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Kildare County Council Arts Service

Visual Arts

The numerous local visual arts collectives in the county provide a vibrant and consistent exhibitions programme, which are strongly supported by the community.  However, developing an audience for, and understanding of contemporary professional visual arts work is an ongoing, long-term process. 

Robert Ballagh

Bordering the capital city, many of Kildare’s professional visual arts have looked to the city for their formal training and support of their practice.  Kildare County Council will continue to engage with visual artists in the County, by providing opportunities for artists to meet, and to provide opportunities and facilities to make artwork.

Kildare County Council aims to create an environment for Visual Artists in the county that supports artistic excellence and innovation

[December 15, 2009]

Horse Mania 2010

horse mania 75x75.pngApplications for Horse Mania 2010 now being excepted. If you are interested in applying contact the Arts Office as soon as possible.




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[August 13, 2009]

The Wet Paint Gallery officially launches

wet paint invite thumb.jpg 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



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[March 11, 2009]

'Le Chéile' - A welsh / Irish print collaboration

Margaret Becker. "Fiacha Dubha" Drypoint & carborundum 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. The exhibition will take place in the Graphic studio, Dublin from March 12th until the 4th April 2009, and will be opened by Lucina Russell, Arts Officer for Kildare County Council.

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[December 20, 2008]

Transitopia book launch

Transitopia August 2008

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.


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[August 18, 2008]


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

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[February 05, 2008]

Twilight Flights of Fancy - McKenna Gallery, Riverbank Arts Centre

Twilight Twilight Flights of Fancy is the title of the visual arts exhibition which ran in the McKenna Gallery in Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge.

Exhibiton runs from January until end February 2008

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[November 14, 2007]

Temporary Collection at Castletown House

Call for participants for an exciting project at Castletown House. Artist Sally Timmons wishes to visit homes in County Kildare in order to gather together artworks for an exhibition in Castletown House in December 2007. All works will be considered...

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[August 30, 2007]

Temporary Foray. Visual arts programme

2006 Temporary Foray The Temporary Foray series marks a turning in the Arts Service provision for Kildare County Council.  At the outset, Temporary Foray was a series of formal presentations, providing opportunities for artists and the wider public to reflect...

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