Category: Munster – Limerick

Christmas Exhibition by Limerick Art Society

6 to 22 December

Christmas Art Exhibiyion by Limerick Art Society showing new contemporary works by local artists living in and around Limerick. They are providing a great variety of art: realistic, abstract, landscapes, portraits, still lives and more. All art works are for sale.

Opening times are Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm, closed on weekends.

Istabraq Hall/City Hall,
Merchants Quay,

Celebrating 40 Years of EVA International, 7 December

EVA turns 40! EVA International (previously known as e v+ a, Exhibition of Visual Art) was founded by Limerick-based artists and academics in January 1977.

As part of our day long birthday celebrations on Thursday 7 December, EVA will be looking back over the past 40 years decade by decade.

Hear about art, jail, marriage proposal and other stories. Relive the beginning of EVA from the 70s to the 80s at Limerick City Gallery of Art from 12pm to 1pm. Tales from the 90s and noughties will be recalled from 2.30pm to 4pm at Limerick School of Art and Design. Both of these events are open to all, no booking required.

From 6pm they will share drinks with friends and supporters at The Hunt Museum, Rutland Street. Please RSVP to the drinks reception

Winter Exhibition 2017 | Members Exhibition at Limerick Printmakers

23 November to 16 December 2017

Selector and opening speaker: Debora Ando – artist, printmaker, lecturer in print in the National College of Art and Design (NCAD)

Limerick Printmakers artists featured are Ciara Barker, Ailbhe Barrett, Eoin Barry, Gemma Dardis, Deirdre Gallagher, John Horne, Carol Kennedy, Dan Kenny, Kate O’ Shea, Verona Stellet, Clodagh Twomey, Isabella Walsh, and Linda Young.

This will be the fifteenth Limerick Printmakers Winter Members Exhibition, an event that has become a highlight of LP’s annual programming.

LP is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the scope and talent that exists among Limerick Printmakers studio members which currently includes practicing artists and printmakers, photographers, recent graduates across various artistic disciplines alongside graphic designers, teachers and lecturers.

The range of methods and techniques on show includes silkscreen, letterpress, monoprint, etching, embossment, cyanotype, sugar lift, photo etching and collograph printmaking along with video and digital artworks. The diversity that exists within the members of Limerick Printmakers and the processes they utilise to create their work is illustrated in this stimulating and vibrant vibrant body of work that reinforces the relevance of the studio within Limerick’s vigorous and exciting artistic community and also that of the strength of printmaking as an artform that both encourages and demands experimentation and inventiveness.

Limerick Printmakers
Bridgeland House, 3 Johns Square, Limerick
T: 061 311806

Known Unknowns | Group Exhibition at Limerick City Gallery

3 November to 14 January

2017 marks the 80th anniversary of the “First Exhibition of Pictures” which opened on the 23rd of November 1937 in the Savoy Cinema, Limerick. This was the first significant move after the formation of a committee in 1936 of local citizens and artists such as Sean Keating and Dermod O’Brien to form a Municipal Art Gallery in Limerick, similar to those which existed in Dublin and Cork. The works in this exhibition would then form the “nucleus” of the Permanent Collection of Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA).

The exhibition, Known Unknowns takes the collection as it stands in 2017, a moment to pause and reflect on 80 years of collecting. Artists Damien Flood, Nuala O’Sullivan and Daniel Greaney have created new works of art which have been inspired by and are reactions to the connections, relationships, content and history of LCGA’s Permanent Collection. Known Unknowns merges the old and the new, the known and unknowns forging new relationships and narratives which connect the artist’s three distinct practices to LCGA’s collection of 18th – 21st century artworks. These artistic responses produce an alternative way for LCGA to present its collection while acknowledging this significant anniversary.

Known Unknowns is curated by LCGA’s Shinnors Scholar (2015-17), Simon Fennessy Corcoran as part of his MA through Research in Curatorial Studies, which explored the public’s engagement with the Permanent Collection exhibitions. Corcoran devised an open call and selection panel model culminating in the exhibition, Known Unknowns, with the featured artists, their response to the Permanent Collection.

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

master of my universe | Theresa Nanigian at Limerick City Gallery

3 November to 14 January

just a bit extraordinary is a national tour of three distinct exhibitions by artist Theresa Nanigian who creates portraits of contemporary Western life. In her work Nanigian also uses the analytical tools of other disciplines such as sociology, economics, psychology and logic to explore expressions of identity across the human experience.

The second chapter of the exhibition, master of my universe, considers the middle developmental stage of adulthood often preoccupied with earning a living. Unusually Nanigian chooses to explore this stage by documenting the vendors on the boardwalk of Venice Beach, California. The guardians of this ‘sidewalk circus’ are a diverse range of nationalities, ages, socioeconomic status and personal histories, who display an equally quirky spectrum of merchandise, entertainment and personal philosophy. master of my universe draws on work from Nanigian’s California residency including text, photography, soundscapes and a ‘merchandise museum’.

