Summer Arts Workshops and Music Camps 2014: Laois County Council Arts Office & Music Generation Laois

The new Summer Arts Workshops and Music Camps Brochure is now available for Download.


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Available for Download Here:

Summer Arts Workshops and Music Camps 2014

If you wish to avail of one of these services please download the appropriate application form and please return to the appropriate address (see bottom of application form)

Arts Workshops Application Form

Music Generation Laois Application Form

Hard copies of the Brochure are also available from Laois County Council, The Laois Arthouse and other usual places.



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 featuring work by

Not Abel, Cathy Carmen, Charlie Dance, Vivienne Dick, Sarah Jones,

Breda Lynch, Yoeri Guepin, Isabel Oberländer, Ciaran Walsh


Laois Arthouse artist-in-residence Padraig Robinson presents the second manifestation of Felt & Fa(c)t, a rolling curatorial project, which was first presented in Ormston House Gallery, in January 2014. The Malt House Stradbally becomes a site where national international artists will gather together, for an event beginning on the 7th of June at 16.00, ending on 8th June 16.00. Irish documentary and filmmaker Vivienne Dick will screen her recent film “The Irreducible Difference of the Other”. All this will happen in the beautifully preserved former Malt House in Stradbally, which is itself an impressive piece of architecture. The screening will begin when it gets dark. Before that however, there will be lots going on, and lots to see. Austrian dancer Isabel Oberländer will respond to a spoken word soundtrack by Australian artist Sarah Jones. English artist Charlie Dance and Dutch artist Yoeri Guepin will exhibit new work, and former ArtHouse resident Cathy Carmen will exhibit a figurative sculpture. Irish artists Breda Lynch, Ciaran Walsh and Not Abel, will also be exhibiting. So it will be vibrant and experimental event worth visiting.


All who come are more than welcome to bring food, which we will cook on the BBQ in the beautiful garden of the MaltHouse.


Further details from Muireann Ní Chonaill, Arts Officer at or telephone:  057-8664109.




National Drawing Day took place in The Laois Arthouse, Stradbally on May 17th from 11am –l 1pm.

Children and Adults came along and joined in the fun.

There were four workshops co-ordinated by artists Cathy Carman, Maria O’ Brien, Caroline Keane and Gareth Jenkins. Everyone got to experience all that was on offer.

+ Cathy Carman set up a large scale drawing workshop in the Gallery Space and showed the participants how to draw using all of their senses.

+ Maria O’ Brien had set up a still life workshop and demonstrated how different mediums could be used to create exciting works of art.

+ Caroline Keane demonstrated paper-making using combined materials with fantastic results.

+ Gareth Jenkins completed a creative art event which showed participants the many ways in which they can experiment using paint brushes and pastels taped to bamboo shoots.

An extensive amount of fantastic artwork was created and we thank everyone who came along and joined in with the activities.

For further information contact Muireann Ní Chonaill, Arts Officer.
E: or T: 057-8641710

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Screening of Films By Lisa Fingleton and Jiří Žák at The Laois Arthouse, Stradbally on May 9th 2014.


Screening of Films By Lisa Fingleton and Jiří Žák at The Laois Arthouse, Stradbally on May 9th 2014.

The Laois Art House is pleased to present Lisa Fingleton’s film ‘Waiting for you’ on the 9th May 2014. Lisa Fingleton is an award winning artist and filmmaker, originally from Stradbally, Co. Laois. Artist-in-Residence Padraig Robinson will also screen a short film by Czech artist Jiří Žák called ‘I have it all here’.

Screening begins at 7:30pm sharp on May 9th. Everyone who attends is encouraged to bring a dish, so after the screening of the films we can eat and have an informal discussion. 

‘Waiting for you’ documents two women, living on a small farm in rural Ireland, and the highs and lows of the trying to have a baby. The video diary is addressed to the much longed for baby.’ Žák’s ongoing video project ‘I have it all here’ explores his grandfathers obsessive relationship to photographic technology, as a means of documenting his and his families life. The man must now learn to digitalize all of his analogue photographs, lest he have no “space” left in which to live in.

