To celebrate the 150th anniversary of The National Gallery of Ireland, 56 contemporary Irish writers have contributed new poems, essays and stories to 'Lines of Vision: Irish Writers on Art' (published by Thames and Hudson; edited by Janet McLean, Curator of European Art, 1850-1950). Each writer has selected a picture from the collection and used it as a setting-off point to explore ideas about art, love, loss, family, dreams, memory, places and privacy. Perceptive and, at times, deeply personal, their words invite us to look at art in new lights and from different angles.
The exhibition, currently on display at The National Gallery of Ireland (8 Oct 2014—12 Apr 2015), features the pictures that inspired them. The exhibition also features this short film, produced by Areaman Productions in association with the National Gallery of Ireland, in which six of the writers discuss their work. The film features original music by Gerry Horan.