Shinnors Curatorial Scholarship announced

John Shinnors with Simon Fennessy Corcoran. Picture: Alan Place/Fusionshooters.

John Shinnors with Simon Fennessy Corcoran. Picture: Alan Place/Fusionshooters.

A Limerick city based artist and curator has been awarded Limerick City Gallery of Arts (LCGA) Shinnors Curatorial Scholarship for 2015.

Simon Fennessy Corcoran specializes in sculpture and combined media in Limerick School of Art and Design. He is currently a Gallery Assistant in Ormston House Gallery and Education & Public Programmes intern in The Hunt Museum, Limerick City.

The Shinnors Curatorial Scholarship, which is funded by LCGA and supported by Limerick artist John Shinnors, was launched in 2014 to provide  opportunities to local artists to investigate specific areas of interest through combined theoretical and empirical research and the initiation of an event or exhibition within the gallery context. It allows the candidate to undertake a MA or PhD by research at Limerick School of Art and Design while based predominantly at LCGA.

Previous scholarship recipients include Dr Pippa Little (2004-2006), Susan Holland (2006-2008), Mary Conlon (2009-2011) and Aoibheann McCarthy (2012-2014) who have each completed an MA in Curatorial Studies. Commenting on the Shinnors Curatorial Scholarship, LCGA Director Ms McCarthy stated: ‘The aim of the programme is to provide a unique learning opportunity for practice-based research. The result is an immersion into the dynamic programme of a public gallery, with opportunities to meet and engage with artists, groups and institutions in relation to the gallery programmes.’

The Scholarship was announced by Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D. at the launch of LCAG’s Permanent Collection of 18th, 19th and 20th-century Irish artworks. The exhibition celebrates 30 years of LCAG as a dedicated art gallery at the Carnegie Building in Pery Square. The LCGA Permanent Collection is one of the largest and most significant in the country tracing the development of Modern Irish art in painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and new media.

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