An Leabhar Mhor

Interbational Tour 2002-2011 UK, Ireland US and Canada

Earlier collaborative Palindromic projects, include The Gaelic Arts Agency’s The Great Book of Gaelic, created in 2002. This was exhibited in Nova Scotia in 2009 and Cape Breton in 2010 as part of its continuing world tour. This was the first project in which I utilised oak gall ink. Based on a medieval recipe, I collect the galls from oak trees in the area I’m working in (fig 8), and use this locally sourced ink, together with freshly collected reed pens, to intensify the authenticity of the landscape I’m drawing and depicting.


An Leabhar Mor:The Great Book of Gaelic

An Leabhar Mor brings together the work of 200 poets, artists and calligraphers from Scotland and Ireland to create a major artwork in the form of a visual anthology. The 100 gaelic poems from the 6th to the 21st centuries have been nominated by leading poets and artists such as Seamus Heaney and include contributions from Sorley Maclean and Ian Crichton Smith. Artists including Alan Davies, Alasdair Gray and John Byrne have responded to the poetry in a variety of media. The resulting book is a celebration in words and pictures of Gaelic culture from the earliest times to the present day.
David Faithfull's piece interprets a poem by Donald Macintyre palindromically, contrasting the drink fueled rituals of exiled Hebridean Islanders on a Friday night in Paisley, to their forsaken Island landscapes, reenforcing the vast social, economic and visual gaps in between these two diametrically opposed locations.



An Leabhar Mor:The Great Book of Gaelic
Published by Canongate Books, produced by the Gaelic Arts Agency
ISBN 1841952494
ISBN 1841952508

Reviews Including:

Scotland Trust Issue 14
ISSN 1479-0424

Exhibitions including:

November 2002 – March 2003    Gallery of Modern Art/ Glasgow
March – July 2003             Mitchell Library/ Glasgow
April - May 2003            “Re-imagining Ireland” Conference.
                     University of Virginia U.S.A.
June – July 2003            Smithsonian Institute/ Washington Mall, U.S.A.
Oct 2003 – Jan 2004        City Arts Centre/ Edinburgh
April – May 2004            Peacock Visual Arts/ The Word Festival,                         Aberdeen
July –Sept 2004            Scottish & Irish Gaidhealtachd Galleries
                      Aras Eanna/ Aran Islands
Sept – Nov 2004            Gracefield Art Centre/ Dumfries
October 2004            Oireachtas / Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Feb – April 2005            Lewis Glucksman Gallery, UCC/ Cork 2005
2005 – 2006                Touring Ireland
2007                    Highland Year of Culture
2007 – 2008                Touring Canada and USA
2009 – 2010                Touring to London and Europe
2010 onwards            Permanent display/ Scotland and Ireland
                     Shortlisted for new Scottish Parliament building


Print Collaboration/residency at the DCA, Dundee with Paul Harrison