Free Rehearsal Space 2016

April 18, 2016

Draíocht is offering rehearsal space from 25 July – 02 September 2016 FREE of charge to professional artists/performance companies participating in Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016.
There will be 3 spaces available (Main Auditorium, Draíocht Studio and Rehearsal Room). Spaces can be viewed on our virtual tour facility HERE

As interest may outweigh availability, please write to or e-mail:
Emer McGowan, Director, Draíocht. The Blanchardstown Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Email: / Direct Line Tel: 01-809 8027.

With the following information (no more than 2 A4 sheets double spaced)

- Name of company and/or artists involved

- Concise details of the project to be rehearsed and if there is/are performance(s) scheduled

- Dates that the rehearsal space is required and if there is flexibility within those dates

- Which space you are interested in using

- How the piece is being funded

- Benefit of free rehearsal space to the success of the project


Closing date for receipt of information is Friday 01 July 2016.
Offers of space will be made by 15 July 2016.

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Beastly Bookmarks Family Day

April 12, 2016

Monsters, elephants, frogs, owls, cats … We made some amazingly Beastly Bookmarks at Family Day on Saturday 9th April. 

We used a mixture of magazines (for cutting out images), drawing, coloured paper, sticky on eyes, lots of imagination and then finally our trusty laminator to stick it all together!
We even made our own tassles with wool!

Super enjoyable and very easy to make!! Hopefully you'll be inspired to try your own! 

Stay tuned to our Youth Arts Programme ... here ... 

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Christmas Craft Fair 2016 - Call for Crafters and Artists

March 23, 2016

Draíocht is excited to announce its Christmas Craft Fair again this November and is now looking for Applications from Crafters and Artists. Priority will be given to those living in Fingal, making handmade items. There are approximately 30 tables available from €50 per table (for the weekend). Deadline for completed application forms: Friday 03 June 2016.


Application Notes:
1. Those interested must complete and return an Application Form by Friday 03 June 2016 and include a selection of images of the work.
2. Not all those who apply may be allocated a Stall due to over subscription of available spaces. Draíocht retains the right to select on other criteria such as ensuring a range of goods and price points available to the public.
3. On being allocated a place, a Booking Form with the non refundable fee will be required by Friday 01 July 2016.

For further information and an application form, please call Draíocht’s Box Office, tel: 01-8852622 or email:

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Sharon Murphy will be working with Draiocht as Curator

March 21, 2016

Visual Arts in Draíocht


Draíocht is delighted to announce that Sharon Murphy will be working with us from March to December 2016 as Curator (part time). She will be working to refresh and refine our visual arts policy and programme. She will focus on connecting Draíocht’s context and priorities with artists and the public to develop a dynamic and engaging programme of exhibitions and projects in 2017. Her commitment to her own photographic practice as well as her extensive experience in arts provision for children and young people, in public art and in wider cultural strategy makes her a valuable addition to our team. Her appointment underlines our commitment to contemporary visual arts as part of a wider policy and strategy for Draíocht.

Sharon Murphy is an independent visual art curator and photographer based in Dublin. Previously she has worked in a range of key roles in arts, culture and education contexts including Director of Education, Abbey Theatre. Sharon has developed and managed a number of initiatives for artists including residencies, bursaries and exchanges and most recently she has commissioned public art under the Per Cent for Art scheme in a range of settings. She holds an MA in Modern Drama, a BA in Fine Art Photography and was the Irish recipient of the 2007/2008 Jerome Hynes Fellowship on the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme (UK).

You can contact Sharon on

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Collapsing Horse - Residency Continues at a Gallop

March 20, 2016


Collapsing Horse's residency continues at a gallop. Over mid-term we worked in Draíocht’s Studio with members of D15 Youth Theatre on an intensive week-long workshop introducing them to the Collapsing Horse working method. The main theme of the workshop was ‘Serious Playfulness’ a phrase we use all the time when making our work. We also brought in other facilitators to include other practices that feed into the theme: Cathal McGuire of Game Theory introduced ensemble work and ‘complicity’; Paul McDonnell from Macnas worked with the group on large scale puppetry and Maeve Stone of Pan Pan and Change of Address worked on sound design and music in creating work of a play.
You can read/see more ... HERE ...

Coming up in April we will be working with animator Jody Barker Rockett, AV designer Mick Cullinan, composer Dan Forde and scientist and communicator Niamh Shaw on our new piece 46 Billion Light Years From Home. Part puppet show, part installation piece, part animated film, part immersive experience, part ballet - this is a sensory and artistic introduction to Astronomy for 4-6 year olds, told from the perspective of a little boy who goes to the edge of the observable universe. We'll be using Draíocht’s Studio facilities to project animated images of space and begin early work on creating that journey.

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