A Cork Printmakers Travelling Exhibition at the National Print Museum
24 February – 13 April 2012
This exhibition consisted of 26 prints by 26 artists, each work taking a letter of the alphabet as a starting point. Participating artists were invited to investigate what a specifically Irish alphabet should look like. Artists were encouraged to be humorous, confessional, subtle, ironic, iconic or controversial; and to take on cultural and economic challenges that are relevant to contemporary Ireland. The result is a rich, varied exhibition, executed in a range of styles and printmaking techniques, and tackling subjects such as child abuse, the economic state of Ireland, seminal moments in Ireland’s rich history, as well as more personal histories, while a number of artists concentrated on the aesthetic of the letter itself, it’s very curve and line. The exhibition first went on display in the Irish Arts Centre, New York.