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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August 2018

Collocate – Artists’ Talk

Saturday 25th August, 2018 - 14:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Free

Orla, Eoin and Paul will talk about their arts practice and creative processes and demonstrate some of the media they use in their work. Visitors will be invited to try out some of the techniques discussed. COLLOCATE (to set or place together, especially side by side ) Exhibition by Eoin O’Malley + Paul Bokslag + Orla Callaghan 7 – 25th August Artists Eoin O’Malley and Orla Callaghan, have worked together for years at the KARE Lalor Centre in Baltinglass. They…

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September 2018

VISUAL ARTS: Brenda Kearney – The Great Work of Preserving

Saturday 1st September, 2018 - 10:00 - Saturday 13th October, 2018 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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‘I spend my time at the great work of preserving. Memory, as well as fruit, is being saved from the corruption of the clocks’ The Great Work of Preserving takes its title from a thesis of the same name, written last year to explore ideas of skill, knowledge and creativity in traditional food practices. It also asks how we consider and value this work - and how its value changes in the world at large. This exhibition, a practical development…

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VISUAL ARTS: The Breadwinner – an exhibition of stills and works-in-progress

Saturday 1st September, 2018 - 10:00 - Saturday 3rd November, 2018 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Breadwinner Cartoon Saloon

A selection of work-in-progress drawings alongside their final counterpart,  showcasing the work that goes in to this part of film creation. The Breadwinner is an award-winning  film by leading Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, directed by Nora Twomey and executive produced by Mimi Polk Gitlin and Angelina Jolie. Based on the bestselling novel by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner follows the empowering story of a young girl in Afghanistan. Parvana is an 11-year-old girl who lives under Taliban rule in Afghanistan in 2001. About Cartoon…

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October 2018

VISUAL ARTS: IN-SITES/ÓN CHEAPACH

Friday 19th October, 2018 - 10:00 - Saturday 15th December, 2018 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Our current age has been described as the Anthropocene period, an era defined by the extensive human impact on the environment which affects our world's climate, lands, oceans and wildlife. IN-SITES/ÓN CHEAPACH curated by Denise Reddy, features the work of Monica de Bath, Lisa Fingleton and Gareth Kennedy. The exhibition explores how, in different ways, the artists address our relationship with a constantly changing environment. New and existing work reflects on the role of art and ecological practices in highlighting…

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November 2018

VISUAL ARTS: Keywords

Wednesday 7th November, 2018 - 10:00 - Saturday 22nd December, 2018 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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‘Keywords’ is a series of drawings that reflect on childhood recollections of school days in 1980s Ireland. Memory, place and identity are themes Anne Marie continues to explore in her studio. In this exhibition, Anne Marie uses drawing to investigate memories of her primary school days in St. Michael’s, Athy Co. Kildare. This exhibition is an attempt to (re)connect with her own childhood with the intention of evoking empathy and in some way relate to the world children live in…

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January 2019

VISUAL ARTS: A Stitch in Time

Thursday 10th January, 2019 - 10:00 - Saturday 23rd February, 2019 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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This exhibition is made up of a collection of 19 colourful quilts designed and made by 41 children (some as young as seven years old!), as part of Creative Sewing classes with Kildare designer Aideen Cross. The quilts come in all shapes and sizes. Included in this exhibition is an impressive 3D quilt creation entitled Tree of Life, which depicts the life cycle of a tree from a tiny seed. The Free to Dream quilt is a large quilted parasol…

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VISUAL ARTS: Creative Well – Creating Space

Saturday 12th January, 2019 - 10:00 - Saturday 16th February, 2019 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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The Creative Well presents Creating Space An exhibition of works from The Open Studio The Creative Well arts and wellbeing project has run Open Studio at the Riverbank Arts Centre for the past five years facilitating an inclusive space for adults interested in visual art. At the weekly sessions, an experienced facilitator has been on hand to support participants to follow their own creative journey and work in whatever experimental ways they wish and attend when their schedule allows. The…

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March 2019

VISUAL ARTS: SEE HOW WE VIEW THE WORLD – exploring animal and human vision

Saturday 2nd March, 2019 - 10:00 - Sunday 28th April, 2019 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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This exhibition provides opportunities for exploring children’s creative and imaginative potential in Visual Art with a particular emphasis on Visual Art and Science education (STEAM). Four interactive prototype helmets are on display as part of this exhibition, which are a combination of students and children’s ideas coming together to solve a particular problem, in this case how to construct an optical device exploring the art of perception. Come and try on these helmets to see how a bee, a jumping…

