LSAD exhibition explores life and death

Fintan Walsh


Fintan Walsh

LSAD exhibition exlores life and death

Philip Desmond, Adare, with his artistic In Memoriam cards, on display this week in LSAD

A SPECIAL EU-funded exhibition by students and resident artists examining death and life was launched this week at the Limerick School of Art and Design.

The exhibition, entitled Symbols: Cultural Death and Cultural Life, was officially launched this Tuesday evening, and will run until Friday, April 1.

The project, according to organisers, is a “creative response cultural richness of cemeteries”, and is part a large European project, working with partners in Spain, Slovenia, Corsica, Italy and Scotland.

The unique exhibition has been funded by the European Union Creative Europe project.

LSAD student, Philip Desmond’s artwork is one aspect of the creative display.

The Adare artist showcases his own version of In Memoriam cards, looking at “the beauty and history of Mount St Lawrence and St John’s cemeteries”.

Director of the Limerick School of Art and Design research centre, Dr Tracy Fahey said that they are “delighted” to be working on the project.

She added that the work was produced by two international residencies in printmaking, music and dance, and LSAD students.

Artistic director of the project, Fiona Quill said it is “wonderful” to be working with the 10-day Spanish residency and “diverse artists” from across the seven countries.

She added that they are “very proud” to have local artists, Gemma Dardis and Mary O’Dea, taking part in the event.

Dr Fahey added: “Not only does this exhibition showcase the work produced in the residencies, but this show offers something unique in Europe. Fiona has worked with students on our LSAD printmaking programme to produce a set of responses to this project.

“We hope that this will be the first of several Creative Europe projects to deal with the interaction of fine art and other areas of culture, education and history,” she said.

The exhibition was launched by local thanatologist, Jennifer Moran Stritch, on Tuesday, at 6pm.