Nine Lives, curated by Emmett Scanlon for Irish Design 2015, presents the work of nine emerging Irish architectural practices who are gaining a national and international reputation in the craft of architecture. The exhibition opened at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny on 8 August as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival 2015 and runs until 27 September 2015.
Nine Lives was first shown at the Tank at the Design Museum during London Festival of Architecture earlier this year where Ireland was the inaugural Focus Country. The exhibition is part of New Horizon_architecture from Ireland, conceived and curated by Raymund Ryan and Nathalie Weadick as a series of presentations of the work of ten emerging Irish practices in three high profile venues around the world. New Horizon_architecture from Ireland is the flagship showcase of Irish architecture and the built environment for Irish Design 2015 (ID2015).
Nine Lives invites visitors to look inside the rooms of nine buildings built on the island of Ireland between 2009 and 2015 and to observe and enjoy the everyday life found inside. Eight homes and one outdoor classroom designed by the practices - AP+E, A2, Clancy Moore, GKMP, Hall McKnight, Ryan Kennihan, Steve Larkin, TAKA, and Urban Agency - are displayed on striking blue and bright pink shutter-boxes in the windows of the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny. Gathering a rich variety of drawings, sketches, photos, models and texts from both architects and occupants, and presenting new photographs taken specifically for this exhibition, Nine Lives aims to reveal the care and craft of architectural design, to honour the creative and engaged use of these rooms by their occupants, and to celebrate the social value of architecture in our everyday lives. Nine Lives also showcases the work of photographers Noel Bowler, Alice Clancy, Rachel Glass, Ros Kavanagh, Marie-Louise Halpenny, Aisling McCoy, Paul Tierney, and Matthew Thompson.