‘ICONIC’ Limerick artist John Shinnors has presented his ‘personal choice’ of work by 20 of his contemporaries who have had an association with the Limerick School of Art & Design over the past 50 years.
Launched by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, the exhibition at the Church Gallery in LSAD’s Clare Street campus comprises the works of 20 distinguished former students of the internationally renowned school, of which Shinnors is also a graduate, as part of the City of Culture events.
Shinnors’ exhibition was the brainchild of Mike Fitzpatrick, head of the school and interim head of Limerick City of Culture, who asked him to create an event that would celebrate its imprint on the cultural fabric of Limerick. “He is an iconic Limerick figure who has been true to Limerick throughout his career and continues to work here to this day.
“Young artists will take great inspiration from this exhibition and the general public will have an opportunity to enjoy what really is a once-off collection of incredible work from the 20 artists chosen by John,” he said.
Minister Noonan said that one of the benefits of the City of Culture programme is that it will bring the artistic life of Limerick on to a wider platform.
“I am delighted to see that City of Culture is going from strength to strength and is making such a contribution to Limerick. It is not enough for us to have a strong industrial or retail base in Limerick; artistic life needs to be equally strong and must be woven in to the fabric of ordinary life. That is what I hope will be one of the legacies of the City of Culture year in Limerick. I would like to see that people will be as likely to go to a fantastic exhibition like this here tonight as they would be to go to a game at Thomond Park,” he said.
Shinnors said those he asked to participate in this exhibition are “makers and creators”, with the resulting exhibition “being both stimulating and inspiring”.
The exhibition, featuring Jack Donovan, David Lilburn, and Brian MacMahon, among others, is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm daily from Monday to Friday until April 25.