Collapsing Horse - September-December 2017

July 1, 2017


Draíocht is delighted to continue working with Collapsing Horse as Theatre Artists in Residence during 2017-2018.

Their work with D15 Youth Theatre over the mid-term with choreographer Liv O'Donoghue explored areas of dance, movement and choreography in theatre. Later this year they will be working with Liv and D15 Youth Theatre again, this time to develop a new Collapsing Horse dance/theatre show for teenagers called ‘Dance Plague’, inspired by the dancing plagues of the middle ages.

Collapsing Horse, the makers of ‘MONSTER/CLOCK’; ‘Distance from the Event’; ‘Bears in Space’; ‘The Aeneid’ and ‘Conor: at the end of the Universe’, recently presented their brand new comedy show in Project Arts Centre, ‘The Water Orchard’.

One of Collapsing Horse’s strengths is its commitment to theatrical fundamentals … executed with wit and skill … there’s no shortage of emotion, intricacy or craft … One of the finest groups of artists to emerge in recent years’.
Irish Times

‘One of the most exciting collectives on the Irish theatre scene.’
Totally Dublin

The Collapsing Horse Draíocht Residency is supported by Fingal County Council and The Arts Council.

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D15 Youth Theatre OVER AND OUT for this term

July 1, 2017

4 July 2017

10 days of solid work, 1 super ensemble, 5 past youth theatre members back to help, 1 past member as our writer, 3 birthdays, 3 cakes, 1 technical dream team, 2 directors, 100's of coffee's, 1,000's of laughs, an abundance of positive energy, 2 shows, 1 SELL OUT and loads of happy audience members and cast.

That is D15 Youth Theatre OVER AND OUT for this term! See you all back in October!

1 July 2017

Today these incredible young people take to the stage at Draiocht Blanchardstown to present their play iCourt. Devised by the members and written by ALEX CAHILL - one of the first D15 Youth Theatre members who through a chance meeting came to write our play this year.

Its been a pretty special year with many of our original D15 Youth Theatre members coming back to help with props, set, sound, costume and writing.
We love to see old faces come back to support, help and share their youth theatre stories with our current members. We hope youth theatre creates memorable times for all of our members and we love it when you let us know how you are getting on after you have moved on to pastures new.
We are proud of all of our members new and old.
You are who make Youth Theatre, with your energy, talent and kindness.
You are super bunch of young people and we hope you have a good show.
Break a leg and THANK YOU for being YOU.

Tickets available call Draiocht Box Office on 01-8852622.

1 July 2017

When the original members of D15 Youth Theatrecome back to help on a production and you're beaming with pride at how wonderful they are. Alex has written this years play, Leanne is operating the sound and and Carla popped in today to take photos of the Dress Rehearsal and help with production. 

We love having you back to help out and share your stories about your time here with our current members. Thank you for your help, but more importantly your talent and positive energy.

Eimear Morrissey & Mark Rogers, D15 Youth Theatre

If you are interested in finding out more about D15YT, contact or on 01-8098029.


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School Portraits from 1994-2017

May 23, 2017

Opening this week in Draíocht’s Galleries

School Portraits
An Exhibition featuring the work of 4 Artists, all of whom have immersed themselves, often for extended periods of time in schools, to create bodies of work that capture the rich and varied moods and lived experiences of Irish school life, including a new commission for 2017 with 6th class pupils of Scoil Bhríde N.S. and Tyrrelstown E.T.N.S. in Dublin 15.

Artists: John Ahearn, Mandy O’Neill, Blaise Smith & Kilian Waters 

Free Admission, Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm
Launches Wed 24 May 2017 at 6pm
Runs until 24 June 2017

Join Helen O’Donoghue, Senior Curator, Irish Museum of Modern Art in conversation with the Artists and with Sharon Murphy, Draiocht’s Curator in Residence 2017 on 24 May at 6pm to Launch the Exhibition.

Kilian Waters, Helen O'Donoghue, Mandy O'Neill, Blaise Smith, Sharon Murphy

School Portraits invites us to see contemporary artists’ representations of young people, school buildings and the wide range of activities and experiences that occur during a school day.  The exhibition presents work by sculptor John Ahearn, photographer Mandy O’Neill, painter Blaise Smith and film-maker Kilian Waters. From classroom to playground, from close-up to group studies, from painting-from-life to filmed testimonials, the exhibition is an extended portrait of school and of those who go there everyday.


School Portraits is the second in a series of exhibitions curated by Sharon Murphy for Draíocht. The 2017 gallery programme is informed by the social and cultural profile of Dublin 15 - where more than a quarter of the population are school-going - and by a commitment to showing a range of contemporary art practices, as well as marking the intersections between youth culture and visual culture, especially in the realm of the perfomative.


