Open Circle Community Arts Collective - Develops quality arts engagement for women in Kilkenny both through membership and outreach programmes.
2018 Membership - January 2018, twenty two new members were introduced to Open Circle Arts forming two new groups. Both groups will gather at the Open Circle House in Kilkenny, on a weekly basis over the coming 12 months to work with talented artists/tutors across a varied visual arts programme. This ensures consistently high quality, innovative and stimulating workshops including drawing, painting, textiles and printmaking are available to the members. The new members have made a wonderful start with artist Julie Cusack making experimental drawings using natural objects which will lead into abstract painting over the coming weeks.
Two Groups from our 2017 members will continue working at the Open Circle house from January to June 2018 working on individual projects. Both Groups have also started work on two collaborative pieces which will find a home in patient areas at St Luke's Hospital.
Open Circle also undertakes annual outreach projects which are open to women across the county; to date we have offered textiles, paper-cutting and writing workshops.
This programme is managed and administered by Kilkenny County Council Arts Office and wishes to acknowledge the ongoing support of Kilkenny/Carlow ETB, the Arts Council of Ireland and the Environmental Awareness office of Kilkenny County Council