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Book of Kells competition to inspire new artists

Friday, 8th September, 2017 7:58am
Book of Kells competition to inspire new artists

Laureate na nÓg, author and illustrator, PJ Lynch and Senator Lynn Ruane are pictured with Lynn’s daughter, Jaelynne Ruane (10) of Scoil Caitlin Maude, Tallaght at the launch of the competition.

Book of Kells competition to inspire new artists

Laureate na nÓg, author and illustrator, PJ Lynch and Senator Lynn Ruane are pictured with Lynn’s daughter, Jaelynne Ruane (10) of Scoil Caitlin Maude, Tallaght at the launch of the competition.

BUDDING artists and writers of all ages have been offered a fantastic opportunity to get involved in a unique ‘Book of Kells Creative Competition’.

Trinity College Dublin is calling on the nation to get creative this autumn and be inspired by one of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures.

The Trinity Book of Kells Creative competition is a nationwide challenge to people of all ages to get their pens and paint brushes out, and write a poem, short story or create a drawing or painting based on the images of the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. 

The monks who illustrated the Book of Kells were Ireland’s earliest painters.

Their intricate spirals and interlaces depicting plants, animals and people have inspired generations.

The challenge is to look at this work of genius in a fresh, modern way and showcase how the enduring legacy of this manuscript continues to shape and influence our lives today.

The animal images of the snakes, peacocks, lions, and hares could be the spark  that ignites your creativity.

The Book of Kells is also a story of endurance, having survived Viking raids and treacherous journeys, and yet it remains with us 1,200 years later.

Trinity wants to celebrate pride in this national treasure by calling on Ireland’s budding writers and artists to get on board.

 Laureate na nÓg, author and illustrator, PJ Lynch and Senator Lynn Ruane, formerly of Trinity and advocate for disadvantaged communities are ambassadors for the competition.

  “This is a great opportunity for people of all ages from all over Ireland, from Tallaght to   Cahersiveen, to reconnect with this amazing national treasure,” Senator Lynn Ruane said.

“The intricate designs of the Book of Kells are awe inspiring. This is a fabulous opportunity.

“As well as being a lot of fun, you will learn so much about our history and heritage. Get creative for an enrichening and positive experience.”

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