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.

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April 2021

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Ceramic Art Inspired by Nature

Friday 23rd April, 2021 - 19:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€20 (includes materials & postage)

Hold on to the beauty of your spring walks! Join artist Marta Golubowska for a workshop to create a ceramic picture frame and a tile, imprinted with the flowers and plants you have gathered.  Suitable for beginners, this ceramic workshop will explore two techniques,  air drying clay and plaster (materials supplied),  to make unique art works inspired by the nature around you. Workshop details: This workshop is for adults and is two hours in duration, 7pm-9pm (via ZOOM).  Please note, although…

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May 2021

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Let’s Talk about Art

Thursday 13th May, 2021 - 19:30
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One event on Thursday 20th May, 2021 at 19:30

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€5

Join Vera McEvoy online to view and discuss a selection of artworks from the Kildare Municipal Art Collection. The sessions will provide a welcome and inclusive space to view and discuss art. The two sessions (on 13th May & 20th May) will explore different artworks and discussions will include colour, brush strokes, line, shape and what thoughts or words the works evoke. It is not about art knowledge, however, individuals will improve their creative knowledge, experience and further expand their…

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ONLINE WORKSHOP: Let’s Talk about Art

Thursday 20th May, 2021 - 19:30
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on Thursday 20th May, 2021 at 19:30

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
€5

Join Vera McEvoy online to view and discuss a selection of artworks from the Kildare Municipal Art Collection. The sessions will provide a welcome and inclusive space to view and discuss art. The two sessions (on 13th May & 20th May) will explore different artworks and discussions will include colour, brush strokes, line, shape and what thoughts or words the works evoke. It is not about art knowledge, however, individuals will improve their creative knowledge, experience and further expand their…

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June 2021

VISUAL ART: Portal – an exhibition by Tina Claffey

Friday 4th June, 2021 - 10:00 - Saturday 17th July, 2021 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Tina Claffey loves to get 'lost' in the bogs, eskers and wetlands of Ireland with her macro lens. Her latest solo show takes the viewer through a portal to other wondrous worlds that co-exist with us through her macro lens. Lichens become enchanted forests, mystical goblets appear that are fit for otherworldly kings and queens. Tentacles of carnivorous sundews poise like a cobra ready to strike, while wondrous sphagnum mosses lay in frozen waters in suspended animation, their feathery limbs…

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November 2021

VISUAL ARTS: Beneath / Beofhód – an exhibition by Shane Hynan

Saturday 6th November, 2021 - 10:00 - Thursday 23rd December, 2021 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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‘Beneath / Beofhód’ is an ongoing photographic series examining the degraded raised bogs of the Irish midlands, and the communities connected to them. Peat harvesting and turf cutting are woven deep into the cultural fabric of the region however, these activities have also led to significant depletion. In recent years, legitimate environmental concerns have resulted in pressure to preserve the remaining bogs, heralding significant change for affected communities. Although the benefits of preservation are well documented, the human cost is…

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January 2022

VISUAL ART: Invisible Cords – An exhibition by Clodagh Kelly

Saturday 15th January, 2022 - 10:00 - Saturday 19th February, 2022 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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'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. ABOUT THE ARTIST: Clodagh Kelly graduated from Fine Art D.I.T in 1997 and worked as a…

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