Studio Incubation Residencies For Artists 2017/2018

December 2, 2016



NEW DIRECTIONS IN THE VISUAL ARTS 2017-2021
Draíocht has recently created a new strategic framework for the visual arts for the next three years which includes the following features:

- a curated approach to programming the visual arts
- a commitment to ensure that visual arts programming within Draíocht (or led by it) takes close cognisance of the demography of Dublin 15 and the social context within which we work
- an openness to the changing nature of the visual arts and to increased inter- disciplinary practice.

The programme will be officially launched in Spring 2017 when full details will be announced. For now, read a brief outline from Sharon Murphy, Draíocht’s Curator-in-Residence 2017 and contact Sharon on sharon@draiocht.ie for further information.

Studio Incubation Residencies For Artists 2017/2018
We are delighted to announce two short-term incubation residencies at Draíocht Studio for emerging artists whose practice will embody and enrich our ‘new directions’ vision. Priority will be given to young and emerging artists who wish to research and develop new work and whose interests lie in one or more of the following areas: interdisciplinary practice; visual culture and new technologies; socially engaged and collaborative practices; visual arts practice for children and young people.

Artists will have free use of Draíocht’s Studio for a period of 8 weeks and will be paid an honorarium and will be able to avail of mentoring from the Curator in Residence, the Artist in Residence and members of the Draíocht team as required.

Closing date for application 5pm 24 Feb 2017. 

For briefing document and application process email sharon@draiocht.ie

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Sharon Murphy Curator in Residence 2017

December 2, 2016

Sharon Murphy will be Draíocht’s Curator-in-Residence 2017 having recently received an Arts Council Visual Arts Curatorial Award. Her interests as Curator focus on the centrality of art within the lives of young people; the intersections between youth culture and visual culture; and the relationship between the visual and the performative. She sees Draíocht’s Galleries not only as places to show work but also as creative social spaces.

Her residency will explore models of practice and programming in the visual arts that engage and animate the Dublin 15 community, especially its culturally diverse and young population.


The outline programme for 2017 will include:

- A year-long residency by artist Michael McLoughlin
- A children’s commission
- An inaugural visual culture season
- A public commission involving artists from Fingal and supported by Fingal County Council.

Sharon is an independent visual art curator and photographer based in Dublin. She holds an MA in Modern Drama, a BA in Fine Art Photography and was the Irish recipient of the Jerome Hynes Fellowship on the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme (UK) 2007/2008.

NEW DIRECTIONS IN THE VISUAL ARTS 2017-2021
Draíocht has recently created a new strategic framework for the visual arts for the next three years which includes the following features:

- a curated approach to programming the visual arts
- a commitment to ensure that visual arts programming within Draíocht (or led by it) takes close cognisance of the demography of Dublin 15 and the social context within which we work
- an openness to the changing nature of the visual arts and to increased inter- disciplinary practice.

The programme will be officially launched in Spring 2017 when full details will be announced. 

For further information, contact sharon@draiocht.ie

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Dancing up a Storm in Blanchardstown

December 1, 2016

Please vote for us in the Better Together Video Competition 2016 from The Wheel. You can vote Once a day every day until 7 December 2016!
We could win one of 6 prizes of €1000.
Thanks so much! ...

Just Click the link below and then click 'Vote Now':
http://www.bettertogether.ie/video/dancing-storm-blanchardstown



Draíocht’s Create Dance Project has been running since December 2013. Along with Draíocht’s Dancers Mark Rogers, Philippa Donnellan and Antje O'Toole, two groups of children with intellectual disabilities from the downs syndrome and autism spectrum, their parents and siblings have taken part in this innovative dance project through a series of weekly workshops. 
The response from participants has been overwhelmingly positive and the level of engagement increasingly impressive. This project represents a rare opportunity for these sometimes socially marginalised families to engage in the arts in a fun, creative and stress free environment.

Enjoy the full video here after you've voted.

Enjoy our Create Dance Blog here ... 

