by Clare O' Donoghue, 2001
One of the most exciting aspects of prgramming the visual arts for the Kilkenny Arts Festival has to be the organic nature of the event, the opportunity it affords to take ideas and allow them to grow and develop. The interaction between the people involved is what makes these exhibitions so special. In this showing of new and existing works by Gottfried Helnwein what started as a small part of the visual arts programme has, because of the power of the artist and his work and the openness of the whole festival team involved, grown to make a substantial statement and to produce an exhibition that is very particular to this city. Although some of the works have been shown in other cities around the world, the particularity of the chosen sites and the involvement of the local community make this an exhibition not just about the artist and his work, but also about the people of Kilkenny.