In June 2014 the painter Bernhard Gaul sent a letter to The LFTT requesting to work with book 1515 (Poussin by Walter Friedlaender) from his studio in Corgreaghy, Co. Monaghan. Often using an existing painting as a foil to work against, Gaul describes painting as a ‘social praxis’ and ‘poetic experience; a process of finding positions in response to external parameters’. Gaul originally studied theatre, film and media and first came to painting in 1991 with a study of the centre piece of Uccello’s ‘Battle of San Romano’, in which segments of a reproduction were copied onto 99 wooden blocks and later assembled as a fragmented painting. In contrast with the immediacy of theatre Gaul describes a dissatisfaction with the traditional forms of communicating through painting, ‘displaying artefacts only in set-ups that have more connotation of retail than direct exchange’ and says he is ‘still looking for a form of engagement that could combine that direct interaction of the theatre with the form of reflection and expression that I pursue with painting’. It was the process of documenting the method of exchange and reflection that sparked his interest in The LFTT Library. Gaul set up the self-publishing online platform bgx:mag.com in 2007 as a way of providing a public space which could be used to expose works in progress as well as publishing articles of his own and by others which otherwise might not be easily available. www.bgxmag.com Read More
In April 2014 The LFTT Library ran a Fundit campaign to raise funds to build a new modular storage/shelving system which could adapt more easily to each new environment. Thanks to overwhelming support the campaign was a success and as a result the library will now live longer and have a wider reach to new audiences. The new build has proven great in protecting the collection in transit, as well as making fantastic modular sculptural material. Thanks to all our wonderful funders for supporting the project, we couldn’t have done it without you.xxx
Funders: Sofie Loscher, Olwen Coughlan, Bernhard Gaul, Lisa O’Grady, Bernadette Clarke, Jessica Foley, Eleanor Phillips, Helena Tobin, Dylan Hodd, Noeleen Doheny, David Upton, Mary Jo Gilligan, Penelope Collins, Dave Madigan, Vivienne Byrne, Mark Cullen, Eithne Ring, Rory O’Brien, Mark Blamire, Brian Horgan, Tara Prendergast, Sarah Iremonger, Ruth Whelan, Performance Collective, The Infinite Line, Eddie Ryan, Mark McCann, Mary Collins, Highlanes Gallery, EL Putnam, Susan Montgomery, Paul Hayes, Karen Power, Rachel Fallon, Emer Delaney, Emer Lynch, Eilis Lavelle, Anne O’Brien, Paul Timoney, Sarah Honan, The Homework Club, Carmel Hegarty, Sharon Miney, Anja Mahler, John Horgan, Sarah Jayne Booth, Jennie Guy, Patrick Hughes, Fiona Reilly, Michelle Collins, Deirdre Morrissey, Joanne Boyle, Jonathan Mayhew, Unit 1, Sean O Sullivan, Monica Flynn, Padraig Spillane, Cleo Fagan, Dave Garavin, Maria McKinney, Susan MacWilliam, David Collier, Joan Cahalin, Damien Flood, Davey Moor, Fintan Neylan, Journeyman Theatre, Helen Blake, Mick O’Shea, Liam Lavery, Maeve Connolly, Danny Mc Carthy, Monster Truck Gallery and Studios, Tom Ryan, Katherine Atkinson, Aoife O’Dwyer, Maximilian Le Cain, Carolyn Collier, Grainne Tynan, Mark Ewart, Straink, Alan Killian, Jeanne Elliott, Conal McGovern, Jacinta Lynch, Mark Joyce, jessica grehan, Stan Erraught, Maria Tanner, Mary Ruth Walsh, Roseanne Lynch, Helle Helsner, Teresa Gillespie, Vanessa Daws, Caroline Doolin, Stephen Morris, David Monahan, Jenny Papassotiriou, Ormston House.