Arts Office: News & Events – August 2019

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Meath County Council Arts Office is delighted to present a 10-year retrospective exhibition by the Kells Type Trail Collective entitled: A Canvas of Type

A Canvas of Type will show at the Toradh2 Gallery located in the newly renovated former Courthouse in the centre of Kells town from 5th July and will continue until 23rd August 2019.

Coinciding with this year’s Type Trail Festival which is currently in its tenth year, A Canvas of Type looks back at some of the pieces submitted to the festival since its inception a decade ago.

The annual Type Trail festival celebrates typography and lettering as a modern art form. Each year, a single word is chosen and translated into a variety of languages to reflect the diverse community living in Kells today.  That chosen word is then interpreted by artists, students, community groups and other creatives to form a site-specific art installation trail throughout the town of Kells – making Kells a canvas of type.

This survey exhibition includes a diverse range of mediums, styles and approaches to art making and showcases the wonderful variety and growth Type Trail has enjoyed over its lifespan.

Including art works by Mark Smith, Carol Lee, Elaine O’ Neill, Stephen Dullaghan, David Newton, Eimear Hannon, Denise De Blaca, Paul Delaney, Rosita Gilsenan and more. Further information can be obtained by contacting Aedín McGinn, Assistant Arts Officer, Meath County Council on artsoffice@meathcoco.ie  or 0469097411


Meath County Council Arts Office is pleased to present Borderline, a solo exhibition by Meath artist and production designer Kieran McNulty.

Borderline will show at Toradh Gallery in Ashbourne Library and Cultural Centre from 24th June 2019 and continue throughout the summer until the end of August.

Borderline is a collection of works created over the past two years inspired by the artists hometown of Mornington, Co Meath and the River Boyne.

The artist states:

‘I am interested in the everchanging environment of the river; its human and political histories, its changes in physical and natural structures produced by the cyclical ebb and flow of the tidal estuary of the river and the sea, the metronomic forces heaving and draining over each 24-hour period.’

Concerned with the interaction between human activity and nature, McNulty plays with materials and mark making, balancing deliberate and accidental results. Exploring various surfaces, from aluminium to copper, the artist seeks to mirror the natural properties of water such as movement, reflection, energy and flow.

The resulting collection of works form an intriguing and tactile group of mixed media pieces. Featuring inky blacks with gleaming highlights and dark shadowy dominant shapes in various textural applications, each artwork is reminiscent of murky waters, glistening with hints of sunlight on the surface.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Aedín McGinn, Assistant Arts Officer on artsoffice@meathcoco.ie  or 0469097411


Central Bank seeks entries for Silver Coin Design Competition 2020

In 2020, the Central Bank of Ireland will issue three €15 silver proof collector coins. The first silver coin will pay tribute to Irish musician and singer Luke Kelly. This is the final silver coin in the three coin series entitled ‘Modern Irish Musicians. The second coin will be issued as part of the Europa Star Series and will pay tribute to ‘Gothic Architecture’. The third and final coin to be issued in 2020 will commemorate Dr Kathleen Lynn and her political, medical and social achievements.

Artists and designers who would like to participate in this design competition are invited initially to submit their Curriculum Vitae and samples/evidence of previous medallic works (such as coinage) for consideration. Both electronic and hard copy submission is required.

How to enter:

Candidates will be shortlisted based on their submissions by an independent panel of experts. The shortlisted candidates will be invited to express interest in one or all of the design themes and will receive a design brief including technical specifications for that particular theme/themes.

Shortlisted candidates will receive a design fee, subject to compliance with the design brief provided. The winning candidates will receive a further payment in respect of each winning design.

Submissions should be sent by email to coindesign@centralbank.ie  and by post to the below address, to arrive no later than 5pm Friday, 30th August 2019.

Central Bank Silver Coin Design Competition 2020
Currency Centre
PO Box 61
Sandyford Road
Dublin 16

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