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Kildare Notebook Project

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

The enchanting Kildare Notebook Project is a regular 'must see' event in the Riverbank Arts Centre Visual Arts programme. The collection now extends to 200 notebooks made by writers, film makers and visual artists from all over the world. Each notebook is a standard A5 Moleskine notebook, but that's where the similarity ends. Artists have

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How the magic happens

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

How the magic happens - the making of Strange Feathers, an aerial dance show by Fidget Feet and Bird and Bat. An exhibition. Inspiration for this exhibition comes from the making of Strange Feathers by the Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre and The Bird and the Bat Theatre Company from Iceland. Jym Daly is the

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Visual Arts: STRUCTURE/VOID

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

STRUCTURE/VOID is an exhibition of new works by artist Denis Kelly. The exhibition incorporates a site specific wall painting and a series of abstract paintings characterised by hard edge colour motifs, predominantly painted flat on wooden surfaces. The work explores light, form and space in a playful response to the built environment and the wider

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Free Artist Talk -A look at Arts & Health Projects in Kidlare

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

As part of Riverbank Art Centre's First Fortnight programme  The Creative Well  will be in conversation with artists and participants who work with and deliver arts and wellbeing projects in Co. Kildare. We will look at the work of three specific projects that promote mental and physical wellbeing in the county. These projects are ongoing

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Free Artist Talk with Ceara Conway

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Throughout 2017 "This Must Be The Place" will present artist talks free of charge and open to the public in McKenna Gallery at Riverbank Arts Centre. Our artist talks will be tailored to people who are new to contemporary art as well as those who have experience with contemporary art. So treat yourself! It is

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Visual Arts: Inspirational Colours

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Inspirational Colours is an exhibition of artworks by artists from the KCAT studio, selected and curated by artists from the art group, KARE. It represents the first collaboration between the two groups. The exhibition came about as part of a curatorial project of the Creative Well This Must Be the Place Residency at Riverbank Arts Centre.

Bricí Spraoi present The Imagination Playground

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

  The Imagination Playground is a breakthrough play space concept designed to encourage child directed free play - allowing children to build, dream, and create endless possibilities. The Playground was conceived and designed by award-winning architect David Rockwell. The play system consist of a 105 large block set, the children can let their imagination run

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Artist Talk with Emer O’ Boyle

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Throughout 2017 The Creative Well will present artist talks free of charge and open to the public in McKenna Gallery at Riverbank Arts Centre. Our artist talks will be tailored to people who are new to contemporary art as well as those who have experience with contemporary art. So treat yourself! It is always enjoyable

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Visual Arts: Home Is Where The Art Is

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Throughout the Junefest Festival, in celebration of creativity, community and children, Riverbank Arts Centre is inviting primary school class groups to work with us, and a number of talented artists, to create pieces of art which will form an exciting exhibition in our Children’s Gallery in the month of June. Following a call out for

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Visual Arts: Newbridge -A Wider Point Of View

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Two series of photographs from the 1980's offering unique 360 degree views of Newbridge by local photographer Vincent Brady. The first series was taken from a vantage point on the roof top or Central Grill in 1980 and the second taken from the top of the silos at the entrance to the Irish ropes factory

VISUAL ARTS: A Trip Into The Unknown

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

An exhibition of works by Kasia Zimnoch and Pawel Kleszczewski. Discover magical animated worlds of St. Brendan and Dag and Daga in this wonderful exhition by Pawel and Kasia, a duo of visual artists and filmmakers. Pawel has a background in painting and studies at the Nicolaus Copernicus University,  in Poland, and Kasia studied Art

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VISUAL ARTS: BE-LONGING

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

The project 'Be-Longing' is a result of feelings of alienation and isolation that I have experienced as a result of moving away from the country of my birth.  It is an exploration of the everyday experience of building a new identity and putting down roots in a country, language and culture that is unfamiliar and foreign to

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VISUAL ARTS: Artist Talk with Marta Golubowska

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Marta Golubowska is originally from Poland. She has arrived to Ireland 10 years ago and settled down in Kildare Town where she lives with her husband and two children. Marta started her artistic education as early as secondary school which was art profiled, from which she progressed into Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, in

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VISUAL ARTS: A World Of Colour

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

The Art Of Beatrice Alemagna and Chris Haughton. Curated by Sarah Webb A true feast for the eyes, this exhibition brings together two of the most exciting illustrators working in children’s books today, Beatrice Alemagna and Chris Haughton. Enter their world of the imagination, featuring art work from their award-winning picture books. Both are masters

VISUAL ARTS: How The Light Gets In

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

  Inspired by a childhood spent living on the edge of the Curragh, artist Brian Cregan has created a series of photographs using pinhole photography. The cameras used in the work have been constructed from everyday objects and adapted to become light-proof boxes with pinhole apertures; in essence, cameras in their simplest form. Some of

VISUAL ARTS: Beat! Beat! Drum! – Exploring History Through Art

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Exhibition of works by Patrician Primary School students facilitated by artist Paul Woods as part of  Kildare County Council Arts Service annual Artist in Schools Residency Bursary Scheme.  This exhibition is a culmination of a series of art workshops with 6-class students from Patrician Primary School in Newbridge.  During a 9-week residency artist Paul Woods introduced

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Free Artist Talk: Susan Connolly

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Susan Connolly is a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design, Degree in Fine Art-Painting. She holds an MFA from the University of Ulster and a first class honours MA, from NCAD, Dublin. Connolly is currently a PhD candidate at Ulster University having been awarded the VC Scholarship in 2014.

