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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.

 

KCAT Course Students and St Luke’s General Hospital

The students of visual courses in KCAT recently held their first opening of many exhibitions to come in St Luke’s Hospital.

Students and friends of KCAT worked hard to raise  funds to purchase sixteen custom frames which now hang permanently  in the central axis lobby of the hospital.The work will be changed every few months or so in order to bring fresh interest to staff , patients and visitors. This collaboration will also allow as many students as possible the experience of exhibiting their work in a public space.The opening speech made by Gypsy Ray can be read below.We are most grateful to her, to Edelle Nolan ( Arts Officer in the hospital), and to tutors, Julie Cusack and Saturio Alonso for their continuing efforts and support. Congratulations to all the exhibiting students.

KCAT Open Studio Exhibition Launch at St. Luke’s.

Opening Speech by Gypsy Ray

 

            The difficulties of wanting to create any art form, be it writing a poem, painting a painting, doing fibre art, or practicing an instrument can be finding the time to do it and it is often done in isolation.

The stereotype of a writer is that she or he is locked away looking at a blank page hoping for the words to come.  A visual artist is alone in a studio or at a table in some shed or corner of their dwelling trying to put idea to paper or canvas.  A musician practices alone for hours before joining other musicians to play music.

KCAT’s Studio Course provides a forum for individuals to come into a group setting but work with their chosen medium.  There are two days a week set for the Studio Courses.  People opt for full or partial days to come in to work. The group is facilitated by two gifted and talented artists, Saturio Alonso and Julie Cusack, who are there to offer help when needed, to give advice, and to be devil’s advocates when a studio member is “stuck”.  It is often inspiring to see what others work on and sometimes this course produces collaborations between the group members.  People with various talents are together without a system of one being a better artist than another.  I have participated in the Studio Course and have benefited from doing so.

The KCAT Studio Artists are pleased, I am sure, to be exhibiting on the walls here at St. Luke’s.  Whether one is at the hospital as a staff member, a patient, or a visitor, the art now on the walls makes the hospital environment richer and, in many ways, more humane.  It is wonderful to have it and a thanks goes to Edelle Nolan, arts officer, all the administration and staff at St. Luke’s who have helped make this possible.

The American Painter, Georgia O’Keefe said, “To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage”.

The artists exhibiting here are courageous!  Their work is testament to their courage. To the contributing artists I say WELL DONE, CONGRATULATIONS!  

I officially open this exhibit and invite you to let this work enhance your lives.

KCAT End of Year Student Show

If you go to one exhibition this year let it be the KCAT End of Year student show.

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.

KCAT Summer Open Studio

Thursdays from 10 am to 4 pm, 27th July to 31st August

Every summer KCAT Arts Centre runs a six day/once a week Summer Studio for artists of any level who are interested in developing their work. It takes place in our large airy and light studio space with access to basic equipment and some essential materials. Artists are advised to bring specialist equipment and their own brushes. Canteen facilities are available for lunch and tea breaks. The cost is 120 euro for six days/ 20 euro a day.

I am on hand to guide and assist, for any advice or feedback you may need, but the small group of peers you will meet and work with provide invaluable support and encouragement during this time.

If you are interested or would like to know more please contact me on 056-7706863 or 056-7755115 or email me here at KCAT: alice@kcat.ie

There is also an application form online at http://kcat.ie/art-courses/

Summer Camps and Open Studio

Children’s Summer Camp

A summer camp for children aged 7 to 11 years old takes place this summer in KCAT Arts Centre from 17th to 21st July. Every morning from 10 am to 12.30 pm, a variety of arts skills will be explored. There will be music and art making delivered in a fun, safe and inclusive environment by an experienced tutor. Emphasis is on process rather than product but there will be plenty to take home! All materials are provided. The course costs 100 euro for one child and 90 euro per child if there are two or more from one family.

Please contact KCAT if you would like any more information or would like us to send you an application form. Phone 0567755115 or email alice@kcat.ie . You can also access the application forms here online.

Young Adults Summer Camp

At KCAT we have designed a week of summer art for young people aged 12 to 17 years old .This year it will take place from 17th to 21st July from 2.pm to 4.30 pm.

KCAT Arts Centre offers a unique environment which is safe and welcoming to all young people of varying abilities. Our experienced tutor will direct and guide each individual in their artistic and creative development towards success. Personal projects are welcome but instruction is also provided. The aim of the week is to impart skills and foster self-confidence while working side by side with like-minded peers.

The cost of the workshop for the week, all materials included, is 120 euro.

Please feel free to call KCAT on 0567755115 or email alice@kcat.ie for more information and we will be happy to discuss the course in greater detail with you. Apply here online

Thursday Open Studio Summer Programme

Our Open Studio Summer Studio provides a light airy space for working on personal projects. Suitable for artists who can work independently and who enjoy a peer group atmosphere. Every Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm from 27th July to 31st August, the cost of the studio is €120.

Bring your own materials and lunch. Spaces are limited. The application form can be filled in online or call 0567755115 / email alice@kcat.ie for more information.

Gypsy Ray Book Creations

Gypsy Ray will bring her vast experience and specialist knowledge to this series of four workshops. Gypsy wants each participant to have the opportunity to create something unique and purpose matched to themselves. Whether you are looking to make; a sketch book, a piece of art, an artist’s journal, or a memory book, Gypsy will guide you in the right direction.

Don't miss out on booking your place- limited availability for this specialist workshop.
Don’t miss out on booking your place- limited availability for this specialist workshop.