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Cabin Fever Music FestivalGet outta the house!

Lots on this weekend, including Cabin Fever– the music event, not you being bored at home ūüėČ

I’ve been sent ¬†a few notices of what’s on for the 4th July weekend in Ireland, so I’m passing the news on to you. Terry & I have my birthday-month weekend away booked for our fav boutique hotel, One Pery Square in Limerick, & we’ll be checking out:

4th Of July Limerick

Fri 4th- Sun 6th, with:

4th July Launch Party     American Race Day     Family Picnic
Night At The Dogs      American Roller Party

As an ex-pat American myself, this will be kinda special fun, and as the owners of 4 rescued dogs, we are looking forward to seeing the Rescued category in the fundraising Dog Show at Saturday’s Picnic. Click the 4th of July Limerick¬†to get more info on all the events.

Limerick is Ireland’s City of Culture 2014, and there’s plenty on all year during that. There are 3 Limerick events on the weekend of 4-6 July I’d like to mention:

Eva International, Ireland’s Biennal

Limerick Dog show

This is the last weekend of EVA,¬†Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art. Get to Limerick to see it in the various venues (not all galleries,) around town– Sunday is the last day!

“Every two years EVA International works with guest curators to create a 12-week programme of exhibitions and events that engage with the people and city of Limerick, Ireland. Since its foundation in 1977, EVA International (formerly e v+ a) has worked with some of the world’s leading artists and curators, bringing outstanding exhibitions to audiences on the west coast of Ireland.” via EVA

Find out more on EVA’s website, where you can also download the Exhibition Guide.

Also in Limerick this weekend, starting Thurs 3 July is:

Limerick, Make a Move festival, Saturday events

Limerick, Make a Move festival, Saturday events

Make a Move Festival

3-6 July 2014

Music, street art, theatre, discussion, workshops & more, there’s bound to be something that will catch your eye. Loving the sound of the Paint Parade on Saturday! Check out the¬†full programme here.

Friends, it’s all happening in Limerick! (Ok not all, but lots!) Here’s another super cool set of events on this weekend & beyond:

Draw Out

“Draw Out is an urban regeneration initiative that uses the most contemporary examples of Urban Art to reinvent space. Draw Out works in partnership with Limerick city council to select derelict sites across the city within prime locations.” via Limerick City of Culture

Draw Out urban artists will begin arriving in Limerick from the 2nd of July, and create work at undisclosed locations, as well as being part of the Paint Parade. I reckon looking around for ‘Limerick’ tweets on Twitter will tip you off to when & where the newest artworks appear.Find out more on the artists & other Draw Out projects here.

If you’re on the Eastern side of the country, then here are 2 for you:

Cabin Fever Music Event

Saturday 5th July, from 3pm

Bands including Big September, Red Empire, Hogan, Ruaile Buaile, V3 and Darragh Cullen. 

This is a new event! I received an email with the scoop:

“The event is called Cabin Fever as the clubhouse is made from Canadian logs which were built ‚Äújigsaw like‚ÄĚ in Canada, taken down, numbered and put back together in Carbury! The unique aspect of our venue is that it is set within the walled tennis courts, with decking and bars alongside the venue. There is onsite parking facilities, and proximity to Dublin is only 40 mins!! “

Sounds like a good setting– bars & no mud! Find out more on Cabin Fever here.

There’s another fun 4th of July type celebration on in the sunny southeast:¬†4th July, Limerick Festival

Irish America Day

There’s a packed programme of events for Ireland‚Äôs official¬†July 4¬†celebrations¬†on Friday¬†in New Ross, Co. Wexford. Irish America day promises to be an exciting weekend for all the family to celebrate the U.S holiday in style with events continuing throughout the weekend.

Friday , 4 July

Keeping in line with US traditions whereby the Declaration is read from the ‚ÄėOld State House‚Äô in Boston, there will be a reading of the ‚ÄėDeclaration of Independence‚Äô by the ‚ÄėTown Crier‚Äô at The Tholsel at¬†noon.

From noon to 6pm:

Arts and Crafts and a Picnic on the Quayside. Live entertainment along the Quay with a fantastic line up of local bands at the JFK Memorial Statue. Members of Wexford Food Family food producers will create a vibrant Quayside market all weekend. The Dunbrody Famine Ship will host a series of Boston Tea Party Reenactments and American Tea Parties will take place throughout the day at participating businesses across New Ross.


