Art & Inclusion - The Story of KCAT is an exciting book and DVD which documents a broad cross-section of work and people at KCAT Art and Study Centre over the past ten years.
It is a wonderful reflection of the vibrancy and inclusiveness of KCAT as an arts community, emphasising the working process. The publication is a must read for anyone working in the area of the arts, inclusion, education, arts practice and special needs and includes essays from leading experts in these fields setting a context for texts from KCAT facilitators, tutors, mentors, artists and students, documenting this progressive model of practice.
KCAT is the leading Irish organisation in the field of art and inclusion and outsider art. As a case study, this book records the work of KCAT Art & Study Centre, reflecting the vibrancy and inclusiveness of KCAT as an arts community, emphasising process and evaluating its programmes and outcomes. The methodology is wholly inclusive in every facet of the final product, reflecting the nature of the practice.
KCAT (Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent) Art & Study Centre is an open access arts and life long learning initiative, based in Callan which delivers inclusive full and part time art and theatre courses, alongside a professional studio and theatre company programme that combine artists with learning disabilities and other disadvantages with professional arts practitioners. From the humble beginning of a small group of eight, KCAT has grown to over one hundred participants.