Major platform for local artists

Kilkenny Arts Festival is delighted to announce the four exhibitions by visual artists and craft makers who are living in, working in or from Kilkenny that will feature as a key part of the 40th festival programme.

Kilkenny Arts Festival is delighted to announce the four exhibitions by visual artists and craft makers who are living in, working in or from Kilkenny that will feature as a key part of the 40th festival programme.

Since its inception, the festival has always had a close association with the local community of established visual arts and craft practitioners. In recent years up to 12 local galleries and artists have been listed and promoted as part of the festival programme each year. However, to mark the 40th milestone, the long established arts festival has decided to offer more targeted support for local artists/craft makers by focusing administrative, technical and marketing support on a small number of selected exhibitions for presentation in the 40th festival.

As Festival Director Rosemary Collier explains “Kilkenny Arts Festival has a distinguished tradition in relation to profiling and supporting a range of artists and makers linked to Kilkenny. However, we want to do something more meaningful this year for established artists and makers to help develop audiences for their work, to develop their careers by providing real promotion and marketing for their work, providing professional installation and invigilation of their exhibitions as well as creating a much stronger integration into the broader programme of talks and events.”

MADE in Kilkenny will present a special show of work created to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Kilkenny Design Workshops which will reflect on the legacy of the workshops and the huge influence it had locally. Blackstack studios will present new work by a collective or artists working and based in the studios which will be title LINK exploring the relationship between their work, how it is made and a range of influences.

Artist Gypsy Ray will exhibit at the Water Gallery in Thomastown with an exhibition of work focused on the observation and interpretation of the rural landscape, while Bernadette Kiely and Andre Van Schlaijk will be working to present a newly commissioned range of work based on the King’s River which will be exhibited at Studio One in Callan.

“We received a high volume of applications and really tough decisions had to be made. However, we know we can provide real support and promotion for these four exhibitions selected and we look foward to working closely with all the artists and makers involved,” added Ms Collier.

Kilkenny Arts Festival will run from August 9 to 18 and tickets are already on sale for certain events from www.kilkennyarts.ie.