Free art workshops to feed into Limerick 2020 bid

Free art workshops to feed into Limerick 2020 bid

A number of free workshops will take place in Ormston House this April 1 and 2, facilitated by leading print artists Emer Casey, Kate O'Shea and Eoin Barry

A SERIES of free art workshops taking place this week will feed into Limerick’s bid for European Capital of Culture in 2020, it is hoped.

Children and their parents are being invited by the 2020 bid team to “brainstorm, dream up ideas, draw, and create mixed-media woodblock prints in a fun, open and creative environment” at Ormston House this Friday and Saturday.

The bid has entered its second phase, with the capital of culture jury to visit Limerick on July 12. After the initial shortlisting, the feedback the team received was that it needed to focus on Limerick’s place in Europe and feed that into a mooted €35m budget programme.

As such, the workshops are part of an effort to glean from the public “their ideas on culture and identity from a European perspective and through these artistic processes understand how they would imagine Limerick's future as a European city”.

“When they are here, we would like to convey visually the ideas, concepts and dreams of Limerick and her citizens, from the output created by children and families in the print workshops,” explained Sheila Deegan of the jury visit. “The visual celebration of Limerick will be part of the ways the jury will encounter Limerick and the ideas of future generations.”

The workshops are free but places are limited and advance booking is essential. Contact Emer on 086 4054713.