Public art, light installations and performance spaces ‘to transform Kilkenny city-centre’
Almost half a million euros in funding has been allocated to create five artistic installations that reflect Kilkenny’s medieval heritage, culture and creativity.
Kilkenny County Council will receive funding of €439,875 for the scheme as part of the Urban Animation Capital Investment Scheme.
The project includes a Cartoon Saloon Mural at Watergate Performance Space, an upcycled Copper Tank at Brewhouse Square at the Abbey Quarter, a sculpture adjacent to Riverside Park, digital Culture Screens and lighting of the Butterslip and Market Slip to encourage visitors to the newly developed Market Square outdoor dining experience.
Kilkenny TD John Paul Phelan said the project will “completely transform and re-imagine the city’s urban space”.
Deputy Phelan (pictured below) added: “Kilkenny’s rich heritage will be brought to life through the installation. The project, which was allocated funding through Fáilte Ireland’s Urban Animation Capital Investment Scheme, will help re-invigorate our urban areas and increase their tourism appeal.
“This is important in attracting visitors to Kilkenny, creating a more family-friendly atmosphere and increasing dwell time to support local tourism and hospitality businesses and jobs. It is also important to note that these projects will be sustainable and in line with environmental best practice.”