Des Kenny talks to Orla Kelly Artist in Residence at Draiocht

July 1, 2014

Orla Kelly has completed six months of a yearlong residency in Draíocht’s Artist’s Studio. While making her own distinctive art, Orla is also involved in educating young children through the visual arts and is the founder of ‘Early Childhood Creativity’. She has participated with Draíocht in organising creative crèches for young infants and initiating projects based on its current visual art exhibitions with local primary schools. On entering the studio this process of her practice shapes corners with colours of vibrant youthful activity, cone shaped objects become rockets, pom-poms transform into flower heads and a tea pot acquires a humorous face. Orla believes the introduction of artistic creativity to very young children, helps develop creative thinking, social skills and a sense of self esteem. Art is not just a procedure to entertain children but is an important educational tool. With assistance from Fingal County Council Arts Office, Orla will become Artist in Residence in a local primary school from September 2014. Setting up a studio near the classrooms, she will share her artistic knowledge with the teachers and students. Despite all the demands these projects place on her time, Orla still ensures her own artistic output is sustained. Evidence of this pursuit lines the walls, floor and desks of the studio.


Tiny Tots Tuesdays in Draiocht's Workshop  Room


Orla Kelly with fellow artist Andrew Carson


Orla Kelly - The Creative Creche Project - Draiocht

Works in various states of completion, call for attention, demanding definition from the artist. Each work of art maintains a different timescale as it struggles unhurried towards consummation. Orla has worked on one piece for two years and she allows the trembling seconds, minutes and days pass until the work of art, no longer require her presence and become a self contained reality. When this moment arrives the artist lets go and the work can leave the private domain of the studio and enter the public arena. On an end wall, three unstretched overlapping canvasses challenge each other for recognition. The predominant work is mainly grey with vibrant blues rising to the surface. Orla is inspired by aerial views of landscapes, where the land becomes compressed and more abstract.  Traceries of rivers resemble veins and arteries weaving across the breathing earth. In another canvas, a square charcoal grid covers the canvas surface, enclosing an irregular patch of pulsating yellow and midnight black which attempt to escape the rigid mesh like structure.

An interesting technique using wax, melted on paper or canvas and covered with black gesso is the source of striking imagery. One work generated with these materials on paper has a print like quality similar to an etching. A cell like oval form that lay hidden, submerged beneath the blackened wax is excavated and released by the artists hands. In areas the scouring is so vigorous that indentations cover the paper lending the surface a fractured but tactile characteristic. Innovative images are also fabricated using darkened wax on glass.  The wax is removed from the glass with needles or heat, the glass plate is than placed over photographic paper and exposed to light. The photographic paper is fixed and an image gradually emerges. The resultant image has a faded spectral aspect, lending them a claustrophobic but mysterious atmosphere.

On another wall six small canvases hold your interest as the lurching paint, skims across their surface groping blindly for enigmatic forms. In a larger work wild blues, skate around a dissolving white form as an intimate yellow allows the eye to linger momentarily above turbulent greens. Works like these are a struggling launch into the unknown. The artist must always surrender to the chaos of creativity without knowing the final outcome and making art becomes a leap of faith. Orla Kelly makes this impulsive leap of faith, each day she enters the studio.


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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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Tiny Tots Tuesdays

July 1, 2014

Today was the last day this season of 'Tiny Tots Tuesdays', with early year’s artist Orla Kelly and artist Andrew Carson. Our artists provide an exciting, fun, curious environment, aimed at supporting parents to get creative with their children. The sessions are unthemed allowing parents and children to work spontaneously with the materials provided.  This hour offers a creative and artistic expertise to support parents in encouraging the creative growth of their children aged 2-3 years.



















































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Review - A Night in November

May 19, 2014

‘A Night in November’ by Marie Jones, Starring Padraic McIntyre.

A review by Robert Glenn Baes, 5th Year, Coláiste Pobail Setanta


On Saturday 17th of May we went to see the play 'A Night in November' which was presented by Ramor Theatre at Draiocht. This hilarious one man show is about Kenneth McAllister’s rebellious journey as he travels from Windsor Park in Belfast which is his home county to Doran's Bar in New York to see 'Jacks Army' in their quest to win the 1994 World Cup. Kenneth is a regular middleclass man who seems to be in the middle of a midlife crisis and has to choose between what he thinks is right and what others want him to do.

Before entering the theatre I was unsure as to what to expect from ‘A Night in November’.  I realised straight away that the play was going to surpass my expectations. ‘A Night in November' is about one man’s journey to find himself. This was portrayed beautifully by McIntyre. I was impressed by McIntyre’s dedication to his role in the play.


Kenneth seems to be a coward and is not able to express how he truly feels. One of the many characters McIntyre plays is Kenneth's inner voice and through a number of insightful soliloquies we see how frustrated Kenneth is with his life. It is a testament to McIntyre’s talent that he powerfully sustains this one man show with minimal props (a set of steps) and one costume change. McIntyre makes the most out of those three steps by turning them into a car, an office and stadium seating.


I would recommend this play to people who want to get inside the head of an average person. The entertaining and sometimes poignant insights into Kenneth’s  thoughts will engage audiences of all ages. McIntyre’s convincing use of props combined with his powerful delivery made 'A Night in November' a night to remember.

 

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Draiocht and the Irish Film Institute

March 31, 2014

Just announced ... our first collaboration with the Irish Film Institute and their Primary School programme ... 'Believe' coming to Draiocht on 7 May, 10.30am ... tickets just e2 per student ... full details & booking here ... 

Believe
Primary School Film Screening in Draiocht - In association with the Irish Film institute

WED 7 MAY 2014 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €2

Set in 1984 Manchester and inspired by real events, Believe is a funny and touching fictional tale about the legendary Manchester United football manager, Sir Matt Busby, who helps a wayward boy fulfil his dream. An act of petty crime by 11 year old Georgie becomes a collision of fate as Sir Matt tracks him down, only to discover that the boy is an extraordinarily gifted footballer and captain of a team of unruly talents.


Film details: UK ● 2013 ● Drama ● 94 min ● Director: David Scheinmann

School Booking Details:
Suitable for 4th, 5th & 6th class pupils
Cost:€2 per student. 2 teachers free per class.
Booking tel: 01-8852622
Please let us know about any special needs at time of booking.

Includes an Introduction on the morning by the Education Dept of the IFI.

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Draíocht Doodle Page

August 15, 2013

Samuel Beckett loved to Doodle, as did Thomas Jefferson and Sylvia Platt . Rumour has it that it can aid your memory! So if you are passing through Draíocht’s lobby with your child..or by yourself… why not stop for a doodle. You can also download a Draíocht Doodle Page here and doodle at home to your heart's content.  If you really love to doodle why not join us for a Monster Doodle Family Day.

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