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40 strong on our second night of knitting, some expert instruction being given by the inspirational Anne Bolger.

The second night of our Knitting Circle was a great success thanks to everyone who could make it. I am very excited to see what everyone produces for me to construct,  happy, productive knitting everyone. I look forward to seeing you all next week. Read the rest of this entry »

I couldn’t resist uploading these photos of last nights view out of the window. It was a wet and dark evening but this view really caught my attention. As you may know Deirdre, Louise, Ita, Anne and Anne have spent much of their time over the last week or so unravelling jumpers, cardigans and the like, winding this wool into balls, washing these and them wrapping them around the window to dry. This is the result! Quite beautiful and I am particularly take by the dressing table and chair set up in the window across the road.

drying the wool

Last Thursday night was as you all know a windy stormy night. Despite this inclement weather, the arts office space, no. 76 John Street, had a room full of enthusiastic knitters. Much to the delight of both Deirdre and I we had forty five women turn up to join in our collaborative project. Deirdre (resident artist) and I, (Arts Officer) enlightened everyone as to what lay ahead for them……lots of knitting, chat, tea and biscuits and skill sharing and the eventual highlight that will be the unveiling of the fruits of our labour in December. We were thrilled with the obvious skill and talent around us last night and the clear interest in many to learn from each other. We very much look forward to working with everyone over the coming weeks.

We have also now opened up for bookings for our Upcycling workshop to take place on Saturday December 11th 10am – 5pm, places are limited and booking is essential!!!



Thankfully Deirdre is now back in action after a week of being ill. but she is certainly making up for lost time and things are developing fast. In fact we have put out a call for enthusiastic and keen knitters to collaborate with her and each other during her time here in the Arts Office space.
Using up-cycled wool, innovative re-design techniques, cups of tea, biscuits, lots of chat and instruction from Deirdre the group will create a collaborative piece of work. Deirdre will provide instruction on design outcome and will facilitate the group on a weekly basis over a five week period. We have had a fantastic response to this call and are really looking forward to next week and if things continue like this we may have to add a second night to the knitting activity. (we are still open to knitters signing up, We are intending to unveil the finished piece publicly on the evening of December 11th.
Deirdre has also had meetings with three individuals who will be joining her next week as interns and will work with her on a weekly basis for the duration of the residency. This is a fantastic opportunity for the interns and lots of learning and skill sharing will go on no doubt. We look forward to introducing them in the near future.
As Arts Officer I am absolutely delighted with how inclusive the residency is proving to be already and there’s plenty more to come… so watch this space

START DATE: We are inviting the group to meet at 7pm on the evening of the 11th of November where Deirdre will introduce you to the project. This is your opportunity to interact and share skills and to learn new techniques in a highly innovative area of the visual arts.

If you have any queries or are interested in being part of this group please e mail or call 056 7794138 on or before 9th November 2011.

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Art at No. 76

The aim and focus of the Art Residency at No. 76 is to enable the successful applicant to research and develop their practice. Other aims of the residency are to: give insights into how and why artists create their work, build relationships and further promote the Arts, provide an awareness and further appreciation of the Arts, cultivate and develop new audiences. The Kilkenny Arts Office is part of

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