GROOVE by Anna Newell Theatre Adventures

GROOVE is a 70’s inspired theatre adventure for audiences of children and young people with complex needs created by Bray-based theatremaker Anna Newell.  Riverbank audiences will be aware of Anna’s previous theatre shows, including Sing Me to the Sea and I Am Baba. GROOVE is full of live harmony singing and immersive video and is for audiences of children and …

Riverbank Arts Centre – MUSIC BURSARY – applications open!

Riverbank Arts Centre invites applications from professional musicians (of all genres) for a new music artist support programme.  The primary objective of the Riverbank Arts Centre Music Bursary is to provide opportunities for Kildare-based professional musicians to develop their practice and/or to create and develop new work. Two bursaries are available as part of this programme – each comprising a …

Fizz&Chips – Never Mind the Weather

In December we announced that we had commissioned Fizz&Chips to create Never Mind The Weather, 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 of primary schools in Kildare. Although the …

Super Paua Stories/Opowiadania Super Paua – callout for writers

We are working in partnership with Super Paua on Super Paua Stories/Opowiadania Super Paua Super Paua Stories Series 3 is focused on Polish language and culture. Super Paua are looking to commission contemporary, playful and exciting stories for children that: Are written in Polish That are bilingual, with one of the languages being Polish That are written in English with …

SPOTLIGHT ON… Irish Military History Seminar

Riverbank Arts Centre is delighted to play host to the Irish Military History Seminar each summer, which is presented by the Co. Kildare Decade of Commemorations in partnership with JuneFest.  While the festival couldn’t go ahead as planned in 2020 due to Covid 19 restrictions, online events were presented throughout the Autumn/Winter, including events recorded  on the Riverbank stage. You …

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 …