Artists Pauline Cummins and Frances Mezzetti are commencing a Bealtaine Residency at KCAT, 8-12 May. As part of KCAT’s Engagement programme, the artists will work alongside KCAT’s studio artists with a view to exploring working relationships and researching potential future partnerships over longer durations. Come join us for a special Artists’ Breakfast with Pauline and Frances on Friday 12 May in Fennelly’s, Callan. Enjoy breakfast in the company of the artists as they reflect on their experiences with KCAT and discuss how these residencies affect their practice.
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.
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!
Jubilant and celebratory, the Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent blends art with disability care to create a studio like no other.
Entering KCAT, an art studio for people of mixed abilities in Callan, Co Kilkenny, is an experience you are unlikely to forget. Passing beneath a three-storey mural of what looks like a mischievous bandit balancing a multicoloured building on his turban, you progress through a cut-stone portal, carved by KCAT artists, and find yourself inside a building decked with artworks of such untrammeled vibrancy and colour that you can’t help but want to start painting yourself. (Irish Time Magazine, Saturday, Jan 14, 2017)
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.
Gift Certificates for KCAT Courses are now available.
Gifts of amounts from 25 euro to 100 euro can be purchased for your friends and families, these are then redeemed for KCAT Courses or against Art works from our Studio Artists’ Portfolios.
Call KCAT on 0567755115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get your Gift Vouchers
Our dear friend Karl Fitzgerald passed away in the early morning of Sunday the 20th of November. He died peacefully in his sleep. Karl was a founding member of Camphill Jerpoint since April 1992 and was a few days short of his 64th birthday. Karl was a practicing artist and an integral member of the KCAT Studio. Karl enjoyed life and we are glad he brought this joy to KCAT for many years. We will miss his friendship, sense of humour, his dedication to his art and that smile!