Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan TD will launch the newly extended Limerick City Gallery of Art today.
The new-look Carnegie building will be officially reopened following the €1.7 million redevelopment, which has seen the installation of a new wing that faces directly onto the People’s Park.
It is hoped the extension will double the number of visitors to the gallery.
The city’s municipal art collection dates back to 1938 and now numbers some 800 pieces with a value in excess of €5 million.
It includes works by Yeats, Orpen, Lavery and Keating.
The minister will open two major new exhibitions that will mark the gallery’s re-opening after almost 18 months.
They are A Vivid Imagination, which saw 40 people invited to select pieces from the gallery’s collection which engaged them.
The second is Transitive Relationships, a contemporary exhibition with national artists Bea McMahon and Mark O’Kelly invited to present their own work and choose the work of three emerging artists.
The premises has been expanded to include a cafe, an educational space and a purpose built art storage which will properly house the gallery’s collection and secure its long term future.
“We now have a dedicated storage space and that the works that were given to the city will be both shown in the proper environment as well as stored, so that they will be kept in the right condition,” explained city arts officer Sheila Deegan.
An announcement regarding a permanent director of LCGA is also due to be made today.