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May 2019

VISUAL ARTS: Face to Face

Wednesday 8th May, 2019 - 10:00 - Thursday 16th May, 2019 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Face to Face Exhibition by 5th year students from The Curragh Post Primary School Creative Engagement Project with artist Paul Woods This exhibition is a culmination of a Creative Engagement project involving the 5th year students from the Curragh Post Primary School and visual artist Paul Woods.  The students were encouraged to explore their inner and outer selves through the use of cut-out silhouettes of their profiles combined with an imaginative use of symbolism that illustrates their individuality. The individual…

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VISUAL ARTS: Blazing a Trail – Irish Women who Changed the World

Saturday 11th May, 2019 - 10:00 - Wednesday 31st July, 2019 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Blazing a Trail: Irish Women Who Changed the World Curated by award-winning writer, Sarah Webb and Illustrated by Lauren O’Neill The women in this vibrant exhibition have excelled in the arts and entertainment, science and medicine, politics, sports, aviation and adventure. Find out about some of Ireland’s most remarkable women who changed or are changing history including: Eileen Gray (1878-1986),  Designer and Architect Dame Kathleen Lonsdale (1903-1971), Newbridge-born Scientist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell (b. 1943),  Astrophysicist Mary Robinson (b. 1944),…

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June 2019

VISUAL ARTS: BOUNDARIES – Kildare Arts Collective

Saturday 1st June, 2019 - 10:00 - Saturday 29th June, 2019 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Following great success with a pop-up exhibition at JuneFest 2018, Kildare Art Collective present Boundaries, a group exhibition of contemporary art that that explores the notions of the places and spaces we observe and engage with in our daily lives. Through a diverse range of media including textile, photography, painting and sculpture this collaboration is an expansive exploration addressing each artist's individual experience and unique relationship with the county. Consideration is given to the idea that constant engagement with the…

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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 - Friday 27th 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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January 2020

VISUAL ARTS: Fold/Unfold by Vanya Lambrecht

Saturday 11th January, 2020 - 09:30 - Saturday 29th February, 2020 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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An exhibition exploring paper folding. The art of paper folding, generally known as origami, allows us to form a bridge between our 2D and our 3D understanding of the world, with all sorts of applications from space travel to medicine. One fold and we move from the flat surface to the world of objects. Folding can be free form or structured, and the results can be both aesthetically pleasing and intellectually intriguing. Come visit this intriguing exhibition, curated with young…

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VISUAL ARTS: The Creative Well Archive Project

Saturday 11th January, 2020 - 09:30 - Wednesday 5th February, 2020 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Admission Free

In 2021 The Creative Well and “This Must Be the Place” will celebrate 10 years of arts and health in Kildare.  So this year we will be gathering The Well, its participants and its work since its inception to create a celebratory publication for our 10-year anniversary.   The Creative Well visual arts programme of work aims to build and support well-being and rich life experiences by encouraging adults to engage with their creativity through visual art. Designed for people with…

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February 2020

SCREENING: Between the Folds

Friday 21st February, 2020 - 13:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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As part of FOLD/UNFOLD exhibition by Vanya Lambrecht Ward we are screening Between the Folds by Vanessa Goulds. Between the Folds is an award winning documentary which chronicles the stories of ten artists and intrepid theoretical scientists who have abandoned more conventional career paths to forge lives as modern-day paper folders. USA / 2008 / 56mins / Cert: G

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September 2020

VISUAL ART: Kildare Art Collective – ART FEEDS..

Friday 18th September, 2020 - 12:00 - Tuesday 1st December, 2020 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

Kildare Art Collective & Friends present 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. Participating artists worked collaboratively exchanging ideas and working together using alternative methods of communication such as email, letter, carrier pigeon, phone calls, telepathy, video calls and text. The diverse work created during this project is an eclectic mix with interesting themes and details arising as we…

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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
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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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June 2021

VISUAL ART: Portal – an exhibition by Tina Claffey

Tuesday 8th June, 2021 - 10:00 - Friday 30th July, 2021 - 14:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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McKenna Gallery  - reopens 8th June Open Monday - Friday, 10am-2pm ADMISSION FREE 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…

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September 2021

VISUAL ART: QUARANTINE PROJECT by Patricio Cassinoni with Nyree Yergainharsian

Wednesday 1st September, 2021 - 09:30 - Wednesday 20th October, 2021 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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70 photos in 70 days, made entirely at home while in lockdown during a global pandemic. Quarantine Project is a time capsule from one of the most unique periods of recent history. We never imagined we would be making more than a handful of images, assuming any ‘lockdown’ may last two or three weeks. As news emerged of our need to stay away from everyone, so did our desire to connect and communicate. Quarantine Project is our version of life…

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VISUAL ART: Nomadic Series: Capturing Momentary Images – an exhibition by Olga Anacka

Monday 6th September, 2021 - 09:30 - Saturday 16th October, 2021 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

