Thursday, 17 February 2011

Art in a Moleskin Notebook

I'm not sure about this idea from Kildare Arts. You have to pay for the notebook, fill it with your art and then KCC Arts own it? Come again?
Are they hoping for something like this for free?
Or this?

To coincide with the second Kildare Readers Festival, artists, at all stages of their development, are invited to participate in a KRF:1 Artist Notebook project, whereby artists are invited to fill a notebook in a creative way.

Each notebook is then donated to Kildare County Council Arts Service to become part of a permanent touring collection. It is envisaged the KRF:1 Artist Notebook Project will become a national event, growing the collection over time.


A5 Black Moleskine notebooks will be provided by Kildare County Council Arts Service at a charge of €15. Register your intention to participate and order your notebook from the Arts Service

You are invited to fill your notebook with writings, drawings, paintings, photographs, notes, collage, etc. Your book must remain within the dimensions of 5.5 x 8.5 inches. It can open up to something wonderful (of any size), but it must fold down to the original dimensions. You are welcome to unbind, rebind or alter the book in (almost) any other way. If you want to use a thicker stock of paper, please do.

Participants are free to alter, design and work on the cover of the notebook


· Applications from artists living and working abroad are welcome

· Once the completed notebooks are returned to the Arts Service, they shall become the property of Kildare County Council.

· Notwithstanding this, the intellectual property/ copyright remains with the Artist

· Each notebook returned will be catalogued by Kildare County Council, with the artist name. An inventory of participants, including contact details will be created by Kildare County Council and treated confidentially.

· Kildare County Council reserves the right to reproduce images and text from the notebooks for promotional purposes. All works that are reproduced will be credited to the artist.

· The themes are provided to act as stimulus for the project, but in no way is meant to be a restriction, so feel free to work beyond the suggested themes.

· Completed notebooks must be returned to the Arts Service before Wednesday 4th May 2011 to allow for cataloguing and exhibition display

· Participants should register interest by Friday 18th March 2011.


"It was Beauty killed the Beast." King Kong (1933)
"Magic Mirror on the Wall, who is the Fairest one of all?" Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
"Fiddle-dee-dee." Gone With the Wind (1939)
"I'm melting, mellllllting..." The Wizard of Oz (1939)
"One's too many an' a hundred's not enough!" The Lost Weekend (1945)
"Well, nobody's perfect." Some Like It Hot (1959)
"It's SHOWTIME!" All That Jazz (1979)
"The horror...the horror." Apocalypse Now (1979)
"Say hello to my little friend!" Scarface (1983)
"Be afraid. Be very afraid." The Fly (1986)
"If you build it, he will come." Field of Dreams (1989)
"You can't handle the truth!" A Few Good Men (1992)
"To infinity - and Beyond." Toy Story (1995)
"One meeeellion dollars." Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
"All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again." Narrator; Peter Pan (1953)
“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow” Shakespeare's Macbeth
“Such stuff as dreams are made on” Shakespeare’s The Tempest

For further information or to register to participate in the KFR:1 project, contact:
Kildare County Council Arts Service, Riverbank, Newbridge, Co Kildare.
Tel:045-448328, Email:


Words A Day said...

Come again is right!

An invitation to donate months of notebook work to the county council... and to have to pay for the privalige? (and not get it back)

What an honor!

Would they make such a proposal to any other profession other than the arts?

Or maybe I'm wrong,
maybe any day now the council are going to start pay us for the privilage of filling our potholes...

or there'll be a call for bakers to pay a fee for the opportunity to make cakes for the council to eat...

Unknown said...

Heard you made the Cin Press longlist, congrats!

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Even though I don't live in Ireland, I believe I am going to enter this event on my own all the way over here on a small Illinois farm. Will you do followup with pics maybe of some of the entries ? Would be so apprecitated.

Corina Duyn said...

come again indeed. What happens to artist copyright.
This brings back memories... the publication of my first book was to funded by local government.. and in the draft contract THEY would have copyright.
I sorted that out quickly. Although the thought still annoys me. Kildare County Council, please think again!

Emerging Writer said...

Hi Words. Yes. Isn't it strange and presumptuous. I wonder are they going more for visual artists, although why that would make a difference, I don't know.

Emerging Writer said...

Hi Babs, yes I did. thanks. Longlisted, like a bridesmaid. Ah well. Onwards and upwards

Emerging Writer said...

hi Donna

I'll see what I can find when it's run its course. Hope you enjoy the experience.

Emerging Writer said...

Hi Corina,

I'll send them a link to the comments. Maybe they'll have a rethink...

Anonymous said...

ps congrats on the shortlist, well done!

(pps I "do" the visual stuff as well as writing, hence the outrage!:)

The Poetry Bus said...

Piss. Taking.The.

Emerging Writer said...

Thanks Niamh.

And TFE.
Lane. In. Stay.

Unknown said...

Kate sent us a link to this blog as she had concerns about the project. The idea for this project came from an artist from Kildare who was inspired by a similar project in the US. There are also similar projects in Australia. The e15 charge is a nominal fee intended to encourage artists to commit to the project. We wanted all artists to use the same notebook and felt it may be difficult for artists to each source the exact spec, which we felt would dilute the project. The cost of the project curation, management, publicity and launch event(TBC)will be absorbed by KCC. As is clearly stated in the guidelines, the artistic copyright remains with the artist. If sections from a notebook were reproduced, it would be with prior approval of the artist, who would be fully acknowledged. Of course, this is merely an invitation to get involved in what we consider to be an inspiring and exciting collaborative project. The idea of making an item that is normally private public is a challenge in itself, and the requirement to donate the work to the collective archive will not appeal to everyone. Its a long term programme and we look forward to developing this project over a number of years. Having said that, be assured that no one is under any obligation whatsoever to participate in the project. Regards, Lucina Russell, Arts Officer, Kildare County Council and visual artist

Emerging Writer said...

Thanks for responding Lucina. It's an interesting project and I take your point about using the same notebook. I'll watch the launch with interest. Will it be an ongoing project?

Unknown said...

Hopefully it will be an annual project/ event, coinciding with the Kildare Readers Festival