GRADUATE students at Limerick School of Art and Design have showcased over 150 stunning works at their end of year graduate show in the city.
Entitled Odyssey, the exhibition shows the captivating collection of artistic endeavours from their final year at the famed college, which is rated among the top 50 of its kind in the world.
Running until June 8, the exhibition comprises painting, sculpture and combined media, printmaking and contemporary practice, fashion, visual communications and ceramics.
The school’s new MA in Interdisciplinary Design Practice was officially launched at the opening at the weekend, by the recently appointed artistic director for Limerick City of Culture 2014, Karl Wallace, who paid tribute to the LSAD for its contribution to culture in the city.
“The Limerick School of Art & Design has probably done as much for culture and the arts in Limerick as rugby has for sport in the city. Its reputation is not just national but international and it’s perhaps something that many people in the city and region don’t realise. Limerick really is on the international map from a cultural perspective and LSAD has done much to help that,” he said.
Mr Wallace said the school will play an integral role in the City of Culture next year and this exhibition gives people “a window to the type of artistic flair that we have here in the city and will be celebrating next year.”
Mike Fitzpatrick, head of school at LSAD, said the college are looking forward to working with the organisers of the City of Culture to ensure that it leaves a lasting legacy.
“The National City of Culture 2014 is an ambitious plan to establish Limerick as an internationally recognised location for culture in 2014 and beyond,” he said.
“This is a huge opportunity for Limerick and the School of Art and Design will be busy playing its part in making sure it succeeds. This show represents the epic journey these students have taken over the last four years, as they moved from initial studies to emerging in their own right as artists and designers.”