register your interest on

Rebel Yell | Bealtaine Festival Event at Limerick City Gallery

Thursday, 11 May

LCGA would like to invite you to our Rebel Yell for 2017’s National Bealtaine event celebrating the life and work of Maeve Kelly. Readings, choral and dance performances in the company of broadcaster and journalist Susan McKay.

Limerick has a history of political activism and trade unionism. A leader amongst those who spoke truth to power in Limerick was Maeve Kelly, writer and author of the ground-breaking Orange Horses, the Bealtaine Book 2017. Like many others, Maeve combined her life as a writer with her activism, founding ADAPT In Limerick which she championed and led for over 20 years. 2016 saw the re-publication of Orange Horses by Tramp Press, and the poignant anthology, A Last Loving by Arlen House. Hosted by Susan McKay, Rebel Yell will feature readings and performances of Maeve’s work, as well as the first performances of new Bealtaine Commissions. These commissions comprise The Movement, by Bealtaine Dance Artist in Residence Mary Nunan, and The Beauty of It, four new choral compositions by Sean Doherty working with poet Paula Meehan, which will be performed by three acclaimed Limerick choirs including Cantette, Seoda and Limerick Chamber Choir directed by Maire Keary Scanlon, with readings from our newly commissioned writers Ron Carey and Fergus Cronin and a vocal performance by Ceara Conway.

Tickets: €10 + 1.23 booking fee
Concession: €8 + 1.11 booking fee
Book here:

LCGA Permanent Collection Room
Limerick City Gallery
Carnegie Building, Pery Square, Limerick
T: (061) 310 633

Martin Creed Tour | Pharmacia Bar, Limerick

4 May 2017, 8pm | Tickets: €15
Pharmacia Bar, 8 Sarsfield St, Limerick

Basic Space is proud to present two live gigs of Turner Prize winning artist and musician, Martin Creed in Dublin and Limerick.

Martin Creed was born in 1968 in Wakefield and grew up in Glasgow. He learned violin from the age of three, changing to piano and guitar as a teenager. Having been unsure whether to study music, art, English, psychology or architecture he decided to apply to art school, believing that you could do all those things there. He attended the Slade School of Fine Art in London between 1986 and 1990. Soon after graduating he began producing musical compositions alongside his visual work. Over the years he has continued to work across many different media. |

Fever to the Form | Group Exhibition at Chapel House, Limerick

28 to 30 April
Opening Thursday 27 April 7pm with Guest Speaker Alice Maher

Limerick School of Art and Design is delighted to present Fever to the Form, a student-run exhibition curated by Cork-based artist Pádraig Spillane featuring seventeen LSAD students from 3rd Year Sculpture and Combined Media. This show features an eclectic mix of artworks each manipulating materials in very different ways. Works include performance art, video art, mixed media works, and sound art.

For more information on the exhibition please visit:

Chapel House
1-4 Chapel Place,

Limerick Printmakers Group Exhibition at the Belltable

14 to 22 April 2017 | Opening: 13 April, 6pm
Belltable, 69 O’ Connell Street, Limerick

Limerick Printmakers are proud to announce the launch of ‘Working Class to Print Class’, an exhibition of collaborative and thematic work created by LP studio members and printmaking students from the Limerick School of Art & Design (LSAD) in conjunction with students of printmaking from Georgia College & State University, Georgia, USA.

Limerick artists featured are Elizabeth Cleary, Jennifer Cummins, Anne Deering, Aine Finnegan, Janey Hogan, James Kearney, Sorcha Lynch, Ciara McElearney, Kate McElligott, Jess Moloney, Kate O’ Shea & Louise Maher, Jess Tobin, and Sinead Williams.
Corresponding Georgia artists are Javier Martinez, Jessi Askew, David Thomas Babb, Emily Eubanks, Logan Thomas, Morgan Sanders, Callie Waters, Haley Wigley, Emily Jovert, Carrie Cooper, Tyler Reynolds, Matthew Forrest of Georgia College, and Abigail Thomas.

