A LIMERICK based visual artist and curator has been awarded Limerick City Gallery of Arts Shinnors Curatorial Scholarship for 2015.
Simon Fennessy Corcoran specialises in sculpture and combined media in Limerick School of Art and Design.
Simon, who is currently a gallery assistant in Ormston House Gallery and an intern in The Hunt Museum, was announced as the recipient on Thursday last by the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, at the City Gallery.
The Shinnors Curatorial Scholarship, which is funded by LCGA and supported by Limerick artist John Shinnors, was launched last year to provide opportunities to local artists to investigate specific areas of interest within the gallery context.
It allows the candidate to undertake a MA or PhD by research at Limerick School of Art and Design while based predominantly at LCGA.
Previous scholarship recipients include Dr. Pippa Little, Susan Holland, Mary Conlon and Aoibheann McCarthy who have each completed an MA in curatorial studies.
“The announcement of the fifth Shinnors Curatorial Scholarship coincides with some very exciting developments at the gallery,” said Una McCarthy, the gallery’s director.
“Simon’s core interests lay in challenging ideas of art, morality, and display, with key elements of the role of a curator and issue-based art embedded.
“More recently he has developed a fascination with collections and the issues surrounding their existence within contemporary art and society now. I am confident that he will benefit greatly from his participation in the programme, both from a personal and from a future career perspective.”
The gallery’s permanent collection features 3,000 historic and contemporary works from hundreds of artists including Jack B. Yeats, William Leech, Sir John Lavery, Paul and Grace Henry, Sir William Orpen, Séan Keating, Robert Carver and Charles Lamb.
Artworks by John Shinnors, who has supported this scholarship programme are also featured.
The gallery also celebrated 30 years in the Carnegie building in Pery Square.