Pictured with the piece after its installation at the side of Brown Thomas, William Street, Limerick were, contributing artists Tom Collins, Kayleigh Starr and Sean Starr. Picture: Alan Place/Fusionshooters.
A giant hand painted sign was unveiled this morning as part of the Love Letters from Limerick project. Featuring the title of local band The Cranberries’ first album, the unveiling of the sign is the culmination of a celebration of traditional hand painted signs. Over the past week Limerick has welcomed 10 of the world’s leading sign artists from the United States, the UK, the Netherlands and Ireland. Love Letters from Limerick has opened a new discussion in Limerick around the resurgence of sign painting as a part of urban renewal. The project was organised by local Limerick sign painter Tom Collins with the support of Limerick Marketing and the Limerick European Capital of Culture 2020 bid.
Following the hugely successful Limerick City of Culture, Limerick City has launched a month long cultural extravaganza aptly entitled The 061 (the dialing code for the city). The programme celebrates an action packed month of cultural offerings across the city and county encompassing music, dance, history, literature, and design. It features popular indigenous festivals, including the Limerick Jazz Festival, the Elemental Arts and Cultural Festival, plus the return of the annual artistic feast of Culture Night – tomorrow night 18th September.
Love Letters from Limerick, which runs from Thursday, September 10th to Friday, October 9th, has been described as an ‘Art Exhibition and Collaboration Gift Project to the city of Limerick’. The events included the special large scale ‘ghost sign’ project that has been created by internationally-renowned sign artist, Sean Starr, in collaboration with Limerick’s Tom Collins. A special exhibition of professional sign work and mirrors will also go on display at the FabLab, on Rutland St.
Love Letters from Limerick will be a feature of Culture Night 2015 for the city. This year Limerick’s Culture Night, taking place on September 18th will be bigger and better than ever with a jam-packed night of over free events taking place all over Limerick city and county. With art, dance, design, film, heritage, literature, music and theatre every citizen of Limerick is encouraged to experience something new this Culture Night.
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