July 30, 2020 @ 9:00 am – October 26, 2020 @ 5:00 pm


As we emerge from our homes into a changed world, CONNECTED celebrates our collective solidarity, connectivity, resilience and creativity. It reminds us of the importance and fragility of our human connections, with family, friends and wider global society, while reflecting on our deep interconnection with the natural world which each generation holds in trust for the next.
Designed as a sculpture trail throughout the city, CONNECTED allows audiences to re-connect with culture and craft outside of a gallery setting. Recognised as the home of craft and design in Ireland, this citywide sculpture trail opens up heritage gardens and courtyards at the heart of Kilkenny, and encourages us to rediscover the city through fresh eyes.
The trail leads you through the city’s key cultural and historic sites. The exhibition has now been extended to run until 26 October 2020.
Sculptures sited at Kilkenny Castle Park:
Alan Meredith:
The Fold, a wooden architectural pavilion celebrates congregation – which we have so missed during this difficult time. The pavilion creates space for people to come together while remaining socially distant, within a safe outdoor environment. Situated by the wildflower meadow in the front lawn of Kilkenny Castle, the piece straddles the untamed natural plant growth as well as the manicured lawn.
Michelle Maher:
Originally from Co. Tipperary, Michelle is now based in Castleknock, Dublin. She takes inspiration from micro-organisms and unusual botanical forms. She has often developed sculptures for installation within water environments. In creating Seeing Red, Michelle looked at the ideas of vulnerability, resilience and connection. As we emerge from lockdown this sculpture is her way of reconnecting with her own creativity.
Ann Mulrooney:
Ann Mulrooney designed the National Monument which is cast from the hands of relatives of missing persons. Ann has exhibited widely in the UK and Ireland and her work is held in numerous public and private collections and directed the National Design & Craft Gallery, VISUAL Carlow and the National Science Gallery.
Michael Warren:
Michael Warren studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan. His monumental sculptures often seem to defy gravity. Void Anchored, is an OPW Commission located in Kilkenny Castle Park in 1985. This mammoth sculpture captures an embrace of the unknown and uncertainty- a void anchored to the earth.
Produced by Design & Crafts Council Ireland, this is a citywide collaboration with Kilkenny County Council, Office of Public Works, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny Civic Trust, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Tourism, Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce, as well as hotel and business owners. CONNECTED celebrates community and the wealth of creativity in Kilkenny, and invites you to explore the city
Full details available on www.ndcg.ie/exhibitions/connected