Big weekend for LSAD as graduate show starts celebrations

Corina Fitzgibbon with her installation
The work of art and design stars of the future will be unveiled this weekend as LSAD’s annual Graduate Show First Light, which will be launched on Saturday by Denis Brosnan, a key figure in securing Limerick’s designation as City of Culture.

The work of art and design stars of the future will be unveiled this weekend as LSAD’s annual Graduate Show First Light, which will be launched on Saturday by Denis Brosnan, a key figure in securing Limerick’s designation as City of Culture.

The Graduate Show will open a week-long celebration that will culminate in the Big Weekend, which takes place from Friday to Sunday, June 6 to 8 - a medley of events, including exhibitions, talks and concerts as the rich history of the college is celebrated.

Past, present and future stars of LSAD will celebrate the institution’s 162-year old contribution to culture in one of its key contributions to the City of Culture programme.

During the week-long show, which takes place in the Clare Street Campus, an estimated 3,000 people will get a chance to see the future of Irish art and design, with collectors having the opportunity to acquire items from the stunning array of work on display, some of which are already award winning pieces in their own right.

The Big Weekend will bring back graduates who are now working across the globe in the fields of fine art, design, education, film, writing, music and comedy to take part in the celebrations.

LSAD has issued an open invitation to everyone from the city and region to come and participate in the public events which include talks by documentary maker Dearbhla Glynn, academic and graphic designer Paul Bailey, textile designer Claire Anne O’Brien, visual artists Andrew Kearney and Aoife McNamara and Blindboy Boatclub of Rubberbandits - all discussing the topic of ‘What is art and how do you know an art when you see one’.

LSAD graduates will also form a fantastic line-up at Dolan’s on Saturday June 7, with performances featuring Kormac’s Big Band, fresh off an Australian tour, having also performed at Glastonbury, Bestival, The Electric Picnic, Body & Soul and The Big Chill. The band will headline a bill which will also includes the Hip Neck Blues Collective and Bold Things.