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. Pupils worked exhaustively, using themes and hints from Brian’s book, along with learning from tours to Collins Barracks and thorough research with their fantastic class teachers, to begin to shape and build characters and stories that, with the help of Alan would slowly develop into a full length cartoon, full of adventure and peril.

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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Jason Deans

Jason Deans

Any Observer

Thu 9 Jun - Sat 10 Sep 2016 Ground Floor Gallery

“What I really look for in my work is how the use of raw, natural materials can resonate, respond and retort to human interactions on the contemporary world.”

Jason’s ‘Any Observer’ work is predominantly sculptural and stands testament to significant social political commentary within the ephemeral constructs created. Lately, his pieces have expanded in scale and challenge, working with raw natural materials such as wood, sand, water and earth in ways that speak to our experiences as humans. This use of ephemeral materials in his practice is important, as the instability and wonder it creates within the work is key to the viewers experience within the space. Often the audience is imbibed with the view of them as a strategic player in the piece, a creative interplay between art and audience, the artist working always towards a contextual expression that feels cohesive and complete.

Jason is a Dublin based artist, graduated from University of Ulster in 2009 with an MFA and achieved his BA in Fine Art from DIT in 2007. He has shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland including Dublin, Belfast, Tullamore and recently exhibited as part of the Tulca ‘Seachange’ Arts Festival in Galway.

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Culture Night at Draiocht 2016

Culture Night at Draiocht 2016

Fri 16 Sep 2016 // Free Admission

Draíocht Workshop Room  // 7PM-8PM
Ages: 14-18 years
D15 Youth Theatre members welcome you into their world … bring a friend, introduce them to Draíocht and dip your toe into the waters of a fun Youth Theatre Workshop. Come along and experience Youth theatre Culture this Culture Night.

Artist Studio // 7PM-8PM

Wild starring Reese Witherspoon
Main Auditorium // 8PM-10PM

All Events Free but ticketed – 7PM-10PM – Pre-booking tel 01-885 2622 or register on the night.


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.

The Beautiful Beasts

The Beautiful Beasts

An exhibition from The Ark

Thu 1 - Sat 31 Dec 2016

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.

An exhibition from The Ark on a ShortWorks Network Tour:
The Beautiful Beasts is touring to three venues this autumn/winter season.
Riverbank, Newbridge: 27th Aug - 8th Oct
Linenhall, Castlebar: 14th Oct - 19th Nov
Draíocht, Blanchardstown: 1st Dec – 31st Dec