Limerick Printmakers mark new home with exhibition

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

LIMERICK Printmakers Studio and Gallery - who left their home on Robert Street in March of this year - have been installed in a temporary space on Sarsfield Street, where they are expected to remain for “at least a year”.

LIMERICK Printmakers Studio and Gallery - who left their home on Robert Street in March of this year - have been installed in a temporary space on Sarsfield Street, where they are expected to remain for “at least a year”.

The popular gallery left their home on Robert Street in March after eleven years when the aging building was found to have breaches in fire safety regulations, and have been operating out of the former Benetton clothing shop on Sarsfield Street in the interim period.

With the support of Limerick City Council, the gallery are to relocate temporarily to the former O’Sullivan’s Shoes outlet on Sarsfield Street, while works to their intended destination in John’s Square are completed.

Melissa O’Brien, a founder and manager of the gallery, said their temporary home was “a fantastic space”.

“It is very central and very visible as well, so we are delighted about that. It is a great spot and we very lucky to get it,” she explained.

“We are happy to have our own space, it will be nice to bring everything back and centralise everything again.”

She added: “There is still a lot of work to be done on John’s Square so we will be here for at least a year anyway”.

Limerick Printmakers have marked their move to the space by opening the Open Submission Print Show, which has been held for the past seven years and has consistently attracted work from the best printmakers. Over 200 works were submitted, with 83 pieces from 56 artists selected. The exhibition opened on Thursday and runs until August 3, and Melissa explained that it consists of a “whole range of work”.

Each year artists from around the world are asked to submit up to three works for selection, all which have an element of printmaking. Traditional forms of print like etching, lithography and silkscreen are popular but visitors can also expect to see photography, digital print, print on ceramic and installation pieces too.

“There is a wide range of work from 3D pieces to more traditional work, so there is something that will catch everybody’s interest. It is a great show of the type of work being made in print at the moment,” added Melissa.