Audio and photography exhibit to illuminate untold stories in the Limerick Gallery

THE GAFF, a resource for community and voluntary arts in Limerick, will open a new exhibition of works called Tiny Little Histories.

Tiny Little Histories is about promoting untold or little-known historical stories in an audio and photographic exhibition and will be on view at the Limerick City Gallery of Art from 6 October.

The project was piloted in 2021, during the Covid pandemic, through online gatherings and small in-person gatherings to help artists create work throughout Covid.

Exhibition curator Maeve McGrath said: “We didn’t have a lot of funding so we started with five tiny little stories that told stories of castles, paintings and even little things that happened. on Bedford Row in Limerick City.”

The group then secured funding from the Arts Council and Limerick City and County Council to develop the idea and create an exhibition.

“We now have ten audio artists, talking about 10 little-known stories that will be accompanied by the work of artist photographer Seán O’Riordan,” added Maeve.

The band then tapped British artist Lowri Evans and Maeve to bring this exhibit into the public domain.

Among the audio artists featured is Eoin O’Kelly, RTE Lyric producer and producer of Audio Digging For Fire, who explores memories of the youth takeover of a house in 1980s Limerick.

Hearsay Audio Prize winner Niamh O’Brien explores Kildimo-Pallaskenry GAA being banned from sport for five years in 1950s Ireland and Hearsay Audio Festival founder Diarmuid McIntyre follows the story of the Palatine Colony in Kilfinane.

Other rarely heard stories feature Metallica’s visit to Liscannor, the role the island baths played in the 1950s/60s in the lives of local children and the peacocks that roamed Newcastle West.

After this installation, the stories will be stored online as long-term accessible arts and community resources.

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