Grand Stuff: Label Art from Ireland

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, hotels, pharmacies, matches, charities and political causes.

This 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 runs until summer 2023 and admission is free of charge.

McCormack will be available for a limited number of special-interest group tours. For more information, email

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