Limerick art students go against the grain

Nick Rabbitts


Nick Rabbitts


Limerick art students go against the grain

Chloe Murray, Corbally, with her print on paper and plastic work titled Girls Just Wanna Have Fun PICTURE: DAVE GAYNOR

A GROUP of third-year print students have gone ‘Against the Grain’ with a unique new exhibition.

Between now and tomorrow evening, 19 pieces of print-art from 18 artists are on display at the Limerick School of Art and Design in Clare Street.

The college’s gallery is home to both two and three dimensional pieces of art utilising both traditional and contemporary technologies.

The works examine elements of political, economic and cultural issues of the day.

Codenamed ‘Against the Grain’, the exhibition has been curated by Miguel Amando, the newly appointed director of the Cork Printmakers, who has mentored all the artists.

The exhibition opened on Thursday night last, following a lunchtime talk at the college, which is now managed by the Limerick Institute of Technology.

Cormac Dillon who along with Lily Boyle has co-ordinated the exhibition, said: “It’s a collective of 18 student artists from third year print. Part of one of our modules is to create this exhibition solely on our own. It’s a self-fundraised, self-designed, self curated event, with the help of Miguel, who we hired from the Cork Printmakers. It was an opportunity for us to learn in every capacity.”

Lily described the exhibition as a “long-haul project”, starting in September last, before fundraising commenced in January ahead of this month’s opening.

The reaction, she says, has been really positive.

“I think a lot of people are surprised by the level of professionalism that we’ve been able to achieve as a group of undergraduates. We are not at degree level, we are only third years, so the fact we took on this project with such a positive mindset, I think a lot of our tutors were really impressed,” she explained.

The title of the exhibition stems from the idea the students have of not following in the footsteps of students who came before them, and “trying to learn from their mistakes by doing it our own way”.

Some of the prints are for sale from the artists, Cormac said.

For more information on the exhibition, please telephone 061-208871.