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Michelle brown gears up for her performance "Border Border"

Parking Meter Arts are pleased to announce the launch of the publication Transitopia 2008.

Transitopia 2008  is free to the public and can be collected during the launch on Saturday 20th 2008 and from selected libraries and venues from January 2009.

The publication will be launched during a tea and coffee reception on Saturday 20th December at 3pm in the former Dara Cinema, Main Street, Naas. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

The publication is part of the Transitopia project funded by Kildare County Council which seeks to explore the shifting built environment and identity of Naas, Co. Kildare.  The book is a continuation of, and expansion upon, the Transitopia events which took place in Naas during August ‘08, including temporary site-specific public artworks and a silent cinema screening in Naas Town Hall.   The publication also reinforces the project website and online platform for public discussion and debate: www.transitopia.wordpress.com

The publication contains documentation of, and elaboration upon, the work of four artists; Michelle Browne, Jo Anne Butler, Elaine Reynolds and Dominic Thorpe, who each activated work during August, and presents the completed research projects of a further two artists, Carl Giffney and Dara McGrath, who were also commissioned by the project. A visual/textual piece by Kildare born artist Sarah Browne, Irelands forthcoming co-representative in the Venice Biennale, also features in the book along with texts by the project’s curators Mark Durkan and Mary-Jo Gilligan. 

Please see website for further details www.transitopia.wordpress.com or email parkingmeterarts@gmail.com


Jo Anne Butler "the Folly"

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The launch of Platform 4 Recording project took place in Leixlip Library on Thursday 11th December 2008. 
The establishment of the Platform4 Recording project @ Leixlip Library is part of the music development programme set out in ‘Making Inroads: An Arts Development Plan for Kildare County Council 2006-2011.  

The programme is supported by the Library Service, through the use of the recording facilities, and also the support of the staff team in the Library.  The Music Programme is funded by the Arts Service of Kildare County Council and the Arts Council. 

The ‘Platform’ Music Development programme has included
•  Songwriting workshops with well known Irish singer/ songwriters The Walls, Mundy, Declan O’Rourke and Ollie Cole;
•  Battle of the Bands competitions for Kildare bands to play at the Oxegen Music Festival in 2007 and 2008 (Miracle Bell and My OK Hotel 2007, Kill City Defectors and Schmackey and the Salads 2008)
• The Platform4 Recording Studio @ Leixlip Library aims to provide mentoring and                                                                            recording facilities, for emerging musicians, in Kildare and beyond.

Speaking at the launch of the Recording project, the Mayor of Kildare, Cllr Senan Griffin complemented the programme for its emphasis on ‘mentoring emerging musicians’, and the ‘process’ of recording, enabling musicians to make the most of their studio time.  This approach sets Platform4 apart from commercial recording studios. 

The emphasis on mentoring emerging musicians is something that attracted House Engineer, Paul Dowling, to the project.  Paul is a freelance recording/mixing engineer, who is well known in the field and has worked on national and international projects including Electric Picnic ’08. 

Addressing the audience, Cathaoirleach for Leixlip Town Council, Colm Purcell, stated that he was delighted that the Platform 4 project was based in Leixlip, which should act as a resource for bands around the Leixlip area.  He noted, however that the studio has broad appeal and is currently being used by Newbridge band Schmackey and the Salads. 

Arts Officer for Kildare County Council, Lucina Russell explained that the Music Development programme sets out to provide opportunities for emerging musicians that would not otherwise exist.

Guest performers at the launch were upcoming Irish band Ham Sandwich who played an acoustic set in the intimate gallery space.  They dedicated the last song of the evening to the success of the studio.

The facilities in the Platform4 Recording Studio @ Leixlip Library are offered at subsidised rates of €300 per day (2008-2009).  This price includes use of recording facilities and a sound engineer.  Profits from the Studio will be use for the Music Development programme 

An annual Bursary Award for recording time will be offered to musicians living in, or from Co Kildare in 2009.  Details of this will be announced early in the new year. 

