Friday, August 7, 2009

Kilkenny Arts Festival 2009

There is a great textile presence in the Kilkenny Arts Festival this year.


Sterling Irish is a curated exhibition of work from leading Irish craft artists based in England Scotland and Wales. The diversity and quality of their work demonstrates high levels of originality, innovation and fine craftsmanship. 11 Irish craft artists. It features contemporary jewellery, silversmithing, glass, ceramics and textiles from established and new makers.

Date:Fri 7th Aug - Sun 16th Aug
Times: 10am-6pm (Mon-Sat), 11am-6pm (Sun)
Venue: Castle Yard Galleries
Admission: Free

Gillian Freedman - Surfacing
The aim is to address continuing thoughts of growth and regeneration: a life force that drives itself through hard ground to surface despite all odds. Gillian Freedman has made a strong individual statement with her eye catching contemporary tufted art rugs and hand woven tapestries and with an innovative use of paper, lead and silk.

Date:Fri 7th Aug - Sun 16th Aug
Times: 10am-6pm, Sundays 12noon-5pm
Venue:Rudolf Heltzel Gallery, Patrick Street

Mary Lee Murphy - Contemplative Textiles
Waterford artist Mary Lee Murphy paints through the medium of wax resist and dye, traditionally known as batik. “As an artist I am inspired by nature, the land, the light, and the colours. Inspiration is a movement of the spirit, and as an artist I am drawn to create works that reflect something of the beauty of Creation,”

Date:Fri 7th Aug - Sun 16th Aug
Venue:The Black Abbey, Abbey Street

Estate Yard 09
Six artists from the Art & Craft studios in Castlecomer present new work in a joint exhibition in Kilkenny City.

Andrew Ludick (ceramics)
Maeve Coulter (textiles)
RuairĂ­ Carroll (sculpture)
Rachel Burke (painting)
Lucy McKenna (mixed media)
Ross Stewart (painting)

All share the same working environment at the Estate Yard, whilst creating their own varied personal artworks. After viewing the exhibition in William Street, visitors may wish to visit the Estate Yard where they can explore the creative processes behind the works, view work in development and meet the artists in their own studios.

Date:Fri 7th Aug - Sun 16th Aug
Venue:Castlecomer Estate Yard


Felt making with Nicola Browne - Flat Felt Basics
When you come home after this workshop you will have a lovely piece of felt that you have designed and made. Then you can hang it on your wall, stitch it into a bag or stick it onto the cover of a book.

Date:Wed 12th Aug
Times:For Children 7-9 yrs: 10.30am - 12.30am
For Children 10-12 yrs: 12pm - 4pm
Venue:The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle
Admission: Free

For more information:

Festival Box Office
St Francis Abbey Brewery
Parliament St
(opposite Rothe House)

Box Office: 056 7752175
Open: 10am - 6pm Mon-Fri

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