A History of Play - Eamon O’Kane

A History of Play - Eamon O’Kane

Fri 7 Apr - Sat 13 May 2017 Ground & First Floor Galleries

Artist Eamon O’Kane will transform the Ground Floor Gallery space into an interactive playful installation inspired by the educational play objects devised by educator and inventor of Kindergarten, Friedrich Fröbel. The installation comprises a number of elements including drawings, paintings and educational play materials known as Fröbel Gifts – colourful spheres, cylinders and tubes. These ‘gifts’ are used for unlocking creativity at an early age by teaching children about three-dimensional shapes and colours and their relationship to the environment and nature. The installation continues in the First Floor Gallery with projected animations and a response/play area.

Eamon O’Kane has exhibited widely and is the recipient of many awards and scholarships including the Taylor Art Award, The Tony O’Malley Award and a Fullbright Award. He has had over forty solo exhibitions including shows in Berlin, Frankfurt, Dublin, Zurich, New York and London and is Professor of Visual Art at Bergen Academy of Art & Design, Norway.

A History of Play is on loan from The Model, home of The Niland Collection, Sligo.

'A History of Play' is open Monday to Saturday 11am-5pm. Admission is Free.

LAUNCH EVENT: FRI 07 APR 7PM
FAMILY DAY: SAT 08 APR 12-3PM
ARTIST IN THE GALLERY: 18-21 APR
THE TODDLER TAKEOVER:  11 MAY
MORE ... Interview with Eamon O'Kane on Dublin Creative Review

School Portraits

School Portraits

John Ahearn, Mandy O’Neill, Blaise Smith, Kilian Waters

Fri 19 May - Sat 24 Jun 2017 Ground & First Floor Galleries

School Portraits takes the viewer into the world of school to see contemporary artists’ representations of young people, school buildings and the wide range of activities and experiences that go on during a school day. The exhibition presents work by artist John Ahearn, photographer Mandy O’Neill and painter Blaise Smith who have immersed themselves, often for extended periods of time, to create bodies of work that capture the rich and varied moods and lived experiences of Irish school life. The exhibition will also include new work produced in a collaborative project between filmmaker Kilian Waters, Draíocht Curator-in-Residence, Sharon Murphy and Room 13 Inquiry, Dublin 15.

From classroom to playground, from close-up to group studies, from painting-from-life to filmed testimonials, this exhibition offers an extended portrait of school and an insight into the thoughts and feelings of young people who go there every day.

Room 13 International is a network of student-run arts studios in schools and community settings worldwide. Room 13 Scoil Bhríde National School and Room 13 Tyrrelstown Educate Together National School both located in Dublin 15 are the first two Room 13 studios to open in the Republic of Ireland. Room 13 Inquiry in Fingal is an initiative of Fingal County Council Arts Office. You can read more here and here.

John Ahearn’s St Francis Street Boy’s 1994 is on loan from the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) through its National Programme.
Works from Blaise Smith’s SchoolWork are on loan from Presentation College, Carlow.

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

LAUNCH EVENT: WED 24 MAY 6PM

FAMILY DAY: Pastel Portraits, 10 June

PRIMARY SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

SECONDARY SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

Gallery Launch: School Portraits

Gallery Launch: School Portraits

John Ahearn, Mandy O’Neill, Blaise Smith, Kilian Waters

Wed 24 May 2017 6PM Ground Floor Gallery // FREE

You are invited to the opening of
School Portraits
Featuring John Ahearn, Mandy O’Neill, Blaise Smith & Kilian Waters

On Wednesday 24 May 2017 at 6pm
Ground Floor Gallery
Join Helen O’Donoghue, Senior Curator Engagement & Learning, Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) with Mandy O’Neill, Blaise Smith and Kilian Waters in conversation with Sharon Murphy, Draíocht Curator-in-Residence.

