Artist’s corner

Killruddery Arts was established in 2006, its aim is to enliven Killruddery’s contemporary culture through the arts in a way that is relevant to people who visit, work and live at Killruddery.
Lead by Fionnuala Aston-Ardee this programme supports and developes a deverse programme. The Enchanted Garden – a family arts programme, a residency for one or two artists / groups each year, a Film Festival are some of the things KA are involved in. We continue to develope creative aspects of our programme in the Gardens and Estate. Please see below some of the artists that have got involved.

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Artist in Residence at Killruddery

We have been honoured to have Joanna Kidney set up studio in our Horse Yard Stables for 3 month as artist in residency at Killruddery from July – October 2019, during her time here Joanna had been developing her current project Pendulum for her upcoming Solo Exhibitions in the LAB Gallery, Dublin and List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Philadelphia, USA. Pendulum is a body of drawings, paintings and 3 dimensional work. It explores an abstract visual vocabulary which consolidates the organic and geometric qualities of her work. This project was gratefully supported by Wicklow County Council.

Joanna works with encaustic paint an ancient, immediate and tactile painting process using molten pigmented beeswax. These paintings explore a distilled language of marks and lines in conversation with the tactile and luminous qualities of the paint.

Due to renovations for the imminent expansion of our Farm Shop and daily opening of the Grain Store for breakfast and lunch, Joanna has relocated a couple of weeks early to her Winter Studio in Glencree Reconciliation Centre, thus her Open Studio is not possible at Killruddery, however, Joanna invites anyone who was keen to take up the Open Studio on the 27th of October to emails her directly to arrange a studio visit: We apologise for any disappointment our renovations have caused and Thank Joanna, sincerely, for the presence of your beautiful creative energy, while here at Killruddery. We look forward to your Workshop for kids this Sunday 27th October.

‘I am so grateful for the opportunity and support to be Artist in Residence at Killruddery- to concentrate on my work surrounded by such a hive of inspiration and nature’.

Joanna Kidney was born in Dublin and currently lives in Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Through drawing, painting and installation, her work explores ideas of temporality and the interrelationship between all living matter. Seeking to make some sense of life, it reflects on how complex and vulnerable our lives are within the infinite universe.

Solo Exhibitions include: List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Philadelphia (upcoming), The LAB, Dublin (upcoming), Wexford Arts Centre (2018), West Cork Arts Centre, Uillinn (2018), Galway Arts Centre (2016), Mermaid Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow (2015), RHA Atrium, Dublin (2013) and The Drawing Project, Co. Dublin (2012). She has exhibited widely in group shows in Ireland, France, Germany and the USA.

She is the recipient of Arts Council and Wicklow County Council funding, an RHA Studio Award, a Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship and a DIT Award of Excellence. Residencies include: Swarthmore College Artist in Residence, Philadelphia (upcoming); Kilruddery House and Gardens Artist in Residence, Co. Wicklow; Brigham Young University Artist in Residence, Utah; Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo; The LFTT Library @ The Guesthouse, Cork with the artists collective The Tellurometer Project. She is a founding member of Outpost Studios, Bray, Co. Wicklow (2014); a member of the artists collective The Tellurometer Project (with Helen G. Blake, Joanne Boyle, Raine Hozier Byrne, Rachel Fallon, Laura Kelly and Susan Montgomery) and a featured artist on The Drawing Suite. Her work is included in the collections of AIB, The Central Bank, OPW, UCD and Dept of Environment, Northern Ireland.

Instagram: @joanna_kidney and  #joannakidney

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Killruddery: Listening to the Archive
Joseph Young is our current Artist-In-Residence and will be focusing his time on a project that takes the archives, architecture and grounds of Killruddery as its starting point to uncover unheard and forgotten stories of Anglo-Irish social histories. Joseph will seek to creatively inhabit the historic Meath family archives, identifying key texts, sounds and images to produce a parallel, contemporary sonic archive using 3D audio techniques.This is part of a practice based IRC EPS PHD, at the Inclusive Design Research Centre of Ireland at UCD, and SMARTlab supervised by Professor Lizbeth Goodman and funded and supported by the Irish Research Council and the Artist in Residence programme at Killruddery.


