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.
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.
A beautiful short film made by Eimear King for South Tipperary Arts Centre about the Optic Nerve exhibition with works by KCAT studio artists Eileen Mulrooney, Sinead Fahey, Francis Casey and Thomas Barron.
January 9th to May 29th –Tuesdays 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm
Julie Cusack leads this course which looks at abstraction. The sessions include creating and experimenting with a variety of painting surfaces and painting with unconventional tools, such as scrapers, sponges, rollers and rags. You will learn how to embrace the process and language of painting focusing on colour, surface, mark and composition.
The course is suitable for complete beginners but experienced students are also welcome and will be able to refresh their skills or explore new techniques and materials.
An interest in abstract or semi – abstract painting is a must.
Julie will guide you to make abstract work in an intuitive and energetic way with knowledge gained from techniques she shares with you. Julie works individually with each student helping them to develop ideas and processes to access their own personal style which will give them greater confidence in their work.
All materials are provided but students are encouraged to forage and seek out materials which become personal to them and their way of working.
KCAT is delighted to welcome Ida Mitrani to it’s Courses Studio for the weekend of 24,25,26th November.Ida will be running an intensive workshop sharing her skills and knowledge of the Fine Art of Botanical Drawing.The course costs 240 euro and all materials are included in the price. Places are limited.Call 0567706863 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
See https://www.idamitrani.org/ for more about Ida.
KCAT Studio is delighted to be part of the Visual Art Exhibitions of CUREkenny.
Opening on Thursday 10th August 2017 at 5pm in the Main Concourse of St. Lukes General Hospital Kilkenny, the Visual Art strand shows work by KCAT Studio Artists Sinead Fahey, Lorna Corrigan and Karl Fitzgerald, Blackstack Print Studios, Kilkenny Photographic Society, Sian Brophy, along with SLGHK Staff Artists Frank O’Dwyer, Judy Bridgeman and Rahul K Pavithran.
Donal Gallagher will be facilitating an evening course for all interested adults on Monday evenings from January to May 2017.The entire course costs only €170 and covers stage craft and acting skills in a safe and supportive environment guaranteed to be fun.This could make the perfect surprise gift for the drama queen or king in your life! KCAT is offering Gift Vouchers this year so please get in touch if this is just what you’ve been looking for!
The study year at KCAT is drawing to a close and we are already looking forward to the spring season with a bundle of new and exciting courses. From January to May 2017, KCAT is offering creative opportunities for people who are interested in a wide range of art forms. Ceramics and Drama will now be available in the evening for those who cannot attend day courses. Donal Gallagher, Director of the much loved Bridge Street Production will lead an evening Drama Club for all levels and abilities. Creative Textiles, Drawing from Life, Book Binding and Illustration are just some of the new courses which are on offer. Dance, photography, tapestry and a Masterclass in Encaustic Art taught by Helen Comerford will also take place in the spring. KCAT Brochures for Spring Courses can be found around town but if you haven’t seen one do please pop in and pick one up from the school. Alice, the Education Coordinator will be happy to chat and help you find the right course so that your creative talents can blossom throughout 2017.All abilities and levels of skill are welcome.