Preparing For Section 3 - Art Appreciation

Preparing For Section 3 - Art Appreciation


Fri 1 Sep - Fri 1 Dec 2017 // €25 PER CLASS // Dur: 60 Mins

COST: €25 PER CLASS / Duration 1 hour

Section 3 of the Leaving Certificate Art exam paper often includes a question on visiting an exhibition or a gallery space. Facilitated by artist Andrew Carson, this tour gives students the opportunity to ask questions and explore Draíocht’s exhibitions, focusing on how we layout, install, display and light work. They will also have an opportunity to make notes, sketches and diagrams.

Contact Sarah on 01-8098029 to arrange a tour that will help students answer possible questions around gallery installation and exhibitions. All materials will be provided. Please give at least 2 weeks notice. Max 30 students per class with accompanying teacher.

The Creative Crèche Programme

The Creative Crèche Programme

Artist Orla Kelly and Mulhuddart Community Centre

Fri 1 Sep - Tue 31 Oct 2017

Artist Orla Kelly, from Early Childhood Creativity, will work with pre-school groups from Mulhuddart Community Centre during September and October 2017. This programme will be made up of facilitated workshop visits, some in the crèche and some in Draíocht, exploring and responding to Draíocht’s Gallery exhibitions and theatre programme with storytelling, painting and an abundance of imagination.

If you are a crèche, playschool or Montessori in Dublin 15 and are interested in getting involved in our future Creative Crèche Programmes, please get in touch with or on 01 8098029 for further information.

Explore More - Tours for Primary Classes

Explore More - Tours for Primary Classes


Fri 1 Sep - Fri 1 Dec 2017 // FREE // Dur: 50 mins

Visit Draíocht’s two exhibitions spaces, encourage students to examine and voice their opinion about the artist and their work and explore the rest of the building including our two theatre spaces, backstage and dressing rooms. Please book with Sarah, e: or phone 01-809 8029. Tours will take approx 50 minutes, are free, but are subject to availability. Class numbers are restricted to 30 students with accompanying teacher. 

Draíocht’s Artist in Your Classroom Initiative Sept-Dec 2017

Draíocht’s Artist in Your Classroom Initiative Sept-Dec 2017

Workshops In Your Classroom With Draíocht’s Artists

Fri 1 Sep - Fri 1 Dec 2017

This programme aims to provide a range of high quality arts experiences for pupils and teachers in your own classroom, using Draíocht’s professional artists, at Primary level. Your school can choose from the range of specially selected and purposefully created school workshops below. This Season, pupils will have the opportunity to create and perform, to dance and move, and to play and squash clay. Workshops are tailored to your class’s age and abilities and will work with two separate classes each day.

Clay In Your Classroom
Age Range: 3rd-6th Class  Duration: 2 Class Group Workshops Of 2 Hours
Artist: Deirdre O’Reilly
Slap it, bang it, thump it, texture it! Create three dimensional animals and clay models with Ceramic Artist Deirdre O'Reilly. This in-depth ceramic workshop will concentrate on using 3-dimensional clay shapes as a starting point for model making. During these workshops, the children will be equipped with new skills and knowledge of how to create the most adventurous of 3D models with fine textured detail applied. A must-do cross curricular creative workshop for your class.

Drama In Your Classroom
Age Range: Adaptable To All Age Ranges
Duration: Junior/Senior Infants: 4 Class Group Workshops Of 45 Mins
2nd Class+: 2 Class Group Workshops Of 1.5 hours
Artist: Eimear Morrissey
Using some of our favourite fairytales as a starting point, facilitator Eimear introduces pupils to the wonderful world of theatre through imaginative storytelling and fun collective group games. The workshop will explore different ways of engaging the imagination, of thinking creatively, seeing, listening, new ways of communicating and expression, as well as building confidence. Pupils will work together towards a common goal of creating a short improvised performance piece, giving them the opportunity to experience the creation of something from nothing!

Dance In Your Classroom
Age Range: Adaptable To All Age Ranges
Duration: 4 Class Group Workshops Of 45 Mins
Artist: Antje O Toole
Leap like a frog, scurry like a mouse, strut like a peacock. Facilitator Antje will introduce pupils to the wonderful world of dance and movement through the use of animals and how they move and shake. The workshop will encourage your pupils to think about dance and movement in an imaginative and creative way, to have fun responding to music, to enjoy swinging your arms, bobbing your head and expressing themselves through the freedom of movement and dance.

Workshop Notes & Bookings:
Workshops can take place from 04 September-01 December 2017 on a date of your choosing.
Closing date for Bookings is Friday 20 October 2017 through Draíocht’s Box Office tel: 01-8852622.

The programme is offered on a first come first serve basis and is restricted to schools within the Dublin 15 area. Cost per day €150. All materials are provided. Schools are welcome to make multiple bookings, subject to artist availability, but due to budgetary constraints the above subsidised workshop rate is limited to two days per school. For further details please contact Sarah on 01-809 8029 or email

Portfolio Preparation Guidance

Portfolio Preparation Guidance

With Artist Andrew Carson

Tue 5 Sep - Tue 13 Mar 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room

TUESDAYS   7PM-9PM  OCT 2017-MARCH 2018   
2017: 05 SEP (cancelled), 03 OCT, 07 NOV, 05 DEC
2018: 09 JAN, 06 FEB, 13 MAR


Are you in 5th or 6th year and planning on going to art college? Draíocht will facilitate Portfolio Preparation Guidance sessions with artist Andrew Carson on select Tuesdays from October 2017-March 2018. Bring along your portfolio every month for review and suggestions, drawing sessions and a suggested task to complete between sessions. All levels are welcome and these sessions are designed to be informal, drop in sessions. Sessions are free but space is limited, so please register at the Box Office in advance each month tel: 01-8852622.

