From Ireland

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

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

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

 

 

‘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