Kilkenny Arts Festival: Craft tackles the hot potatoes

We have a jam-packed CRAFT strand for you this year. UTENSIL, a group exhibition in the National Craft Gallery, features the exceptional talent of 23 applied artists and product designers based in Europe who present an array of approaches to tableware.

We have a jam-packed CRAFT strand for you this year. UTENSIL, a group exhibition in the National Craft Gallery, features the exceptional talent of 23 applied artists and product designers based in Europe who present an array of approaches to tableware.

Interactive work focusing on the ritual of eating is a main element of the exhibition: The Whispering Table from Berlin invites people to sit down and explore the similarities and peculiarities of different food ceremonies in a playful way. Geoffrey Mann’s Cross-fire features on screen and Blown as an interactive iPad app.

The exhibition challenges our expectations of domestic products and fuses utility with art for the table. The best of European contemporary silversmithing, ceramics and textiles reinforces the value of the hand-made and human connections through unique functional and non-functional sculptural work which echo kitchen utensils. These are combined with high end product design.

There are lots of fun free children’s workshops at the National Craft Gallery and, for the first time, an adult workshop which looks to our personal memories of tea sets. The ‘Hot Potatoes’ talk, Elbows off the Table, on Wednesday 15 August at 6pm in the NCG will surely provoke a lively debate about ritual and mealtime memory.