Friday’s celebrations will come to a close with a spectacular fireworks display over the River Barrow.

Saturday, 5 July

Joining in the festivities will be Hook Lighthouse who will host the Waterford Wolves American Football Club, as well as all day barbeques, family fun and events.

New Ross host the All Ireland Pipe Band Championships in the Town Park, followed by a Pipe Band parade through the town at 6pm. Take in some Al Fresco Dining at South Street plus the Dunbrody Strongman Competition will take place at the town park on Saturday afternoon.

Evan Walsh age 7 , Lilly Kehoe age 1 and Tadhg Carroll age 8 took to the streets of New Ross today (Monday, June 30th) to celebrate the towns U.S. links ahead of Ireland’s official fourth of July celebrations set to take place in the county Wexford town this weekend. Picture: Patrick Browne.

Evan Walsh age 7 , Lilly Kehoe age 1 and Tadhg Carroll age 8 took to the streets of New Ross today (Monday, June 30th) to celebrate the towns U.S. links ahead of Ireland’s official fourth of July celebrations set to take place in the county Wexford town this weekend. Picture: Patrick Browne.

Sunday, 6 July

Busker’s Sunday promises to be an eclectic finale to the celebrations with a variety of musicians lining the town’s streets, adding to the festival atmosphere. A Pirate Festival Day will take place at Hook Lighthouse and Al Fresco dining with members of the Wexford Food Family will take place on the Quayside along with Arts and Crafts.

For further festival details check out

Have a great 4th of July weekend in Ireland ūüėÄ

Marilyn Lerner will have her colourful artworks at Butler Gallery.

Marilyn Lerner will have her colourful artworks at Butler Gallery. Pic via

It’s one of the most exciting times to be in Kilkenny City!



Kilkenny Arts Festival 2014! 

8 -17 August will bring¬†10 days packed with things to go to. The festival is full of music, art, theatre & more! I’ve picked 7 vibrant events you may like; have a gander!

In no particular order, here we go:


1. Marilyn Lerner’s Circle In The Square

Butler Gallery, 10-5.30 everyday

The Butler Gallery is delighted to host Ireland’s first exhibition of the New York-based painter Marilyn Lerner.

Lerner is an extraordinary artist who has been committed to making abstract geometric paintings for over forty years. Her oil paintings are painted on wooden panels with bevelled edges so that they almost float off the wall. They are highly skillful compositions that articulate her experiences through form, pattern and colour. Geometric abstraction is present among many cultures throughout history, both as decorative motifs and as art pieces themselves. Lerner has travelled extensively through North Africa and South East Asia and these trips have informed her work and made the language of geometry the focus of her work.

2. Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino

12 Aug, 9.30 pm; Set Theatre. Tickets ‚ā¨20

This should be a fun night! The Set is a lovely venue, and there’s room downstairs for dancing. Each year at the Arts Festival groovy bands play here and the floor fills with dancing. Such a great vibe, don’t miss it!

In the Guardian’s¬†Best Albums of 2013: Robin Denselow’s world music albums of the year,¬†he said of them:

One of the most exciting bands at WOMAD this summer, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino are from southeast Italy and play pizzica, a style said to cure spider bites, thanks to the pounding, hypnotic effect of the insistent frame drum, matched against fiddle, bagpipes, accordion and five-part harmonies.

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3. Kate Tempest

9 Aug, 10.30 pm; Set Theatre. Tickets ‚ā¨20

One of the most exciting talents in the UK, a combustible rapper and a prolific performance poet, playwright and (soon) novelist whose work mines the drama in ordinary lives,” the Kilkenny Arts blurb tells us. This looks to be another good night at the Set. Have a watch of one of her videos below:

Read more about Kate Tempest, along with the link to book, here. 

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4. Resonance

National Craft Gallery, open every day; times vary so check their website.

Combining glasswork and sound, Resonance is intriguing! Without having seen/heard it, it’s probably best I just share the info from the Kilkenny Arts site.

Resonance brings together two artists, Karen Donnellan and Róisín de Buitléar, whose innovative work explores the sonic qualities of glass.

