A new initiative to promote local artists in Kildare is being spearheaded at the Moat Theatre in Naas by manager Celine Garvey and artist Sharon Fidgeon.
Celine is excited to be 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. 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.
“It’s a great form of relaxation, that can be enjoyed in our space with all the materials provided. 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. 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 and it runs until February. Originally from Poland, they arrived in Ireland 13 years ago and settled down in Kildare town.
Kildare and Imbolc
The next ‘Sip and Paint with Sharon’ event is on Saturday, February 2. The theme will be tied in with the celebration of St Brigid of Kildare and Imbolc, the ancient Irish start of spring. Tickets are €30, includes a couple of glasses of wine, tuition and all materials.
Visit www.moattheatre.com or call 045 288 30 30 for tickets