This exhibition is a record of artist Olga Anacka's experience of the last 18 months, a time when when she returned to her regular art practice. In this body of work, the artist expresses feelings and thoughts about experiencing the real. Perception is limited by the intellectual associations built upon societal codes and values. Olga Anacka attempts to establish such visual codes distinct to her, and the work is infused with references to nature and her Slavic heritage. The artist…

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November 2021

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

Friday 5th November, 2021 - 10:00 - Wednesday 22nd December, 2021 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Beneath | Beofhód is a long term photographic series observing the raised bogs of the Irish midlands and the culture around them. Beofhód; an Irish word translating as 'life beneath the sod', allows modern excavations on bogs to be re-imagined as an archaeology of history and legacy, adding a vital layer of symbolism and metaphor to the project. Although the visual enquiry into the topography and architecture of bogs is an important element within the series, it is also used…

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EXHIBITION TOUR: Beneath | Beofhód with artist Shane Hynan

Monday 22nd November, 2021 - 19:00
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One event on Monday 6th December, 2021 at 19:00

One event on Monday 13th December, 2021 at 19:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Join Shane Hynan for an informal tour of his photographic series Beneath | Beofhód at the McKenna Gallery. Shane will be available to discuss his work, what it’s about and the wider context in which it was made. Beneath | Beofhód is a long term photographic series observing the raised bogs of the Irish midlands and the culture around them. Beofhód; an Irish word translating as 'life beneath the sod', allows our excavations on bogs, to be re-imagined as an…

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VISUAL ART: Beneath | Beofhód – panel discussion

Thursday 25th November, 2021 - 18:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Bogs are many things to many people. They are a latent source of energy, a refuge, a carbon sink and an archive of history. As islands surrounded by pastoral land they’re often undervalued and misunderstood. They are living, breathing ecosystems with the power to absorb and reveal the past, with resurfacing iron age bog bodies being the most notable example. Bogs have had considerable influence on Irish history and society and are a source of inspiration for many literary and…

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December 2021

EXHIBITION TOUR: Beneath | Beofhód with artist Shane Hynan

Monday 6th December, 2021 - 19:00
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One event on Monday 6th December, 2021 at 19:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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FREE, booking essential

Join Shane Hynan for an informal tour of his photographic series Beneath | Beofhód at the McKenna Gallery. Shane will be available to discuss his work, what it’s about and the wider context in which it was made. Beneath | Beofhód is a long term photographic series observing the raised bogs of the Irish midlands and the culture around them. Beofhód; an Irish word translating as 'life beneath the sod', allows our excavations on bogs, to be re-imagined as an…

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EXHIBITION TOUR: Beneath | Beofhód with artist Shane Hynan

Monday 13th December, 2021 - 19:00
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on Monday 6th December, 2021 at 19:00

One event on Monday 13th December, 2021 at 19:00

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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FREE, booking essential

Join Shane Hynan for an informal tour of his photographic series Beneath | Beofhód at the McKenna Gallery. Shane will be available to discuss his work, what it’s about and the wider context in which it was made. Beneath | Beofhód is a long term photographic series observing the raised bogs of the Irish midlands and the culture around them. Beofhód; an Irish word translating as 'life beneath the sod', allows our excavations on bogs, to be re-imagined as an…

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January 2022

VISUAL ART: Exquisite Portraits

Thursday 13th January, 2022 - 09:30 - Saturday 26th February, 2022 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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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…

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VISUAL ART: Invisible Cords – An exhibition by Clodagh Kelly

Friday 14th January, 2022 - 10:00 - Friday 18th 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. SEE ALSO Short video introduction to Invisible Cords  4th Feb - PANEL DISCUSSION - Scared Conversations…

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February 2022

PANEL DISCUSSION: Invisible Cords/Sacred Conversations

Friday 4th February, 2022 - 19:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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‘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.…

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DRAWING WORKSHOP: ‘INVISIBLE CORDS’ with Clodagh Kelly

Thursday 17th February, 2022 - 19:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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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…

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March 2022

VISUAL ART: The Labyrinth – An Exhibition by Ulrike Liebetrau

Friday 4th March, 2022 - 10:00 - Saturday 23rd April, 2022 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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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…

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VISUAL ART: A Hint of Gray – Della Cowper-Gray and Brad Gray

Thursday 10th March, 2022 - 09:30 - Saturday 30th April, 2022 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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This combined exhibition offers a glimpse into the work of artists Della Cowper-Gray and Brad Gray -  Daughter and Dad - and features a small selection of their recent work. Della Cowper Gray’s portrait of her Dad recently won the ‘Overall winner’ category in the Zurich prize held at the National Gallery of Ireland and the Crawford gallery in Cork. Her favoured medium is Prisma colour pencil which she builds in subtle layers of colour and tone to a high…