To mark World Listening Day 2019 Joseph has recorded a performance of Dean Rosenthal’s Stones/Water/Time/Breath by the fountain at Killruddery available to listen to here

Joseph is an artist living and working in Brighton (UK) and Berlin. A specialist in binaura l recording techniques, his sound diptych The Missing Paintings is held in the permanent collection of Towner Art Gallery (UK). A digital edition of Young’s sound and performance installation The Ballad of Skinny Lattes and Vintage Clothing was acquired by the Estorick Collection London, where a 10-year retrospective of his Neo Futurist Collective artist group, Make Futurism Great Again was held in 2018. Recent exhibitions and commissions include A field in England, Leicester De Montfort University (2018), Handmade/Automation, British Ceramics Biennial (2017), Singing the Castle to life, Lewes Castle (2017), In A Shetland Landscape, Shetland Museum & Archives (2016), What is the sound of protest? Errant Bodies Berlin (2015), Revolution #10, House of Commons (2015), The Garden Manifesto, Seoul Museum of Art (2014), Orchestra of Ringtones, Jerwood Hastings (2013), Listening Ears, Tate Britain (2012), ReAwakening of A City, Wall St. NYC (2008).

He is also an activist for visual artists’ rights, both as a member of a-n’s Artists Council and as the founder of @artsforeu. A regular speaker at international conferences on artists’ livelihoods, he was an invited panelist for the Goethe Institute’s 2018-19 online debate, “How political should artists be today?”.

Artist website:


Roisin Pierce


Róisín Pierce is an Irish textile designer who graduated from the National College of Art and Design (Dublin, Ireland) with a BA Hons in Textile design in 2016. Led by experimental textiles and sculptural forms, Róisín explores fabric manipulation using her own method of manipulating the material to create different layered textures by combining innovative 3D fabric manipulation and traditional textile techniques. Her latest S/S18 collection is a continuing exploration of textiles, construction and sculptural silhouettes for a contemporary audience.


nicoandmartin launch Owl Music, an album for night-time…

2015’s Artists-in-Residence nicoandmartin will return to Killruddery on Ocotber 8th to launch their new album Owl Music. Owl Music is a circular nocturne of original instrumental lullaby with interludes of sea, played on double bass, piano, harp, concertina, guitar, shruti and sansula, created by musicians Nico Brown and Martin Brunsden. 

Nico Brown and Martin Brunsden have been playing music together for more than 20 years. Professional performers and composers, their album for families ‘Out Of The Door Of The Ark’, was re-released in 2014.

Owl Music‘ has been 5 years in the making. We have families of our own and we’ve worked with families long enough to know how important bedtime listening nm13is. So we started recording a seamless bedtime concert of instrumental lullaby music for children and their parents.

When it was finished, and we asked friends of all ages for their reactions, we realised it was perhaps an album for children, their parents, and for anyone else who likes gentle listening at the close of day – or at any other time. Andy pointed out we had a nocturne on our hands.

nm10It did put Rosie (7) – and Nancy (5) – and Neal (60) to sleep. Fionnuala says “I listened to Owl Music while giving birth to my daughter Evelyn and found it cocooning, soothing and transformative.”. Meg found it good music to make puppets to. Kristin said it sounded like a story, a hero’s journey. Simon thought it Satiesque. Didier in Brittany said (in French) it was perfect late-night cafe music, and Guy loved the idea of it being for smooching night-birds. Anto suggested a lie-down launch…

Singer-songwriter Lisa Lambe will make a guest appearance at the launch, which Fionnuala & Anthony will be hosting.

