Open Circle Community arts collective


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The application system for Open Circle 2016 is now closed.

Open Circle Community Arts Collective is a community-based, for-impact organisation whose mission is to inspire interest and maximum participation in the arts both locally and nationally for Kilkenny women. We are committed to offering programmes that are characterised by quality arts learning experiences and inspiring arts participatory engagements.

Open Circle Community Arts was founded in 2013. It is a small community arts organisation based in Kilkenny City which seeks to make the arts available and accessible to woman of all ages and from all walks of life. The heart of the project is our community art space the Open Circle Art House.

The Open Circle Art House is a social space for learning and creating communally. It aims to provide an outlet for creative community involvement, while seeking to produce quality arts learning experiences and inspiring arts participatory engagements.

If you would like to be kept up to date with events in Open Circle please visit or contact: the Open Circle Development Worker, Alice Bennett, via the Kilkenny County Council Arts Office on 056 779 4138/4924


Open Circle Community Arts Collective
High Hayes (off John's Green)

Social Fabric: Portraits of Kilkenny Women-Calling all Women of Kilkenny!

Social Fabric: Portraits of Kilkenny Women is a project initiated by the women of Open Circle Arts. They invited women from throughout Kilkenny to join them in the creation of a collaborative embroidered artwork facilitated by textile artist Dee Harte.

Due to great demand Social Fabric has become an ongoing community project with thanks to Kilkenny Arts Office, The Department of Community and Culture (Kilkenny County Council) and International Women's Day. The project is both collaborative and distinctly individual and has so far resulted in a collection of 40 portraits. The workshops create a space in the lives of all who take part to meet new people, chat, laugh, debate and create.

We welcome individuals and groups of women to take part. Register your interest in the upcoming workshops by emailing or by ringing the Kilkenny Arts Office on 056 7794138

What past participants thought:
'a most enjoyable experience doing something I never imagined I would be able to do'
'the layout was very user friendly and good for easy camaraderie with new friends'

Open Circle Arts is a community based organisation whose mission is to inspire interest in the arts both locally and nationally for Kilkenny women. Find out more about Open Circle Arts at

Images of embroidered self portraits from textile artist Dee Harte's workshop in February 2014

Open circle embroidery project 1

Open circle embroidery 2014 2

open circle embroidery 3

Open circle embroidery 4


International women's day embroidery project, March 2014

Artist Dee Harte demonstrating a stitching technique

Open circle international women's day


Open Circle culture night, September 2013

Open circle - culture night

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Collograph prints

Collograph prints made by Open Circle - Community Arts Collective during a recent series of workshops in Blackstack Studio. The project was supported by the Kilkenny Arts Office and the Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board.

Collograph 1 Rebecca Wright

Collograph 2 Alison O' Flynn


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