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April 2022

VISUAL ART: The Ballad of a Care Centre

Saturday 30th April, 2022 - 10:00 - Friday 27th May, 2022 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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A visual art and audio installation by Kildare artist John Conway, translated from his innovative theatre work of the same name, The Ballad of a Care Centre weaves together the life stories of older men and women from the Naas area to form a new narrative which is presented under both a nostalgic and critical lens. This reimagining of the theatre work is presented in a unique listening and viewing experience in the McKenna Gallery at the Riverbank Arts Centre.…

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May 2022

VISUAL ART: Dwellings – Gráinne Bath Enright

Thursday 5th May, 2022 - 09:30 - Saturday 28th May, 2022 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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D W E L L I N G S  is a new print exhibition in our Foyer Gallery, by artist Gráinne Bath Enright. Gráinne's artwork explores a sense of place and the natural world, urban landscapes and the connections we have to these places, pulling on their history, folklore and the environment. "From the streets to the sky, I’ve always been interested in the spaces we dwell, the places that we create stories around, and the symbolism they hold. Birds have…

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June 2022

VISUAL ART: PopUpArt Newbridge

Thursday 2nd June, 2022 - 09:30 - Saturday 25th June, 2022 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Admission Free

PopUpArt Newbridge will be popping up all over Newbridge, including an exhibition in the Foyer Gallery at Riverbank Arts Centre,  to coincide with June Fest . "We are delighted to be invited back to the Riverbank where a collaboration of 20 Local Artists will showcase their work from June 2nd – 25th" Curator, Eilis Kavanagh.  Drop in to enjoy the work of this collective of talented local artists, with the option to purchase a unique piece of original art for yourself…

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VISUAL ART: Normal

Saturday 4th June, 2022 - 09:30 - Saturday 2nd July, 2022 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Admission Free

normal /ˈnɔːm(ə)l/  Following the success of ‘Small Steps’, outdoor exhibition for June Fest 2021, Kildare Art Collective returns with an exhibition of new work, 'Normal', bringing the collective back within the walls of the McKenna Gallery. For this show, artists interpret what Normal means to them. Featuring a diverse range of media such as video, painting, sculpture and textiles, these works examine concepts of the everyday, family, climate, justice, politics and more. Official opening Saturday 4 June @ 5pm -…

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ARTIST TALK: Kildare Art Collective

Thursday 23rd June, 2022 - 18:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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As part of their ongoing exhibition 'Normal', Kildare Art Collective will host a panel discussion at 6pm on Thursday June 23rd in the McKenna gallery, Riverbank Arts Centre. A number of participating artists will discuss their exhibited work as well as their broader art practice. This event is free but due to limited numbers booking is necessary.   'Normal' exhibition runs in the McKenna Gallery 4 June - 2 July Monday-Friday 9.30am-5pm | Saturday 10am-1pm Admission free.

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July 2022

VISUAL ART: NYTDC Art Show

Wednesday 6th July, 2022 - 09:30 - Monday 15th August, 2022 - 14:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Admission Free

Riverbank Arts Centre is delighted to welcome Newbridge Youth Training & Development Centre to our Foyer Gallery with their end of year Art Exhibition. "As art is currently taught in education, it leaves a lot to be desired. It is stringent, uninspiring, yet demanding. The students of NYTDC have been given free reign of a variety of materials, to create and explore outside of standardised testing. Whatever materials interested them was fair game, no holds barred. The evidence of this…

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September 2022

VISUAL ART: A Way Home – An Slí Abhaile

Saturday 3rd September, 2022 - 10:00 - Sunday 6th November, 2022 - 16:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Free Admission

Riverbank Arts Centre welcomes a new exhibition for children, showcasing the breadth of talent in contemporary Irish illustration, while retelling the story of Samhain (Halloween) for a new generation. Two siblings get lost in the woods. There they meet a mysterious traveller and embark on an adventure that sees them encountering a cheeky púca, some lost souls, and a choir of banshees… This is a story of Halloween as told by children’s writer Olivia Hope. A Way Home / An…

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VISUAL ART: Fathom by Caoimhe McGuckin

Friday 9th September, 2022 - 09:30 - Friday 28th October, 2022 - 17:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Riverbank Arts Centre welcomes artist Caoimhe McGuckin to the McKenna Gallery with her first solo exhibition Fathom. "Measurement is an ordering principle we use to understand and orient ourselves in time and space. We need dimensions to help us make sense of an otherwise chaotic existence. Tools of measurement serve as reliable objects that keep us in line and on the straight & narrow. The sense of authority bestowed by reliable objects can provide a place of solace & support in the face of…

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