Limerick’s Roches Street arts festival gets underway

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

City of Culture director Karl Wallace, artists Paul Weerasekera, Limerick City and Brian Park, Ennis Road. Picture: Gareth Williams
A ROCHES Street shoeshop turned into an art gallery and auction house for the night, to mark the start of a unique festival.

A ROCHES Street shoeshop turned into an art gallery and auction house for the night, to mark the start of a unique festival.

More than 50 people were at Serendipity shoe shop on Monday night for the launch of the annual Roches Street traders arts festival.

For the next fortnight, traders in Roches Street will put artists’ work on display in their windows in the hope customers will snap them up.

The proceeds will be split between the artist, and this year’s two nominated charities, the Parkinson’s Association Mid-West and the Daughters of Charity.

And the festival got off to the best possible start as an impromptu auction raised €2,000 for the charities.

Ten of the best paintings were auctioned off by Mike Byrne of the Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD).

A piece by acclaimed artist Tom Greaney fetched the most on the night - €375.

But for those who missed out, the festival will go until close of business on Saturday, September 21.

John Sadlier, chairperson of the traders association said: “The art festival allows people to view and appreciate art first hand. It’s a gallery which is open 24/7 for two weeks in September”.

The festival was officially opened by City of Culture artistic director Karl Wallace.