24 hour print event at the Limerick Printmakers

Grainne Keays

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Grainne Keays

Young printmakers at work at Limerick Printmakers permanent home at 3 John's Square. The studio opens its doors for  a 24-hour print event starting at 11am on Saturday
TO mark the move to a new permanent home in the city, Limerick Printmakers Studio and Gallery are holding a 24-hour print event this weekend which promises to be fun for all the family.

TO mark the move to a new permanent home in the city, Limerick Printmakers Studio and Gallery are holding a 24-hour print event this weekend which promises to be fun for all the family.

Approximately 16 artists from Galway Print Studio, Cork Printmakers, Damn Fine Press, Limerick Printmakers and Print Van Paris will take part in the event at Printmakers new home at 3 John’s Square starting from 11am on Saturday until 11am on Sunday.

The artists will arrive at St. John’s Square with just their tools - no pre-made work allowed - and will work intensively for 24 hours in order to produce what is expected to be work of the very highest calibre.

There will be public access on Saturday where members of the public are invited to come along between 2pm and 5pm and observe the artists at work. The building also has access for the disabled.

The results of all this frenetic creativity will feature in an exhibition to be held at the John’s Square facility from 11.30am to 1pm on the Sunday.

Also beginning at 11.30am on Sunday there will also be a pop-up press in the Square for anyone who wishes to come along and learn about the print-making process.

If anyone brings along their own t-shirt the Printmakers will be happy to print on it for them. It promises to be a great day out for all the family.

Limerick Printmakers was established in 1999 by printmaking graduates of Limerick School of Art and Design and provides facilities for artists to make prints using a variety of methods including etching, lithography, silkscreen, relief and monoprint. They also have a fully equipped darkroom for photographic art.

The studio has been located on Robert Street and a temporary space on Sarsfield Street before moving into the new space last year.

Artists join on a membership basis and can avail of various different levels of access from daily to yearly. The only restriction on membership is that new members must be able to demonstrate a reasonable degree of proficiency with the equipment.

Inexperience is no barrier, however, as there are classes available to bring the novice up to the required standard. At present, Limerick Printmakers has approximately 50 members and is part-funded by the Arts Council.

In addition to classes for adults, after-school art classes for children continue to be a staple feature of the Limerick Printmakers’ education program as well as their schools’ mobile printing program.

They are also now offering a private children’s birthday party facility, which is proving hugely popular.

Further details can be had from www.limerickprintmakers.com.