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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9 Stones Artists exhibit at FORM16@Ballymaloe Sculpture Exhibition

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We are delighted to announce that three 9 Stones Artists, Michelle Byrne, Gwen Wilkinson and Martin Lyttle have been selected to exhibit at the FORM16@Ballymaloe ‘Silent Expression’ sculpture exhibition. The works will be sited in wonderful gardens of Ballymaloe estate. Many thanks to the tireless work of art advocate Richie Scott who has put so much effort to organise the event, and the beautiful catalogue.

Works are for sale: please contact RichieScott@artisticalliance.eu or 087 919 0615.

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Ogham Tree Teaching Stone (Post 1)

Last year Martin Lyttle was asked to write in a proposal for an “Ogham Stone sculpture” for Blackstairs Eco Trails, in Killedmond near Borris, Co. Carlow, Ireland.  This commission is supported by Bord Failte (the Irish Tourist Board) who are currently promoting the ancient history of the east of Ireland www.IrelandsAncientEast.com  (this follows the very successful ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ that celebrates the West of Ireland).

The proposal was to place a  Ogham standing stone sculpture along the route of the Blackstairs EcoTrails “Celtic Tree walk” at Killedmond, and depict  each  letter of the Ogham alphabet that corresponds to a native Irish tree. Many letters in the Ogham alphabet are directly associated with trees and plants, which resonates with Blackstairs Eco-Trails and their ethos of sharing knowledge of the native flora of Ireland to visitors from near and far.  I saw the work as greatly enhancing interest in our ancient culture and long lost forests. As many of you know, I love the local stone and was excited at the prospect to do a work in Carlow granite.

This area of south Co. Carlow has a rich but little known megalithic history with a number of standing stones (at Crannagh), a dolmen at Ballynasilloge, and abundant rock art (for example, at Rathgeran, Knockroe) in the immediate vicinity.

Read more here : https://lithicworks.com/2016/05/22/irish-tree-teaching-stone-ogham/

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.

OAK 2015 at Killenure Castle

Martin Lyttle will be exhibiting at Oak 2015 at Killenure Castle

Wing, by Martin Lyttle (Kilkenny limestone)
Wing, by Martin Lyttle (Kilkenny limestone)

OAK Invite (1)_Page_1 OAK Invite (1)_Page_2 This years exhibition will be officially launched by Darragh McCullough (farmer, broadcaster, journalist, presenter on Ear to the Ground) on Saturday 9th May 2015 from 3 – 6 pm.  There will be food and live music at the opening and hopefully some sunny weather!

About the exhibition ; OAK 2015 – guest curated by artist Pauline O’Connell
“This year’s exhibition aims to reawaken a ‘ghost’ of times past.  My curatorial thinking relates to ‘time’, the history / the lives (both human and animal) the domestic activities, the utilitarian aspects of the working farm from the past embedded in the historic ruins of the castle and in the surrounding farm buildings.  Whilst the fabric of the stables, tack rooms, hay lofts / gallery spaces are in tact and have not been affected by any embellishments, there remains a presence in the vacant spaces, an echo of what was once there.  So, it is this ‘ghost’ that I am interested in, a reawakening through artistic interventions and installations.
A cross section of art practice accounts for the wide variety of work on display,  ranging from traditional sculpture, painting to video and installation, work that relates to the rural context in varying conceptual and textural ways.”The list of artists are : Michael Canning,  Maud Cotter, Eileen MacDonagh, Daphne Wright, Marie Foley, Sonja Landweer, Margaret Tuffy, Cecilia Bullo, Cecilia Moore, Bob Frazier, Martin Lyttle, Martha Quinn, Tom Fitzgerald, David Fitzjohn ( Wales ), Michael Fortune, Rachel Parry, Aoife Banville, Eva Kelly, Holger Lang (Austria).

9 Stones artist Martin Lyttle’s new website and new stoneworks: ‘the cucumber’

Martin Lyttle's new website www.lithicworks.com
Martin Lyttle’s new website http://www.lithicworks.com

9 Stones stone sculptor Martin Lyttle has a new website.

To get updates visit www.Lithicworks.com and add your email to ‘follow’ his work-in-progress.

Recent work – the ‘bobbly cucumber’ (Kilkenny limestone) below: commissions welcomed!

 

Martin Lyttle 'bobbly cucumber' (2015): Kilkenny limestone
Martin Lyttle ‘bobbly cucumber’ (2015): Kilkenny limestone

 

Read more Martin’s recent work here

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 https://9stones.wordpress.com

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