Draiocht Christmas Craft Fair Sat 28 and Sun 29 November 2015

September 2, 2015

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR IN DRAIOCHT BLANCHARDSTOWN
SAT 28 - SUN 29 NOVEMBER 2015 // 12 NOON - 6PM DAILY
Draíocht Galleries, Draíocht Foyer & Draíocht Workshop Room

Draíocht is thrilled to be opening its doors for a two-day Christmas Craft Fair Extravaganza. Come along and support our Crafters, enjoy raffle prizes, face painting and hot chocolate; watch our Christmas Movies, ‘Elf’ and ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ and enjoy yourself. The 30 stalls will feature some beautifully hand crafted work, including knitting, crochet, baking, jewellery, needlework, wood turning, origami, cards, journals, children’s clothes, buttons, keyrings, handbags, photography and much more.

Entrance is free, pop along during the days from 12 noon to 6pm and support your local Arts Centre and crafters from Fingal.

Draíocht is a registered charity venue generously funded by Fingal County Council with additional funding provided by The Arts Council.

This is a Draíocht Fundraising event. Can you sponsor a raffle prize? Email nicola@draiocht.ie

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Collapsing Horse - Draíocht’s New Theatre Artists in Residence 2015/2016

August 6, 2015

Our 3 year Hallelujah! Clown Choir Project with Veronica Coburn ends with a bang in October with their final production, Ship of Fools and we are delighted to be welcoming our new Theatre Artists in Residence to Draíocht, Collapsing Horse ...



‘We’re Collapsing Horse, we’re a young theatre company from Dublin and we’ll be the new Theatre Artists in Residence in Draíocht 2015/2016. From January 2016 we’ll be working with D15 Youth Theatre, sharing our skills in puppetry and using theatrical illusion to bring ordinary objects to life. We will also be utilizing Draíocht’s Studio and technical facilities to develop a new play called Conor, about a child who journeys up to the sky. We use projections, animated backgrounds and live puppetry to create the experience of seeing the scale of the universe for the first time. We’ve had a great relationship with Draíocht since they presented our first show, Monster/Clock in 2013. We were back again in March 2015 with our creepy fairytale Human Child. We’re thrilled to be supported by Draíocht, Fingal County Council and the Arts Council to be making new work while engaging with Draíocht’s young audience.’


To find out more about this Residency, email Emer McGowan, Director Draiocht, emer@draiocht.ie

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Early Bird - Book Before 09 September 2015

August 6, 2015

BE AN EARLY BIRD AND BOOK BEFORE 09 SEPTEMBER 2015 FOR THESE NEW SEASON SHOWS AND GET THESE GREAT DISCOUNTS!


 

SEPTEMBER - DRAMA
STAR OF THE SEA
Full price: €18 // Early Bird: €14

SEPTEMBER - FILM
SECOND BEST MARIGOLD HOTEL
Full price: €7.50 // Early Bird: €6

OCTOBER - MUSIC
THE WHISTLING GIRL / HONOR HEFFERNAN
Full price: €18 // Early Bird: €10

OCTOBER – DRAMA
LUCK JUST KISSED YOU HELLO BY AMY CONROY
Full price: €18 // Early Bird: €14

OCTOBER - DRAMA
HOW TO KEEP AN ALIEN
Full price: €18 // Early Bird: €14

NOVEMBER - DRAMA
TOM CREAN – ANTARCTIC EXPLORER
Full price: €18 // Early Bird: €14

NOVEMBER - DRAMA
THE UNLUCKY CABIN BOY
Full price: €18 // Early Bird: €14



Tickets must be paid in full before 09 September 2015 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.
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Dublin Theatre Festival 2015 on Tour to Draíocht

August 5, 2015

We're very excited to announce that Dublin Theatre Festival 2015 will tour 3 shows to Draíocht this September and October.
Tickets are now on sale with 2 Early Bird offers, if tickets are booked before 9 September 2015.
Read more about each show by clicking the link ...
 

STAR OF THE SEA ...
Moonfish Theatre & An Taibhdhearc
In the winter of 1847 the famine ship Star of the Sea sets sail for the Promised Land ...

