The ‘Big Weekend’ was LSAD’s flagship contribution to the Limerick National City of Culture programme as it brought back graduates — from as far as Canada — who have worked across the globe in the fields of fine art, design, education, film, writing, music and comedy.
The school, which is rated among the top 50 colleges of its kind in the world, has turned out leading fashion designers such as Una Burke, Natalie B Coleman, and Joanne Hynes, who have created items worn by Lady Gaga, Mary J Blige, and Tulisa.
LSAD alumni artists whose works has been snapped up by leading collectors include John Shinnors, Donald Teskey, Mike Canning, Samuel Walsh, and Diana Copperwhite.
Another of the school’s noted alumni is comedian and actor Pat Shortt, currently starring in The Cripple of Inismann with Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame, while among those to give a talk at the weekend were Blindboy Boatclub of Rubberbandits, whose topic ‘What is Art and How Do You Know an Art When You See One’ entertained a sell-out crowd at the Dance Limerick centre in John’s Square .
The Big Weekend also included talks by documentary maker Dearbhla Glynn, academic and graphic designer Paul Bailey, textile designer Claire Anne O’Brien, and visual artists Andrew Kearney and Aoife McNamara.
Speaking from Broadway, Mr Shortt said: “The memories of my time in LSAD were some of the most exciting times I have experienced surrounded by creative people. I remember a great energy and support of ones ideas from a diverse eclectic group of people. Being surrounded by great people certainly influenced my future work.”
Mike Fitzpatrick, the director of City of Culture, expressed his pride over the contribution of LSAD to Limerick culture.
The weekend also included exhibitions, a concert by former graduates and an Art, Design and Craft fair.