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

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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Annabel’s new website

Finally getting around to sorting the web presence.

Gate Lodge exhibition for the Carlow Arts Festival 2015

9 Stones invite 2015 exterior gate lodgeAs part of the curated Carlow Arts Festival, we showed in the wonderful Gate Lodge on the grounds of St. Patrick’s college, Carlow.

Review of 9 Stones Artists Show at Borris 13-15 June 2014

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“The 9 Stones Artists are a cut above most other groups of their kind. Their art is inquisitive of new technique and subject matter; they bring science and nature together subtly and convincingly and produce images that are pleasing and appealing. There is an intellectual weight to their art that lifts it above and beyond mere picture making, and it’s this quality that validates their practice as ‘capital A’ Art. Hung in the quirky surrounds of repairs and renovations to the building that houses the show, this is a perfect opportunity to see really good art being displayed right in the locality in which it was made. These are local artists making a big contribution to the art world. Up South Leinster!”

Jeremy Hill, The Norman Gallery 13 June 2014

Thanks to everyone who came and visited our exhibition last weekend. We were all thrilled with the response in our first exhibition in Borris during the Borris House festival of Writing and Thinking and the Carlow Arts Festival 2014.

Below is a slideshow with some images from the opening on Fri 13 June, and then images of the work exhibited.

If you are interested in any of the work, please see our website for details of the individual artists at

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Preparing for the 9 Stones Artists exhibition in Borris 13-15 June


Preparations underway for our 9 Stones Artists exhibition starting this Fri 13 June until 15 Sat June 10am-7pm.

The house we are exhibiting in is down from the Step House hotel in Borris, along the Main Street.

The Opening is on Fri 13th, at 6pm, all welcome! Continue reading

9 Stones Exhibition at ‘Borris Town House’ during Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas 13-15 June


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9 Stones Artists Opening (the night before the Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas begins)
9 Stones Artists Opening 13 June  at 6pm – ALL WELCOME!  (the night before the Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas begins)

Uniting for our fifth group show,  the 9 Stones Artists will present an exciting exhibition of recent and site-specific works in Borris Village for the duration of the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas, as part of the 2014 Carlow Arts Festival.

A common thread to the 9 Stones Artists group is that we respond to the area and reflect new meanings and experiences of South Carlow to audiences; in the various media we choose, the themes we engage with or the practices and processes we undertake.

In creative ways, the 9 Stone Artists look to define and enrich understandings of the area; by examining its unique past, present and future aspirations; the geological, aesthetic, and ecological rhythms of the area and how these thread through local South Carlow life.

Some of the 9 Stone Artists are concerned with art-making, some with extended or site-specific studies of the area, others again work across non-art disciplines or connect and participate with non art-groups; all create works that transmit new understandings of this special area of County Carlow, still little known outside the county.

Our opening is on the evening before the Borris House Festival, Fri 13th June at 6pm and runs alongside the  Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas weekend event until Sun 15 June.

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9 Stones artists meeting in front of the 'Town House Borris' (Main St. Borris) recently
9 Stones artists meeting in front of the ‘Town House Borris’ (Main St. Borris) recently

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Remco de Fouw, Michelle Byrne, Cathy Fitzgerald, Anthony Lyttle, Annabel Konig, Gwen Wilkinson, Martin Lyttle, Jules Michael and Rachel Joynt will transform one of Borris’s most charming and historic townhouses into a gallery for a single weekend.

Thanks to Andrew and Tina Kavanagh for the kind loan of the premises

Also to the Carlow Arts Festival Team 2014


The Town House, Main Street, Borris, Carlow.

Opening Fri  13th – Sunday 15th June

10am – 7pm

Friday 13th June 6pm (0pening)

Annabel Konig – selected for seaside residency and new work on farming in Carlow

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Congratulations to 9 Stones artist Annabel Konig for her new residency with the Co. Waterford Arts Office. Below Annabel discusses her latest work
“I am currently working as the sea-side artist in residence for the county Waterford arts office, with Co. Arts Officer Margaret Organ.  This residency, which will run for about 8 months is an exploration of the coastal towns of the county and how the local community, landscape and villages spend their time in the off season.  I am interesting in gathering stories from the locals and making a visual diary of the sea/land during this period. The works will be shown at the Dungarvan Arts Centre during the summer (2014) and in some of the local community halls of the villages where I am working.
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“I am also working on a local project which investigates farming and the farmers in my local Carlow area.   I am looking into how they use their inventiveness, ingenuity and knowledge to farm, fix and manage their livestock.  This, currently is a photographic project.”

Annabel Konig and Gwen Wilkinson exhibit new works at Framewell Gallery, Thomastown

Gwen Wilkinson and Annabel Konig will be exhibiting at the 2012 Ceramics Ireland International Festival Exhibition at the Framewell Gallery, Logan St, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny.

Opening Saturday 11 August at 4pm. The exhibition will remain open until 4 Sept 2012.

New paintings by Annabel Konig

Annabel Konig: Born in the Netherlands but raised in Ireland, Annabel Konig is currently undertaking her MFA at NCAD. She gained her degree in Fine Art at NCAD (Dublin) in 1986 and the Crawford School of Art, Cork (1985).  Her most recent solo show “I smile at Life” (2008) was a series of drawings on paper and canvas. In 2011 she was an invited artist to the RHA Open and she also showed work in the Eigse Fringe festival with the `ACD show” and the“9 Stones Artists” group, of which she is a founding member. Group shows include Galerie Ariana, the Netherlands (2009) “Is Mise Eire”  411 Gallery, Shanghai (2008) and the Oriel Queen’s Hall Gallery in Wales.

Multi-media installations include: “Generation” Kilkenny Fringe Art Festival (2005), “Generation – work in progress” Temple Bar Studios (1998), “Felia, Felium” Arthouse (1997), “Ice to Water, Water to Words” pop-up space, Stoneybatter (1994).

Awards: Europol Open, “Catagory A” winner (2010).
Arts Council Bursary and Project assistance, Stroom, the Netherlands for “Generation in progress” (1998) Kilkenny Cream of the Irish, runner up and Arthouse Project Award for Felia, Felium (1997). Stroom, the Netherlands, Project Assistance for Ice to Water, Water to Words (1994)

New photographs by Gwen Wilkinson

Gwen Wilkinson is a visual artist based in Co. Carlow. Her written and photographic work has led her to explore rural cultures in Mongolia, Argentina, Ecuador, Galicia and her own rural community in Co. Carlow.
In addition to exhibiting her work in galleries in Ireland and the UK, Gwen teaches photography at KCAT, Callan, Co. Kilkenny. She is the recipient of several arts awards including the presetigious Golden Fleece award in 2011 and the ArtLinks award in 2009. Her work is represented in collections of the OPW and privately in the USA, Australia, UK and Ireland.