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In this section you will find details of previous Visual Arts initiatives and projects. While these projects and initiatives are historical, their information can still be quite relevant and they are important to keep so as to document a history of Arts Development in County Kildare. If you would like any further information on any of these past projects or initiatives, please contact us at arts@kildarecoco.ie or 045 448328 and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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The "Wet Paint Gallery" in Emily Square in Athy will be hosting a Launch of the experimental project on Friday Night August 14th at 7.30pm

The Gallery, which has caused a great deal of excitement in the town already, is open to local artists of all media and styles. The project is entirely staffed by volunteering artists and is seeking to promote art in the area.

Local Artist and Curator of "Wet Paint" Andrew Farrelly said "we have been inundated with people interested in what we are doing here; it has been a very exciting time for art in Athy and for the Wet Paint Gallery."  

The Project was the brainchild of the "Shop Athy" group, in a bid to enhance the cultural life of the town centre, and the gallery has certainly lived up to and exceeded that aspiration.

Painters, Photographers, Sculptors, Video Artists, and many more are represented in the gallery collection, all of which is for sale at recession beating prices.

Andrew Farrelly makes the point that in difficult financial times we all need something to cheer us up and is looking forward to cheering up a lot of people at Fridays Launch party.

Johannah Lyons, Linda Holligan, and other local artists are using the Gallery as Studio space during the day, making an interesting visit an exciting one.

Ken Walshe, Shop Athy Chairperson said "The Wet Paint Gallery has been a fantastic success since opening its doors on the Tri Athy weekend, and has received an unprecedented amount of positive feedback from members and non members of the Shop Athy Group"  "We at Shop Athy are very excited by the development of the Gallery and look forward to greater things to come."  

Mr Walshe also expressed the hope that local people would see the commercial benefits to the town that such an initiative undoubtedly brings, "Athy is a beautiful town with huge potential, it's image as a relatively untouched market town makes it very desirable for people to visit, the addition of a high profile Art Gallery serves only to enhance the reputation of the town as a tourist destination".

The Launch of the Wet Paint Gallery on August 14th will see a range of new and exciting artists in various fields exhibiting for the first time, Entertainment for the evening will be equally varied and exciting. Mr. Farrelly was remaining tight lipped about rumours relating to the centrepiece for the launch; "watch this space" was all he would say.

The Wet Paint Gallery can be contacted by e-mail on wetpaintgallery@gmail.com or telephone 086-8696391 or by calling into the Gallery during opening hours which are 10am to 6pm during the week; the Wet Paint Gallery tends to be open until about midnight during the weekends making it an ideal spot to drop in on an evening stroll.

Photograph from a midway review with mixed work in progress by Margaret Becker, Pamela de Brí, Eirian Llywd and Diana Williams

A unique visual dialogue began between two prominent Print Studios in Ireland and Wales namely the Leinster Printmaking Studio, Co. Kildare and the Regional Print Centre, Wrexham, Wales. Irish artists collaborated with Welsh artists to explore themes of land/language/place/sense of belonging. A series of working prints, drawings, collages and text travelled back and forth across the Irish Sea, with each collaborating artist responding to and working on the artworks.

The seed for this innovative project originates from the thinking and writings of John Berger, who conducted an ongoing visual correspondence with artist Marisa Camino.

Welsh artist Alison Craig collaborated with Irish artist Deidre Shanley on investigating the function and occupation of the land and its buried memories. They have worked directly on each otherÕs prints transforming them from one print medium to another. Monica de Bath and Steffan Jones-Hughes examined ideas of home and domesticity, printing on the posted envelopes that were posted back and forth.

The overall result is this visually and technically rewarding exhibition, which will tour other venues in Ireland, Wales and will participate in the Celtica festival in Adelaide, Australia in December 2009. TG4 broadcasts a review of Le Chéile on their arts programme IMEALL at 11.15 pm on Wednesday 11th March with Pamela de Brí as one of their panel guests.

The exhibition will run in the Graphic Studio, Dublin from March 12th until the April 4th 2009.

The exhibition will be opened by Lucina Russell, Arts officer for Kildare Co. Council.  The Leinster Printmaking Studio is funded by Kildare County Council

Artists Pamela de Brí, Alison Craig and Liam Ó Broin will give a talk  on Thursday 12th March from 3pm - 4pm

Booking is essential | t: +353 1 6798021 | e: gallery@graphicstudiodublin.com


Pamela de Brí. "Rianta" Drypoint & etching with chine collé


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

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"

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.

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.