Please contact LP on 061 311806 for further info

Virtu | Group Exhibition at The Hunt Museum

7 April to 21 May

Virtú an exhibition by Limerick School of Art and Design and The Hunt Museum. Virtú is a curated exhibition that explores the ongoing relationship between The Hunt Museum and LSAD. The exhibition includes 18 contemporary artists working in various disciplines and a collection of drawings from several collections including IMMA and The Hunt Museum.

These two strands of the exhibition presented side by side provide a platform for creative dialogue and contemplation of the relevance of the Museum and its collection. These important collections of artists’ work spanning generations and cultures have had an influence on a younger generation of artists. This show aims to reveal that art among other things is a conversation.

The Hunt Museum, The Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick
T:+353 (0)61 312 833

John McNamara Exhibition, Hunt Museum, Limerick

6 to 30 April 2017
Prologue Room, Hunt Museum, The Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick

In Memory of John McNamara, ten of his outstanding garments will be showcased in the prologue room of the Hunt Museum.
John McNamara, from South Circular Road in Limerick, died in 2015. He graduated in fashion from the Grafton Academy Dublin and Kingston University London and was regarded as one of Ireland’s most talented designers with an eye for glamour and tailoring.

Virtú | Group Show at the Hunt Museum, Limerick

7 April to 21 May 2107
Hunt Museum, The Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick

Virtú will explore the ongoing relationship between the Museum and LSAD. The exhibition includes contemporary artists working in various disciplines and a collection of drawings from several collections including IMMA, Limerick City Gallery and University of Limerick.

These two strands of the exhibition presented side by side provide a platform for creative dialogue and contemplation of the relevance of the Museum and its collection. These important collections of artists’ work spanning generations and cultures have had an influence on a younger generation of artists. This show aims to reveal that art among other things is a conversation. |

Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone | Group Exhibition at Ormston House

23 March to 27 May
Opening Thursday 23 March, 7pm

Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone is an exhibition of contemporary art that responds to a science-fiction story of mind-controlling images.

Ormston House invites you to the preview of Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone, a CCA Derry~Londonderry touring initiative co-curated by Alissa Kleist and Matt Packer. The exhibition features works by Alan Butler (IE), Clawson and Ward (UK), Eva Fàbregas (ES/UK), Pakui Hardware (DE/LT), Joey Holder (UK), John Russell (UK), and Andrew Norman Wilson (US).

The exhibition takes its title, Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone, from a 1994 book by Belfast-based science fiction writer Ian McDonald. In the book, McDonald describes a young graphic design student, Ethan Ring, who is able to create images that bypass rational thought and control the mind of the viewer. The ability of Ethan Ring’s images to induce tears or ecstasy, to heal, and even kill people attracts the interests of governmental forces, who see the opportunities of harnessing this power for their own ends. As well as being a story of art’s capacities to change people’s emotional and physical behaviour, the book is a story of the artist’s struggle to manage these responsibilities.

The exhibition of the same name is not a direct response to the narrative of this story, but, instead, stages a number of artworks that explore ideas of how our perceptual and physical behaviours are transfigured by objects, images, and new technologies. Included in the exhibition are works that reference the way that the physical actions of the body are anticipated by design, such as the animated character of self-assembly furniture in Eva Fàbregas’s video installation The role of unintended consequences (Sofa Compact). Also included in the exhibition are works that suggest the body in a ‘post-human’ hybrid state – the puppetry in Andrew Norman Wilson’s Reality Models, in John Russell’s large print Parallel Domination Facility, or in Pakui Hardware’s series of free-standing sculptural works that contain fleshy images of indeterminable organic or artificial matter, sourced from NASA’s archive. A violence upon the body is suggested in works by Clawson and Ward: their ‘branding iron’ sculpture and a print work This ear says that the artist is not well schooled in anatomy…the ear screams and shouts against anatomy…, which shows an appropriated image of Joseph Stalin’s ear. Throughout the exhibition, the body exists in fragments and is subject to various regimes of control and imposition.

Ormston House
9-10 Patrick Street

Mid-19th century French Drawings by Edme de Saux, Hunt Museum, Limerick

20 to 31 March 2017 | Opening: 21 March, 1pm
The Hunt Museum, The Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick

An exhibition of Mid-19th Century French Drawings by artist Edme de Saux will be displayed as part of The Francophonie 2017 Festival organized by Alliance Française.
Interpretative tours highlighting Hunt Museum collection links with France will be delivered on Saturday 25th March.

