Limerick Printmakers in the Belltable TWEETBOX – Collaborative Practice in Print

Limerick Printmakers in the Belltable
Limerick Printmakers in the Belltable
Limerick Printmakers are proud to continue their curation of The Belltable space with an exhibition made up of two impressive bodies of work. The installation ‘Escape Shift’ by Noelle Noonan and Catherine Hehir and TWEETBOX, a vast collection of printed bird boxes created by a group of artists with connections to Crawford College of Art and Design (CCAD) & Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD).
The exhibition will be opened Des MacMahon of LSAD on Thursday February 18 from 6pm and will run until Monday 29th February. All are welcome to see this event as it will be available to the general public in the Belltable from Monday to Friday, 12pm5.30pm. Limerick Printmakers in the Belltable
TWEETBOX is the outcome of a collaboration between Crawford College of Art and Design and Limerick School of Art and Design. The project sought to engage undergraduate students, postgraduate students, alumni and lecturers from each college to respond to the title TWEETBOX. Limerick Printmakers in the Belltable
Catherine Hehir and Noelle Noonan, TWEETBOX Project Originators had this to say on the concept “The title is a play on pervasive and ubiquitous tweet and we chose the bird box for its many associations with migration, emigration, communication and germination. The concept focuses on the development and spread of information globally, how it impacts and invades our lives. We asked the artists to considerate the meaning in its broadest sense.” Limerick Printmakers in the Belltable
They also added, “The premise of the project was that each artists was provided with a flat raw sheet of cardboard which had been lazercut in the shape of a bird box, each artist would then print on the surface. We hoped the project would act as a catalyst to elicit a rich and varied response in the medium of printmaking. What has emerged showcases the distinct personal visual language of each exhibitor and their divergent responses displays both the range of approaches and the range of techniques within the medium itself.”
TWEETBOX evolves from a flat 2D surface to a folded 3D object and culminated in the boxes being exhibited at the Impact 9 Printmaking Conference in Hangzhou, China, September 2015, and St Carthage Hall, Lismore Castle Arts ,December 2015.Catherine Hehir and Noelle Noonan added, “Our aim is to celebrate printmaking as a creative medium and present both traditional and contemporary printmaking skills honed and developed at our colleges. We hope that by developing this exhibition our interest and enthusiasm for printmaking may be shared with others. Finally we would like to thanks all the artists involved in this exhibition.” Limerick Printmakers in the Belltable

Dara Waldron, Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies, LSAD on ‘Escape Shift’ by Catherine Hehir & Noelle Noonan in his essay ‘This Land Was Made For You And Me’…” ..‘Escape Shift’ is a focused, at times poetic, mediation on the relationship between printmaking and the act of digital communication. It is a poetic work in that, in its totality, it addresses, without making overarching statements, the relationship between old and new print media…..Old and new media combine, but the principle concern of the work is not to distinguish between them, but rather to explore the impact they have upon us.’

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