Local artist praises Limerick’s developing art scene

Photo: Paul Tarpey

Printmaker and contemporary artist Eoin Barry has commended Limerick’s own Make a Move Festival for the positive role it has played in developing the urban art scene in Limerick.

Speaking after their ‘Walk, Talk and Paste’ virtual tour this past Sunday, he said it had been a privilege to be involved with the co-ordination of the event, adding that it was a wonderful opportunity to create and share discussion on the many varied pieces dotted around the city.

“The tour itself provides the perfect opportunity for the people of limerick to discuss some of the artworks across the city, while it also offers them a chance to create their own artwork and display it in a city centre location.”

The gradual shift in sentiment surrounding the concept and reception of street/urban art in recent years has undoubtedly played a large part in the creative development of the city.

“Sanctioned, unsanctioned, commissioned, street art, graffiti, legal or illegal, there will always be a variety of mark making that exists in the city. You can’t have one without the other, they are interdependent in a way, and often one acts as a catalyst for another,” he said.

While he accepted that art of this nature is subjective, and won’t be to everybody’s taste, he said that the plethora of art installations tied in with all the advertising and city information signage made for “quite an interesting and complex visual landscape”.

During Limerick’s campaign to become European Capital of Culture 2020, numerous Irish based and international artists came to the city to leave their mark upon its walls and street fixtures.

While murals and throw-ups aplenty can be found throughout a variety of city centre destinations, Mr Barry accounted for the significance the Dock Road area held, referring to it as “a safe haven for artists for over ten years now”.

“It’s a great location, and is very well maintained by the artists that frequent the spot. It is where I first started painting, and I hope it continues to provide the opportunity to artists across the board who would like to explore the medium.”

Aside from the Make a Move tour, Limerick printmakers also hold many courses and workshops throughout the course of the year open to members of the public with a desire to indulge in, and develop many aspects of their creativity.

Mr Barry finished by advising anybody interested in plying their hand at some urban art production.

“Grab some materials, find a wall in your shed or back garden, or in the many designated areas, and look online for events and jams. Get involved, talk to people, and most of all, be sound.”

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