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CONNECTED Sculpture Trail Virtual Tour

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The Kilkenny Arts Office commissioned a virtual tour of the CONNECTED sculpture trail to coincide with Culture Night and to enable those who cannot venture out on Friday 18th to appreciate the impressive array of sculptures on display throughout the city centre.

The virtual tour ties in with the original ethos of CONNECTED by allowing audiences to re-connect with culture and craft outside of a gallery setting. The trail celebrates our collective solidarity, connectivity, resilience and creativity in a changed world.

The trail opens up heritage gardens and courtyards at the heart of Kilkenny, and encourages participants to rediscover the city through fresh eyes. Beginning from the courtyard of Castle Yard and the Butler House Gardens, you’ll walk through Kilkenny Castle Park, Medieval Mile, and the Butler Gallery at Evans’ Home, as well as taking in art at shopfronts, hotels and unexpected locations.

Produced by Design and Crafts Council Ireland with Kilkenny County Council, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny Civic Trust, OPW, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Tourism, Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce and local business owners. If you cannot make it out this Culture Night, you can now explore the trail online through the virtual tour, just click on the link.

Map and full details available on www.ndcg.ie/exhibitions/connected.

Time: 4pm - Any Timepm

Genres: Arts and Crafts / Design / Heritage / History / Live Demo / Tour / Visual Art

Features: Family friendly

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Materials Stressed: Workshop with Eimear Murphy

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Materials Stressed: Workshop with Eimear Murphy

as part of the exhibition:

Less Stress More Success

Live Workshop via Zoom with Eimear Murphy

 

This workshop is suitable for teenagers and adults, and younger children should join with adult guidance.

Eimear Murphy observes how we relate to materials and how this mirrors our emotional

state. There are two types of knitters; loose and tight. The loose knitter will knit in ample stitches, lines begin to flow. The stressed knitter will knit tightly and get their needles stuck in their weave. Processing her materials through stressful methods, Eimear creates artwork to understand how we connect with, and through materials.

In this workshop Eimear Murphy will facilitate the exploration of the materials around us through our sense of touch. Using materials found around the house, this workshop will focus on the sensory and textural experiences of things.

The workshop is not about making ‘artworks’, but using touch as a method of thinking and reflecting, whether part of an artistic practice or simply being present in this material world.

Eimear Murphy is an artist working between Dublin and Louth. Her practice encompasses public sculpture, gallery-based exhibitions and engagement through art-based activities. She is passionate about exploring our inherited knowledge of ‘non-art materials’ and how humans use them physically as a connection to the past, the future and each other.

Graduating from NCAD in 2015, Eimear was awarded the graduate residency for Sculpture in Fire Station Artists’ Studios. During this time, she received a landmark sculpture commission from Dublin Port – Drop is on permanent public display in the Sculpture Garden, Dublin Port. Eimear received the Arts Council’s prestigious Next Generation Award 2018/19 and presented her first solo exhibition SHAPE, HEAP. thing in Droichead Arts Centre (2018). Notable group exhibitions include Sideways Movement, Return Gallery, Goethe-Institut (2019), Industry, Solstice Arts Centre (2018), Lacuna, Taylor Gallery (2017). Eimear’s works are held in the collection of OPW.

 

Time: 6pm - 7pm

Genres: Arts and Crafts / Craft / Visual Art / Visuals / Workshop

Features: Family friendly

Address: Kilkenny Arts Office, 5 Dean Street, Kilkenny

Website: http://www.facebook.com/KilkennyArtsOffice

Phone: 0567794547

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Poetry Trail and Poetry Phone Line

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A unique trail of poetry, displayed in shop windows throughout Kilkenny city centre. The poems on display are taken from work by local writers in Kilkenny Poetry Broadsheet #20. A total of 12 poets were selected for this year’s Broadsheet by editor and poet Colm Keegan: K.S. Moore, Mary Malin, Aoife Riach, Willie-Joe Meally, Carmel Cummins, Darren Caffrey, Noel Howley, Robert Mc Loughlin, Mike Watts, Breda Joyce, Jeffrey Gormly and Karen Morrissey.

If you cannot venture out to view the poetry trail, call the poetry phone line on 1800 272 994 to listen to all twelve poems, beautifully recited by Kilkenny actors.

Time: 4pm - 10pm

Genres: Arts and Crafts / Literature / Other / Poetry / Spoken Word / Tour

Features: Family friendly / Wheelchair accessible

Address: Around Kilkenny City

Website: http://www.facebook.com/KilkennyArtsOffice

Phone: 0567794547

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Less Stress More Success

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Less Stress More Success

12 September – 24 October

Kilkenny Arts Office Gallery, 5 Dean Street, Kilkenny

Artists

Eimear Murphy

Laura Fitzgerald

Saidhbhín Gibson

In an Irish context, the phrase Less Stress More Success evokes an immediate, and dreaded, memory of stacked study aids for the State Examinations. These publications were designed to condense and organise information with a purpose to make “those study hours really pay!” A shortcut to success, assuring the most productivity in the least stressful manner. On leaving school and entering working life, this mantra for achievement seems to be quickly abandoned.

Now, more so than ever, it is evident that the profession of the artist in a capitalist society is maintained by stress success. The artist becomes a hyper worker, surviving on a rotation of grant applications and pressing deadlines that often dominate over artistic practice. This gig-based employment often equates to periods of high productivity and unpredictability in work. The result sees the boundaries between life and work blurred and collapse into senselessness multi-tasking. This unsustainable approach leaves an art community anxious, exhausted and envious.

This exhibition invites reflection on the concept of stress success. Curator Rachel Botha invites artists Eimear Murphy, Laura Fitzgerald and Saidhbhín Gibson to interpret stress success from varied perspectives.

This exhibition raises questions concerning our strive to achieve, its conditions and impact, both as artists and humans. What does the concept of success mean? How is it achieved? Must the journey to success be stressful?

Less Stress More Success is part of Kilkenny County Council Arts Office’s ‘Emerging Curator in Residence Programme’. This programme has enabled Rachel Botha to gain direct experience in the field of curating exhibitions for the Arts Office Gallery at 5 Dean Street, Kilkenny. This opportunity provides Rachel with the platform to further develop her career, expand her artistic and creative networks and avail of a mentoring programme with curator Eamonn Maxwell.

Time: 5pm - 8pm

Genres: Arts and Crafts / Visual Art / Workshop

Features: Family friendly / Wheelchair accessible

Address: 5 Dean Street, Kilkenny

Website: http://www.facebook.com/KilkennyArtsOffice

Phone: 0567794547

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