Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Launches Ireland’s Only Art Book Fair

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios has announced details of its eighth Dublin Art Book Fair 2018, the only art book fair in Ireland which takes place throughout the week of November 22-29.

The theme Art and Architecture will this year see a special focus on ‘Uncovering Libraries and Collections’, highlighting the importance of libraries in our lives. Dublin Art Book Fair is guest curated by architectural and cultural historian, Dr Ellen Rowley. The event is also supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.

Dublin Art Book Fair will feature a curated selection of hundreds of books from Irish and international independent publishers as well as artists’ and architects’ books and those about visual art, architecture, visual culture and theory, poetry and select fiction. It will be joined in Temple Bar Gallery by the Market Kitchen pop-up cafe.

Alongside Dublin Art Book Fair is a programme of free events, curated by Dr. Rowley, taking place at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios as well as throughout the city. These events are designed to transport audiences to the supposed origin of the library and guide them into some of Dublin’s leading libraries and little-known collections.

The schedule of events includes site-specific performances, workshops, walking tours, readings, children’s activities, panel discussions and illustrated lectures. Visual artist, Isadora Epstein has created a new commissioned performance, ‘The Return to Hy-Brasail’ in the library of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) in response to the RIA’s manuscript collection.

Works by artists involved in the events programme will be exhibited as part of the book fair at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. These include Isadora Epstein, Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, Aisling McCoy, Liliane Puthod, Alice Rekab & Alison Ballance, Tamsin Snow and Tanad Williams. Guest publishers, artists and libraries will present their work throughout the building.

A new feature of the Dublin Art Book Fair is the Children’s Section which includes an eight-week educational programme and a large-scale installation made collaboratively between 6th class pupils from Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire, Parnell Square, artists Andreas Kindler von Knobloch and Tanad Williams and architect, Donal Hickey.

“Dublin Art Book Fair is an important part of TBG+S’ artistic programme, which has allowed for a unique approach to making a platform for books on art, visual culture, design, architecture and special limited edition artist’s books, in Dublin City. The thematic approach has enabled us to link with other institutions and partners across Dublin City – to explore the myriad ideas that books open up to us,” said Cliodhna Shaffrey, Director of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, in a statement.

“This year with a theme on ‘Uncovering Libraries and Collections’, we have been able to commission a number of new artworks; bring audiences to places – collections and libraries lesser known – in our city; interweave ideas that cross disciplines; strengthen our relationship with publishers and architectural and cultural historians like Dr. Rowley”.

The launch event takes place on Thursday November, 22 from 5pm. For the full list of events, see below or visit here.

22 – 29 November 2018
Dublin Art Book Fair 2018 is open daily from 11am – 6pm, with late opening on Thursday, November 29, 11am to 8pm.

Thursday, 22 November

Peter McGovern (Architect & Director, Henry J Lyons)

Opening lecture: THE LIBRARY: Architectural History of a Cultural Construct
Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Dr. Ellen Rowley (Architectural & Cultural Historian and Guest Curator, DABF 2018)
In this illustrated talk, Ellen will situate the library in its historic and cultural horizons; bringing us from the local libraries of Dublin Corporation of the 1930s to the Baroque ‘temples for books’ in Vienna and beyond. Lecture will follow the DABF 2018 launch at the gallery.

Friday, November 23
2pm – 4.30pm

Tour: Manuscripts, Cages and Booksellers
Meet at Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle.
Art Historian, Arran Henderson’s unique walking tour explores some of Dublin’s specialist collections beginning at the Chester Beatty Library with an introduction from the Curator Dr. Jill Unkel, continuing to Marsh’s Library with a talk from its keeper, Jason McGettigan. The tour will conclude with a visit to the sites of some of Dublin’s rich history of books, publishers and booksellers in the Temple Bar district.

5pm – 7pm
Youth Tour and Workshop with the Irish Architecture Foundation – Part 1
Meet at Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square East.

Join the IAF Collective, the Irish Architecture Foundation’s programme for 15-25 year olds, over two workshops, to learn how drawing and writing are used to communicate and preserve architecture and its history.

Saturday, November 24
1 pm

Zine Launch and Reading: Young Art Writers
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Young Art Writers read from their work at the launch of their zine made during a series of workshops organised by TBG+S and RHA Gallery.

2pm – 5pm
Youth Tour and Workshop with the Irish Architecture Foundation – Part 2

Draw inspiration from Thursday’s Irish Architectural Archive tour, DABF and the city around you, to make an independent publication about architecture. Part 2 of the workshop takes place at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.

SSSSH! Tour #1: Senator David Norris – My Library
Meet at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios at 3.30pm.

Renowned politician, scholar and civil rights activist hosts a visit to his library at his home in North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1.

Sunday, November 25
3pm – 5pm
Paper Marbling Workshop
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Join TBG+S studio artist Tamsin Snow and have fun experimenting with the art of paper marbling, traditionally used as book covering and book end sheets. Drop in workshop, all ages welcome!

Open Studio Talk: Journey through the process of publishing an artist’s photo book
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

TBG+S studio artist Aisling McCoy opens her studio and shares her experience with photobooks as a way of developing projects in parallel to exhibitions.

