Limerick’s Elemental to fuse art and creativity

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Hurley maker Willie Bullfin with son Shane, from Camass, Bruff, who will demonstrate the art of hurley making at Elemental
FROM a celebration of ‘Forgotten Skills’ to walking tours, photographic exhibitions, Salon du Chat, film, storytelling and music to a ‘tattoo lab’ - the four day Elemental programme is bursting at the seams.

FROM a celebration of ‘Forgotten Skills’ to walking tours, photographic exhibitions, Salon du Chat, film, storytelling and music to a ‘tattoo lab’ - the four day Elemental programme is bursting at the seams.

The art and culture festival returns this year for a third outing, boosted with support from City of Culture, starting on Thursday and running until Sunday.

A key aspect will be the focus on traditional skills and crafts associated with Limerick down through the centuries, with a range of master crafts men and women take over the Hunt Museum on Saturday.

“Elemental is very much an arts and culture festival, with the Forgotten Skills element of the programme really encapsulating the ‘culture’ component,” explained Jennifer Allen.

“This has been a key feature of Elemental from the start and is an event which means a lot to us. We feel very lucky to have such skilled crafts people taking part but also people with a lot of integrity and an admirable work ethic. It’s a joy to watch them doing what they do and to have the opportunity to talk to them about their chosen craft.”

Storyteller and spoken word performer Carlos Andres Gomez will host two performances, as well as scheduled workshops in Ormston House, while photographer Mark Nixon’s Much Loved exhibition opens in 69 O’Connell Street this Thursday night.

“Man Up is a celebration of positive change,” explained Gomez.

“I’m so humbled to be a part of Elemental in Limerick during its City of Culture year and particularly excited to connect with groups and young people while I’m there who are doing work to transform our world for the better,” he added.

Tattoo artist Paul Bullman will create a live tattoo, while a 3D printer creates a physical model, from 3pm on Saturday in Arthur’s Quay.

There is a wonderfully varied programme of events so go and for full details see www.elementalfestival.com.