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8th October
I have completed five 1m x 1m paintings and a series of six 20cm x 20 cm paintings, each one pushing my work into a new direction. For example, I began one using charcoal or by making a gesture marks on the canvas, these new elements would be incorporated into the world of painting I already knew. By starting a piece with something unknown created a lot of problems and often brought the works in the wrong direction. I found this very rewarding and it gave me time to reflect on what direction I was going in. 







1st October
I continuing my normal studio practice, with the idea of beginning the create sculpture/ installation work little by little. I had been studying work by artists like Rachel Feinstein and Jessica stockholder (as shown on the right).
It had to be a gradual process to incorporate as much of my painting into these new sculpture pieces as possible. I began by starting a series of paintings to help me adjust to the new surroundings. In every painting I tried to introduce new elements and cause problems which I would try to resolve over the next few weeks.


Visual artist Hugh McCarthy commenced his six-week residency on Monday 10 September at the Kilkenny Arts Office space at No.72 John Street, Kilkenny. In his work Hugh combines elements of popular culture and abstraction to create art that not only investigates the studio practice but also simultaneously explores personal and universal issues in contemporary society. Working in No. 72, John Street Monday to Friday until the 19 October the general public are invited to meet the artist. For further information on this residency please contact the Arts Office, Kilkenny County Council Arts Office, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny.
T: 056 7794138

17th September

I was delighted to find that the arts office had most of the essential equipment any artist would need in a new space. They also supplied me with a projector, which I used to project previous motifs onto new canvases to work through ides and experiment, helping me discard some of that background noise and find the real path I wished to follow. This also meant I could continue my work after “office hours” at home using my laptop and project the adjustments onto the work the following day. It is important to mention the time-table, as I’m sure most artists don’t follow a strict 9 to 5.It was difficult for me to leave my work at five o’clock, but I believe this type of programme helps artists to work to deadlines, which helps in any professional career.

 But these are all good reasons to undertake a residency. It makes you work in a different form than you would normally. Different timetable, studio, county and the interaction with the public influenced my work greatly.  

Hugh McCarthy, Hysteria, 2007, Mixed Media on Canvas, 100cm x 100cm; courtesy Stone Gallery












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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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