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Limerick Welcomes International Female Print Artists for October Printmaking Residency

As part of a 3 million euro Creative Europe project, Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT are delighted to welcome international printmakers from France, Spain, Slovenia and Lithuania to work side by side with Irish artists during an October residency in the Limerick Printmakers. Jess Tobin of the Limerick Printmakers who is organising the residency says ‘We look forward to supporting these artists in October as they work across a variety of media from silkscreen, to relief to digital. This project follows on from Limerick Printmakers’ previous successful international collaborations with print partners in Spain, France and the US.’ 

​​During the residency, ten female artists will work on making a print response to French writer Simone de Beavoir’s classic feminist book, The Second Sex. LIT academics Dr. Tracy Fahey and Fiona Quill are excited to work on this project. Fiona Quill, chair of Limerick Printmakers and leader for LSAD’s Print Contemporary Practice programme says ‘This international printmaking residency in Limerick will create further visibility of the exciting potential of printmaking in the city and beyond.’ The residency also coincides with a steering meeting of the Creative Europe international project leaders which will take place in LSAD.  Between the residency and the project meeting, over thirty European visitors will come to the city in October, contributing to the cultural life of Limerick, and availing of its hotel and entertainment amenities.

​​ Since late 2017 Limerick School of Art and Design at LIT have worked as partners in the Wom@rts project. Wom@rts aims to restore parity of representation to women working in the visual arts, performance arts, and literature and will operate from 2017-2021 across Ireland, the UK, France, Spain, Slovenia, Croatia, Finland and Lithuania. This project underpins one of LSAD’s key strategic aims over the next five-year cycle, which is to embed an enterprise culture among students of art and design.
Wom@rts is one of only fifteen large-scale projects to be funded in 2017 by the Education Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of Creative Europe. This residency aims to support the creativity of female artists not only in terms of artistic development but also in terms of creating international links between artists, institutions and studios across eight countries.​​

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