In the spring of 2021 I ran a number of papercutting workshops on Zoom, in preparation for painting ‘the Age Friendly Cat’. Wonderful Kilkenny-themed work was made by workshop participants Eimear Burke, Mary Colclough, Bryan Culley, Janice Culley, Joan Fogarty and Mari O’Shea. As a memento, I designed an A3 poster that includes most of the papercuts made by them, showing much more of their detail than the cat does. High quality digital prints by Modern Printers. The Kilkenny Catwalk trail of 21 sculptures continues until Easter 2022. ‘The Age Friendly Cat’ can still be found in McDonagh Junction’s square. Visit www.kilkennycatwalk.ie to find out more.
I collaborated on a new piece with Michał Tylicki of Artefakt Rugs and it is part of Made in Ireland at the National Design & Craft Gallery in Kilkenny. The exhibition was selected by Peter Carroll, Dr. Riann Coulter, Irene Kernan, Dr. Audrey Whitty, Neil Reed, Kathleen Moran and Mary Gallagher and curated by Hilary Morley and Stephen O’Connell and it continues until 30 January 2022. It was a pleasure to be involved in the install of the exhibition and it is an honour to show our work along some beautiful objects by makers from around the country.
Kilkenny Catwalk is a trail of 21 sculptures painted by local artists. The 5ft fibreglass resin model is based on Pangur Bán, a character from Cartoon Saloon’s first feature animation ‘The Secret of Kells’. The project is a partnership between Kilkenny Civic Trust and Kilkenny County Council. The trail will be launched on 10 October 2021 and remain in place until Easter 2022. The trail is designed to immerse people in Kilkenny’s rich heritage while at the same time supporting the Keep Well Campaign. At the conclusion of the project, all artwork will be auctioned to raise funds for the St Mary’s Almshouses refurbishment project.
I painted the Age Friendly Cat following a series of online workshops promoted by the Older Peoples Council. Through the medium of papercutting, participants explored positive and negative space, colour, pattern and all things Kilkenny. The rich collection of papercuts that developed over a couple of months, became an integral part of the cat design. Early on, one of the workshop participants proposed that the Age Friendly Cat should be a celebration of creativity in older age. Big thanks to the workshop participants: Eimear Burke, Mary Colclough, Bryan Culley, Janice Culley, Joan Fogarty and Mari O’Shea.
In June I was commissioned by the Facebook Artist-in-Residence Program to make a mural for the new Facebook offices in Ballsbridge, Dublin, Ireland. Click photo for more images. Photography: Louis Haugh and Arcade Film.
The Space Between, an exhibition of new work by Paul Bokslag, Watergarden Gallery, Ladywell Street, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Opening: Thu 26 Sep 2019 @ 19.00 Exhibition continues until 25 October. Opening Times: Tue-Fri, 9.30-16.30 http://www.paulbokslag.com
Some of my work is included in the Artists in Craft exhibition at the Cill Rialaig Arts Centre in Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry. I am grateful for the opportunity to have spend a second week at one of the cottages at the retreat, making new work, meeting old and new friends, experiencing the peace, focus and beauty of the place and even visiting Skellig Michael.
As part of Bring Your Own Chair, I visited primary schools in twelve towns to deliver papercutting workshops to over 900 children. They created ‘Town Motifs’ based on the nature, buildings and heritage of their town and I worked with all images to design 14 individual A3 sized posters, one for each school. Damn Fine Print did a beautiful risograph printing job on the posters.
Bring Your Own Chair is a portrait of twelve rural towns and villages accross counties Killkenny, Waterford and Wexford, led by visual artist Michelle Browne and produced by Workhouse Union. Towns and villages include Kilmacthomas, An Rinn, Tallow and Passage East (Waterford); Ballyhack, Taghmon, Bunclody, Courtown (Wexford); and Coon, Goresbridge, Slieverue and Kells (Kilkenny).
Bring Your Own Chair is funded by the Arts Council Ireland Making Great Art Work – Open Call Award and with further support from Create Ireland/Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Waterford Council, Kilkenny Arts Office, County Wexford and Kilkenny LEADER Partnership.
A big thank you to Anne from Butterslip on the corner of Rose Inn Street and Kieran Street, for asking me to show some of my paperuts in her shop during Kilkenny Arts Festival 2018.
I am looking forward to showing a new large sculptural paper piece at the .Obj: Digital Handmade Exhibition in the National Design & Craft Gallery in Kilkenny, curated by Nora O Murchú. The exhibition will be opened on Saturday 11 August at 2pm and is presented as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival. I will also run a number of children’s wokhops on Tue 14, Wed 15 and Thu 16 August. The exhibition continues until 23 January 2019.
I am delighted to be showing work alongside Eoin O’Malley and Orla Callaghan at the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. The exhibtion will be officially opened bu Dominic Thorpe on Saturday 11 August at 6pm. it runs until 25 August and there will be an artists’ talk on that day at 2pm. Eoin was a recipient of a training and mentoring award supported by the Arts Council’s Arts and Disability Connect Scheme managed by Arts and Disability Ireland.