Arts, crafts and exhibitions

THE Arthouse in Stradbally has been enjoying a very busy few months since they began running a number of workshops, including the parent and toddler craft mornings and summer art workshops.

THE Arthouse in Stradbally has been enjoying a very busy few months since they began running a number of workshops, including the parent and toddler craft mornings and summer art workshops.

According to the Arthouse co-ordinator Cara Byrne there has been a great response to all of the workshops that have been taking place in the venue. There are many local families attending the parent and toddler workshops, but also families travelling from Portlaoise, Athy and Kilkenny every week.

There are a range of activities on offer including painting, drawing, craft work, large scale work, outdoor creativity and much more. While parents are encouraged to partake in the creative activities with their toddlers there is also time for them to sit back and relax with a tea or coffee. Juice and biscuits are provides for the little artists also. These workshops will be running every Thursday until December.

The summer art workshops are currently running for the of July at The Arthouse. Children aged from six to 12 years get to explore a diverse range of art techniques is and fun and experimental way. Over 15 children attended the first week of workshops.

Great enjoyment was had by all over the four days, with some participants stating: “that went passed way to fast”, “Can I stay?” and

“will they be on again?” Cara is delighted with the fantastic response to the workshops so far.

As well as the workshops an exhibition opening last Saturday, July 14. Children’s Impressions is an exhibition of work by the children of Corrig Kids Playschool in aid of Chernobyl Children International. The exhibition was officially launched by Cóilín Rush, Artist in Residence at the Arthouse, with a guest speaker from Chernobyl Children International. .

The Stradbally/Portarlington Chernobyl Outreach Group was founded in 1996 under the organisation Chernobyl Children International (Adi Roache). The aim of the group over the years has been to bring children from Belarus for a months rest and recrouperation. The

exhibition will continue until the end of July. For more information contact the Arthouse at 057 86 41740.