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 …

First Fortnight online programme 2021

Riverbank Arts Centre is delighted to partner with First Fortnight festival once again to bring you an online programme of arts events and activities. Now in its 12th year, First Fortnight is an arts-based mental health charity that organises a festival at the beginning of the year, aimed at raising awareness of mental health and challenging stigma. This year’s programme …

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. …

SCHOOLS: Riverbank Arts Centre’s WHITEBOARD programme

This Autumn, we’ve launched a WHITEBOARD Schools programme – a series of interactive arts broadcast to the schools throughout Kildare featuring leading children’s writers, illustrators and theatre-makers. In 2019, 6,500 children from 41 schools attended events at Riverbank Arts Centre as part of a school trip. We are committed to programming for primary and secondary schools in an innovative way this Autumn, despite the …