Limerick City provides a new home for artists Press Release

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For Immediate Release
Monday, 29 July 2013

Limerick City provides a new home for artists

LIMERICK CITY, IRELAND - Limerick City Council Arts Office has announced details of the country's first subsidised living space scheme for artists.

An open call has been made to recognised cultural practitioners, including contemporary visual artists, performers, musicians and writers, to apply for the use of 6 newly-refurbished residential apartments at John’s Square.

The Square reopened to the public in recent weeks following a €1million upgrade and is being promoted as Limerick’s Living Cultural Quarter.

City Arts Officer Sheila Deegan said the scheme forms part of Limerick City Council’s strategy to further develop the cultural infrastructure of Limerick and to support the cultural economy.

“Intro quote to be provided by Sheila in relation to efforts to retain presence of artists locally.”

Ms. Deegan continued: “The Artists’ Apartments create conditions for affordable living spaces for individual artists and attract and keep artists living and working in Limerick City, by encouraging living and working within the urban context. The apartments, which are licensed for a period of between one year and three years, provide subsidised living spaces in recognition that artists and many individuals working in the arts are on modest income levels.”

Ms. Deegan noted that the apartments are situated in the heart of a burgeoning living cultural and arts quarter in Limerick.

“John’s Square has a rich history as Limerick’s oldest public space and is a gateway to the centre of the City. The Square itself has recently undergone a €1.5 million redevelopment by Limerick City Council. The new pedestrian-friendly space provides the venue for performances and events, as well as an attractive amenity in which to meet, stroll, browse and enjoy the City. It now forms an appropriate setting for the fine historical buildings which surround John’s Square, including St John’s Cathedral, St John’s Hospital and the limestone townhouses. These investments in the City revitalise the area, build upon an already dynamic heritage of arts activity and stimulate further development opportunities. This cluster of cultural facilities forms a vibrant cultural heart for the city,” she concluded.

The Residential Artists’ Apartments Scheme is supported by Limerick City Council, the Department of Arts, Heritage, the Gaeltacht Access II Scheme and the Arts Council. 

Details relating to the Scheme, as well as eligibility and selection criteria are available from www.limerickcity.ie. Applications must be submitted to artsoffice@limerickcity.ie. For more contact the Limerick City Arts Office at Phone: (061) 407421, 407363.

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Interviewees and photographs are available on request.

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