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‘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

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 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.

KCAT @ STAC

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.

Abstraction in Painting

Abstraction in Painting

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.

Cost 280 euro

Introduction to Botanical Drawing with Ida Mitrani

Ida Mitrani Yellow Lupin

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 alice@kcat.ie

See https://www.idamitrani.org/ for more about Ida.

 

 

CUREkenny

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.

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Drama Evenings for Adults

you're invited to join our

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!