Occupy Space @ LCGA


Preview 6pm Thursday 23rd August
Exhibition runs until Friday 5th October
Occupy Space continues to provide a diverse programme of exhibitions and events following the closure of their Thomas Street gallery. Working in partnership with Limerick City Gallery of Art, Occupy Space commandeer the first floor to deliver a six week project consisting of an Occupy Space 'Active Archive', screenings from the RAP (Real Art Project) video archive and solo exhibitions I See a Viewfinder by Sean Guinan and Prospect by Laura Kelly. 

In the Carnegie Gallery, Noelle Collins and Kevin O'Keeffe will compile a record of Occupy Space activity in Limerick from 2009 right up to the present. Taking documents stored in the NIVAL archives as a starting point, the Active Archive will be developed throughout the duration of the show. 
   
NIVAL is a public research library for the study of Irish art and design from 1900 to the present day. The library collects, stores and provides access to an unparalleled collection of information in all formats on Irish visual culture. NIVAL has collected documentation on Occupy Space since its foundation in 2009.
   

I See a Viewfinder is a solo show by Limerick-based artist Seán Guinan. The exhibition brings together a body of work created over the last 17 months. These works are small in scale and deal with illogical spaces which unfold into an unlikely, subjective narrative.

Laura Kelly, based in Dublin, has installed  'constructed drawings' in which she combines aspects of a traditional pictorial approach to creating space with the use of three-dimensional elements and incorporating landscape imagery in the process. The interplay of two and three dimensional work contributes to a larger theme of space within the project at LCGA.

The archive of The Real Art Project (R.A.P) will also be exhibited as part of Occupy Space @ LCGA. RAP was a successful artist led initiative based in Limerick City between 1996 and 2001. 
 The aim of the group, which featured emerging graduates as well as tutors from Limerick School of Art and Design, was to create new opportunities for both emerging and established artists through the provision of a studio space as well as an exciting exhibition and events program. In 2007 Aileen Lambert and Michael Fortune, who were both heavily involved in the establishment of RAP, compiled its archive and added it to the Artist Led Archive created by Megs Morley in 2006. Catalogued by Orlaith Treacy, it is being exhibited in appreciation of the great work they have done in establishing a strong art community in Limerick.