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.
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.
Mary Cody’s mid-career retrospective exhibition will open on the 2nd of August and will continue from 3rd to 19th of August 2019 at KCAT Art Centre in Callan.
Mary first began on the KCAT Art Course in the summer of 1999 and subsequently joined the KCAT Studio. She has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally in a variety of group, duo, and solo shows, with most recently a solo show ‘String’ at the University of Atypical, Belfast in January 2019.
Since then, she has evolved into a unique and accomplished painter. This exhibition attempts to document a selection of work over that time and in particular the shift in Mary’s artwork from figurative compositions to abstraction.
Through a process of layering wool and paint, Mary creates abstracted artworks that speak out to the viewer through colour, form and texture. Whereby each piece embodies a unique energy that carefully tenses the boundary between painting and sculpture.
KCAT is delighted to welcome Rachel Burke as Children’s facilitator this summer 2019. Workshops will be in response to Studio artist Mary Cody‘s Retrospective Exhibition. There are 15 places available for each session. Booking is essential on eventbrite.ie (click here). Find more info on the poster below.
KCAT invites you to join them in celebration of student work for 2018/2019.
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.
All are welcome to the opening of the End of Year exhibition Friday 31st May 2019 at 7 pm in KCAT.
If you would like to attend the theatre or dance performance, please make sure that you book a ticket.
Find more information on the flyer below.
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, collage, 3D building, painting, colour work and basic printmaking.
Features of this course include:
- Light, spacious, well-equipped studios
- Continuous assessment throughout the course
- Project based activities
- 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 2019 through to January 2020 with 174 contact hours.
KCAT is an inclusive centre. All are invited to apply for a place on this course, but applicants must be 16 years or over. Places are limited to ensure quality tuition.
For more information or to make a booking, please contact Alice Bennett, Education Coordinator on 0567786896 or 0567755115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
KCAT is supported by Kilkenny/Carlow Educational Training Board.
The recent expansive retrospective exhibition of the work of KCAT Studio artist George McCutcheon, coincided with the launch of a planned series of books focusing on the individual practice of the KCAT studio artists. The first to be published was Georges, and the book can be purchased for €10, and details of how to buy this and other KCAT publications can be found here.
I Want To Know is a project involving four European partners. These are all specialist artist studios, Cooperations in Luxembourg, SKID in Germany, Pyramid of Arts in Leeds, and ourselves KCAT, in Callan, Ireland.
The project has been in development for some time, and allows learning, sharing and creative networking to happen between all groups. The focus is on the artists from each studio and allowing them to engage in new ways with each other and to be stimulated by new experiences and environments. Each studio artist from the groups will be able to go on at least one of the visits to another participating group.
So far we have visited Wiltz in Luxembourg, and Leeds in England. In October some of us are going to Uberlingen in Germany. The final leg of the project will see KCAT host the other three group early in 2015.
Find out more about the project here http://www.iwanttoknow.eu/
Butler Gallery Corridor, Kilkenny Castle
This year KCAT took over the corridor in Kilkenny Castle leading to the Butler Gallery, and installed a blaze of colour, with side by side canvasses stretching the length. Each studio artist was represented.