Exhibition continues until 24 June 2017
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Draiocht@Night

Draiocht@Night

Fri 7 Jul 2017 7-11PM

FRIDAY 07 JULY 2017
7-11PM   18+

Draíocht@Night presents a Summer Evening’s Extravaganza where Aoife Dunne brings the world of her exhibition 'Limitless' to life for one unforgettable party of art, performance, dance, music, spectacle, fashion and food!

Now Booking ... Meta Perceptual Helmets ...

Draíocht@Night is curated by Aoife Dunne (Artist) and Sharon Murphy (Draíocht Curator in Residence) with further curatorial support from Michael McLoughlin (Draíocht Artist in Residence), Louis Haugh (Draíocht Studio Incubation Artist), Mariam Ribón (Director Dublin Youth Dance Company & choreographer/dancer), Katherine Nolan (Performance Artist) and Hugh McCabe, Lecturer in Creative Digital Media at Institute of Technology Blanchardstown.

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Limitless - Aoife Dunne

Limitless - Aoife Dunne

Fri 7 Jul - Sat 26 Aug 2017 Ground Floor Gallery

Limitless is an immersive digital installation by artist Aoife Dunne which focuses on her preoccupation with perfection and fear of inadequacy. She is interested in the relationship between costume and identity and the creation of large-scale environments. The artist moves fluidly between physical and digital worlds presenting her work with deliberate childlike playfulness and absurdity.  In this piece, Aoife creates a video game and recreates the 2D game environment in the physical, allowing the viewer to enter the work. Limitless explores the desire to continuously recreate oneself in a never-ending cycle of self-construction driven by self-critique.

Aoife Dunne is an award winning artist and recent graduate in Fine Art Media from NCAD. Outside of the studio, Aoife works as a Creative Director and Stylist, the experience of which strongly influences her practice.

MORE ... Limitless Video 

MORE ... Public Ambition: Aoife Dunne Animated Interview

DRAÍOCHT@NIGHT   FRI 07 JUL  7-11PM   18+
Draíocht@Night presents a Summer Evening’s Extravaganza where Aoife Dunne brings the world of her exhibition to life for one unforgettable party of art, performance, dance, music, spectacle, fashion and food! Draíocht@Night is curated by Aoife Dunne (Artist) and Sharon Murphy (Draíocht Curator in Residence) with further curatorial support from Michael McLoughlin (Draíocht Artist in Residence), Louis Haugh (Draíocht Studio Incubation Artist), Mariam Ribón (Director Dublin Youth Dance Company & choreographer/dancer), Katherine Nolan (Performance Artist) and Hugh McCabe, Lecturer in Creative Digital Media at Institute of Technology Blanchardstown.

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

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Meta Perceptual Helmets - Cleary Connolly and Neil McKenzie

Meta Perceptual Helmets - Cleary Connolly and Neil McKenzie

Fri 7 - Sat 8 Jul 2017 First Floor Gallery

If we have two eyes, they why is our vision so limited? Why do we have so little depth perception? Why don’t our two eyes offer us two different views of the world? Why don’t they allow us to look behind and in front at the same time, or sideways in both directions? Cleary Connolly’s meta-perceptual helmets ingeniously invite us to set aside our preconceptions and to experience things in ways quite different from the norm. Wearing the helmets, you become a hybrid creature yourself, part human, part machine, part animal, but also: part work of art. A work of art that challenges those who contemplate the helmet - from the inside or from the outside - to take a new perspective on the world.

Artists Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly have spent several years developing an extraordinary series of helmets, art that can help us to explore these and other mysteries of visual perception. The collection has been hand-crafted in aluminium by master coach-builder Neil McKenzie and will be on view in Draíocht for two days only.

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Sessions are free and can be booked as follows with Box Office tel 01-8852622.
(Not designed for groups)

Draíocht@Night / 07 July / 7-11pm
Families & Children / Sat 08 July / 11AM & 12 NOON
Open to the Public / Sat 08 July / 2PM & 3PM

Further information: Sharon Murphy Draíocht Curator-in-Residence email: sharon@draiocht.ie