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41st Annual Exhibition- Opening May 21st 2019

Last Updated: 07 May 2019

On Tuesday, 21st of May, the Athy Art Group will hold the opening of its 41st Annual Art Exhibition in the GAA Hall, Dublin Road at 8 pm. Honoured to have Suzanne MacDougald officially open the exhibition, all are welcome to what promises to be a wonderful night.

The Athy Art Group started after the success of an art competition and exhibition organised by members of the youth group, Aontas Ogra, in 1970. The exhibition was such as success that, instead of only holding an exhibition every year, the Athy Art Group was formed to organise exhibitions, classes, and workshops throughout the year.

Still going strong after 41 years, the art group is somewhat unique in that they give all their members an equal opportunity to exhibit, regardless of whether they are a beginner amateur artist or a seasoned professional artist.

40th Annual Exhibition- Opening May 22nd 2018

Last Updated: 15 May 2018

We are opening our 40th Annual Exhibition on 22nd May 2018. Please note the earlier dates for this year. We are honored and delighted to have RTÉ's Ray D'Arcy opening the exhibition. Our video from last year gives a flavour of what our exhibition is-

The exhibition is opening Tuesday 22nd May 2018 and will open Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th May 2-5pm and 7-9pm each day. Sunday is the last day of the exhibition and we'll be open from 2pm until the exhibition closes at 6pm.


39th Annual Exhibition 2017

Last Updated: 27 Jun 2017

Wednesday 28th June to Sunday 2nd July

Opening Times

Wednesday to Saturday 2pm - 5pm & 7pm - 9pm
Sunday: 2-5pm

Demonstrations Times

Thursday - 7pm Liam Rainsford Oils

Friday - 7pm Leonard Gallagher Charcoal

Saturday - 2.30pm John Fitzpatrick Oils

Athy GAA Centre, Dublin Road, Athy


Exhibition 2016

Last Updated: 05 Jul 2016

Our 2016 Exhibition began on Tuesday June 28th and was opened by Chairperson of Athy Arts Committee, Brid Brophy. The exhibition ran until Sunday 3rd July and was really well attended all week.

We had three demonstrations during the week, a charcoal demonstration by Leonard Gallagher, an oil painting demonstration by Liam Rainsford and a second oil painting demonstration by John Fitzpatrick.

The Athy Art Group would like to thank all the visitors and patrons of the exhibition and we will be back next year. 

If you are interested in becoming a member of Athy Art Group, please contact us. New members need to be a resident of Athy and surrounding area, and be over 18. Membership fees are €20 and €10 for OAPs/Students/unwaged.


AGM 2016

Last Updated: 10 May 2016

We had AGM on the 27th April. We had great attendance and we went through last years exhibition and our upcoming exhibition. We will be taking in the art on Sunday 26th June 2016 and our opening night is Tuesday 28th June 2016.

We elected a new committee, Ber Rowan is our new chairperson, Denis Smyth is our Vice-Chairperson, Liam Rainsford as Treasurer and John Rainsford as Secretary.

We are having three informal get-togethers in the lead up to our exhibition, in the Athy GAA Hall on Wednesday 18th May, Wednesday 1st June and Wednesday 15th June. All nights will be from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and will allow members and non-members to meet up in an informal setting. Feel free to bring your paints, or finished pieces to show other members.

Membership forms for 2016 will be produced soon.

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