PRESS RELEASE: Launch of ‘Three Muses: exploring art and identity’

//PRESS RELEASE: Launch of ‘Three Muses: exploring art and identity’

PRESS RELEASE: Launch of ‘Three Muses: exploring art and identity’

Launch of ‘Three Muses: exploring art and identity’, a joint programme from three Limerick museums to inspire primary school pupils with visual art.

The programme runs from January-June 2020

Launch date:  Thurs 21 November 2019 at The Hunt Museum

An innovative arts programme for primary schools launched on Thursday at The Hunt Museum. The initiative brings together three Limerick cultural institutions: The Hunt Museum, Limerick City Gallery of Art and Limerick Museum.

School groups will discover the three collections through workshops and activities, developing their confidence and understanding in visual art, while exploring the theme of identity across the collections. The programme also includes one-off events such as children-led tours of the collections, training sessions for teachers and a summer showcase.

The Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr. Michael Sheahan, opened the event, with speeches by Úna McCarthy, Director of Limerick City Gallery of Art and Donncha O’Treasaigh, Hunt Museum Board member and Director of Schools, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra’s groundbreaking ensemble Sing Out With Strings also performed at the event, with pupils from Le Chéile and St Mary’s National Schools showcasing their repertoire.

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr. Michael Sheahan, who opened the launch, said:

“I’m delighted that these three Limerick cultural institutions are collaborating to make the Hunt Museum, Limerick Museum and Limerick City Gallery of Art more accessible to our young citizens. It is extremely important that young people feel welcomed into these institutions and learn to appreciate the wonderful art and displays within their walls.”

“By collaborating the Hunt Museum, Limerick Museum and Limerick City Gallery of Art can capture the imagination and creativity of these young people, which can only be for the betterment of cultural life in Limerick.”

Adam Stoneman, who is coordinating the project, said:

“Rather than museums and galleries constantly competing against each other for ‘audience share’ and ‘brand recognition’ this signals a more collaborative approach where schoolchildren can encounter collections side by side, fostering a sense of understanding and ownership of our shared cultural heritage.”

There is a small fee per pupil to cover workshop costs. Primary schools can book for Spring and Summer terms 2020 from 21 November by contacting The Hunt Museum on 061 490081 or bookings@huntmuseum.com.

This programme is supported by The Friends of the Hunt Museum and Limerick City and County Council. Educational resources have been sponsored by Affinity Credit Union and Unity Credit Union.

Contact details:           

Adam Stoneman, Project Coordinator, Hunt Museum

+44 7449 179189 / adam@huntmuseum.com

Images from The Three Muses trial workshops

Caption: pupil from CBS Sexton Street refines his drawing skills in front of a work by late Limerick artist Jim Savage at Limerick City Gallery of Art. © Photo credit: Deirdre A Power

Caption: pupil from CBS Sexton Street scratches his head while looking at a work by late Limerick artist Jim Savage at Limerick City Gallery of Art. © Photo credit: Deirdre A Power

Caption: pupil from CBS Sexton Street sketches a work by Kate Malone during a workshop at the Limerick City Gallery of Art. © Photo credit: Deirdre A Power

Images from the launch of The Three Muses on November 21st at the Hunt Museum 

Caption: Úna McCarthy, Director/Curator Limerick City Gallery of Art, Adam Stoneman, Limerick Museums & Galleries Public Engagement Coordinator, Cllr. Michael Sheehan, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Donncha Ó TreasaighHunt Museum Board member and and Director of Schools, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board.

Caption: The Irish Chamber Orchestra’s groundbreaking ensemble Sing Out With Strings also performed at the event, with pupils from Le Chéile and St Mary’s National Schools showcasing their repertoire.

Caption: The Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr. Michael Sheahan with The Irish Chamber Orchestra’s groundbreaking ensemble Sing Out With Strings, with pupils from Le Chéile and St Mary’s National Schools showcasing their repertoire.

2019-11-28T13:57:35+00:00
 

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