International recognition for local arts project

A collaborative art project conceived and created in Kilkenny has received international recognition, scooping bronze at the prestigious New York Festivals Radio Awards.

A collaborative art project conceived and created in Kilkenny has received international recognition, scooping bronze at the prestigious New York Festivals Radio Awards.

‘Sonnets for the Cradle’ is a collaboraton between two Kilkenny-based arts practitioners, Laoise O’ Brien and Lorna Donlon. A recording and exhibition based on fairy tales and nursery rhymes, it was the subject of a feature, presented by Ms O’ Brien, on RTE Lyric FM, which was broadcast last Christmas Eve.

That feature, which explores the duo’s collaboration and the inspiration that living in Kilkenny has had on it, was nominated at the New York Festivals International Radio Awards, where this week it won bronze. The award is not only an honour for the two artists, but also highlights Kilkenny as a centre of creativity.

In 2011, the pair collaborated on a project ‘How Happy for the Little Birds’, which was launched at the Kilkenny Arts Festival. Subsequently, and thanks to a recording award from the Arts Council of Ireland, they undertook the ‘Sonnets for the Cradle’ project.

This was launched in Dublin in October 2012.

The CD, which features several of Ireland’s leading musicians, was recorded in Kilkenny and Lorna’s exhibition was also created here. A live production of the recording, featuring the imagery and spoken narrative, premiered at the Galway Early Music Festival.

More information on the project is available on www.sonnetsforthecradle.com.

The CD is available from the Book Centre in Kilkenny or online. The pair’s website and Facebook page has details of upcoming performances and exhibitions, including perfomances this summer at the Kilkenny Arts Festival and Abhainn Ri Festival.