Three artist bursaries available in state-of-the-art Limerick library

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Visual artist Declan Casey in one of the four arts studios in Cappamore library. Limerick City and County Council have a bursary for the remaining three
THREE artists will have to do it by the book if they want one of the remaining three arts studios in Cappamore library.

THREE artists will have to do it by the book if they want one of the remaining three arts studios in Cappamore library.

They form a part of Limerick City and County Council’s cultural strategy to continue to develop the cultural infrastructure of Limerick, and to support the cultural economy.

A council bursary will be made available to recognised cultural practitioners, artists, writers and multi-disciplinary practitioners. It will cover half the cost of the monthly licence charge for each studio unit – usually €100 – so a fee of €50 per month exclusive will apply to those wishing to use each of the three available spaces.

The arts studios create conditions for affordable spaces for individuals to work and to attract and keep artists living and working in County Limerick by encouraging working within the rural context, say the council

“We’re delighted to have visual artist Declan Casey already in place in one of our studios in Cappamore and we’re now offering a bursary to help fill the other three available spaces,” said Sheila Deegan, Limerick arts officer.

“Studios are important places for artists to have the time and space to create new work and consider new practices. The incorporation of studios into this mixed-use development in Cappamore will help deliver cultural, community and economic value to Limerick and we’re hoping that this bursary will encourage local practitioners to apply by the deadline which is Friday, December 12,” she added.

The studio units offer affordable spaces for recognised, professional cultural practitioners at all stages of their careers. Persons in full-time education, undergraduate students and full time MA students will not be considered.

Mr Casey said his studio, like the other three, is bright, warm, spacious and easily accessible.

“It’s ideal for working in and for displaying work as it progresses. The office at the rear of the studio is a wonderful bonus providing a separate area for working on documentation, submission applications, on-line research and so on,” said Mr Casey.

Criteria includes track record of the applicant in relation to levels of experience; quality of the proposal; suitability of applicant’s work practice to Cappamore library and arts studios complex, to the ethos of the studio complex, contribution to and impact on the arts and the rural community.

A selection committee will review the applications and based on the material provided make recommendations to Limerick City and County Council. Full details are available at www.limerick.ie/council/open-call-artists Deadline is Friday, December 12.