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Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at Athlone Castle on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December!

Athlone Castle will be turning into a magical Christmas land on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus who will be visiting for two days to meet the boys and girls from the town and surrounding areas.

Mrs. Claus will regale the children with lots of festive tales about Santa, his elves and reindeers, helping others during the season of goodwill, and lots more about their adventures in the North Pole.

After Mrs. Claus’ storytelling, children will enter the Castle Visitor Centre and follow a festive trail through the visitor centre where they will get a chance to have fun creating Christmas arts and crafts and have their faces painted whilst waiting to meet Santa Claus in his grotto in the Upper Keep of Athlone Castle. This will be a great opportunity for children to have a little chat with the man himself about their Christmas list, discuss whether they were naughty or nice this year, and take the opportunity to get a photograph with him. Santa will also have a small gift in store for all the good children and a treat for toddlers.

Storytelling and Santa visits will take place during four sessions daily at 12.00pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

(All Tickets for Saturday and Sunday SOLD OUT)

Families are advised that pre-booking for each of the four sessions is essential to avoid disappointment as places will fill fast. Tickets for the event will cost €10 per child (children under two free), €4 per adult, €25 for two adults and two children and families of two adults and three children will cost €28. This will include entrance to Athlone Castle Visitor Centre, storytelling with Mrs Claus, festive face painting, Christmas crafts corner, a visit and chat with Santa, and a small Christmas gift for children and an edible treat for toddlers.  

For more information contact Athlone Castle at info@athlonecastle.ie or by ringing 090 6442130. Athlone Castle looks forward to welcoming all the boys and girls to a very special and memorable Christmas experience!

ATHLONE CIVIC CENTRE - ATRIUM EXHIBITIONS CALL

Civic Centre Athlone

Applications are invited from locally based artists groups to submit for inclusion in an exhibition series hosted in the Atrium at the Civic Centre, Athlone. This is an open bright space where artist groups/collectives can exhibit their artwork.

Ideas from artist groups/collectives working in 2D are welcomed. Submissions may include: painting, drawing, photography or 2D mixed media. 

 

The available 2019 exhibition slots are:

Spring Exhibition Mid April to mid May
Summer Exhibition July
Autumn Exhibition Mid August – mid September
Winter Exhibition Mid December – mid January

Application Process

  1. Applicants must indicate their preferred exhibition slot.
  2. Applicants must submit 1 copy of the completed and signed application form, incomplete and unsigned applications will not be considered. The declaration page MUST be signed but a scanned copy of the signature will be accepted. 
  3. Download the Atrium Exhibitions Application Form
    Submit the application form by email to atrium@athloneartsandtourism.ie or post to Atrium Exhibitions, Athlone Arts and Tourism, Civic Centre, Church Street, Athlone.

Luan Gallery Education Programme for Primary and Secondary Schools

Luan Gallery is a purpose built art gallery space incorporating the renovated and extended 1897 Fr Mathew Hall. Delivering a varied exhibitions programme featuring work by both emerging and established artists from home and abroad, Luan Gallery acts as a resource for the entire community.

Many studies have shown that gallery visits enhance pupils’ learning experiences and at Luan Gallery we strive to ensure that pupils’ visits are enjoyable, relaxed, stimulating and educational. We are committed to encouraging pupils to engage with and think about visual art which in turn helps to develop new skills and confidence.

Primary Schools

We have developed numerous resource materials including activity worksheets, catalogues, tours and workshops each designed to support the meaningful delivery of qualitative art viewing experiences to students, in support of the school curriculum.

Secondary Schools

We have developed a number of resource materials including a Leaving Certificate Art Appreciation Workbook, catalogues, talks, tours and workshops each designed to support the meaningful delivery of the art curriculum to second level students.

For more information on our education programmes, download the booklets below.

Primary School booklet
Secondary School booklet
Primary Schools Education booklet 2016 Secondary Schools Education booklet 2016