The 9 Stones Artists’ Book Project

The 9 Stones Artists' Book installed in Visual on a special bench of flattened corrugated iron and glass, designed by 9 Stones Artist Remco De Fouw
The 9 Stones Artists' Book installed in Visual on a special bench of flattened corrugated iron and glass, designed by 9 Stones Artist Remco De Fouw
The 9 Stones Artists’ Book installed in Visual on a special bench of flattened corrugated iron and glass, designed by 9 Stones Artist Remco De Fouw

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On display at Visual, Centre for Contemporary Art Carlow.
09 February – 19 May 2019
Opening Sat 9 February 2019, at 3pm.

9 Stones Artists members:

Michelle Byrne, Cathy Fitzgerald, Annabel Konig, Anthony Lyttle, Remco de Fouw,
Martin Lyttle, Jules Michael, Rachel Joynt, & Gwen Wilkinson.


The 9 Stones Artists’ Book Project is a collaborative project by 9 Stones Artists and  Ciara Healy, a Curator, Critical Writer, Book Artist and Lecturer in Art, Culture
& Heritage at IT Carlow.

9 Stone Artist, Anthony Lyttle, uses woodcuts as an integral part of his practice. In sharing his specific knowledge through workshops, the 9 Stones Artists were introduced to a new skill and visual language.

 

The outcome, a book of hand-printed woodblock prints, reflects on a relationship to their practice and place of work.

About the Artists
9 Stones Artists, formed in 2004. Its members are professional artists living and
working in the foothills of the Blackstairs Mountains in South County Carlow.
Dr. Ciara Healy is a Curator, Critical Writer, Book Artist and Lecturer in Art, Culture
& Heritage at IT Carlow.

Associated Events:

Artist Talk: Practice and influence
Saturday 2nd March, 3pm (Free)

Curator Emma-Lucy O’Brien in conversation
with members of 9 Stones Artists.
Wood Block Print and Book Binding Workshop
13 & 14 April, 10am–4pm (Cost: €80)
(Bookings through www.visualcarlow.ie)

Facilitated by Anthony Lyttle and Ciara Healy.

In this two day workshop participants will learn bookbinding and woodblock printing techniques.

Taking inspiration from the work of artist Stephen McKenna, participants will create a series of prints.

Emerging from this workshop you will have learned the process involved in block
printing, book binding, and come away with a book of your own prints!
Materials included.


This project was generously supported by a Carlow Arts Office Award.


The 9 Stones Artists especially wishes to thank Dr Ciara Healy for her inspiration and skill in helping us develop and produce our 9 Stones Artists Book.


The 9 Stones Artists also wish to acknowledge the skill and generosity of 9 Stone Artist Anthony Lyttle in sharing such a wonderful art technique and process with the group.


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The 9 Stone Artists also wishes to thank artist and researcher Pauline O’Connell on her essay on the 9 Stones Artists presented for the 9 Stone Artists’ Book installation at Visual Carlow.
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‘Food – Newfoundland’

Friday 8th September 2017.    Flight 17, West Jet to St. John’s

I am at the gate, on my way to St. John’s in Canada. Outside the morning brightness reflects on large cumulus clouds: soft cream and blues. It may have taken a few years of talking about Newfoundland, but I am now lucky enough to have a two-week residency on this island.

Since pre Irish Famine times, people have been emigrating to Newfoundland from Ireland. They were going for the fishing but often came from farming backgrounds. Of all the emigrants, the Irish were the largest consortium to move their lives to Newfoundland and many families came from counties Waterford, Wexford, West Meath and Carlow, a place that I call home.

I am particularly curious to discover if the historical link with Newfoundland still exists though farming practices, methods or specific plants and if these were integrated into modern day food production.

I know it won’t be like stepping back into history yet I am looking for connections, traditions or knowledge that may have been passed down through families, I think about the emigrants in boats, bringing with them what they could carry, making this same journey but going to start a new life on a different island.

For full text and images, please see: https://annabelkonigvisualartist.com/2017/09/19/food-newfoundland/

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Max’s dried fish. Phillip’s Cove, Newfoundland.

Richard Scott Sculpture at Ballymaloe 2017

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The Annual “Richard Scott Sculpture @ Ballymaloe” opened at Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry, Co. Cork on Wednesday 21st June 2017. Three 9 Stone Artists – Michelle Byrne,  Martin Lyttle and Gwen Wilkinson had work in the show.

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RHA Annual Exhibition 2017

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The 9 Stones Artist were well represented this year at the RHA Annual Exhibition – Rachel Joynt, Remco Defow, Anthony Lyttle, Martin Lyttle and Michelle Byrne all had work in the exhibition.

Congratulations to Rachel who won a prize for sculpture.

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‘River Goddess’ bronze Photo: Aisling McCoy

Loosen Art ‘Shift’ photobook

I am delighted to have had my work selected for the Loosen Art photobook ‘Shift’.

