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Kildare Artist Notebook Project 2014 - Registration extended till 9th May 2014

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Call for artists to get involved in Kildare Artist Notebook Project 2014


Artists, at all stages of their development, are invited to participate in the Kildare 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. To date, over  150 notebooks have been kindly donated to the project.


The Artist Notebook project is 'the most engaging exhibition I have ever visited. It is difficult for any exhibition to hold your attention. I was captivated for hours'

Readers Festival KRF1 visitor 2102


The collection has toured to Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda and Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.  It was profiled by writer and artist John Gayer in Visual Artists’ News Sheet January – February 2013 in the article 'I've Got a Notebook (and I know how to use it)'.  In 2012, Kildare County Council commissioned Mary Catherine Nolan to write a series of essays looking at diverse visual arts practice in Co Kildare.  The series include an essay analysing the KRF:1 Artist Notebook project (The 'essay' was also presented as an artist notebook).  The Artist Notebook Project was exhibited in Riverbank Arts Centre in October 2013, where the exhibition was launched by Prof Philip Napier, Head of Fine Art, NCAD.  The Kildare Artist Notebook project website will be launched in the Library, National University of Ireland, Maynooth on Thursday 10th April 2014.


… it was good to feel part of a group working away  in those marvellous Moleskins”.

Australian sculptor, Carole Driver


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


... This is a very democratic project ...

Paul Woods, invigilator


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 otebooks 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 12 noon on Monday 6th October 2014 to allow for cataloguing and exhibition display.


Participants should register interest by Friday 9th May 2014. Late applications will be considered at the discretion of the Arts Service.


Participating artists will be invited to a launch event in Newbridge on Saturday 18th October, as part of the Kildare Readers Festival 2014



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 Kildare Artist Notebook 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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