Unique cystic fibrosis art exhibition to be unveiled in Limerick city

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Exhibition curator Sara Cross: 'This is about having the freedom of expression to show our communities who we are'

Exhibition curator Sara Cross: 'This is about having the freedom of expression to show our communities who we are'

LIMERICK is to host the first ever Irish exhibition put together exclusively by people with cystic fibrosis (CF).

From next M​onday at 7pm, the paintings will be unveiled at Central Buildings 1 in O’Connell Street.

It will feature 12 artists from across Ir​eland, aged between nine and 40 years.

Three of the artists are professional artists who make their living from their craft and the other artists are talented amateurs who have embraced the arts as a personal passion.   

Exhibition curator Sara Cross said: “This is about having the freedom of expression to show our communities who we are, what we can do and where we can go. It is also about inspiring the younger generation to be creative, branch out and find their own place in the world, whatever that might be.”

Artists taking part in the exhibition include Sorcha Kirby, Birdhill, Jade Needham from Ballina/Killaloe, Mary Hennessy from Cappagh and a number of other artists from across Ireland and the world.

The chief executive of CF Ireland Philip Watt will be on hand to officially open the exhibition.

He said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for people with cystic fibrosis, particularly those that have never exhibited before, to showcase their talents, personality and individuality. It shows that notwithstanding the obstacles and challenges that life with this condition brings, people can still realise their amazing creativity and give full expression to their imaginations.”

The exhibition is open to the public for a two week period from Monday, May 21, to Friday, June 1 between 11am and 5pm.