Your Say, Your Way - Young People Shared Their Thoughts about the Arts with Us

September 9, 2017

Your Say, Your Way
A Collaboration between Draíocht and Creative Ireland
took place on Saturday 2nd September 2017.


What a brilliant day of Free Workshops for Young People aged 13-18 yrs to share their thoughts about the arts with us!
With introductions from Emer McGowan, Draiocht;  Michael O'Reilly, Creative Ireland;  Eithne Mallin, Creative Fingal; and  Mags Walsh, Arts Council Ireland, our young participants then launched themselves into a series of fun warm up games with facilitator Anna Galligan and soon we were all sharing our views in a relaxed atmosphere.

Then our young participants chose their Free Workshops:
Spoken Word with Colm Keegan
Stop Motion Lego With Kevin from Create School
Dance With Ella Clarke
Cartoon / Comic Book Creation with Alan Nolan

And then we all came together again to chat through our hopes and vision for the future of arts and creativity for young people in Ireland.

Huge thanks to everyone who came on the day.

Enjoy some photos below and coming soon, some Video footage!



























'Your Say, Your Way' was a collaboration between Draíocht and Creative Ireland, on 2nd September 2017.
The Creative Ireland Programme is an invitation to the entire country to get involved in something truly inspirational. This culture-based programme is designed to promote individual, community and national wellbeing by enabling creativity for all citizens. 


To find out more, please email sarah@draiocht.ie


 

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Home Theatre (Ireland) - Draíocht Successful in Arts Council Open Call Programme Funding 2018

August 30, 2017

13.07.17

Today, the Arts Council announced over €1m in funding for 11 new innovative arts projects around the country under their Open Call Programme. Open Call is an Arts Council programme which funds ambitious, once-off artistic projects by some of Ireland’s best artists and arts organisations.

And Draíocht is delighted to be successful in our application under this scheme with our Home Theatre (Ireland) project for 2018.


​Veronica Coburn, Artistic Director of Home Theatre (Ireland) with
Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts and Culture and
Emer McGowan, Director of Draiocht.


HOME THEATRE(IRELAND) is an ambitious, large scale and innovative way of making theatre that breaks down  borders between artist and audience, arts infrastructure and the public.  It will pair 40 leading playwrights/theatre-makers with 30 community hosts. We will ask them to spend time together in the host’s home to chat and talk, about what is important to them, about what they hope for and fear, about what makes them laugh, after which the artists will write an original play inspired by the host and performed in the host’s own home to an invited audience.   All 30 plays will be simultaneously performed across Dublin 15, on one night (6th October 2018) and a selection of the plays will be performed in Draíocht over 4 nights (10th to 13th October 2018).  

This now international movement, was developed by Kerry Michael from Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London in collaboration with Festival Internacional de Cenas em Casa, Brazil. It has had other UK and international partners including Birmingham Rep., and the State Theatre, South Africa.  And now Draíocht is bringing it to our home, Dublin 15.
HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) will be led by Artistic Director, Veronica Coburn, who worked with Draíocht on the 3 year project, Hallelujah! Draíocht’s Community Clown Choir (2013 to 2015).


Emer McGowan, Director of Draiocht with
Veronica Coburn, Artistic Director of Home Theatre (Ireland),
Rory O'Byrne, Fingal Arts Officer and Mary McCamley, Mayor of Fingal.


Sheila Pratschke, Chair of The Arts Council with
Emer McGowan, Director Draiocht and
Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council.

 

WE ARE LOOKING FOR HOME HOSTS ...ARE YOU INTERESTED?
Draíocht is seeking 30 hosts across all of Dublin 15 that will work with us on this Project. It doesn’t matter if you live in a big house or a little house, an apartment, out on your own or in a housing estate. It doesn’t matter if you live alone or with a few people or with lots of people. If you are interested in meeting with an artist, having a conversation with them with a view to hosting 3 performances of the 20 minute piece in your home on October 6th 2018, then we want to hear from you. The performances will be at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm and will be for an audience size dictated by your home. We will work with you to decide who those audience members are and we will support you with volunteer staff on the night. The participating homes will be confirmed in March 2018 and will be visited by Draíocht at that point.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS ...IS THAT YOU?
Perhaps you would like to get involved in a different way? We are also looking for Community Ambasador’s who will partner with one host/home and act as a support to them. You will be their point of contact and be present for the visit and discussion between playwright/theatre maker and host. On the night of the performance, the Ambassador will be present for all three performances (5pm, 7pm, 9pm) and will be the HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) representative. The Community Ambassadors will be supported by Draíocht staff.