For further information, contact Kildare County Council Arts Service, 
Tel:  045-448328, Email: arts@kildarecoco.ie Web: www.kildare.ie/artsservice

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Sally Timmons and Sarah Browne

Sarah Browne, an emerging artist from Maynooth, Co Kildare, with fellow artist Gareth Kennedy, will represent Ireland at the world’s most prestigious art event, the Venice Biennale 2009.  She spoke about her work at Riverbank on Tuesday 9th December, as part of the art centres’ Open...for Ideas programme.
Sarah graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2003.  Since she graduated from NCAD, Sarah Browne has participated in projects, residencies and artist exchanges in Ireland, Japan, Iceland, and the UK. Along with exhibiting in these countries, she has also presented her work in Poland and China.  In 2006 she was awarded the Apexart international residency in New York.
At her talk in Riverbank, Sarah showed examples of her work as ‘an investigation of macro social structures through discussion with micro-audiences’.  While giving nothing away about her new work for the Venice Biennale, the artist explained that her work represents dialogue with different voices and touches on ideas of happiness, life satisfaction, and a sense of aspiration, identity and belonging.  Her practice includes exhibitions, publishing, collaborations and critical writing.
The talk coincided with the launch of the Temporary Collection website, www.kildare.ie/arts/artsservice/temporarycollection, a virtual tour of an innovative visual arts exhibition that took place in Castletown House in December 2007.  The exhibition, initiated by Kildare County Council Arts Service, entailed the display of eighty nine artworks which were borrowed from the private homes of people throughout the county.

The project was the final stage of Kildare County Councils three phase programme to develop audiences for contemporary visual arts in the county.  The ‘Temporary’ series was curated by Sally Timmons.  Phase one was the 2005 lecture series in Riverbank Arts Centre, entitled Temporary Foray, while phase two was an artist symposium that took place in Whites Castle, Athy in 2006.  The ‘temporary’ nature of the projects have been given a ‘permanency’, having been documented in a catalogue called Temporary Foray/ Temporary State, which are available from the Co Arts Service, and the documentation of the Temporary Collection on the web.

Rapunzel:The Blonde Years Director: Trish Groves 

Above image from "Rapunzel:The Blonde Years". Director: Trish Groves

The Arts Service, Kildare County Council will screen a selection of Short Irish Films in Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge on Wednesday 26th November at 8.00pm.

The programme curated by David Freyne features a host of films representing the best of Ireland's various short film schemes and showcases local emerging filmmakers from Kildare. David originally from Newbridge is currently working on a documentary under the Filmbase / Setanta Sports Short Documentary scheme.

Screenings on the night will include films from two Maynooth filmmakers. Rapunzel, The Blonde Years written and produced by Trish Groves and The Legend directed by Shannon Moncrief. Mairtin De Barra’s Tart, made through the Filmbase Short Film Award and Jamie Hannigan’s Two Point Five Billion which highlight’s The Irish Film Board’s Signatures Scheme.

A question and answer session with all these filmmakers will follow the screenings. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet established filmmakers, network, chat and discuss short film in Ireland.

This event is FREE but please register your interest to reserve a place. Contact Brenda at Tel: 045 448328 or Email: bbrady@kildarecoco.ie.  Booking now open.

In Focus … Irish Shorts in association with  ‘Open for Ideas’ the review and consultation programme for Riverbank Arts Centre http://kildare.ie/openforideas/.

Keep up to date with future Arts Service film programming by regularly logging onto our website at http://kildare.ie/artsservice/


TART (Filmbase 2008)
A film about the failing memory of an Alzheimer's patient and his fight to retain his personality.
Director: Mairtin De Barra
Producer’s: Steven Davenport, Mairtin De Barra, Cathleen Dore 

THE SOUND OF PEOPLE (Filmbase 2007)
The story of a moment in the life of an eighteen year old boy, standing on the brink of his life and death.
Director: Simon Fitzmaurice
Producer: Noreen Donohoe

TEETH (Short Shorts Scheme 2007)
Teeth is a short "last laugh" tale of two old friends, their teeth and a series of events that leaves them lost for words
Directors: Ruairí O' Brien, John Kennedy
Producer: Noreen Donohoe

TREECLIMBER (Short Shorts Scheme 2007)
One boy's search for a new perspective
Director / Writer: Michael Kinirons
Producer: Sasha King