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VISUAL ARTS: We Live Here

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Exhibition of works by  The Curragh Camp Girls NS students facilitated by artist Marta Golubowska as part of  Kildare County Council Arts Service annual Artist in Schools Residency Bursary Scheme. Girls from Curragh Camp National School and artist Marta Golubowska worked together over the 10 weeks in autumn 2017 on the project about the sense of

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The Moon Belongs to Everyone – Exhibition by Maeve Clancy including works by Syrian Refugee Children in Kildare

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

The Moon Belongs to Everyone is an exhibition about home and belonging, with reference to child refugees. The main part of the show is a journey through a paper landscape. It can seem full of adventure, has items with history to examine and ends in a paper hut containing a story within. It gently looks

Exhibition: M7 by Michael Holly

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

M7 16’30” looped digital video and multi-channel sound Vocal commentary from Liam Kenny An exhibition by Michael Holly McKenna Gallery In May of this year, I walked the length of the M7 Motorway, from the Naas interchange to the Rathroe roundabout outside Limerick City, weaving along the secondary roads, the country lanes, the underpasses and

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Home is where the Art is II

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Home is where the Art is II A collaborative youth-led art project and exhibition The Children's Gallery Now in its second year, Home Is Where the Art Is is a youth-led project, matching professional artists with schools and youth groups across Kildare to encourage and foster creativity. Riverbank Arts Centre invited youth community groups to

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Walking, Immersion and The Creative Process: Artists presentation on M7 Project.

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

With artist Michael Holly and special guest Des Egan Saturday 23rd June, 4pm Riverbank Arts Centre In May of this year, artist Michael Holly walked the length of the M7 Motorway, from the Naas interchange to the Rathroe roundabout outside Limerick City, weaving along the secondary roads, the country lanes, the underpasses and overpasses of

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COLLOCATE An exhibition of work by Eoin O’Malley, Paul Bokslag and Orla Callaghan

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

COLLOCATE (To set or place together, especially side by side) An exhibition of work by Eoin O’Malley, Paul Bokslag and Orla Callaghan Wednesday 8th - Saturday 25th August 2018 Children’s Gallery, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare Oficial Launch by Dominic Thorpe Saturday 11 August at 6pm Artists Talk Saturday 25th August 2pm Artists Eoin

Collocate – Artists’ Talk

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Orla, Eoin and Paul will talk about their arts practice and creative processes and demonstrate some of the media they use in their work. Visitors will be invited to try out some of the techniques discussed. COLLOCATE (to set or place together, especially side by side ) Exhibition by Eoin O’Malley + Paul Bokslag +

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VISUAL ARTS: Brenda Kearney – The Great Work of Preserving

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

‘I spend my time at the great work of preserving. Memory, as well as fruit, is being saved from the corruption of the clocks’ The Great Work of Preserving takes its title from a thesis of the same name, written last year to explore ideas of skill, knowledge and creativity in traditional food practices. It

VISUAL ARTS: The Breadwinner – an exhibition of stills and works-in-progress

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

A selection of work-in-progress drawings alongside their final counterpart,  showcasing the work that goes in to this part of film creation. The Breadwinner is an award-winning  film by leading Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, directed by Nora Twomey and executive produced by Mimi Polk Gitlin and Angelina Jolie. Based on the bestselling novel by Deborah Ellis, The

VISUAL ARTS: IN-SITES/ÓN CHEAPACH

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Our current age has been described as the Anthropocene period, an era defined by the extensive human impact on the environment which affects our world's climate, lands, oceans and wildlife. IN-SITES/ÓN CHEAPACH curated by Denise Reddy, features the work of Monica de Bath, Lisa Fingleton and Gareth Kennedy. The exhibition explores how, in different ways,

VISUAL ARTS: Keywords

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

‘Keywords’ is a series of drawings that reflect on childhood recollections of school days in 1980s Ireland. Memory, place and identity are themes Anne Marie continues to explore in her studio. In this exhibition, Anne Marie uses drawing to investigate memories of her primary school days in St. Michael’s, Athy Co. Kildare. This exhibition is

VISUAL ARTS: A Stitch in Time

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

This exhibition is made up of a collection of 19 colourful quilts designed and made by 41 children (some as young as seven years old!), as part of Creative Sewing classes with Kildare designer Aideen Cross. The quilts come in all shapes and sizes. Included in this exhibition is an impressive 3D quilt creation entitled

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VISUAL ARTS: Creative Well – Creating Space

