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ONLINE WORKSHOP: Let’s Talk about Art

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Join Vera McEvoy online to view and discuss a selection of artworks from the Kildare Municipal Art Collection. The sessions will provide a welcome and inclusive space to view and discuss art. The two sessions (on 13th May & 20th May) will explore different artworks and discussions will include colour, brush strokes, line, shape and

€5

VISUAL ART: Portal – an exhibition by Tina Claffey

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

McKenna Gallery  - reopens 8th June Open Monday - Friday, 10am-2pm ADMISSION FREE Tina Claffey loves to get 'lost' in the bogs, eskers and wetlands of Ireland with her macro lens. Her latest solo show takes the viewer through a portal to other wondrous worlds that co-exist with us through her macro lens. Lichens become

VISUAL ART: QUARANTINE PROJECT by Patricio Cassinoni with Nyree Yergainharsian

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

70 photos in 70 days, made entirely at home while in lockdown during a global pandemic. Quarantine Project is a time capsule from one of the most unique periods of recent history. We never imagined we would be making more than a handful of images, assuming any ‘lockdown’ may last two or three weeks. As

VISUAL ART: Nomadic Series: Capturing Momentary Images – an exhibition by Olga Anacka

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

This exhibition is a record of artist Olga Anacka's experience of the last 18 months, a time when when she returned to her regular art practice. In this body of work, the artist expresses feelings and thoughts about experiencing the real. Perception is limited by the intellectual associations built upon societal codes and values. Olga

VISUAL ARTS: Beneath | Beofhód – an exhibition by Shane Hynan

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Beneath | Beofhód is a long term photographic series observing the raised bogs of the Irish midlands and the culture around them. Beofhód; an Irish word translating as 'life beneath the sod', allows modern excavations on bogs to be re-imagined as an archaeology of history and legacy, adding a vital layer of symbolism and metaphor

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EXHIBITION TOUR: Beneath | Beofhód with artist Shane Hynan

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Join Shane Hynan for an informal tour of his photographic series Beneath | Beofhód at the McKenna Gallery. Shane will be available to discuss his work, what it’s about and the wider context in which it was made. Beneath | Beofhód is a long term photographic series observing the raised bogs of the Irish midlands

FREE, booking essential

VISUAL ART: Beneath | Beofhód – panel discussion

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Bogs are many things to many people. They are a latent source of energy, a refuge, a carbon sink and an archive of history. As islands surrounded by pastoral land they’re often undervalued and misunderstood. They are living, breathing ecosystems with the power to absorb and reveal the past, with resurfacing iron age bog bodies

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EXHIBITION TOUR: Beneath | Beofhód with artist Shane Hynan

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Join Shane Hynan for an informal tour of his photographic series Beneath | Beofhód at the McKenna Gallery. Shane will be available to discuss his work, what it’s about and the wider context in which it was made. Beneath | Beofhód is a long term photographic series observing the raised bogs of the Irish midlands

FREE, booking essential
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EXHIBITION TOUR: Beneath | Beofhód with artist Shane Hynan

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Join Shane Hynan for an informal tour of his photographic series Beneath | Beofhód at the McKenna Gallery. Shane will be available to discuss his work, what it’s about and the wider context in which it was made. Beneath | Beofhód is a long term photographic series observing the raised bogs of the Irish midlands

FREE, booking essential

VISUAL ART: Exquisite Portraits

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Exquisite Portraits is a beast of a project, created during the first lockdown of 2020. Instigated by illustrator Margaret Anne Suggs, and author Juliette Saumande, it involves 26 illustrators from or living in Ireland and 20 children’s writers and poets. It is both individual and collective. It is fun, it is moving; it looks huge, it chronicles the

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VISUAL ART: Invisible Cords – An exhibition by Clodagh Kelly

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

'Invisible Cords' is a collection of artwork developed by Kildare based Visual Artist Clodagh Kelly over the last ten years.  Clodagh uses drawing, mixed media and natural materials to explore health, landscape, healing and form in space.  This exhibition draws from three bodies of artwork 'Scratched Room', 'Cruel Nature' and 'Boundaries' allowing the underlying invisible

