RHA Friends Event

Day Trip to Kilkenny Arts Festival
15 Aug 2018
Time: All day

The popular trip to visit the Kilkenny Arts Festival is taking place again this year for the Friends of the RHA. This year is the 45th edition of the Festival and there are many treats in store for us! There is a private coach available to bring the group from Dublin to Kilkenny and return.

We will be starting the day at the National Design and Craft Gallery to visit the exhibition .OBJ: Digital Handmade. This exhibition showcases the works of Irish and international makers whose practices are situated at the intersection of the digital and analogue. These makers draw on emerging digital tools and processes to experiment with material practices that are rooted in craft and design traditions, building objects that question and shape our world.

Following this, the Friends will enjoy lunch at Kilkenny Design Centre restaurant, with some free time after to wander through the design centre.

After lunch the Friends will head across to the exhibition Kilkenny Visions at Kilkenny Arts Centre HQ, presented in the stunning renaissance surrounds of Rothe House, a stone’s throw from the Abbey Quarter.  Over the past year, the Festival has partnered with UCD’s School of Architecture to investigate blue-skies possibilities for future cultural and performance spaces for the city that also respond to its unique medieval character. This exhibition brings together eight young architects, just completing their studies at UCD, and their fresh perspectives to this challenge under the guidance of their professors Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey.

Next the Friends will take a stroll to Butler Gallery where Anna O’Sullivan, Director, will walk the Friends through their exhibition I Smelled A Raw Recruit: The World War Films of Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley. This exhibition brings together the artists’ most recent film, In the Body of the Sturgeon, which follows a doomed submarine crew on its final journey in the Pacific, and three earlier films set on the Western Front of World War I.

Our day will end with a short walk to Kilkenny Castle Park to view the spectacular performance The Lightkeepers Last Stand by The Looseysmokes. This acrobatic, madcap comedy is performed in and around a gigantic, otherworldly lighthouse where the lightkeepers are striving to maintain order, cleaning lenses, winding clocks and lighting lamps. But when disaster strikes, will lunacy prevail?


Fee of €55 per person for this trip, covering return coach and lunch at Kilkenny restaurant. If you do not wish to travel with the group by coach another price can be arranged.

Please note – this trip is subject to cancellation if there are not enough people attending.

Payment must be received in full by Friday 10th  of August to guarantee place on trip. Places are limited so early booking is advised.

This event is for RHA Friends only and booking is required. To book a place please email Róisín Bohan, Friends co-ordinator at friends@rhagallery.ie, tel: 01 661 2558 or click ‘book now’.

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