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Exhibition celebration: Blackrock Sequence – David Butler & Jim Butler

Saturday 4 May 2019, 4:00 pm6:00 pm

At The Poetry Café, 4 May, 4-6pm, FREE EVENT – all welcome! Join us for a special celebration of the latest Poetry Café exhibition, Blackrock Sequence – screenprinted images & poems by David Butler and Jim Butler. 

'Blackrock market' by David Butler & Jim Butler.
‘Blackrock market’ by David Butler & Jim Butler.

Blackrock Sequence is an award-winning collaboration of 11 screenprinted images and poems by writer David Butler and artist Jim Butler, exploring a stretch of Dublin coastline through poetry and printmaking.

In 2016, Dún Laoghaire / Rathdown County Council commissioned David Butler to write poems exploring the culture, history and ecology of a stretch of suburban Dublin coastline, for which his brother Jim then produced a series of images acting in dialogue with the poems. Blackrock Sequence won the professional book category in the 2018 World Illustration Award and to date has been acquired by a number of artists’ book collections including the Tate, the British Library, National Irish Visual Arts Library, Yale University and Cambridge University.

Blackrock Sequence is a fine example of the historical traditions of the livre d’artiste, delivered in a contemporary method of production with the artist acting as master printer and publisher. It showcases Butler’s sensitivity and skills in presenting visual form on the page.” – Sarah Bodman, Senior Research Fellow for Artists’ Books at the Centre for Fine Print Research

About the artists

David Butler is a multi-award winning novelist, poet and playwright. His second poetry collection, All the Barbaric Glass, was published in 2017 by Doire Press. Literary prizes include the Maria Edgeworth, ITT/Red Line and Fish International Award for the short story, the Scottish Community Drama, Cork Arts Theatre and British Theatre Challenge awards for drama, and the Féile Filíochta, Ted McNulty, Brendan Kennelly, Phizfest, Poetry Ireland/Trocaire and Baileborough awards for poetry.

Jim Butler was born in Dublin and currently lives in Cambridge where he leads the MA Illustration & Book Arts course at Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University. His work has been exhibited widely in the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Portugal, Mexico and the USA and is held in numerous public collections including the Tate, British Library, Huis van het Boek / Meermanno Museum and the National Irish Visual Arts Library. His illustration clients include Adidas, Siemens and New Island Books.

The exhibition continues until 1 June 2019. Blackrock Sequence is concurrent with the exhibition Tonewood by Lawrence Impey and Sue Rose.