Róisín de Buitléar’s Irish Incantation/Ortha is a series of glass sound objects made to create an Irish incantation, a harmony of voice, object and Irish soul. When played by different hands and breaths of phrasing and rhythm, they become an evolving conversation. Liam O’Maonlai will perform with the sound objects in the Set Theatre on Friday 8 August.

Karen Donnellan’s work is concerned with the intangible essence of things. Informed by her interest in the metaphysical, her work draws on a wide range of media including blown and cast glass, woodturning, sound, light and film. Working with composer Alma Kelliher, her work explores the boundaries of sound technology and experimental glass art.

In Gallery 1 Karen and Róisín have developed an interactive glass sound experience using objects found in everyday life that enables visitors to try out their own music.


An informal percussion evening on Tuesday 12 August at 5.30pm. See for details.


Luminarium Miracoco at Kilkenny Arts festival

In the Luminarium Miracoco at Kilkenny Arts festival last year

5. Pentalum, by Architects of Air

Kilkenny Castle Yard, Sats & Suns 10-6, weekdays 12-6. ‚ā¨5 (Pay on-site)

Loved this! Fun for ALL ages! This crowd was at last year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival with a different luminarium (Miracoco,) and Terry and I spent ages in it! It was gorgeous and relaxing in there– the colours and light were spellbinding. This year’s offering is a “A hymn to the beauty of geometry,Pentalum¬†features a breathtaking central dome and a maze of magical spaces filled with enchanting light effects.”

I’ve a few tips for you regarding a visit to this year’s offering– as the light was all-natural (I’m assuming this year will be the same,) if you can go when it’s sunny the colours will be more intense. ¬†Also, it is very popular, there will be a wait. Try going first thing in the morning, perhaps. Children (under 16) will need to be with an adult, and the luminarium IS wheelchair accessible.

6. Lear Project

At Watergate Theatre, tickets ‚ā¨18

Fri, 15 Aug 6pm      Sat, 16 Aug 6pm        Sun, 17 Aug 6pm

You know, it’s ok not to understand what it all means. I’m a big fan of dance, especially after I learned that truth straight from those involved in the dance world! (You can see more on that in this post.) I’ve also seen a few of John Scott’s productions, so I’m looking forward to this World Premiere. Also, as it is based around Shakespeare, there will be plenty we can understand ūüôā

In a world premiere commissioned by Kilkenny Arts Festival, Irish Modern Dance Theatre reimagines Shakespeare’s King Lear. Choreographer John Scott and an international cast explore themes of parental love, old age, loss of power, fear of death, personal transformation and enlightenment.

The title role is taken by a legend of the New York modern dance scene: Valda Setterfield, one of the original members of the seminal Judson Church movement and a long-time collaborator of Merce Cunningham and her husband, choreographer David Gordon. The performers portraying Lear’s children include Kévin Coquelard (star of the Paris Conservatoire) and Ryan O’Neill (Ponydance and Junk Ensemble).

Lear Project promises to be a deeply personal, playful and profoundly moving new work.

7. Stargaze

Thurs, 14 Aug 8 pm, St Canices Cathedral. tickets ‚ā¨26- ‚ā¨22

One more event that piqued my curiosity was Stargaze. Again, I’ll give you a bit of info from the festival as I’ve no prior knowledge of them, and below is also a video. You can read all of the Kilkenny Arts Fest blurb on Stargaze here. St Canices’ is a beautiful medieval cathedral, and it is a privilege to be able to go enjoy concerts there.

Founded by conductor André de Ridder, stargaze is one of Europe’s most dynamic chamber orchestras. As well as performing as an ensemble, stargaze also devises and commissions a wide range of collaborative projects in the fields of contemporary pop, electronic and classical music, working with artists as varied as Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and Mouse on Mars. For this spectacular gala event, stargaze comes together with Kilkenny Arts Festival to present three radically different projects that explore the possibilities for collaboration between pop and classical music.

There are, of course, LOADS more ace things to see & hear at the festival. This year Kilkenny Arts Festival has a handy at-a-glance calender of listings online. Check that out here.

Also, don’t forget the fringe art & craft shows. I especially enjoy the craft ones in Thomastown– Grennan Mill is always super. If you’d like to see any of the past years’ posts on Kilkenny Arts festival you’ll find them here.


Big Draw spirograph colourful art & craftSuper Spirograph!

The BIG DRAW @ National Craft GalleryРFree fun for all ages!

