Hunt Museum in the Garden: Open Call

Hunt Museum in the Garden

Hunt Museum in the Garden.. : pictured here are Max Werz (Limerick Inside Out, U.L), Tracey Gleeson (Senior Co-ordinator, Limerick Inside Out Programme, U.L), Linda Hall (Communities and Outreach Coordinator, Hunt Museum), Rosemarie Noone (Business Developer, Hunt Museum), Anne Kinsella (Southside Women’s Group), Des Kingston (winner of Supergarden 2017), Adam Teskey, (Deputy Mayor of the City and County of Limerick), Helen O’Donnell (Team Limerick Clean-up) Picture: Keith Wiseman

Hunt Museum in the Garden

Open Call to Design Hunt Museum in the Garden

The Hunt Museum is going to take down the railings around the Hunt Museum and create a public urban garden in the heart of Limerick city.

This is an open invitation for a Garden Designer to design the new space for the Hunt Museum in the Garden in collaboration with them and the community.

The prize for the winning designer is the full cost of delivering the garden, including design fees.

The Hunt Museum has been housed in the 18th century Palladian Georgian Custom House in Limerick City since February 1997.

The museum exhibits one of Ireland’s greatest private collections of Art and Antiquities, dating from the Neolithic Period to the 20th century. Generously donated by John and Gertrude Hunt to the people of Ireland.

They will place some large scale replicated museum objects in a newly designed, open garden. 

The Garden needs to be easily maintained and accessible to all, designed with the community’s ideas and thoughts in mind.

You will need to find space for the Museum in the Garden, to include our Garden Chess Set & 4 or 5 sculptures of museum objects.

Hunt Museum in the Garden

Interested applicants are asked to submit their concepts online, up to five finalists will then pitch their complete plan for the Hunt Museum in the Garden with budgets to the judging panel in March 2020.

Interested applicants are asked to submit their concepts online, up to five finalists will then pitch their complete plan for the Hunt Museum in the Garden with budgets to the judging panel in March 2020.

The judges include Helen O’Donnell, Team Limerick Cleanup, Jill Cousins, CEO & Director of the Hunt Museum, Jim Prior, Des Kingston, winner of Supergarden 2017 and Michael Sheahan, Mayor of LC&C.

The closing date is February 26, 2020.

About the Hunt Museum:

The Hunt Museum preserves and exhibits the original artefacts gathered, over a lifetime, by John and Gertrude Hunt.  It is one of the greatest private collections in Ireland, with objects dating from the Neolithic Period to the 20th century. 

Generously donated by John and Gertrude Hunt to the people of Ireland, this diverse collection is now housed in Limerick’s 18th Century Palladian-style building, formerly The Custom House.

The Museum also displays its own collections, as well as visiting exhibitions of Local, National and International significance with the overall aim of maximising their cultural and educational potential for the people of Limerick and Ireland. 

It has an extensive education programme covering primary, post-primary, transition year and tertiary education in the region.

Working collaboratively with the region’s universities, cultural heritage organisations and the local communities the Hunt Museum delivers programmes and activities of benefit to all. 

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