Arts in brief February 28

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Art auction at Hunt

HUNT Museum has an interesting night coming up, built around an art auction of “Ireland’s most collectable artists”.

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Friday March 6 at 6.30pm sounds the gavel for a champagne reception, informative lecture on collecting art, followed by the auction.

 John de Vere White, of de Veres Art Auctions, Dublin, will present a talk on Creating an Informed Art Collection even In a Recession. The lecture will be preceded by a champagne reception and followed by sale. Works by John Shinnors, Louis le Brocquy, Blaise Smith, Tom Climent, Jane O’Malley, Pauline Bewick, Martin Finnin, Thomas Ryan, Robert Ryan and Eamonn O’Mahony will feature and the auction is by de Vere White.

Auction previews take place in Limerick from February 27 to March 6 inclusive, and you can view on line at www.huntmuseum.com. Tickets in advance are 25euro, or 30euro after Feb 27.

Artistic night with a twist

MULTIMEDIA Night with a Twist is the promise by Limerick Art Society for an evening of instruction and classes taking place Friday February 27. Attend to the Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Road at 7.30pm, 5euro, for many demonstrations and the opportunity to try oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, charcoals and pencils.

Refer to website www.limerickartsociety.com for details on the society and its agenda.


An Chistin re-opens

There will be a special music session in An Chistin on Thursday February 26 to celebrate its reopening. Open house with no ‘dul isteach’ is for all.

“We welcome everyone to come and enjoy the return of the famous traditional night of music, song and dance which will have the best of musicians, guaranteeing the best of nights will be had!” says Breandan OhEamhaigh of Conradh na Gaeilge.

Email [email protected] for details of regular Conragh events.


Daghdha down 52%

Daghdha Dance Company’s coffers have diminished by half since 2007, and the company is up in arms. A statement released by William Forsythe, its artistic patron and Michael Klien, artistic director, makes the point that the downturn in Arts Council backing came “after encouraging revenue increases between 2003 and 2007, a major capital investment and despite the very largely affirmative outcome of an external review in 2008”.

The cuts have lead to a reduced programme of activities, with the “local and ground breaking ‘Cultural Events Programme’ suspended for 2009.”


LSAD’s Groundbreaking show

The Ceramic Department of Limerick School of Art and Design is staging the exhibition  Groundbreaking, as of this Thursday February 26, 7.30pm.  This is a showcase of a variety of pieces from both Third and Fourth year ceramic students.

Groundbreaking will run for one week in the School of Art & Design, LIT Clare Street Campus.

The 7.30pm launch tonight in the Church Gallery will host Francis Keane, of Keane on Ceramics, as guest speaker.  The Gallery opening hours thereafter will be 9.30am – 5pm daily other than the weekend.