press release

To mark the 150th anniversary of the National Gallery of Ireland, Irish writers find inspiration in its wonderful collection. This exhibition will coincide with the launch of the publication Lines of Vision: Irish Writers on Art, a beautifully illustrated anthology of new poems, essays and stories by 56 Irish writers, inspired by the Gallery’s collection. The contributors have selected pictures from the collection as setting-off points to explore ideas about art, love, loss, family, dreams, memory, places, and privacy. Both the artworks and the literary responses to them are wonderfully diverse in subject-matter and tone. The exhibition will display pictures selected by all 56 writers, among them master European works by Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Monet and Bonnard as well as a number of works by Irish artists, including James Arthur O’Connor, Paul Henry, Jack B. Yeats, Mary Swanzy and Gerard Dillon. A short film relating to the project, produced by Areaman Productions, will be screened in Room 1 during exhibition hours.

C O N T R I B U T O R S Chris Agee • John Banville • Alex Barclay • Kevin Barry• Sebastian Barry • Dermot Bolger • Eva Bourke • John Boyne • Moya Cannon • Evelyn Conlon • Philip Davison• Gerald Dawe • John F. Deane • Gerard Donovan • Theo Dorgan • Roddy Doyle • Bernard Farrell • Carlo Gébler • Alan Glynn • Vona Groarke • Kerry Hardie • Noëlle Harrison • Seamus Heaney • Christine Dwyer Hickey • Declan Hughes • Jennifer Johnston • Thomas Kilroy • Michael Longley • Martin Malone • Aoife Mannix • Colum McCann • Thomas McCarthy • Medbh McGuckian • Frank McGuinness • Eoin McNamee • Paula Meehan • John Montague • Paul Muldoon • Nuala Ní Chonchúir • Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin • Eilís Ní Dhuibhne • Julie O’Callaghan • Dennis O’Driscoll • Micheal O’Siadhail • Leanne O'Sullivan • Justin Quinn • Billy Roche • Gabriel Rosenstock • Donal Ryan • Patricia Scanlan • Peter Sirr • Colm Tóibín •William Wall • Macdara Woods • Vincent Woods • Enda Wyley

Janet McLean is NGI Curator of European Art 1850-1950 and Editor of Lines of Vision: Irish Writers on Art. Thames & Hudson, publication date: 6 October 2014