Eoin Barry is the recipient of the 2013 and 2014 Limerick Printmakers Bursary Award. This is an accolade given to an outstanding graduate of LSAD’s ‘Printmaking and Contemporary Practice’ degree program, each year. The award has become an integral part of Limerick Printmakers remit and one that reinforces Limerick Printmakers core ethos of both promoting printmaking as an art form, and supporting emerging artists working within the discipline. Barry is a printmaker concerned with social and societal issues who lives and works in Limerick. Following his BA, he completed a Masters program in Social Practice and the Creative Environment in LSAD, in 2014. As part of this course, Barry created and enacted ‘The Uisce Campaign’, a project that saw a print of a drain cover sent to 250 unsuspecting recipients across the globe via the postal network.
The content of the work involves local indigenous ESB boxes resurrected from the graveyard of a local electrical station. Using Irish words forged from iron combined with an area code, that he discovered in the phonebook, the work came to life.