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The cream of the crop of the Irish printing world gathered in Dublin for the prestigious Irish Print Awards. The Irish Arts Review was awarded Magazine of the Year. Judges said “From a design point of view, the typographic setting is strong with a clear hierarchy. Registration is exceptionally good”. Celebrating excellence in the printing industry for over 35 years, the Irish Print Awards recognize the best of the country’s print sector and are regarded as the leading independent awards event for the Irish print industry. Judged by a select team of industry experts, this year’s Irish Print Awards attracted the highest number of entries to date.
Derry’s organizers for the City of Culture bonanza in 2013, pulled quite a stroke in attracting the annual Turner Prize exhibition to be held there this year. It matters not whether you consider artists so prominently associated with the Turner prize like Tracey Emin (1999), or Martin Creed (2001), or Grayson Perry (2003) or this year’s favourite Tino Sehgal to have anything at all to do with so-called ‘culture’. They are all controversial and therefore create publicity which in turn attracts attention therefore visitors and business which is what these EU-promoted happenings are all about. But Derry’s coup has also created a hard act to follow for Limerick, formerly, if unfairly denigrated as ‘Stab City’, and now to be known as the City of Culture in 2014. Thanks to the generous contribution of €6 million from Limerick native Michael Noonan the metamorphosis should at least be entertaining. But what small part of that will go to the the visual arts and Irish artists?
Thanks to the Belfast Harbour Commissioners, the Laganside Corporation and, more recently, the TitanicQuarter, the whole Belfast harbour area has been greatly enhanced with an extensive display of sculpture – the latest addition to which is Ralf Sander’s eight-metre-high Seahorse cast in stainless steel. In the Irish Arts Review, Autumn 2008, Marianne O’Kane Boal surveyed the forty works of art commissioned by the Laganside Corporation including the iconic Bigfish created by John Kindness. In our Summer 2010 edition, Denise Ferran examined the in-house collection of marine paintings at the Harbour Commissioners HQ from where the chairman Len O’Hagan commissioned Sander’s Seahorse. And in the Irish Arts Review summer 2012, we featured the latest attraction to the harbour area in the spectacular Titanic Quarter building based on Queen’s Island. Dublin Port has a lot of catching up to do. As a young man, Sander was lucky enough, and skilled enough, to circumnavigate the globe in his own boat and study the tribal art of the pacific islands and Papua New Guinea. Since then he has worked in China, Japan and South Korea where he completed one of his best known creations Lady Bird-Transformation – a ten-metre-high stainless steel sculpture which morphs from a standing woman into a sea gull in flight, depending on the angle from which it is viewed.