From Callan

Together Now, The Engagement Exhibition  

‘Together Now’ marks a milestone in the Engagement Project, a project where collaborations between artists from KCAT and artists from around the country have been on-going since 2014. The exhibition was launched in June 2019 at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre by project curator Catherine Marshall.

The exhibition highlights different approaches to art-making. Through these collaborations a natural re-examination of how one makes art occurs as artistic methodologies are combined. The works on show are hybrids that provide viewers with an insight into the visual dialogues between artists. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication of the engagement process to date and will be installed next at the OPW galleries at Farmleigh in Dublin opening on the 26th of October.

Before travelling to, the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Ballinglen Art Foundation and Ballina Arts Centre in Co. Mayo, the F.E. McWilliam Gallery in Banbridge and finishing back in Callan, Co. Kilkenny.

                              (Left) Self-Portrait by Andrew Pike, (Right) Cloaking device by Nevan Lahart                              Visitors engaging with artwork by Margaret Walker 

Drivers of Diversity

KCAT Studio Artists Group Exhibition as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival
11th-18th August, open daily 11am-5pm

The Drivers of Diversity exhibition has been curated by Mary Butler, Arts Officer with Kilkenny County Council. This exhibition sheds light on the fourteen KCAT Studio artists who have been creative beacons in Callan, County Kilkenny for the last 20 years. This group has forged the way to a new understanding of diversity in the Irish professional art world. They have paved the way and laid the ground for others to find their rightful place in the diverse cultural landscape we all call home. This exhibition is a celebration of the inspirational and magnificent work created by this group of artists.

Mary Butler, Arts Officer says she was delighted to be invited to curate this exhibition. ‘It has been such a pleasure and a privilege to have the opportunity to delve into the art stores of the KCAT Studio artists. The sheer number of pieces created by the artists is incredible and selecting a small number from the storerooms of such beautiful and often challenging work was no easy task’

She also states that as Arts Officer she is more than aware of how KCAT’s work enriches the artistic and cultural life of the county and the significance of this. How their reputation and collaborations both as a studio and as individual studio artists, have helped to put County Kilkenny on the local, national and international stage. KCAT’s work and exhibitions serve to engage diverse audiences and participation in the creative sector thus broadening and developing audiences for the visuals arts and cultural activity and helping to bring the arts closer to local communities.

 

Mary Cody’s Mid-career Retrospective

Mary Cody’s mid-career retrospective exhibition will open on the 2nd of August and will continue from 3rd to 19th of August 2019 at KCAT Art Centre in Callan.

Mary first began on the KCAT Art Course in the summer of 1999 and subsequently joined the KCAT Studio. She has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally in a variety of group, duo, and solo shows, with most recently a solo show ‘String’ at the University of Atypical, Belfast in January 2019.

Since then, she has evolved into a unique and accomplished painter. This exhibition attempts to document a selection of work over that time and in particular the shift in Mary’s artwork from figurative compositions to abstraction.

Through a process of layering wool and paint, Mary creates abstracted artworks that speak out to the viewer through colour, form and texture. Whereby each piece embodies a unique energy that carefully tenses the boundary between painting and sculpture.

KCAT Studio Arts Administrator Vacancy

KCAT invites applications for the position of part-time Studio Arts Administrator (2 days per week). The administration of the Studio focuses on project administration i.e. exhibitions, budget and representation/ documentation of the artist.

The Studio administrator will have a passion for arts participation centred cultural work and is expected to support high-quality artist led development for all the KCAT Studio artists.

For further information CLICK HERE

Application deadline: 17th June 2019, 2 pm

To apply please complete the application form and submit a current CV to the Centre Coordinator by email to anja@kcat.ie

Children’s Summer Camp 2019

KCAT is delighted to welcome Rachel Burke as Children’s facilitator this summer 2019. Workshops will be in response to Studio artist Mary Cody‘s Retrospective Exhibition. There are 15 places available for each session. Booking is essential on eventbrite.ie (click here). Find more info on the poster below.

Children's Summer Camp

KCAT End of Year Show 2019

KCAT invites you to join them in celebration of student work for 2018/2019.

Over a hundred students of various art disciplines under one roof. This is a celebration of the most eclectic group of artists in Kilkenny. The work on show is diverse in theme and technique, full of colour, vibrancy and individuality. An encounter with an absorbing and enjoyable collection is promised.

All are welcome to the opening of the End of Year exhibition Friday 31st May 2019 at 7 pm in KCAT.

If you would like to attend the theatre or dance performance, please make sure that you book a ticket.

Find more information on the flyer below.

End of Year Invite 2019
End of Year Show 2019

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.

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

Engagement Symposium 2018

..it’s always about people’s right to make art on their own terms..  (Franҫois Matarasso, Keynote speaker)

What does art inclusion really mean? A two day event of discussing, reflecting and engaging in arts practice.

The KCAT Studio Engagement Project is a collaborative project that began in 2013 between KCAT Studio Artists and other professional artists around Ireland. In partnership with Bealtaine a series of residencies were established to create space for developing a creative relationship. As the project has unfolded, relationships between the artists have sprouted and developed. The Symposium brings together these relationships to share in their experiences and reflect upon the project. We also wish to explore the current position of arts and inclusion in an Irish visual arts context.

Further contributors are: Sinead Dowling; Carlow Arts Officer, Mary Butler; Kilkenny Arts Officer, Ann Davoren; Director West Cork Arts Centre, Tara Byrne; Age and Opportunity, Helen O’Donoghue; Curator IMMA, artists: Nevan Lahart, Andrew Pike and others.

The Symposium will generate content for a publication which will act as a key resource on Arts Participation in 2019. This book will accompany “Together now” a national touring exhibition of the Engagement Project in 2019-2020.

Project curator: Catherine Marshall.                 Engagement Logo

#EngagementKCAT

To see the full program and to book click HERE

For further information contact KCAT Studio studio@kcat.ie

 

 

Talking in Paint

A successful collaboration between two artists was celebrated in Lavistown Garden Gallery during Kilkenny Arts Week this summer 2018.

Anthony Donohue has been painting in KCAT Art Centre for ten years.Julie Cusack is a facilitating tutor in KCAT. Julie and Anthony ‘heard’each other with their eyes, with a shared sense of aesthetic.They were able to recognise themselves in each other’s work and a relationship of peer painting developed between them.Communication without words,communication of canvas, brush, colour, texture.
‘Talking in Paint’  traced the studio hours spent together and allowed  us to eavesdrop on their painted conversations.Anthony does not express himself in conventional ways. He has been painting with broad brush strokes and a changing palette over the years and Julie works in abstract expressionism, often with landscape but using sources that vary from time to time. Anthony’s sources are a mystery to us. An internal landscape seems to emerge. He shares his moods which can be dark in colours of shade and heaviness; he shares his joy in pure yellow and variations of light.

Both Julie and Anthony’s work can be viewed by appointment.

Contact Alice on 0567755115 for more information.