TWO POINT FIVE BILLION (Signatures 2008)
What if you could experience your life at the same time?
A scientist working in a revolutionary new field of quantum mechanics volunteers for a risky new experiment - despite the strong objections of his wife and misgivings of his colleagues.
Directed: Jamie Hannigan
Producer: Shirley Weir

RAPUNZEL – THE BLONDE YEARS (Virtual Cinema 2008)
Rapunzel is desperate to escape from her tower prison. The Handsome Prince comes to rescue her but discovers there are situations where size really does matter.
Director: Fiona Ashe
Producer/ Writer: Trish Groves

THE LEGEND (Independent)
A struggling playwright searches for his Muse only to discover that inspiration comes from within.
Director: Shannon Moncrief

A documentary that explores a woman's unique take on her overweight and aging body.
Director: Ken Wardrop
Producer: Andrew Freedman

The Green Room Project

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Artist Pauline Keena, Deputy Mayor Paddy MacNamara and County Arts Officer Lucina Russell at the launch of "The Green Room Project" in the Rotunda Hospital

Minister for Health Opens The Green Room Project at Rotunda Hospital

On Wednesday 15th October 2008, 12.30pm, Minister for Health  and Children, Mary Harney TD, launched ‘The Green Room Project’, a groundbreaking art exhibition at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin.  The project is an artistic collaboration between visual artist Pauline Keena and a group of mothers who experienced the loss of an infant.  Minister Harney in her piece for the exhibition catalogue said “It is a loss that is difficult to articulate. I hope this project can help to penetrate the darkness”.

Responding to an advertisement by the artist in the ISANDS Newsletter, bereaved mothers embarked on an artistic project through an artists residency in the clinical environment of the Rotunda Hospital in 2007-2008.  By implicating the process of grief and mourning in an artmaking process, the project allowed the mothers to explore a range of emotions around the loss of their infant - profound grief, unspeakable loss and sense of failure.  As one of the mothers involved in the project said, “The art I made was basically many, many different ways of saying the same things: I think of you, I miss you and I love you”. 

Keena, an artist from Clane, Co Kildare was funded by Kildare County Council Supports for Professional Artist programme to carry out the work as part of her research into her own practice.  Her previous career as a neo-natal mid wife was the impetus for ‘The Green Room Project’ and allowed her to work with the mothers in an informed and sensitive way.  Her experiences as a midwife resonate through Keena's own artistic practice by implicating the work with narratives specific to midwifery that engage the mothers body and language in the mother’s body. Keena is currently researching the work of linguist and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva.

Through ‘The Green Room Project’, the artist’s idea was to “investigate and explore, through an engagement with ideas, processes, procedures, materials and making how the physicality of grief could be languaged in a vocabulary specific to itself”.  It is clear that participation in the project has also been deeply beneficial to the four mothers who worked with Keena,  “I had always hidden, not even known how intense the loss was, I never let myself believe how devastated I truly was. In many ways I had never said how sad I was, how hurt, how devastated at losing my baby. Here I was, all those years later, expressing and processing all that could not be said or mentioned or felt then”.

The exhibition consists of a series of framed prints, drawings, stained glass and a number of poignant miniature baby garments, as well as a neon signage artwork, by the artist entitled ‘Are You Sure You Had a Baby’, inspired by a comment made to one of the mothers after the loss of her child. 

The research and development phases of this project and the subsequent exhibition forms part of Kildare County Council’s Arts in Health Programme, which is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.  The exhibition will run in the Education Exhibition Room at Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, from Tuesday 21st October to Tuesday 11th November 2008.

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The Platform4 Recording Project @ Leixlip Library is part of the music development programme set out in, ‘Making Inroads: An Arts Development Plan for Kildare County Council 2006-2011.   A four phase programme, the ‘Platform’ series has included - Songwriting workshops with The Walls, Mundy, Declan O’Rourke and Ollie Cole and Battle of the Bands competitions for Kildare bands for Oxegen ‘07, ’08.

The Platform4 Recording Project @ Leixlip Library aims to provide mentoring and recording facilities, for emerging musicians, in Kildare and beyond.

Click the link below to download the Platform 4 Brochure (1.5MB)

Click to download the Platform 4 brochure

Download the brochure as a word document here

Registration for round two of the scheme is now open.