Hands up who had a Spirograph as a kid? Wasn’t it just so cool!? Now you and your kids can relive some of that creative fun during National Drawing Day in Kilkenny’s National Craft Gallery. The events are free, and you can just drop-in; no need to book. So whether you live in the area, or are just visiting Kilkenny, go enjoy something a little different ūüôā


National Drawing Day  | Saturday 17th May, 12noon Р4pm

Join the National Craft Gallery for a day of dynamic drop-in drawing activities to celebrate National Drawing Day, taking as inspiration the geometry and pattern in Beauty is the First Test exhibition. Create a large scale Spirograph drawing, weave large drawings in the grass outside, explore line and space in the court yard and re-design works in the exhibition using our Young Makers Worksheets. spirograph designs
Giant Spirograph: Explore the magic of these drawing tools and make your own designs. You are invited to make a group drawing that will stay on display in the gallery for the weekend.
Fibre Mapping: Using the grass as a giant canvas, join us to create huge collaborative fibre line drawings mapping out patterns through colour and line.
Making Space: Follow the architectural and geometric lines of the courtyard using colourful tape to make the courtyard into a gigantic drawing.

Workshops are open to all ages, elements may especially be suited for children, but all the family are welcome to take part.The BIG DRAW is an exciting opportunity to create large temporary artworks! FREE, drop-in events, no booking required!

And for more grown-up fun, don’t miss the Late Date at the National Craft Gallery this Friday 16 May, followed by the launch of the Exhiiot. Again it is free, and you’ll get a glass of wine into the bargain!

Beauty is the First Test: Curator Tour with Liz Cooper

 Fri 16th May, 6pm

Curator of¬†Beauty is the First Test¬†Liz Cooper will give a short tour of the exhibition and discuss the works involved. This will be followed by a launch of the exhibition at¬†7pm¬†by Tom√°s √ď Ruairc, Director of the Teaching Council. ¬†Beauty is the First Test will run from 16 May to 9 July, 2014, and the blurb for the show tells us:

Mathematical concepts underpin many craft techniques, especially around textile construction, and can be key tools for artistic development. This exhibition’s intention is to unlock and demystify maths by showing unique and stimulating works of art, and also inviting in-depth consideration of contemporary artistic and craft practices in this wider context. Beauty is the First Test sets out to show that art and mathematics are more closely bound together than many perceive and that the enjoyment of one can enhance the understanding of the other.

I wouldn’t be a big fan of maths, but the idea of ¬†demystifying maths with art is appealing. I can’t wait to see what will be on show. And I think I may go try to hunt down my old spirograph from the attic ūüôā

See what else will be happening in conjunction with Beauty is The First Test here

To see what wonderful crafts have been on show before, click here.

The Liffey Dublin,39x57cm, 2010, Charcoal (Credit Denis Mortell)

The Liffey Dublin, 2010, Charcoal (Credit Denis Mortell)

Take your time at ‚ÄėSlow Art Day‚Äô

Slow Art Day 2014 in Kilkenny will start at 2.30pm in the
Butler Gallery and then move on to National Craft Gallery.

First there was Slow Food, then Slow Travel, and now Slow Art! On 12 April you can enjoy a lingering look at both art and fine craft in Kilkenny City.You’ll¬†look at four works of art for 5-10 minutes each and then get together over coffee to have a chat about the experience. Have a read of what’s on show (and, PS, if you like cheese, the same Slow ethos is inherent in the Artisan Cheese Evening on 3 April at Highbank Orchard.) Here’s the scoop on Slow Art Day:

'Sultanahmet Istanbul'  38x57cm  2008  watercolour (Credit Denis Mortell)

‘Sultanahmet Istanbul’ 2008 watercolour (Credit Denis Mortell)

The Louvre discovered that visitors look at the Mona Lisa for just 15 seconds on average.

This April, take your time and really look. Kilkenny’s National Craft Gallery and the Butler Gallery invite you to join us for this year’s Slow Art Day!

International Slow Art Day on 12th April encourages you to pause and find inspiration within a small selection of artworks for up to 10 minutes each.

This free Kilkenny event will begin at 2.30pm on Saturday 12th April at the Butler Gallery, continuing on to the National Craft Gallery in the Castle Yard. Afterwards visitors are invited to discuss the experience over a coffee.

