Internationally renowned author illustrator PJ Lynch was named the fourth Laureate na nÓg in May 2016, succeeding Eoin Colfer in the role.
Each new Laureate works with the Laureate team to establish their ‘project’ and theme – this often leads to a legacy project. PJ Lynch has chosen as his theme “The Big Picture”, a two-year focus on the art of illustration and visual storytelling that celebrates children’s literature and the power of the imagination.
Over the next two years, PJ Lynch will be participating in regular podcasts where he will discuss various aspects of illustration and picturebook making. He will also initiate major public art projects that will focus on working with local partners such as festivals and community groups to develop and install large-scale murals that encapsulate the theme of storytelling through visual art.
The Big Picture murals
It is proposed that PJ Lynch will work with partners in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to devise, design, make and install large murals that celebrate the art of visual storytelling as well as responding to the culture of narrative on both parts of the island. These murals will be located in landmark, highly visible locations and will draw on the long tradition of mural making.