Exploring the urban landscape

A GROUP that explores urban landscapes around the world is bringing its project to Kilkenny to coincide with the Kilkenny Arts Festival from August 5-14.

A GROUP that explores urban landscapes around the world is bringing its project to Kilkenny to coincide with the Kilkenny Arts Festival from August 5-14.

‘Brighten the Corners’ is an initiative by an international consortium of artists aiming to “enrich the urban visual landscape and rescue the sullied name of street art”.

Working predominantly across Europe, the group approach creative communities to assist them in their quest. Since stepping 2004 the group has “influenced the urban landscape” in cities such as Berlin, Geneva, Cardiff, Hull, Seville and Krakow and suburbs of Sydney, Australia.

For their latest project they have been working with artists around the South East of Ireland in 2010 and 2011. The Kilkenny ‘Brighten the Corners’ project began to take shape under the tentative banner ‘Change the Record’, inspired by “the economical and political flux”. Kilkenny was chosen following a holiday in Ireland last year and a visit to the Arts Festival. The ‘Brighten the Corners’ team felt they could connect with this concentrated creativity and develop work to decorate and enhance the alleyways and backstreets within the spirit of the group and the city’s annual festival.

Through this process a series of illustrative works on old vinyl records have been produced. In keeping with many of their projects, environmental impact was taken into account, in that all the records used were sourced from a charity shop’s bin, saving them from landfill. These will be located around the streets of Kilkenny over the festival period in order to highlight hidden parts of the city.