Cartoon capers at the Riverbank

Moon Man
This weekend promises a feast of cartoon fun for children and adults alike a tthe Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge.

This weekend promises a feast of cartoon fun for children and adults alike a tthe Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge.

They are kicking off their family frenzy of events, by opening an exhibition of Cartoon Saloon’s limited edition prints of The Secret of Kells. The exhibition will open at 1pm ahead of the screening of Cartoon Saloon’s Moon Man.

Cartoon Saloon is the Academy-Award nominated animation studio based in Kilkenny. Established in 1999, it received an Oscar nomination for the feature film The Secret of Kells in 2010. The Riverbank will host a collection of one-off, hand-crafted prints from the film, which are high-resolution and gallery-sharp illustrations.

Their film Moon Man will be screened as part of the Riverbank’s Saturday’s family cinema at 2pm, Tickets are €3.

The Riverbank will also next Saturday be launching and opening ‘Panto Callapsar’ in the McKenna Gallery at 3pm.

This solo exhibition by Australian artist Mikala Dwyer will fill the gallery with a mass of silver balloons to create a floating ceiling. With an array of theatrically staged sculptures, totem-like structures and a dramatic wall painting, the exhibition is a continuation of Dwyer’s interests in the occult, the natural world, science and maths, as well as a response to Ireland, its heritage and culture.

Dwyer is an expert at harnessing the essential energy matter that surrounds objects. By bringing artefacts and materials together in a group formation, it is as though she’s asking them to speak together of the future and of the unknown. She reveals a sense of togetherness and communication amongst the individual pieces, setting them up as though in conversation with each other, bringing the audience and children into the presence of something mystical.