Age & Opportunity partners with Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent (KCAT) each year in order to support partnerships between artists with learning disabilities and professional artists of different backgrounds and skills. KCAT is a dedicated and open-access life-long learning initiative. Engaging in arts initiatives that involve disadvantaged older people is a key objective for Age & Opportunity’s Arts programme.
We are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2021 residency: Saturio Alonso and Peter Young. Both artists will begin their residencies later this year.
Born in Spain (1954) and a resident in Ireland, Saturio Alonso is a sculptor with a background as a painter and graphic designer. Attracted by the puzzling and compelling relationships between technology and biology, Saturio Alonso uses a variety of prefabricated industrial materials, combined with more traditional ones, such as stone, wood and leather, to create his sculptures. His work includes large scale paintings and drawings, focusing lately in graphite and ink. He is a founder member of Artcore, a mentor in KCAT, Callan and KINGSRIVER, Co. Kilkenny and his work can be found in various public spaces around Ireland and in private and public collections in Europe and America.
Peter Young has been working with stained glass for over thirty years. He studied design and illustration in Dublin and later undertook a Post Grad in Advanced Stained Glass Studies at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London. There he encountered the artist Cecil Collins, whose teachings and methodologies have had a profound influence on his work ever since. From his Cork Street studio in Dublin, Peter continues to develop his practice; sometimes exhibiting, sometimes teaching, mostly working to commission on small as well as large scale projects for private or public settings.