Artist Talk | ‘Spellbound’ by Na Cailleacha – Kilkenny Arts Festival

Artist Talk | 'Spellbound' by Na Cailleacha - Kilkenny Arts Festival


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Rothe House
16 Parliament Street, Gardens, Kilkenny

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Kilkenny Arts Office is honoured to host ‘Spellbound’ – a talk by the collective Na Cailleacha as part of the MATRIARCH programme in Kilkenny Arts Festival. This magical talk will start at 1pm at Rothe House, 16 Parliament street in Kilkenny on the 5th of August.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the groups origins, their upcoming work at the Hugh Lane Gallery and the connections between feminism, art and witchcraft. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A with you, our audience.

Collective Bio

We are Na Cailleacha, from the Irish word ‘cailleach’ meaning a witch or a divine hag. We want to explore what it means to be women who are getting older and arguably becoming invisible and what strategies we devise to overcome the challenges of ageing. Between us we share well over 500 years of experience of being women, as artists, as curator/writer/historian and as composer. We want to make art that allows us to explore this collective experience, our attitudes to ageing, our bodies, our place in the artworld, and how we relate to a different culture and heritage. Central to this developmental opportunity in this phase of our careers is working collaboratively, enabling us to do what women have always done – mentored, supported and argued with each other – so that we can share the fruits of this time together with other people in Ireland. We work and explore ideas and issues that are relevant to us now and as they arise out of collective meetings and residencies. Our concerns embrace the processes of aging, loss and stereotypes of the witch or hag in society and we hope to work across generations, gender, race and class identities to make socially committed art with and for the community.

Discover more about Na Cailleacha on their website

There is no ticket or registration required for this event.

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