PANEL DISCUSSION: Invisible Cords/Sacred Conversations

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

‘Sacred Conversation’ explores the seen and unseen cords that underlay our instinctual engagement with art and humanity, the spoken and unspoken words between people.  Clodagh Kelly (Visual Artist) and Claire Hawkes (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist) will discuss the ‘Sacred Conversations’ which permeate our conscious and unconscious interactions with art and humanity. Chris McMahon (The Treatment Room) will

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DRAWING WORKSHOP: ‘INVISIBLE CORDS’ with Clodagh Kelly

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

In this drawing workshop with Visual Artist Clodagh Kelly,  participants will be invited to take a ‘Cord’ and create an artwork inspired by the materials and the exhibition. Themes from nature may be explored, others may want to look at a personal response to their experience of social media, how we experience choice, materialism, freedom or humanity, the human

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VISUAL ART: The Labyrinth – An Exhibition by Ulrike Liebetrau

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

This exhibition is an immersive installation inviting you to “get lost in art” and to enter an illuminated space filled with rich colour and light. The pieces are inspired by the beauty of nature and made with discarded ‘rubbish’ of our wasteful society.  The exhibition combines new and re-invented creations. Some sculptures invite the visitors

FREE

VISUAL ART: A Hint of Gray – Della Cowper-Gray and Brad Gray

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

This combined exhibition offers a glimpse into the work of artists Della Cowper-Gray and Brad Gray -  Daughter and Dad - and features a small selection of their recent work. Della Cowper Gray’s portrait of her Dad recently won the ‘Overall winner’ category in the Zurich prize held at the National Gallery of Ireland and

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VISUAL ART: The Ballad of a Care Centre

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

A visual art and audio installation by Kildare artist John Conway, translated from his innovative theatre work of the same name, The Ballad of a Care Centre weaves together the life stories of older men and women from the Naas area to form a new narrative which is presented under both a nostalgic and critical

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VISUAL ART: Dwellings – Gráinne Bath Enright

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

D W E L L I N G S  is a new print exhibition in our Foyer Gallery, by artist Gráinne Bath Enright. Gráinne's artwork explores a sense of place and the natural world, urban landscapes and the connections we have to these places, pulling on their history, folklore and the environment. "From the streets to

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VISUAL ART: PopUpArt Newbridge

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

PopUpArt Newbridge will be popping up all over Newbridge, including an exhibition in the Foyer Gallery at Riverbank Arts Centre,  to coincide with June Fest . "We are delighted to be invited back to the Riverbank where a collaboration of 20 Local Artists will showcase their work from June 2nd – 25th" Curator, Eilis Kavanagh.  Drop

Admission Free

VISUAL ART: Normal

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

normal /ˈnɔːm(ə)l/  Following the success of ‘Small Steps’, outdoor exhibition for June Fest 2021, Kildare Art Collective returns with an exhibition of new work, 'Normal', bringing the collective back within the walls of the McKenna Gallery. For this show, artists interpret what Normal means to them. Featuring a diverse range of media such as video,

Admission Free

ARTIST TALK: Kildare Art Collective

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

As part of their ongoing exhibition 'Normal', Kildare Art Collective will host a panel discussion at 6pm on Thursday June 23rd in the McKenna gallery, Riverbank Arts Centre. A number of participating artists will discuss their exhibited work as well as their broader art practice. This event is free but due to limited numbers booking

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VISUAL ART: NYTDC Art Show

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Riverbank Arts Centre is delighted to welcome Newbridge Youth Training & Development Centre to our Foyer Gallery with their end of year Art Exhibition. "As art is currently taught in education, it leaves a lot to be desired. It is stringent, uninspiring, yet demanding. The students of NYTDC have been given free reign of a

Admission Free

VISUAL ART: A Way Home – An Slí Abhaile

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Riverbank Arts Centre welcomes a new exhibition for children, showcasing the breadth of talent in contemporary Irish illustration, while retelling the story of Samhain (Halloween) for a new generation. Two siblings get lost in the woods. There they meet a mysterious traveller and embark on an adventure that sees them encountering a cheeky púca, some

