For art, coffee, sensory gardens & festive lights visit Carlow's Cafe Thyme. Art of Caroline Cunningham exhibiting until February 2023 (Delta Centre).
The Visual Gallery in Carlow has a book shop. Did you know that? My own books are there too, amongst a fine selection of books on topics of art, local history, culture. Look out for Seven C’s to Calm – Reclaiming your Anxiety-free Self (Well-being) and The Whisperings of Nature (poetry).
The Visual Gallery is home to contemporary art and the George Bernard Shaw Theatre, where you can have a beverage in its bar or enjoy a fine meal or a cup of coffee next door in Lennon’s restaurant cafe.
The Visual Gallery building is the design of Terry Pawson, a British architect with expertise in designing buildings for the arts and cultural sectors. It is reported to be Ireland’s largest gallery space, 3130m² in total, comprising four principle gallery spaces.
The arts centre was opened in 2009. It houses a 335-seat theatre and the largest white-cube gallery space in the country - a massive 12 metres high – providing for high-quality national and international contemporary art, plus a host of performances and events in multiple disciplines, including theatre, dance, film, comedy, literature and music.
The next time you are visiting Carlow, take some time to visit the gallery and check out the book store next to the reception area.
"An extremely helpful book for dealing with your anxiety in a non-judgemental way, along with outlining specific ways in which you can manage your anxiety better. I loved reading this book and found Caroline’s approach to anxiety genuinely helpful and very knowledgeable."
Deborah Byrne, Psychologist, Wexford, Ireland
Tranquillity, harmony and a restored connection with nature all in one little book of poems! ‘The Whisperings of Nature’ is a wonderful and inspiring little poetry book written by Caroline Cunningham. This is Caroline’s first published book of poetry and it represents her journey in discovering her authentic self and her reconnection with nature which transcends beautifully through her written work.
Krystal Long, Speaker & Blogger, Well-being Advocate, Cork, Ireland
Through my art and writing I share stories and inspiration for transformation, healing and dreams turning to reality. When you visit my gallery you glimpse my journey, my authentic path. It took a ‘Break True’ moment to point me towards developing my artistic talents. It’s never too late to make a new start. I’ve achieved a lot in a relatively short time. My work has been presented in New York as part of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, has been displayed on county Post Office and has been show-cased on National TV. Read more about my art journey here.