Grand Stuff: Label Art from Ireland

A photo of Niall McCormack, curator, in the exhibition 'Grand Stuff: Label Art from Ireland'.

Grand Stuff: Label Art from Ireland

Curated by Niall McCormack

This exhibition explores Irish label art from the 1890s to the 1990s. Included are vibrant examples of labels for minerals, beers, whiskies, hotels, linens, groceries, and pharmacies. The important part of Ireland’s material culture has been overlooked and this is 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.

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

On view from 16 November 2022 – 15 October 2023, free admission.