THE Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan will visit Rathkeale this Friday for what will be his inaugural engagement as Arts Minister in the town.
Minister Deenihan will launch an exhibition called “Riverside” at the Rathkeale Arts Centre.
The exhibition is the work of twelve young trainees at the Riverside Training Workshop where Kerry-born but Limerick-based artist Richard Hannafin has been their mentor and teacher.
The works on display will include large-scale mosaics, photographs and prints.
Speaking to the Limerick Leader in advance of the exhibition this week, Mr Hannafin said he began work with the trainees last May.
The art-classes, he explained, began with printing, where the students produced both block-prints and lino-prints. “We all went to Mary Immaculate College to use their printing equipment and all the students did their own,” Mr Hannafin said.
The success of the first, print, module inspired both centre, students and teacher to continue the art classes and the students then began to create their own mosaics
“The mosaics are based on sacred geometry,” Mr Hannafin said.
A photography project, funded through West Limerick Resources, followed and this saw the students taking images of their own centre and of the locality.
Now all their work, mounted, framed and hung, will be on display for the Minister on Friday afternoon. “The project has gone very well,” Mr Hannafin said.
He was particularly pleased that Minister Deenihan had accepted the invitation to launch the exhibition. “It really is a great boost to the students,” he said.
The Riverside exhibition is particularly unique, he explained, as the trainees in the main are young members of the Traveller community who are attending the Riverside Training Workshop.