Limerick Printmakers (LP) was established in 1999 by three BA printmaking graduates from the Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD), Claire Boland, Kari Fry & Melissa O’ Brien.
A start up grant was provided by Limerick City Enterprise Board, which supported the cost of purchasing equipment and initial overheads. Considerable support came from numerous individuals and organisations including the Printmaking Department of LSAD/L.I.T., Des MacMahon, Dietrich Blodau, Charles Harper; Mary Parkes of the Limerick Adult Education Centre; Cork Printmakers; Graphic Studio; Black Church Print Studio; Limerick Network Enterprise; Sheila Deegan and Limerick City Council; and Joe Buckley (owner of the original LP premises).
LP gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Council of Ireland.
The Printmaking Studio
As a printmaking studio and collaborative creative space, LP supports the goals of both individual artists and printmakers and the wider arts community through the provision of a range of high quality printmaking amenities in a co-operative environment. At present LP has over 60 members working in the studio.
Artists join on a membership basis and can avail of a range of flexible and affordable packages that facilitate studio use for a range of time periods – from a single day through to Annual membership.
Limerick Printmakers also provides opportunities for the general public through its extensive education programmes, with dedicated strands for adults and children, and its hugely popular Community Engagement programme which aims to increase understanding of the art form of printmaking through active participation in unconventional and accessible environments.
These workshops and events can be adapted for all levels of skill or experience and can be hosted from the studio or from site-specific locations including schools, third level institutions, festivals, multi-disciplinary arts venues, parks and public spaces.