Renowned artist Mick O’Dea is heading to the city from August 6 to 10 and August 12 to 14 as artist in residence at Kilkenny Arts Festival.
This is the second year of a project in which Mick acts as the Festival's “embedded artist”, setting up his studio at James Stephens Barracks and producing a breathtaking range of work including portraits of Festival artists, alongside sketches capturing the buzz around the city.
Mick will capture the sights, sounds and personalities of this year's Festival and the public are invited to be very much a part of this endeavour. Each afternoon, Festival-goers are welcome to visit O'Dea's studio at the Barracks - just a few minutes walk from key Festival venues - to watch and interact with one of Ireland's best-known artists in action, as Mick engages with the audience and also with the artist whom he’s painting. This is free and open to all to attend. As the Festival progresses the fruits of his labours will be displayed in the studio.
Dates / times when the artist’s studio is open at James Stephens Barracks:
Saturday 6 August 2.30-4pm
Sunday 7 August 2.30-4pm
Monday 8 August 2.30-4pm
Tuesday 9 August 2.30-4pm
Wednesday 10 August 2.30-4pm, Friday 12 August 2.30-4pm
Saturday 13 August 2.30-4pm
Sunday 14 August 2.30-4pm
The 43rd Kilkenny Arts Festival, one of Europe’s finest artistic celebrations, run from 5-14 August, ten days of artistic adventures await in Ireland’s medieval city. At its core, the Festival will feature Ireland’s largest-ever celebration of Mozart, an epic musical journey featuring some of the world’s most renowned musicians, with lots more to enjoy and explore including a world-famous travelling theatre ensemble, unique global music collaborations with legendary artists from three continents, a master painter at work in his studio, an acclaimed poet in residence, dazzling bands and singer-songwriters, leading international thinkers, eerie night time aerial dance theatre, secret garden music, performance, family adventures and much more…
Many celebrated artists from near and far will gather in Kilkenny including Stephen Rea, Footsbarn Theatre, Ricky Skaggs, Loudon Wainwright III, Sir András Schiff, Villagers, Martin Hayes, Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Christian Blackshaw, Alina Ibragimova, Mark Padmore, Heath Quartet, Mick O’Dea, Paul Muldoon, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Jörg Widmann and more….