50 years of work by Kilkenny Design Workshops artist

An exhibition covering the life’s work of one of the original Kilkenny Design Workshop artists is set to take place in Carlow’s Visual Centre for Contemporary Art.

An exhibition covering the life’s work of one of the original Kilkenny Design Workshop artists is set to take place in Carlow’s Visual Centre for Contemporary Art.

The retrospective exhibition celebrates the work of Sonja Landweer, who has lived in Ireland for over 40 years since coming to teach at the Kilkenny Design Workshops, where she was artist-in-residence.

Titled ‘A Life’s Work’, it will be opened by Seamus Heaney this Friday at 7.30pm, and will be accompanied by a casebound catalogue with texts by Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe, Seamus Heaney, Catherine Marshall, Michael Robinson and Hilary Orpen.

Ms Landweer was born in Amsterdam and went on to study ceramics at the Amsterdam School of Industrial Design, the Rietveld Academie. She moved to Ireland in the 1960s and has been a member of Aosdána since 1981.

“Sonja has dedicated her life to conducting complex experiments with glazes on ceramic with exquisite results. Imposing recent work has been cast in bronze and demonstrates strength and weight, while delicate beaded and feathered jewellery displays a very different sensibility. Much of the early work in the exhibition on loan from museums in the Netherlands while Irish institutions collected much of her mid- to late career work. This extraordinary exhibition tells the life story of the artist through 50 years of making.”

An artist’s discussion between Sonja Landweer and Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe will take place on October 20 at noon, for which tickets cost e5 and are available from the box office on 059 9172400. The exhibition is supported by the Crafts Council of Ireland, the Dutch Embassy in Ireland and private sponsorship.