July 31, 2015

Nine Lives_Kilkenny_Release

Nine Lives, curated by Emmett Scanlon for Irish Design 2015, presents the work of nine emerging Irish architectural practices who are gaining a national and international reputation in the craft of architecture. The exhibition opens at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny on 8th August as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival 2015 and runs until 27th September

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Nine Lives was first shown at the Tank at the Design Museum during London Festival of Architecture earlier this year where Ireland was the inaugural Focus Country. The exhibition is part of New Horizon_architecture from Ireland, conceived and curated by Raymund Ryan and Nathalie Weadick as a series of presentations of the work of ten emerging Irish practices in three high profile venues around the world. New Horizon_architecture from Ireland is the flagship showcase of Irish architecture and the built environment for Irish Design 2015 (ID2015).

Nine Lives invites visitors to look inside the rooms of nine buildings built on the island of Ireland between 2009 and 2015 and to observe and enjoy the everyday life found inside. Eight homes and one outdoor classroom designed by the practices – AP+E, A2, Clancy Moore, GKMP, Hall McKnight, Ryan Kennihan, Steve Larkin, TAKA, and Urban Agency – are displayed on striking blue and bright pink shutter-boxes in the windows of the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny.

Curator Emmett Scanlon says: “Nine Lives is a show about people. Architecture is really exciting and only relevant to society when it is made by, for and with people. When curating this exhibition I wanted to show that rooms have stories to tell and that people’s lives become bound up in the making and using of rooms and buildings. For Nine Lives in Kilkenny, I made a kind of open-library, gathering some pages from architectural storybooks for all nine projects. These pages reveal how, over time, the buildings have come to be designed, crafted, used, visited, observed, shared and remade. To understand architecture, we must read our lives as told through our buildings and it is clear in Nine Lives that architecture can provide a way for people to connect meaningfully with themselves, their families, their designed and built environments and beyond to both real and virtual communities around them.”

Gathering a rich variety of drawings, sketches, photos, models and texts from both architects and occupants, and presenting new photographs taken specifically for this exhibition, Nine Lives aims to reveal the care and craft of architectural design, to honour the creative and engaged use of these rooms by their occupants, and to celebrate the social value of architecture in our everyday lives.

Commenting on the exhibition, Brian McGee, Acting Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland said: “We are delighted to be presenting Nine Lives at the National Craft Gallery, as part of the exciting line-up of events for the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2015. Nine Lives showcases the leading edge of architectural talent in Ireland and illustrates how Irish architects have developed a real understanding of materials and craftsmanship as well as a true sense of place. Many are already establishing international reputations and winning prestigious awards, raising Ireland’s profile on the world stage for our talent, creativity and innovation.”

Nine Lives’ run at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny until 27th September 2015 follows the exhibition’s debut in London for the month of June as part of New Horizon_architecture from Ireland. A key component of the ID2015 programme of international events, New Horizon_architecture from Ireland will have subsequent iterations later this year in Chicago and Hong Kong/Shenzhen.

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