If I Had an Artist for a Day is an arts in education initiative. The programme aims to provide quality arts experiences & for artist, teacher and children to have some fun!!!

The workshops are interactive in nature, with dance, an introduction to musical instruments, fun with words and language and experimentation with art materials.The programme has something to offer every school regardless of physical space or previous experience!

Registration must be made directly to the Arts Service using the official form - Download the application form and brochure here.

Closing date for round two registration is Monday 29th September 2008

**The scheme is offered on a first come first serve basis. Therefore registration for inclusion does not guarantee a booking.** Workshops will run from October to end of December 2008.

Download the application form and brochure here.

Please contact Brenda, Kildare County Council Art Service, Tel: 045 448328 Email: bbrady@kildarecoco.ie for further details.

Arts Grants 2008

The Arts Act Grants for 2008 are now closed. Details of the 2009 grants will be announced in early January 2009 with a closing date of Mid March 2009. For further information you can contact the Arts Service Team.

Aileen Lambert

Are you looking for a different after school experience for children? Aileen Lambert is a singer of traditional songs from County Wexford. She is passionate about passing on her love of songs and singing to children and adults alike. The Arts & Library Service of Kildare County Council is delighted that Aileen has again agreed to deliver a series of
workshops for primary school children in Rathangan & Ballitore libraries.

Children will explore different styles and genres of singing and song - serious songs, nonsence songs, fast and slow songs. Have the opportunity to listen to live and recorded songs. Discuss and share their own experience and knowledge of songs.

The workshops delivered over a six week period during October and November will culminate in a performance. Workshops are FREE, but places are limited so booking is essential. Please contact Kay in Rathangan Library Tel:045 528078 Email: rathanganlib@kildarecoco.ie or Mary in Ballitore Tel: 059 8623344 , to book a place or ask further questions.

Call today to avail of this amazing opportunity!

TRANSITOPIA : A Public Art project exploring the transitory identity of a modern commuter town
20th – 24th August 2008, Naas, Co. Kildare

Parking Meter Arts and Kildare County Council Arts Service presents TRANSITOPIA, a contemporary public art project created specifically for Naas, Co Kildare. Six artists have been selected to create new work in response to strategically important sites and locations in the socio-cultural trajectory of this modern commuter town.

The size, nature and identity of Naas has shifted in line with changes in town-planning, and in new and old architectural structures. According to curators Mark Durkan and Mary Jo Gilligan, ‘TRANSITOPIA is a contemporary art project examining the negotiation between people and place and how the development of one directly influences the transformation of the other.  The project engages with social infrastructure, architectural planning and the historical trajectory of industrial, commercial and public space.’

They explained that TRANSITOPIA has three points of focus :
The first involves four artists commissioned to ENGAGE with SPECIFIC SITES in producing new work - Michelle Browne working at Sallins/Naas Train Station, Dominic Thorpe working at Sallins/Naas Train Station and Áras Chill Dara, Jo Anne Butler in Áras Chill Dara and Elaine Reynolds in Donnelly Mirrors factory.

The second focus involves two artists working in a RESEARCH capacity, developing the project from a longer-term perspective. These artists are Dara McGrath and Carl Giffney.

The third and final element of the project culminates in a PUBLICATION that DOCUMENTS and EXPOUNDS upon the work of Transitopia. This publication will be launched in October.
The programme also includes the screening of a classic silent film in Town Hall, Naas, with live music accompaniment. 

The goal of this project is to explore new and innovative approaches for the production and dissemination of contemporary art in alternative contexts. Using non-art spaces, such as civic buildings and industrial facilities as potential spaces for the exploration and presentation of the art activities PARKING METER ARTS LTD aim to reinvigorate an understanding of Naas' everyday cultural dynamics.

Mark Durkan/ Mary Go Gilligan;  parkingmeterarts@gmail.com
Kildare County Council Arts Service; Tel: 045-448318, arts@kildarecoco.ie
WEB:  http://transitopia.wordpress.com
Town Hall, Naas, Wed 20th – Sun Sun 24th Aug 2008

Áras Chill Dara
6.30pm, Wed 20th Aug 2008

A classic Silent Film screened, with a musical accompaniment.  Booking Essential
Naas Town Hall
8.30pm, Sat 23rd Aug, Naas Town Hall, 8.00pm. 