Free Admission

VISUAL ART: Fathom by Caoimhe McGuckin

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Riverbank Arts Centre welcomes artist Caoimhe McGuckin to the McKenna Gallery with her first solo exhibition Fathom. "Measurement is an ordering principle we use to understand and orient ourselves in time and space. We need dimensions to help us make sense of an otherwise chaotic existence. Tools of measurement serve as reliable objects that keep us in line

Admission Free

VISUAL ART: Dētrīmentum by Katie Whyte

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Dētrīmentum is a video and photographic installation by Kildare artist Katie Whyte. A Latin word meaning harm, loss, or damage, Dētrīmentum is an exploration of the journey of an object from an intact historical/archival piece, to an object that has fallen into disrepair and out of the collective memory. This installation focuses on presenting hidden

Admission Free

VISUAL ART: FIBRE Felted by Tamzen Lundy

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Tamzen Lundy’s colourful exhibition FIBRE Felted introduces young people to the wonders and possibilities of felt making, the oldest textile making process in the world. Using 100% wool (and sometimes other natural fibres), soap and water plus rubbing, rolling and a little magic, the artist creates intriguing 2D and 3D objects and many familiar characters

Free Admission

VISUAL ART: Freedom of Choice

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

In 2022 artist Clodagh Kelly led an artist residence programme at Riverbank Arts Centre, supported by the Kildare County Council Arts Service First Fortnight Award, in partnership with First Fortnight. Women of diverse ages, arts experiences and social backgrounds participated in the residency which resulted in Freedom of Choice - a body of work which

Admission Free

VISUAL ART: A Daily Cloud by Chris Judge

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

A Daily Cloud is an interactive exhibition created by artist Chris Judge, based on his online cloud drawings. Chris started making the cloud drawings during the first Covid-19 lockdown in the Summer of 2020. He was spending a lot of time in the garden with his wife and young children, turning the garden into a

Admission Free

VISUAL ARTS: A Cast of Paintings – an exhibition by Brenda Brady

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

The most familiar space, the one that has been the stimulus for much artistic enquiry, be it visual or otherwise, has been the domestic. Our earliest and most formative experiences are shaped or re-framed at different times and for different reasons as a kind of ‘visual laboratory’. Brenda Brady A Cast of Paintings features small works

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VISUAL ART: Kathleen Lonsdale – an exhibition by Maeve Clancy

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Artist Maeve Clancy presents the working life of Newbridge-born scientist Kathleen Lonsdale (1903-1971) through an immersive cut paper installation. The paper is combined with drawings, lighting and animation designed to take the visitor out of their world and into the extraordinary mind of Kathleen Lonsdale. The installation will allow audiences to follow this pioneer’s thought

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VISUAL ART: Finding Form – Selected Works from Kildare’s Municipal Art Collection

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Come along and explore artwork from Kildare County Council’s Municipal Art Collection (MAC) established in the 1970’s. The collection normally displayed in public buildings across the county, has been revisited, and a selection of work has been especially curated for this exhibition. A municipal collection is a body that is in the process of becoming

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VISUAL ART: Unseen – an exhibition by Kildare Art Collective

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Kildare Art Collective return to the McKenna Gallery in June as part of June Fest with a group exhibition featuring the work of 15 collective members. Unseen reveals what we generally do not, or cannot, see. This prompts us to question the invisible, the obscured and the unnoticed. In this exhibition Kildare Art Collective take

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VISUAL ART: Our Place

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Our Place playfully explores themes of happiness, human rights, and a sense of belonging by transforming the McKenna Gallery at Riverbank Arts Centre into a friendly multi-sensory environment through an electric combination of sound art, storytelling, tactile lighting, touchable sculptures and comfy seating for everyone to enjoy. A soundscape will play through a system of

Admission Free

Super Paua Stories – Audio Installation

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Fáilte! Witamy! Bem-vindo! Welcome! Step into a world of stories at this multilingual audio installation for young people ages 9+. Grab a pair of headphones, get comfy and choose a story- each one will transport you to another world, another language, another culture. All stories can be understood by English speakers with phrases and words

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SOUND | CODE | IMAGE – an exhibition by Gavin Casey

