Arts Festival at Shankill Castle

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TRANSFORMANCE, this years Arts Festival at Shankill Castle, is about the fluidity and transformation that comes from, not only the creative process, but also from the artists’ themselves, their world around them, how they depict it and how they capture these continuous changes. These transformations are akin to life long performances; transformances.

As well as displaying her recent works, Elizabeth Cope invites other artists to exhibit along side her. This year sees the 25th year of Shankill Castle hosting an exhibition during the Kilkenny Arts Festival. The festival includes paintings, prints, installations and performances in the castle stable yard and gardens. The exhibition offers attendees a unique cultural experience set in the Kilkenny countryside.

Over the days of the Exhibition Phoebe Cope will be leading a Drawing Marathon and Art Workshop. She will be coaching participants in their own work and also producing a series of drawings for immediate display in the exhibition, a fast and fresh exhibition where she will be immediately impacted by her surroundings. You can join in by booking here.

Australian artist Rachael Wellisch came to Shankill Castle as part of the artists’ residency programme last May. Her work predominantly focuses on the transition of base matter to cultural object using natural materials.

Clare Ormerod is based at Huntington Castle, Co. Carlow. Originally from London, Ormerod has witnessed the transgression in her own work style and genre over the years. Her works resemble nature, yet are constantly evolving within a bigger network of connections.

Reuben Cope is exhibiting more of his thought provoking installations that turn everyday things into objects of compelling intrigue and engagement.

The festival launches in The Stable Yard at Shankill Castle on Sunday 13th August at 2pm and is open each day from Monday 14th- Sunday 20th August 10am-5pm.

Elizabeth Cope     Rachael WellischClare Ormerod   ReubenCopeInterior by Phoebe Cope