The Hunt Museum is bringing “The Artefacts Project” to Limerick from 21 July to 11 September, giving visitors the chance to witness familiar objects from pre-colonial Ireland in a different light. The works in Lorcan Walshe’s “The Artefacts Project” were totally inspired by indigenous craft and early Irish religious treasures. Croziers, Missals, Bells and Shrines are transformed in this unique exhibition of paintings and drawings.
15 years after its debut at the National Museum of Ireland, The Artefacts Project is being revived and partially reworked following an increased awareness of the significance of Walshe’s work. His engagement with artefacts of the pre-colonial past in his search for artistic and cultural roots has been likened to the approach taken by Frida Kahlo in her revival of the pre-colonial.
Celtic craftsmanship in visual arts spread to all corners of medieval Christendom, but the traditions were subsumed into Christianity and Colonisation. Through The Artefacts Project, Lorcan Walshe investigates and interrogates the art of our past and in the act of translation, transforms the objects from one artistic form to another, creating beautiful contemporary art.
In the spirit of the past being always present, the Hunt Museum has placed its four Irish Bronze Handbells at the heart of the exhibition and enhanced how visitors experience them by using the sense of hearing. The Bells will tell the hour with the sounds of Limerick played through the sound formed by each bell. Visitors will also be able to play in and hear back their own voices creating new soundscapes to compliment the visual feast.
A number of the paintings and drawings in the exhibition will be for sale.
*Museum is closed on Mondays