The just a bit extraordinary tour began in April 2017 at The Lab Gallery, Dublin with trying to behave, an exhibition of photographs and a short video that observed the older patrons of the bi-monthly tea dances at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and the Macushla Dance Club in Dublin. Nanigian also displayed wall text panels with anonymous responses selected from surveys she carried out with an even wider spectrum of older people.

The final exhibition in the series just a bit extraordinary, combines elements of trying to behave and master of my universe with a survey of Nanigian’s first installment in her life cycle series titled not sorry, which was exhibited in 2014. just a bit extraordinary will open at the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda in September, 2018.

The just a bit extraordinary tour is curated by Aoife Ruane, Director of the Highlanes Gallery.

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

Screendance in the Gallery | Group Exhibition at Limerick City Gallery of Art

2 November to 14 January

The exhibition will showcase leading artists working in dance, film and the visual arts, for the period of the Light Moves festival, and will feature Aernout Mik, Harun Farocki, Cindy Sherman and Rosemary Butcher.

• Doll Clothes by Cindy Sherman (USA), celebrated for her exploration of the construction of contemporary identity and the nature of representation. Doll Clothes presents a photograph of the artist as a paper doll, reflecting on Sherman’s fascination with the politics of identity, particularly in relation to women.

• Daytime Movements by Aernout Mik (Netherlands) and Boris Charmatz. Mik’s work takes an ironic look at human behaviour placed in out-of-the-ordinary situations, with video installations that present physical and psychological states rather than a linear narrative. Boris Charmatz is one of France’s leading philosopher-choreographers. In Daytime Movements disorder of bodies interferes in a daily environment, with every gesture hiding or revealing signs of a disturbing strangeness…

• Workers Leaving the Factory in Eleven Decades by Harun Farocki (Czech Republic), whose work has been exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern, the Modern in London and elsewhere. This film focuses on the area in front of a factory, an area that can be both a site of social conflict, and the boundary between a worker’s personal and professional life.

• Rosemary Butcher’s Vanishing Point, a moving evocation of women’s position in an often male-dominated society, with the figure of dancer and choreographer Elena Giannotti set against the desert in Andalucia. Rosemary Butcher was a seminal figure in postmodern dance.

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

Light Moves Festival of Screendance 2017, Limerick

2 to 5 November

Light Moves, Ireland’s international festival of dance, film and media arts, is back for its fourth edition, with events across Limerick City. This year’s programme features world class dancers, filmmakers, visual artists and musicians from Ireland and as far afield as China and Iran. Highlights include works by Aernout Mik (Netherlands), Harun Farocki (Czech Republic), Cindy Sherman (USA) and Amanda Coogan (Ireland). The festival will feature live dance and music performances, exhibitions, film screenings from an open call submission, workshops, a festival symposium, talks and more.

The installation series Screendance in the Gallery at the Limerick City Gallery of Art presented in collaboration with Light Moves will run 2 November to 14 January, featuring video pieces by Aernout Mik, Harun Farocki, Cindy Sherman and Rosemary Butcher along with works from the ground-breaking Carriageworks commission 24 Frames Per Second.

Light Moves 2017 will feature a significant line up of Irish artists and films including Amanda Coogan: Long Now, which captures Amanda Coogan during a gruelling six-week live durational exhibition.

At the festival’s Symposium Dr Erika Balsom will give a talk on Moving Bodies: Capture and Control in the Late Works of Harun Farocki (whose Workers Leaving The Factory In Eleven Decades can be seen at the LCGA exhibition.) Ailbhe Murphy, Director of Create, will lead a forum addressing Screendance and Community: Community, Place and Collaborative Arts, with leading artists Lucy Cash, Emily Claid, Mary Nunan and Monica Spencer.

For more information:

Relapse | Róisín Berg and Walter Nied at Dance Limerick, Limerick

2 to 5 November 2017

Relapse by Róisín Berg and Walter Nied is a mixed-media art installation presenting viewers with projections of their past selves juxtaposed with screendance in an unnerving audio/visual environment. This work ponders the fragility of privacy in today’s technologically engulfed world and highlights the connectivity between everyday motion and dance on film. This installation is part of the programme for Light Moves festival of screendance.

For further information please

Dance Limerick
1− 2 John’s Square, Co. Limerick
T: (061) 400 994

Pop Up Limerick Museum, Various Locations

Limerick Museum in association with Creative Ireland, will be popping up in towns and villages throughout Limerick County.

A pop-up museum is created by the public and is accomplished by the public bringing along their historic objects relating to their community, including but not limited to old postcards, photographs or from local sporting events or businesses.

The pop-up museums will take place between 11am and 4pm on the particular day and will be created in collaboration with local residents across County Limerick.

The purpose is to engage people of all ages and walks of life in a reflection and conversation about the meaning of objects in our lives and histories.

The roadshow will be visiting:

Murroe – 21 October – Murroe Community Hall
Askeaton – 28 October – Askeaton Community Centre
Kilmallock – 4 November – Kilmallock Pastoral Centre
Abbeyfeale – 11 November – Leens Hotel
Newcastle West – 18 November – Newcastle West Community Centre

More information here:

Alternate Truth | Rita Duffy at Hunt Museum, Limerick

13 October to 20 November 2017

One of Northern Ireland’s foremost and ground breaking artists, Rita Duffy, presents a number of drawings in response to the permanent Hunt Collection. Wishing to create inventive narratives for objects in the museum, Duffy utilises historical and literary elements to illustrate the collection in new environments.