At the Butler Gallery exhibition gallery visitors will choose a small selection from over four decades of drawings and watercolours by internationally renowned artist Stephen McKenna. On view are landscapes and seascapes that celebrate nature as a place of being, and cityscapes, interiors and still lifes that show the evolution of a pictorial language that expresses McKenna’s beliefs in art.

Over at the National Craft Gallery you can explore Interlace, an exhibition focusing on contemporary interpretations of lace. The exhibition includes work from a diverse range of makers including textile artist Caroline Schofield, glass artist Róisín de Buitléar and fashion designer Natalie B. Coleman. During Slow Art Day spend time reflecting on contemporary lace interpretations in glass, textiles, ceramic and fashion.

Since it’s founding in 2009, Slow Art Day has grown from a single venue event held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City to over 180 venues around the world. Be part of the worldwide movement by getting involved in this local event! Join us for an afternoon of Slow Art starting at the Butler Gallery on Saturday 12th April from 2.30pm.


Eileen Gray's designs were ahead of their time

Eileen Gray’s designs were ahead of their time

Fittingly, for the grand re-opening of Ireland’s modern art gallery IMMA, there is¬†a major exhibit on pioneering Irish designer, architect, and painter Eileen Gray.

I fell in love with Eileen Gray’s work in 2010, in the US of all places! I’d been in Ireland ¬†for so many years but hadn’t heard of her here; it is wonderful that she is lately getting much more attention in Ireland. It is fitting, I think, that IMMA’s re-opening is focusing on her, and as well as her exhibition, there are other shows on, plus events. At the end of this post there is a video preview about Eileen Gray, her work, & the exhibit.


Entry into the Eileen Gray exhibition is ‚ā¨5, and the¬†exhibit runs from 12 Oct 2013 – 26 Jan 2014

IMMA’s opening hours are:

Tuesday – Saturday: 10.00am – 5.30pm

* Wednesday: 10.30am – 5.30pm

Sunday and Bank Holidays: 12noon – 5.30pm

Monday, Good Friday and 24 – 26 December: Closed

Last Admission 5.15pm

The ITSA cafe downstairs at IMMA is open Monday: 10.00am Р3.00pm, Tuesday РSaturday: 10.00am Р5.00pm, Sunday and Bank Holidays: 12noon Р5.00pm

IMMA is within walking distance of Heuston railway station (which is also a red line LUAS stop) and several buses stop at Heuston too: the¬†26 from Wellington Quay; 51, 79 from Aston Quay; 90 Dart Feeder Bus from Connolly and Tara Street Stations. From Heuston it is about a 5 minute walk to IMMA’s Military Road entrance.
There are also buses to James St (5 minutes walk via steps to Bow Lane onto Irwin St and Military Rd): 123 from O’Connell St/Dame St; 51B, 78A from Aston Quay.

View IMMA in a larger map

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I hope you can get to see the Eileen Gray exhibition before it ends on 19 Jan. For a list of IMMA eventsclick here.


Stephanie Bila's Back-piece from Nat'l Craft Gallery

Stephanie Bila’s Back-piece from Nat’l Craft Gallery, photo Stephanie Bila

 This Friday, 20 September is Culture Night 2013, and interesting, fun events for all ages will be held across Ireland.

Plan what you’d like to attend by visiting, downloading the iphone app, or the Android app .

Here in Kilkenny, there is plenty on, and as well as searching Kilkenny in the main Culture Night 2013 website, you can also Like the Kilkenny Culture Night’s Facebook page.

First I’ll give you a taster here of what’s on for children at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny City– it looks to be a creative and fun evening! Here is their listing:


Children’s Culture Night 2013: Drop-In Events at National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny


5.00-8.00pm Bold Body Sculpture: Children’s creative drop-in workshops inspired by Stephaine Bila’s sculptural body objects facilitated by textile artist Caroline Schofield. Using wire, textiles and mixed media children will imagine, design and create colourful sculptural forms, which can be worn on the body. Drop-in workshop.

5.00-9.30pm Pick up a Pencil: Drawing from the exhibition Рtake inspiration to doodle, draw and sketch from the shapes, patterns and textures in our COSTUME exhibition. Drop-in and draw!

5.00-9.30pm¬†Shoe Fantastic, Glamour Cam:¬†Wear your most loved, most outrageous, ‚Äėnever see the light of day‚Äô, designer, funky, ‚Äėwhy did I buy these‚Äô shoes ‚Ķand tell us their story! Drop-in!

