Limerick Street to become gallery as part of traders’ tenth annual festival

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

A UNIQUE art exhibition which allows both established and up and coming artists to place works of art on display in Roches Street shop window has this week launched.

A UNIQUE art exhibition which allows both established and up and coming artists to place works of art on display in Roches Street shop window has this week launched.

Traders based on the popular thoroughfare were in the Magners Bar to launch the countdown to the Roches Street Traders Limerick Art Festival, set to take place between September 12 and 24.

The festival - now in its landmark tenth year - will raise money for Milford Hospice and the suicide prevention charity Pieta House, which last year opened in Dooradoyle.

Between now and September, local artists are being sought to provide works to display in shop windows.

While window shopping, people on the streets will see a piece of art alongside the other products each trader displays in their front windows.

If interested, they can go in and purchase the artwork, with 25 per cent of the proceeds split between the two charities, and the balance going to the artist.

Chairperson of the traders association, Sheila Cusack of Helene Modes, said more than 700 pieces of art will go on display, from students of local art colleges to established painters.

“Everybody does their bit to make it happen every year. I think initially the reason for this was because we were told there was a lovely atmosphere in towns like Galway when they have arts festivals. We thought of using our shop fronts as art gallery, and that people could perhaps wander up and down the streets, and perhaps give a donation to the artists,” she said.

Over the last decade, more than €100,000 has been raised for 12 deserving charities across Limerick. While the traders always pick Milford Hospice, a new charity benefits each year.