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 (arttoheart.ie) 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 sharon@draiocht.ie

30 Years Artists Places

30 Years Artists Places

Celebrating 30 years of local authority provision for the arts

Thu 12 Jan - Sat 25 Mar 2017 Ground & First Floor Galleries

One of the most significant exhibitions of Irish artists in recent years, 30 Years, Artists, Places marks 30 years since Local Authorities embarked on providing for the arts locally, featuring 30 artists and 30 places.

Renowned artists such as Tony O’Malley, Alice Maher, Robert Ballagh, John Kindness, Norah McGuiness, Sean McSweeney, Sean Lynch and John Shinnors alongside emerging artists Cora Cummins, Cleary Connolly, Lisa Fingleton, Jenny Brady, Vanessa Lopez and David Stephenson and many others feature in the exhibition, which is being funded by The Arts Council.

The collection speaks of places, people and home which reflect upon local authority arts development as just that, of a place and of a people, of rural and urban Ireland, of home in a changing island where we are bold with new ideas but rooted in our past.

The exhibition is a must see, not just for the extraordinary line up of Irish artists but for the stories of how each work came to be purchased, commissioned or acquired by local authorities. Therein lies the real narrative; the quiet, genuine and imaginative support for Irish artists demonstrated by our local government for the past 30 years.

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