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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












25th June
For me, it was important to celebrate the end of the residency while showing the produced works.  For several reasons:
• I think that the end of a project must be celebrated.
• This is not only ‘what if’, its real, on the walls.
• To see the work in a perfect environment with people around gives another dimension to the work and allows taking good pictures for future files.
• It is important to take advantage of that kind of event to thank people involved in the project.  I think about all the people around Eogan for example.

At first there was no time for a celebration but Mary and the Arts Office staff managed something and we organised an opening.  This was a really good occasion. 


What the residency brought me?
• I realised 10 paintings 100cm x 100cm and even if I find some weaknesses in one or the other, it was important to finish the project.
• To have the time and the budget to dedicate myself to only a single objective.
• Process rationalisation.
• Perfected techniques of collage and colour.
• Clarification of the concept and objectives.
• The collaboration with Eogan was very beneficial.  After the first of his discourses, he thanked me for helping him to realise his vision but I think that I learned more from him that the opposite.
• Professionally and personally it was very good.

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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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June 2020