This year sees the return of the sixth annual festival of architecture Open House Limerick weekend from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th of October. The launch reception will be hosted in Ormston House Cultural Resource Centre on Patrick Street at 6pm. This will be followed by Richard Harris Film Festival Screenings in St Munchin’s Church, King’s Island, 8pm – 9pm.
This years theme is “Architecture is Story”. Through what we create, we communicate: who we are, our intentions and our aspirations—are we creative, innovative, considerate, open? We capture our moment in time, our understanding of and investment in the environment we create. The shapes and materials we choose to construct and furnish our built environment with tell the evolving stories of the people that live in it and live with it.
Day 1 of the programme includes 18 building tours including a tour of Sarsfield Barracks, the Limerick Sailor’s Home, the Culture House (2 Pery Square), Bishops’ Palace & St Munchin’s church & graveyard |(Pre-book only), the Limerick Docks taking in the Ranks Silo, Bannytyne Mill, the Dock Clock as well as the Dock itself (Pre-Book Only). Day 2 focuses on building tours in the County including the University of Limerick campus including the Medical School by Grafton Architects.
There are also OpenEd events for children such as ‘Opening Places’ an art installation with performances by Caelan Bristow, Mary Conroy and Kristyn Fontanella and an ‘Ar-Kid-Tecture’ tour led by architect Seán Collins and OpenSpace with a Limerick Regeneration tour by bus led by planner Sarah Newell starting at Merchant’s Quay at 12noon. OpenMinds on the Saturday night at 8pm in Narrative 4, 58 O’Connell Street features a panel discussion on Limerick-born architect Andy Devane to mark the centinary of his birth with Architectural Critic Shane O’Toole, Architect Peter Carroll (A2 Architects) and Architecture Ireland Deputy Editor Emma Gilleece.
Exhibitions include Open Photo/Story Board a photo display on Ellen Street, celebrating the rich architecture in Limerick and AD100: Andy Devane Centenary, a celebration of Limerick-born architect Andy Devane (1917- 2017) in Narrative 4 , 58 O’Connell Street, kindly supported by GBM.
All building tours, visits, walking tours, talks and children’s workshops are FREE. For more information on the programme visit http://www.openhouselimerick.ie or email Festival Co-ordinator Eimear Redmond at firstname.lastname@example.org.