Presented with Kilkenny Arts Festival 10 August 2019 – 10 November 2019
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
Curator’s Tour & Launch Sat 10 Aug, 1pm
Join curator Fiona Mulholland with exhibiting makers for an introduction to the exhibition, as they expand on the narratives in the show, discussing personal and creative investments within making processes.
Followed by the Crowded Thresholds exhibition launch with Crafted Cocktails from Pembroke Kilkenny. Register 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
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. Bring your mat and join the festival yoga flow! 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 impressive pieces in National Design & Craft Gallery’s exhibition Crowded Thresholds.
Strictly 1 workshop/child (6-13yrs)
Impressive Illustrations with Caroline Schofield
Textured Textiles with Sandra Mc Allister
Clay Creatures with Brid Lyons
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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