Little Stories Little Prints
The Leinster Printmaking Studio, Clane, Co. Kildare, with support from the Kildare County Council Arts and Library Services present a 1916 Commemorative Project through Printmaking.
The project has been organised and coordinated by studio member Pamela de Brí, assisted by Studio Manager Margaret Becker. The project is also being supported by Dublin City Public Libraries.
Almost fifty Printmakers from eight Printmaking studios around Ireland have accepted an invitation to participate in the project, which aims 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 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 can be followed by logging on to the website: www.littlestorieslittleprints.com throughout the year where visitors 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 tours libraries in Kildare and Dublin City as well as venues around the country throughout 2016.
The Co. Kildare launch will take place in the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge on 8 April at 7.00 p.m.
Details of the various exhibitions and workshops can be found in the events section.