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Kildare based artist Gavin Casey investigates the intrinsic relationship between colour and sound, and its representation in art. Gavin’s exploration into this realm began in 2001 while studying Fine Art at Dublin Institute of Technology (now TU Dublin). Here, Gavin mapped vivid colours to the sounds of an African percussion instrument called the ‘Djembe’.  These

Admission Free
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I See You Like This – Photo Portrait Making

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Ever wondered how you look through a child’s eyes? Are you whacky and wonderful, or a little spikey and colourful? Join Aussie artist Jessica Wilson, as she facilitates a weekend of photo-portrait-making where your child is pulling the shots! With a child centred vision, I See You Like This invites each child to art direct

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I See You Like This – Drop-In Photo Portrait Making

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Ever wondered how you look through a child’s eyes? Are you whacky and wonderful, or a little spikey and colourful? Join Aussie artist Jessica Wilson, as she facilitates a weekend of photo-portrait-making where your child is pulling the shots! With a child centred vision, I See You Like This invites each child to art direct

Free Event

I See You Like This

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

With our ever-growing appetite to document our lives through photos and selfies, children are so often the reluctant subjects of their parent’s cameras; asked to smile, look natural, look that way, and come in closer. I See You Like This turns the camera back and allows children to see their parents as subjects through the

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All The President’s Books – An exhibition by Peter Donnelly

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

All The President’s Books is a picture book exhibition by artist Peter Donnelly based on his bestselling series of children’s books. In 2017 Peter pitched his first idea to the publisher, Nicki Howard at Gill Books. The President’s Glasses went on to become the best-selling picture book of the year and was shortlisted in the

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Folk Medicine – Déin Chécht’s Porridge – an exhibition by Sheena Malone

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

This exhibition examines the contemporary and historical practice of folk medicine in Ireland. Drawing from personal interviews and archival research, traditional plant lore is combined with magico-religious beliefs about ‘the cure’, inherited healing abilities, the concept of the bean feasa and the role of place. Inspired by the curative qualities of the Brat Bhríde, over

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Artist Talk with Sheena Malone

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

We warmly welcome you to a panel discussion with Visual Artist Sheena Malone and a special guest, as they explore the role of Irish folk medicine and its wider context. Inspired by her exhibition Folk Medicine, this artist talk expands on the themes present in the artworks. Looking at the historical context of folk medicine

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Puffin Rock Habitats

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Welcome to Puffin Rock Habitats! A habitat is a place where an animal or plant lives. It provides all the food, water and shelter they need to survive. Join our young puffins Oona and Baba as they take you on a sensory journey into the different habitats that make up Puffin Rock! These habitats are

Admission Free

FIRST FORTNIGHT: Sharing The Archive – The Creative Well Book Launch & Reflection

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Join this gathering of Creative Well artists, members and supporters as they reflect on their collective work in Kildare over the last 10 years, and launch their book The Creative Well Archive. Artist Emma Finucane and former Kildare County Council Arts and Health Coordinator Carolann Courtney will lead a round table discussion to share experiences

Free event

Patching Femininity – an exhibition by Olga Anacka

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

In Patching Femininity, artist Olga Anacka explores and challenges visual representations of femininity and the female body in western culture. Comprising a dozen embroidered tapestries, this body of work is very personal, with images derived from the artist's memory and family archive, juxtaposed with symbolic representations of the feminine drawn from internet searches and commonplace

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Patching Femininity – Artist Talk & Panel Discussion

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Join visual artist Olga Anacka and guests for an evening of art and shared experience. Inspired by the themes woven through her solo exhibition Patching Femininity, Olga questions societal expectations associated with feminine values and invites visitors to an open discussion. In this honest conversation, the panel will elaborate on aspects of female representation and

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Bullet Points Panel Discussion

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Join Bullet Points exhibition curator Paula Barrett as she chairs a panel discussion with artists Dominic Thorpe, Michael James Rowley, Claire Halpin, and member of Lord Edward’s Own Re-enactment Group, Monasterevin Barry Walsh. The discussion will be centred around the exhibition and the who, what and how we commemorate. Claire Halpin is a Dublin born

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