Limerick traders show their art is in the right place

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

At the launch of the Roches Street traders festival were: John Murphy, Corbally, artist Anne Murray Browne, and Roy Finucane, chairperson Roches Street Trader
FOR the 13th year in a row, Roches Street is to be turned into an open-air art gallery as part of the area’s annual festival.

FOR the 13th year in a row, Roches Street is to be turned into an open-air art gallery as part of the area’s annual festival.

Between Monday, September 7 and Saturday, September 19, a unique art exhibition will take place in the windows of the street’s shops.

Established and up-and-coming artists will place their best works of art on display in shop windows along the popular thoroughfare.

The premise is simple: if you like the look of a painting when window shopping, you can go into the shop and make an offer for it.

If it is accepted, the artists get 75% of the proceeds, while Rape Crisis Mid-West and Children at Risk in Ireland (Cari) will share the remainder.

Thanks to the event, over €100,000 has been raised for good causesin Limerick through the years.

Accountant Roy Finucane, who chairs the Roches Street traders association, said: “It is a marriage of local independent traders and local artists. What it is about is trying to promote and assist local artists, local businesses and local charities.”

The decision to support Cari and Rape Crisis was reached after nominations from the street’s traders.

Verena Tarpey of Rape Crisis said: “We work very much under the radar, so as a result we are delighted the traders nominated us as one of the benefitting charities.”

Businessman Colm O’Brien, a board member of Cari, said it was a “really important festival for tourism”.

“There is nothing like coming back from a city you are visiting to say something like ‘do you know what I saw when I was in a butcher’s shop in Limerick? It is quite unique,” he said.

As part of the festival, the ArtsConnect group will on Saturday, September 12, organise a performance of music, song, dance and painting in the street.

They are looking for entertainers of all genres, face-painters, jugglers, pole walkers, printers and poets to take part in the show.

If you would like to take part, call 086-1718510.