Design & Crafts Council Ireland and partners in association with Kilkenny Arts Festival present


Thursday 30 July to Tuesday 20 October

CONNECTED is a unique outdoor exhibition experience and sculpture trail featuring 30 works by over 20 artists, designers and craftspeople. Beginning at the National Design & Craft Gallery, the trail leads you through the city’s key cultural and historic sites along Kilkenny’s Medieval mile. CONNECTED builds on Kilkenny’s existing cultural gravitas and provides a platform to highlight the craftmanship involved in developing large and small-scale works suited to the great outdoors.

There is a wide range of extraordinary works: some are small, intricate and intimate, others are formidable and enticing. Located in the Castle Park, Alan Meredith’s ‘Cleft Bench’ stretches over eight metres providing plenty of space for social distanced gatherings. James Horan’s ‘Figures on a Pedestal’ in Butler House Gardens are carved from white Italian marble with one male figure, carved from Butlers Grove limestone quarried just outside Kilkenny City. Saidhbhín Gibson’s ‘40 Assorted Dressings for the Prickly Pear’ is a playful piece whereby dressings have been specially made for injured parts of a plant, akin to buying a packet of 40 assorted plasters for cuts and bruises. There is a poignant undercurrent to many of the works on display. ‘One Million Stars’ at the Medieval Mile Museum is a project born from the Amber Women’s Refuge to raise awareness of domestic violence. Rajinder Singh's ‘Un-migrant-ing’ features five caged birdhouses reflecting Direct Provision Centres in Ireland. 

CONNECTED reminds us of the importance of our human connections with family, friends and the wider global society. It reflects on our deep interconnection with the natural world which each generation holds in trust for the next. Designed as an external exhibition, CONNECTED allows audiences to re-connect with culture and craft outside of a gallery setting. Recognised as the home of craft and design in Ireland, this new sculpture trail opens up heritage gardens at the heart of Kilkenny City, and encourages us to rediscover the city through fresh eyes.

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