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Limerick City Gallery of Art

Formerly known as Carnegie Free Library and Museum


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  • This Romanesque-inspired building, designed by George Patrick Sheridan, was opened as the Carnegie Free Library and Museum in the early 20th century.
  • In 1936, the Limerick City Collection of Art was formed. It continued to expand over the decades; by 1985, the Limerick City Gallery of Art occupied the entire building.
  • From EVA’s first year in 1977, Limerick City Gallery of Art has served as a venue for nearly every edition of the event – excluding only 1998 and 2010.
  • This site was one of 12 listed venues for the 24th edition of EVA in 2000, curated by Rosa Martínez (b. 1955, Spain) and titled friends + neighbours. During the inauguration of the event, Santiago Sierra (b. 1966, Spain) staged his performance Remunerated Person to Stay in the Trunk of a Car in front of the main venue. A vehicle was parked in the gallery doorway and the artist offered someone £30 to be placed into a boot of the car.
  • The artist said of this performance: ‘This work poses an extreme situation which quashes the mythologies of the benefits of work, here construed in minimal fashion as merely hiring a body. The work entails a worker assigning his or her body to the interests of the other contractual party.’
  • This site was one of five listed venues for the 37th edition of EVA in 2016, curated by Koyo Kouoh (b. 1967, Cameroon). Tiffany Chung (b. 1969, Vietnam) excavated a section of a tiled floor in Thu Thiem, a district in Ho Chi Minh City, for her work titled An archaeology project for future remembrance (2013). Chung presented the floor tile in the gallery as a future relic, through it evoking the daily rhythm and complex layers of history of this lively landscape.

Artwork presented at this venue

Orla Barry, Filling Egg Shells, 2011/2023, Songwood, 2022.

Robert Barry, Untitled, s.a.

Kim Boem, A Rock that Learned the Poetry of Jung Jiyong, 2010.

Kasper Bosmans, On the fence, 2023, Legend: On the fence, 2023.

Rosalind Fowler, All is leaf, so to amplify the wonder, 2020.

Eustachy Kossakowski, Scarecrowes, 1966.

Goshka Macuga, The Fable of the Wolf, the Polar Bear, the Reindeer and the Cosmonaut, 2018.

Li Mu, Various works from Qiuzhuang Project series, 2013.

Lala Meredith-Vula, Haystacks, 1989 – ongoing.

Seoidin O’Sullivan, Crex crex, crex crex, crex…, 2023.

Rory Pilgrim, The Undercurrent, 2019.

Sana Shahmuradova Tanska, Untitled (works produced during IMMA residency), 2023.

Åsa Sonjasdotter, The Kale Bed is so Called Because there is Always Kale in it, 2023.

Dominika Trapp, Works from Entangled, Engaged, Ensnare series, 2023.

Iza Tarasewicz, Chain II, 2021, Korowody / Processsions, 2021, Boom, 2021, Looped Processions II, 2022, Yellow Coal, 2015.

Natsuko Uchino, Dwellings, 2023.