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Draiocht Christmas Craft Fair Sat 26 and Sun 27 Nov 2016

November 1, 2016

Draiocht Christmas Craft Fair
SAT 26 - SUN 27 NOV 2016 12 NOON-5PM 
Galleries, Foyer & Workshop Room




Draíocht is thrilled to be opening its doors for a two-day Christmas Craft Fair Extravaganza in November. Come along with your Christmas shopping list and we’ve no doubt our 28 Crafters will be able to tick many items on that list for you. Be inspired by some beautifully hand crafted work, including knitting, crochet, jewellery, quilting, cards, prints, journals, children’s clothes, ceramics, glass work, umbrellas, crystals, leather goods, photography and much more.

While you’re here, enjoy our Monster Raffle with amazing  prizes, Christmas Face Painting (1-4pm), hot chocolate flowing from our Betelnut Café, watch our two Christmas Movies, ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘Home Alone’ and Meet Fairy Clodagh from the Irish Fairy Door Company! We’ll also have an Elf on hand in our Workshop Room to help small people write and decorate their Santa Letters too.

So pop along during the days from 12 noon to 5pm for this lovely family weekend.

This is a Draíocht Fundraising event. If you can you sponsor a raffle prize please email ciara@draiocht.ie or phone 01-8098024.
Draíocht is a registered charity venue generously funded by Fingal County Council with additional funding provided by The Arts Council.






 

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Des Kenny Reviews Expanding Spaces by Robert Kelly

October 10, 2016

10 October 2016 - Our Arty Blogger is back! Des Kenny Reviews 'Expanding Spaces' by Robert Kelly ...
 

Abstraction has no other purpose but to be of itself, simultaneously distinctive and paradoxical. At times existing outside the tangled realm of words, inexplicably defying the desire of language to categorise it. The elusive quality of non-objective art appeals to many contemporary artists since it accommodates any strategy or theory while remaining ambiguous about any infallible final truth.  Robert Kelly’s show in Draiocht of abstract prints and drawings uses a number of elemental signs such as the triangle, square, circle and curved forms to explore the nature of pictorial space whilst indirectly referencing the subliminal space of the imagination.



On folded paper blue squares, green triangles and purple circles are run through the printing press but these rudimentary forms fragment as the paper is unfurled. The tension of this shuddering disruption across the paper surface reaches out to the viewer to reassemble the shapes in their mind. The graphic reality of the print exercises the viewer’s imagination to make connections and restore order to the splintered narrative of the imagery.



In another print presented on a square sheet of paper, circular forms are pulled asunder as the folded paper is restored to its original state. A great area of white paper disrupts the printed image like a crack appearing after the movement of tectonic plates across the earth. One blue circle moves from the printed surface into the compressed subterranean space of the indented white paper as if trying to manipulate the physical order of the composition before it disintegrates. By allowing chance dictate the outcome of the pictorial plane may imply that any measured principle of certainty we have is illusory.

A series of charcoal drawings display a calmer approach compared to the disruptive ideas pursued in the first five prints. These square drawings are folded in a manner which leaves horizontal, vertical and diagonal marks embedded in the paper. This underlying structure creates a scaffold upon which gentle curved marks find placement in an ordered construct. Mirrored images are formed when the paper is folded and put through the printing press creating symmetrical shapes that are balanced. The artist counters this informed symmetry created during the printing process by working over the paper with marks made in pastel that float above the uniform design. These intuitive marks made without the use of a printing press depend wholly upon the reflective touch of the artist hand and integrates the makers artistic personality more richly into the process.


The work called Entropy is made of sixteen prints on grey buff paper which combine to create a large square format where curved forms dance like musical notation. The repeated arabesques vary slightly on each page as if in a state of flux but moving towards dissolution. In The Wind of Change the notional marks are more strident and the diagonal creases lift the prints away from the wall. A symbolic turbulence ripples across the surface of the prints, where a reckoning wind will transform everything.



A large installation piece hangs from the ceiling, undulating like the serpentine form of a Chinese dragon. Seeming to catch the light and movement of the scurrying white clouds reflected in the large windows. Imprisoned, it yearns to take flight from the restraints of the gallery and let the tilting wind lift it up on silvery clouds. In folded sculpture square sheets of creased paper race upwards from the floor towards a vanishing point upon the gallery’s highest wall. A vertiginous sense of speed is felt as the square sheets reduce in size the higher the sculpture climbs up the stark white wall.

Robert Kelly is a restless printmaker who uses non-traditional printmaking techniques to excavate the hidden riches inherent in the medium.


Read more about Robert's show ... here ...



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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