‘Unfold’ an exhibition by Open Circle Arts

13710685_1019744168142042_1903296576609480818_oAs part of AKA Open Circle Arts 2016 members will be exhibiting a selection of the work they have created over the first six months of the project. The exhibition will run from 6th to the 14th August at the Open Circle House, High Hayes, Johns Green. The members have been making and creating weekly since January with our tutors Caroline Schofield, Steven Aylin and Saturio Alonso. The exhibition will include textiles, drawings and constructed masks based on transformation.

Open Circle Arts is a community arts project providing social spaces for learning and creating. Our mission is to inspire interest and maximum participation in the arts for Kilkenny women. We are committed to offering programs that are characterised by quality arts learning experiences and inspiring arts participatory engagements.

The exhibition will be launched on 6th August at 12pm. And will be opened to the public from the 6th – 14th August, 12-5pm daily.

Open Circle Arts is a key program of Kilkenny County Council, Arts Office and is supported by Carlow/Kilkenny ETB and the Arts Council.


Visit to Ros Tapestry

A group of textile’ artists in the making’ visited the Ros Tapestry in New Ross as part of the Fetac Textile course they are currently completing.A  tour of the exhibition was given to the group,explaining the background, history, patronage, techniques etc of the project.It was very comprehensive and interesting.Upstairs the experienced and talented stitchers were working on two panels and kindly allowed us to make our mark on history by doing a few stitches ourselves! More information about the Ros Tapestry and how to get there can be found on www.rostapestry.com


New Members Information

 If you are a woman from County Kilkenny, who has an interest in the arts, meeting new people and are interested in applying to be a member of Open Circle Arts in 2016, please contact Open Circle to leave your name and contact details with us.

Please note an email of interest does not guarantee membership, there is limited availability of places and an application process applies.

Open Circle Community Arts is managed and supported by Kilkenny County Council Arts Office and was founded in 2013. It is a small community art organisation based in Kilkenny City, which seeks to make the arts available and accessible to women of all ages and from all walks of life. The heart of the project is our community art space the Open Circle Art House.

The Open Circle Art House is a social space for learning and creating communally. It aims to provide an outlet for creative community involvement, while seeking to produce quality arts learning experiences and inspiring arts engagements. See our website for a taste of some of the art forms and projects our current members engage with.

For further enquires otr tpo leave your contact details with us please email Open Circle Development Worker, Alice Bennett at opencirclearts@gmail.com

Social Fabric: Portraits of Kilkenny Women

How can I get involved

Register your interest for Open Circles next Social Fabric workshops by emailing opencirclearts@gmail.com or clicking here Get Involved  and leaving your contact details or by ringing the Kilkenny Arts Office on 00353 1 056 779 4138

What past participants thought

”It is addctive and so enjoyable”

”a most enjoyable experience doing something I never imagined I would be able to do”

”the layout was very user friendly and good for easy camaraderie with new friends”

”embroidery was something I have never tried before (and never imagined I would!) so being introduced to something new, having guidance and support; coming together with other women; working toward a collaborative piece are among the enjoyable aspects”


Social Fabric is kindly supported by

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