Abhainn Rhi Festival

Abhainn Ri 15As part of the social integration and development aims of our work in the Open Circle arts Collective we wanted to arrange an opportunity for women from different groups to take part in a shared activity. The main objective was to offer them a chance to spend time together as one cohesive group, building relationship and forming bonds. Other objectives included a widening of perspectives and exposure to art and community projects beyond Kilkenny City.

A group of five Open Circle members attended a weaving workshop as part of the Abhainn Rhi Festival in Callan. Each member learned basic weaving principles and completed a piece of work which was later exhibited in the Open Circle House event in Kilkenny Arts Festival Week. The members also visited the Callan workhouse exhibition engaging in conversation with the artists, curators and visitors to the exhibition.