We had a very enjoyable afternoon at Open Circle Arts on Tuesday 14th August for the judging of the Pride Of Place – Creative Place award. The Open Circle House was looking wonderful, our exhibition for the AKA Alternative Kilkenny Arts Festival on show for our guests and judges to see
Following a presentation of the programme of activities and projects past and present at Open Circle, the judges had the opportunity to talk to some of the women involved, about their time at Open Circle. They chatted about Open Circle and the various project they were involved in, including the Social Fabric Portraits where over 90 Kilkenny women stitched their portraits and a selection were unveiled on Interantional Women’s Day on the Lady Desart Bridge. The Consuming Project , a collaborative theatre project investigating our relationship with clothes and the fashion industry. Our Paper Cuts and Memory Doll outreach workshops for 2017 and the Textile Explorations workshops which ran in conjunction with threadstories exhibition at the Arts Office during this years AKA Festival. On the day we were all given a first hand account of the importance of Open Circle Arts to the women of Co Kilkenny.
A very big thank you to all the women who make Open Circle such a success, and in particular to those who came to Open Circle House on Tuesday to tell their stories. Thank you to Kilkenny Co Co for nominating us for the award, and for all their support over the years, in particular to our Arts Officer Mary Butler, who’s continued support enables Open Circle to thrive. And of course thank you to the judges William Beattie and John Fitzgerald, Collette Byrne CEO of Kilkenny Co Co, and other guests for coming to our presentation and for listening to our stories. Also Ronan Ryan for all his hard work in supporting all the nominees in their preparations for the awards.
And now we wait to hear in November the outcome of the judging!!! so fingers crossed.
Open Circle Community Arts has been nominated for a Pride of Place award. The purpose of the competition is to acknowledge the work being done every day by communities all over the island of Ireland. Open Circle is delighted to be representing Kilkenny in the Creative Place category in the competition.
Open Circle Community Arts celebrated International Womans Day on 8th March 2018 with an Open House for the women of Kilkenny to drop in and meet other women at the Open Circle House in the city, for a creative morning of art activity, chat and refreshments.
We had a lovely group of women in for the morning, past and present members and some new faces. Following our papercutting workshops at the end of 2017 with Paul Bokslag we used the skills to make some small papercut work and turned them into cards.
Yvonne Craddock one of the current members of Open Circle then facilitated a Tai Chi & Qi Gong lunch time session at McDonagh Junction. It was a lovely introduction to this form of exercise /relaxation.
The celebrations continued in the afternoon with many past and present members of Open Circle meeting in the National Craft Gallery for a Crafternoon Tea session that included tote bag printing with Print Block Studio, and an opportunity to view the two wonderful jewellery exhibitions Rudolf Heltzel and Bounded + Unlimited.
Monica Hayes from KCLR visited Open Circle Arts earlier this month and spoke to some of the women who have been through the 12 month tutored programme at Open Circle and are now working independently at the house for 6 months. Here is the link to the show ‘The Diary’ which went out on Wednesday 21st February 2018 :-
2017 was a busy year at Open Circle Arts. Big thank you to all the women involved in the various projects through out the year, and to the artists who worked with the women facilitating a range of interesting and exciting workshops across the visual arts, creative writing and theatre. We would not be able to run this programme without funding and support from, Kilkenny Arts Office and the Kilkenny & Carlow ETB.
The large scale papercuts which two groups of women at Open Circle have been working on over the month of November have been finished and installed at the Goods Shed at MacDonagh Junction just in time for the opening of Yulefest 2017. The women worked with Artist Paul Bokslag, https://paulbokslag.com/ over several workshops at Open Circle House during the month of November and as well as learning about the art of papercuts, having fun and socialising they produced this stunning piece of work.