From Students

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 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.

New Portfolio Course

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, basic photography, collage, 3D building, painting, colour work and basic printing.

Features of this course include:

  • Light, spacious, well-equipped studios
  • Continuous assessment throughout the course
  • Project based activities
  • Outings to Galleries and Exhibitions
  • 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 2017 through to January 2018 with 234 contact hours.

Two intensive four day weeks, two intensive weekends and 26 weekdays.

The course costs 250 euro.

KCAT is an inclusive centre. All are invited to apply for a place on this course, but applicants must be 16 years or over.

For more information please contact Alice Bennett, Education Coordinator on 0567786896 or 0567755115 or email alice@kcat.ie

Gypsy Ray Book Creations

Gypsy Ray will bring her vast experience and specialist knowledge to this series of four workshops. Gypsy wants each participant to have the opportunity to create something unique and purpose matched to themselves. Whether you are looking to make; a sketch book, a piece of art, an artist’s journal, or a memory book, Gypsy will guide you in the right direction.

Don't miss out on booking your place- limited availability for this specialist workshop.
Don’t miss out on booking your place- limited availability for this specialist workshop.

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!

Certificate Ceremony 2016

Over seventy certificates were awarded to students of KCAT Art School on 15th June, 2016.The ceremony was attended by tutors, family, friends and staff of KCAT. Students were recognised for their contributions to the courses which cover a wide range of disciplines including 2D, Theatre, Dance, Roots and De hÁoine  as well as an Open Studio Visual Arts course.Many of the students will be continuing in their learning journeys next year and we wish them and their tutors a very happy summer holiday.We look forward to another exciting year of discovery and growth in 2017.

certificate photo group 2016