Kilkenny Yulefest – Invitation to KPS Members

Kilkenny Yulefest – Invitation to KPS Members

Yulefest is Kilkenny’s new Christmas festival and is being funded primarily by Kilkenny Co. Co. It will run each weekend from Friday 2nd to Sunday 18th December. The purpose is to market all Christmas events, concerts, music, craft, Santa experiences that are already of a high standard taking place in Kilkenny. Kilkenny Chamber, Local Enterprise Office and Kilkenny Tourism are also supporting the initiative. It is expected that Yulefest will grow each year attracting locals, visitors and tourists to Kilkenny thus boosting the local economy at a time of the year where businesses need to extend their trade.

The Yulefest committee is inviting members of Kilkenny Photographic Society to become involved by submitting images of Yulefest events. The images should reflect the theme of Yulefest which is about showcasing all that’s special about Christmas  in and around Kilkenny. Attention to medieval backdrop is essential i.e. The Castle/Rothe House/Butler Gardens, along with the side streets, i.e. Butter Slip, Kieran Street.  Broad categories for entry are : craft, events, performances, food, Santa, Christmas lights, new reindeer props and backdrop of Kilkenny Castle.  City AND county should be reflected. The idea is to capture a bank of images that can be used for social media purposes and submission to press. They only need a simple caption, the name of event and location. Check the Yulefest programme where you can see the range of events and plan from there.

The closing date is  7th January – to allow members tend to their own commitments over Christmas period. Entries should be sent to: (medium resolution is fine for judging purposes). With the photo submit your name, contact details, caption and location of photograph(s).

There will be a €300 prize from White’s pharmacy and other prizes.


Photo by Dylan Vaughan
Loving Christmas in Kilkenny

Loving Christmas in Kilkenny

The Kilkenny People has announced a photography competition and is inviting submissions from amateur snappers or veteran camera buffs for their “Loving Christmas in Kilkenny” competition. They want to experience Christmas in Kilkenny through the lenses of local people. The winning photograph will appear on the front page of the 14th December edition and the winner will receive a €200 voucher sponsored by McAuley’s Chemist. The Kilkenny People will also print a gallery of the runners up in the 14th December edition. Photographs must be taken between 20th November and 9th December 2016. Email your entries to before 9th December.

Continued success for Pat Brennan in international competition

Continued success for Pat Brennan in international competition

Congratulations again to Pat Brennan on yet another international photography success

Having had an image included in the RPS International Print Exhibition, Pat has also been awarded the RPS Bronze Medal in the 7th PSA China International Exhibition of Photography for his image “White”.
Congratulations to Pat on two great achievements.

Pat Brennan - White

Gypsy Ray Photography Exhibition opening in Butler Gallery on May 2nd

Gypsy Ray Photography Exhibition opening in Butler Gallery on May 2nd

Two BrothersThe Gypsy Ray Photography Exhibition will be opening in Butler Gallery on May 2nd.
The following is from the Butler Gallery promotional media:

Gypsy Ray: Photographs
at Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle


Opening Reception: Saturday, 2nd May, 2015, 3 – 5pm.
Exhibition continues until June 21st, 2015.



The Butler Gallery is delighted to present the exhibition Gypsy Ray: Photographs curated by Director Anna O’Sullivan.

Ray, an artist originally from the USA, has lived and worked in County Kilkenny since 2000. She has a rich artistic practice that includes photography, drawing and teaching. In the USA she is best known for her documentary photographs, especially her series on AIDS, which concerned her for many years. This exhibition includes black and white photography from the years 1983–2014, including portraits of writer Dervla Murphy and poet Adrienne Rich, portraits of friends, of children and teenagers, alongside a selection of her Holga landscape works.

The face is the most communicative part of the human body, with the ability both to reveal and to cover up emotions. Ray displays an innate engagement with the subjects of her portraits, who are usually unsmiling, direct and unflinching in their gaze. These photographs convey a quiet intensity from her sitters that sometimes tell us more about what they do – Sculptor, Mart employee, Fisherman.

Ray captures Irish youth posed on stonewalls, in laneways or stables, or caught for a moment at play. Ray pulls the lens in close on a group of Kilkenny-based traveller children tenderly photographed with their cherished horses and dogs. In Brothers, 2010, Ray elegantly reveals the kinship of two boys’ on horseback cast against a big open summer sky. It is a poignant work that tells us a lot about the boys, even as their faces are turned away from the camera.

In the 1990s, Ray photographed a group of San Francisco Middle School students on the verge of adolescence, who shared with her their dreams and promises for the future. These photographs have not been exhibited before in Ireland. So many years later, they contain the enigma of where these adults are now; how they might have faired through high school.

The group of Holga photographs (1999-2014) immerse us in the natural world, and are reflective and more personal in spirit. The blurry corners add to the ethereal quality of these works, removing us from reality, suggesting a view both into and away from the physical world. They invite the viewer into Ray’s private space and allow us to see things as she does, capturing and recording what she encounters on her solitary walks through nature. This selection is of passageways into landscape but mostly of bridges or steps into or towards murky water. There is a timelessness to these works that seems to anticipate how the shifting weather, or the arrival of people will immediately alter the scene. The weather is keenly felt in these Holga works, where Ray has successfully captured the gray shroud that invades the winter months and casts gloominess over the Irish landscape.

This exhibition also includes works from Ray’s version on the Inside Out Global Photographic Project that was founded by French artist JR ( It is a global platform for people to share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art. Ray photographed studio artists at KCAT Art and Study Centre, Callan. The title for these images is “WE ARE! We are ARTISTS. No other labels please”. The project addresses the issue that artists who also have special needs are always labeled as ‘special’ rather than simply as the artists they are. The KCAT artists portrayed are dedicated practitioners whose work deserves no special status, just the same careful and critical attention afforded to any other work of art.

Gypsy Ray is an artist who has lived a life filled with a multiplicity of experiences that is reflected keenly in her work. Her photographs enlighten and draw us closer to how she sees the world, and for this engagement, we are richly rewarded.

Gypsy Ray was born in Illinois but has been living on and off in Ireland since 1980 and has lived permanently in rural Kilkenny since 2000. Her work is in many public and private collections in Ireland, Europe and the USA. Ray taught third level photography for over twenty years in the United States for institutions such as the University of California Berkeley’s Extension Program San Francisco Centre, San Francisco City College and Cabrillo College. A generous and respected teacher here in Kilkenny, she has taught at the Ormonde College of Art Programme, the Kilkenny Women’s Art Project and Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent/KCAT.

With thanks to the Arts Council for essential annual funding and to the OPW, Department of Social Protection, The Heritage Council and Kilkenny Local Authorities for additional assistance.

Photo Frames available in Woodies at half price from July 30th

Photo Frames available in Woodies at half price from July 30th

Picture FramePhoto Frame sale has started in Woodies today – all frames are at half price!

KPS Members – Ber Marnell has emailed to let s now that Woodies have very good Picture Frames including mounts and in all sizes at half price starting today (July 30th).
Members are advised that although there is a good quantity of them, they are expected to sell out fast. So if you’re interested, you should head out there as soon as possible.
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