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

Exquisite Things | Johnny Horne at the Hunt Museum

21 October to 5 November 2017

Exquisite Things is series of experimental photographic works, overtly inspired by a deep reverence for the historical traditions of painting, but underpinned by an ongoing fascination with the innate dichotomy of the inner self, the untamed ego, versus the projected persona or mask which we construct. Horne employs variations of a transformative printing process to distort and disrupt the perfection of the photograph surface, a method of painting without paint, revealing a dark, melancholic vision beneath the sublime veneer. His subjects emanate a disconcertingly dark emotional presence, possessing a degree of ambiguity which might intrigue or unnerve. Laden with echoes of religious iconography, the Vanitas tradition, and, of course, the Gothic, ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ would seem a particularly apt companion for these shadowy apparitions of the subconscious.

Johnny Horne is a recent graduate of Limerick School of Art & Design. A multi-disciplinary practitioner, his work encompasses drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation, video, and photography.

Official opening Wed 25th Oct at 6.30pm

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

A Fine Line | Helena Grimes at Limerick Printmakers, Limerick

26 October to 4 November 2017

Limerick Printmakers are delighted to present ‘A Fine Line’, the new works by Helena Grimes which explores cognitive metamorphosis through a series of intricate ink drawings, printmaking and installation.

The exhibition addresses timeless themes of grief, anxiety, power and regeneration which become infused with the artist’s inner most thoughts, mythology and fragments of her imagination.

Grimes’ distinctive line drawings act like fables. The whimsical creatures in her compositions act as metaphors of the human mind, present at different stages of social challenges. The environments portray a layer of familiarity; intertwined with dream-like elements to isolate the mind and hold the gaze of the viewer, enabling a deep engagement with their own subconscious.

Grimes defines the act of drawing as ‘narrative in its truest form’. Through the transfer of ink; memories, emotions and thoughts are encapsulated onto the surface of the paper.

The artist describes having an addictive relationship with drawing. It is her agency to reflect, release tensions, and to understand human society and inner self. Inspiration comes from the natural world, fairytales, mythology, books, people and life itself.

Helena Grimes is a visual artist practicing in Limerick City, originally from Longford. Grimes’ work has been exhibited in various locations nationally as well as internationally in the UK, Netherlands, Egypt, Turkey and the USA. Her work has been purchased for several private collections in Ireland, the UK and the USA, as well as municipal art collections.

Limerick Printmakers
Bridgeland House, 3 Johns Square, Limerick
T: 061 311806

Life Marks: An Exhibition of Life Drawing | Group Exhibition at Central Buildings Gallery, Limerick

18 to 29 October 2017

The Limerick Figure Drawing Society invites you to the opening of “Life Marks: An Exhibition of Life Drawing” on Wednesday 18th October 2017 at 6 pm at the Central Buildings Gallery.

Work from sessions drawing the nude model and portrait sessions will be displayed as well as representative work from each society member. Works will be available for sale.

Sheila Deegan, Limerick Arts and Culture Officer, will open the show. Music by Michael O’Brien. Refreshments will be served. The show will continue daily until Sunday 29th October.

Participating Artists:
Louise Barrett, Anna Blair, Marie-Clare Boothman, Una Breen, Edel Cassidy, Ivan Daly, Tamara Fagg, Enda Griffin, Charles Harper, Mark Heng, Kate Hodmon, Vincent Killowry, Ann Moloney, Merrie O’Higgins, Ursula O’Meara, Tim O’Sullivan, Pat Ryan.

Also, two free “Portrait Circle” workshops will be offered in the gallery: Saturday, 21st October 1-3 pm and Wednesday, 25th October 6-8 pm Bring your own sketchbooks, draw, and be drawn!

Enquiries can be made to

Central Buildings Gallery
51 O’Connell Street
Limerick, V94 NYH9

Landmarks & Lifeforms | Freida Meaney & Danny Osborne at West Cork Arts Centre

9 September to 22 October 2017

Landmarks and Lifeforms is an exhibition by Danny Osborne and Frieda Meaney, two artists who live and work on the Beara Peninsula on the western seaboard.

The artists’ interests in geology, biology, marine science and zoology as well as travel and navigation is presented in this exhibition through painting, print, video installation and sculpture, combining scientific with artistic interpretations of the natural world.

Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre
Skibbereen, Ireland
T: (028) 22090

Group Exhibition | Limerick Art Society at Dooradoyle Library, Limerick

3 to 28 October 2017

The exhibition shows art works by local artists: landscapes, still lives, portraits, abstracts, fantasy and more. Opening times are Tuesday to Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturdays 10am to 2pm.

All art works are for sale. 15% commission go to Limerick Art Society.

Dooradoyle Branch Library
22 Silver Birch Grove, Dooradoyle Rd,
Dooradoyle, Limerick, V94 X7HF
T: (061) 496 860