6.00-9.00pm Embellishment Station: Try up-cycling an old shirt or revamping a plain dress! Textile artist Deirdre Harte will show some simple and effective ways to make your old wardrobe pop again! Bring an item to up-cycle & drop-in!


If you bring your children & take some photos– if your kids would like to share what they made at Culture Night 2013 on a special post here on Vibrant Ireland and/or the VibrantIreland Facebook page, let me know ūüôā Happy to support our creative younger generation!

Second, here’s just one of the fantastic FREE events for adults: Free Beats, with bands playing thoug hout Kilkenny:

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 Have a great Culture Night 2013, where ever you are in Ireland!Culture Night 2013 Ireland

'Festival of Creeps' Detail of the Bonfire piece by Bob & Roberta Smith

Not THIS festival, surely!! Detail of the Bonfire piece by Bob & Roberta Smith

Are you too shy to interact with art?

I stick my head in a frame that says 'I am a future artist'

Don’t be shy, get in there & be part of it! The Bob & Roberta Smith Art School, Kilkenny Arts Festival. Thank you to the kind woman who took this pic, as my selfie attempts weren’t working!

I know I feel that way sometimes; I’m at a gallery or such, and there is a chance to press a button, listen in on headphones, or look at something hidden behind a door— and I just don’t.¬†What the heck is that about?

And I see many others behaving in the same way. I suspect it has its roots in childhood; being told “don’t touch” by grown-ups, or fear of peers’ sniggers if you do something wrong. ¬†Maybe it is to do with some adults giving the impression that only certain types of people are artists or know about art. So even though we ourselves are now adults we’ve internalized ‘look but don’t touch’, & above all,¬†don’t let anyone know you don’t know exactly what is going on.

But I’m¬†not going to analyze that whole issue here– what I want to say is: Feck It!– let’s not allow any unease stop us; let’s¬†unleash our curiosity and inner artist on the ‘art trail’ of ¬†Art Makes Children Powerful by artist Bob and Roberta Smith. You’re allowed, and it is fun!

The trail of free¬†‘Bob Centres,‘ as they are known, runs throughout Kilkenny City; ¬†there is a leaflet (pictured below) with a map of the centres; do pick it up, tis quite handy. It also has a section for you to ‘Answer Back’ ¬†to the Bob & Roberta Smith ‘ What’s¬†What?’ questions on banners along the Quays. Your answer may feature in a new artwork going onto the walls of Butler Gallery!

Leaflet with Bob Centres map

Leaflet with Bob Centres map

On Saturday ¬†there was a one-off walking tour of the centres, guided by the artist himself. I’ve some photos from that which I hope will give you a tempting taster.¬†

We started at the ‘Art School’ in the 16th century Bishop’s Palace,¬†where you can pop by and¬†create something yourself!¬†There are artworks, materials, & assistants present to help you spark an idea if you so desire. Fun!¬†

All ages getting creative at  the 'Art School' section of Bob & Roberta Smith at Kilkenny arts Festival

All ages getting creative at the ‘Art School’ section of Bob & Roberta Smith at Kilkenny arts Festiva

Next, out the back of the Bishop’s Palace & turning left, you come to the building housing the bishop’s old Robing Room. There you will encounter Be¬†Hannah Arendt, ¬†learning some of Hannah’s¬†fascinating life, and you may also¬†try on some of her 1940’s clothes.

Bob & roberta Smith with Hannah Arendt MOTION

Bob & Roberta Smith with Hannah Arendt MOTION

Another Bob Centre is in the Tudor period Rothe House. The Centre For Argument is the¬†perfect place to get something off your chest, and listen to what others have to say. ¬†The facilitators there are Siteation, and they are¬†good craic. ¬†Don’t be nervous, have a go! You can get on the soapbox, use a mic, or tell the world about it all through a good old fashioned megaphone ūüôā

¬†Heading along the river, you can take in the 2 sided Whats¬†What?¬†banners (specially made questions for Ireland) and think of what you’ll say in reply on your¬†Answer Back, or perhaps at the Centre for Argument. At the¬†Bonfire in the county council building, Bob & Roberta read some of the stories written on the bonfire (see my Instagram feed to the right of this post for a video clip of this) and then as a group we did the same.

