The Leinster Printmaking Studio, Clane, Co. Kildare, with support from the Kildare County Council Arts and Library Services presented a 1916 Commemorative Project through Printmaking.
The project was organised and coordinated by The Leinster Printmaking Studio member Pamela de Brí, assisted by Studio Manager Margaret Becker. The project was also supported by Dublin City Public Libraries.
Almost fifty Printmakers from eight Printmaking studios around Ireland accepted an invitation to participate in the project, which aimed to create awareness of little known events or incidents during or around the time of the Easter Rising in 1916. Through a variety of organised events the artists were encouraged to research incidents and aspects of life at the time of the Rising and to create little prints in response to their research. The result is an eclectic mix of interpretations of both the brief and of the artists’ research. There is sure to be plenty of discussion and argument about some of these interpretations.
To facilitate and stimulate research for the artists several talks and visits were arranged and recorded: a talk by Kildare historian-in-residence James Durney, a talk by historian Gerry O’Neill, a visit to and a talk in the National Library of Ireland, a guided tour of the 1916 Room in Collins Barricks and several walks around prominent sites of activity in Dublin. The artists who rose to the challenge presented a great variety of stories and prints; a total of 60 prints were produced.
The yearlong programme of exhibitions and workshops that followed were logging on the website: www.littlestorieslittleprints.com throughout the year. Visitors to the site can view the prints online alongside the stories, incidents and events that inspired them.
Beginning with an exhibition in the Little Museum of Dublin, St Stephen’s Green, the project toured libraries in County Kildare and Dublin City as well as venues around the country throughout 2016.
The official Co. Kildare launch took place in the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge on 8 April at 7.00 p.m.
The exhibition was accompanied in most venues by workshops for adults and/or children. The workshops consisted of a short talk by a local historian followed by a talk and demonstration on printmaking techniques. Participants were then encouraged to illustrate an incident or aspect of 1916 lore known to them. A small selection of the resulting work were added to the website, thus building up a record of events and activities throughout the year.
Aspects of children’s printmaking workshops.
In these printmaking workshops, artists including Pamela De Bri and Margaret Becker, worked with children to uncover family lore and artefacts relating to 1916. An exhibition of prints exploring aspects of 1916, including the Proclamation, was on display in each participating library prior to the workshops.
Venues and dates as for the workshops:
Athy Community Library
Emily Square – Athy
31st March 2016
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Celbridge Community Library
St. Patrick’s Park – Celbridge
11th June 2016
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Newbridge Community Library
Athgarvan Road – Newbridge
13th July 2016
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Kildare Town Community Library
Claregate Street – Kildare
20th August 2016 – 28th August 2016
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Leixlip Community Library
Captain’s Hill – Leixlip
22nd October 2016
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Brian Barry, Margaret Becker, Alice Beresford, Pamela de Brí, Melissa Cherry, Shane Crotty, Siobhán Cuffe, John Curran, Monica deBath, Morgan Doyle, William Finnie, Brian Fitzgerald, Paula Fitzpatrick, Angelina Foster, Rachel Fountain, Claire Halpin, Alice Hanratty, Sylvia Hemmingway, Barbara Hannigan, Val Hennigan, Rebecca Homfray, Charles Hulgraine, Siobhan Hyde, Margaret Irwin, Eileen Keane, Pauline Keena, Ger Kennedy, Andy Kilty, Brian Lalor, Jenny Lane, Anne McDonnell, Ann McKenna, Bernadette Madden, Fiona Marron, Mo Montgomery, Bríd Ní Rinn, Bríd óg Norrby, Suzannah O’Reilly, Geraldine O’Reilly, Paul Roy, Deirdre Shanley, Constance Short, Dorothy Smith, Fifi Smith, Katherine Smits, Ruby Staunton, Michele Sweetman, Margaret Tuffy, Dominic Turner
(Project devised and coordinated by Pamela de Brí assisted by Margaret Becker, Director and Studio Manager of the Leinster Printmaking Studio)
A limited edition exhibition publication was available for purchase on request.
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