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As part of Irish Design 2015, Emmett was invited to participate in New Horizon, Architecture from Ireland, the flagship architecture initiative of the year of Irish Design. Emmett was invited to make an exhibition of the work of nine other Irish architects. The first iteration of Nine Lives, the title of the exhibition, was presented at the Design Museum as part of the London Architecture Festival in June 2015. Presented here is the exhibition on its return to Ireland as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival.
The initial brief was to curate and design an exhibition that showcased the work of nine emerging Irish architects. The aim was to communicate the craft of architecture to an audience in an accessible and engaging and exciting way.
A development of an earlier iteration of the exhibition shown in London, the brief was also to make an exhibition that highlighted each architect’s distinct work, while also offering a view on anything that was held in common among the architects – to present unity in diversity. The show also had to propose an innovative way of displaying architectural content, to enable a broad audience access to architecture – an often difficult design discipline to display in an exhibition setting. The show was to be spread across two gallery spaces, each presenting distinct challenges to the design and curation of the show.
A site-specific exhibition was designed. Each of the nine architects was given a shutter-box display, occupying the windows of the gallery space, putting the work the architects into the light. There are three types of shutter-box responding to three window types. Drawings, images and models – typical exhibition content – were augmented by up-to-date and specifically made photos of the buildings in use and visual and written contributions from architects and occupants alike, arguing that architecture is made both by design and through us.
Colour is used to foreground the high quality photographic work and to relax the audience into reading, viewing, linerging and leaning with and on the shutter-box content. A5 cards allow the work displayed to read like a story, one on-going and continuing, as the life of these buildings gets played out into the future.
The architects in the exhibition were AP+EA2Clancy MooreGKMPHall McKnightRyan KennihanSteve LarkinTAKA, and Urban Agency.
The show has new work by Irish photographers including Noel BowlerAlice Clancy, Rachel GlassRos KavanaghMarie-Louise HalpennyAisling McCoyPaul Tierney, and Matthew Thompson.
Graphics by Paul Guinan and Illustration by Fuchsia Mc Aree. School Drawing by Jonathan Janssens and Jennifer O Donnell. Exhibition built by Alan Meredith Studio. The exhibition was co-designed with Matthew Mullin.
The Kilkenny iteration of Nine Lives was funded by Irish Design 2015 as part of the New Horizon_Architecture from Ireland initiative. It was generously supported by Colourtrend Paints and UCD School of Architecture.
 The exhibition was officially opened by Conor Skehan, Chair of the Housing Agency on August 8th 2015.
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Nine Lives II

An exhibition of the work of ten architects at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny.

Keyword: Exhibition | Research
Year: 2015
Location: National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Commissioner: Raymund Ryan + Nathalie Weadick / ID2015
Funders: Irish Design 2015
Supporter: Colortrend
Supporter: UCD Architecture
Collaborators: Matthew Mullin, Exhibition Design
Exhibitor: Architect: A2
Exhibitor: Architect: AP+E
Exhibitor Architect: Clancy Moore
Exhibitor Architect: Urban Agency
Exhibitor Architect: Hall McKnight
Exhibitor Architect: GKMP architects
Exhibitor Architect: Steve Larkin Architects
Exhibitor Architect: TAKA
Exhibitor Architect: RKA (Ryan Kennihan)
Photographer: Commissioned: Noel Bowler
Photographer: Commissioned: Rachel Glass
Photographer: Commissioned: Matthew Thompson
Photography: Exhibition Installation: Matthew Thompson