Crowded Thresholds

Presented with Kilkenny Arts Festival

Crowded Thresholds, an exhibition presenting thought-provoking pieces by established and emerging practitioners working across different disciplines in applied art, design and visual art, will open at the National Design & Craft Gallery in Kilkenny on Saturday, 10th August.

Curated by Fiona Mulholland and coinciding with the centenary of Freud's essay, The Uncanny, the exhibition explores ‘emotional geography’, generating a fascinating visual interplay between authentic storytelling and artistic expression.

Presented with a sense of playfulness and infectious imagination, this intriguing group exhibition will display objects by established and emerging practitioners – all of whom are based in Ireland or linked to this country – that are connected by a desire to make the invisible visible and have a fundamental interest in traditional processes and materials. Reflecting on what Freud termed ‘The Uncanny’, the psychological experience of something as strangely familiar, Mulholland is interested in how psychoanalytic concepts overlap with the creative process. From traditionally made jewellery pieces that address the concept of humanity to ‘voluptuously illustrated’ silk scarves and reimagined Rorschach inkblot tests, the artists and makers straddle the threshold of disciplines and languages; practices are blurred, with old and new tools utilised, all working to express the very essence of human agency.

One of the exhibition participants, renowned illustrator Joe Caslin, is also developing a new monumental installation for Kilkenny city. He has taken inspiration for this new work from the vitality of the arts and craft in Kilkenny and the intrinsic value of creative expression for our culture, society and wellbeing. This new project is produced by the National Design & Craft Gallery in partnership with Kilkenny Arts Festival.

Max Brosi / Joe Caslin / Julie Connellan / Hazel Kenny / Daithi Magner / Paul McClure / Caoimhe McGuckin / John Rainey / Niall Sweeney @ Pony Ltd. / Brigitta Varadi

Clay / Glass / Metal / Other / Paper / Textiles / Wood

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10 August to 10 November 2019


National Design & Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny


Free admission

Opening Hours

Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5.30pm, Sunday + Bank Holidays: 11am - 5.30pm

Further Information

+353 56 7796147

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