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ArtyFacts Summer 2002

An Archive Page StampArtyfacts Summer 2002Welcome to the Summer edition of Artyfacts. An impressive range of festivals take place in the county each year supported by Kildare County Council. This edition includes details of three established festivals. Libraries around the county will be a hive of activity during the month of July with the popular children’s summer arts festival in libraries. Also included are details of arts in schools programmes, dance, training in the field of drama, literary publications and more!

In this Issue:




Arts In Schools

Four primary schools around the county participated in an artists in schools research programme for the spring school term. The research focused on critical relationships in the establishment of artist in schools programmes. The residency allowed pupils and teachers to share in theme based arts projects in both visual arts and creative writing.

The participating visual artists were Genevieve King, textile artist, Maynooth; Linda Marshall, painter, Naas; Margaret Becker, print maker, Clane and Monica De Bath, textile artist, Rathangan, while the participating writers were Desmond Egan, Newbridge; Mae Leonard, Naas and Anne Egan, Clane. Schools involved were St. Patrick’s Boys School, Athy; Scoil an Linbh Iosa, Ballycane, Naas; Boys School, Rathangan and Scoil Mhuire, Green Lane, Leixlip. An exhibition of children’s work will be displayed in Celbridge, Naas, Newbridge and Athy libraries from May 22nd to 12th June. A publication featuring examples of children’s work produced during the programme, with guidelines for artist in schools programmes will be published later on this year.

The Saint, The Stone and The Vikings features writings and illustrations by children from San Carlo Senior School, Leixlip based on the theme of Vikings and their connections with Leixlip and Confey. The writings were produced with the assistance of class teachers and Writer in Residence Ann Egan. Kildare Library and Arts Service recently published Ann’s first novel, Brigit of Kildare. Ann was a recent winner in the 75 Years of Radio National Poetry Competition and has won first prizes at Listowel Writers Week. The Arts Office of Kildare County Council supported the programme. The book will be launched on Wednesday 5th June at 7.30pm in the school and will be available for sale from the school.


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