Keano gets 'carded' in An Post exhibition
MORE than 200 mini snapshots of modern Ireland are to tour the country after the phenomenal public response to An Post's postcard design project.
A selection of 250 of the best postcards designed by the public went on display at Dublin Civic Offices last night after An Post launched its 'C Both Sides' project last year.
People from all walks of life were asked to draw postcard-size sketches of what it meant to live in Ireland in 2008.
The result was a selection of highly original sketches ranging from the quirky, to the poignant and dramatic, said curator Helen Carey. They included cartoons, pictures of sporting heroes and images of celebrities alongside more personal or surreal efforts.
One postcard even featured a slice of toast.
"The overall tone is very imaginative, and the quality of conveying a message is very effective," she said. "There are a lot of different experiences."
She said all conveyed "the Irish character with a lot of wit and stoicism".
"These are 250 little stories that make up one story," she added.
The project started off as a celebration of picture postcard design that ended up being a reflection of our modern social history.
People submitted designs that expressed their social and political opinions along with their artistic talents, she said.
The exhibition is open to the public at the Dublin Civic Offices until April 9.
It will then go to Tralee, Castlebar, Galway and Mullingar until August 1.