The Autonomy Project, is an exciting and ambitious large-scale arts collaboration. We have so much on offer for audiences, from 2 – 7 April, presenting Limerick’s finest youth groups alongside the work of leading professional artists. Focusing on issues of tolerance and action through art, we question how the individual can retain autonomy in the context of political and societal forces. There will be dance, music, film, circus & visual art, across two different performance events in The Sailors home and Dance Limerick. This promises to be a treat for the senses!

The two performance events are:

The Autonomy Project @ The Sailors Home. Original works by six leading artists: Visual Artist, Seamus Nolan (F**k IMMA), Performance, Artist Fergus Byrne (Future Histories), Performing Artist, Deirdre Murphy (Capitalism the Musical), Sound installation by Siobhan Kavanagh & Adam Gibney (Doom Opera & Synthesiser 7:(un)Certain), Dance Artist Lisa McLoughlin (Anima) & mentored by Amanda Coogan.

  • Dates: 2nd, 4th, 5thApril @ 7pm & 8pm. 6th, 7th April @ 5pm & 6pm (Limited capacityOnline booking only)

The Autonomy Project @Dance Limerick, presented as part of the Limerick Fringe. A showcase of original work created by our youth group partners: Limerick Youth Theatre, Dance Limerick, Music Generation and GOSHH along with two outstanding professional performances, Goblom (Ella Clarke and Caitríona Ní Mhurchú) and the Circus Co Maleta,

  • Dates: 6thApril @ 8 pm. 7th April 3pm & 8pm

Tickets: €10 for each performance or €17 for both Sailors Home and Dance Limerick, €5 child tickets for Dance Limerick.



What is the Autonomy Project?

Over the past year, alongside the Limerick City and County Arts Office, we have been working on a large-scale arts collaboration in Limerick city exploring the theme of Autonomy in society. This project involves over 100 artists, youth groups and academics and is finally going to be unveiled in the Sailors Home and in Dance Limerick, St. Johns Sq. from April the 2nd-7th. This will culminate in a Symposium in the Irish World Academy on the 20th and 21st of April. It draws on the best of collaboration, in that all the youth groups and artists and academics have full autonomy over their work to fully realise their vision, this is then combined to give multiple perspectives on a single theme.

Symposium 20th & 21st of April: 

This symposium has been made possible by the generosity of our partners at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the university of Limerick, convened by Dr. Niamh NicGhabhann. The conference will feature keynotes by Jesse Jones (artist, represented Ireland at the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia) and Dr. Vittorio Bufacchi (Department of Philosophy, University College Cork).

It will also feature a screening of As Human As I Am, a documentary ‘ exploring the stories and strategies from LGBTI communities in Nepal, Malawi and Fiji, as they campaign for recognition, protection and inclusion.

This will be followed by a discussion with the Alice McDowell (director) and Maurice Gunning (cinematographer), together with Professor Helen Phelan (Irish World Academy of Music and Dance), and Leonie Kerins (Doras Luimní)

Huge thanks to the Limerick City and County Arts Office for supporting. collaborating and developing the initial concept and to Arts Council of Ireland for their substantial financial support through the Invitation to collaboration scheme. This project has been made possible by the collaboration and generosity of our multiple partners: The Limerick City and County Arts office, The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Music Generation Limerick City, Limerick Youth Theatre, GOSHH, Dance Limerick, The Shannon Foynes Port Company & the Limerick Fringe Festival. 

The Autonomy Project is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and developed by Limerick City and County Arts Office.

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