LSAD ceramic collection – TUS have purchased the works of graduates over the years and built up an impressive ceramic collection, now is on display in the Mayor’s Office. Picture: Keith Wiseman.
The ceramics collection on display has been built by TUS over the last few years
A selection as items from the Ceramics Collection of Limerick School of Art and Design TUS has been placed on display in the Mayor’s Office in Merchant’s Quay.
In a partnership between Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council and LSAD TUS, the Mayor toured the campus and met with students before making his selection.
Over the years, LSAD TUS have purchased the works of graduates and has built up an impressive ceramics collection.
This new initiative is a wonderful opportunity to showcase works from the LSAD TUS ceramic collection, made in Limerick over a considerable time by graduates of LSAD, to everyone visiting the Mayor’s Office.
The ceramics programme in LSAD is approaching its 50th anniversary and has a long-standing reputation for excellence as the most extensive specialist ceramics programme in Ireland.
Over the years, it has produced generations of leading creative practitioners, artists, designers, potters, educators, curators and innovators within the cultural and design sector.
Having originated from an initial philosophy led by distinctly traditional production areas of practice of the potter’s studio, industrial production and the decorative or fine art maker, in more recent years it has developed to embrace a broader spectrum of practice, reflecting and evolving in line with changing philosophies and approaches in contemporary ceramic practice.
The programme nurtures students with a broad range of discipline specific and transferable skills, grounded in thinking through making and the transformative potential of material-based engagement.
Students are exposed to an extensive range of creative practice through the combined development of traditional core skills and cutting-edge technologies and are supported to innovate and establish their own individual creative voice as the next generation of artists and designers within this vibrant, inclusive and contemporary field.
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Daniel Butler, commented, “It was fantastic to meet students from LSAD TUS and hear about their creative interests. Culture forges our identity as a contemporary city. I am delighted to have this opportunity to showcase these vibrant ceramics against the backdrop of the River Shannon.”
Mike Fitzpatrick, Dean of Limerick School of Art and Design and Director of Cultural Engagement at TUS said, “Limerick School of Art and Design is delighted and honoured to have some of our Ceramic Collection on display in the Mayor’s Office of Limerick City and County. This demonstrates the importance that the first citizen places on culture and education within our city. We look forward to the growth of culture infrastructure in the city to parallel its economic growth and resurgence. It’s a special year for LSAD celebrating our new University status and our 170th year.”
Pippa Little, Limerick City and County Council Arts Officer, said, “Displaying this work celebrates Limerick’s creative energy and talent. LSAD, TUS is a vital part of our creative eco-system, whose graduating students go on to make their mark locally, nationally and internationally.
“This initiative delivers on the Limerick Cultural Strategy by growing Limerick’s Cultural capacity by retaining and attracting creative practitioners to live and work in Limerick and by fostering multiple examples of imagination, innovation and integration in Limerick and to use creative approaches to help citizens and visitors to re-imagine Limerick.”
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