Walled Towns group to host pop-up workshop

The Irish Walled Towns Network will run a workshop on how to create a pop-up exhibition or temporary museum in vacant retail locations in Kilkenny.

The Irish Walled Towns Network will run a workshop on how to create a pop-up exhibition or temporary museum in vacant retail locations in Kilkenny.

Taking place in the Newpark Hotel on December 3 and 4, the course’s purpose is teach people how to conceive, design and run a temporary exhibition or museum in an unused town centre space. It is the first course of its type in Ireland to focus on giving communities the knowledge to create sustainable, interesting spaces that celebrate heritage. The course is also relevant to professionals, both employed and unemployed, in the arts and heritage sectors.

Almost everywhere in Ireland has a problem with empty retail units. In many urban centres, vacancy rates are 20% or over. Every town also wants more tourists. A seemingly simple way of attracting cultural tourists is to build a heritage centre.However, often no real thought is given towards the cost benefit of spending what is typically a large outlay on a new town museum or heritage centre. The workshop provides communities with a better way of fulfilling the need to have a focal point for a town’s heritage. It permits groups to learn how to run a high quality, low cost heritage attraction.

The centre’s small capital costs will also allow communities to learn through trial and error what works. It ensures that a white elephant is not created and that whatever happens is sustainable, temporary and exciting.

For town centre traders it will ensure that for a week, month or summer a derelict space is not only used but acts to increase footfall by locals and tourists alike.

For more or to book, see www.heritagecouncil.ie.