From Studio

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.

Soul Noir Festival

Studio artists Diana Chambers and Mary Cody will have paintings exhibited in the Soul Noir Festival on 31st of October at Laragh House, Maynooth, Co.Kildare.

Soul Noir is a Dublin based festival founded to celebrate all things Gothic and Macabre with the aim to promote Irish and international artists who work with Gothic themes in their practice. The festival is founded and curated by Sinéad Keogh who has been working in collaboration with Diana Chambers as part of the KCAT Engagement Project.

 Mary Cody, ‘Blue Green’, (2012) acrylic on canvas, 40x40cm.

 Diana Chambers, ‘Dancers’ (2018) acrylic on paper, 71x51cm.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Together Now: The Engagement Project

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: 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.

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, colorful 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

 

KCAT Studio Arts Administrator Vacancy

KCAT invites applications for the position of part-time Studio Arts Administrator (2 days per week). The administration of the Studio focuses on project administration i.e. exhibitions, budget and representation/ documentation of the artist.

The Studio administrator will have a passion for arts participation centred cultural work and is expected to support high-quality artist led development for all the KCAT Studio artists.

For further information CLICK HERE

Application deadline: 17th June 2019, 2 pm

To apply please complete the application form and submit a current CV to the Centre Coordinator by email to anja@kcat.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

‘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

Mary Cody’s solo exhibition ‘String’

 

A wealth of colour and texture! We are all looking forward to Mary Cody’s solo exhibition ‘String’ opening soon at the University of Atypical, Belfast.

Mary’s practice investigates the material nature of painting today. Through her steady, considered and labour-intensive approach, layers of wool, string and acrylic are carefully articulated onto canvas. Only Mary knows when an artwork is complete and when the optimum level of balance is reached.

Opens next Saturday the 19th January until the 22 February