Kilkenny Arts Festival Day 2: Bob And Roberta Smith Opens

Bob And Roberta Smith Walking Tour

Bob And Roberta Smith’s show officially opened this afternoon, beginning for us with a trip to the Heritage Council to take in the ‘Bob Walk And Talk’ around some of the sites of Bob And Roberta Smith’s work, pictured (right, above) with the lady posing as Hannah Arendt (I should have gotten her name, will ask her tomorrow).

Bob Walk And Talk at The Heritage Council

You can dress as and experience Hannah Arendt in The Bishop’s Robing Room at the rear of The Heritage Council.

Bob Walk And Talk at The Heritage Council

The lady in question herself. Take part in the whole experience by donning some 1940’s costumes, reading some of Hannah Arendt’s published books and chat about the background of the show.

Bob Walk And Talk at The Heritage Council

If you make tracks to Rothe House this festival, you’ll find these Talking Sticks outside the main area for Bob’s work on Parliament Street, where you’ve also got the chance to hop on the soap box and have your say with the possibility of your answers to the show’s many questions appearing on the wall of the Butler Gallery during the festival.

Bob And Roberta Smith at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Bob And Roberta Smith at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Bob And Roberta Smith at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Bob And Roberta Smith at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Bob And Roberta Smith at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Bob And Roberta Smith at Kilkenny Arts Festival

The remainder of the above form part of Bob And Roberta Smith’s show at Butler Gallery in Kilkenny Castle. It’s also the first show in the history of the festival (as well as being Bob’s first Irish show) to feature the Discover Pen, allowing those who are visually impaired to fully participate in the exhibition.

If you don’t make the festival, the show continues into the next month, but drop down before next weekend to have a chance to meet the man in question himself.

Bob And Roberta Smith: Bonfire

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Today was Day 0 for our documentary crew for the 40th Kilkenny Arts Festival and it kicked off with some on-camera chats with Bob and Roberta Smith.

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Bob’s work is the core of the Visual Arts strand for this year’s festival and this work, Bonfire, can be seen in the reception area of County Hall and is open to all at the very least on weekdays.

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Keep an eye on KilkennyArts.ie tomorrow and throughout the week for clips from Bob, discussings his work, and those reacting to it throughout the festival.

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