If you are interested in getting involved as a Host or as a Community Ambassador, there will be a FREE Information Session with Veronica Coburn, that will take place on Saturday 25 November at 2pm where you can learn more about the project. If you are interested, please email Emer McGowan on emer@draiocht.ie or call on 01 8098027.
 

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Early Bird New Season Offers - Book Before 09 September 2017

August 18, 2017

Be an early bird and book before 09 September for these New Season shows and get these great discounts!

OCTOBER - MUSIC
Barbara Dickson
MON 23 OCT  8PM
Full price: €30 / Early Bird: €25

NOVEMBER - DRAMA
This Beach - Brokentalkers
FRI 10 NOV  8PM
Full price: €18 / Early Bird: €15

NOVEMBER - DRAMA
Close to the Sun - Corps Ensemble
FRI 24-SAT 25 NOV  8PM  
Full price: €18 / Early Bird: €15

NOVEMBER - DRAMA
The Woman is Present:
Women’s Stories of WW2

THU 30 NOV  8PM
Full price: €16 / Early Bird: €14

DECEMBER - MUSIC
Christmas with the Dublin Gospel Choir  
THU 14 DEC  8PM
Full price: €20 / Early Bird: €15

 

Tickets must be paid in full before 09 September to avail of these Early Bird Offers.
A maximum of 6 tickets can be bought at these prices per person.
Not applicable to group bookings.

BOX OFFICE 01 885 2622
or Book Online www.draiocht.ie
 

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Your Say, Your Way - 2nd Sept 2017 - Free Workshops for Young People aged 13-18 yrs

July 31, 2017

Your Say, Your Way - Free Workshops for Young People aged 13-18 yrs
A Collaboration between Draíocht and Creative Ireland

SAT 02 SEPTEMBER 2017  // 10.30AM-4.30PM // FREE


Are you aged 13-18 Years?
Come to Draíocht Blanchardstown on Saturday 2nd September 2017 and try a FREE workshop of your choice to share YOUR thoughts about the arts with us!
Young people have something important to say and we want to hear it!


You can choose from one of these 4 Workshops:
Spoken Word with Colm Keegan
Stop Motion Lego With Create School
Dance With Philippa Donnellan
Cartoon / Comic Book Creation with Alan Nolan

Free Lunch Provided

Fill in a Participation Form now and return to Draíocht by Wednesday 30th August 2017.



This event is a collaboration between Draíocht and Creative Ireland. The Creative Ireland Programme is an invitation to the entire country to get involved in something truly inspirational. This culture-based programme is designed to promote individual, community and national wellbeing by enabling creativity for all citizens. We want YOU to share YOUR THOUGHTS about the arts and what you would like to see happen WITHIN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY by taking part in a FUN, FREE WORKSHOP OF YOUR CHOICE on 2ND September here in Draíocht. So please fill in and return a Participation Form by 30th August and come on the day with an open mind and your own opinion.

To find out more, please email sarah@draiocht.ie

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Des Kenny Reviews Group Show, Curated by Aoife Dunne

July 26, 2017

28 July 2017 - Our Arty Blogger is back! Des Kenny Reviews our First Floor Gallery Exhibition, Curated by Aoife Dunne, as part of Draíocht@Night ...

Aoife Dunne has drawn together a number of contemporary artists in the First Floor Gallery and curates a show which seeks to broaden the cultural narrative of concepts similar to her own practice. They are connected by a mutual interest in Manga comics, video games, fashion magazines and how our new virtual generation connects or disconnects with society.


Sadbh O’Brien
utilises collage as a creative tool to manipulate found imagery from fashion magazines and the internet, exploring topics on sexuality, feminism and the legacy of gender imbalance. Collage was used by Braque and Picasso to create visual puns in their engagement with cubism. It was further expanded to include political ideas and unlocking the dream worlds of the Dadaist and surrealists movements. Sadbh O’Brien follows in the footsteps of Hannah Hoch, Eileen Agar and Nancy Spero in employing collage as a medium to herald feminine politics and History. In Torn Colgate Smile With Apples,  a disjointed photographic lipstick smile rests between folded arms that touch coyly a pair of apples. Advertisers use the female body in all its guises to sell products like toothpaste that can guarantee a perfect smile, instil confidence and promoting the bewitching promise of romance. On another level the artist may be referencing Eve in the garden of paradise and gleefully celebrates her part in the fall of man. 

