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Kildare County Council Arts Service

What we did in 2005

Kildare County Councils Arts Development Programme continued to work on long term initiatives across art forms, working with partners at local, national and international level; encouraging participation and artistic excellence. 

A diverse dance development took place in 2005.  The Laban Guild Community Dance Leaders course, Level 2, an intensive 6-month training programme took place in Riverbank Arts Centre.  Anna Carlisle, MBE, presented the awards for the Level 1 course, in July. The Kildare Dance Summer School provided an opportunity for further developing local partners.  Nineteen bursary awards were offered to artists, young people, facilitators, staff and clients from community services in the County.

As the initial Certificate in Community Arts for Community Development, NUI Maynooth course organised by Kildare County Council was completed in June, a second course commenced in October.  This popular course aims to set community arts practice in context and to develop participants facilitation and group work skills.

The Autumn Series ‘When All is Not What it Seems …..’ incorporated ‘Introduction to Screen Writing’ and ‘Getting Down and Dirty with the Locals’ workshops, ‘Intriguing Connections’ and ‘Analysising Classic Film’ lectures

The ‘If I Had an Artist for a Day…..’ Arts in Education programme was extended to include workshops in Dance, Visual Arts, Literature and Music.

The restoration programme of the Municipal Art Collection was completed, culminating in an exhibition of selected works ‘A Collection Uncovered.  Martin Gale, RHA opened the exhibition.  The ‘Where Siva Meets Maebh’ exhibition of prints by the Leinster Printmaking Studio explored Indian and Irish mythology.  The work was shown at Riverbank Arts Centre, before touring venues in Ireland. 

Riverbank Arts Centre launched the ‘UnEarthed Music Development Programme for Young Musicians.  It provided mentoring through intensive music making and training.  The County Kildare Orchestra continued to nurture the development of emerging and professional musicians in the County.