From Outreach

European Art Summit at Project Ability

Studio artists Declan Byrne and Fergus FitzGerald having a great time collaborating and connecting with other artists this week at the European Art Summit hosted by Project Ability in Glasgow. The European Art Summit welcomes artists from Scotland, England, Ireland, and Germany for a three-day residency surrounding the theme of Friendship.

Here is studio artist Fergus FitzGerald’s account of his time spent engaging at Project Ability
 
‘Declan Byrne and I were doing art at Project Ability with some other art centers and some Scottish Camphill at Newton Dee and I have twice gone to Newton Dee. It was a part of The European Art Project and I painted some pictures of places. I have gone to and wrote onto them before I started some etching and printing art and I wrote onto some of it. It was Valerie’s idea. She is a native of Cork and of Middleton and is Irish but now that she lives in Scotland for many years and in Glasgow, she has a Scottish accent! She coordinates the studio at Project Ability for a few years now. We prepared for a European Art Project exhibition in relation to the opposite of Brexit’ (Fergus FitzGerald).

 Busy in the studio at Project Ability, Trogate 103, Glasgow.

 

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

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 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

 

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.

Inspirational Colours

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INSPIRATIONAL COLOURS is an exhibition of artworks by studio artists from the KCAT studio Callan, Kilkenny.

The works in “Inspirational Colours” have been selected and curated by artists from the art group, KARE, Eyre Street, Newbridge. This exhibition represents the first collaboration between these two art groups and is the first KCAT exhibition in Newbridge.

This is a curatorial project as part of the Creative Well ‘This Must Be the Place’ Residency at Riverbank Arts Centre.
See: thecreativewell.weebly.com for more details.

The exhibition will be opened by Linda Geraghty, director of Riverbank Arts Centre, Friday 28th April at 1:30pm. All welcome!
“Inspirational Colours” runs at the Riverbank Arts Centre from Friday 28th April to Thursday 1st June 2017. The exhibition will be open from Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturdays 10am – 1pm.

Artists: Lorna Corrigan, Karl Fitzgerald, Jason Turner, Mary Cody, Eileen Mulrooney, Diana Chambers, Sinead Fahey, Declan Byrne, Margaret Walker.

Curatorial team: Jennifer Howell, Conor Hanrahan, Stephen Cash, Niamh Devine, Brendan Burke, Tracey Campbell, Ronnie Shortt, Jean Fitzgerald.

Shortlisted for the Aontas Star Award 2017

Here at KCAT, Callan we have had some very exciting news and we thought that since you are such a supporter of community and the arts, you would like to share in our excitement!

Our Centre has been shortlisted for the 11th AONTAS STAR Awards. The STAR Awards (Showcasing Teamwork, Awarding Recognition) are an awards initiative coordinated by AONTAS as part of the annual Adult Learners’ Festival to acknowledge the fantastic work undertaken by adult learning initiatives throughout Ireland. The awards celebrate the positive contribution that these initiatives make to individual adult learners, local communities and wider society. Aontas (The Irish Adult Learning Organisation) have said that the ‘quality and volume of nominations this year was exceptional, resulting in a highly competitive process.’ An independent panel of judges carried out a detailed review of all the nominations received in the social inclusion category and have chosen KCAT Art & Study Centre as one of four finalists. It is good to be among such worthy nominees: Intercultural Drop-in Centre, The Irish Men’s Shed Association and East Clare Learning in Action

The next step for KCAT is to meet the judges in two weeks’ time where staff and students will showcase the unique inclusive programme of Arts which the Centre offers. Judges are made up of a panel of experts from the adult and community education sector.

We are busy preparing for this now but want everybody know that we have made it this far. We would so appreciate you spreading the news in any way you can! Social Media, chatting to your colleagues etc. Just letting people know good things are happening!