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January 26, 2009

RTE Radio 1 Head Supports Kildare Artists Show

The Mullingar Arts centre will host an exhibition of works by the Kildare at the Market House Gallery, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath on the 5th February 2009, at 730pm.
Ana Leddy (head of RTE Radio 1 and deputy head of RTE Radio) will offically launch the opening.

The exhibition will continue for 2 weeks
Kildare Artists is a democratic, non-profit making organisation, formed by artists for artists working or living in County Kildare. The functions of Kildare Artists are to improve the creative and financial status of its members (see aims and objectives below). Central to this policy is the maintenance of high professional standards while ensuring greater accessibility of members work. Kildare Artists achieves accreditation by fulfilling the criteria of standards of the former Association of Artist in Ireland (AAI), now V.A.I. Members work in a variety of media, painting, drawing, sculpture, video, photography, installation and print.

AKA was established in 1995 and included sculptors such as Bríd Ní Rinn, Eileen McDonagh, Fifi Smith, the late James McKenna and painters such as James Flack,  June Brilly, Leslie Fennel, Patrick Cahill and Elizabeth Cope among its members. The association held its annual exhibition in a venue in County Kildare, the most recent being at Barberstown Castle and at the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge.  All funds accrued by AKA were re-directed into the development of resources and support for artists. AKA  published a catalogue of members work in 2000.

In 2008 it was decided by members to revamp the organisation by developing a website and inviting more Kildare artists to join the group. The idea is to form an umbrella organisation for all visual artists in Kildare. The name was changed to KILDARE ARTISTS.

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