The works in School Portraits share not only a common theme but also a dynamic exploration of the genre of portraiture. The finished portrait is the outcome of an encounter between artist and sitter but it also begins a similar encounter between subject and viewer. Most viewers have been to school and so the pictures function as a kind of looking-glass in which they see themselves then and now. Portraiture is compelling because of its inherent ambiguity arising from the tension between individual identity and common humanity. At first glance we recognise the uniformity of the school experience but, on closer viewing, we are invited to perceive the individual identity of everybody portrayed.

John Ahearn

St Francis Street Boys 1994 by New York-based artist John Ahearn is on loan from the Irish Museum of Modern Art. It was made during a collaborative project between the C.B.S.  Francis St, Dublin and the artist during a residency at IMMA. Making the busts involved the boys having their heads and shoulders encased in quick-drying rubber latex to make the moulds from which final plaster casts were made.


Blaise Smith

Blaise Smith

Selected paintings from Schoolwork by Blaise Smith RHA are on loan from Presentation College, Carlow. Schoolwork is the outcome of a Per Cent for Art commission 2011 in which the artist undertook a year-long residency at the school. The paintings in oils were all done from life and feature numerous portraits of the students and staff recording everyday life in the cycle of the school year. 

Mandy O'Neill

Selected photographs from Promise by Mandy O’Neill are chosen from her self-initiated long-term residency (2013-2016) at Gaelschoil Bharra, Cabra.  Initially conceived as a year-long photographic study, the project grew to represent the resilience of the children and the spirit of childhood during years when the adult narrative was dominated by the seemingly endless search for a proper built environment to replace the pre-fab structure in place since 1994.


Seen and Not Heard is a film triptych and sound work by Kilian Waters, specially commissioned by Draíocht for this exhibition. The work was made in recent months during a short residency with children from Room 13 Inquiry Fingal at Scoil Bhríde N.S. and Tyrrelstown E.T.N.S. in Dublin 15. It portrays the diversity of faces and voices of local 6th class children as they recall and anticipate, reflect and dream at a key moment of transition in their young lives.

Kilian Waters

Room 13 Inquiry Fingal is an initiative of Fingal Co. Co. Arts Office under the direction of Julie Clarke and led by resident artists Orla Kelly and Anne Cradden. The Fingal Room 13 studios are the first such student-run studios to open in the Republic of Ireland.

Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

Further information from Sharon Murphy, Draiocht’s Curator in Residence 2017. e: / 01-8098026

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Bealtaine at Draiocht 2017 - Free Movie Screening

April 20, 2017

Pride (2014)
Free Bealtaine Movie Screening in Association with Access>Cinema
WED 24 MAY 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // FREE

It's Summer 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power, and the National Union of Mineworkers are on strike! At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But the only problem is the Union seems too embarrassed to receive their support.
Not discouraged, the activists ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a small mining villiage in Wales to make their donations to the community in person. This journey begins a surprising partnership between two seemingly alien comunties as they fight for the same cause.

Pride stars Bill Nighy, Adrew Scott, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Joseph Gilgun, Paddy Considine, George MacKay, Ben Schnetzer, Sophie Evans, Jessie Cave, Freddie Fox, Faye Marsay, Adrian Palmer, Lasco Atkins and Shane Salter.

Cert: Club/18   Dur: 119 mins  Dir: Matthew Warchus  Language: English
Presented as part of Access>CINEMA’s May Film Tour, happening during the Bealtaine Festival.

Thousands of older people all over the country take part in the Bealtaine Festival each year during the month of May, celebrating creativity in older age. Draíocht in Association with access>CINEMA are delighted to host the Bealtaine Film Tour here on 24th May, a programme of curated films specially selected with older audiences in mind.

Tickets are free and early booking is advised by phone 01-8852622 or Online  (booking fee of €1 will still apply online).

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Studio Incubation Residencies For Artists and Curators 2017/2018

March 31, 2017


Studio Incubation Residencies  

Draíocht is delighted to announce Sarah Ward and Louis Haugh as the first two artists invited to participate in INCUBATE - a series of Studio Incubation Residencies designed to support young and emerging artists and curators in giving time and space to research and develop new work.

The next series of residencies take place late 2017 and early 2018.

The INCUBATE Residencies are for emerging, early career artists and curators (individual or small collective) who wish to have time and space to research, test new ideas, develop new work.  Draíocht has a particular interest in artists and curators whose interests lie in one or more of the following:
- interdisciplinary practice; 
- visual culture and new technologies; 
- socially engaged and collaborative practices; 
- visual arts practice for children and young people.
The Curator-in-Residence, Sharon Murphy will liaise with the artists and provide supports as required. 
A fee of €300 will be available for each residency.  
If you wish to be considered please send the following information to by June 2nd 2017:

A current CV (2 pages maximum); A covering letter detailing your interest in and intention for DRAÍOCHT INCUBATE including an artist statement, outline plan, details about the nature of your artistic practice and process and; Website and/or other links to your work and/or up to ten images of relevant work in jpeg format.

Further details from

Closing Date for Applications: 02 June 2017

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