Facebook and Twitter: @nicoandmartin

We are delighted that this summer at Killruddery singer and actress Lisa Lambe will be Artist in Residence.
Lisa’s first album, ‘Hiding Away’, was recorded in Nashville and was received to much acclaim in Ireland , US and Europe. For her forthcoming album, Lisa is delighted to create,capture and record the project on home ground.

Lisa will be here at various times throughout the year with collaborators Martin Brunsden and Fiachna Ó Braonáin to explore and record new songsparks as they work towards their emerging new album. The trio have found in each other a natural simple symbiosis which draws on various musical roots to produce a gentle and heartfelt world of song

Martin plays double bass and singing saw. He has worked with holy men and women, artists, musicians, poets, sculptors and theatre companies – as well as a magnificent herd of children.

Fiachna has worked with African gospel singers, Moroccan tribesmen, Texan swingers and Irish balladeers as well as performing with his own band Hothouse Flowers for over thirty years. He also takes regular holidays on the radio!

Lisa has said that, “As an artist the magic, beauty, history and tranquillity all combine to inspire us greatly here in this special place. Fiachna, Martin and I are thrilled and delighted at this incredible opportunity to create and develop our music for our forthcoming album here in such a unique atmosphere. Killruddery House and Gardens is our oasis of creativity where time stands still to let the music flow freely in beautiful surroundings. It is part of the tapestry we weave.”

We can’t wait to hear what they weave but in the meantime have a listen to this:


Twin Headed Wolf

As part of Killruddery Silent Film Festival (19th – 21st September), the Twin Headed Wolf will invent a live Silent Film, the narrative of which will reveal itself as guests are escorted around the garden, with scenes unfolding in various selected locations. They will work with professional actors and performers, and live music will accompany the show! Expect the unexpected!

This show will begin at 5pm on Saturday and will repeat at 3.15 on Sunday.
Regular Garden Entrance applies for the day i.e 6.50 for adults and children under 12 free. Free to members and festival ticket holders. Booking is not necessary.

For those of you who have registered for Culture Nights, Evening of Light in the Gardens: Twin Headed Wolf will also perform a fire procession around 8.45pm near the Long Ponds, there will be a repeat for audience exiting the Buster Keaton’s screening in the Library!
Please note general reservations to The Evening of Light (19th of September) places are now fully booked.
There are still allocated places left for the Buster Keaton screening (8.30pm). You can book a ticket to this event here. Gates open at 7pm.
Or register complimentary for the Buster Keaton Screening when you buy a ticket to any other Film Festival screening. Buy a festival ticket here.

Twin Headed Wolf are twin sisters and creative partners from the West of Ireland. Operating primarily as a musical folk duo, they also have backgrounds in sculpture, performance art, ancient rituals, theatrical performances, circus skills and festival walkabouts. They have, over the past year, been exploring the boundaries of specific art forms and have attempted to construct performances that exist outside of any one particular discipline. They have taken their shows to many different spaces including art galleries, theatre venues, music venues and festivals. They often collaborate with an array of performers from various artistic backgrounds. Their ventures have brought them to such places as Glastonbury, Electric Picnic and Norway.

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During her residency Mackey made a type of ‘portrait’ of Killruddery Gardens using scientific methods of distilling plant material to produce different colour samples that represnet the various plants.

This ‘Portrait’ was exhibited in the Mermaid Arts Centre  from the 10th of May 2013. In her artist’s talk at Killruddery on the 26th of April, Christine Mackey demonstrated that her research-based practice is rooted in environmental concerns and the development of meaningful participation. Employing diverse disciplines, subject matter and tactics, Mackey creates work that can generate different kinds of knowledge of place – their hidden histories and ecological formations.

Creative Director Fionnuala Ardee writes; “It was a real pleasure having Christine stay and be part of our enviroment. I found her portrait of the Gardens really moving, in her calm and precise way it felt to me that Christine had channeled the Gardens’ self-portrait by distilling each plants essential colour and assigning each plant its place in a raw kaleidoscope of vibrant hues.’

You can find more information on Christine and her work here, get in touch with her on twitter @christineleitri.

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