Michelle Browne -  Border-Border
The artist offers to transport commuters from Sallins/Naas Train Station to their destination in Naas via a lift on the back of a bicycle.  In exploring the IN-BETWEEN SPACES that exist in our lives, the performance references an informal transportation system in Africa and borders of neighbouring countries.  A unique sound piece created from commuters in New York, London, Galway and Belfast will accompany each participant’s journey.
Sallins/ Naas Train Station.
16.45–19.30, Wed 20th, Thurs 21st, Fri 22nd Aug  

Dominic Thorpe – Terrain
The artist worked closely with an individual commuter to create this artwork. Thorpe sought a local participant when forming his project.  He presents the results of his exchanges with local man Chris O’Neill and his own mimicry of O’Neill’s HABITUAL JOURNEY to work. The work is presented as a video installation.
Kildare County Council Offices/Áras Chill Dara. 
Office opening hours, Thurs 21st – Sat 23rd Aug 

Elaine Reynolds
Reynolds investigates the SECRET LIFE of street lamps and how they relate to the commuting population of Naas.  The work is sited beside a relic of Naas’s industrial past and a main commuter gateway.  The artist creates a heightened experience of an everyday transient moment through a poetic mirrored video projection.
Donnelly Mirrors forecourt
Access from 20.00 – 00.00, Wed 20th – Sun 24th Aug

Joanne Butler – The Folly
The artist’s construction is a witty intervention in the Civic Garden in Naas.  Her scale model housing estate sets up a DELIBERATE TENSION with the oblique lines of the celebrated Áras buildings that is at once both playful and inquisitive.
Civic Garden, Kildare Co.Co. Offices/ Áras Chill Dara 
Wed 20th – Sun 24th Aug

Carl Giffney
Giffney is undertaking a mobile research project on the commuter lines N6, M4, N7 for the Academy of FUTURE HISTORY in conjunction with Parking Meter Arts.  The artist is focusing on the N7 Naas-Dublin road for Transitopia.  Giffney will present current findings at the launch event and in the forthcoming Transitopia publication.
Áras Cill Dara.
6.30pm, Wed 20th Aug

Dara McGrath
McGrath is producing site-specific photographic research in conjunction with Parking Meter Arts, focusing on the documentation of a DISUSED INDUSTRIAL SPACE.  His work will be featured in the forthcoming Transitopia publication.


Punchestown will rock to the sounds of two emerging Kildare Bands this year. "The Kill City Defectors" and "Schmackey and the Salads" beat stiff competition at the Platform III live final in Time venue on June 5th, to win slots on the new band stage at Oxegen 08.

Now in it second year the Platform III Battle of the Bands competition offers two local band the opportunity to play on the new band stage of the largest music festival in the country. This is an exciting opportunity enabled through partnership between  Kildare County
Council Arts Service and MCD Promotions. "The Kill City Defectors" and "Schmackey and the Salads" will play the opening slots on Saturday, July 12th and Sunday, July 13th respectively.

Neil Delamare

Kildare Arts Service is excited to announce that Neil Delamare will MC this year's Platform III Oxegen Battle of the Bands Final to be held in Time Venue Naas this Thursday June 5th. Due to unforeseen circumstance PJ Gallagher had to step down for this year's competition leaving the final in Neil's very capable hands. Fresh from the Cat Laughs Festival in Kilkenny, Neil's appearance promises to make this an event not to be missed. Neil is also basking in the success of a recent sell out run in Vicar Street. The combination of one of Ireland's top comedians and the cream of Kildare's music talent ensures that this Thursday June 5th in Time: Venue is a night not to be missed.
This year, five bands have been chosen to compete in Time for a coveted spot on the new band stage at Oxegen this summer. Bright Light Fiasco, Lines Drawing Circles, Mary Bellos and Schmackey and the Salads and The Kill City Defectors are due to take to the stage and Thursday evening.
Doors open at 8:30 and the first band is due to take the stage at 9pm. Tickets €14 at the door.