Both films screened in this event represent longing and preservation in the most private of spheres — the desire for, or the continuation of, family history. The reproductive function of the camera itself becomes the means of presenting intimate relationships to technology as a form of diary and remembering. But these films are more than documents of accumulating life; the films also present the effect that photographic and film technology have had on how we perceive and deal with the ‘private’. Unlike the handwritten diary, the video camera and the photographic image have a built in purpose to make something available to be seen by an absent or future onlooker. The written diary is usually always directed inward toward the private self, while the photograph is by its nature public. Even the titles of the two films “Waiting for you” and “I have it all here”, have a directness in relation to their respective contents. Although both films present similar technologies of diary or biography, they deal with two distinct uses of the image in relation to absent or future family. “Waiting for you” is a longing to create life, with the film being addressed to a future family member; while “I have it all here” is a document of the artist’s grandfather, and his relationship to technology as a means of preservation and celebration. Rather than ending in a reductive comparison of life and death, both films present a certain use of technology in genuine acts of memory and remembering. But what does it mean for the artists to make these ‘private’ technologies public?


L A O I S   A R T S   P L A N
+3: Sustain, Nurture, Grow

Cathaoirleach Mary Sweeney cordially invites you to the launch of The Laois Arts Plan 2014-2017 on May 7th at 2:30pm In the Library, the Laois Arthouse, Stradbally, Co. Laois.

The plan will be launched by Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council.

Also there on the day:

  • Entertainment by Stampede Drumming,
  • Gallery viewing of work by Cathy Carman,
  • Meet the artists in their studios and,
  • Refreshments.

All are welcome to attend and we hope to see you there!

St. Colman’s visit Re-emergent Exhibition

Thank you very much to St. Colman’s National Schools Second Class for visiting the Re-Emergent Exhibition and meeting it’s artist Paul Swan last week at the laoisarthouse.
Everybody had a great time with lots of questions asked and answered.
We hope to see you again for all of our upcoming exhibitions!

Re-Emergent by Paul Swan will close tomorrow at The Arthouse @ 16:00pm. Paul Swan will be in attendance if anyone wishes to make any inquires about the work on view.

Opening times today and tomorrow are 13:00 to 16:00.

Viewing of this exhibition is not to be missed!

Contact Murieann Ní Chonaill E: or Tel: 05786 64109 / 41710

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Opening of Re-emergent by Paul Swan

Re-emergent by Paul Swan

March 27th saw the opening of the exhibition ‘Re-emergent’ by Paul Swan at The Arthouse, Stradbally, Co. Laois The opening was a huge success. Many were in attendance, with local and national visitors and also some special guests including the Right Reverend Michael Burrows, Bishop of Cashel and Ossary, and Reverend Peter Tarleton – Rector of the parish in which Paul was Artist in Residence – who officially opened the show after an introduction by Muireann Ní Chonaill, Laois Arts Officer .

‘Re-emergent’ is a multi media exhibition showing at the Arthouse, Stradbally, between 27th March & 17th April. It features the work of Paul Swan – made during his Artist’s Residency, in the Killeshin Union of Parishes, based in the Rectory Maidenhead – with paintings, photographs and a short audio-visual piece.

All works are available to purchase. Price lists can be obtained from The Arthouse.

Re-emergent will be shown at the Laois Arthouse, Stradbally, Co Laois until April 17th from 1pm-4pm daily (Monday-Friday), or outside those hours by special request. Further details from Muireann Ní Chonaill, Arts Officer at or telephone: 057-8664109.


Reverend Peter Tarleton, Paul Swan and Bishop Michael Burrows

Paul Swan presents Reverend Peter Tarleton with a print.

Reverend Peter Tarleton, Paul Swan, Bishop Michael Burrows and Muireann Ni Chonaill (Laois Arts Officer)


Reverend Peter Tarleton, Paul Swan and Muireann Ni Chonaill (Laois Arts Officer)


Sculptor Eileen McDonagh, Bishop Michael Burrows, Reverend Peter Tarelton and Paul Swan

Selection of paintings
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Projection overlayed on photographic prints