Raggle Taggle Consortium is a gallery exhibiting artists based in Limerick which was set up by the "Creative Limerick - Connect To The Grid" initiative. The Creative Limerick initiative, which began two years ago in 2009, aims to enhance Limerick City and make it more appealing to the general public. Creative Limerick seeks out vacant properties in the heart of the city. It offers the space to creative practitioners and local business entrepreneurs in the hope of creating some new publicity for Limerick city, improving its appearance by having empty buildings put to use and generating some much needed footfall to boost the local economy. In my opinion, the best thing about this initiative is that Creative Limerick work hand-in-hand with the third-level institutions to showcase students talents and skills during an era where this may be otherwise impossible.
Raggle Taggle Consortium is a collective of Limerick based artists. Creating and facilitating a forum for artists and students, to augment critical analysis with their art practice is our primary focus.
On the corner of the Henry Street / Liddy Street / Sarsfield Street junction, Raggle Taggle Consortium resides in the old National Irish Bank. They are currently showcasing an exhibition titled "Abandoned Mansions Of Ireland" by Tarquin Blake. This exhibition will run from the 22nd of October to the 11th of November of this year. It is based on the author's acclaimed and bestselling book full of his very own photographs for this project which he began in 2008. Tarquin believes that by recording and documenting these ruins he is protecting our heritage, and I must admit that I agree! Unfortunately, when I found Raggle Taggle Consortium, they were only setting up this exhibition and I hadn't the chance to view it, but I plan on doing so very soon!