OPW is delighted to welcome the Amber Refuge exhibition titled ‘LOVE’ – Stars to End Violence’ to the courtyard of Kilkenny Castle from Sunday 16 May until Monday 7 June (inclusive). It will also co-inside on Sunday 16 May with the UNESCO International Day of Light, which is also International Day of Living in Peace Together.
The exhibition, entitled LOVE is a reminder that in uncertain times we are innately connected as humans by both our vulnerability and our strength. As a community we can show support and compassion in adversity. Love and compassion are stronger than hate and violence. Love is universal and instils hope and encourages connection. We are reminded of what it means to show healthy love, respect, acceptance, trust, empathy, and unity. Inspired by the Martin Luther King quote: “Returning hate for hate multiples hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
The exhibition comprises of a 3D structure of the letters spelling LOVE* and is crafted in precast steel, with hand woven stars (made by a cross section of communities across Kilkenny) and tied to the letters. The Amber One Million Stars to End Violence Project is a community arts project that connects all through the craft of weaving stars. The hand-woven stars represent light, hope and solidarity against all forms of violence.
In addition to the exhibition, on Sunday 16 May from 12pm to 5pm, there will be an ‘Information Afternoon & Stars Display’ in the Medieval Room of the Castle with advance registration and all attendees will receive a free ‘Star’+ weaving kit to take home. Strict Covid guidelines will apply. For further information, please visit www.onemillionstarsireland.ie instagram@irelandstarweavers #onemillionstarsireland