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May 20, 2008

Little Things

Little Things

Project Title: Little Things

Artist: Niall Deacon, commissioned under the Per Cent for Art Scheme

Year of Installation: October 2006

Location: Rathangan

Medium: Granite

Size: Height 280 Cm Width 200cm Depth 110cm – 4 pieces

Inspiration: ‘From tiny acorns mighty oaks grow’

Commission: Kildare County Council

Artist’s Statement:
The opportunity to enhance this open space with the concept of ‘little things do matter’, taken from the statement ‘from tiny acorns, mighty oaks grow’.
The mature trees and vast open space, where the piece could be viewed from all three sides were what spawned the inspiration for this piece.

About the artist:
From Enniscorthy, a self-taught stone carver, under the instruction of Dick Joint, Niall Deacon is inspired by the placement of his work in rural and open spaces. His passion is in granite boulder, roughly hewn.

Previous Commissions:
Memorial Park – Rosslare Harbour Environment, Co.Wexford 2005
Primrose Gate, Celbridge, Co.Kildare 2005
Sculpture in Context

Little Things

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May 15, 2008

In Focus - Free Eevent for Film Buffs

The Auditorium, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co Kildare
Thursday 22nd May at 8.00pm


Continuing Kildare County Council's support for film development in the county the Arts Service hosts 'In Focus'. A forum for exchange, discussion and screenings on Thursday 22nd May at 8.00pm.

We've lined up a great panel of Industry Professionals and Filmmakers to share their knowledge, experience and expertise. Principally, Aisling Walsh Director, her film credits include the multi award winning 'Song For A Raggy Boy' which she wrote and directed.

The film will be screened in Riverbank at 5.00pm prior to the evening's conversation.
Recently, she's completed 'The Daisy Chain' a psychological drama starring Oscar nominee Samantha Morton due for release in Autumn 2008.

Her television credits include Damage, which she wrote and directed and was nominated for Prix Europa in 2007. Fingersmith, which was nominated for both a Bafta and Royal Television Society Award in 2005 and the multi award winning 2002 television film Sinners.

Local, emerging filmmaker David Freyne will show his Short musical 'The Man in 301' which was screened at the International Film Festival, Rotterdam, in January this year. Meet and network with members from The  Kildare Screenwriters Guild.

This event is FREE but ticketed. Please contact the Box-office at Riverbank Tel:045 448333 Email: box-office@riverbank.ie. Booking now open.

Everyone is welcome, looking forward to all contributions whether you fancy yourself as the next Stephen Spielberg or you're a curious but interested film buff. Speak with Brenda at bbrady@kildarecoco.ie or by phone on 045 448328 if you have any further queries.

Aidan Quinn in a scene from Song For A Raggy Boy

May 12, 2008

Funky Fibres Feltmaking Workshop


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:

May 08, 2008

From Here to There, From There to Here

From Here to There, From There to Here

Project Title: From Here to There, from There to Here

Artist: Ned Jackson Smyth, commissioned under the Per Cent for Art Scheme
Year of Installation: 2007
Location: N7 Johnstown Kill intersection
Medium: Corten steel, Brass and aluminium
Size: 3.5 x 7 m
Artist's Statement: 
The aspect of public art holds great professional and personal
interest for me; I enjoy the challenge of public spaces, the communities
that use them and the interaction of the concept within that space.

About the artist:
Based in North of Ireland, Ned has been working in the area of public art work for a number of years.  He graduated from The University of Ulster Fine & Applied Arts.  He has
been practising as a professional artist since and has extensive experience in exhibiting works, undertaking commissions within both private and public sector, residencies, lecturing within private and educational settings.  He has been commissioned by a number of public bodies to create public artworks and has exhibited nationally and internationally, in Ireland, the UK, Europe, Russia, Brazil and the U.S.A.



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May 06, 2008

Competition To Select Two Kildare Music Acts for Oxegen 2008

Kildare County Council Kildare, in association with MCD, is delighted to announce details of PLATFORM III, the OXEGEN 2008 Battle of the Bands competition for emerging bands from Co. Kildare.

The prize for two lucky performers/ bands is a much sought after slot on the New Band Stage at OXEGEN 2008, which takes place in Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, Co Kildare, Fri 11, Sat 12th and Sun 13th July.

Bands who have played on the New Band Stage in the past include Kate Nash,The Go Team, Super Furry Animals, The Magic Numbers, Editors, The Killers, Razorlight, The Fratellis

The successful bands will also have the opportunity to avail of a mentoring programme where they will work with a music professional so they have the technical know how and support to make the most of this amazing opportunity. Kildare County Arts service is delighted to place their state of the art recording facilities in Leixlip Library at the lucky bands disposal! 

Platform III is open to all unsigned solo artists and bands from Co. Kildare, over the age of 17

The Platform III Battle of the Bands competition takes place in Time : Bar +Venue, Naas, Co. Kildare on Thursday 5th June 2008, 9.30pm.   MC for the Platform III competition is comedian PJ Gallagher, of Naked Camera fame. 

Tickets for the Battle of the Bands competition are available from Time  €14
According to Acting County Arts Officer Eoghan Doyle, “Kildare County Arts Service and MCD, are delighted to be hosting the 2008 Battle of the Bands competition in time, bar and venue, Naas. The competition, now in its second year, shows real commitment on behalf of Kildare County Council and MCD towards the development of young musicians in County Kildare. The added bonus of using the recording suite in Leixlip library truly makes this a wonderful opportunity for the lucky performers,”

Application forms are available below

Kildare County Council Arts Service, Riverbank, Newbridge, Co Kildare. 

Tel:  045 448318, E mail: ekdoyle@kildarecoco.ie, or see www.kildare.ie/artsservice 

Closing date for applications is Monday 26th May 2008, 5pm

One of the 2007 Winners - My OK Hotel

Battle of The Bands

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