The Shinnors Curatorial Scholarship provides the opportunity 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 (LSAD/LIT), while based predominantly at Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA). 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 funding for the project is provided by a scholarship donated for this purpose by Limerick City Gallery of Art and supported by John Shinnors.


The Sholarship is every two years, for further information on future scholarships please contact


Brendan Egan is the sixth recipent of the Shinnors Scholarship - 2019/2021



Simon Fennessay Corcoran was the fifth recipent of the Shinnors Scholarship - MA in Curatorial Studies (2015-2017)

Known Unknowns was curated by LCGA’s Shinnors Scholar (2015-17), Simon Fennessy Corcoran as part of his MA through Research in Curatorial Studies which explored the public’s engagement with the Permanent Collection exhibitions. Corcoran devised an open call and selection panel model culminating in the exhibition, Known Unknowns, with the featured artists, their response to the Permanent Collection.   Exhibtion 2nd November  2017 - 14th January 2018

Known Unknowns hand out sheet (3,484 Kb)


Aoibheann McCarthy was the fourth recipient of the Shinnors Scholarship - MA in Curatorial Studies (2012-2014)

Exhibitions and projects curated through the Shinnors Curatorial Scholarship:

I go to seek a Great Perhaps, works from the Permanent Collection of LCGA selected by Aoibheann McCarthy & Munster Young People.  

On exhibit at LCGA from the 10th October to 23rd December 2013                                                                                                                 

Munster Young People participants: Niamh Toohey, Owen Mulligan, Clarissa Reed, Caoimhe Taylor Moloney, Kevin Hanly, Christine Costello and Naomi Strinati.

In August 2013, a group of young participants in Limerick City Gallery of Art's youth projects and workshops were invited to engage with the Permanent Collection.  They explored the potential of public galleries and visual art collections to play a part in their lives and those of there peers, and further explored their potential to articulate issues and themes pertinent to youth culture.  

'I go to seek a Great Perhaps' (Francois Rabelais (1494-1553), is quoted in John Green's young adult novel 'Looking for Alaska'.  This exhibition presents an example of what the possibilities are for youth participation in Irish cultural life through our national arts and heritage institutions. 

By negotiating the Collection through their own experiences of, for example, relationships, environment, formal education, rural and urban contexts, among other themes, these seven young people look to engage and challenge visitors to look at the artworks afresh, under the direction of Aoibheann McCarthy, who is the current Shinnors Scholar at LCGA, undertaking her MA with LSAD.

Artists exhibited in I go to seek a Great Perhaps,  Samuel Walsh, Seán Keating, Donald Teskey, Daniel Maclise, Gavin Hogg, Jack B. Yeats, Robert Janz, Sir John Lavery, Alice Maher, Sir Gerard Kelly, Vivienne Bogan, Sean Dixon, Deitrick Blodau, Mary Swanzy, Don MacGabhann, Walter Verling, Janer Mullarney, Mike Fitzpatrick, Simon Coleman, Siobhan Piercy, Alan Keane, Karen F. Giusti


Mary Conlon 

Mary Conlon was the third recipient of the Shinnors Scholarship – MA in Curatorial Studies. (2009-2011)  She has now progressed to a PhD.

Prompted by the imminent redevelopment of the historic Carnegie Building housing LCGA and its original function as the Carnegie Free Library and Museum, she is interested in the relationship between visual arts and literature.

Conlon initiated a series of social, public readings - Carnegie Reading Circles that shift a traditionally private activity into a public performance. As part of the LCGA off-site programme, she will organise a series of exhibitions and events under the name of Six Memos which refers to Italo Calvino’s lectures Six Memos for the Next Millennium. The series will be divided into chapters, each with a distinct area of investigation.

Exhibitions and projects curated through the Shinnors Curatorial Scholarship:

Mary Conlon 

2012, “Writer-in-Residence”, BANK, Gerard Byrne and Stephen Sutcliffe, and residencies for art writers and critics from Critical Bastards, Fugitive Papers, Occupy Paper, Paper Visual Art and independent writer, Seán O’Sullivan. @ Ormston House, Patrick St. Limerick

2011, “Trompe Le Monde”, The exhibition features work by Juan Fontanive, Dana Gentile, Helen Horgan, James Merrigan and Michael Murphy. This is the third instalment of the Six Memos project, curated by Shinnors Scholar, Mary Conlon. @ Occupy Space, Thomas Street, Limerick.

2010, paperplane, Caline Aoun / Niall De Buitléar / Guestroom / Vera Klute @ Occupy Space, Thomas Street, Limerick City

2010, Species of Space, a day of talks at the Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT, Clare Street campus, Limerick on Wednesday 12 May 2010, 10am-5pm

2010, Method C, a solo exhibition by Karl Burke at King John's Castle, Castle Island, Limerick City

Further information on Conlin exhibitions listed in Exhibitions/Exhibitions Archive/Six Memos


Susan Holland

Susan Holland the second recipient of the Shinnors Scholarship – MA in Curatorial Studies. (2006-2008)

Exhibitions and projects curated through the Shinnors Curatorial Scholarship:

2009, Behind Smoke & Mirrors Residency/Exhibition at LCGA.  Aideen Barry, Bernardine Carroll/ Maggie Shirley, Carl Giffney, Garvan Gallagher, Emma Wade

2009, IN SITE Residencies in Public Seminar at LCGA.  Speakers: Aideen Barry,  Philip Delemere, Carl Giffney,Magdalena Jitrik, Cliodhna Shaffery, Sarah Tuck

2008, Contemporary Artists Explore Gallery as Studio at LCGA.  Niall deBuitlear, Fiona Hallinan, Ruth LeGear and Maria McKinney

2008, Artspaces Symposium at LCGA. Chaired with Michelle Horrigan.  Speakers: Sheena Barrett, The LAB; Brighdin Farren, Catalyst Arts; Maeve Mulrennan, Galway Arts Centre; Ian McInerney and Karen Sheehy, Black Mariah Gallery  


Pippa Little

Pippa Little the first recipient of the Shinnors Scholarship – MA in Curatorial Studies. (2004-2006) and progressed to a PhD.

Exhibitions and projects curated through the Shinnors Curatorial Scholarship:

2006, Fresh, re-imagining the Collection.  Amanda Coogan, Jill Dennis, Neva Elliott, Sam Ely and Lynn Harris (UK), Ciara Finnegan and 6th Class JFK Primary School, Marie Foley, Alice Maher, Alan Magee, Linda Molenaar (NTL), Melanie O’Rourke and Alan Phelan

2005, Archiving Limerick.  Neva Elliott

2004, Corpus: Women artists and Embodiment, reCollections.  Ruth Brennan and Our Lady of Lourdes Active Group


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