Log on to hear Carlow native Kathryn Thomas promoting a holiday break in Co. Carlow. A number of activity and accommodation providers are offering special rates and packages to coincide with the campaign which features on RTE Radio 1, Newstalk and Lyric FM.
Make sure and plan a break to Carlow which incorporates the magnificent galleries of the VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow Town.
Hear what Kathryn has to say about Carlow and the VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art and Carlow Arts Festival, the Carlow Garden Trail and Garden Festival and the host of outdoor activities from walking to golfing which can be enjoyed during a Summer break in Carlow.
SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION AND ACTIVITY PACKAGES
With mountains, glorious countryside and river valleys all close at hand, Carlow is a county worth discovering and exploring. Against a beautiful landscape visitors will uncover a great holiday experience – exhilarating outdoor adventure, a vibrant arts scene in the VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, traditional rural life and a rich cultural heritage. Carlow’s central location offers the perfect base to explore Wexford, Kilkenny, Wicklow, Kildare and Laois, with Dublin City a mere 50 minutes drive on continuous motorway via the M50, M7 and M9.
A whole range of sizzling Summer offers will tempt you to visit over the coming weeks and months. Feel free to browse other sections of this website which provide detailed information on all aspects of a holiday break in Carlow. If you require any further information please do contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or T: 059-9130411
ARTS AND THEATRE – VISUAL CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART AND THE GEORGE BERNARD SHAW THEATRE
A dynamic multi-disciplinary arts facility presenting the best of local, national and international work in the visual and performing arts. The centre has won numerous awards including the RIAI (Royal Institute of Architects ofIreland) Award 2010 forBestCulturalBuildinginIreland. VISUAL boasts four principal exhibition spaces, and the Main Gallery is recognised as Ireland’s largest and most spectacular space for presenting contemporary art. Since the opening in September 2009 the visual arts programme has included leading Irish and International artists. Some of the best known artists have included Sean Scully, a painter of world renown, showing his Works for the 1980’s, Joseph Albers with A Touring Exhibition for the Hayward Gallery,London and Michael Warren.
In addition to the gallery exhibitions VISUAL runs a number of workshops each season for children, teenagers, adults and families such as 3D animation, lace making painting and drawing skills, print making, collage, portrait drawing, jewellery making, African drumming workshops and a Parent and toddler group which is facilitate by an artist and guarantees a morning of fun. Visit www.visualcarlow.ie for details on upcoming workshops.
The Geroge Bernard Shaw Theatre, named after he renowned Irish playwright who has strong Carlow connections, is a 290 seat high-spec performance space. The performing arts programme includes some of Ireland’s leading theatre production companies such as The Abbey Theatre, Projects Arts Centre, Lane productions, Barabbas and Gúna Nua and offers a wide variety of live music, theatre, film comedy, opera and dance from local, national and international performers. Visit www.gbshawtheatre.ie for details of all upcoming events and to book tickets. The arts centre also houses the award winning and highly popular restaurant, Lennons@VISUAL, where patrons can avail of a full menu of morning coffee and lunch daily and dinner on weekends and selected weekdays. Why not make a night of it and enjoy dinner and an event in the theatre! Or relax in The George Bernard Shaw Theatre Bar before the show.
Free admission to VISUAL galleries.