Naas Community Library
3rd - 5th June 2008

Schools out, here comes the summer. SUMMER BUZZ and SUN BLOCK (we hope)! Naas Library has officially declared that this summer the library will be a hip and happening place for young people. Kicking off on 3rd June with Funky Fibres a fantastic 3-day feltmaking workshop with practising knitwear designer Liadain de Buitlear.

Colour, texture, form and function, will be explored in this exciting design and making workshop. Making felt is a magical craft ideal for all levels of ability. But receptive, transformable and full of endless possibilities. Just bring your ideas!

These workshops are completely FREE and all materials are supplied. However, places are limited. So, Mark from the Library advises that parents and young people (aged 12 +) should make contact to register their interest, obtain a booking form or make further enquiries. Naas Community Library Tel: 045879111 Email: naaslib@kildarecoco.ie Web:

Kildare County Council Arts Service, in partnership with MCD promotions, is hugely excited about the success of our Battle of the Bands competition. Kicking-off at Oxegen 07, this competition offers the cream of Kildare’s young musical talent a unique opportunity to battle it out live for a coveted spot on the new band stage at Oxegen. All applications are assessed and a shortlist is compiled. Short-listed artists are invited to perform at a live grand final where a panel of judges comprising industry professionals will decide which lucky bands will go forward to play at Oxegen.

The new band stage at Oxegen is the place to spot up and coming talent, in previous years artists such as Kate Nash, The Go Team, Super Furry Animals, The Magic Numbers, Editors, The Killers, Razorlight and The Fratellis, have taken their first steps to stardom on this very stage. The opportunity to play at Oxegen gives bands the invaluable experience of playing at one of the most regarded music festivals in Europe while exposing them to a professional environment which provides a platform on which they can be seen and heard by some of the most influential people in the music industry.

Kildare County Council Arts Service is committed to providing the very best opportunities to local musicians possible; this collaboration with Oxegen is testament to this commitment. The continuing development of the recording suite in Leixlip Library also highlights our eagerness to support local musical talent.

My OK Hotel

Miracle Bell

If I Had An Artist For A Day

If I Had an Artist for a Day is an arts in education initiative. The programme aims to provide quality arts experiences & for artist, teacher and children to have some fun!!!

The workshops are interactive in nature, with dance, an introduction to musical instruments, fun with words and language and experimentation with art materials.The programme has something to offer every school regardless of physical space or previous experience!

This scheme will be offered in two rounds (i) 16th April - 27th June 2008 (ii) 8th September - 30th November 2008

Registration must be made directly to the Arts Service using the form - Download the application form and brochure here.

Closing date for both rounds of applications is Friday 4th April.

Arts In Libraries

Kildare County Council Arts Service invites submissions from interested Artists across all disciplines for inclusion in the 2008 rollout of the Arts in Libraries Programme. The programme aims to provide quality arts experiences for children and young people delivered in community library settings throughout Kildare.

Interested artists should submit proposals outlining workshop ideas for one-day workshops and longer-term residencies in Libraries during 2008.
A facility to adapt and tailor to specific needs with the ability to focus on specific groups or targeted service users is desirable.

  • Workshops will be offered to all children and young people throughout the Library Service
  • Artists will need the ability to plan, implement and manage projects
  • The Arts Service will be the initial point of contact between Artist and Libraries. Subsequently Artists will be expected to develop and maintain autonomous relationships with library staff
  • Collaboration and consultation with library staffs concerning design of workshops to target particular groups, service users or specific events will form an integral part of the process.
  • Artists will be expected to inform and update Library Staffs on content, processes and expected outcomes of workshops
  • Evaluation of previous programming would indicate a need for both short and long term projects at this time. Therefore delivery in some locations will be of a more ‘one day’ nature while affording a longer lead in and delivery time in other situations
  • Ideally artists will have previous experience working with groups or, in an education / community context
  • Possess good communication skills
  • The Arts Service is particularly interested in new and innovative approaches to engage and challenge local audiences through contemporary art practices
  • Before submittiting proposals Artists should bear in mind that branch library characteristics vary from small rural locations to urban commuter town
  • Artists will need their own transport

It is envisaged workshops will be delivered during April, May, June and again during October through to early December

Proposals should include

  • Detailed description of workshop content with projected outcomes
  • C.V./ Biography
  • Outline of current areas of work and interests
  • Documentation of work (images, DVDs, CDs, etc)
  • Any other relevant supporting material

Please contact
Brenda Brady, Acting Assistant Arts Officer,
Kildare County Council Arts Service, Riverbank, Main St.,
Newbridge, Co Kildare
Tel: 045 448328 Email: bbrady@kildarecoco.ie
Web: www.kildare.ie/artsservice

Closing date for proposals is Friday the 7th of March 2008 at 5pm.

