Visual Arts

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.

Our Current Residency with The Creative Well is programmed for 2017 and part of 2018.

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September 2019

VISUAL ART: THE GREAT IRISH WEATHER EXHIBITION

Saturday 14th September, 2019 - 10:00 - Saturday 9th November, 2019 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Have you ever wondered why the sky is blue? Or what makes a rainbow? This family friendly exhibition explores what weather is and how it happens. Get ready to learn about cold fronts and climate change, satellites and scientists, forecasting and broadcasting - and even how storms get their names. Curated by Riverbank Arts Centre, this exhibition is based on The Great Irish Weather Book by meteorologist Joanna Donnelly and illustrator Fuchsia MacAree (published by Gill Books, 2018). Joanna Donnelly…

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VISUAL ARTS: TOTALLY EAST

Monday 16th September, 2019 - 10:00 - Sunday 29th September, 2019 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Photos by Harald Hauswald Text/Curation by Stefan Wolle Remembering the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, this photography exhibition powerfully portrays everyday situations in the GDR. Harald Hauswald images feature run-down façades, punks and ordinary workers, he simply wanted to document everyday life — without knowing that the Berlin Wall would one day come down. This exhibition gives a unique view into East German life using QR codes that link to short video interviews on YouTube, in…

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October 2019

VISUAL ART: In Transition

Friday 4th October, 2019 - 10:00 - Saturday 19th October, 2019 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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'In Transition' is an exhibition by Transition Year students from St. Farnan's Post Primary School, Prosperous, Co. Kildare, which took as its starting point the work of iconic photographers including Michael Kenna, Steve Mc Curry and Eliot Porter. Students conducted research and were encouraged to be inspired and influenced by these photographic styles and/or themes, techniques and imagery. Students responded by creating their own photographs, echoing and interpreting these major photographers, using only their mobile phone. The main aim when…

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November 2019

VISUAL ART: The State of RoY

Saturday 9th November, 2019 - 10:00 - Friday 20th December, 2019 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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From lines on maps to drinking coffee, knowledge and power are integral to this work. The State of RoY, the first solo exhibition by Michelle McBride, explores entrenched notions of history, tradition and destruction. What is now the Republic of Yemen has had a long and changeable history. Yemen borders the entrance of ‘The Gates of Tears’, the route from the Arabian Sea, through the Red Sea and onto the Suez Canal. Beginning with the region’s tumultuous and rich history,…

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VISUAL ART: THE FAERIE TAILOR

Friday 15th November, 2019 - 10:00 - Saturday 21st December, 2019 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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The Faerie Tailor exhibition is a journey into tiny, magical worlds created by artist, Emily Bazeley. The artwork in this exhibition has been crafted from natural materials which have been found on forest floors, in gardens, on beaches, and also in places where you would not expect to find faerie inspiration, including city streets and car parks. There is an abundance of detail in work - the more you look, the more you will see - prepare to be enchanted…

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