St. Colman’s NS, Stradbally Art Exhibition

Junior and Senior infant students in St Colman’s NS in Stradbally are set to feature in an art exhibition from Wednesday 8th February to Friday 10th February 2022 at Laois Arthouse, Stradbally.

St Colman’s NS in Stradbally were recently awarded a ‘BLAST Arts in Education Residency’, the aim of of which is to provide pupils with the time and space to work with a professional artist on creative projects.

The school offered this opportunity to Junior and Senior infants this year with the pupils working with local artist Orla McDonagh where they launched the project with an exploratory walk around Cosby Estate.

The exhibition at Laois Arthouse, Stradbally is being officially launched on Thursday, February 9, from 7:00-7.30pm where students and parents are invited to attend.

The exhibition will be running from February 8-10 from 2:00-5:00pm daily for members of the public to visit and admire the student’s work.



Open Call: Artist Studios & Residential Studios Available

Open Call: Artist Studios & Residential Studios Available – Laois Arthouse, Stradbally, Co Laois

  • Laois Arthouse, Stradbally Studios and Residential Studios are live/workspaces for professional artists/writers/musicians working on projects.
  • A studio without accommodation at of a fee of €250 per month is available for a period of up to six months which may be extended at the discretion of Laois County Council
  • A studio with accommodation at a fee of €500 per month is available for a period of up to six months/no more than six months.
  • Available to view by appointment. Facilities include an exhibition space, kiln, garden, public library and WIFI.  Kiln fees are extra and the artist has to prove their competency in usage.
  • There is a competitive selection process. Selection panel includes: Local Authority representatives, an external curator and an independent artist.

Closing date for receipt of completed expression of interest application forms is  Friday 17th February 2023

To Apply: Complete the application forms below

Artist Studio Only – Criteria & Application Form

Artist Studio & Accommodation – Criteria & Application Form 




Culture Night at Laois Arthouse has Myth & Magic

Visit the Arthouse on Culture Night 2022 on Friday 23rd September – all free and open to the Public. We have Myth & Magic as we invite you to Join artists Rebecca Deegan and Donna Kearns for a joint exhibition that will include selected work including paintings in acrylic and oil, watercolour illustrations, drawings and small sculptures that delve into Irish and Nordic Folklore as well as mythologies from other cultures. Musician Daithí Ó Nuanáin will officially open the exhibition with a performance, as Rebecca & Donna create live art alongside him. Daithí is a traditional musician and poet, incorporating English, Irish and Old Norse in his performances. Laois Arthouse Studio Artist David Tully will also exhibit some of his unique art works. The Stradbally Arthouse programme will also include and Open Studio event as Arthouse Bursary awardee Emily Miller invites the public to visit her studio as she talks through her practice, processes and influences. Emily will present some of the work she has created during her residency at Laois Arthouse. All welcome.  Full details on the Laois Programme on  or

‘Til Something Moves – an Arthouse Roundtable event celebrating the Laois Arthouse 10th Year Anniversary exhibition

‘Til Something Moves… is a roundtable event hosted by Laois Arts Office as part of the Laois Arthouse 10th year anniversary exhibition In Trust. In Gratitude. In Hope. and will take place at the Laois Arthouse and Library on Sat 12 March, 2pm-5pm.

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Muireann Ni Chonaill, Laois Arts Officer; Poet Pat Boran and Curator Monica Flynn with Artist Kevin McCann and his painting “Twas Tragic” at the opening of “In Trust. In Hope. In Gratitude.” an exhibition celebrating 10 years at The Laois Arthouse. Supported by Creative Ireland Laois as part of the Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with Laois County Council and the Arts Council. Picture: Alf Harvey.

This roundtable discussion facilitated by art critic, writer, and broadcaster Cristín Leach and a panel of visual artists and writer, Pat Boran (Poet), Jen Donnery (Visual Artist), Mary Burke (Visual Artist), and Martin Gale (Visual Artist) discusses how artists nourish their creative processes and practices from a philosophical and practical point of view.  It will lend insight into how each artist creates the optimum conditions for sustaining their work and the role environment, studio spaces, and residencies play in creating space and opportunity for focus and continued artistic development.


Cristín Leach is best known for her work in The Sunday Times Ireland  on RTÉ radio and RTÉ.ie.  Her fiction and creative non-fiction has been published in Winter Papers and her debut non-fiction book, Negative Space, will be published by Merrion Press in May 2022.


