Into the Light: Limerick City Gallery of Art to host major Arts Council showcase

27th November 2012: Incredible images of pop art, graphic prints and stunning works reflecting the swinging sixties will feature in a new exhibition in Limerick City Gallery of Art opening later this week in a major showcase to celebrate 60 years of The Arts Council supporting the Arts.

Publish Date: Tuesday 27th November 2012

Incredible images of pop art, graphic prints and stunning works reflecting the swinging sixties will feature in a new exhibition in Limerick City Gallery of Art opening later this week in a major showcase to celebrate 60 years of The Arts Council supporting the Arts.

Into the Light which will launch in Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA) this Thursday, 29th November is a partnership between the Arts Council and four prominent Irish art galleries including LCGA in Limerick, the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin, Crawford Art Gallery in Cork and The Model in Sligo.

The LCGA exhibition will feature up to 70 works from the prestigious Arts Council collection with many pieces being recalled from loan locations across the country.

LCGA Curator Helen Carey selected the works to be displayed in Limerick along with four local individuals including John Logan (University of Limerick Historian); Paul Tarpey (Limerick School of Art and Design); Anne Horrigan (Askeaton Contemporary Arts) and Baz Burke (dancer/visual artist within the youth community).

Speaking ahead of the official opening on 29th November by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan TD, Ms Carey said she wanted the Limerick exhibition to reflect the interests and ethos of LCGA and particularly the city’s rich visual arts culture.

"Limerick has a rich connection with its permanent collection based here in LCGA and we wanted the art chosen to reflect the strong visual arts culture in the city and also to bring the whole story together," Helen explained. "We particularly wanted the LCGA exhibition to be connected to the people so that’s why we asked four local individuals to choose what would go forward into the final exhibition."

"There were around 1,000 pieces available, mainly from 1940-1980, and we selected 67 to exhibit mostly from the 1960s and 1970s which were works that the selectors really responded to. These pieces reflect the emergence of pop art, graphic art and the swinging sixties and we’re delighted with the collection and excited about it opening to the public," she added.

The Limerick City Gallery of Art also suggested an artist to commission a piece for the exhibition and chose local artist Emmet Kerins whose exhibit will also go into the Arts Council collection. The ‘Into the Light’ exhibition is the first of its kind in the history of the Arts Council. The collection is one manifestation of the support given to artists by the Arts Council over the past sixty years. Its development was guided by the deeply held principles of assisting artists to make a living from their work and of using that work to provide opportunities for the public to experience art in their locality.

Ms Pat Moylan, Chairman of the Arts Council, said:

"As we prepare to celebrate our 60th Anniversary, it is interesting to look back and see how the arts have been cultivated and developed over the years since the Council first met in 1952. This Indecon report shows that the arts are now a major employer and contributor to economic output and that with smart investment the arts are capable of stimulating more job creation and economic activity at a time we need it most."

"The arts really matter to us in Ireland, they unite our communities in good times and in bad, and they help define us as a people. Our achievements in the arts give us a deep credibility when we tell the world of our flexible, creative, innovative work force and the Arts Council is proud of the role the arts play in attracting inward investment."

"When the Arts Council considered how it might mark its 60th anniversary, it was agreed that core, long-term ambitions should be reflected. Primary amongst these have been the support of artists in the production of their work and opportunities for the public to see and experience art. Consequently, a major event showcasing the Arts Council's Collection seemed appropriate. I hope that the people of Cork will make every effort to come and enjoy the great works which will be displayed in the various venues over the course of Into the Light," added Ms Moylan.

The official opening of Into the Light at LCGA is on Thursday, 29th November with the exhibition opening to the public from 30th November - 18th January. Admission is free.

See gallery.limerick.ie

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For further media information or to interview curator Helen Carey, please contact Laura Ryan, Limerick Communications Office, 88 O’Connell St. Limerick

061 400010/086-6042544

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