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The 061 Eoin Barry Printmakers Exhibition 2016



Limerick Printmakers are delighted to present The Eoin Barry Printmakers Exhibition.
The 061 Eoin Barry Printmakers exhibition of new work is by emerging Limerick artist Eoin Barry. The officially opening will be in the Belltable at 69 O’ Connell street on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 6 pm, by Paul Tarpey. The exhibition will continue until Monday, February 1, 2016.

Eoin Barry is the recipient of the 2013 and 2014 Limerick Printmakers Bursary Award. This is an accolade given to an outstanding graduate of LSAD’s ‘Printmaking and Contemporary Practice’ degree program, each year. The award has become an integral part of Limerick Printmakers remit and one that reinforces Limerick Printmakers core ethos of both promoting printmaking as an art form, and supporting emerging artists working within the discipline. Barry is a printmaker concerned with social and societal issues who lives and works in Limerick. Following his BA, Barry completed a Masters program in Social Practice and the Creative Environment in LSAD, in 2014. As part of this course, Barry created and enacted ‘The Uisce Campaign’, a project that saw a print of a drain cover sent to 250 unsuspecting recipients across the globe via the postal network.


Picture: Jonathan Baynes/ilovelimerick

Picture by Jonathan Baynes, ilovelimerick

Other projects by Barry include, ‘Cathair Grá’ which involved repurposing 45 electrical boxes as canvases for Limerick based artists working in the community. Barry’s practices informed and informs the workshops he undertakes with local schools and organisations, an example being ‘How much does this bag really cost?’. This workshop was held in a west Limerick school, posing the above question to students in order to explore issues surrounding ethical, sustainable labour and the industry of large-scale, textile manufacturing.




These topics were then developed through creating bags with the students by    utilizing the printmaking process of silk screening. These topics were then developed through creating bags with the students by utilizing the printmaking process of silk screening.

The content of the work involves local indigenous ESB boxes resurrected from the graveyard of a local electrical station. Using Irish words forged from iron combined with an area code, that he discovered in the phonebook, the work came to life.

This body of work was created by Limerick, for Limerick, in Limerick. The text and objects you see are derived from the city, or as Barry terms it, ‘The 061’.

Limerick has a long history of alternative names, from historic titles to the more recently designated kind. Now through various visual practices. such as Barry’s works, Limerick has a new title, a numerical sequence ‘The 061’. This method has been used widely by various figures in popular culture.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.