Exhibitions, music and film at Thomastown Arts Festival

Thomastown will be hosting its own mxiture of art, film, music and more during the Kilkenny Arts Festival from August 5-14.

Thomastown will be hosting its own mxiture of art, film, music and more during the Kilkenny Arts Festival from August 5-14.

The Thomastown Arts Festival will see sculpture by Niall Harkin at Grennan Watermill, and ‘My Friend and I’ by Roisin Leadbetter and Joanne Donohoe Doyle will be at Vicki Donovan Silversmith Studio at Grennan Watermill.

Printwork and ceramics by Debra Bowden, Rosie Naughton and Karen Morgan will be exhibited at Karen Morgan Ceramics, and The Wine Academy will feature photography by Vera Ryklova.

Work by four artists will be featured at the Framewell Gallery: Marty Dwan (painting), Shem Caulfield (painting), Gemma McGirr (jewellery) and Mark Campden (ceramics).

Clay Creations will host the exhibition ‘Elements’ – wood and ceramics by David Comerford and Brid Lyons – along with jewellery by Jackie and Ed Kielty; and paintings by Joan Fitzgerald Cahill will be on display in The Watergarden.

Music-wise, The Bridgebrook Arms will presnt Big Priest on August 6; ‘Hidalgo del Existe’, a musical performance with Kevin Power, on August 7; open-mic on August 11; and a closing party with Gerry Fish and The Mudbug Club with special guests and support. (Tickets for the latter are e12 from The Bridgebrook Arms.)

Murphy’s Bar will have a musical improvisation night on August 12.

The Rock Road Drive-in is also set to return to this year’s festival, with Walt Disney’s The Jungle Bookon August 12; gates will open at 8pm and admission is e20 per car.

Other exhibitions, shows and music are to be confirmed, includnig at The Blackberry Cafe, Sol Bistro, The Truffle Fairy, The Coach House, Mount Juliet Hotel and Golf Course. (Exhibition spaces are also available at Carroll’s Bar; contact Billy Carroll on 087 2443470 for enquiries.)

Grennan Mill Craft School will host an exhibition of work by six artists: Clive Nunn (furniture), Nicola Brown (feltwork), Kirsty O’Keeffe (photography), Brendan Brennan (leatherwork), Trini Kenny (Batik) and Maire Gartland (painting). Clive Nunn’s ‘My Journey Alongside Irish Furniture: 1971-2011’ tracks his involvement with Irish furniture over the past 40 years; and Brendan Brennan’s work explores natural vegetable tanned leather as a material for moulding and relief work and the process from drawing to experimentation to final design. Kirsty O’Keeffe’s ‘Something Else to Do but Hang Around in Suburbia’ is a series of images based on the lives of the people who live in Ireland’s suburban areas; and Máire Gartland’s work explores the beauty of the Thames, a Rolling Stones song, and a poem by Lorca, among other things. Nicola Brown’s body of work is inspired by the strong form and striking colour contrasts exhibited by nudibranches – studying these soft sea-going slugs led to a series of vessels and sculptures defined by crisp flowing lines and smooth rounded protrusions. Trini Kenny’s subject matter was inspired by moving home and the places and objects that are reviewed and re-evaluated during the move.

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