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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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.

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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 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.

The Nine Stones Artists to exhibit at Deighton Hall, Carlow for Eigse 2012


‘In a hotly anticipated unveiling of artworks by ‘Nine Stones’ in the mesmerizing Deighton Hall, this is going to be an unusual treat for the more intrepid art lover … and more curious foodie.’

The Nine Stones Artists was formed in 2004.  Its members are professional artists most of whom are based in the foothills of the BlackstairsMountainsin South County Carlow—video artists, printmakers, sculptors, photographers, painters and installation artists.

Cathy Fitzgerald, Gwen Wilkinson, Annabel Konig, Martin Lyttle, Jules Michael, Rachel Joynt, Michelle Byrne, Stephen O Briain, Eileen MacDonagh, Brian Hand, Orla Ryan and Remco de Fouw will occupy and adorn the raw exposed brick hall space of Deighton Hall with some of the most intriguing artworks to have emerged by any art collective in the country.

Note, the proprietors of Lennon’s Restaurant together with the Carlow Brewing Company promise some POP-UP fare* on Tues, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (12, 13, 15 & 16 June)

thanks to O’Shea’s of Borris

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VENUE: Deighton Hall,Dublin Street, Carlow


DATES: Saturday 9th – Sunday 17th June

Opening hours:  1pm to 7pm daily,
*POP-UP BAR Tues, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (12, 13, 15 & 16 June) 8- until 10 pm

9 Stones Artist Anthony Lyttle to exhibit ‘Accumulation’ at Visual during Eigse 2012

work by Anthony LyttleAnthony Lyttle is Eigse’s 2012 selected ’059′ artist  

Anthony Lyttle will create an immersive space within the gallery by making a series of large scale drawings and inter-related smaller works on paper. Central to these drawings is the physical process of making, which involves the endless repetition of the same mark and the ensuing rhythmic energy of repetitive action.

As the drawings evolve, a shadow image forms and assumes a visual influence of the picture plane, resulting in a play of balance between the dominant and the recessive. Obscuring and camouflaging becomes the preoccupation in building a density of marks on the surface of the delicate paper.

Anthony Lyttle was born in Kenya, spending his childhood in Kenya and Ethiopia before moving to Ireland in his teenage years. He studied Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design Dublin and he did his MA in Fine Art Painting at the Byam Shaw, Central St Martins, University of the Arts, London. His recent exhibitions include ‘The white mark’ the Cross Gallery (Dublin) 2011 and ‘Through the Back Door’ Kunstraum (Liechtenstein) 2010. He is currently living in Killedmond in Co Carlow near Mt Leinster. For more info see

This exhibition is curated by Denis Roche.

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11am-5pm Tuesday– Saturday 
2pm-5pm Sunday

9 stones artists exhibit at MFA show at NCAD in Dublin, opens May 3, 2012

9 stones artists Annabel Konig  and Gwen Wilkinson will be exhibiting new work at the Master of Fine Arts end of year show in Dublin later this week.

Details: An exhibition of selected works by 1st Year MFA students, NCAD

 May 3rd – 7th, 2012.

Opening May 3rd @ 6pm

Moxie Studios, Lad Lane,  Dublin 2