Current and Upcoming Exhibition

Current and Upcoming Exhibition

NEW – Grand Stuff: Label Art from Ireland

Curated by Niall McCormack

This winter, the Museum is delighted to introduce a new exhibition of Irish label art from the 1890s to the 1990s. Included are vibrant examples of labels for minerals, beers, whiskies, hotels, linens, groceries, pharmacies and matches. The important part of Ireland’s material culture has been overlooked and this will be the first exhibition of its kind in Ireland.

Many of Ireland’s designers of label art are anonymous artists. It is collections like this one that really preserve their work: their memory lives on in their layouts, lettering, illustration and filigree. Through this exhibition, McCormack aims to inspire people to think about design in Ireland in the early 20th century and how it was more vibrant, diverse and sophisticated than many might imagine. The exhibition also explores the social, cultural, political and technological changes that influenced their production and proliferation.

The exhibition is now open, and admission is free of charge.

Curator’s tour is fully booked for Saturday 5 November.

Design Week Event on 16 November. For bookings, see here

Grand Stuff is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport, Gaeltacht and Media.


CURRENT – A Letterpress Celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses

To mark the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses, the National Print Museum is delighted to announce the opening of a letterpress print celebration of James Joyce’s seminal novel.

Featuring the collaborative work of twenty-three second year Illustration students from the National College of Art & Design, this exhibition explores several episodes from this important work through a combination of hand-crafted illustration and typography.

Much as Joyce was innovative and experimental in his writing, the students were encouraged to be similarly innovative and experimental in the design of these works. Each one is unique, bringing a distinctly diverse set of styles that echo Joyce’s own shifting approach within each episode.

Letterpress printed at Distillers Press, NCAD, the foremost letterpress workshop in third-level education in Ireland.

Exhibition ends in autumn 2022.

Free admission.