July 1999 Limerick Printmakers was set up by three BA printmaking
graduates from the Limerick School of Art and Design, Claire
Fry and Melissa
Limerick City Enterprise Board gave Limerick Printmakers
a start up grant in the form of
Irl £12,000 to buy equipment and cover initial overheads.
support came from numerous people and organisations including the
Printmaking Department at Limerick School of Art and Design (L.I.T.), particularly
Des Mac Mahon. Also Dietrich Blodau, Charles Harper; Mary
Parkes at the Limerick Adult Education Centre; Cork Printmakers; The
Graphic Studio; The Blackchurch Print Studio; Limerick Network
Enterprise; Sheila Deegan, Limerick City Council; and Joe Buckley, owner
of the premises.
Limerick Printmakers received their first revenue funding from the Arts
Council/An Chomhairle Ealaion in 2003. This revenue funding was
continued and increased each year since then. Additional Arts Council
Minor Capital Grants in 2004, 2005 and 2007 for equipment have supported the
development and progress of Limerick Printmakers facilities.