The Lucky Penny 1916 Literature Project & Exhibition

The Lucky Penny 1916 Literature Project & Exhibition

D15 Primary School Artists With Illustrator/Author Alan Nolan & Writer Brian Gallagher

Tue 19 Apr - Sat 19 Nov 2016 First Floor Gallery

This exhibition is the result of a large scale innovative and fun filled arts and literature schools project which ran from November 2015-to April 2016, to commemorate 1916.

With initial inspiration from local author Brian Gallagher and his book ‘Friend or Foe’, reaching over 3000 Dublin 15 pupils, three 6th Classes were chosen to work with illustrator, writer and cartoonist, Alan Nolan. 
Inspired by a specific moment in ‘Friend or Foe’, pupils were introduced to the concept of how a coin could move across a revolutionary Dublin of 1916, making its way through the misery, chaos and upheaval of war. The resulting cartoon strips are now exhibited in large scale vinyl in our First Floor Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a full colour published comic book, along with a short film documentary which will be screened at the exhibition opening.
This project has been made possible with generous funding from Fingal County Council and Centenary Committee Funding.

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MORE ... Enjoy a digital version of the published Comic Book

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Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

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Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly

Expanding Spaces

Sat 24 Sep - Sat 19 Nov 2016 Ground Floor Gallery

Expanding Spaces is an exploration of liminal spaces as explored through the medium of drawing and printmaking, where the boundaries between both disciplines can sometimes seem blurred. Preoccupations with themes such as a space between, bending space and expanding spaces emerge through a process led and playful approach to the media used.
Spectator focus is directed not only to materiality but also to visual and perceptual occurrences taking place within the works.

Robert is a graduate of Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design, the National College of Art and Design and Trinity College, Dublin. His work is held in public collections by Louth County Council, County Monaghan VEC and in corporate and private collections in Ireland and Internationally.

Robert has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions with many group shows being curator led. Recent exhibitions include Interconnectedness - Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda (2014)(solo exhibition). Selected group exhibitions include: Legacy -National Print Exhibition, Hyde Bridge Gallery Sligo (2016); Establish Change - Basement Gallery An Tain Arts Centre, Dundalk (2015);  U Turn -The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Curated by Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll (2015); Mini Print International Seacourt Print Workshop, Bangor (2016 and 2014); Hot off the Press - Gormley’s Gallery, Lisburn Road, Belfast curated by Stuart Cannell (2014).

Robert is a member of Black Church Print Studio Dublin since 2010. He undertook a Cill Rialaig ResidencyAward in Ballinskelligs in September 2015.

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MORE ... Video: John Graham launches the Exhibition

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Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

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The Beautiful Beasts

The Beautiful Beasts

An exhibition from The Ark

Thu 1 - Fri 30 Dec 2016 Ground Floor Gallery

Visit a weird and wonderful collection of animal sculptures curated by The Ark especially for children. Amongst these quirky, loveable animals, you will find a flying horse, a tortoise with a secret story and a toucan in disguise! Created by leading Irish and international artists from materials ranging from bronze, woods, ceramics and steel, you can learn about the techniques used to create the artworks and feel samples of the materials used.

The Beautiful Beasts exhibition is made up of some of The Ark’s favourite pieces from its collection which spans its 21 years of commissioning professional artists to create work for children.
Recommended for Ages 4+

Featured Artists
Owen Crawford, Conor Fallon, Luxon Gutsa, Orla Kaminska, Olivia Musgrave, Anthony Scott, Imogen Stuart.

Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

The Beautiful Beasts is touring to three venues this Autumn/Winter season from The Ark on a ShortWorks Network Tour:
Riverbank, Newbridge: 27th Aug - 8th Oct
Linenhall, Castlebar: 14th Oct - 19th Nov
Draíocht, Blanchardstown: 1st Dec – 30th Dec

Open Studio with Artist Jole Bortoli - Artist in Residence

Open Studio with Artist Jole Bortoli - Artist in Residence

Sat 10 - Fri 16 Dec 2016 First Floor Gallery

Fascinated by how humans have, in the arts and literature, transferred human qualities onto animals and animals’ onto humans, Artist Jole Bortoli will spontaneously respond to ‘The Beautiful Beasts’ exhibition in the Ground Floor Gallery. Using a range of materials as well as drawing, making and creating, Jole will reinvent the space to explore this special relationship between human and animal. So if you have ever wondered at Tumnus the Faun in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe or the God Pan in The Wind and the Willows come along and visit with Jole as she explores these fascinating ideas of ‘transformation’ and ‘metamorphosis’.

During this ‘Open Studio Residency’, as she makes her own work in response to the exhibition, Jole will engage with families and children. She will also do a number of targeted workshops with primary school groups; with Fingal Arts Office’s Room 13 Studio Programme; with Leaving Cert students to support their engagement with galleries and exhibitions; and with Draíocht’s CREATE Dance Programme. All workshops and events are free but must be booked in advance. Bookings tel: 01-8852622.

Jole Bortoli is a visual artist and Director/ Founder of Art To Heart ( with significant experience working with children. She works regularly with The Ark and has led pioneering visual art programmes there since 1995. She has art-directed the interior design of children-centred spaces such as the A&E Department in Temple Street Children’s Hospital and the Office for the Ombudsman for Children and works as an artist/facilitator with Rehab Dúnlaoghaire and The Sanctuary, Dublin 7. Her studio practice is based in Dublin and the Burren, Co. Clare. Jole is currently writing and illustrating her second book.  ‘Iria’ her first book and exhibition was launched in 2010 at The Ark and a new exhibition of this work is planned for 2017.

For further information about Jole's Residency, please email