An Leabhar Mòr

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An Leabhar Mòr

INTERNATIONAL TOURING EXHIBITION TO VISIT ISLAY
Leabhar Mòr na Gaidhlig/ The Great Book of Gaelic

A major international touring exhibition will visit Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle in April-May 2011.  Twenty artworks from An Leabhar Mòr - The Great Book of Gaelic will be on display from April 1st when an official opening will take place attended by one of the project’s key contributors, Aonghas ‘Dubh’ MhicNeacaill, as well as local musicians and singers.

This will be the second time the centre has hosted some of the Leabhar Mòr’s 100 specially commissioned artworks. In July 2004, five of the works were displayed as part of a dispersed showing of the exhibition across eight island locations simultaneously.  The dispersed venues ranged from the Blasceit Islands Centre in Ireland’s County Kerry to An Lanntair in Stornoway and they were all linked by webcam and internet. The previous Islay showing attracted hundreds of visitors and provided an added attraction to the Centre’s students attending week-long courses in Gaelic and traditional music.

The Leabhar Mòr was originated by Pròiseact Nan Ealan - The Gaelic Arts Agency and for the past 9 years it has been touring constantly in the UK, Ireland, France, Australia, Canada and the USA.  Itfeatures the work of more than 200 poets, visual artists and calligraphers from Scotland and Ireland to create a major contemporary artwork in the form of a visual anthology. 

The 100 Gaelic poems have been nominated as the favourite works of poets and writers such as Seamus Heaney and Canada’s Alastair Macleod. The selection features work from almost every century from the 6th to the 21st and includes the earliest Gaelic poetry in existence. Comedy, tragedy, love, death, the spiritual and the bawdy are all represented in poems by Sorley Maclean, Iain Crichton Smith, Kevin Macneil,  Nuala Ni Domhnall and many others.

The 100 visual artists  - fifty from each country – were commissioned to respond to the poetry in a variety of media. The artists include Will Maclean, Alan Davie, Frances Walker, John Byrne, Alasdair Gray, Calum Colvin, Brian McGuire, Anna Macleod, Shane Cullen, Rita Duffy and Alasdair Maclennan.

A small team of calligraphers, led by Frances Breen, worked in collaboration with the artists to integrate the key lines of poetry into the artworks.  The result is an extraordinary celebration in words and pictures of Gaelic culture from the earliest times to the present day.

The exhibition illuminates the richness and beauty of the linguistic and cultural bonds that connect the Scottish and Irish Gaidhealtachds. It offers a rare opportunity for the artworks to be enjoyed and appreciated at grass–roots as well as international level.

For further information contact Marina at Proiseact nan Ealan on 01851 704493 or Marina. Alternatively, Niall at ICCI on 01496 810 818, or Niall Woodrow.

CONTACTS: Marina NicLeoid
Proiseact Nan Ealan
10 Shell Street
Stornoway
Isle of Lewis
HS1 2BS

01851 704493
Marina

 

Ionad Colmcille Ile
Niall Woodward
Manager

01496 810 818
Niall Woodrow.

An Leabhar Mòr, the Great Book of Gaelic, by Theo Dorgan & Malcolm Maclean
Hardback 2nd ed.
Pages: 336 Size: 220x265mm
ISBN-10 1-84717-113-3
ISBN-13 978-1-84717-113-9

'A wonderful collection' Scotland on Sunday
'A monument to contemporary culture' The Sunday Herald
'The quality of the artwork is outstanding' The Scotsman

An Leabhar Mòr, the Great Book of Gaelic, by Theo Dorgan & Malcolm Maclean
Hardback 2nd ed.
Pages: 336 Size: 220x265mm
ISBN-10 1-84717-113-3
ISBN-13 978-1-84717-113-9

'A wonderful collection' Scotland on Sunday
'A monument to contemporary culture' The Sunday Herald
'The quality of the artwork is outstanding' The Scotsman

An Leabhar Mor is a 21st– century Book of Kells that brings together the work of more than 150 poets, visual artists, and calligraphers. Scotland and Ireland share a mythology, a rich music tradition, languages and some history. Irish Gaels, known as Scoti, invaded Scotland in the 5th century and gave it their name. An Leabhar Mòr is a major artwork which renews the connection between Gaelic Scotland and Ireland and celebrates the diverse strands of contemporary Celtic culture. A beautiful book featuring work from every century between the sixth and the twenty-first – contains the earliest Gaelic poetry in existence. One hundred visual artists respond to the poetry in a variety of media. Includes work by poets Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Máire Mhac an tSaoi and by artists Allan Davie, Will Maclean and Rita Duffy among others.
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see newly published work from Ayrshire schools

The schools shown here represent a few of those who have responded to Leabhar Mor with books of their own, producing Leabhair bheaga in Ireland and Scotland...

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Children from Aisling in Ireland at work with Frances Breen...

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