Special Award

Winner: KCAT (Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent), Callan, Co Kilkenny


KCAT, (Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent) is an Arts Centre which has been in operation for twenty-one years. Over that time a community of creatives and artists has grown in reputation both nationally and internationally. The Arts Centre has three parts, Theatre (Equinox), Professional Visual Arts (Studio), and Student Arts Learning programme. Equinox is an ensemble-based theatre company dedicated to the creation, development, production and touring of new inclusive theatre work. The Studio is the creative home of fourteen professional artists who are represented in national collections and show their work regularly at established galleries and institutions. The Learning department offers year-long programmes, masterclass weekends, shorter evening courses and Open Studio settings. The students take part in a rich learning environment where social interaction is an essential element. Exhibitions, events, collaborations, and celebrations take place throughout the year. Over one hundred people access KCAT Arts Centre as participants with thousands more making up our audience of friends and followers. 

Group Contact: Ronan Ryan

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The award is for outstanding achievement in the field of the arts. It is about a group with a growing reputation and a highly effective multi-faceted approach to advancing the arts in their place. Here is the Creative Place par excellence.