City centre business’s will soon be showcasing artwork from the Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD) as part of Roches Street Trader’s Charity Art Festival.
This year’s festival, which is now in its eleventh year, will run from Monday September 10 to Saturday September 22. Proceeds from the event will be divided equally between two local charities: Milford Hospice and Headway, an organisation that gives help and support to people suffering from brain injuries.
The will be different in that a selection of award winning LSAD student’s designs will also be on display alongside other local artwork.
The Limerick student’s designs scooped the top prizes at the recent Triumph Inspiration Awards 2012 and will represent Ireland at the global final in Shanghai in November.
Marie Loftus, a former graduate from LSAD who runs a studio in Raheen, will assist in displaying the exhibition from this years submissions in the various outlets on Roches St. The traders of Roches St will facilitate the exhibition by providing window space for the art during the festival.
According to Fiona Ryan of Ryans Jewllers; “following the death of Betty McDonagh, a native of Roches St. who died of a stroke, the decision was made to donate half of the proceeds to Headway. Betty McDonagh was always a positive and avid voice for the festival and for Roches St and this is one of the main reasons why we decided to give half of the proceeds to Headway.” Since the festival’s inception it has raised over €60,000 for local charities in the 11 years since its establishement.
One of the most popular artists to exhibit in the annual festival has been Tom Greaney. Tom and other artists have donated many paintings to the cause over the years with the full proceeds being donated to charity.
The paintings in question which are displayed in various outlets on the street are sold to the highest bidders when the festival ends.