The selected images are from my project:  https://annabelkonigvisualartist.com/2017/05/05/this-i-can-carry/

Shift” is a matter of movement, “shift” is a matter of change, of displacement. The images, the artworks are there, we can see them, but at the same time they are dis/placed in another reality, in another dimension. Again, a “shift” is a path towards the unknown, considered in its different layers of meaning and it is a topic completely up-to-date, in line with the needs and the circumstances we live in our ordinary life. It is not a coincidence that many of the artists in the show are interested in political and social topics, although this book cannot be limited to that. Actually, looking at the artworks, we can perceive the presence of three main thematic groups: the first one related to the human race, the second connected to the nature and the last one linked to the ‘artificial’ world, from technology to geometry.
Being men constantly migrating from one place to the other – and, especially, departing from difficult places in search of a different, ‘easier’ dimension –, they are at the centre of some of the artworks, representing an interesting metaphor: they are the symbol of our contemporary living.

Product details

Authors Silvia Colombo, Antonio Muratore
Publication date 15 November 2017
Publication City/Country Rome, Italy
Publisher LoosenArt
Language English
Format Hardback Laminil | 92 pages
Dimensions 210 x 297 x 16mm | 260g
Illustrations note 82 colour illustrations

'Shift' Loosen Art magazine. Nov 2017

‘This I can carry’

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Everyone has, at some point, packed a bag to take with them on a journey; but how many of us have packed a bag that will hold all we have left in this world?     When you’re forced to leave your home, what do you bring with you?  What will fit into the rucksack or bag that you, yourself must carry for such a long way?  What size is this bag, how much does it weigh?  How much can you carry; physically, psychologically?

On the 11th of May (2017) Annabel will be travelling to Athens to meet up and work with refugees who find themselves held up in Athens, Greece, waiting for a new, safe place to live until it is possible for them to go home.  She will be working under the umbrella of the UNHCR and the Nostos Organisation to make work for her project ‘This I can carry’.

For more information, stay tuned to:

This I can carry

Demonstration in stone sculpture with 9 Stone Artists Michelle Byrne and Martin Lyttle

 

As part of the 9 Stones Artists ongoing Possibilities of Place exhibition at VISUAL Carlow, 9 Stone Artists Michelle Byrne and Martin Lyttle (lithicworks.com) will be giving an absorbing introduction to the challenges of working with stone.

Michelle and Martin employ a variety of techniques and work with the local stone of the area, chiefly Kilkenny limestone and Carlow granite.

The demonstration will take place in Martin and Michelle’s studios in South Carlow.

Date:  Saturday 13th August 2016. 10am- 4.30pm, €40, inc. artists lunch at Osbourne’s Bar in Rathanna, Blackstairs, South Carlow.

Time: 10am- 4.30pm

Fee: €40, inc. artists lunch at Osbourne’s Pub in Rathanna.

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Book at VISUAL Box Office: 059 9172400

Review and Opening of the 9 Stones Artists Possibilities of Place exhibition: continues to 16 Oct, 2016

We have been delighted with the response to our exhibition which opened 4 July with the new season of exhibitions at VISUAL Carlow.

Celebrating our ten years of working together, The Possibilities of Place exhibition has been an exciting means to share our work, and in an incredible venue.

Below are some photos from the opening and if you missed it, you can listen again to the review on RTE Arena by Cristin Leach in conversation with Sean Rocks.

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Annabel Konig was also interviewed at Visual about the 9 Stones Artists exhibition by the Art in Ireland TV crew:

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We have also published a catalogue to accompany the exhibition, with a foreword from Jeremy Hill (curator of the former Norman Gallery) and an essay by curator Cliodhna Shaffrey. You can purchase the catalogue from Visual or email us at 9stonesartists@gmail.com.

The exhibition continues until Friday 16 October, do hope you can drop in to see it.

 

The Possibilities of Place

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The Possibilities of Place is the title of The 9 Stones Artists exhibition taking place at Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow in July.
New works by Rachel Joynt RHA, Anthony Lyttle, Remco de Fouw ARHA, Michelle Byrne, Annabel Konig, Gwen Wilkinson, Martin Lyttle, Jules Michael and Cathy Fitzgerald will be on display.
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9 Stones Artists, Rachel Joynt, Michelle Byrne, Cathy Fitzgerald, Gwen Wilkinson, Jules Michael, Anthony Lyttle, Martin Lyttle, Annabel Konig and Remco de Fouw in front of Mt Leinster, Blackstairs, Co. Carlow
Formed in 2004, The 9 Stones Artists is a group of professional visual artists all of whom are based in the foothills of the Blackstairs Mountains in South County Carlow. Its members work in a diverse range of media – film, printmaking, sculpture, photography, painting and installation.
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Cover of the new 9 Stones Artists Catalogue to be launched at the opening.
In conjunction with this exhibition the group is launching an anniversary publication kindly supported by the Carlow Arts Office. The work of each member is generously presented and a specially commissioned essay by Cliodhna Schaffrey also features.

 


The Nine Stones Show ‘The Possibilities of Place’ will open to the public on the 2nd July and will run to the 16th of October at Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow.

The Exhibition launch is  9th July at 3.00pm at Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow.

On the 9th July there will be the “Season Launch” of all the exhibitions at Visual at 3pm and there may be a short panel discussion also. This would be a friendly talk and involve the artists involved in the all the shows at Visual. Wine, tea and coffee, activities for kids 3pm- 5.30pm


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