From Kilkenny

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.

Unhindered

UNHINDERED – An exhibition of contemporary artworks curated by the KCAT studio.

‘Unhindered’ is an exhibition curated by the studio artists of KCAT, Callan as part of the AKA Fringe – Kilkenny Arts Festival.  The exhibition will comprise of an exciting array of painting and sculptural artworks from artists working in supportive studio settings in Ireland. The diverse range of artworks will offer insight into the different working methodologies and their individual approaches to their practices.  Concluding in an abundance of energy as the selected artworks bounce off one another and conversations begin to flow.

Organisations represented include: Arts Ability (Wexford), DAV (Dublin), GASP (Cork), KCAT Studio (Kilkenny), Luisne Art Project (Mayo), Cuig and GASP (Cork) and (Dulick Centre (Clare). We do hope it will start a discussion around the current supportive Studio infrastructure in Ireland and how it can develop going forward.

Exhibition

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 is looking for a Studio Facilitator (P/T)

KCAT wishes to appoint a part-time Studio Facilitator. The position requires a good knowledge of visual art techniques and a good understanding of art facilitation. The successful candidate is a practicing artist with experience of exhibiting work, will have a passion for arts participation centered cultural work and be expected to support high quality artist led development for all the KCAT Studio artists.

Applications, including cover letter stating your suitability for this position and a current CV should be sent to the Centre Coordinator by email to anja@kcat.ie

Link to Job Description
Link to Application form

Closing Date: The closing date for applications is 1 pm, 15th December 2017

Variations

Variations Exhibition

Variations is part of AKA Fringe and features artworks by KCAT Studio artists Eileen Mulrooney, Thomas Barron, Diana Chambers, Jason Turner, Fergus Fitzgerald and Declan Byrne. Opening 1pm August 11th 2017, The Link Hall Gallery, County Hall, Kilkenny County Council, John Street Kilkenny, Exhibition open August 11th-20th, 10am-4pm daily during Kilkenny Arts Festival. (Image: Jason Turner, Blackbird, Acrylic on Canvas)

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/

Inclusion Ireland: Self-Advocacy

KCAT is delighted that Inclusion Ireland are leading an exciting day of talks and discussion in Callan on Thursday 6th July as part of Inhabitants, the Arts Strand of the Abhainn Rí Festival 2017.

 

Inclusion Ireland: Self-Advocacy

Parish Hall, Callan Thurs 06 July, 10am- 3pm | €10 (including lunch)

Inclusion Ireland will lead an exciting day of talks and discussion providing an opportunity to learn about self-advocacy and to publicly declare your thoughts and experiences throughout the day. Speakers will include, Martin Rowan, Chair of the Self Advocacy Subcommittee, Dermot Lowndes, member of the Self Advocacy Subcommittee, Kathleen Gittens, Kings River Community, Equinox Theatre Company, Sarah Jane Lavin, National Platform of Self Advocates and Robert Murtagh, Advocacy Project Worker.

Inclusion Ireland is a rights based advocacy organisation for people with intellectual disabilities. Inclusion Ireland has a vision of people with an intellectual disability living and participating in the community with equal rights as citizens, to live the life of their choice to their fullest potential. Inclusion Ireland’s work is underpinned by the values of dignity, inclusion, social justice, democracy and autonomy.

Inclusion Ireland’s Self Advocacy Sub Committee is made up of people with intellectual disabilities who work hard on issues that are important in their lives. They speak up for themselves and for others about rights and choice.

To book your tickets CLICK HERE

 

Programme of the day


 

Inhabitants Programme 2017

Inhabitants is a series of events and activities across visual arts, architecture and theatre, which highlights the diverse and innovative work happening in the arts in Callan and across Ireland. This year focuses on one key theme, Public Declaration. We’re delighted to invite guest curator Róise Goan to devise Testimony – stories of courage, stepping out of the comfort zone into the unknown, citizenship and its relative freedoms and burdens, love, belonging and standing out. Our programme allows for new audiences and those familiar to engage in cutting-edge art experiences in our small town.

Inhabitants is produced by Trasna Productions with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland Small Festivals Award and Kilkenny Leader Partnership. Special thanks to the Abhainn Rí Festival, Callan Community Network, KCAT Arts Centre, Callan Workhouse Union, Monkeyshine Theatre, Inclusion Ireland and Fennelly’s for their ongoing support and collaboration.

For more information go the the Trasna Productions website HERE