Wednesday 17th June 2015: Limerick 2020 has welcomed the partnership with the University of Limerick in creating new, fresh, design led thinking around the bid to become European Capital of Culture 2020.
Publish Date: Wednesday 17th June 2015
Limerick 2020 has welcomed the partnership with the University of Limerick in creating new, fresh, design led thinking around the bid to become European Capital of Culture 2020.
This interdisciplinary ‘think-tank’ at Ormston House in Rutland Street plans to identify new ways of developing the city’s creative potential by bringing together ideas that might then become policy.
The Intelligence Unit (IU) Culture Lab is a unique research station which is funded by Limerick 2020 and the city’s third level institutions to examine creative thinking about culture, its impact on everyday life and suggest new and innovative ideas for the Limerick 2020 bid.
The IU Culture Lab features a group of researchers from different disciplines across the University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology and Mary Immaculate College who are working on complex problems using design thinking as their methodology as well as engaging with members of the public.
On a weekly basis the group will host ‘crits’ where the researchers will present their work in progress and where members of the public, arts and business communities are invited to attend and participate in the discussion.
Limerick 2020 Bid Team Arts and Culture Officer, Sheila Deegan, said; “What's exciting about this lab approach and a design way of thinking is the innovative solutions that can be brought to bear on policy. The design thinking approach will enable us to look at the complex problems relating to culture and to create solutions in a new light.
The researchers will be working to create valuable research and insights into the dynamics of culture in Limerick and its region that will be part of our overall Limerick 2020 bid proposal,” she explained. “We’re encouraging members of the public to keep an eye out for the team on the streets or pop into the researchers in Ormston House and give their feedback on ideas for the future of Limerick”.
Members of the public can see the IU Culture Lab 2015 team hard at work if you look through the windows of Ormston House on Rutland Street, or better again, come to chat to the team of researchers during one of the crit sessions which take place on Wednesdays for the duration of the IU Culture Lab in June and July.
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Limerick is currently preparing an ambitious bid to be designated the title European Capital of Culture 2020. Parallel to the IU Culture Lab, participation and engagement with community groups and cultural practitioners is taking place around Limerick City and County, that will inform the set of values and priorities that will underpin Limerick's bid.
These activities will take place across Limerick city and county and will be free and open to anyone who wants to participate and information on these activities and the Limerick 2020 Bid please visit www.limerick2020.ie