Culture Night Save the Date

Culture Night Save the Date

House Party

Culture Night: Fri 18 Sept, 5pm- 9pm House Party: Workshops, Talks & Music

National Craft Gallery invites everyone over to ours for a ’House Party’ to celebrate Culture Night.

We are delighted to welcome homegrown creative collectives and designer-makers to share their diverse and interesting approaches to architectural design, creativity and the home at this year's Culture Night. Pull up a seat and enjoy a talk with Commonage curator Rosie Lynch on Nimble Spaces accompanied by short films on participatory design.  Thinking of redecorating? Then join the members of Open Circle Community Arts Collective for an introduction to bespoke wallpaper printing, using personal narratives. Children are invited to get creative in our garden( weather permitting) were they can engage with building and occupying their own imaginative spaces in our DEN BUILDING Family Creative Space.  National Craft Gallery is delighted to welcome illustrator Fuchsia MacAree and invites you to join her in making a table top town at HOMEMAKERS. Actively explore the built environment with WIT Architecture lecturer George Wright by taking part in our drawing workshop LOOKING AT ARCHITECTURE

If you love culture, design, good company and food join National Craft Gallery this Friday 18th September for Culture Night.

HOMEMAKERS with Fushsia MacAree

HOMEMAKERS invites children and adults alike to design their own ideal home! Using stackable 3D houses and apartment templates, visitors to the gallery can draw a cross section of what they think should be going on inside. Take inspiration from our Nine Lives exhibition or let your imagination create a crazy scene, and add your home to the tabletop town!

Artist Bio
Fuchsia MacAree is an illustrator living and working in Dublin. She studied Visual Communication in NCAD before doing a Masters in Illustration at UAL in London. She draws inspiration from everyday Irish life and her work is often bold, colourful and lighthearted. She has exhibited and appeared in publications in Tokyo, Beijing, Los Angeles, Dublin and London and has worked with a long list of clients including Coca Cola, Vodafone, Cara Magazine, Google and Mercedes Benz.


Basics shapes, form, colour and texture are starting points to explore design. Using this easy method anyone can draw and through this process begin to appreciate a greater understanding of modern and historical architecture. Today we have such easy access to images that we can passively see everything and yet without active exploration through sketching and drawing we will never begin to understand design in architecture. LOOKING AT ARCHITECTURE through drawing is a practical workshop however, no prior knowledge is required and participants will be taken through sketching in easy stages. Workshop suitable for adults.

DEN BUILDING with Shelia Jordan

Ever made a secret sofa hideaway? A child’s first experience of building their own space to inhabit is through the making of dens, whether they are indoors from chairs and blankets or outdoors using natural materials. We invite children of all ages to join us in the National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard Kilkenny on Culture Night to have a go at building a secert space that only you have access to, or maybe a mighty castle and defend it against enemy attacks. This collaborative den will grow and transform the gallery or outside in the Castle Yard if the weather is fine.  Let your imaginations take over on Culture Night!

BESPOKE WALLPAPER with Open Circle Community Arts

Calling all interior design enthusiasts! Join members of Open Circle Community Arts on Culture Night at the National Craft Gallery where they will demonstrate printing techniques they recently developed while working with visual artist Steven Aylin. The members of Open Circle created bespoke wallpaper from personal narratives for their own community art house, a former domestic dwelling in Kilkenny City. Are you up for this design challenge?

NIMBLE SPACES with Commonage curator Rosie Lynch

Nimble Spaces explores how we share, shape and design our homes and living spaces. Nimble Spaces is an enabling design process that supports adults with a disability to work creatively with artists and architects through design collaborations and workshops. Nimble Spaces is a creative community engagement initiated in Callan, Co. Kilkenny

Watch short films made as part of Nimble Spaces through out the evening and leave your thoughts on the design of a home for the 21st century citizen.

This is a picnic with a difference. Enjoy good company, food, drawing and making in our backyard, the Castle Yard! (Weather permitting)