New Initiative Launched to Promote Limerick’s Creative Industry Graduates

Friday, September 11th 2009

Creative Limerick, Connect to the Grid

Limerick’s talented creative industry graduates are to benefit from an innovative new initiative set up to promote their work. Creative Limerick, connect to the grid launched today, Friday, September 11th, enables graduates from the city’s third level institutions to use vacant prime shopfront space to sell/endorse their work.

The initiative will temporarily fill vacant retail window space in the prime retail spaces of the city centre with work from creative industry practitioners who are in their final year or who have graduated from a third level institution based in Limerick.

The creative industries included in this initiative include Advertising, Architecture, Art and Antiques markets, computer and video games, crafts, design, fashion, film and video, music, performing arts, publishing, software, television and radio.

The practitioners will be responsible for fitting out the window space, lighting and keeping the display updated. Their work will be insured and there will be no fee to the practitioners. The initiative will last for a trial period of three months during 2009 with the hope of continuing the project into 2010.

Creative Limerick, connect to the grid is the first of many practical initiatives co-ordinated by the Economic Development Department at Limerick City Council in association with the creative industries, commercial property owners and their agents operating in Limerick City Centre

Lise Ann Sheehan, project manager from Limerick City Council said the creative industries are those that are based on individual creativity, skill and talent.
“They also have the potential to create wealth and jobs through developing and exploiting intellectual property,” she said. “We welcome the addition of further premises and creatives, and interested individuals should contact creativelimerick@limerickcity.ie.

Ms Sheehan said the initiative not only supports the creative industries in Limerick but assists vacant property owners by keeping their premises clean and active, at no cost to the owner.
She continued: “Involvement in the initiative allows owners to be associated with the growing creative industry in Ireland. All work displayed is available for sale and promotion, There is no costs to the creatives involved including licence agreements, insurance cover and promotion. Ultimately the initiative seeks to enhance vibrancy and active frontages in Limerick city centre while promoting the work of the creative industries in our region.”

Gordon Kearney from Rooney Auctioneers is the estate agent to all properties involved in the Creative Limerick project, to date.
“The landlords are very supportive of the project and think it’s a very clever initiative which will bring a bit of life back to their premises and have complimented Limerick City Council for the idea,” he said.

Some of the practitioners involved in the initiative include The Knit Factory, a collaboration of four local knitwear designers, all graduates from Limerick School of Art and Design.” We supply top quality, Irish designed knitwear to the home and international fashion markets,” explained Anne Behan. “This is a great opportunity for us to come together, showcase our work and to highlight the indigenous industries that are thriving in our city.”

Another participant, Marilynn Lennon re-opened one of Limerick’s most iconic pubs destined for demolition as a cultural centre. The landmark pub, The Spirit Store on Rutland Street has become a short term arts venue, a café and a base for diverse cultural activities. Said Marilynn Lennon: “The Spirit store aims to provide a public space for the meeting of minds in Limerick city. Staff are voluntary, the space has been given freely and the events are free, we’re delighted with its success so far.”

Fine Art graduate Sarah Bolger has taken over a vacant building in Bedford Row in Limerick for a “Living Dolls” series which is inspired by the Hollywood pinups of the 1930s and 1940s.

This evening, Friday, September 11th at 7pm, a film night will take place at the vacant Bedford Row Centre as part of an on-going cinema revival project for Limerick by LSAD graduate Carla Burns.  The building is the site of the former Central Cinema in Limerick city.

Profiles are attached on all the participants in the Creative Limerick, connect to the Grid initiative.

For information on Creative Limerick, connect to the Grid, please contact Lise Ann Sheehan, Limerick City Council at 061-407129

Last update:16/09/2009

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