Events 23rd June 2018


Plasterwork Tour

Join local historian Vincent Carmody for a walking tour of Lovely Listowel! The wonderful stucco work of master craftsmen Pat McAuliffe and Paddy Whelan adorn the facades of shop fronts throughout the heritage town of Listowel. From the 1870s onwards  Pat McAuliffe a native of Listowel began to develop an exuberant style, using a broad range of elements from the vocabulary of classical architecture and ornament while exploring an eclectic mix of art nouveau, Celtic and Byzantine influences.

Ars longa, vita brevis

9:00 am – 11:00 am


Mosaic River of Smalti with Mireille Swinnen (Belgium). In this three-day workshop you will get a chance to experience what it is like to work with smalti in a painterly style, using a full palette of colours.
Starting out from an image you bring in or one we find together, the instructor will help you translate your image into mosaic by explaining one-on-one and every step of the way what choice of colours to use, what shape to give your tesserae, what andamento to use, where to put your lights and darks, why to use warm or cold colours, why big or small pieces, etc. until you achieve the desired result.
This is a fool-proof procedure. No matter what your skills are, you will go home with a serious understanding of what smalti can do for your mosaics and the piece that you walk away with will be a work of art, not just a sample.
As a surplus and to further your better understanding of good mosaics, each day, the instructor will show a vast array of mosaics on powerpoint for you to examine and for her to demonstrate how these powerful techniques are used in the very appealing works of the Spilimbergo students, one of the major mosaic schools in Italy.

9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Venue: Olive Stack Gallery


Collage possibilities with paper with Lillie Morris, Learn how to create your own collage material using a variety of acrylic painting techniques. Make your own painted papers with patterns, textures, expressive marks, to create simple, but dynamic collages. Engage your creative spirit, as we will explore abstract composition, play, make a mess, and have a whole lot of fun in the process. This two-day workshop includes a break for lunch. Register for the workshop

9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Venue: The Butler Centre

Collaborative Art

Eight artists, in various locations, eight sections of a secret design! Join our artists as they encourage passers-by to get creative and pick up a brush! Then join us at 2:00pm as the finished pieces are joined together and hung to reveal the completed work.
The artists will set up in and around the Square and the Small Square in Listowel town centre. This activity is free, a wonderful event to spectate and is suitable for all ages and levels of painting skill – it’s even suitable for those who claim to have no painting skills.

This event is a collaboration with Creative Ireland Kerry for Cruinniu na nOg-a day of youthful creativity.

11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Venue: The Square & Small Square


Join our guest artists and participants as we unveil the four completed sections of the collaborative art project and fit them all together to reveal the result of this fun experimental event!



2:00 pm
Venue: Olive Stack Gallery

Life Drawing

Join us for an untutored life drawing session with a professional female model, from Académie de la Grande Chaumière Paris!
Please bring whatever art materials you wish. Some easels will be available on request, if possible please bring your own.
The life drawing sessions will suit practising visual artists and include both short and long poses.
The Butler Centre is a spacious, historic and characterful venue with abundant natural light. Reserve a place

3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Venue: The Butler Centre

Art & Food

Join Artists, visitors and friends of Listowel Visual Arts Week for a special Tapas style dining experience and art exhibition by International Artists, all of whom have been awarded an artists residency in Lovely Listowel! Booking essential €35 pp. For reservations contact LLK

6:30 pm First Sitting
Venue: Lizzy’s Little Kitchen

9:00 pm Second Sitting
Venue: Lizzy’s Little Kitchen