Culture Night will take place across Ireland on Friday, September 16.
When it comes to arts and culture, Kilkenny has form and venues around the city have pulled together once more to provide a varied programme of free events with something for everyone.
There are some fantastic workshops for children: The Arts Office in Dean Street will host Siamsa. Here, artist Orla Bates will lead workshops combining exciting art and science activities. Children and adults will be inspired to work together and share ideas in a fun filled environment that invites participants to play with a range of materials to create different kinds of drawings using light and shadows.
Rothe House have planned a series of events, in which visitors will have the chance to see some of the magnificent costume collection with selected items taken out of storage for the evening. The curator will speak about the challenges of looking after such important pieces. There will also be some not-so-precious costumes on display so that kids of all ages can get the chance to dress up.
The National Craft Gallery is hosting ‘Throwdown’, a busy line up of talks and workshops. Kids over the age of 12 get the opportunity to throw their first pot on the wheel with the help of the ceramics course participants. There will be live demonstrations of smoke firing in Castle Yard for kids over 5, and they can also learn how to create a pinch pot.
Its not just children that will get the opportunity to make create and learn new skills, as there are plenty of workshops for adults too! For anyone interested in learning more about printing, there is an open evening at Blackstack Studio on Parliament Street. Visitors will be able to screen print their own posters or cards. Blackstack Studio members will demonstrate intaglio printing in our etching studio with the resulting prints available to take away free of charge. Kilkenny Arts Office supports an ongoing community programme, which is quite unique. Open Circle Community will welcome the public to their workspace on John’s Green where artist Dee Harte, together with participants presents the Sewcialising Project. It aims to open up discussions about the clothes we choose to wear, where they come from and where they end up. This workshop is designed to explore the ways in which we can extend the life of these garments to keep them in active service. Just bring along some denim that’s in need of some TLC.
If you travel out to Callan to KCAT, there is another really exciting event taking place with well-known artist Caroline Schofield. The Slow Selfie workshop is proving extremely popular, where participants will learn to stich a ‘selfie’ and reflect on the process in a world where everything is now instant. Make sure to look at the Culture Night website and Culture Night Kilkenny Facebook page for further updates, and printed brochures can be found in outlets around town.
We will add further details next week about some excellent music events and talks across The Marble City.