Silent Stories | Miriam McConnon and Eoin Mac Lochlainn at the Belltable Limerick

11 March to 7 April
This two-person exhibition opens on Saturday 11 March, 3pm with guest speaker Monica Spencer.

The Olivier Cornet Gallery is delighted to present ‘Silent Stories’, an exhibition of work by gallery artists Miriam McConnon and Eoin Mac Lochlainn at the Belltable in Limerick. This exhibition gathers under the same roof the work of two artists represented by the Olivier Cornet Gallery in Dublin, two artists interested in the narratives behind domestic structures and household objects.

With his series of paintings of abandoned fireplaces in derelict houses on the West coast of Ireland, artist Eoin Mac Lochlainn reflects on Irish emigration in the 21st century. It was inspired by a poem by Cathal Ó Searcaigh entitled: “Na Bailte Bánaithe”, a poem about how spirits haunt the land, long after the people who lived there have gone. The artist spent some time in the Donegal Gaeltacht during the last few years, searching for and exploring the old homesteads that were mentioned in the poem.

Miriam McConnon‘s most recent paintings and drawings pose questions about the influence that domestic objects have over our sense of who we are and how we live. When does an object exist for us, become a part of our lives? When we use it every day, break it, repair it, hold it, wash it? Then does it become our object or at the very least an object that we relate to? How relevant are they to our individual stories? Do these objects become part of the pattern of our life? Do they reveal a hint of the intimate story that is our life? In her current body of work Miriam speaks to each individual bringing them on a journey of contemplation about their own everyday pattern of life.

For more information see:

Belltable Arts Centre
69 O’Connell Street

Faces and Places | Gerry Andrews at The Hunt Museum

24 February to 30 March

Gerry Andrews’ interest in photography started as a nineteen year old while working in The Limerick Leader. In recent years, he has traveled extensively throughout South East Asia, South America, India and Cuba. In 2011, he spent a period of time making a photographic record of the vanishing tribes in the Omo Valley in Ethiopia and this work was subsequently featured in a profile of him on RTE television. He has received numerous photographic awards for his images. He has a specific interest in social documentary photography and was awarded a Fellowship by the Irish Photographic Federation for his work in this genre.

Temporary Exhibition Gallery
The Hunt Museum, The Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick
T:+353 (0)61 312 833

The Painting Show | Group Show at Limerick City Gallery

9 February to 16 April 2017
Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA)

Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA) presents The Painting Show, a touring exhibition from the British Council. This  exhibition will offer visitors an overview of contemporary British painting by 15 British artists who all have a unique and diverse approach to their work.

Exhibiting artists include: Merlin Carpenter, Celia Hempton, Dawn Mellor , Stuart Cumberland, Neal Jones, Alan Michael, Dexter Dalwood, Morag Keil, Michael Simpson, Kaye Donachie, Fiona MacKay, Sue Tompkins, Michael Fullerton, Lucy McKenzie and Padraig Timoney.

The underlying theme of The Painting Show is influenced by Unlawful Assembly (2013), a book of crime fiction stories written by artists Lucy McKenzie and Alan Michael. In the foreword to this book, artist Ed Atkins and gallerist Martin McGeown propose that the plot structures of crime novels, designed to lead the reader on a journey that questions the stability of truth and fiction, mirror the subversive way in which certain painters manipulate their medium, its history and the audience’s understanding of it. The artists in this exhibition have different approaches to experimenting with painting: they play with the romanticism of the act of painting, wryly imitate historical styles and question the relationship between the artist, the subject and the viewer.

The Painting Show brings together new additions to the British Council Collection alongside generous loans, and is accompanied by a catalogue. The exhibition was curated by the British Council and was previously shown at CAC Vilnius in Lithuania in 2016.

The exhibition is part of Perspectives, a programme of art and literature that explores the cultural relationship between the UK and Ireland, 100 years on from the moment of the Easter Rising.

For more information about the British Council contact: Mary Doherty, Senior Press Officer
For further information on the exhibition at LCGA please contact: E: |