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Art Limerick initiative to display in city centre every Sunday in July

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Art Limerick have announced that they are to be displaying their work on Little Catherine St in the city centre every Sunday during the month of July.

ArtLimerick is a community of artists who were established two years ago.  The initiative was co-founded by artists Kathy Tiernan and John Hellewell.
For the past two years the group exhibited for 6 Sundays in summer on Bedford Row with 15 artists taking part each week.
This year the group is proud to announce that it will be boasting over 40 artists each of whom will be displaying their own original artwork every Sunday in July on Little Catherine Street.
The organisers tell me that retailers on the street are very supportive of the idea. Little Catherine St is one of Limerick’s most popular ‘social’ streets. This beautiful, boutique-like setting will definitely suit to the venture.
“No two weeks are the same, we would expect 25 to 30 of the group each week. Each artist displays work on an easel or small table”, organiser Kathy Tiernan tells me .
“The idea is that we can chat and form friendships as well as displaying work for sale. Artists can often be solitary about their work, so community is important. There are Limerick artists who were born across the globe displaying art this year.
We have artists who are as young as 14 (with their parents support) and as old as the hills and we also have artists who are nurses, teachers, admin, a stone mason, a retiree from the US stock exchange, banker, engineers, mothers and fathers”.
The initiative has been granted permission by the local authority but is entirely self-funding with each artist contributing a smalll fee €20 to cover certain costs for the duration.
The idea is that art is for all. The group’s logo which was designed by a 17 year old is Ogham and it reads “Art for All”. The concept of community is continued with the fact that each artist must represent their own work and no commission is paid to a third party.

“This means artist get to step outside their comfort zone and meet fellow artists”, Kathy says.

“The idea is already working well and we currently display work on the wall at Caseys Furniture in Raheen as well as having an opening exhibition there in November 2017. Commission on sales that night, as well as raffle proceeds were donated to the Children’s Ark Unit at UHL, and together with Caseys Furniture, we raised over 1,000 on the night”.

Art Limerick have a their own website. Designed by John Hellewell it features many of the 26 Limerick artists making up the group.

Check out www.artlimerick.com for more info or follow Art in Limerick across various social media portals. Be sure to check out and support this great initiative over the course of July on Little Catherine St.


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