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.

The Meta-perceptual Helmets are part funded by the Arts Council.

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

Draíocht@Night / 07 July / 7pm-10pm
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:



Fri 7 Jul 2017 7PM-10PM

7PM-10PM   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 visual art, contemporary dance, music, spectacle and fashion! We are delighted to announce Meta Perceptual Helmets by Cleary Connolly and Neil McKenzie and Visual Artists Kate O'Loughlin, Ciaran Gallen, Sadbh O'Brien, Evan Bech and Martina Menegon, who will present their works in the First Floor Gallery.

Draíocht@Night is co-curated by Aoife Dunne (Artist) and Sharon Murphy (Draíocht Curator in Residence) with choreography curated by Mariam Ribón, Dublin Youth Dance Company (DYDC).

School Portraits

School Portraits

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

Wed 24 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.

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

MORE ... Interview with Eamon O'Kane on Dublin Creative Review

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. 

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The Beautiful Beasts

The Beautiful Beasts

An exhibition from The Ark

Thu 1 Dec - Tue 3 Jan 2017 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. Featured Artists: Owen Crawford, Conor Fallon, Luxon Gutsa, Orla Kaminska, Olivia Musgrave, Anthony Scott, Imogen Stuart.

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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.
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.

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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.

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Ruth McDonnell

Ruth McDonnell


Sat 27 Feb - Sat 7 May 2016 Ground Floor Gallery

These drawings and paintings capture glimpses of cinema interiors and fleeting images of the facades of Irish picture houses. GLIMPSE is infused by Ruth McDonnell’s own passion for cinema and by the years she has spent working in film and television. Ruth Mc Donnell studied at NCAD Dublin; Medway College of Design, Kent; Dún Laoghaire IADT; and DIT Dublin, where she was awarded a Degree in Fine Art. This is Ruth’s seventh solo exhibition.

MORE ... Read a Review of 'Glimpse' by Artist Des Kenny

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Amharc Fhine Gall X - Transhistorial Terrain

Amharc Fhine Gall X - Transhistorial Terrain

Ella DeBurca, Ruth Clinton & Niamh Moriarty / Curated by Linda Shevlin

Wed 9 Dec - Sat 13 Feb 2016 Ground & First Floor Galleries

Marking the 10th edition of Amharc Fhine Gall, Fingal Arts Office is delighted to present the work of Ella DeBurca, Ruth Clinton & Niamh Moriarty with its annual exhibition opportunity Amharc Fhine Gall X, curated by Linda Shevlin.
We are caught in a temporal flux, oscillating between future and past while often disregarding the here and now. For if the New, as a cultural and material trope, is bound to the future, and history is anchored to the past, how and when are we left to consider our present?
The specifically commissioned new works in this exhibition were created by revisiting historical material and overlapping major and minor narratives across multiple times and places, exposing larger historical and social narratives.

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Martina O’Brien

Martina O’Brien


Fri 9 Oct - Sat 21 Nov 2015 Ground Floor Gallery

People have tried to predict ecosystems for millennia. Paranormal means were often used, including prophecy, water divining, astrology and many other forms of divination. Realised through video, drawings and installation, Continuum explores the roles of climate scientists, environmentalists and futurists - the seers of contemporary society – who have predicted diverse ecosystems.

MORE ... Listen to Dr Matthew Jebb, Director The National Botanic Gardens, launch Martina's show

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Artist Talk - Marc Guinan in conversation with Maeve Connolly

Artist Talk - Marc Guinan in conversation with Maeve Connolly

Sat 3 Oct 2015 1-2PM Ground Floor Gallery // FREE

Draíocht invites you to join us for a closing discussion, with artist Marc Guinan and Maeve Connolly (Co-Director MA in Art and Research Collaboration, IADT Dun Laoghaire). Using his current exhibition in Draíocht entitled ‘What is Painting ...?’ as a springboard for discussion, Guinan and Connolly will explore the artist’s own practice including questioning the traditional and conventional ways of thinking about painting and its presentation within gallery spaces. Guinan will also touch on his experience of working with a publicly-funded Gallery, and the transition from being a recent graduate to professional artist.

MORE ... Enjoy a recording of the event here

Andrew Carson

Andrew Carson


Fri 18 Sep - Sat 24 Oct 2015 First Floor Gallery

Pilgrim is an installation of new work by Andrew Carson developed as part of his time as Artist-In-Residence at Draíocht. Following on from his research into the use and effects of digital devices and social media as the modern ubiquitous means of contact, Andrew’s work is an exploration of social structures, systems, and methods of interaction. 

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Marc Guinan

Marc Guinan

"What is painting ...?"

Fri 24 Jul - Sat 3 Oct 2015 Ground Floor Gallery

This exhibition will present outcomes from Guinan’s current investigation into materiality. The painted forms are created using pva and various other types of paint, like gloss, metal paint, emulsions, industrial grade paints and oil paint. Layers of paint are let dry over time and peeled from various surfaces like acetate and glass. 

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Helen Mac Mahon

Helen Mac Mahon


Fri 8 May - Sat 11 Jul 2015 First Floor Gallery

The work in Profero is the result of a fascination with the phenomena of light, movement, perception and space. They are the result of observation and they function to reveal the artificial ecosystem that exists between the viewer and these intangible elements.

MORE ... Read a review by artist Des Kenny
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Sally-Anne Kelly

Sally-Anne Kelly

upon becoming aware of our Self

Fri 8 May - Sat 11 Jul 2015 Ground Floor Gallery

Sally-Anne’s work is based around the various projections of the self. She is interested in exploring the trace people leave behind them in a space and what story this can tell. 

MORE ... Read a review by artist Des Kenny

MORE ... Sally-Anne's exhibition featured in documentary video

Jenny Fox

Jenny Fox

Distant Thoughts and Faded Songs

Fri 20 Feb - Sat 25 Apr 2015 First Floor Gallery

Jenny’s work is an emotional response to light and space, exploring the concept of place. The predominant mood behind her work is one of dense stillness and unhindered horizon, a sense of quiet and restfulness; an empty place, as if the subject has simply stepped out. 

REVIEW ... Read a review by Artist Des Kenny
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Bartosz Kolata

Bartosz Kolata


Fri 20 Feb - Sat 25 Apr 2015 Ground Floor Gallery

Photographs taken of the early 1900s circus community in the USA were an inspiration for Bartosz Kolata as he began to work on this collection of paintings, Circus.By combining figures from this enchanting era with modern day people, Kolata explores the humour and absurdity of human nature. With the inclusion of spectacular vintage acrobats, clowns, animals and freaks, Circus explores the dark, pessimistic view that human existence has no sublime meaning or value. 

MORE ... Read a Review by Des Kenny
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Sinead McDonald

Sinead McDonald


Fri 28 Nov - Sat 7 Feb 2015 First Floor Gallery

A series of real and imagined self-portraits, these images investigate fate, free will and predestination, truth and longing and looks at how decisions, accidents and circumstances can change us utterly. What is it that makes us who we are? What if we could go back and undo things? Do we really have the power to shift our own narratives?

MORE ... Launched by Dr Sean Enda Power ... READ SPEECH ... 
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Gerry O’Mahony

Gerry O’Mahony

Keepers of Silence

Fri 28 Nov - Sat 7 Feb 2015 Ground Floor Gallery

‘These pieces show the influence of patterned, colourful symbols of ancient and primitive art where the creations are a celebration of a life that is simple and uncontrived: an art without ‘art’. 

Launched by Tracy Fahey ... READ SPEECH ... 

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