Temporary Exhibitions


Archive of temporary exhibitions

Green Sleeves, An exhibition of the Irish printed album cover

This exhibition features album covers by Irish musicians printed and designed in Ireland from the 1950s onwards. It includes examples from a broad range of musical genres – classical, traditional, show band, pop, jazz, rock and punk, as well as cultural, educational and religious records. It also examines aspects of Irish cultural, social and political identity promoted or projected through these albums. A section of the exhibition considers depiction of Ireland on albums produced abroad as well as a sampling of albums produced by Irish artists and musicians who left Ireland and went to the UK or US.

The primary focus traces the development of an industry, which saw print companies devoted to printing album covers. This industry flourished for two decades before declining in parallel with the vinyl record. The exhibition considers who was involved in the process of producing and distributing these materials. In addition, the recollections of individual printers, designers, musicians and others involved in the area offer further insight.

The material on display is primarily album covers, but also includes singles, Eps, gig tickets, music magazines, posters and other ephemera. Central to the exhibition is an explanation of the design, print, production and finishing processes – including an example of original print block along with the finished record sleeve and a number of other similar artefacts.

Green Sleeves is curated by Dr Ciaran Swan and Niall McCormack.

Free admission.

Exhibition runs from 5 May until 1 October 2017.

The Typographic Dante

Barrie Tullett, University of Lincoln

The Divine Comedy is a poem by Dante Alighieri. Written between 1308 and 1320, it describes Dante’s journey through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise, and, at a deeper level, represents the souls journey towards God. The Typographic Dante is a series of typographic illustrations created as a response to this unfolding narrative. Each Canto being illustrated typographically, and each book of the Divine Comedy having a different typographic style.

This is an on-going project by Barrie Tullett, Programme Leader for Graphic Design at the University of Lincoln, that will eventually illustrate each of the 100 Cantos of Dante’s Divine Comedy using a different ‘obsolete’ technology.The 34 Cantos of The Inferno are realised using the wood and metal type of letterpress printing, the 33 Cantos of Purgatory are created on the typewriter, and the 33 Cantos of Paradise will be visualised with Letraset.

The seed of the project was planted many years ago, but it did not begin to come together as a coherent body of work until Tullett’s final year as a Visual Communication student at the Chelsea School of Art. Ever since, he has returned to the project whenever he have had the time, and has slowly added to the illustrations. This is the first time that all the completed images will be exhibited as a single body of work.

The exhibition runs from 10 February until 2 April 2017.

Admission is free of charge.

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