Centre For Agruement Bob & Roberta Smith

Centre For Agruement Bob & Roberta Smith

Last stop was Butler Gallery in Kilkenny Castle, where ‘static’ works of art from Bob & Roberta Smith are on exhibit. The pieces are colourful & engaging, playful but serious. Here also is where the Answer Back will go onto the wall during & after the Arts Festival. The exhibition at Butler Gallery will continue after the festival, until 6 October.

As it was a walking tour, I didn’t get to ¬†have a go at making some art, try on Hannah’s clothes, or¬†give out about the state of things through a microphone. But watch out; you may spot me getting rid of my art-shyness on the soapbox soon!

Enjoy the festival ūüôā

You may also be interested to see the Bob & Roberta Smith documentary film ¬†“Make Your Own Damn Art” ¬†on at Set Theatre, Mon 12 Aug- Sun 18 Aug (except Thurs) 3pm, free.

 Details and opening times of all the Bob centres are here 

Read more about the exhibit at Butler here

For more about Bob & Roberta Smith and his work at Kilkenny Arts Festival have a read of this Irish Times article

Bob & Roberta Smith, various works in the Bob Centres

Bob & Roberta Smith, various works in the Bob Centres


The love ’em or hate ’em (lots of people love!) paintings by Lowry are on exhibit¬†at Tate Britain¬†until 20 October 2013, and it looks to be a very interesting show.¬†I haven’t been, * wistful sigh* but if I was in London it would be top of my list. Have a look:
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Tickets for the Lowry exhibit are ¬†¬£16.50 (without donation ¬£15.00) & ¬†Concession ¬£14.50 (without donation ¬£13.10) The majority of Tate Britain is free, though, so do have a browse of their website.I imagine the Lowry is going to be quite busy, so I’d reccommend buying your ticket ahead of time or you may not get the time you want. It’s quite nice to take the ‘Tate Boat’ along the Thames from Tate Britain to Tate Modern. It is a quick way to get between the two, and of course the views are fantastic- you’ll pass by many London landmarks. Enjoy!

I’m still visiting Dublin, so this is only a short tip- The National Museum Of Ireland at Collins Barracks -Decorative Arts & more- is a hidden gem right in the centre of Dublin. Beautiful buildings, a wealth of items, free, and not too busy with people. I was really impressed- a wonderful way to get away from the crowds and get lost in time for a few hours. Visit!





¬†one of Richard Mosse’s Infra photos

¬†Don’t let the photo confuse you, yes, there¬†is¬†a reason for a picture of Congo in this post titled ‘Ireland in Venice.’ In fact, it could even be titled Kilkenny in Venice!

What am I on about??

Kilkenny native Richard Mosse is going to be the artist representing Ireland in theVenice Biennale¬†2013, and Kilkenny’s Butler Gallery director, Anna O’Sullivan,

¬†is Ireland’s commissioner/curator for this year’s Biennale.


Mosse will be continuing the work he started with his Infra photoghraphs, surreally documenting the ongoing conflict in eastern Congo. These are very powerful pieces, and I had the privilege of seeing some at Dublin Contemporary in 2011. For the Biennale 2013 in Venice, he will be doing things a bit differently:


‚ÄúAt Venice, Richard will push this work into a strong, immersive multimedia environment,‚ÄĚ said O‚ÄôSullivan. ‚ÄúI am thrilled for Richard, who I know will rise to the challenge of this important opportunity, and will create an extremely original installation that will represent Ireland powerfully on the international stage.‚ÄĚ

                              To find out more, do read the Irish Times article the quote came from, here.


Corban Walker was Ireland's representitive at the 2011 Biennale

Corban Walker was Ireland’s representitive at the 2011 Biennale

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Like many of you, I ‘ve long wanted to visit Venice. Going to see ¬†our own Kilkenny represtentitive ūüôā in Venice is a great reson to Just Do It! I’ve used Air BnB to find an inexpensive but characterful place to stay in the authenitic Venitian neighborhood of Castello– which is also home to the Biennale. I’ll be doing more trip research before we go, & will post up what may be useful to you all, as well as reporting back 1st hand info & tips from our visit. Roll on our October 2013!


I & other readers would love to hear any Venice tips YOU may have- please leave them in the comments below; and thank ¬†you ūüôā