Limerick museum to shine a light on climate crisis with brand new exhibit

Scoil Ide, Corbally 5th class pupils, Janes Keane, Ronan Kiely and Cathal Griffin with Maria Cagney, Curator of Education, The Hunt Museum
Scoil Ide, Corbally 5th class pupils, Janes Keane, Ronan Kiely and Cathal Griffin with Maria Cagney, Curator of Education, The Hunt Museum. Pic: Alan Place

The interactive showcase hopes to serve as a call to action on the local community to stand up for the planet

The Hunt Museum in Limerick City is gearing up to open a brand-new interactive exhibition to shine a light on the growing dangers of climate change and inspire those who visit to get involved in the campaign.

‘Nights Candles are Burnt Out’ runs from October 25 to February 29, and will feature Seán Keating’s painting of the same name, which is on loan to the museum.

Through art, technology, and storytelling, the curators are hoping the exhibit will show local communities how they can be the change in the world and actually make a difference for our planet.

Jill Cousins, director of the museum, said: “The Hunt Museum’s role in Climate Action is to serve as a creative and educational hub and a conduit to meaningful change.

“We’re bringing our community and partners together to curate an interactive exhibition that encourages conversation and action on the Climate Crisis.”

The exhibit is sponsored in part by ESB who, alongside Shannon Foynes, will be transforming the Shannon Estuary into an international renewable energy hub.

Jill continued: “Through the transformative power of art and culture, we can ignite behavioural change by establishing emotional connections that will hopefully lead to a better understanding of the science and technology that can move us from our reliance on non-renewable energy to a sustainable future.

“Our goal is to encourage buy-in for future possibilities while encouraging more environmentally friendly lifestyles and practices in the present.”

The exhibit has a series of installations including a flywheel and wind turbine in the courtyard. Visitors will be brought back in history to a pre-electrification Ireland. It is followed by an art installation from Niamh Schmidtke, a reflection on what it takes to create green energy and what the impact is of sustainable energy, and much more.

Over the coming months, The Hunt Museum will have lots of events and activities to support the exhibition including family workshops, podcasts by experts and artists along with lectures and talks.

The team at the Hunt Museum the latest artists on Shannonside to use their space to highlight a social cause – ABC For Mental Health’s exhibition is still running at the Treaty City Brewery.

Tickets can be purchased for the Hunt Museum’s interactive climate exhibit here.

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