Top UK Artist To Visit Arts Festival In Killorglin

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KFEST will welcome artist Marcus Cope curator and co-founder of the Marmite Prize for Painting, U.K, to meet with Screaming Pope Art Prize nominees and other visual artists at KFEST 2018.

K-FEST takes place from June 1—4 this year in Killorglin and is recognised as one of the country’s premier annual arts festivals nationwide.

Developing from previous partnership events involving the three organisations this year’s collaboration brings a unique series of Mentoring & Peer Support events for exhibiting artists at KFEST 2018.

“Creativity is at the core of an artist’s work process and K-FEST each year presents a wonderful platform for artists to present recent work. Creative Ireland Kerry is deliberate in its support to the visual arts sector in Kerry and it remains a core element of the Creative Ireland Strategy in the years ahead”, stated Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer and Creative Ireland Kerry Co-ordinator.

Organised by Visual Artists Ireland (VAI) and in association with Creative Ireland Kerry at Kerry County Council, artists exhibiting at K-FEST will be able to meet established artist-curator Marcus Cope, founder of the Marmite Prize for Painting.

“The intention is to support the creative, career development of artists and encourage ambition around the presentation of future work at the festival,” Monica Flynn, Professional Development Officer at Visual Artists Ireland stated.

On Saturday, June 2, KFEST will host a public talk with Marcus discussing his interests, motivations, recent projects and the work involved in curating and selecting the Marmite Prize Exhibition.

Following this, a Peer Response Event with 6 – 8 artists will take place with artists discussing their work and receiving critical feedback from Marcus who will also invite responses from a small audience in attendance.

Finally, selected Kerry artists will have Sunday Morning Mentoring sessions with Marcus whereby the invited curator will visit exhibiting artists to discuss their work.

To apply for this opportunity artists are asked to send an email to with a statement of interest including why they feel the opportunity would assist them, as well as 4-6 images of their work.

This event is open to Kerry-based artists.  Kfest will nominate a long-list of artists and Marcus will then make a final selection of artists with whom he would like to meet. The aim is to support as many Kerry artists as possible, depending on numbers.

Neil Browne, Festival Director at K-FEST told us that “the selection of artists and shows this year at K-FEST is excellent and Killorglin is all set to offer a huge choice for all ages. This collaboration with Kerry County Council and Visual Artists Ireland helps us support, in a very deliberate way, the wonderful artists who make our festival unique”.

For more information on K-FEST and this year’s programme see

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