Monday, November 26
1pm – 2pm
SSSSH! Tour #2: The Berkeley Library

Meet at the forecourt of the library, near the Pomodoro sculpture ‘Sphere Within Sphere’.
Led by Dr. Ellen Rowley, this guided tour looks at the origins, architecture and impact of the Berkeley Library (Designed by Paul Koralek in the 1960s).

Commissioned Performance: Isadora Epstein – The Return to Hy-Brasail!
Meet at Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street.

Through lecture and performance, Isadora Epstein is on a theatrical search for Hy-Brasail – a possibly imaginary island off the coast of Co. Clare. Introduced by librarian Siobhán Fitzpatrick (RIA) and early medieval historian Dr. Elva Johnston (UCD), the artist will perform accompanied with musicians, Sinéad Onóra Kennedy and Lizzy O’Brien.

Tuesday, November 27
Curator’s Tour: Active Archive – Slow Institution
Meet at Project Arts Centre, 39 Essex Street East.

Visual Arts Curator Lívia Páldi presents a major research project that delves into the Project Art Centre’s (PAC) rich 50+ year history. The first chapter of the project focuses on the redevelopment of PAC in the 1990s, and will result in an exhibition opening on 31 January 2019.

1pm – 2pm
SSSSH! Tour #3: The Edward Worth Library, peak inside the physician’s collection
Meet at the entrance to Dr. Steeven’s Hospital, opposite Heuston Station.

Led by Worth librarian Dr. Elizabethanne Boran, this visit provides a peak into the little-known but extremely important book collection of Dr. Edward Worth (1676-1733), a Dublin physician, which is housed in Dr. Steeven’s Hospital (Thomas Burgh architect, 1720s).

A Performative Discussion: Artist as Writer
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Led by David Crowley, Head of School of Visual Culture at NCAD and Nathan O’Donnell, writer and editor of Paper Visual Art Journal, with invited writers and artists Sue Rainsford, Sarah Pierce, Lily Cahill, Suzanne Walsh, amongst others, to read and discuss their work.

Wednesday November 28
2pm – 4pm
SSSSH! Tour #4: UCD’s amazing papers, the Repository as National History
Meet Dr. Ellen Rowley outside the entrance to the UCD Book Shop.

Led by Prof. John McCafferty (UCD History Lecturer, Curator of UCD Collections, Director of Irish Manuscripts Commission) and Dr. Kelly Fitzgerald (UCD Folklore Lecturer, School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore), this is a highlight tour of some of UCD’s specialist repositories, including the National Folklore Collection.

Thursday, November 29
SSSSH! Tour #5: Abstract Beaded Pattern: the ‘biggest beaded curtain in the world’
Meet at National Irish Visual Arts Library, NCAD, Thomas Street.

Join curator Val Connor (Member of the Advisory Panel of NIVAL) and artist, Clare Lymer (Digital Collections, NIVAL), who will discuss the interesting history of ‘Abstract Beaded Pattern’, an artwork by Patrick Scott originally commissioned for the Central Bank, Dame Street.

Panel Discussion: Why I love libraries
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Chaired by Declan Long (Writer, Lecturer and Director of MA Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD). Panellists include Niamh O’Malley (Visual Artist), Annemarie Ni Churreain (Poet), Alison Lyons (Director, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature), Gerard Carty (Architect, Grafton Architects), Dr. Ellen Rowley (Architectural & Cultural Historian and Guest Curator, DABF 2018).

Children’s Section Programme

Saturday, November 24

Story Writing Workshop (age 8-11): If walls could talk!
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

A fun and imaginative workshop in conjunction with children’s creative writing organisation Fighting Words. Take a tour of TBG+S and bring the space to life, creating new characters and exciting stories.

1pm – 2.30pm
Family workshop (age 6+): Folding books, folding spaces
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Join Kids’ Own artist and designer Vanya Lambrecht Ward for a workshop looking at books and buildings. Through explorations of folding techniques and the combination of balancing, stacking and leaning, we will discover what wonderful structures books and buildings can be.

SSSSH! Family tour: A Mini (figure) History of Marsh’s Library
Meet at Marsh’s Library, St. Patrick’s Close.

Marsh’s Library is the first public library of Ireland, founded in 1707. The books remain on the shelves where they were first placed over 300 years ago. Join us in a Lego minifigure hunt around the library to discover the writers and thinkers whose books can be found throughout the library to this day.

Sunday, November 25

Family workshop: INSIGHT – Build a light book
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Artist Tanad Williams will work with parents and children to build a recycled reading-light book that they can take home using a selected volume found in the Atrium’s site specific installation.

Family workshop: COLUMN – Sculpture making workshop
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Join artist Liliane Puthod to design and create sculptural columns inspired by the architecture of the gallery. Families will build their own column/structure to inhabit the Children’s Section at DABF.

Throughout the week
Digital radio Broadcast: Broken Diorama
First broadcast on Diana Policarpo’s ‘Heretics #12’ for Radio Quantica Lisbon on 17/10/2017, Alison Ballance and Alice Rekab commissioned 17 artists and writers to contribute audio for this guest mix comprising sound work, spoken word, and storytelling. The mix can be listened to at www.templebargallery.com/events/event/broken-diorama

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