From Exhibitions

Together Now: The Engagement Project

Together Now: The Engagement Project is a large group exhibition of painting, drawing, installation, sculpture and film by KCAT Studio artists and artists from very different practice contexts from all over Ireland, who have been working together in residencies and other forms of engagement since 2014. Curated by Catherine Marshall, and following a symposium at KCAT in Callan at the end of 2018, this exhibition, drawing on the work of the 24 artists, is touring to venues across Ireland.

The exhibition will be opened by Catherine Marshall on:
Friday 14th June 2019, 6.00pm at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre
Duration exhibition: 15th June – 21st August 2019

Together Now will then travel to the following venues in 2019-2020:

F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, Co. Down
Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co.Mayo
Ballinglen Art Foundation, Co. Mayo
Ballina Arts Centre, Co. Mayo
OPW Galleries at Farmleigh, Co. Dublin
KCAT Arts Centre, Callan, Co. Kilkenny

 

The work on show has been made as a result of collaborations and conversations between the artists from KCAT and artists who prioritise social engagement, performance, installation and a variety of media from film and video to very un-traditional interpretations of traditional media such as painting and sculpture.

The artists who are engaged in these collaborations of hand and mind are Saturio Alonso, Steven Aylin, Thomas Barron, Declan Byrne, Francis Casey, Diane Chambers, Mary Cody, Eileen Mulrooney, Lorna Corrigan, Sinéad Fahey, Fergus FitzGerald, Mary Ann Gelly, Brianna Hurley, Fintin Kelly,  Sinéad Keogh, Nevan Lahart, Alastair MacLennan, Paul Mosse, Rachel Parry, Andrew Pike, Anna Spearman, Dominic Thorpe, Jason Turner and Margaret Walker.

The exhibition will be engaging, challenging, colourful and fun. Most of all, it is designed to encourage awareness of the diversity of arts practice. It will be accompanied by a publication from the Together Now symposium.

Click here to find out more about Engagement project

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

‘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

Mary Cody’s solo exhibition ‘String’

 

A wealth of colour and texture! We are all looking forward to Mary Cody’s solo exhibition ‘String’ opening soon at the University of Atypical, Belfast.

Mary’s practice investigates the material nature of painting today. Through her steady, considered and labour-intensive approach, layers of wool, string and acrylic are carefully articulated onto canvas. Only Mary knows when an artwork is complete and when the optimum level of balance is reached.

Opens next Saturday the 19th January until the 22 February

‘A Yoke’, a Solo Exhibition by Lorna Corrigan


’A Yoke’ a Solo Exhibition by KCAT Studio artist Lorna Corrigan will open this Thursday 20th September, 5:30pm at the Coastguard Centre Café in Tramore, Waterford.

Lorna’s work weaves together imaginary elements from dreams with something as concrete as a cow standing in a nearby field or a teapot in the ‘Blue Coffee Shop’ on the street, few doors down from KCAT Studio in Callan, where the artist has her studio space.

Lorna Corrigan’s art is exhibited both nationwide and internationally, altogether numbering well over 50 shows, both solo and group exhibitions. She has also held residencies, completed commissions and her work has been featured in several publications and TV documentaries.

Her impressive career spans over decades, in a way it could be traced back right to the time when the artist was merely five years old. After been told by her parents to go out to play while waiting for Sunday lunch, she found a jar of deep red paint and applied it generously on a vacant looking grey tractor in the farmyard as well as herself.

She was later found, sound asleep, in the hay shed, where she went hiding. ‘I got no lunch, but in my mind I decided, I’m going to be an artist!

The body of work showcased here consists of pieces of her earlier work as well as new images ‘fresh out of the oven’. The diligent work the artist has put into her craft studying in the Ormonde College, Kilkenny, really shows as does the influence of her travels, in particular her visit to Australia, which has become a longstanding influence in her art.

In the artist’s own words: ‘ I love art very much, sometimes I feel I could eat it!’

 

The show will run until the 17th of October and will be open daily.

Mon-Fri: 9-5pm | Sat 10-5pm | Sun: 11-4:30pm

 

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.