Shinnors to open art project in aid of suicide prevention

Limerick artist John Shinnors, who will open the exhibition A Thousand Words in County Hall this Friday. Picture: Keith Wiseman
LEADING contemporary artist John Shinnors will open a community art project this Friday in Limerick County Hall.

LEADING contemporary artist John Shinnors will open a community art project this Friday in Limerick County Hall.

The Limerick artist will open A Thousand Words - Art and Soul, a fundraising exhibition for Pieta House and the Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol.

Shinnors was a guest judge for the exhibition, which was a community based art competition that started last November.

“The theme was the interplay of light and dark and the issues surrounding self harm and depression,” explained Paula D’Alton, one of the organisers of the project along with local artist Niamh Ryan.

“We chose this title because we felt that a picture speaks a thousand words and sometimes it’s hard to put into words how you are feeling when depressed or suicidal. It allowed those who entered the competition to use the medium of art rather then words to express how they felt about the issues surrounding depression.”

Paula said they were “delighted” to have Shinnors on board as a judge and was thrilled with the response.

“We got an overwhelming response from the limerick students in LSAD and our Facebook page attracted artists outside of Limerick to get involved and we have pieces from Cork, New Ross and Sligo,” she added.

The exhibition opens in the atrium of the County Council building in Dooradoyle at 6pm this Friday and runs until June 27.