A Contemporary Public Art Event celebrating Woodstock Gardens
Sunday 26th July 2009
Woodstock Gardens, inistioge, Co Kilkenny are the site of a temporary public art project this July which will culminate in a unique event celebrating the Gardens and the people who created them. The project, which has been developed by Kilkenny County Council and the public art company Chrysalis Arts, will support a group of Kilkenny-based artists in gaining new skills in the field of public art, from initial ideas for artworks inspired by the site, through to their realisation using a wide range of creative processes.
The six artists selected to take part in the project are painter Gillian Campden, sculptor Philip Cullen, textile artist Caroline Schofield, media artist Deirdre Southey, artist Niamh White and writer Carmel Cummins. The artists will work with Chrysalis and Kilkenny County Council Arts Office to create a series of contemporary artworks which will be temporarily sited at Woodstock Gardens and the public will be invited to view them at a special event on Sunday 26th July.
“We have called the event Woodstock Promenade as we want to invite the public to come and take a gentle stroll through the gardens to view and interact with the artworks as people would have done in Victorian times and have continued to do since then”, commented Rick Faulkner, Director of Chrysalis Arts. “Some of the artworks will draw upon archival material and stories of life at Woodstock whilst others will be inspired by the plants and layout of the gardens.
Community participation has played an integral part in the development of the project and the artists have worked with schools and members of the community who have taken part in a range of workshop activities including painting, textiles and casting.