Successful candidates will be informed by Friday 14th March 2008


Exhibition runs from January - February 2008.

Twilight Flights of Fancy is the title of the visual arts show which ran in the McKenna Gallery in Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge. The show ‘A Shadow Art Installation’ is the culmination of an Arts in Libraries residency programme initiated by Kildare County Council Library & Arts Service. Shadow puppetry is an ancient artform that uses light and shadow to create captivating images and stories.

From October to December 2007 visual artist Sharon Lynch collaborated with local children at Naas, Newbridge and Athy Libraries in an exploratory shadow puppetry project. The final sculptural artworks combine silhouette figures, atmospheric lighting and mechanical devises to create captivating and magical images.

Sharon is a visual artist based in Galway and currently completing an MFA at the Burren Collage of Art, Co. Clare. She has extensive experience of working on Education and Community Arts Project, with organisations such as Galway Education Centre, Baboro Children’s Festival and The Arts Councils Schools Exhibition Linkage Programme.

The exhibition is open daily from 2.00 – 5.00pm and continues until Wednesday 27th February. For further enquiries about this or other Arts in Libraries Programmes
Please contact: Brenda Brady, Arts Assistant Tel: 045 448328 
Email: bbrady@kildarecoco.ie Web: www.kildare.ie/artsservice

Kildare County Council Arts Service invites applications for the following schemes:

Arts Act Grants Scheme
Applications are invited from:

  • Arts Education/ training projects
  • Bursary awards for individual Kildare based artists for the development of their work. 
  • Assistance to groups/organisations/schools towards the cost of projects or events that stimulate public interest in and improve arts practice in the county.
  • Assistance to groups / organisations for the purchase of equipment

Cecil Day Lewis Literary Bursary Award
The annual Cecil Day Lewis Literary Bursary Award is open to both established and emerging writers and critics to enable
Research:  towards the production of new writings
Formal or informal training:  Participation in a professional or post-graduate course, mentoring, or other initiative, which will expand existing practice

Kildare Dance Bursary Award
Kildare County Council Arts Service proposes to offer a bursary Kildare based dancers and choreographers for further training, creative projects, choreographic research or professional development. Applicants should include the specifics of their proposed project in the application, outlining how it will develop their practice.  

Tyrone Guthrie Residency Bursary Award
Two bursary awards will be made to artists from all fields born or living in Co Kildare to enable them to spend two weeks at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, the artist’s workplace in Monaghan.  Artists will be selected on the basis of their previous achievements and the project they intend to further during their working residence.

For information about the Tyrone Guthrie Centre see www.tyroneguthrie.ie

Drama League of Ireland Summer School Bursary Award
Kildare County Council Arts Service proposes to offer two bursary awards for the DLI Summer School Saturday 19th - Saturday 26th July 2008 at University Limerick. 
For information about the Drama League of Ireland see www.dli.ie

Application forms and further information are available from:
Kildare County Arts Service, Riverbank, Main Street, Newbridge, Co Kildare
Contact:Eoghan Doyle  Tel: 045-448318 Email: ekdoyle@kildarecoco.ie
Or Brenda Brady  Tel: 045 – 448328 Email: bbrady@kildarecoco.ie

Closing date for receipt of applications for each scheme is
Thursday 20th March 2008.

Click on the name of the scheme to download more information and an application form in MS Word.

  1. Arts Act Grants
  2. Cecil Day Lewis Literary Bursary Award
  3. Kildare Dance Bursary Award
  4. Drama League of Ireland Summer School
  5. Tyrone Guthrie Centre @ Annaghmakerrig