Category: arts

New Portfolio Course 2019/2020

Portfolio course This comprehensive course has been designed to help both school leavers and mature students who are interested in developing a portfolio for entry to Art College.

Through expert guidance, students will develop their ideas through research, working on a personal project and keeping a sketch book. Subjects covered include drawing from observation, experimental drawing, ideas development, collage, 3D building, painting, colour work and basic printmaking.

Features of this course include:

  • Light, spacious, well-equipped studios
  • Continuous assessment throughout the course
  • Project based activities
  • Presentations from Third Level Art Colleges and former students and guest artists
  • Interview preparation
  • Access to IT and Art Library
  • Tuition by dedicated and skilled artist teachers
  • Affordable fee

The course runs from June 2019 through to January 2020 with 174 contact hours.

KCAT is an inclusive centre. All are invited to apply for a place on this course, but applicants must be 16 years or over. Places are limited to ensure quality tuition.

For more information or to make a booking, please contact Alice Bennett, Education Coordinator on 0567786896 or 0567755115 or email alice@kcat.ie

KCAT is supported by Kilkenny/Carlow Educational Training Board.

‘The Secret to my Success’

a joint exhibition by artists Francis Casey, Jan McCullough and Rory Mullen

Presented by Kilkenny Arts Office and curated by Leah Corbett curator in residence.

'The Secret of my success' exhibition

Join us this Saturday for the opening of The Secret to my Success presented by Kilkenny Arts Office, where a selection of KCAT artist Francis Casey’s portraits of famous figures will be exhibited.

This exhibition brings together works by artists Francis Casey, Jan McCullough and Rory Mullen. The title is drawn from Rory Mullen’s Cork Story, which describes a tale of success and great fortune imparted from a man on his deathbed. Through video, painting and text the artists explore ideas around the ideal self, success and the influence of pop culture. An insightful social commentary emerges, drawing on both real and fictional narratives, which form the stories that we tell ourselves.

This is the first in a series of exhibitions by the curator in residence Leah Corbett, which will take place in the Kilkenny Arts Office Gallery from May- September 2019. This programme is funded by Kilkenny County Council Arts Office, Creative Ireland and the Arts Council of Ireland.

Exhibition Dates: 11th May – 8th June
Opening event: 11th May, 14:00pm – 16:00pm
Gallery opening hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10:30am – 17:30pm

Francis Casey, 'Purple rain' acrylic on canvas, 40x40cm, 2019
Francis Casey, ‘Purple rain’, acrylic on canvas, 40x40cm, 2019

‘An Image in my Head’ an exhibition by Ronan Murphy and Andrew Pike

Presented by The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co Clare.
Opening night: 7:30pm on Friday 1st of March
Duration: 2nd March – 27th April
All very welcome.

Please join us for the opening of ‘An Image in my Head’ hosted by the Courthouse Gallery and curated by artist/curator Dominic Thorpe.

Murphy’s art practice spans creative writing, ceramics and print, where the apparent ordinariness of everyday life comes into question through the richness his imagery. Here, text, print and figures in clay, who are either foxes behaving as humans or humans behaving as foxes (or both), populate clay streetscapes and other scenarios, as the world and our interactions in it are imagined in new ways.

This series of works was produced from 2018 and 2019 as part of a joint creative writing/ceramics project supported by Clare Arts Office under its Embrace Programme and the Dulick Centre, where Murphy has been honing his skills and developing a unique style since 2016. A visit to the KCAT Arts Centre in Kilkenny led to a meeting with KCAT’s co-founder, artist Andrew Pike, and a subsequent invitation to Pike to share this exhibition.

The portraiture of Andrew Pike also proposes new ways of looking at the face and the facades of the everyday. A well-established artist working across a variety of media including painting and animation, his work has been shown extensively in Ireland and internationally. Though best known for his paintings, Andrew has award-winning animations to his credit and co-designed the MACNAS Big River Parade as part of Galway Arts Festival 2006. Most recently Andrew’s self-portrait (2018) has been acquired by the National Portrait Collection of Ireland at the University of Limerick.

