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'PERSONAL CHOICE' Twenty Artists from the Limerick School of Art & Design Chosen by John Shinnors

Exhibition opens 28th March and continues until 25th April 2014
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On Friday evening 28th March at 8pm the Exhibition will be opened by the Minister for Finance, Mr Michael Noonan, TD

LSAD Church Gallery Limerick City Gallery of Art and Design, LIT Clare Street Campus Limerick;

Dietrich Blodau Vivienne Bogan Michael Canning Diane Copperwhite Jack Donovan Tom Fitzgerald Pat Fitzgerald Charlie Harper Gavin Hogg Gillian Kenny David Lilburn Brian MacMahon Mike O'Neill Nuala O'Sullivan Anne Ryan Jim Savage Richard Slade Donald Teskey Maighread Tobin Lorraine Wall

'PERSONAL CHOICE' Twenty Artists from the Limerick School of Art & Design is a wonderful opportunity for Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT to show artwork from our distinguished alumni and to celebrate Limerick City of Culture 2014. These artists span fifty years of LSAD and this personal selection by John Shinnors is a testimony to the wonderful creative talent that has emerged from the school over the years. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with an introduction by John Shinnors, an excellent essay by Historian John Logan and designed by artist David Lilburn.

We would like thank John Shinnors for initiating this project and for his selection of the artists, John has been a great supporter of the School particularly through his support of the Shinnors Curatorial Scholarship scheme. We also wish to thank the artists for participating in this unique celebratory exhibition.

"The artists I have asked to participate in this exhibition are makers and creators and while having a lively sense of tradition, all have an imaginative and original response to the subject matter they’re engaged with. This results in their work being both stimulating and inspiring. I thank them for accepting my invitation to participate in this exhibition." John Shinnors

In his essay Home Ground John Logan locates the School within the history of Limerick "Limerick has had a public art school since 1852. In its time it fostered a diverse array of industrial designers, decorative artists, teachers, fine artists and architects. Its fortunes have flowed and ebbed with the currents of economic and social change, revealed in new forms of governance, habitat, and name."

He goes on to describe that the task that Shinnors had set for himself "This exhibition was initiated when the present head of the school invited John Shinnors, a student at the school on and off between 1967 and 1972 and now a distinguished painter, to pay a personal tribute to his alma mater with a spring show in the school’s main gallery. How he might do that would be his choice, the only constraint being the size of the gallery and a brief gestation. Given the school’s lengthy roll of past and present students and teachers, several possibilities might have opened up: it could be a broad historical survey, starting with some of its distinguished nineteenth century graduates and taking the story up to the present; it could propose a ‘state of the art’ assessment of the school’s place in contemporary society; or, it could attempt a comprehensive view of its disciplines and methodologies. Shinnors was spoiled for choice. In the end he decided to select twenty practitioners from the fine arts"

John Logan concludes his essay with some intriguing questions and a challenge to the Limerick School of Art and Design in summing up the show he offers. "The work of this close-knit group – artistically close, that is – raises the question of the extent to which the Limerick art school has promoted its own way of looking at people, place, and history and of whether its achievements are distinctive."

He goes on to speculate that this celebratory exhibition could be a point of beginning. "What, for example, would a show based on the school’s remarkable holding of ceramics or its rich archive of prints reveal? How might its innovative digital and lens-based work or its attempts to grapple with conceptual art be assessed" What do its graphic design and fashion departments say of the relationship between the school and the yelping demands of the market economy? Hopefully, the planning of such projects is not too far in the future. In the meanwhile this show suggests that there is indeed much to celebrate."

We embrace this challenge and we look forward to welcoming many visitors to 'PERSONAL CHOICE' Twenty Artists from the Limerick School of Art & Design at the LSAD Church Gallery at Limerick School of Art and Design, Clare St. The exhibition will be open 9.30-5.30 daily from Monday to Friday until 25th April

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