Thursday 27 March 2014

Pictiúr - a Laureate na nÓg exhibition presented by Glór

For more than thirty years Ireland has developed a reputation in children’s literature. Writers such as Eoin Colfer, Darren Shan, Derek Landy, Siobhán Parkinson and Roddy Doyle have all created significant profile for children’s literature both in Ireland and internationally.

While we continue to excel in the written word for young readers, more recently the reputation of Ireland’s illustrators has grown. Within the past decade we have seen a major development in Irish illustration with more and more illustrators receiving international recognition and many new names joining our existing talents.

As a way of highlighting Ireland during its EU Presidency in 2013, Children’s Books Ireland, under the auspices of Laureate na nÓg, brought the work of twenty-one Irish children’s books illustrators to international audiences in Austria, Italy and Belgium. After a short tour of Ireland, the Glór gallery is delighted to present this wonderfully exciting and colourful of exhibition of outstanding art. There is also a library of children’s books, so that visitors to the exhibition can see the books from which the illustrations were chosen.

Children’s illustration offers a unique opportunity for literature and visual art to intersect. Showcasing twenty-one artists, Pictiúr demonstrates the range, scope and skill of Irish illustrators. The exhibition comprises 42 art pieces by 21 of Ireland’s leading children’s book illustrators, and includes illustrations from books written in English and Irish. The exhibition is curated by Ireland’s current Laureate na nÓg Niamh Sharkey and illustrators featured include PJ Lynch, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Chris Haughton, Kevin Waldron, Oliver Jeffers, Chris Judge, Steve Simpson, Andrew Whitson, Mary Murphy, Michael Emberley and Olivia Golden.

Friday 21 March to Wednesday 30 April, 10am - 5pm daily, Free of charge. Glór, Ennis, Co. Clare. Glór box office 065-6843103 or For further information, please contact Sinéad Cahill at 065 6845 370 or Glór acknowledges the financial support given by Clare County Council, Ennis Town Council and the Arts Council of Ireland in making this programming possible.

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