Fergus’ first solo exhibition at Mermaid Arts Centre

KCAT Studio and Fergus Fitzgerald are very proud to invite you to his first solo exhibition at the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray, Co. Wicklow. It will be running from the 8th February to 16th March 2019.

Fergus Fitzgerald
Rome wasn’t built in a day

Fergus Fitzgerald works primarily in acrylic on canvas. An avid traveller, particularly to Italy, location greatly informs Fergus’ work. Being a lover of linguistics and books, Fergus enjoys thoroughly researching his subjects for paintings and using text within his paintings.

Fergus paints images exploring various locations he has visited or aspires to visit. Such as Ljubljana Slovenia, Sienna Italy, Cefelu Sicily and Mozart’s birthplace in Salzburg Austria. In an exploration of text as drawing and text as imagery, each painting has text drawn onto the surface weaving his own personal thoughts on the subject of the work with researched facts.

Opening on Thursday 7th February at 6pm
Show runs from 8th to 16th March 2019
Monday to Saturday 10am – 6pm
Mermaid Arts Centre
Main Street, Bray, Co. Wicklow

WORKSHOP ‘Express yourself’
with artist Emma Finucane
16th February and 2nd March 11am – 1pm – Cost 10€
All levels and abilities welcome

A Studio Shop online for Christmas

The KCAT Studio is delighted to announce that we have launched an online shop for the Christmas season : the studio artists Andrew Pike, Brianna Hurley, Declan Byrne, Diane Chambers, Eileen Mulrooney, Fergus Fitzgerald, Fintin Kelly, Francis Casey, Jason Turner, Lorna Corrigan, Margaret Walker, Mary Cody, Sinéad Fahey will all have a variety of work on paper available. Any online purchases can be posted or alternatively collected directly from our studio. Should you choose to collect work from us, all delivery fees will be deducted. Please contact KCAT for suitable collection times.
KCAT contact : 056 775 5115 – studio@kcat.ie

New Portfolio Course

Portfolio Course

This comprehensive course has been designed to help both school leavers and mature students who are interested in developing a portfolio for entry to Art College.

Through expert guidance, students will develop their ideas through research, working on a personal project and keeping a sketch book. Subjects covered include, drawing from observation, experimental drawing, ideas development, basic photography, collage, 3D building, painting, colour work and basic printing.

Features of this course include:

  • Light, spacious, well-equipped studios
  • Continuous assessment throughout the course
  • Project based activities
  • Outings to Galleries and Exhibitions
  • Presentations from Third Level Art Colleges and former students and guest artists
  • Interview preparation
  • Access to IT and Art Library
  • Tuition by dedicated and skilled artist teachers
  • Affordable fee

The course runs from June 2017 through to January 2018 with 234 contact hours.

Two intensive four day weeks, two intensive weekends and 26 weekdays.

The course costs 250 euro.

KCAT is an inclusive centre. All are invited to apply for a place on this course, but applicants must be 16 years or over.

For more information please contact Alice Bennett, Education Coordinator on 0567786896 or 0567755115 or email alice@kcat.ie

George McCutcheon Solo Exhibition and Publication 2015

The recent expansive retrospective exhibition of the work of KCAT Studio artist George McCutcheon, coincided with the launch of a planned series of books focusing on the individual practice of the KCAT studio artists. The first to be published was Georges, and the book can be purchased for €10, and details of how to buy this and other KCAT publications can be found here.

 

I Want To Know 2015

I Want To Know is a project involving four European partners. These are all specialist artist studios, Cooperations in Luxembourg, SKID in Germany, Pyramid of Arts in Leeds, and ourselves KCAT, in Callan, Ireland.

The project has been in development for some time, and allows learning, sharing and creative networking to happen between all groups. The focus is on the artists from each studio and allowing them to engage in new ways with each other and to be stimulated by new experiences and environments. Each studio artist from the groups will be able to go on at least one of the visits to another participating group.

So far we have visited Wiltz in Luxembourg, and Leeds in England. In October some of us are going to Uberlingen in Germany. The final leg of the project will see KCAT host the other three group early in 2015.

Find out more about the project here http://www.iwanttoknow.eu/