National Drawing Day activities on Saturday

NATIONAL Drawing Day will be celebrated on Saturday in Kilkenny Castle Park, Parade Tower and National Craft Gallery.

NATIONAL Drawing Day will be celebrated on Saturday in Kilkenny Castle Park, Parade Tower and National Craft Gallery.

From noon to 4pm in the Castle Park, activities will include tree wrapping, wood block pastels and a wrapped sculpture. ‘Bounce’, a sporty activity involving mark-making with balls, will also return, along with a willow wall giving participants the chance to make sculptural drawings with natural materials. There will also be a new Giant Animation activity workshop with artist Vanessa Daws, along with other activities to be announced.

The Parade Tower will meanwhile host an intergenerational workshop as part of Drawing Day, to mark Bealtaine, the all-Ireland festival celebrating creativity in older age. Both an art and oral history exercise, ‘Trace’, led by Gypsy Ray and members of the 5 to 6 Women’s Art Project, will ask participants to trace silhouettes of their hands, using the space inside as a place to tell the story of those hands. There will also be the opportunity to make ‘blind’ figure drawings of each other. There are workshops for all ages and no experience is necessary.

There will be a registration area near the entrance of the Castle Park where participants will receive information on the day’s activities, a free National Drawing Day T-shirt and a map of what’s on.

Participating artists include Steven Aylin, Jean Conroy, Vanessa Daws, Maree Hensey, Etaoin Holahan, Lucia Parle, Jacqui Purcell, Gypsy Ray and the 5 to 6 Project. National Drawing Day is a countrywide event initiated by the National Gallery of Ireland, and events in Kilkenny Castle have been coordinated by the Butler Gallery for the past four years.

Admission is free and no booking is required.

National Craft Gallery

At the National Craft Gallery from 2-4pm, National Drawing Day visitors can participate in drawing activities for children and families and create large-scale, site-specific wall drawings in the style of Bruce Metcalf, whose exhibition opened in the gallery on Friday last. Activities will be led by Kilkenny-born artist Mick Minogue, who is artist-in-residence with the National Craft Gallery this week.