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

The Creative Well presents Creating Space An exhibition of works from The Open Studio The Creative Well arts and wellbeing project has run Open Studio at the Riverbank Arts Centre for the past five years facilitating an inclusive space for adults interested in visual art. At the weekly sessions, an experienced facilitator has been on

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VISUAL ARTS: SEE HOW WE VIEW THE WORLD – exploring animal and human vision

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

This exhibition provides opportunities for exploring children’s creative and imaginative potential in Visual Art with a particular emphasis on Visual Art and Science education (STEAM). Four interactive prototype helmets are on display as part of this exhibition, which are a combination of students and children’s ideas coming together to solve a particular problem, in this

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VISUAL ARTS: Face to Face

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Face to Face Exhibition by 5th year students from The Curragh Post Primary School Creative Engagement Project with artist Paul Woods This exhibition is a culmination of a Creative Engagement project involving the 5th year students from the Curragh Post Primary School and visual artist Paul Woods.  The students were encouraged to explore their inner

VISUAL ARTS: Blazing a Trail – Irish Women who Changed the World

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Blazing a Trail: Irish Women Who Changed the World Curated by award-winning writer, Sarah Webb and Illustrated by Lauren O’Neill The women in this vibrant exhibition have excelled in the arts and entertainment, science and medicine, politics, sports, aviation and adventure. Find out about some of Ireland’s most remarkable women who changed or are changing

VISUAL ARTS: BOUNDARIES – Kildare Arts Collective

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Following great success with a pop-up exhibition at JuneFest 2018, Kildare Art Collective present Boundaries, a group exhibition of contemporary art that that explores the notions of the places and spaces we observe and engage with in our daily lives. Through a diverse range of media including textile, photography, painting and sculpture this collaboration is

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VISUAL ART: THE GREAT IRISH WEATHER EXHIBITION

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Have you ever wondered why the sky is blue? Or what makes a rainbow? This family friendly exhibition explores what weather is and how it happens. Get ready to learn about cold fronts and climate change, satellites and scientists, forecasting and broadcasting - and even how storms get their names. Curated by Riverbank Arts Centre,

VISUAL ARTS: TOTALLY EAST

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Photos by Harald Hauswald Text/Curation by Stefan Wolle Remembering the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, this photography exhibition powerfully portrays everyday situations in the GDR. Harald Hauswald images feature run-down façades, punks and ordinary workers, he simply wanted to document everyday life — without knowing that the Berlin Wall would one

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VISUAL ART: In Transition

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

'In Transition' is an exhibition by Transition Year students from St. Farnan's Post Primary School, Prosperous, Co. Kildare, which took as its starting point the work of iconic photographers including Michael Kenna, Steve Mc Curry and Eliot Porter. Students conducted research and were encouraged to be inspired and influenced by these photographic styles and/or themes,

VISUAL ART: The State of RoY

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

From lines on maps to drinking coffee, knowledge and power are integral to this work. The State of RoY, the first solo exhibition by Michelle McBride, explores entrenched notions of history, tradition and destruction. What is now the Republic of Yemen has had a long and changeable history. Yemen borders the entrance of ‘The Gates

VISUAL ART: THE FAERIE TAILOR

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

The Faerie Tailor exhibition is a journey into tiny, magical worlds created by artist, Emily Bazeley. The artwork in this exhibition has been crafted from natural materials which have been found on forest floors, in gardens, on beaches, and also in places where you would not expect to find faerie inspiration, including city streets and

VISUAL ARTS: The Creative Well Archive Project

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

In 2021 The Creative Well and “This Must Be the Place” will celebrate 10 years of arts and health in Kildare.  So this year we will be gathering The Well, its participants and its work since its inception to create a celebratory publication for our 10-year anniversary.   The Creative Well visual arts programme of work

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VISUAL ARTS: Fold/Unfold by Vanya Lambrecht

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

An exhibition exploring paper folding. The art of paper folding, generally known as origami, allows us to form a bridge between our 2D and our 3D understanding of the world, with all sorts of applications from space travel to medicine. One fold and we move from the flat surface to the world of objects. Folding

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SCREENING: Between the Folds

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

As part of FOLD/UNFOLD exhibition by Vanya Lambrecht Ward we are screening Between the Folds by Vanessa Goulds. Between the Folds is an award winning documentary which chronicles the stories of ten artists and intrepid theoretical scientists who have abandoned more conventional career paths to forge lives as modern-day paper folders. USA / 2008 /

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VISUAL ART: Kildare Art Collective – ART FEEDS..

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Kildare Art Collective & Friends present a collaborative project developed as a platform to process and document our lives throughout these strange times, while creating an opportunity for communication, conversation and crossover between disciplines. Participating artists worked collaboratively exchanging ideas and working together using alternative methods of communication such as email, letter, carrier pigeon, phone

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Ceramic Art Inspired by Nature

Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Ireland

Hold on to the beauty of your spring walks! Join artist Marta Golubowska for a workshop to create a ceramic picture frame and a tile, imprinted with the flowers and plants you have gathered.  Suitable for beginners, this ceramic workshop will explore two techniques,  air drying clay and plaster (materials supplied),  to make unique art

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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

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