Children’s Books for Challenging Times

At Riverbank Arts Centre we have a strong commitment to presenting and promoting a broad range of children’s literature and celebrating authors and illustrators. Our current literary programme includes working with writers Padraig Kenny, Sarah Webb, Jacqui Hurley and Patricia Forde on schools events and Children’s Books Ireland on a Virtual Book Clinic as part of First Fortnight. As children …

Happy Christmas from Riverbank Arts Centre

As we reach the end of a challenging year, we would like to thank you for your support and for trying so many new arts experiences alongside us including online exhibitions, immersive family music and theatre shows, zoom workshops, and livestreamed theatre and music. Special thanks to all the artists and practitioners who worked closely with us to find new …

McKenna Gallery Reopening on 7th December!

Riverbank Arts Centre is delighted to announce that we will reopen our doors on Monday, 7th December at 9:30am. We will be open Monday – Friday 9:30am-2pm until 23rd December.   Here’s what you can expect… ART FEEDS… by Kildare Art Collective and Friends a collaborative exhibition by 31 artists in our McKenna Gallery. The exhibition explores themes we have all …

Commission Award for Fizz&Chips

Riverbank Arts Centre is delighted to announce that we have commissioned Fizz&Chips to create Never Mind The Weather (working title), with the support of a commission award by The Arts Council.  Never Mind The Weather is an outdoor performance for schools on the themes of adaptivity and resilience. This new theatre work will be performed as an in-progress showing through the classroom windows …

SPOTLIGHT ON… Newbridge Drama Group

According to our calendar Newbridge Drama Group is due to be opening a new show this week on the Riverbank stage, but unfortunately due to Covid 19 restrictions we will have to wait! Instead we are having a ‘virtual celebration’ of the company over the next four days, here on our website and our social media channels.  Long time NDG member …

LIVE NETWORK: Donal Ryan in conversation with Dani Gill

Monaghan County Library Service, in association with the LIVE Network, present: An Evening with Donal Ryan – FREE event, but registration required – link here Thursday, 26th. November, 8pm Join acclaimed Irish author Donal Ryan as he discusses his latest novel Strange Flowers with writer and curator Dani Gill. The event will be 1 hour long, and attendees will have …

Kildare Arts Collective – ART FEEDS… the video artists

ART FEEDS… by Kildare Art Collective & Friends is 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. 31 participating artists worked collaboratively exchanging ideas and working together using alternative methods of communication such as email, letter, carrier pigeon, phone calls, …

Some ‘deadly’ Hallowe’en Art with Marta

Riverbank Arts Centre invited artist Marta Golubowska to design  some ‘deadly’ Hallowe’en Arts and Crafts for families to try. Each video is about 15 minutes and suitable for a variety of ages – join Marta to make Mexican-inspired printed Sugar Skulls, Guatemalan Kites, Tinfoil Monsters and A Haunted House Lamp. Marta Golubowska is an artist living and working in Kildare. …

Pure Mental by Keith Walsh on National Tour!

++Due to the introduction of Covid 19 Level 5 restrictions, this tour will now take place in Summer 2021++ Riverbank Arts Centre presents the world premiere of Keith Walsh’s debut play,  Pure Mental,  originally due on national tour in November 2020, the world premiere and tour will now take place in Summer 2021. Having finished up a 5-year stint presenting, …

Kildare Readers Festival 2020 – all online!

Kildare Readers Festival is brought to you every year in October by Kildare County Library and Arts Service, culminating in busy closing weekend of events and activities at Riverbank Arts Centre.  The festival aims to connect readers with authors and artists, working to bring the very best from the world of literature to audiences through the provision of exciting, innovative …