Marian Lovett, acting director of the Limerick City Gallery of Art, had some very good news for the Limerick City Council’s Cultural and Sporting SPC meeting this week on the gallery refurbishment and a new piece of artwork to be unveiled at its relaunch.
It is hoped that the builders will hand over the redevelopment of LCGA at the end of the week. Further work on things such as windows and doors will then start but the Carnegie Building should be open again by late June/early July. An official relaunch is tentatively slated for autumn. The refurbishment will be significant and was funded under the Government’s ACCESS II scheme, with a contribution from the council. The aim is to preserve the original building but re-orientate it to give access towards People’s Park; upgrade the existing exhibition spaces; provide a purpose-built permanent collection storage area; provide a multi-purpose space for kids and community activities and a new café/library/social space.
Under the Percent for Art Scheme, a new sculpture has been commissioned from sculptor and conceptual artist, Brian O’Doherty, for the site. It will be called The Siege of Limerick and incorporate the ancient language, Ogham, into the design. The artist is from Roscommon but is based in the US; he went by the alter ego, ‘Patrick Ireland’, from 1972 (in reaction to the Bloody Sunday killings in Derry) to 2008. That year, in recognition of the peace process, he symbolically ‘buried’ the name at at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). As well as being a prolific artist, he has also served as editor of Art in America and as an on-air art critic for NBC. He has written several books, including the influential Inside the White Cube: Ideologies of the Gallery Space and the Booker Prize nominated novel, The Deposition of Father McGreevey. It’s a coup for Limerick to have an artist of his calibre making a piece for LCGA.