CULTURE NIGHT: Festival of Collaborative Creativity

CULTURE NIGHT: Festival of Collaborative Creativity

5pm – 8.30pm, Friday 20th September 2019
National Design & Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny

For this year's Culture Night join us for a Festival of Collaborative Creativity and embrace the joy of being creative and working in the moment! On Friday 20 September, the Castle Yard will be transformed for the night with music and creativity and will be a truly inviting and festive environment for all ages. Take part in our free drop-in workshops, have fun in the family-friendly creative play area and enjoy gallery mini-tours. Adults can enjoy a glass of wine and everyone can engage in the fantastic range of activities on offer, including drumming, drawing, jewellery making, printing and textiles.

Our Culture Night events, workshops and installation are inspired by our thought-provoking exhibition Crowded Thresholds at the National Design & Craft Gallery which can be viewed on the night. Crowded Thresholds showcases thought-provoking pieces across different disciplines in applied art, design and visual art, and explores ‘emotional geography’, generating a fascinating visual interplay between authentic storytelling and artistic expression. Presented with a sense of playfulness and infectious imagination, this intriguing group exhibition displays objects by established and emerging practitioners – all of whom are based in Ireland or linked to this country – that are connected by a desire to make the invisible visible and have a fundamental interest in traditional processes and materials.


R.S.A.G. aka Jeremy Hickey - regarded as one of Europes leading drummers, will lead drop-in Drum Like A Pro Workshops from 5pm 

Steven Aylin - estabhlished Kilkenny artist leads an intriging drop-in Rhythmic Drawing Workshop responding to drum beats from 5pm

Marie Kelly - Creative Danish jeweller leads a hands on Colour Pop Bracelet Making Workshop for all ages from 5pm

Sheila Jordan - artist and maker, has worked on creative projects with schools from Kilkenny which will be shown at Culture Night in Castle Yard

INSMANIC - Local Kilkenny band will perform a set at 6.30pm



Open Circle Arts present: ALTARation

Inviting you to join artists Alison O’Flynn and Annette Beegan Duggan at the National Design & Craft Gallery to create an ‘Altar’, relating to an experience, a feeling, a wish, a dream, a hope, a person, a season, a tangible or intangible thing. This playful workshop will provide participants with a variety of materials and objects to choose from, around which they will build their altar. Examples include fabric, needle and threads, ribbon, flowers, real and fake, wire, old toys, shells, pebbles, dried grasses, and pen and paper. Participants are also invited to bring their own material/object to work with.


Blackstack Studio with DCCI present Your Face is a Work of Art and Live Screenprinting As Gaeilge

‘Your Face is a Work of Art’, YOU are the model, maker and masterpiece in this workshop! Print your own selfie on a unisex Tee, Tote Bag or paper – tees on a first-come, first-served basis.Blackstack Studio relief and screen print workshops use a collage of different print block stamps and stencils to create a piece of art as unique as you. “You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.” George Bernard Shaw.

Live screenprinting as Gaeilge with Nadia Cullinane and Angelina Foster - visitors will screenprint their own bag or tee by hand and hang to dry, returning later in the evening to pick it up. The bags will be printed in yellow and black to present Kilkenny colours. These mobile art stations will take place in Castle Yard


Time: 5pm - 8.30pm
Genres: Arts and Crafts/AudioVisual/Craft/Dance/Design/Fashion/Heritage/Music/Performance/Printmaking Demonstrations/Tour/Visual Art/Workshop
Features: Family friendly/Wheelchair accessible
This is a free event. No booking required!