Thirteen Traveller women Launch Home an exhibition of glass pieces made by Traveller women in Limerick city from Limerick city. The women participated in a project based at the Hunt Museum with support from the Limerick city Traveller Health Advocacy Programme. The project was funded by the Limerick City and Council. Using museum artefacts as a source for ideas the women worked with artist, Róisín de Buitléar through the medium of glass to produce pieces worthy of their own exhibition. Exploring the subject of ‘home’, the exhibition reflects themes such as faith, community, housing and family. It also reflects some the challenges that living on a halting site in Limerick city can bring.
According to one of the participants: “…[I]ts been great to meet Roisin, she really believed that we could produce something beautiful and we have. It’s great to have something exhibited in the museum. It’s an amazing place.”
The Hunt Museum was delighted to be involved in such a worthwhile project. Feedback from the participants as well as from artist Róisín de Buitléar was wholly positive. The quality of the work produced in such a short amount of time and with no previous experience of art making or working with glass is impressive.
We would also like to express our sincere thanks to the Limerick City and County Council for funding the project, and also to Cube Printing and Jerry O’Dea’s Bar for assisting in funding the display of the works at the museum.
The launch of the exhibition took place on 7th January at 11am in the Hunt Museum. The exhibition will be open to the public until 28th January and all are welcome to view the pieces. Hunt Museum is in partnership with Limerick city Traveller Health Advocacy Programme, funded by the Limerick City and County Council.