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PJ Lynch: Pilgrims, Princesses and Beardy Old Men

Garter Lane Theatre, Jun 28th – Aug 11th 11:00 am to 5:30pm

Internationally acclaimed children’s book illustrator and Laureate na nÓg (Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature) PJ Lynch presents ‘Pilgrims, Princesses and Beardy Old Men’, an exhibition of illustration in Garter Lane Arts Centre.

Over the last three decades, PJ Lynch has illustrated books authored by some of the greatest writers for children. Born in Belfast in 1962, he attended Brighton College of Art where he was taught by Raymond Briggs. He has won many awards including the Kate Greenaway Medal on two occasions, first for “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey” by Susan Wojciechowski, and again for “When Jessie Came across the Sea” by Amy Hest.

“The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey” has sold more than a million copies in the USA alone, and has recently been made into a movie. In recent years PJ has designed posters for Opera Ireland and the Abbey Theatre as well as several sets of Irish stamps. In 2006 Lynch completed two large murals on the theme of Gulliver’s Travels for the new Cavan County Library, and he has designed a giant mosaic for the Marian Shrine in Knock, Co Mayo which was unveiled in February 2016.

PJ has lectured on his own work, and on art and illustration at the National Gallery of Ireland, The National Library of Ireland and at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, as well as at numerous conferences and colleges across the U.S.

June 28th- August 11th 2018. Open daily: Tuesday- Saturday, 11am- 5.30pm and during evening performances.


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Michael Kempson: Child’s Play

Garter Lane Theatre, Jun 28th – 11th Aug, 11:00 am to 5:30pm

Garter Lane Arts Centre is delighted to present Child’s Play, an exhibition by Australian artist Michael Kempson.

Michael Kempson has been exhibiting since 1983, with a total of 28 one-person exhibitions and over 200 group exhibitions, including; Michael Kempson: Work and Play at Song Ya Feng Art Centre, Beijing (2017); Kyoto Hanga 2014: Australia and Japan at the Kyoto Municipal Museum, Japan (2014) and a major exhibition Seen/Unseen – Michael Kempson / A Survey of Prints at V.M. Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan (2010). He was a commissioned artist for the Print Council of Australia Member’s Print (1994, 2001 & 2014). He also has a large curatorial practice.

As well as being a practising artist, Michael Kempson is the Convenor of Printmaking Studies and Director of Cicada Press at the University of New South Wales Art & Design in Sydney, Australia. He has held a number of other prominent positions including, International Member at Large for the US based Southern Graphics Council International (2014-2016). He also initiates printmaking projects in the Asia-Pacific, in his position as Director of Cicada Press, working with over 200 significant Australian and international artists, resulting in 56 curated exhibitions. Cicada Press Workshop is an educationally focused custom printing model, involving students, with an emphasis on open dialogue, broad relationships with the artistic community and informal teaching processes.


At this point in my life, as a new grandfather, I have the pleasure of observing the often-brutal machinations of child’s play and in so doing I’m thinking more about the planet our young will inherit. Since a residency at Sydney’s majestic Taronga Zoo, I’ve preferred to deploy motifs inspired by the toys sold in their gift shop – cheap trinkets produced in the vast manufacturing hubs of China. The images have coalesced into arrangements of invented furry creatures that represent the designated animals of nation states. These compositions act as a metaphor for international competition, global and regional influence, and as a consequence power and cold conflict.  June 28th- August 11th 2018. Open daily: Tuesday- Saturday, 11am- 5.30pm and during evening performances.

Both events are free to the public.

Garter Lane Theatre, O’ Connell Street, Waterford.




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