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Launch of LP at 20 Exhibition in the Hunt Museum

The launch of LP at 20 exhibition at the Hunt Museum. Jessica Tobin, Director of Limerick Printmakers, Pat Shortt, actor and comedian, and Jill Cousins, Director of the Hunt Museum, at the launch of Limerick Printmakers’ new exhibition at the Hunt Museum on their 20th Anniversary. Picture: Conor Owens/ilovelimerick.

Hunt Museum Launch the ‘LP at 20’ Exhibition

By I Love Limerick correspondent Chloe Reidy 


Limerick Printmakers marked their twentieth anniversary with their LP at 20 exhibition at the Hunt Museum, which opened on Thursday, February 14, and will run till Monday, April 22. The exhibition was officially opened by actor and comedian, Pat Shortt. The printmaking studio and creative hub have become an important cultural space in Limerick city. The studio was formed by Melissa O’Brien, Claire Boland and Kari Fry in 1999, and has since grown with over sixty active members now using the vicinity. It is now a large community of people who share a passion for art, and where creativity can be expressed and explored.

The LP at 20 exhibition highlights the studio’s history in Limerick and contemplates the future of contemporary printmaking. The exhibition consists of large-scale works, created by a group of talented artists from the studio, along with invited artists, which showcases the ambitious and countless possibilities of printmaking. LP at 20 is also a declaration of intent by the studio of its commitment to continuing to facilitate and support the creativity of a diverse group of talented artists, printmakers and photographers in the Midwest of Ireland and beyond. 

Pat Shortt, a well-known Irish actor and comedian, opened the exhibition and said a few words about the exhibition and how he became involved: “I would have a lot of friends who were printmakers. My brother’s a printmaker, my two other brothers are involved in it. I was in Art college with a lot of the guys who started out the printmaking back in 1999. So yeah, I suppose that’s the reason why, I knew them down through the years, I used to go to all the exhibition openings, and they were the best craic, the best openings I was ever at!” 

Naomi O’ Nolan, Head of Exhibitions and Collection at the Hunt Museum, spoke about the relationship between the Hunt Museum and Limerick Printmakers. She mentioned in the Hunt’s early days, Limerick Printmakers used to run workshops in the Hunt’s gallery, which proved to be quite popular.

Limerick Printmakers provide a professional printmaking studio, exhibition opportunities and educational programmes to those in Limerick who have an interest in printmaking. The studio was set-up by three BA printmaking graduates from the Limerick School of Art and Design. The Limerick City Enterprise Board supported the studio with a grant of €15,237, for equipment and to cover initial overheads.

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Pictures: Conor Owens/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 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.