Temporary Exhibitions

 

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Print, Protest, and The Polls: The Irish women’s suffrage campaign and the power of print media, 1908 – 1918

The National Print Museum announces details of the upcoming exhibition – “Print, Protest, and The Polls: The Irish women’s suffrage campaign and the power of print media, 1908 – 1918”.

This exhibition will commemorate the centenary of the first female vote in Ireland through exploration of the use of print media by the Irish suffragists, and their opponents, in their methods of promotion and protest. The exhibition aims to shine a light on a neglected period in Irish women’s history, while simultaneously exploring the powerful relationship between the contemporary political protest and the developing print media. Exhibition content will include print ephemera, photographs, and newspaper publications which illustrate the influence and effect of protest through print in a period of early media. It will demonstrate the role which the process of print played in the Irish fight for women’s rights to vote, and will feature print ephemera which has never before been exhibited publicly. The exhibition will be curated by Donna Gilligan, a material culture historian who specialises in the research of the objects and images of the Irish suffrage campaign.

The exhibition is supported by Dublin City Council, Spera Brand Management, Smurfit Kappa Ireland, European Year of Cultural Heritage, Vermillion, Colorman and the National Library of Ireland.

A full education programme will accompany the exhibition throughout the summer.

17 May – 30 September 2018

Admission free of charge

Replica Series

Together with the National Library of Ireland, the National Print Museum is reproducing this important suffrage poster from 1918.

The poster hails from the NLI’s collection and will be printed letterpress on the Museum’s Vandercook press by graphic artist Mary Plunkett.

The commemorative replica is made up of a limited edition of 500 posters that will be available in store and online from 16 May at €25 each.

The project is being run in connection with the upcoming exhibition “Print, Protest and The Polls: The Irish women’s suffrage campaign and the power of print media”. The original poster will be on loan to the Museum throughout the exhibition period 17 May to 30 September.

The paper is sponsored by Antalis and the plate by Flexographic Plate Plan.

Response Project

The National Print Museum is delighted to announce a project with three leading figures in letterpress in Ireland.

Dave Darcy of One Strong Arm, Mary Plunkett of The Belgrave Private Press, and Jamie Murphy of The Salvage Press have been invited to individually respond to the upcoming exhibition theme exploring its contemporary relevance.

Each artist will produce their own letterpress print that will be on display during the exhibition “Print, Protest and The Polls: The Irish women’s suffrage campaign and the power of print media”. The prints will also be on sale in store and online from 16 May. Each print is of a limited edition of just 100 – commemorating 100 years of women’s right to vote and will be sale for €100 each or a special price of €280 for the set.

For more information on the above please contact info[at]nationalprintmuseum.ie

The Wild Apple Press

Letterpress work by Jim Wilder

The Wild Apple Press is an American private press, printing mostly stories and imprints about Ireland and by Irish writers. The Press grew out the ‘book arts’ program at the University of Alabama in the mid-1970s, initially printing broadsides and ephemera. All type is handset and printed letterpress by Irish-American printer Jim Wilder in his print shop in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Works from the Press have been included in collections at: Royal Irish Academy Library; National Library of Ireland; Russell Library, Maynooth University; Early Printed Books, Trinity College Dublin; Burns Library, Boston College; Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University; Catholic University of America; and Special Collections, University of Delaware.

Exhibition runs from 19 October until 26 November 2017.

Admission free of charge.

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