Pet Portrait Workshops with Resident Artist Lorraine Walsh

Week Three of Pet Portrait Workshops at the Arthouse!

“I am enjoying hearing of the connection participants share with the animals they’ve chosen to portray. I am encouraged by everyone’s willingness to experiment with paint and am very much looking forward to seeing the portraits develop over the coming weeks!” says Lorraine Walsh, Resident Artist.

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Opening of new Exhibition

Magically Overactive Imagination – an exhibition of artwork by artist Gemma Lalor will open on Thursday 2nd October @ 6pm.  Come along and meet the artist and view the work.  Adela Meally of “Adela and the Meanits” will officially launch the exhibition for Gemma..Coral Candy

New Storytelling Residency

A return to the Crossroads

Actress and Storyteller Nuala Hayes will soon commence a short residency at the Arthouse in Stradbally,  to compile a book of Laois Folktales for the History Press. This will be part of the Folktales of Ireland series, which is proving very popular.  Nuala hopes to follow on then with Folktales of Offaly. The residency at Stradbally will revisit and follow on from her work during a previous sojourn in Laois as Artist in Residence in 2004 when her aim was to unearth the stories from Laois.


She will revisit some of the people and places which featured in the audio CD’s, now stored in the local library.   Nuala has already begun researching the stories from Laois and Offaly, which were collected in the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s. A treasure trove of stories rich in mythology and mystery, are waiting to be savoured.

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Culture Night events at Laois Arthouse

Friday 19th September don’t miss open studio talks and art workshops at Laois Arthouse, Stradbally from 3.30pm -4.30pm. Join artist Lorraine Walsh for an exploration of light and shadow and artist Caroline Keane who will create fun pieces of art from recycled materials.  Free and  Family friendly – Children must be accompanied by an adult and booking is essential contact 057 8664033 or 8664170 or email


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