New initiative at Naas Theatre showcases the work of new artists

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New initiative at Naas Theatre showcases the work of new artists

One of the paintings on display

A new art initiative spearheaded by Moat Theatre Manager, Celine Garvey, and local artist Sharon Fidgeon has begun in at the Naas venue.

It will involve offering the foyer space to local artists, designers and crafters.

“We had our first art event in The Moat Theatre foyer at Christmas, with a ‘Paint and Sip with Sharon’ and it was a great success,” Celine Garvey explained.

“Having trained as an Art Teacher myself, I know that absolutely everyone can draw, paint and create.

“They just need to be facilitated and encouraged,” she added.

We will also hold regular exhibitions, showing work from local and national artists and hanging new art every six weeks. Running a project like this means the space will be in use all day, every day, offering a forum not only for the performing arts but the visual arts as well.”

Naas Artist, Sharon Fidgeon, will be curating the exhibitions and running classes. “I have been looking for a space for up and coming artists to exhibit and sell their work,” says Ms Fidgeon,

The Moat Theatre already has a diverse audience, and we wanted to offer future visitors a wider artistic experience.

“It’s a unique space in the foyer, with great lighting and high ceilings; it’s basically a blank canvas.”

The first exhibition in The Moat’s Art Hub is a collaboration between married couple, Marta and Michal Golubowscy. Originally from Poland, they settled down in Kildare town 13 years ago.

In 2016, Marta received the prestigious Emerging Artist Award from Kildare County Council, for work 'Be-longing' about growing roots and looking for identity in a foreign country.”

Marta and Michal Golubowscy exhibit runs to the middle of February