DIVA to showcase the works of ‘diverse visual artists’ from Limerick

Áine Fitzgerald

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Áine Fitzgerald

Artist Clare Hartigan at work
AN exhibition which encourages conversation and interaction among local artists opens in Friars’ Gate Kilmallock next month.

AN exhibition which encourages conversation and interaction among local artists opens in Friars’ Gate Kilmallock next month.

A total of 15 artists “all very established in their own style” are to showcase their unique works at the County Limerick theatre.

“Everyone has a section and an x amount of space, to just be themselves.

They are all professionals so there is no point in me making stipulations for them to do it this way or that way,” explained Clare Hartigan from Castleconnell, curator of DIVA which will be opened by Monica Spencer of the Arts Council on May 7 at 7.30pm in Friars Gate Theatre.

The artists showcasing their works in the exhibition all have connections with Limerick - having either worked, studied or lived here.

“We have everyone from photographers to a lady who works with recycled tin cans. We have a wood sculptor and painters, mostly painters,” explained Clare who first exhibited with Limerick Arts Society when she was about 14 years of age.

Her mother Barbara Hartigan is also a well-known painter.

“So often the Arts is seen as an industry, a community, a collective, an organisation, a group, a club, an umbrella with an ethos. What is forgotten about is the individual - the person who sits at their easel, their desk or, if they are lucky, in their studio,” said Clare.

“This is not a club,” she continued of the artists showcasing in the exhibition.

“The pool of artists to choose from was deep. The more I looked into it, the more I realised how many individual diverse visual artists there are. I have asked a number of artists and friends to take part in this show, trying to take a representative from as many different styles, genres and ideas. These are professional people, who are passionate about what they do and will do it no matter what. The quality of art in Limerick is unbelievable.” she added.

DIVA - the name was chosen by Clare’s husband Eoghan Cleary - runs from May 7 for a month at Friars’ Gate Theatre. The is no admission fee.