Cover to Canvas Exhibition at King’s Inns Library
A new project is underway at the King’s Inns Library. It is called ‘Cover to Canvas’, an exhibition of 18 visual artists of varying disciplines. They have been invited into the Library to be inspired by the books and surroundings and to respond to these treasures by way of a piece of art. The exhibition is due to take place in April, alongside the British and Irish Commercial Bar Associations’ annual forum, the theme of which will be “The Commercial Rule of Law – 800 years of Magna Carta”.
After the initial invites had been sent out to a selection of artists, chosen by the exhibition’s curator, Louise Gartland, the first phase culminated in a presentation of the project at the library on the evening of the 20th November 2014. The project was presented to the artists by Louise Gartland. Our Acting Librarian, Renate Ní Uigín, spoke about the history of the Inns and the Library and the categories of books we house. She spent time showing a sample selection of books we had on display to give the artists an idea of what they could expect to find in the Library. Also present and supporting the project were Sile O’Shea, Assistant Librarian and George Guilfoyle, Library Assistant. After the presentation and follow on tour of the building we were joined for drinks and nibbles by Chairman of the Library Committee, James O’Reilly, and committee member Elizabeth Donovan. There was a great energy about the evening and a lot of excitement felt by all of those present.
The project, driven by Louise Gartland and Renate Ní Uigín, is now in its second phase. Artists are in the midst of their research in the Library and it is expected that they will submit their finished piece of art by February.