Then and Now

Then and Now – an exhibition by Elizabeth Kinsella in response to the Limerick Lace Collection curated by Maurice Quillinan – takes place at Limerick Museum from May 5th to June 1st 2023.

Opening hours Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm Saturday 10am to 1 pm and 2pm to 5pm.

Closing Reception 5.45pm Thursday 1st June 

As part of the closing event the artist will give a talk at 6.30pm on the exhibition and responding to the Limerick Lace Collection 

Limerick Museum is proud to present Then and Now In response to the Limerick Lace Collection, a solo exhibition by Elizabeth Kinsella and curated by Maurice Quillinan. 

The exhibition inspired by the rich history and heritage of Limerick lace will open on May 5th 2023 at Limerick City Museum with a closing reception on Thursday 1st of June. 

Then and Now celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Limerick Lace and also pays tribute to the women who created it. Taking as its theme the intricate patterns of lace and the simpler, more utilitarian designs that surrounded the lace makers. The exhibition showcases a series of works that reflect on the past and present. 

The exhibition features a vibrant series of large-scale acrylic and spray painted works, made on paper bags and strips of canvas sewn together in a manner reminiscent of strip quilts. By using repetition and layering of simplified forms taken from lace and checked patterns, Kinsella creates an interplay between the intricate beauty of the lace and the simplicity of everyday life for the women who created it. 

Then and Now will run until June 1st  2023 and is a unique opportunity to experience the evolution of Limerick laces cultural heritage through the lens of this thought provoking response to the collection.

Elizabeth Kinsella  Biography 

Elizabeth Kinsella is a visual artist and academic working in painting, drawing and bookmaking. Based in Sligo, she has been a lecturer in painting and drawing for over 30 years and is Programme Chair for the undergraduate Fine Art Degree Programme at Atlantic Technological University, Sligo.

She holds a BA honours and Master’s Degree from the Ulster Ulster and on graduating was awarded the Ulster University Spectrum Painting Prize and the Peter Moore’s Foundation Scholarship. Kinsella has been the recipient of Arts Council of Ireland and Culture Ireland Awards.

Her previous exhibitions include; Hybrid at Redline Art Centre, Denver, Hybrid 2 at Letterkenny Regional Cultural Centre, Alchemy at Solstice Art Centre, Forty under Fifty at the RHA Gallery and Ignition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Kinsella’s most recent solo exhibition was in Stack in Solas Gallery, Leitrim in 2021.

Kinsella is of several artists collectives including NINE where she recently showed in NINE| Mining Matter at Hyde Bridge Gallery. She is a member of Floating World Artists Bookmaking Collective, showing artist books in many book fairs and exhibitions including; Leeds Artist Book Fair. London Small Publishers Fair. As an artist bookmaker Kinsella has exhibited in numerous exhibitions including Unfolding the Archive (NIVAL Collection) NCAD Gallery, Dublin and FE. Mc Williams Gallery Northern Ireland, The Georgian Writing Desk and Reprising the Archive at Bank Street Gallery, Sheffield. U.K. Kinsella has most recently shown artist books at the Dublin Artist Book Fair 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Kinsella is also a member of the Drawing Box International Artist Collective showing in many exhibitions with the collective including One Drawing a Day at Abstract Gallery, Paris, Athens School of Art Gallery and The A5 Pop Up,  international touring exhibition to galleries including Greece, USA, Netherlands, India, France, Scotland and Ireland. Kinsella will show drawings with Drawing Box this Autumn at the Onkar Gallery, New Delhi. 

Kinsella was an invited speaker at the 2022 Drawing in Lockdown Symposium with the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize and Drawing Projects UK

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