Preparations are underway for our, not-to-be-missed, annual arts festival exhibition! This year we are so excited to be featuring the work of acclaimed artist and wood turner, Liam Flynn alongside emerging photographer, Nicolas Picchi.

The exhibition is open daily from July 31st to August 31st at the Glass Attic Gallery at Jerpoint Glass Studio, located in the heart of the Kilkenny countryside, just 15 minutes from the city centre. Visitors are also invited to witness the glassblowers individually hand-craft each piece in the Jerpoint collection whilst spending time at the studio.

Liam Flynn

Irish artist Liam Flynn creates breathtakingly simple and elegant sculptural wood-turned vessels, formed from Irish hardwood. With exceptional skill and understanding of the grain, Flynn is known for his signature ‘inner-rimmed’ vessels and barrel forms. These demonstrative wood forms are delicate and tactile. Whilst they appear quite distinctive, they share a common theme in his use of the material.Described as ‘one of the most important wood-turners of his generation’, Liam’s work has featured on a special edition Irish postal stamp in 2011, to mark Ireland’s ‘Year of Craft’ and forms part of both private and public collections worldwide including Victoria & Albert Museum, London; National Museum of Ireland and Minneapolis Institute of the Arts.

Nicolas Picchi

Emerging photographic artist Nicolas Picchi is set to unveil his latest series of images depicting the stunningly beautiful yet unforgiving landscape on the Shetland Islands.... The collection entitled “Aboot de Banks", Shetlandic for "Along the Shore", captures a timeless glimpse of the Shetlands, revealing its esoteric atmosphere and exceptional rugged beauty. Nicolas Picchi, a photographer from Brittany in France, has photographed a multitude of different terrains including the Highlands of Scotland, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Malta. Nicolas lived on Burra, a small island in the Shetlands from 2013 to 2015. His latest work is a retrospective of his time spent living and working on the island.

This is our tenth group exhibition celebrating ‘Kilkenny Arts Festival’. It’s our favourite time of year in Kilkenny, which is already a vibrant eclectic city that takes on new life throughout the ten days of the festival. The ‘Songs of the Sea’ exhibition depicting the work of Oscar nominated local animation studio, The Cartoon Saloon at Butler Gallery and the secret garden music sessions will be amongst its highlights this year along with the epic DruidShakespeare performances in the Castle Yard.

We look forward to seeing you!