Exhibition marks 10 years of Kells Type Trail

Story by John Donohoe

Wednesday, 10th July, 2019 8:16pm

Exhibition marks 10 years of Kells Type Trail

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A 10-year retrospective exhibition by the Kells Type Trail Collective entitled: 'A Canvas of Type' is on show at the Toradh2 Gallery in the newly renovated former Courthouse in the centre of Kells.
Coinciding with this year’s Type Trail Festival currently in its tenth year, A Canvas of Type looks back at some of the pieces submitted to the festival since its inception a decade ago. 
The annual Type Trail festival celebrates typography and lettering as a modern art form. Each year, a single word is chosen and translated into a variety of languages to reflect the diverse community living in Kells today.  That chosen word is then interpreted by artists, students, community groups and other creatives to form a site-specific art installation trail throughout the town of Kells – making Kells a canvas of type.
This survey exhibition includes a diverse range of mediums, styles and approaches to art making and showcases the wonderful variety and growth Type Trail has enjoyed over its lifespan. 
Type Tail Artistic Director Mark Smith says: "The unique ancient history of Kells and its association with Type is something very special. Kells Type Trail repositions Kells as the home of typography. The festival has grown exponentially since its humble beginnings in 2010. The number of art works included in the trail has increased significantly. The range of professional artists involved has developed greatly. The relationships with community groups, schools and third level institutions both home and abroad has advanced hugely. What started out as a small community art project is now a large-scale collaborative festival celebrating typography as a modern art form while promoting inclusivity, diversity and access. This ten-year retrospective exhibition offers an opportunity to reflect and take stock of the wonderful growth and development Type Trail has enjoyed and the impact it has had on the town over the past ten years." 
Including art works by Mark Smith, Carol Lee, Elaine O’ Neill, Stephen Dullaghan, David Newton, Eimear Hannon, Denise De Blaca, Paul Delaney, Rosita Gilsenan and more, A Canvas of Type runs until 23rd August.

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