From Kilkenny

a FAIR WHILE

Eileen Mulrooney’s Solo Exhibition ‘a Fair While’ was opened on the 7th November 2019 by Ramon Kassam at the The Watergarden Gallery, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny.

Eileen Mulrooney has lived and worked in South Tipperary and Kilkenny all her life. Many of Mulrooney’s drawings and paintings are based on her local scenery and direct experiences. Creating a wide variety of imagery she fixes onto canvas the landscapes she passes through every day, the buildings she encounters, and the people and her friends who inhabit those spaces.

Mulrooney’s title for this exhibition acknowledges a sense of time. Time itself is a key ingredient in her work. The content of her paintings emerges from continued and extended observations of the world around her. Her painting processes and the selection of imagery for her canvases are deliberated and considered patiently by the artist too. And, as a whole this body of work reflects on a collection of moments over time, a Fair While. The exhibition of Eileen Mulrooney’s paintings at the Watergarden Gallery in Thomastown, will include images of Ballytobin where she has worked for many years, friends, and familiar landscapes.

Eileen has a remarkable skill for creating a sense of place in her work. She has been making paintings professionally over the last 10 years from her studio at KCAT, and has built up a large body of work. Mulrooney has exhibited widely in Ireland with solo shows in Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary and Mountshannon, Co. Clare. She also has an extensive record of exhibiting work internationally, participating in shows in Finland, the UK, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Germany. This exhibition aims to bring together an intimate selection of the paintings created along Eileen’s artistic journey to date.
Examples of Eileen Mulrooney’s work here

The exhibition will continue to run until the 28th November 2019. Open daily: Tuesday to Friday | 9:30am-4:30pm.

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.

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

The Waterboys

Only 2 shows left!

Created by Shane O’Reilly, Jim Rohan, Gary Comerford and Donal Gallagher with movement by Cindy Cummings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim and Gary have a double life. They are actors by day… but by night they are…

The Water Boys for Carrickshock hurling team.

As kids they dreamed of raising an All-Ireland hurling trophy in Croke Park.  Their bodies may have prevented them from playing for their club, but nothing will stop these striped crusaders from being part of their team.

The Water Boys is an extraordinary, real-life story about learning to walk, learning to fall and learning to follow your dreams.

 

Equinox Theatre Company is part of KCAT Arts Centre in Co. Kilkenny. The Water Boys has been developed with support from Arts & Disability Ireland; Kilkenny Arts Office; Visual, Carlow and The Arts Council of Ireland.

RUA Red, Tallaght

Friday 3rd May, 8pm

Tickets: €15/10

Bookings: RUA RED Box Office 01 4515860

BELLTABLE  Limerick

Friday 10th May, 8pm

Tickets: €15

Bookings: 061 953400 | www.limetreetheatre.ie

WATERGATE  Kilkenny

Wednesday, 17th May, 8pm

Tickets: €15/13

Bookings: 056 7761674 | watergatetheatre.com

VISUAL, Carlow

Thursday March 30th, 2pm

Friday May 31st, 8pm

Tickets: €12/10

Bookings:  059 917 2400 | www.visualcarlow.ie

‘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

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

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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.

 

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.

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