Nine Lives

Nine Lives

8 August 2015 – 27 September 2015


Nine Lives8 August 2015 – 27 September 2015

AP+E | A2 | Clancy Moore | GKMP | Hall McKnight | Ryan Kennihan | Steve Larkin | TAKA | Urban Agency

Nine Lives, curated by Emmett Scanlon, on view in the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny from 8 August until 27 September, presents the work of 9 emerging Irish architectural practices and is part of the New Horizon exhibition that is being shown at the London Festival of Architecture 2015. Nine Lives was first exhibited in the Design Museum Tank from 1-30 June.

New Horizon, a series of presentations in three high-profile venues around the world: London, Chicago, Shenzhen; curated by Natahlie Weadick and Raymund Ryan, draws its inspiration from important thresholds in the history of contemporary Irish architecture. In 1991 eight practices working collaboratively as Group 91 won the master plan competition for Temple Bar in Dublin City Centre; born in the 1950s, several of these architects have gone on to significant international careers. Between Ireland’s initial Venice Pavilion in 2000 and the most recent in 2014, key architects of the generation born in the 1960s have represented Ireland with flair at the prestigious Venice Biennale International Exhibition of Architecture. The architects participating in New Horizon belong to the next generation. Born after the 1970s and educated on the cusp of the new millennium, they commenced practice as Europe’s economy encountered formidable challenges. These new practices have not only weathered that storm, they exhibit resourcefulness and optimism in their profession. Each has found a way to practice critically, to look at what exists in nature and the built environment, to discover potential in previously overlooked situations, to collaborate across disciplines and evolve new modes of practice for the 21st century. The scope of this work is both Irish and conscious of global design culture. It looks to a better future.

New Horizon was launched on 1 June 2015 at London Festival of Architecture and Ireland was selected as the inaugural Focus Country.

Education & Outreach

CURATOR’S TALK & OFFICIAL LAUNCH Saturday 8th August, 3pm & 4pm

3pm, curator Emmett Scanlon in conversation with guests. Followed at 4pm by official opening with Conor Skehan, Chair of the National Housing Agency.

The Sky’s the Limit, Family Creative Space Sat 8 & Sun 9th August 1– 4pm

Build, make and explore a magical city using light, paper and fabric. Come on a creative journey through this magical handmade cityscape with artists Órla Kelly and Deirdre Rogers. ReCreate will supply a variety of unusual materials to make this a unique creative experience for the whole family. This is a drop-in activity for all ages. Click here for more details

Kilkenny Arts Festival Children’s Workshops Tues 11, Wed 12, Thurs 13, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

Workshops are now fully booked.

CLAY SKYSCRAPERS with Maeve Sookram
{Now Fully Booked}

MODULAR TOWERS with Billy McDonald
{Now Fully Booked}

BUILDING PATTERNS with Caroline Ryan
{Now Fully Booked}

Click here for more details.

‘Occupation and Craft in Architecture’ talk followed by Q&A Tues 11 Aug, 5.30pm followed by Q&A

'Occupation and Craft in Architecture' talk followed by Q&A with Emmett Scanlon (curator), Nathalie Weadick (director of the Irish Architecture Foundation) and selected architects including Michael Pike and Alice Clancy from the Nine Lives exhibition.

Family Day, Handmade Homes Sat 12 Sep, 10.30am + 12noon

Explore Architecture through craft and design workshop. Suitable for all ages, Booking required 056 7796151 or email

Crafternoon Tea Wed 16 Sept, 12noon

Meet textile makers, designers and craftspeople over coffee and hear about interesting international textile collaborations taking place both nationally and internationally. Register your attendance, 056 7796151 or email

Culture Night: House Party Sep 18th, 5pm-9pm

National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny is delighted to present House Party as part of this year's Culture Night. Join us for a cultural extravaganza of music, making and talks. See more details here.

Community Workshops: Home September

Home is an exploration of architectural design with artist and architect Fiona Mc Donald for community groups in Kilkenny. Participants will explore how they engage with their homes. See here for more details.

Discover & Design Tues - Sat 10am - 5.30pm, Sun 11am - 5.30pm

Visitors of all ages can design, draw and create with self-guided activities. Drop in and get creative!