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. 

MORE ... 360 Video Tour of Exhibition

THE ARTISTS

ROBERT BALLAGH (KILDARE) / JENNY BRADY (MAYO) / SEÁN COTTER (LOUTH) / CLEARY CONNOLLY (SOUTH DUBLIN) / CORA CUMMINS (MEATH) / PADRAIG CUNNINGHAM (LEITRIM) / MICKY DONNELLY  (OFFALY) / NAOMI DRAPER (ROSCOMMON) / LISA FINGLETON (LAOIS) / RONNIE HUGHES (MONAGHAN) / JOHN KINDNESS (FINGAL) / FRANCES LEACH (CORK COUNTY) / VANESSA DONOSO LÓPEZ (WICKLOW) / SEÁN LYNCH (LIMERICK) / ALICE MAHER (TIPPERARY) / JANE MCCORMACK & TOM CONATY (CAVAN) / ROISÍN MCGUIGAN (KERRY) / NORAH MCGUINNESS (WESTMEATH) / THEO MCNAB (CLARE) / SEÁN MCSWEENEY (SLIGO) / TADHG MCSWEENEY (CARLOW) / JULIE MERRIMAN (DUBLIN CITY) / JOHN MINIHAN (CORK CITY) / TONY O’MALLEY (KILKENNY) / GARY ROBINSON (LONGFORD) / JOHN SHINNORS (WEXFORD) / CONSTANCE SHORT (GALWAY) / DAVID STEPHENSON (DUN LAOGHAIRE-RATHDOWN) / PATRIC STEVENSON (WATERFORD) / JAN VOSTER (DONEGAL)

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.

MORE ... 360 Video Tour of Exhibition
MORE ... Meet Artist Jole Bortoli

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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.

MORE ... Blog
MORE ... Video: John Graham launches the Exhibition
MORE ... Des Kenny Reviews Expanding Spaces
MORE ... 360 degree video of Exhibition

 

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.

MORE ... Can I see your Boarding Pass?

MORE ... Des Kenny Reviews Any Observer

MORE ... 360 degree video

Ruth McDonnell

Ruth McDonnell

GLIMPSE

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

MORE ... Enjoy a Video interview with Artist Ruth McDonnell

MORE ... 360 degree Video tour of Exhibition

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.

MORE ... Read a review by Artist Des Kenny

MORE ... Gallery Launch with Linda Shevlin

Martina O’Brien

Martina O’Brien

Continuum

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

MORE ... Read a review by Des Kenny of Martina's show

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

Pilgrim

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. 

MORE ... Enjoy Des Kenny chatting to Andrew Carson in Draiocht's Studio ...

MORE ... See Andrew at work in his Studio ... 

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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. 

MORE ... Meet Marc Guinan ... 
MORE ... Des Kenny Review Marc Guinan

Helen Mac Mahon

Helen Mac Mahon

Profero

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
MORE ... Helen's exhibition featured in documentary video

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
WATCH ... Enjoy a 360 of this exhibition

Bartosz Kolata

Bartosz Kolata

Circus

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
WATCH ... Enjoy a 360 of this exhibition

Sinead McDonald

Sinead McDonald

Uchronia

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 ... 
MORE ... Reviewed by Des Kenny ... 
MORE ... Reviewed by Emer Marron for The Visual Artists' New Sheet Jan/Feb 2015

WATCH ... Enjoy a 360 view of this exhibition
 

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 ... 

MORE: Enjoy a 360 of this Exhibition

 

Mary-Claire Kehoe

Mary-Claire Kehoe

Concentrate On Your Breathing

Mon 22 Sep - Sat 22 Nov 2014 First Floor Gallery

‘The motivation for my current body of work is an investigation of suppressed emotion and thought rediscovery, using printmaking (collographs, drypoints, monoprints) as a form of self-expression. It focuses on my reaction to the atmosphere around me, and is quite introverted: a personal reaction to my own private environment. The traditional processes, aesthetic allure and composition in each piece is very important to me. Throughout my work I intend to show the juxtaposition between strong, definite mark making and an almost fragile beauty. These abstract concepts are open to viewers’ personal interpretation, but for me they represent a personal sadness and inner turmoil.’

REVIEW ... Des Kenny Reviews Mary-Claire Kehoe
WATCH ... Enjoy a 360 of this Exhibition

Bernie Masterson

Bernie Masterson

Weather

Mon 22 Sep - Sat 22 Nov 2014 Ground Floor Gallery

‘Weather’ - Masterson’s new body of paintings explores landscape as untamed nature.
‘As a painter, landscape has always been my place of interest, my starting point so to speak, layered with time, place, and memory. In this collection of new works my response to the landscape (both the beauty and the terrors of nature) is to ‘poeticise’ it, just like early nineteenth century artists did. Weather changes landscape, it shapes it, and subsequently our relationship and response to it.’ 

WATCH ... Michael Harding launches Bernie's exhibition on Saturday 20th Sept 2014
REVIEW ... Des Kenny Reviews Bernie Masterson
WATCH ... Enjoy a 360 view of the exhibition

Marie Hanlon & Rhona Clarke

Marie Hanlon & Rhona Clarke

DIC TAT

Fri 18 Jul - Sat 6 Sep 2014 Ground Floor Gallery

This exhibition by artist Marie Hanlon and composer Rhona Clarke combines sound and visual elements. The title DIC TAT is taken from a specific work in which a set of drawings are made to the mechanical pulse of a metronome. The metronome  ‘dictates’ the pace, beating out precise measures for the drawing hand to follow. Given such restrictions the markings are notably varied, expressive and irregular.

MORE ... Read a Blog Review by Artist Desmond Kenny ... here ...
MORE ... Watch a 360 video of show ... here ... 
 

