THE latest in a series of events aimed at attracting audiences back to 69 O’Connell Street continues this week with an exhibition by local visual artist Liz Ryan.
Limerick Arts Encounter, an initiative rolled out in September by the Limerick Arts Office, the Arts Council and the Lime Tree features a comprehensive programme of theatre, film, music, literature and the visual arts, with the pilot programme scheduled to run until March.
Liz Ryan’s Collective, curated by Michele Horrigan, will be launched in the arts centre - formerly the Belltable - this Wednesday at 6pm, running until January 18 next year.
Ms Horrigan said that Ryan’s research into Limerick’s “folk and vernacular art traditions” would be presented in the artist’s first solo exhibition.
“Working closely with local sculptors and painters such as Bobby Duhig, Stephen Cowhey and Dan O’Neill, Ryan’s exhibition points to a compelling and complex impulse of creativity in Limerick, one that until now has had little opportunity to be discussed and celebrated,” she explained.
“Within her practice Liz has explored creativity in the everyday environment of the Mid-West, tracking down individuals, documenting sites of activity, mediating and developing exhibition platforms for a growing group of untrained individuals. She sees this work as a journey of investigation with a plethora of discovered and as yet undiscovered modes of visual art in our midst,” she added.