Taking a journey together

“Our process reflected life’s voyage – going this way and that, journeying separately yet together.”

“Our process reflected life’s voyage – going this way and that, journeying separately yet together.”

This is the concept behind ‘Journeys’, collaborative explorations of personal journeys by the 5 to 6 Women’s Art Project, which will be displayed during the Kilkenny Arts Festival.

Curated and facilitated by Jean Conroy, the exhibition will be shown in Chez Pierre restaurant, 17 Parliament Street, Kilkenny from August 5-15.

Five groups worked together to arrive at the finished pieces – the experience of working together proving an exciting, interesting and satisfying journey in itself.

The pieces reflect some of the geographical and emotional journeys that the group have experienced in their lives, the experience of collaborating on the pieces forcing participants to move out of the familiar into the unknown. In the words of one group: “Approaching a journey with trust, courage and hope becomes an experience which expands us, so the outward journey also creates an inward movement towards a deeper sense of self, towards wholeness.”

With titles as diverse as ‘Time and Space’, ‘Take a Bough’, ‘Fragments of Memory’, ‘3sixty’ and ‘Are you messing with my head?’, the exhibition is a colourful and imaginative representation of the group as a whole. Participating artists include Eimear Burke, Lindsey Butler, Mary Ellen Brennan, Laura Cullen, Siobhan Hegarty, Luzia Koetter, Claire Larkin, Maeve Lynch, Michelle McMahon, Mairead McLoughlin, Paula Moore, Bee O’Sullivan, Jet Phelan, Nuala Roche, Liz Ruth and Rebecca Wright.

Thanks also to Gypsy Ray and the 5 to 6 Steering Group; Jones Business Systems; and Padmore and Barnes.

The exhibition can be viewed Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Thursday to Saturday from 6.30pm until closing.