New Limerick gallery chief to open it up ‘in a particular way’

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Una McCarthy, who has been appointed to the position of director/curator of Limerick City Gallery of Art
NEW curator Una McCarthy will be just the fourth person to hold the position in Limerick City Gallery of Art since it moved to the Carnegie Building in 1985 when she takes up her new position in February.

NEW curator Una McCarthy will be just the fourth person to hold the position in Limerick City Gallery of Art since it moved to the Carnegie Building in 1985 when she takes up her new position in February.

The experienced arts practitioner, who hails from Charleville, is moving from her position as head of festivals within the Arts Council to take on the role vacated by Helen Carey on February 16.

As such, the position of curator/director is being filled by redeployment from within the public sector, which was advertised at a salary scale from €44,849 - €55,031.

Ms McCarthy has worked in arts management since the early 80s, holding positions with the Model Arts and Niland Gallery in Sligo and the Old Museum Arts Centre in Belfast.

Arts officer Sheila Deegan said the new curator - who follows Paul O’Reilly, Mike Fitzpatrick and Ms Carey in the role since the gallery moved to its home on the corner of the People’s Park 30 years ago - was “very true to ‘locale’, and I think that she will bring that philosophy and she will be looking to open the gallery in a very particular way.”

Ms McCarthy said she was “excited” about taking up the new role.

“This is an auspicious time for the arts, and specifically the Visual Arts, in Limerick after the success of City of Culture and the exciting programme of exhibitions already in place for 2015,” she said.

“I especially value the fact that LCGA is a municipal gallery. I feel truly honoured to have this opportunity to develop and present an ambitious programme of work over the next few years,” she added.