Wound with a Tear – Art Project featuring the Library

Until Saturday 23rd August, the Douglas Hyde Gallery presents Wound with a Tear, a participative piece which includes the Old Library and our collections.

Here’s more info from the Gallery’s website:

Wound with a Tear is an off-site project taking place for one week only around the Trinity College Dublin campus. Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty have devised a route around the grounds using photographs, texts, and installations to guide visitors through a strange narrative. The works playfully tease out questions about the gradual and more immediate deterioration of the archives and buildings which give Trinity College its reputation of permanence and history.

Visitors are invited to collect a map from the Douglas Hyde Gallery and embark on an investigation which will allow the opportunity to view this very familiar environment in an unusual and mysterious light.

The modest sensibility and use of small gestures is reflective of previous Gallery 3 projects organised outside of the Douglas Hyde Gallery. Further projects will also take place in Trinity College over the coming months.”

Reminder: BLU Open Sunday, Closed Monday, 24-Hr Spaces Open

shamrock-imageWishing all our readers a wonderful St Patrick’s Weekend. We might see if we have something suitable to post on the day itself!

In response to queries: yes, the BLU *is* open on Sunday, unstaffed as with last week, between 11:00 and 17:00. The academic libraries are closed on Monday, bar the 24-hour areas. As previously posted though, the Book of Kells is free and open for business on St Patrick’s Day.

Our full listing of hours for the academic libraries is on our Opening Hours page.

St Patricks Day, Free Long Room Entry and the Book of Kells Online

As part of the general celebration of St Patrick’s Day at Trinity, we would like to remind you that the Book of Kells in its entirety is now viewable in high-resolution in the Library’s new Digital Collections Repository, provided by the Library’s Digital Resources and Imaging Services unit. This Library resource is free and available anywhere with an Internet connection. Direct link to the Book of Kells online.

For those in Dublin this weekend, entry to the Book of Kells and Old Library Exhibition is free to all this Monday, in honour of our national saint’s day, together with a 10% discount on purchases made in the Library Shop.

If you are not lucky enough to make it to Ireland you can still go online to explore the beautiful artwork in this 8th century medieval masterpiece as well as all the other wonderful Manuscripts and Early Printed Books in the Digital Collections Repository.

The Book of Kells Exhibition is a “must see” on the itinerary of all visitors to Dublin. Located in the heart of Dublin City, a walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College Dublin will bring visitors back to the 18th-century, when the magnificent Old Library building was constructed. Inside is housed the Book of Kells – a 9th-century manuscript containing the four Gospels in Latin and is famous throughout the world. Its celebrity derives largely from the impact of its lavish decoration, the extent and artistry of which is incomparable. Abstract decoration and images of plant, animal and human ornament punctuates the text with the aim of glorifying Jesus’ life and message, and keeping his attributes and symbols constantly in the eye of the reader. Please click on Opening Hours and Plan Your Visit for more information.

The Book of Kells transparencies, originally captured by Faksimile Verlag, Lucerne, Switzerland in 1990, have recently been rescanned using state of the art imaging technology. These new digital images offer the most accurate high-resolution images to date, providing an experience second only to viewing the book in person.

Early Closure of Old Library Today – Thursday 13/03/14

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret the majority of the Old Library building, including the Manuscripts and Archives Research Library, the Book of Kells Exhibition, the Long Room, and the Library Shop, will close at 14:00 today. Early Printed Books will, however, be open but access to the collections is restricted, resulting in no stack service from the Long Room and Colonnades. However, the reading room remains open to readers wishing to consult material on-hold until 17:00.

We apologise for the late notice and any inconvenience caused.

Green Week 2014

??????????Trinity College Dublin Library is delighted to support College’s Green Week 2014, 17-21 February. Selected newly published material from our Environmental Science collections will be on display in the Hamilton Library and a further selection of material will be on display in the Orientation Space of the BLU. A video promoting material from our modern environmental science collection will run on our information screens in the Library buildings. Our Early Printed Books department is providing a display of early printed works in the Berkeley Library foyer. Finally, each day during Green Week, our blog will feature individual books from these selections. Our blog will also highlight a few new publications by the staff of the TCD School of Natural Sciences.

Trinity Week celebrations 2013: The Irish Diaspora – On Bolus Head

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Skellig Michael

Running 25 March 2013 till end April 2013.

As part of Trinity Week 2013, on the theme of the Irish Diaspora, the College Library is pleased to present, under the auspices of the School of English and the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies, and with the support of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, a display in the Long Room of the original etchings (texts and images) from On Bolus Head, by the Irish American artists Michael Carter and Brian Gormley. Published by Cill Rialaig and En Garde Books, the portfolio, kindly donated to the College Library by the artists, will be exhibited from 25 March till end April 2013.

Based on poems written by Michael Carter and associated images created by Brian Gormley during residencies at the Cill Rialaig Project in Co. Kerry, the On Bolus Head series (2011), etched on 38 metal plates in an edition of 20 at the Cill Rialaig Print Centre, is an artist’s book inspired by personal experiences and observations upon the history, mythology and landscape of Kerry, particularly the environs of Cill Rialaig and Bolus Head, a point at the extreme southwest of Ireland.

The portfolio, and its printed facsimile edition, are prefaced by David Scott, Professor of French (Textual & Visual Studies) at Trinity College Dublin, a specialist in the field of text/image interaction, who writes:
Like many artists’ books since their heyday in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Michael Carter’s and Brian Gormley’s On Bolus Head, in setting out to explore one of the wildest and most magical corners of Ireland at the same time investigates the complementary relation between text and image. In it we see two different media mastered by two different artistic temperaments responding to a common environment – in this case that wild and romantic extremity of the Kerry coast that is Bolus Head -, aware of each other’s approach but exploring the potential of their different media in relation to a common scene.

Michael Carter is a poet, critic and essayist, and publisher of the quintessential East Village arts and literary ‘zine redtape. Author of Broken Noses and Metempsychoses, his work has been published in numerous anthologies.
Brian Gormley is an internationally acclaimed painter and printmaker who has exhibited his prints at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and The Graphic Studio Dublin, among other venues in Ireland and abroad.
Rising from the ruins of a pre-famine village near Bolus Head, The Cill Rialaig Project was founded in 1991 by Noelle Campbell-Sharp and has provided haven and retreat to thousands of artists; it is currently celebrating its 21st anniversary with multiple events across Ireland, including this presentation of On Bolus Head.