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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 become familiar with in recent times such as isolation, home, and the natural world. Several of the artists have work for sale, so if you are looking for an original gift and to support local artists, drop in!  (exhibition runs until December 18th)

-Also children and adults alike will love our beautiful festive window designed by Kildare artist, Gráinne Bath Enright.  Gráinne created a beautiful cover illustration for our brochure a while back… we can’t wait to see her artwork on our windows and doors! 

The cafe will reopen (9am-2:30pm each weekday) with some festive treats (not a full menu)  and of course the coffee, teas and chats you’ve been missing!  

We will continue to present online events and our December highlights include:

LIVE BROADCAST: An absolute favourite of Riverbank audiences,  the wonderful Niamh Kavanagh will be in conversation with Keith Walsh (actually, that’s TWO favourites!).  Niamh will  sing some songs ! (18th December, 9pm, Facebook livestream) 

Sunday, 20th December, Rockin’ Christmas Rhymes – a family concert of Christmas classics by Branar, which will have the whole family jiving around the Christmas tree. 

Throughout December you can download the award-winning Lyngo Theatre’s Gift of Winter, a 30 minute show and step-by-step instructions on how to make all the props and sets, and learn the songs, to create your own show! 

Whiteboard Schools’ Programme to continue 

By the end of this term, more than 2000 children  in Kildare schools will have taken part in a Riverbank online event – #ScienceWeek workshops with Super Paua, The University of Wonder and Imagination with Cahoots NI, author events with Shane Hegarty and Graham Tugwell, Treehouse 360 an immersive music show by Ceol Connected, Rockin’ Christmas Rhymes with Branar, and Fighting Words Workshops – we are delighted that so many local schools came onboard with this new way of bringing arts into classroom, and we will have a busy Whiteboard programme in Spring 2021 also. 

We will announce our full 2021 Spring programme soon, so watch this space.