Design@UL showcase for Limerick’s former Franciscan Church

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

The Design@UL showcase in the Franciscan Church last year
THE former Franciscan Church on Henry Street in the city will this week play host to a showcase featuring the cream of the crop of the University of Limerick’s design students.

THE former Franciscan Church on Henry Street in the city will this week play host to a showcase featuring the cream of the crop of the University of Limerick’s design students.

Students from five separate design programmes in UL will showcase their work in the ornate surroundings of the deconsecrated church, transformed into civic usage by its owners, the Bonaventura Trust.

The inaugural Design@UL was held to great success in the venue last year, and returns this Tuesday, running until Saturday, June 1.

The exhibition brings together the diversity of design skills of the UL students of architecture, civil engineering, product design, mechanical and aeronautical engineering, architectural and engineering technology and digital and interactive media.

The work is presented through their drawings, models, projections, photographs, prototypes, texts, films and sketchbooks and features “many significant and ground-breaking pieces which should interest a wide audience”, according to organisers.

Indeed, the work of the architecture studios - five in total - focussed specifically on Limerick, while first year civil engineering students designed and built a fullscale footbridge, which will be in place in the church, as will innovative inventions by product design students.

The exhibition opens at 7pm this Tuesday.