Pads for painters is Limerick City Council’s plan

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

The interior of one of the apartments at John's Square which the council has refurbished for artists
SIX apartments in John’s Square have been refurbished and will be opened to artists, performers, musicians and writers.

SIX apartments in John’s Square have been refurbished and will be opened to artists, performers, musicians and writers.

In the first steps towards the creation of a truly cultural quarter of the city, Limerick’s Arts Office is inviting applications from artists to apply for the use of the residential apartments.

Following a €1.5m redevelopment, St John’s Square reopened to the public last year.

Arts Officer Sheila Deegan said the scheme forms part of City Council’s strategy to further enhance and develop the steady growth in cultural infrastructure in Limerick that helps to support the local cultural economy.

“Potential residents include recent graduates who are contributing to the arts in the region through projects and activities associated with the Creative Limerick spaces and the possibility of attracting mid-career artists back to Limerick for a time, by offering this support,” she explained.

It is hoped the artists’ creativity can thrive by their living in close proximity to one another.

The refurbishment of the apartments has taken place thanks to funding from the Department of Arts, the Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

For more information on availing of an apartment, call 061-407421 or 061-407363.