Limerick Printmakers Studio and Gallery launched their annual Winter Members show at The Hunt Museum last Thursday.
This year is the thirteenth year of the show which aims to showcase the various pieces of work which is created at the Limerick Printmakers Studio in John’s Square in the city.
The studio was set up in 1999 by three printmaking graduates from the Limerick School of Art and Design with the support of Limerick City Enterprise Board, among others.
Each piece of work in the exhibition is being publicly displayed for the very first time and has been created by one of the members of the organisation.
The organisation is comprised of both established and up and coming artists, print makers, graphic designers and lecturers.
The work on show has been hand selected from the studio and demonstrates the capability of professional printmaking in Limerick.
Limerick Printmakers has come a long way from its beginning in July 1999 when LCAD graduates Claire Boland, Kari Fry and Melissa O’ Brien used a start-up grant of £12,000 to cover initial expenses such as equipment.
The studio and gallery now hosts classes such as an Intensive Weekend Silkscreen course and classes specifically tailored for children.
Since 2000, the gallery space has been used to run a full programme of exhibitions which display the works of all types of artists, such as those involved in painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture and installation work as well as printmaking itself.
Contributing artists are not charged to exhibit their work and half of their financial costs for exhibitions are now covered by the gallery itself.
The Winter Members Show will run until January 4 at 3 John’s Square, Limerick.