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  Visual Arts

Sat 17 Jun - Sat 26 Aug  

Admission Free

Admission free, all welcome

Without the Words- Illustrators Ireland

Your invitation to the opening on Sat 17 Jun, 2.30pm is here

Without the Words opens in Garter Lane Arts Centre on Saturday June 17th at 2.30pm with live illustrative performances by members of Illustrators Ireland and The Comics Lab from 3.30pm. 

The experience will be a fully immersive storytelling performance which combines music, sound design, projected illustration and live performance in what feels like a cross between theatre and animation. Featuring: Sarah Bowie, Eoin Coveney, Alan Dunne, Katherine Foyle, Debbie Jenkinson, Elida Maiques, Ale Mercado, David McClelland and Fintan Taite.

Without the Words is an exhibition inspired by a line from Emily Dickinson's well-loved poem Hope is a Thing with Feathers as well as Laureate na nOg, PJ Lynch's 'The Pig Picture'. While Dickinson reminds her readers to always have hope, Lynch promotes visual storytelling and the power of imagination. Imagination and hope make a powerful combination.

In most circumstances, an illustrator will respond to a brief which is communicated either through written or spoken word. As supporters of visual literacy, Illustrators Ireland tell visual stories, putting the pictures first- without the words. Here they tell their stories; visually stimulating the imagination to respond by creating an individual narrative rather than a prescribed story.

Illustrators Ireland is a community of professional illustrators working together to actively raise the profile of Irish illustration as a dynamic and cutting edge art form. Over 30 illustrators feature in Without the Words, including Steve Simpson, Alan Clarke and current Laureate na nOg PJ Lynch.

Without the Words continues until August 26th 2017. Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am- 5.30pm and during evening performances. Please note that the Main Gallery will be closed on Saturday 1st July. 

A series of children and youth workshops, led by illustrators, will take place as part of 'Without the Words' during sprOg pre-Spraoi Festival for Children and Families.

Full sprOg programme here 

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