Modified Expression

Tear, fold, cut, read, write, print, and colour: Modified Expression, Kilkenny Arts Festivals' CRAFT strand exhibition, is all about books.

An exciting mix of emerging and established artists whose work is inspired by the written word, or by the binding and recycling of books and paper, respond to works from the literature strand of the Kilkenny Arts Festival.

The artists have responded with a breathtaking range of techniques, manipulating and experimenting with all aspects of the authors’ recent works, from the text itself to the structure and binding, the paper, the print and the illustrations. Featuring calligraphic text, deconstructed books, intricately hand-cut paper, and recycled and re-sculptured works, Modified Expression is a fascinating collection of artworks that demonstrates each artist’s personal interpretation of the texts, transforming literary works into visual ones and creating powerful new forms of expression.

  • Gallery Talk: 6th August, 3pm – with curator Angela O’ Kelly.
  • Exhibition Opening: 6th August, 4pm
  • Readings: 7th August, 6pm – with authors including Patrick McCabe and Dermot Healy
  • Free Interactive Bookbinding Activities: 6th – 8th August – with Rachel Hazell
  • Public Talk: 8th August, 8pm: 'Facebook – an anthropological view' with Prof Daniel Miller
  • Children’s Paper Craft Workshops: 9 - 11th August, 2pm – 4pm - exploring ancient papermaking techniques. (To book call: 056 7796151)
  • Late Date: 26th August, 6pm - hosted by guest poets from Ó Bhéal
  • Exhibitions Tours: Daily during KAF at 11am and 3pm (And thereafter every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am - booking required)

For more information on the artists involved visit the Kilkenny Arts Festival website.



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Spread the Word


06 August to 12 October 2011


National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Saturday 10am - 5.30pm Sunday 11am-5.30pm Open Bank Holiday Mondays

Further Information

Ann Mulrooney
+353 (0)56 77 61804

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