The aim of Riverbank Arts Centre’s Visual Arts Programme is to put the arts at the heart of Kildare life and people at the heart of the arts.
The Visual Arts programme works with professional artists in a range of art forms from the established media of painting, sculpture, photography and printmaking to moving image, new media, live art, design and architecture.
Exhibitions, projects, and events are selected and curated in-house by invitation and through an open selection process. Open Call’s for artists are published online, and through our various social media channels.
Upcoming Events › VISUAL ARTS
Exquisite Portraits is a beast of a project, created during the first lockdown of 2020. Instigated by illustrator Margaret Anne Suggs, and author Juliette Saumande, it involves 26 illustrators from or living in Ireland and 20 children’s writers and poets. 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 visual exhibition is a series of giant images (each one 1 metre high!) representing an…Find out more »
'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. SEE ALSO Short video introduction to Invisible Cords 4th Feb - PANEL DISCUSSION - Scared Conversations…Find out more »
‘Sacred Conversation’ explores the seen and unseen cords that underlay our instinctual engagement with art and humanity, the spoken and unspoken words between people. Clodagh Kelly (Visual Artist) and Claire Hawkes (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist) will discuss the ‘Sacred Conversations’ which permeate our conscious and unconscious interactions with art and humanity. Chris McMahon (The Treatment Room) will offer insights based on his healing practice. Panel Members: Claire Hawkes is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who worked in a mental health organisation for twenty years.…Find out more »
In this drawing workshop with Visual Artist Clodagh Kelly, participants will be invited to take a ‘Cord’ and create an artwork inspired by the materials and the exhibition. Themes from nature may be explored, others may want to look at a personal response to their experience of social media, how we experience choice, materialism, freedom or humanity, the human form, the right to privacy, voice hearing or other social norms. We now live in very different communities since Covid, with different social norms, what…Find out more »
This exhibition is an immersive installation inviting you to “get lost in art” and to enter an illuminated space filled with rich colour and light. The pieces are inspired by the beauty of nature and made with discarded ‘rubbish’ of our wasteful society. The exhibition combines new and re-invented creations. Some sculptures invite the visitors to feel and explore them and to discover their own creativity. This multi-sensory experience is made for all age groups. Holographic rainbow glasses are provided…Find out more »