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KRF:1 Artist Notebook Project 2012 - Call for submissions

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The third Kildare Readers Festival, organised by Kildare County Council Library and Arts Services takes place in Newbridge, Co Kildare 12th -14th  October 2012.

To coincide with the festival, artists, at all stages of their development, are invited to participate in a KRF:2 Artist Notebook project, whereby artists are invited to fill a notebook in a creative way.  Each notebook is then donated to Kildare County Council Arts Service to become part of a permanent touring collection.  In 2011, 51 artists kindly donated their notebook for the inaugural KRF:1 project. 

According to Arts Officer for Kildare County Council, Lucina Russell, ‘There was an overwhelming response to KRF:1 from the participating artists and the public who spent hours delving into these very personal notebooks.  There was a real sense of excitement and wonder at the range of ideas and methods captured within the covers of these discreet Moleskine notebooks’.   

Having already toured to Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, it is envisaged the KRF:2 Artist Notebook Project will become a national event, growing in volume over time.

The KRF:2 Artist Notebook Project will be exhibited in Riverbank Arts Centre from 12th- 27th October 2012


A5 Black Moleskine notebooks will be provided by Kildare County Council Arts Service at a charge of €5.00.  Register your intention to participate and order your notebook from the Arts Service (contact details below) 

You are invited to fill your notebook with writings, drawings, paintings, photographs, notes, collage, etc.  Your book must remain within the dimensions of 5.5 x 8.5 inches.  It can open up to something wonderful (of any size), but it must fold down to the original dimensions. You are welcome to unbind, rebind or alter the book in (almost) any other way.  If you want to use a thicker stock of paper, please do. 

Participants are free to alter, design and work on the cover of the notebook


Applications are welcome from artists of all creative disciplines, at all levels – student, amateur, emerging and professional.

Applications from artists living and working abroad are welcome

Once the completed notebooks are returned to the Arts Service, they shall become the property of Kildare County Council.

Kildare County Council, in a curating capacity, reserves the right to refuse submission of notebooks that are deemed incomplete.  In this instance, the artist will be invited to complete the notebook and submit for inclusion in the collection at a later stage.

Notwithstanding this, the intellectual property/ copyright remains with the Artist.

Each notebook returned will be catalogued by Kildare County Council, with the artist name.  An inventory of participants, including contact details will be created by Kildare County Council and treated confidentially.

Kildare County Council reserves the right to reproduce images and text from the notebooks for promotional purposes.  All works that are reproduced will be credited to the artist.

Participants must register interest and purchase the notebook from the Arts Service

As notebooks tend to be personal items, it is worth noting that the donated notebooks will be available to the public for perusal.  Therefore entries of a personal/ sensitive nature should be removed by the artist in advance of returning the notebook.

Completed notebooks must be returned to the Arts Service before 10am on Monday 8th October 2012 to allow for cataloguing and exhibition display.

Participants should register interest by Thursday 26th April 2012.  Late applications will be considered at the discretion of the Arts Service.

Participating artists will be invited to a launch event in Newbridge over the course of the Kildare Readers Festival12th – 14th October 2012.  Details to follow


The registration fee of €5 includes the A5 Black Moleskine notebook. Cheques, postal orders and bank drafts should be made payable to Kildare County Council.  Cash payments can be accepted when registering in person.  Credit card and Laser payments are acceptable (please complete Authorization Form).

For further information or to register to participate in the KFR:2 project, contact Kildare County Council Arts Service, Riverbank, Newbridge,  Co Kildare.  Tel:045-448328, Email: arts@kildarecoco.ie.

You can call into the Arts Service in Riverbank Arts Centre to register, but please make an appointment before you call in.

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