Pictures at the Priory - Kells, Kilkenny

Pictures at the Priory - Kells, Kilkenny

The Church of Ireland, Kells Parish Pictures At The Priory, event  will be held once again over the May bank holiday weekend, May 1 to 3.

This has become an important event in the artistic calendar locally and attracts buyers and exhibitors from several counties.

Artists exhibiting this year include William Grace and John Flinn.

Varied paintings, craft stands and sculptures can be viewed inside and outside this architecturally interesting 19th century house, designed by James Hoban Who designed the White House) with prices and sizes to suit everyone.

Those attending can listen to live classical music from the drawing room as they browse with a glass of wine. They can also have the opportunity to win lots of great raffle prizes and bid for one of the Kevin Fennelly sculptures being exhibited.

Admission is only €6 (including the glass of wine). Teas are also available.

Exhibitors pay a commission on what they sell and one-third of the income from Pictures At The Priory will be given to Amber, Kilkenny’s Women’s Refuge, this year’s chosen charity.

“Pictures at the Priory was the brainchild of Lesley Sandes, the wife of rector Denis Sandes and has been an annual event in the Kells Church of Ireland group of parishes since the ‘90s,” said the Reverend Martin Hilliard at the launch.

The Reverend Hilliard retired as rector on Easter Sunday but will be staying on to host this event. “I like the fact that Pictures At The Priory provides an opportunity for the Church of Ireland to interact with the wider community. One of the most important exhibits each year is the Priory itself – a listed building. Profits from Pictures at the Priory have contributed to its upkeep over the years.

“I would like to acknowledge the recent generosity of Kilkenny County Council and the Heritage Council in helping us with this essential preservation work,” Rev Hilliard said.

Amber Women's Refuge

“We are also pleased to be supporting the work of the Amber Women’s Refuge. Sad to say the work of Amber seems ever more necessary to provide a secure and safe shelter for women and children suffering violence,” he added.

Marilyn Hilliard, the rector’s wife, plays the trombone and will be one of those providing music at the event. See the event’s Facebook page here.

For more information contact: Margaret Hawkins, Diocesan Communications Officer cfodco@gmail.com or on 085 8010 720.