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Limerick Pride Kaleidoscope Exhibition will be open for two weeks at the Hunt Museum garden gallery and all are welcome to come and see the beautiful array of works on show.  Limerick Pride Kaleidoscope Exhibition will be open for two weeks at the Hunt Museum garden gallery and all are welcome to come and see the beautiful array of works on show. 

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Limerick Pride Kaleidoscope Exhibition will be open for two weeks at the Hunt Museum garden gallery and all are welcome to come and see the beautiful array of works on show. 

The exhibition will be launched on Tuesday, July 5 at 6 pm by Limerick actor Myles Breen

By I Love Limerick correspondent Ava O’Donoghue

Curator Moya Ni Cheallaigh graduated from LSAD with a degree in Fine Art in 2015
Curator Moya Ni Cheallaigh graduated from LSAD with a degree in Fine Art in 2015

Limerick Pride Kaleidoscope Exhibition curated by visual arts artist Moya Ni Cheallaigh will bring together a diverse collection of artists as part of Limerick Pride Festival 2022. 

The exhibition will be launched by the well-known Limerick actor, director, and playwright Myles Breen at the Hunt Museum on Tuesday, July 5 at 6 pm and will run at the museum until Sunday, July 17.

Speaking on why she chose Myles Breen to launch the exhibition, Moya said, “His incredible one-person performance ‘Language Unbecoming a Lady’ helped me to understand so much a few years ago and I couldn’t think of anybody who would do a finer job!” 

In 2015 Moya graduated from LSAD with a degree in Fine Art and recently directed the very successful Limerick Artists for Ukraine initiative, gathering together more than 100 artists connected to Limerick and raising over €51,000 for refugees in Ireland. 

Moya was introduced to some of the students and emerging artists whose pieces are included in the show by LSAD 4th year painting student and soon to be director of the LSAD Exhibition Society Samar Nezambad.

“The title I have chosen for this exhibition relates to the Rainbow theme of Pride, which represents the diversity and colour of human sexuality and gender. Kaleidoscope comes from the Greek words Kalos and Eidos meaning beautiful form. It is often said that humans are kaleidoscopic, constantly changing and evolving with deep inner colour and thought,” Moya commented on the thought process behind the exhibition.

“This exhibition celebrates the work of both artists from our LGBT+ community here in Limerick and also artists inspired by issues relating to that community, ranging from thought-provoking  political or personal responses to simply joyful, colourful pieces celebrating what diversity and ‘Pride’ brings to our lives.” 

The Limerick Pride Kaleidoscope Exhibition will be open for two weeks at the Hunt Museum garden gallery and all are welcome to come and see the beautiful array of works on show. If one happens to catch your eye it will be possible to purchase it as all pieces will be on sale!

Two Impossibly Separate Figures, Painting by Spencer Cain

Works of art on display include painting, print-making, sculpture, ceramics, digital art and video performance from both emerging and well known artists connected to Limerick. There are beautiful portraits and landscapes, thought provoking pieces exploring gender diversity, as well as art that celebrates Pride in all our lives whether as LGBTQ+ artists or otherwise. 

Painters include John Mc Carthy, Peter Bradley, Charles Harper, Anne Stewart, Stephen Murphy, Emma O’Connor Bray, Niall Lynam, Robert Downey, Brian O’Connor, and Kate Hennessy.

Printmakers include Chris Clery, Ohhi Ohno, Niamh Kennedy and Kacie Daly and there are life drawings from Maurice Quillinan, Moya Ni Cheallaigh and Mark Heng.

Sculptors include Joe De Búrca and Stephen Murphy, there is photography from Brian Richardson, digital art from Ken Coleman and Margarita Bernal Arango, ceramics from Caitriona Shoer, with a video portrait from Day Magee.

Limerick Pride LGBTQ Festival 2022 will be taking place starting from Monday, July 4 until Sunday, July 10 with the Parade on Saturday, July 9 and will feature a multitude of events from workshops, support meetings and discussions to evenings of music and club nights, to cater to the Pride needs of everyone. Lisa Daly, Chairperson Pride said, “All events for 2022 reflect the breadth and depth of our LGBTQIA+ community. From the iconic nature of our Pride March to our newer events, we’ve created events with our entire community in mind. There is something for everyone culminating in the annual Pride Parade on Saturday, July 9 and the PrideFest party directly after the Parade at the Hunt Museum. We want to welcome everyone to join us in celebrating LGBTQ culture in Limerick and show Limerick for the truly open and accepting city that she is. Our theme this year is ‘Pride is Culture’ to shed light on the joy and resilience of artists and cultural creators within the LGBTQIA+ community.”

For more stories on Limerick Pride, go HERE 

For a full events line up on Limerick Pride, go HERE

Pictures: Olena Oleksienko/ilovelimerick and Kris Luszczki/ilovelimerick

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 ilovelimerick.com 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.

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