Crowded Thresholds

Crowded Thresholds

Presented with Kilkenny Arts Festival

10 August 2019 – 10 November 2019


Crowded Thresholds
Presented with Kilkenny Arts Festival 10 August 2019 – 10 November 2019

Max Brosi / Joe Caslin / Julie Connellan / Hazel Kenny / Daithi Magner / Paul McClure / Caoimhe McGuckin / John Rainey / Niall Sweeney @ Pony Ltd. / Brigitta Varadi

Curated by Fiona Mulholland

“Of all human activities, creativity comes closest to providing the fulfilment we all hope to get in our lives. Call it full-blast living”. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

From amputated limb jewellery to wearable measurement systems; ‘voluptuously illustrated’ silk scarfs, to Rorschach inkblot textile hangings; derelict angel houses constructed using found materials, to artefacts that suggest new ways of representing the self - Crowded Thresholds is an intriguing group exhibition of established and emerging practitioners, working across different disciplines in applied art, design and visual art.

This thought-provoking exhibition represents the ‘emotional geography’ of the makers, generating a fascinating visual interplay between authentic storytelling and artistic expression, with a sense of playfulness and infectious imagination. A common thread throughout is the artists’ preoccupation with making the invisible, visible, and a fundamental interest in traditional processes and materials.

Crowded Thresholds explores effects of the subconscious in the creation and response to  objects of material culture. Reflecting on what Freud termed ‘The Uncanny’, the psychological experience of something as strangely familiar, the curator is interested in how psychoanalytic concepts overlap with the creative process. Bringing together a disparate set of influences from popular culture to the avantgarde; surrealism to realism; social cultural issues to the body at a microscopic level – the exhibition ultimately embraces our humanity.

As part of the exhibition illustrator and street artist Joe Caslin has developed a new monumental installation for the city. He has taken inspiration for this new work from the vitality of the arts and craft in Kilkenny and the intrinsic value of creative expression for our culture, society and wellbeing. This new project is produced the by National Design & Craft Gallery in partnership with Kilkenny Arts Festival, with valued support from Kilkenny County Council, Kilkenny Civic Trust and Bretts Hardware.

Education & Outreach

Line + Narrative - Illustration Masterclass Fri Aug 9, 2pm – 5pm €25

Masterclass in illustration techniques with Joe Caslin. Age 16+. Book here

Collaborative build using found materials and DIY architecture Sat 10 & Sun Aug 11, 11am – 1pm or 2pm – 4pm

Collaborative build using found materials and DIY architecture, inspired by Daithi Magner’s sculpture, with Sandra McAllister. Ages 14+. Register here

Curator’s Tour & Launch Sat 10 Aug, 1pm

Join curator Fiona Mulholland with exhibiting makers for an introduction to the exhibition, as they discuss personal and creative investments within making processes.
Followed by the Crowded Thresholds exhibition launch with Crafted Cocktails from Pembroke Kilkenny. Register here

Movement + Mindfulness Flow Yoga Sun 11 Aug, 12pm, Pay as you want session

An invigorating flow yoga session with Essie Millie of Kilkenny School of Yoga, focusing on mindful movement to stimulate creativity and positive energy. Register here

Secret Garden Reflective Creative Space Sun 11 - Sun Aug 18, 11am - 4pm

Drop-in to our peaceful secret garden retreat, to relax, contemplate or make. Register here

Children’s Craft Workshops for Kilkenny Arts Festival Tue 13 – 15 Aug, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm

Creative craft workshops for children as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival, taking inspiration from pieces in Crowded Thresholds. 1 workshop/child (6-13yrs)
Impressive Illustrations with Caroline Schofield
Textured Textiles with Sandra Mc Allister
Clay Creatures with Brid Lyons   Book here

Visible//Invisible Mindful Drawing Sat 17 Aug 11am – 1pm €10

Relax and reflect in this mindful drawing session, with Visual artist Caroline Schofield. Book here

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