Special Eye Entertainment
Award winning comedian, actor, writer - and star of Father Ted (C4); My Hero (BBC 1), Val Falvey (RTE) and Leagues Apart (RTE), Ardal O’Hanlon brings his unique brand of stand up comedy back to Ireland and to Draíocht’s Main stage for the first time.
A highly acclaimed stand up, Ardal has toured to sell out audiences internationally and has released two Top Ten Stand Up DVD's. He continues to be one of the most sought after comedians working with regular sell out solo tours in the UK, USA and Australia. With guest leads in programmes as diverse as Skins (C4) and Doctor Who (BBC), Ardal also stars in the feature film, Wide Open Spaces. His debut novel The Talk of the Town remained in the Best Seller charts for more than 6 months and was recently voted one of the 1001 books to read before you die.
"Funnier than one could possibly imagine" The Scotsman
"A complete joy to watch" The Guardian
FAMILY DAY: SMART ART
National Drawing Day
Join us for National Drawing Day and find out how clever art can be by conjuring up some optical illusions. We won't quite make an elephant disappear, but we will create a little bit of magic inspired by artists like M.C. Escher ... with just a pencil, crayon and paper!
Family Day Notes: No booking necessary – just drop in at any stage / Dress for Mess / Unless otherwise stated these activities are designed for children from 5-10 years, though younger and older siblings are welcome to take part / Please be aware that Draíocht’s Family Days are not designed for groups / All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child.
Battle of the Local Bands Heat 2
Presented by Miniature Jack
Young bands from secondary schools in Dublin 15 battle it out head-to-head once again in the last heat before the Final this Autumn. The night is sure to showcase some of the areas finest young bands rounded off with an exclusive set from Miniature Jack. This hard working band, consisting of Lisa Farrell (Vocals), Brian Loughney (Bass), Ciara Farrell (Guitar), Keith Farrell (Guitar) and David Malone (Drums), is committed to developing the young talent that can be found in Dublin 15. Early booking advised.
WHAT’S IN THE GALLERY?
DRAÍOCHT AND SCHOOLS
These tours are intended to facilitate the understanding of what your students can see in the gallery and encourage students to explore and to voice their opinions about what the artist is doing, or issues raised by the artists work. If you would like your class to visit please contact Sarah on 01 8852622 to arrange a short tour. Tours are free and where possible can include a tour of the whole building. Class numbers are restricted to 25 students with accompanying teacher.
Born in London, Cathy Henderson grew up in Northern Ireland before moving to Paris and then to Dublin to study at NCAD from where she graduated with a Masters of Fine Art in 1993. She has since exhibited in the UK, Ireland, France and Canada.
This current body of work was made over the last two or three years all around the Irish coast. “The most dynamic and resilient influence on my landscape work is the place where land meets the sea. My aim with these pictures is to capture the transience of the coastal view, the sense of shifting skies and the constantly fluctuating mood of weather.” Cathy Henderson
In addition to her continued fascination with landscape, Cathy also focuses much time on portraiture and figurative work. In 2007 she worked as Artist in Residence in Dublin City Council and in 2009 at St James’s Hospital, Dublin. These residencies resulted in two large scale bodies of work which documented cleansing, maintenance and technical support personnel. In 2010 she joined the Blackchurch Print Studio and in the same year she received an Arts Council Artist in the Community award to fund a visual art project with a group of long-term prisoners. She was recently awarded a commission, jointly with Robert Ballagh, to design a commemorative artwork to celebrate the centenary of the 1913 Lockout and the establishment of the ITGWU. Her work is in numerous private and public collections including the Ulster Museum, ESB and Queens University Belfast.
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Dave West was born in Penclawdd, South Wales and grew up in Swansea City. He graduated from the Carmarthenshire College of Art & Design and is now settled in Balbriggan, North County Dublin. This new body of work has been in progress for the past three years and has progressed to an investigation into the relationships between place, atmosphere, light and the moods or feelings they can evoke.
Dave has held nine solo shows to date including two with the Blue Leaf Gallery. He has exhibited with Eigse Arts Festival, the Royal Hibernian Academy, the Royal Ulster Academy, and in the U.K. with the Royal Society of Marine Artists and the New English Art Club. His work is featured in numerous private and public collections including the Office of Public Works, Texaco Corp. and BP. In 2007 Fingal County Council purchased a series of seven paintings for display in their newly refurbished Balbriggan Library. He is also currently studying towards a BA (hons) in the History of Art.
DAVE WEST IN CONVERSATION
Dave will discuss the exhibition and his art practice with Ian Fleming - artist, lecturer at University of Ulster, and Director of Creative Exchange Studios, on 10 March 2012 at 2.30pm. This is a free event and all are welcome.
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D15 Youth Theatre
January - May 2012
D15 Youth Theatre will shortly be entering into its second term of its first year. Working with Eimear Morrissey, Mark Rogers and Ann Ryan, this talented group of 13-18 year olds meet in Draíocht every Tuesday evening and work on many elements of theatre from improvisation to Stanislavski technique to dance. From March the group will begin to work towards a piece of theatre that will explore what they have learned over the course of the term. If you would like to find out more about Youth Theatre, what it is and how to get involved next year please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to the D15 Youth Theatre Facebook page for updates.