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Kildare > Arts > Modern Art, What’s it All About?

Modern Art, What’s it All About?
Education Project

Riverbank Arts Centre Newbridge
Continues through to October 24th 2003
Admission Free to all Events
Booking 045 448314

What’s it About?

Modern Art, What’s it all about? is an education project aimed at anyone who wants to better understand Modern Art, its history, and its practice. The events are free of charge, and open to all.

Contemporary art can be a challenging medium for an audience. Many of us are uneasy faced with art that has no obvious narrative or representational content. Thus, it is very tempting to dismiss artworks that are not readily accessible or easily understood.

This series of events represents an exciting opportunity for all those who wish to understand more about contemporary art. Artists’ talks, lectures, documentary videos on some of the formative influences on modern art, visits to studios and galleries, as well as lectures and a promotion of Irish art books, all delve into many of the issues and complexities associated with modern art.

A full brochure detailing all of the events can be obtained from the Riverbank Arts Centre or your local library.


Wednesday 15 October Lecture
Abstraction (Part I) 8.00 pm

Abstract Art was a huge departure in Western Painting, breaking with representation and becoming a major 20th Century artistic phenomenon. Art has changed forever as a result. Part I will examine the reasons for its emergence, including the invention of photography and the radicalism of Cubism.

Tuesday 21 October Artist’s Talk
Nigel Rolfe (Performance Artist) 8.00 pm

Internationally renowned as a performance artist, and more recently for his multi-media installations, Nigel Rolfe will discuss his art practice with an illustrated talk.

Wednesday 22nd Visit to Artist’s Studio

Artist-in-Residence, Laurence Ridell at Kildangan Stud
10.30 – 12.30 am

Laurence Riddell is currently Artist-in-Residence at Kildangan Stud. This trip will include a visit to his studio there, a talk by the artist, followed by an optional tour of the Stud. (Aimed particularly at Second and Third Level Students)

Wednesday 22nd Lecture
Abstraction II (8.00 pm)

Abstract Art continues to fascinate or alienate the public. Repeating the method employed in Part I, and endeavouring to make this complex form more accessible, we will follow Abstraction in a chronological manner, singling out specific works for analysis.

Thursday 23 October Visit to Artist’s Studio
Artist-in-Residence, Laurence Riddell at Kildangan Stud
10.30 – 12.30 am

A second chance to visit Laurence Riddell at Kildangan Stud (see above). Aimed particularly at Riverbank Invigilators.

Artists’ Videos (11.00 am & 3.00 pm daily)

Documentary Videos will be shown daily, Monday to Friday, from October 7 – 24, at 11.00 am and 3.00 pm daily. A full list is available at the Riverbank Arts Centre. Please call (045) 448333, and a brochure can be posted to you.

Art Books – Special Promotion (10.00 am – 1.00 pm & 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm)

Art Books on contemporary Irish artists, courtesy of Gandon Editions, will be on sale in the McKenna Gallery, from Tuesday to Thursday throughout the project. A broad range of subjects, including artists’ profiles and works on architectural themes will be available. A special 10% discount will be available to anyone attending events during the three weeks.

Places are limited for the events listed, please book a place in advance on (045) 448314.

For further information, please contact Catríona on (045) 448314/5
or by e-mail at

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