Abbey Art Group


About The Abbey Art group

Abbey Art Group, established in 1982, is a local art group based in Celbridge with members coming from Celbridge and the surrounding areas to share and develop their skills in visual arts. They meet on a weekly basis during term time in a local Primary school to sketch, draw and paint together in various media.

Many of the group’s artworks are inspired by local flora and fauna and by places and scenes of natural beauty and historical interest in our locality, in particular neighbouring Castletown House and Parklands. Other work depict scenes from places they have visited around Ireland and abroad. They also meet for some plein air painting sessions during the summer months.
Members have benefitted over the years from workshops, demonstrations, and talks, sometimes facilitated by invited celebrated artists and also by group members with particular expertise.

Abbey Art Group are keen to continue developing their skills and creating greater awareness in the community and beyond of the joy and benefits of involvement in art for all age groups. To this end they are planning to engage in a series of masterclasses for group members and they are exploring the possibility of organizing more plein eir painting days aimed at including interested members of the community.

Activities & Events

Abbey Art Group holds an annual Summertime Exhibition, the last 5 of which were held in Castletown House, Celbridge. Previous exhibitions were held in Celbridge Library and Celbridge Manor Hotel, Colourtrend and in Christ Church, Celbridge.
Abbey Art Group also participates in Culture Night events, the most notable of which was in conjunction with an event to promote the creativity of the local Writers Group. A selection of their paintings was on display as members of the Writers Group read their short stories and poetry. In addition, members of the audience were invited to participate in an interactive group painting session which was very popular with all involved.

2022 was the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Abbey Art Group and to celebrate this momentous occasion group members collaborated on the publication of a book of their paintings. “Celbridge – The Artist’s Vision” was officially launched on the 11th November 2022 in Castletown House, Celbridge by guest speaker, poet, playwright and broadcaster, Vincent Woods. Publication of the book, which was very well received, was mainly funded through grants received from Kildare County Council’s Arts Act Grant Scheme and from Intel’s Pride of Place Award. As a result, Abbey Art Group was able to make donations to two local charities, St. Raphael’s Parents and Friends Association, Celbridge and the Little Way Cancer Support Centre, Clane from some of the proceeds of sales at their 2023 Summertime Exhibition, “Visions.”

*Publication of the book promoted an interest in art in the community and created greater awareness in the locality and surrounding areas of the group’s activities which resulted in an increase in members in recent months.

Book Purchasing

Books are available in the Orchard Garden Centre, Celbridge,  Walsh’s Pharmacy, Main St.  Celbridge, and Get Creative, Unit D3, M4 Business Park, Celbridge, County Kildare.

Purchasing Artist’s Work

Interested in buying or commissioning a painting? You can enquire via our Contact page, click here.


  • 2023 – Kildare County Council, Celbridge/Leixlip Municipal District LPT Innovation Grant
  • 2022 – Kildare County Council, Celbridge/Leixlip Municipal District  LPT Innovation Grant
  •  Intel Pride of Place Award
  • Kildare County Council, Arts Act Grant