Stagezone Singing Dancing & Drama Classes at Draiocht

Stagezone Singing Dancing & Drama Classes at Draiocht

Stagezone Theatre School - Fridays & Saturdays

Sat 16 Sep - Sat 23 Dec 2017

Singing Dancing & Drama Classes at Draíocht
With an emphasis on Musical Theatre
Ages 5+

Next Registration Date: Sat 16 Sept 2017

Stagezone Dance & Drama Classes (Children)

Stagezone Dance & Drama Classes (Children) 

Contact information for Stagezone
Phone: Gladys Coyle  087 419 0165
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Would you like to run a class or workshop at Draíocht?
Draíocht has spaces available for hire which are suitable for most functions including conferences, presentations, meetings, auditions, rehearsals, classes and workshops.

Please call Ciara Corrigan on 01-8098024 for more information and hire fees or email or go to our Room Hires Section

Create Dance Project - Autumn/Winter 2017

Create Dance Project - Autumn/Winter 2017

SEP-NOV 2017

Sat 30 Sep - Sat 11 Nov 2017 Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 per class

Jnr Group (5-8 yrs) 12.30PM-1.15PM
Snr Group (9-16 yrs) 2PM-3PM

During this innovative dance project, dancers and facilitators Mark Rogers and Antje O’Toole continue to work their ‘dance magic’ with our group of children with an intellectual disability, their parents and siblings in weekly workshops.

If you have a child aged between 5-16 years with a love of dance, please get in touch with Sarah Beirne, / ph 01-8098029.

Priority is given to our existing group of children, but we sometimes take a waiting list for any spaces that arise.

Exploring Theatre Craft 2017

Exploring Theatre Craft 2017

STATES OF PLAY: Hartstown & Riversdale Theatre Project

Tue 3 Oct - Tue 14 Nov 2017

OCT-NOV 2017
Over a six week period, theatre professionals will work with transition year students from Hartstown Community School and Riversdale Community College to introduce them to the magic of theatre. Using exhibitions in our gallery spaces, The Weight of Water and Lost State as a starting point, students will respond to themes of our sense of place and belonging, that are explored in these works through the medium of theatre; improvising and creating short performance pieces. Participants will attend workshops as well as attend theatre shows.

If you are a secondary school in Dublin 15 and are interested in finding out more about this project please contact

The Weight Of Water - Elaine Hoey

The Weight Of Water - Elaine Hoey

Thu 19 Oct - Sat 4 Nov 2017 Ground Floor Gallery

The Weight of Water is an extraordinary immersive animation that fuses virtual reality and gaming technology to address the ongoing global refugee crisis. For each viewer – one-at-a-time and for 8 minutes - that crisis is no longer an abstraction, an item on the news or a front-page photo. Instead it becomes a lived experience, collapsing the distance that normally protects us from the impact of such events and making us ‘witnesses’ rather than safely detached spectators. Wearing a virtual-reality headset, each viewer joins refugees on a boat and is both observer and fellow-traveler as they undertake a treacherous journey. Words, sound and images create a sensory field that enacts the perils of seeking asylum in Europe, offering us increased understanding of these traumatic and grim experiences.

Elaine Hoey creates interactive installations, appropriating gaming aesthetics and techniques, such as virtual reality, motion capture, 3d virtual avatars and environments. Her work explores the intersections between the media, technology and politics.

Hoey is an award-winning artist who recently completed a Masters in Fine Art at NCAD. In 2016 she was awarded the prestigious RDS Taylor Art Award for her virtual reality installation The Weight of Water which, following The Visual Arts Awards Exhibition at the RDS was exhibited at Futures at the RHA; Design and Violence, a collaboration between the  Science Gallery, Dublin and MoMA, New York. Hoey has recently exhibited new virtual reality works Stranger Than Fiction Is Fact at NCAD and Blueprint for a Virtual Nomad at Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda.

Booking Essential through Box Office tel 01-8852622.

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

Curated by Sharon Murphy, Draíocht Curator-in-Residence 2017

Lost State - Hugh McCabe and Suzanne Walsh

Lost State - Hugh McCabe and Suzanne Walsh

Thu 19 Oct - Sat 4 Nov 2017 First Floor Gallery

Lost State, a mixed-media installation by Hugh McCabe and Suzanne Walsh, comprises of photography, voice, 3D animation and audio. The work centres around photographs of disused computer parts shot from the imagined point of view of future entities uncovering the technological detritus of our time. A soundtrack accompanying the photographs alludes to a speculative narrative about the circumstances of the discovery of these objects and their significance for those finding them. A short film using digital 3D modelling and rendering techniques simulates drone footage of the exploration of one of the discovered objects.

The photographs are all shot on a large format 4”x5” analogue film camera in order to make a connection with early photographic history and its use as a form of documentation and enquiry. The work aims to trouble the boundaries between various categories: the organic and the inorganic; the imagined future and the perceived past; the human and the technological; the analogue and the digital; the secular and the sacred.

Hugh McCabe is a Dublin-based lecturer, musician and artist. He is graduate of the MA ‘Art In the Contemporary World’ course at NCAD and teaches critical theory and 3D graphics at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown. Suzanne Walsh is an artist, writer and musician whose cross-disciplinary work moves between the literary, music and art worlds. Suzanne has an editorial practice, including the magazine Critical Bastards, and is currently a resident artist at Fire Station Artists’ Studios.
The artists wish to acknowledge Vincent O'Reilly for 3D modeling.

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

Curated by Sharon Murphy, Draíocht Curator-in-Residence 2017.