A laughing mouth with protruding tongue placed in the centre of a pleated skirt, greets the viewer daringly in Cunning Kowtow. Arms cocked in a sparring pose act as legs while on top of this strange body a leg protrudes ready to confront conformity. This sense of defiance is continued in Lollipop as a female figure lifts her skirt alluringly as a two fingered rebellious salute bulges starkly upon her shoulders. The sculpture Pseudo Science catches the viewer by surprise as they move away from the flat imagery of collage into the inanimate sculptural reality of three dimensions. The pieces of sheer plastic hang loosely like flayed skin on a silver clothes rail. The roughly sewn edges describe a human form and the head droops alarmingly like Munch’s famous painting of the scream. This work deliberates on the desperate craving to preserve youth and beauty through the illusion of plastic surgery.



Martina Menegon
’s video investigates the physical and psychological motivation that exists in trying to monitor and project a visual persona that is accepted by the self and society. The video screen reveals a young woman behind a veil staring anxiously at her limpid reflection. The face begins to distort beneath the veil while tremulous hands outside the guarded veil try to prevent the disfiguration. It becomes a redundant enterprise as other transformations take place away from the restraining hands, as her face shimmers beyond constraint into further contortions. The hopeless striving of the hands attempting to prevent the locomated distortion of the young woman’s veiled face declare an insurmountable expectation to create the perfect air brushed image that fashionable society will approve.



Ciaran Gallen
introduces the viewer to the iconic character filled world of Manga comics. Fantastical figures are caught in the maelstrom of an uncontrollable destiny. In a large painting called ‘Uzumaki Size’ a demon mask is surrounded by laughing and snarling creatures that appear to watch over oncoming doom with cartoonish relish and indifference. Blues, purples, green and orange swirl, clash and collide, increasing the tension across the painted surface as the mysterious melodrama unfolds.

In another work two large faces with enlarged blood shot eyes glare purposefully, trying to hypnotize the onlooker and introduce them into their horrifying pitiless underworld. Another painting reveals a decapitated figure surrounded by creatures who watch over the scene with unceremonious glee. The frantic mark-making across the paint surface mirrors the delirious situations contained in each painting. Using combinations of acrylics, ink, pastels, oil sticks and oil paint, the artist heightens the fervour across the painted ground and invokes the creative urgency of their production.



Kate O’Loughlin makes digital art for a virtual world. Data collected from the internet becomes the artist’s materials creating a visual context to explore and unearth subterranean pathways concealed from contemporary society. The prints contain a wide variety of recognisable symbols retaining alternative histories that the immediate visual experience fails to communicate. In both prints the brand logo Kappa appears denoting a certain branded lifestyle but Kappa, as a word, is also used on Twitch TV as a method of sarcasm and anti-globalisation rhetoric. A Greek urn and statue may hint at the Greek economic crises. The sandals in each print may refer to the incident in the Iraq war when President Bush had to dodge a sandal thrown at him by an Iraqi journalist at a press conference. Throwing sandals becomes a metaphor of defiance against the destructive acts of global super powers. The sandal may also pertain to the refugee crisis visited upon Greek shores. The artists titles of Slides do not advance any insights to the prints meaning, but leaves it open to the audience to disentangle the multitude of interpretations for themselves.





Evan Bech creates videos in rich psychedelic colours where purple Mohican figures distort and blend miraculously into a yellow background. These transformations appear logical as there are no limits or constraints imposed in this enchanted realm. Music reinforces the aimless unwinding storyline in the videos, capturing the viewer’s imagination with sight and sound. White bananas and exploding dynamite seem common place in a striped labyrinth that meanders purposively into an unending cartoon twilight zone. The videos have a hypnotic effect leaving the audience spellbound and when the video ends the retina feels momentarily caught on the iridescent wings of fantasy.


Group Show
FRI 7 JULY - SAT 26 AUGUST 2017 
First Floor Gallery, Draiocht Blanchardstown
http://www.draiocht.ie/visual_arts




Desmond Kenny is an artist based in Hartstown, Dublin 15. He is a self taught painter, since he began making art in 1986 he has since exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad, solo shows include Draíocht in 2001, The Lab in 2006 and Pallas Contemporary Projects in 2008. His work is included in many collections including the Office of Public Works, SIPTU, and Fingal County Council. Kenny's practice also incorporates print making and he has been a member of Graphic Studio Dublin since 2004.

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