LIMERICK man David Lilburn, acknowledged as one of the foremost printmakers working in Ireland, is one of the artists whose work has been accepted in a new permanent display at Mary Immaculate College.
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan was in Limerick on Monday to launch the Per Cent for Art Scheme at Mary I, which allows one per cent of the cost of any publicly funded capital, infrastructural and building development to be allocated for the commissioning of a work of art.
MIC recently completed a major capital investment programme to a total of €40 million, enabling the reshaping of the campus. Under this phase of the college’s building programme, two buildings, entitled Tailteann and Teamhair / TARA, were constructed and officially opened by Taoiseach Brian Cowen in September 2010.
David Lilburn, a former lecturer at Limerick School of Art and Design has concentrated on drawing and printmaking in recent years. Central to his art is the concept of mapping and how cities are represented in art. His project titled A Map, involved carving a large scale map on the building exterior of Teamhair / TARA ‘positioning’ Mary I in its environment and also exploring the college from multiple historical and political viewpoints. Officially launching the scheme at the college, Minister Deenihan said “The three pieces that we are honouring today, namely ‘The Map’, ‘Window on the World’ and ‘The Colour Wheel’ are truly magnificent pieces and I want to heartily congratulate each of the talented artists on their works. The artworks here in MIC have greatly enhanced this magnificent new facility and it is fitting that Limerick’s oldest third level institution is the one leading the way in terms of planning and creating new facilities for the years ahead.” Also on display at MIC is work to duo Cleary-Connolly for their proposal “Colour Wheels”. Both artworks are located at or close to the entrance to Teamhair/Tara. The third piece of work purchased under the Per Cent for Art budget was for the piece by artist Imogen Stuart, named the “Window on the World” which is situated in the main corridor of An Slí in the TARA building. Finally, the committee reserved a portion of the budget to develop a Visual Art Education Project for Primary Schools, which will be based in the Curriculum Development Unit (CDU) of the College.