Now to the lesser spotted visual arts. There is a lot going on around Limerick and there is a bit of a round-up below.
Brian McMahon/Geraldine Sadlier Exhibition
An exhibition of works by two well-known local artists, Brian McMahon and Geraldine Sadlier, is running in the Shannon Rowing Club on Sarsfield Bridge until November 9. As you can see from the above picture, there are some beautiful depictions and scenes among the display in the historic building.
Occupy Space, formerly of Thomas Street, has a new base in No. 9 Lower Cecil Street and later this week, will launch the new project, H-Q, which has been developed with artist, Gemma Gore.
H-Q is a cultural hub offering a platform for the arts in Limerick City. H-Q will provide professional studios for visual artists, an exhibition space for contemporary visual art and bookable project space for art-orms such as music, dance, theatre and literature. H-Q welcomes a diverse range of practices from local, national and international creative practitioners. H-Q is currently forging links with international organisations to develop an artist residency programme for 2014.
Limerick Arts Encounter
Michele Horrigan is curating visual arts at Limerick Arts Encounter and events will feature a selection of emerging artists based locally, nationally and internationally.
While using the old Belltable, 69 O’Connell Street, as a hub for these events, elements of the programme will also be located throughout the city. Debut solo exhibitions will be presented by two emerging artists, Aaron Lawless and Liz Ryan and two group exhibitions entitled Detonate and Undercover: A Dialect (part 2) will explore ideas of artistic process, each accompanied by public talks and events. A day-long symposium will feature national and international contributors, discussing the methods artists can now engage with new audiences and question the condition that art can exist in the public realm today.
The first exhibition, Detonate, will run until November 22.
Limerick City Gallery of Art
There are four distinct exhibitions running in LCGA until Dec 23. They are: Upending; Antennae; I go to seek a Great Perhaps and Difference Engine: Accumulator III.
Upending – an exhibition of enquiries presents new work by artists Kennedy Browne, Anthony Haughey, Anna Macleod, Augustine O’Donoghue, Susan Thomson and Bryonie Reid. The exhibition results from the artists’ participation in a year-long mobile think tank entitled Troubling Ireland which took place in 2010/11, commissioned by Fire Station Artists’ Studios and led by the Danish curatorial collective, Kuratorisk Aktion. Two years later, the artists were commissioned by Fire Station Artists Studios, in partnership with LCGA and directed by Think Tank participant, Helen Carey, to present new work in exhibition, which trouble Ireland from a wide variety of perspectives: addressing themes of sustainable energy, labour and loss in recessionary times, real and tourist approaches to Ireland, border identities, homophobia and its colonial legacy, and the landscape, both mental and physical, around the pharmaceutical industry in Ireland.
To complement this exhibition, there will be a symposium on ‘Art and Responsibility’ at LCGA on November 12 from 11am-4.15 pm. It will be run by Fire Station Artists’ Studios in partnership with LCGA and speakers include Galit Eilat; Tone Olaf Nielsen and Frederikke Hansen. There will also be contributions from Liz Burns; Helen Carey and a panel discussion with the artists presented in the exhibition. Admission is free. Booking necessary by calling 061-310633 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Difference Engine: Accumulator III is an evolving touring exhibition, a model of autonomous artist curation, by artists Mark Cullen, Wendy Judge Gillian Lawler and Jessica Foley, featuring Gordon Cheung, whose works infiltrate the grouping with the Portrait of Charles Babbage, the early founder of what was to become the ‘computer’. Cheung’s work is the only piece that is a constant through Difference Engine’s ensemble installations. For Limerick City Gallery of Art, Difference Engine bring existing work, but they also work with the spaces to make something that is particular to LCGA – theirs is a collaborative practice that is highly individual – an ambiguity that works for each artist, for each place and yet has a distinct character.
Also on show is Antennae by David Beattie, which is in collaboration with Ormston House. LCGA in partnership with the Patrick Street gallery and collective, present Bring in the Noise, curated by Mary Cremin. The exhibition focuses on artists whose practice engage with and appropriate technology creating assemblages and installations. To complement this exhibition, David Beattie’s work presented in LCGA focuses on the experimental nature of his work, his methodology combines factors of low fidelity sound, organic movements, space, and the field of physics, introducing unlikely materials to gather and produce a set of object inter-relationships, keeping in mind their aesthetic dominance as well as distance.
At Ormston House, there is more work by Laura Buckley and Alexander Gutke in the same vein. More information at www.ormstonhouse.com
I go to seek a Great Perhaps is drawn from the LCGA permanent collection. This exhibition, curated by Shinnors Scholar, Aoibheann McCarthy, is drawn from the Permanent Collection, using the methodology of involving the general public, in this case seven young adults who have been involved with LCGA in other projects. Through six sessions, the selection was made, and the resulting exhibition reflects an examination of issues and aspects of life pertinent to young people, such as environment, politics, relationships and ‘being’ in a rural context, as well as thinking about what the future holds for them in 21st century Ireland. The selection includes works by Mary Swanzy, Janet Mullarney, and Sean Keating alongside more contemporary works by artists such as Gavin Hogg, Donald Teskey and Siobhan Piercy.
eva International 2014
Ireland’s biennial of contemporary art will take place from April 12- July 6 next year. The 12-week programme of exhibitions and events taking place across Limerick City will be curated by Bassam El Baroni. Since being founded in 1977, eva International has worked with the world’s leading artists and curators, bringing outstanding exhibitions to diverse audiences.
Walking around town these days, there seems to be colourful and intricate urban art springing up everywhere.
I’ve been taken to task about my praise for cool graffiti in the past. Generally people split into two groups—staunch NIMBYs (‘Not in my back yard!’) and people who really like it. I don’t agree with vandalising private property or artless tagging but I think we have some of the best graffiti in Ireland, if not the best. This is largely thanks to the Make a Move Festival but also talented artists in the locality. It adds a bit colour to a lot of derelict and drab spaces. Check out this page to get a taste of what’s around: www.facebook.com/GraffitiStreetArtInLimerick.