The Hunt Musuem Summer 2016 listings include an array of exhibitions, talks, workshops and more.
An exhibition Currently on display at the Hunt Musuem, ‘A Terrible Beauty’ a centennial reflection by Robert Ballagh, continues until Sunday, August 28. This selection of Ballagh’s work has personal resonance as he reflects on the challenges and legacy of the Irish rebellion.
Textile artist Ciara Harrison’s work will be e in the Prologue Room from July 20 until August 18, 2016. This exhibition features exquisite embroidered portraits of seven women who shared one destiny after the Easter Rebellion 1916. Using a remarkable process involving the transfer of charcoal drawings from photographs to cotton organdie. The exhibition is on loan with the kind permission of the Little Museum of Dublin.
Talks and Lectures are plentiful on the Hunt Musuem Summer 2016 listings with former Hunt Museum Docent Tony Harper giving a talk on Tuesday June 7, on the Midleton Mace. The Midleton Mace is one of the Hunt Collection’s prize examples of Eighteenth Century Irish Silver. The lecture will examine the historical context of the mace with reference to the development and use of military and civic ceremonial maces.
Dr. Róisin Ní Gháirbhí will s on Thursday June 16, at 1:00 pm entitled ‘Beauty is born: The revolutionary generation, the Gaelic Revival and the Irish Art. This talk will discuss how revolution was born when the creative forces of art met the idealism of the Gaeilc League.
Dr. Edel Breathnach will be speaking on the significance of the Cashel Bell in the Hunt Museum’s collection on Wednesday June 22, at 1 pm. The Cashel Bell dates from the 9th Century and was found in 1849.
The Hunt Musuem Summer 2016 listings also include some special events such as The Silver Survey Project, running from June, until August. As part of the heritage Council funded silver survey project to preserve the museum’s silver collection, the museum will be putting on a number of events to bring the collection to life. Throughout the summer months there will be workshops, talks and handling sessions will be running in the museum, all are welcome!
A Silver Making Workshop will run in coordination with the Silver Survey Project, with Fergus Grant-Stevenson from Limerick Craft Hub. Fergus will run the workshop at the museum from 10:00 to 13:30 on Saturday July 2.
Lectures are another popular option off the Hunt Musuem Summer 2016 listings. On Wednesday July 13, John Sheehan of the UCC Archaeology Department will be giving a lecture on the ‘Viking Silver in the Hunt Collection’. Jessica Cunningham will also give a lecture on Wednesday July 20, at 1.00 pm, with another silver themed lecture to follow on Wednesday August 17.
A very special Silver Handling Session on Thursday August 11, will take you through the procedure for handling these precious objects. The musuem’s silver experts will give the public this amazing experience free of charge, but booking in essential as places are limited.
From Tuesday, June 14 until Friday, June 17, The Hunt Museum will be taking part in Limerick Traveller Pride Week with the Traveller Health Advocacy Group. The exhibition will be displayed at the Limerick City and Council building in Merchants Quay and the museum will be running a mini glass workshop so the public can try out simple glass techniques for themselves. No experience required. This mini glass workshop will be on Friday, June 17, from 2 to 3 pm. There is no fee for this workshop. However, donations are accepted towards the HOME project. Booking is essential .
This summer the Hunt Musuem have opened up their collection for visitors to get hands on and encounter artefacts in a new and exciting way. Discover more about wonderful and fascinating objects from the eclectic Hunt Collection and learn about a new topic each week. Sessions will take place every Tuesday and Friday from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm with free admission.
The launch of Local History Loan Box Project takes place on Wednesday, June 15, with the Kids’ Launch at 3:30 pm followed by the main event at 6 pm in the Captain’s Room. Communities of Culture is a Hunt Museum programme exploring the different unique cultural experiences and heritages of each of Limerick’s regeneration areas. The groups from the 2014-15 project have been working with artist Siobhán Clancy. The project participants have produced two unique loan boxes with artefacts chosen relating to local history, heritage, lore, as well as contemporary culture on the north and south sides of Limerick city.
The KBC Bright Ideas Launch, Irish Sign Language Tour of the Hunt Museum, is on Wednesday June 15, at 5 pm. The Midwest School for Hearing Impaired Children and the Hunt Museum have been working together on a project to make the Museum more accessible to those in the deaf community. This project allowed the children to experience the museum with the aid of an interpreter and to select their favourite objects from the collection.
Next on the Hunt Musuem Summer 2016 listings is Hands in Harmony Family Fun Day. This takes place on Saturday June 18, hosted by the Deaf Community Centre. There will be performances from the unique ‘Hands in Harmony’ Deaf Community Choir, made up of Deaf and hearing people signing their songs through Irish Sign Language. There will also be lots of fun family activities. This day will be a day to come together and celebrate.
From Thursday June 30 – Thursday August 11, Seisiún is back at the Hunt Museum! A Comhaltas Seisiún with song, dance, storytelling and Irish music in a programme of events that will run every Thursday evening from Thursday during the above time frame at 19:30. There is something for every member of the family to enjoy so come along and see the spraoi and ceol that Seisiún at The Hunt Museum has to offer!
Last, but certainly not least for the Hunt Musuem Summer 2016 listings is Limerick Pride from Monday July 11 – Sunday July 17. Pleased to be taking part in Limerick LGBT 2016, the museum will be the Limerick Pride Garden Party on Saturday July 16. Limerick LGBT has a thriving community working together and with other organisations to progress gay rights and culture in the city and county. The highlight of the year is the annual Limerick LGBT Pride festival. The Hunt Museum is offering free admission to anyone wearing a Pride badge for the week of the festival.
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