Meet Our Tutors


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Steven Aylin draws, paints, prints and puts images on a variety of surfaces using whatever he can get his hands on. With a background in Arts Education, originally from the UK he now resides in Kilkenny. Having spent many years teaching in a variety of settings including the Ormonde college and KCAT in Callan, he now works as a freelance designer and gallery technician. He has exhibited his paintings widely in group and solo shows here and abroad, and continues to try and inflict his doodles and illustrations on others whenever they let him.

Steven has worked with Open Circle for the last few years teaching a range of intriguing drawing techniques and printmaking projects.


Maeve Coulter

Maeve Coulter trained as a printmaker in the Limerick School of Art and Design. While studying for a Diploma in Art Education she began to explore textiles as a fine art medium. She now works in both disciplines, often combining print with fabric and stitch.

Maeve is a co-founder and director of Blackstack Studio, a fine art print studio, established in 2011 to promote and facilitate the art of printmaking in Kilkenny. She is the print tutor in Grennan Mill Craft School in Thomastown.




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Born in Spain (1954) and a resident in Ireland, Saturio Alonso is a sculptor with a background as a painter and graphic designer. Attracted by the puzzling and compelling relationships between technology and biology, Saturio Alonso uses a variety of prefabricated industrial materials, combined with more traditional ones, such as stone and wood, to create his sculptures. Very interested in the political content of religious art, and drawing from his Spanish background, some of his paintings and graphic work aim to recreate a baroque aesthetic involving the idea of power and propaganda. He is a founder member of Artcore, a mentor in KCAT, Callan and KINGSRIVER COMMUNITY, Co. Kilkenny and his work can be found in various public spaces around Ireland and in private and public collections in Europe and America.


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For the last 12 years I have lived and worked in Kilkenny. I was a member of Endangered Studios for 4 years and I’m currently based in Not An Empty Space art studios supported by the Kilkenny Arts Office. I have been a facilitator with Kcat in Callan for many years. I have been drawing my whole life and it is this particular history that informs my work. I am fascinated by the relationship between materials and surface and how they can be manipulated to make abstract images that sit between the real and the imagined. I have exhibited throughout Ireland and my work is represented in private collections in England, Portugal, New Zealand and America. My work was recently purchased by the OPW and I am represented by the Solomon Gallery in Dublin and The Chimera Gallery in Mullingar.


Julie is a highly-accomplished artist and bronze sculptor. From the initial concept through to the completed artwork, she sculpts, moulds and casts all of her own work in her foundry in Co. Kilkenny. Her works can be found in public and private collections throughout the world.



Caroline Schofield Open cIRCLE

Caroline Schofield is driven by an engagement with craft and a curiosity about narratives contained within materials from industrial steel, stone, fabric, string and found items. She manipulates and creates installations with these items referencing personal histories, industry, labour and the irreversibility of decisions. Her current work focuses on her family’s relationship with textiles beginning with her Great Grandfather who came from England to work as a Master Dyer in Kilkenny Woollen Mills.

Caroline is originally from Kilkenny and trained in Fashion & Textiles in NCAD . She has just completed a Masters in Crawford College of Art & Design in Art & Process. She is a founding member of Filament (Textile Artists) .

Caroline is ardent about Textile Making and Drawing as a medium to explore, experiment and develop creative ideas and journeys with groups and individuals and has worked as a teacher and facilitator for the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, HSE, Open Circle and other organisations.

Dee Harte

dee harte photo for bioDeirdre Harte completed a Diploma in Fashion Design at the Limerick School of Art and Design, and a BA (Hons) Degree in Embroidered Textile Design at the National College of Art and Design.  On completion of her degree, she was the Creative Director of a clothing label for four years that offered bespoke up-cycled womenswear.  She is currently completing her MA at the NCAD, running concurrently with a teaching position in the Textile Art and Artifact Department.  She also teaches QQI Craft of Sewing with the Adult Education Department, CDETB, Ringsend Technical College, as well as teaching dressmaking and alterations to adults at the evening school.  She has recently been appointed as an Arts Facilitator with the Community Education Department, CDETB, and is working with a number of community groups across Dublin City and County. She is passionate about facilitating others and imparting her skills. Deirdre has worked with Kilkenny County Council Arts Office on several successful programmes and we are delighted to welcome her back to engage with Open Circle


We are delighted to have
Irish visual artist threadstories, currently working with Open Circle. Her arts practice  resists categorization, the wearable’s she makes are mask, costume, visual art, craft and story telling tools, to be interpreted freely by wearer and viewer. She employs photography and film also within her work, exploring themes such as the erosion of personal privacy in the digital age and how that shapes our identity. 




Sheila is the Community Development Worker with Open Circle Arts