This event will provide an opportunity to also visit the exhibition and meet with some of the 64 exhibiting artists.


In Trust. In Gratitude. In Hope. an exhibition featuring the work of 64 artists celebrates 10 years at the Laois Arthouse and invites the public, including schools and groups for an exhibition visit from Tuesday to Friday 1pm to 4pm until May 27, 2022.  The idea for this anniversary exhibition was conceived by Arts Officer, Muireann Ní Chonaill who along with the Arts Office team have managed the Laois Arthouse since its opening in 2011.

Muireann Ní Chonaill invited Monica Flynn to curate the exhibition. Originally from Co Laois and based in Dublin, her work involves curation, collaboration and production of socially engaged projects, exhibitions and events.

In Trust. In Gratitude. In Hope – Opening Event, Concepts, Curation and a Preview of a Stunning Artistic Collaboration

The exhibition – In Trust. In Gratitude. In Hope – beautifully illustrates the connection that exists between the Stradbally Arthouse and the many artists who have stayed, worked and produced pieces here since its inception ten years ago. It’s a wonderful piece of collaborative work created in a time of pandemic, a reaction to the poignancy of the specially commissioned words of Pat Boran’s, The Window Seat.
The exhibition showcases the work of 64 artists working in the locality through a variety of media, from paint to ceramics, sculpture to digital pieces. It’s a must see, and a chance to visit the beautiful gallery in the Stradbally Arthouse.
We’re hope you enjoy this recording from the opening of the In Trust. In Gratitude. In Hope. exhibition which gives a valuable insight into the work that went into bringing the collection together, through inception, curation and execution.
(LVD films)
In Trust. In Gratitude. In Hope. now runs for an extended period until May 27th. Viewings are from Monday to Friday 13.00 – 16.00 daily. We are happy to facilitate special group visits so, please message for information or contact the Arts Offi

In Trust. In Gratitude. In Hope. Our exhibition is now running until May 27th. Come celebrate with us.

We are absolutely delighted to announce that our exhibition In Trust. In Gratitude. In Hope. will now run until May 27th!

Already a much loved exhibition, this gives everyone a chance to view the wonderful work created by leading professional artists who have undertaken residencies, exhibitions and facilitated masterclasses at the Laois Arthouse since its inception. Each artist provides their unique insight into Laois-born poet, Pat Boran’s specially commissioned poem The Window Seat, with a stunning series of mixed media creations in a variety of themes.

The idea for the 10th Year Anniversary exhibition was conceived by Muireann Ni Chonaill, Arts Officer, who has been managing the Laois Arthouse since it opened.

The Arthouse has hosted over 50 resident artists during its first 10 years and has presented 50 exhibitions. It has also supported emerging visual artists and designers through its residency awards to graduates in association with the Design & Crafts Council Ireland and the National College of Art & Design.

We would love to see you at the Arthouse. It’s the perfect opportunity to view the work of artists in your locality and appreciate the wonderful surroundings of the Laois Arthouse, a place for artists to create, connect and be supported.

Here’s to the next 10 years and thank you for your continued support.

Open times: Tues. – Fri. (13:00 – 16:00) and by appointment. There is no need to book to visit the Arthouse Gallery but should you wish to arrange a group visit, school visit or special viewing please contact the Arts Office for information.

For further details contact    T: 057 866 4033/4109.   E:

In Trust. In Gratitude. In Hope. the poem that inspired the artworks

The work showcased in our 10th anniversary exhibition In Trust. In Hope. In Gratitude. is inspired by the specially commissioned poem The Window Seat written by Laois-born poet Pat Boran. The artists were asked to create work in response to his poignant words. We look forward to sharing these works and opening our doors to the public on Tuesday 7 Dec (13:00 – 17:00).

In Trust. In Hope. In Gratitude. 10 years at The Laois Arthouse

The Arts Office Laois County Council is beyond proud to present In Trust. In Hope. In Gratitude. 10 years at The Laois Arthouse! The milestone exhibition is composed of work from over 60 artists who have been part of the Laois Arthouse programme since its establishment in 2011. Almost ready for our audience, join us  from Tuesday 7th of December and celebrate our 10 year anniversary.  Running from Tuesday 7 December 2021 until Friday 25 March 2022, the exhibition will be open to the public to visit individually and in small, single-household groups from Tuesday-Friday 1pm to 4pm. Admission is free.


First glimpse of the work being installed