THURS 24 - SAT 26 SEPT 2015 8PM / Main Auditorium //
Tickets: €18 / €16 conc / Groups of 10+: €14 / Early Bird: €14 (Book before 09 Sept 2015)
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LUCK JUST KISSED YOU HELLO ... 
HotForTheatre and Galway International Arts Festival / Written by Amy Conroy
Laura returns home for the death of her father, but Laura is now Mark ...

WED 07 - THURS 08 OCT 2015 8PM / Main Auditorium //
Tickets: €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €14 (Book before 09 Sept 2015)
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HOOKED ...
Verdant Productions / Written by Gillian Grattan
Attractive young Dubliner, Lydia retreats to a small country village in an attempt to escape from her past and reinvent her future ...

SAT 10 OCT 2015 8PM Main Auditorium
Tickets: €18 / €14 conc

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Des Kenny Reviews Marc Guinan - ‘What is Painting?...’

August 4, 2015

31 July 2015 - Our Arty Blogger is back! Des Kenny Reviews Marc Guinan ...  

Marc Guinan's minimalist paintings delineate the walls of Draíocht’s Ground Floor Gallery with sustained colourful rhythms and material presence. They follow the minimalist doctrine propounded by New York artists in the 1960’s which declared the use of simple geometric forms, a monochromatic palette and the use of industrial materials presented unadorned in their primitive state. The basic substance of these paintings is manufactured by pouring acrylic paint over glass or acetate and when dry it is peeled away, cut and placed over a stretcher. An infinite variety of presentation is created by tilting the stretcher at various angles, allowing folds ebb and flow unceremoniously over the gallery walls. They become less mechanical structures that have a closed perceptual engagement but grow into an open organic composition that flickers outward into the connected space of a painting and receptive eyes.



The painting called Cream allows the folds of material cascade downwards like the sheets of clothing carved into white marble by renaissance and baroque sculptors. This allusion to art history and the creation of a metaphorical reference for minimalist painting appears to deviate from the aesthetic context of the New York school but it does allow a broader uninhibited interpretation of these works and enriches the visual experience. Indeed in Blue Black, the shadow cast by the work appears to create a bat like image on the gallery wall, of course an unintended result of gallery lights falling on the painting. Can this Blue Black painting be an observation of the night sky with a shadow of a bat reinforcing this analysis? These paintings become a battleground between personnel observation and an art historical framework which at times are unable to couple a truce between these conflicting arguments. This argumentative tension does not overwhelm these works but adds another dimension to their sculptural presence.



In Yellow Purple this conflict is less pronounced and does not obscure the materiality of its fabrication with its visual realisation by the viewer. A flat meditive yellow rectangle tilted off centre is disrupted by a rippling flap of purple. The combative nature of complimentary colours increases the tension in the piece as both colours vie for supremacy. The sedate yellow does not allow the strident purple to dominate the composition but the serenity intensifies as the colourful interference by the reflective yellow deepens.

Both sides of the plastic material which make these paintings expand outwards in an architectural sweep on the gallery walls and at the same time an inverse momentum returns the fabric to the centre. In  Green Red this theme is explored fully as the plastic material in a triangular form points with certainty at the green centre as a secondary red triangle emerges and reinforces this motion inwards. The right hand side ripples away and loops back like the drop curtain on a stage. Yet behind all these urgent sweeping shapes flapping like a sail in the wind there is a focused stillness tautly holding the straining composition together. Movement, calm and complimentary colours combine to ratchet up our visual awareness as the flowering forms unfold on the gallery walls.



There are a number of small square canvases which explore and move away from the self imposed restrictive palette of the larger paintings. A greater number of colour combinations inventively activate the surface of these works. A silver canvas has an orange centre surrounded by a black and white square with a piece of green strip pushing beyond the canvas surface. In other canvases thin strips of material twist and twirl on the picture plain, goading colours to escape their monotone backgrounds. In these small works the artist appears to strive beyond the doubtless weathered parameters of minimalism towards a more inclusive personnel vision.


Read more about Marc'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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