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Revised January Programme at Riverbank Arts Centre

In light of the new Government Covid safety restrictions in place, some of our plans for January 2022 have been revised.  Thanks to all the artists, companies and importantly our audience members who have worked with us to ensure these events can take place. Here is a summary of upcoming events:

VISUAL ART: INVISIBLE CORDS by Clodagh Kelly (14 January – 22 February) FREE

‘Invisible Cords’ is a collection of artwork developed by Kildare based Visual Artist Clodagh Kelly over the last ten years.  Clodagh uses drawing, mixed media and natural materials to explore health, landscape, healing and form in space.  This exhibition draws from three bodies of artwork ‘Scratched Room’, ‘Cruel Nature’ and ‘Boundaries’ allowing the underlying invisible cords that resonate between the different series to emerge.

McKenna Gallery – more details
Opens 14th January.
Opening hours 9:30-5pm Monday-Friday, Saturday 10am-1pm


LIVE MUSIC & TALK: NOTES TO SELF: Musicians Share Songs & Stories (Saturday, 15 January – new start time 6pm) FREE

Four Kildare music artists come together for a night of song and discussion about the role music can play minding your mental health.

Presented in association with First Fortnight Festival 2022,  Riverbank Arts Centre is delighted to welcome songwriter and community musician Sive, rapper and writer Dafe Orugbo AKA Max Zanga, singer, songwriter and producer Hally, and singer and songwriter Freya Monks, hosted by Keith Walsh, writer, broadcaster and mental health advocate. 

In this one-off special event, the artists will discuss their creative process and how they look after their own mental health. The evening will also feature music from all four musicians, including some live performances. Join us for an event that will be both an open, honest conversation as well a celebration of music! BOOKING>>

Saturday, 15 January – Song writing workshops with Laura Walsh

Children aged 5-12 are invited to join Laura Walsh as we create a brand new song! Using a variety of percussion instruments and fun, easy to use software, we will create our song as a team. Making beats and backing music is easier than you think, and we can write our song about anything you like!
Laura Walsh is a music therapist, teacher and gigging musician who has been playing and writing/recording music for 10 years.
10am – children 5-8 years
11:30am – children 9-12 years
Tickets €5 per child. Workshop duration 60 minutes. BOOKING>>


SEAMUS O’ROURKE – The Handyman – Saturday, 22 January at 6pm (please note early start time) 

Hugh Spotten is the local Handyman. He is about to receive an award for his contribution to the community… but all is not what it seems in a small town, falling in on itself. Seamus O’Rourke explores friendship, relationships and how best to get noticed on your last day. The Handyman is hilariously funny, yet a poignant poetic look at small-town life in rural Ireland.
Written and performed by Seamus O’Rourke
Tickets €18/€16.    BOOKING>>


VISUAL ART: Exquisite Portraits by Illustrators Ireland (Foyer Gallery, from 12th January) FREE

Exquisite Portraits is a beast of a project. It involves over 25 illustrators from or living in Ireland and 20 children’s writers and poets and families. It is both individual and collective. It is fun, it is moving; it looks huge, it chronicles the tiny. It is the very definition of ‘together apart’. The Exquisite Portraits exhibition is a series of giant images (each one 1 metre high!) representing an artist and their confinement family. Each in their own style, they share with us the faces of those with whom they have lived through these extraordinary times: partners, characters, imaginary friends and oodles of animals. These instants in time capture an array of moods as wide and colourful as the variety of experiences of life in lockdown




Wednesday, 5th January – closed
Thursday, 6th January – closed
Friday, 7th January – Open 9:30am-5pm (closed 2pm-2:30pm)
Saturday, 8th January – Open 10am-1pm
Sunday, 9th January – closed
Monday, 10th January  (onwards) – Open 9:30am-5pm 

If you have any questions in relation to upcoming events or your booking, please email Riverbank Arts Centre 

Tickets can be purchased online at 

Please note, in line with new Government guidelines, adults (over 18s) will be required to show your EU COVID Certificate and Valid ID for entry to the auditorium for events.  If you have any particular requirements as part of your  booking please contact us at or telephone (045) 448327

Audience capacity for these events has been reduced. Please see our  Covid Safety information before your visit to Riverbank Arts Centre.