Free Artist Talk - Kathy Herbert & Dorothy Smith

Free Artist Talk - Kathy Herbert & Dorothy Smith

Sat 12 Jul 2014 3PM Ground Floor Gallery // FREE

Artists Talk / SAT 12 JULY, 3PM / FREE

For the last 5 days (8-12 July 2014) Draíocht’s Ground Floor Gallery hosted an evolving art project. Artists Kathy Herbert and Dorothy Smith worked in the Gallery creating a large collaborative drawing based on their explorations of Blanchardstown Town Centre. They also facilitiated workshops, bringing participants on walks with prepared stops, encouraging them to take photographs, make sketches and notes etc.

Saturday's talk is open to everyone, whether you have taken part in the workshops this week or not. Kathy & Dorothy will discuss their process of art-making; the research that goes on behind every painting, drawing, piece of art that you see, making special reference to the work made during the 5 days.

All welcome:

Places are free but booking is essential through Draíocht’s Box Office, tel 01-8852622.

Kathy Herbert and Dorothy Smith

Kathy Herbert and Dorothy Smith

Walking/Drawing - Exploring an Urban Environment

Tue 8 - Sat 12 Jul 2014 Ground Floor Gallery // FREE / Workshops Must be Pre-Booked

For 5 days in July Draíocht’s Ground Floor Gallery will host an evolving art project. Artists Kathy Herbert and Dorothy Smith will be working in the Gallery creating a large collaborative drawing that is based on their explorations of Blanchardstown Town Centre. As they explore, the artists will take photos, make sketches and written notes of what they see and experience. This material will be taken back to the gallery and used to make a large collaborative drawing on paper and a map of the Town Centre. 

MORE ... Read a Blog Entry by Desmond Kenny ... here ...
MORE ... Enjoy a 360 video of the finished work ... here ...

Margo Banks

Margo Banks

My Mother’s Home

Fri 2 May - Sat 5 Jul 2014 Ground Floor Gallery

Read an Review by Des Kenny ... here ... 

Watch ... Video of Show ... here ... 

Discover Art - with Jim Cathcart

Discover Art - with Jim Cathcart

Visual Arts – Youth Pilot Project

Thu 6 - Thu 27 Mar 2014 4.30PM - 5.30PM Draíocht Workshop Room // Course fee €15 for 4 workshops

THURSDAYS 4.30PM - 5.30PM
4 WEEKS  06, 13, 20 & 27 March 2014
Draíocht Workshop Room // Course fee €15 for 4 workshops

Using his exhibitions ‘Them that work the hardest…’ as a starting point, Jim Cathcart will facilitate four visual arts sessions over the month of March for young people aged between 13-18 years.
The workshops aim to provide an opportunity to create art, work with a professional artist, learn different techniques and find different ways of expressing yourself. So, if you love to draw or are interested in creating artwork, drop in or find out more information by contacting sarah@draiocht.ie

Booking through Draíocht’s Box Office on 01-885 2622.

Jim Cathcart

Jim Cathcart

Them that work the hardest ...

Fri 14 Feb - Sat 19 Apr 2014 GROUND & FIRST FLOOR GALLERIES

‘Them that work the hardest …’ - Ground Floor Gallery
'Selected Works on Paper' - First Floor Gallery

READ A REVIEW BY DES KENNY ...

See some of the song titles that inspired the work ... here ... 

Video Archive ... here ... and here ... 

Katie O’Neill - Eternal Light

Katie O’Neill - Eternal Light

A solo exhibition by Katie O'Neill - Amharc Fhine Gall IX - Curated by Noelle Collins

Fri 6 Dec - Sat 1 Feb 2014 FIRST FLOOR GALLERY

Katie O'Neill is a visual artist with a multidisciplinary practice that is concerned with themes of identity and psycho-geography. In June 2012 she self-published the artist's book 'Eternal Light' which conveys the complex experiences and whirring anxieties of an individual in their immediate environment. As a point of entry, the artist's book communicates an intimate narrative; traces of verdant landscape are countered by images of uninhabited spaces and urban monoliths, depicting a darkly poetic sense of isolation.
Join Katie on 01 February at 3pm for a Free Artist Talk in our First Floor Gallery.

MORE ... Read an Review by Des Kenny
MORE ... http://www.katie-oneill.com/

Mary Burke

Mary Burke

Memory Traces

Sat 23 Nov - Sat 1 Feb 2014 GROUND FLOOR GALLERY

This latest body of work focuses on suburban space, in particular, the fragmented spaces of memory. 

Preview night launch images ... here ... and here ... 

Preview night speech by Poet Patrick Deeley ... here ... 

Read an Review by Des Kenny ... here ... 

Nicole Tilley

Nicole Tilley

When all the Riches That We Boast Consists in Scraps of Paper and Balloons

Fri 11 Oct - Sat 23 Nov 2013 FIRST FLOOR GALLERY

Nicole Tilley investigates the idea of the threshold - a boundary between one condition and another and the potential for change. 

READ A REVIEW BY DES KENNY ...

Christine Mackey

Christine Mackey

Labour on, think - as if, quietly in any direction walk away

Fri 13 Sep - Sat 16 Nov 2013 GROUND FLOOR GALLERY

For this work artist Christine Mackey presented the opportunity to devise and realise an exhibition with children from St. Francis Xavier National School, using as a starting point an existing publication ‘A Year in the Field’ (commissioned by Fingal Arts Office public art programme 2011-2012). 

View Exhibition Video ... HERE ... 

Pictiúr - An Exhibition of Children’s Book Illustrations

Pictiúr - An Exhibition of Children’s Book Illustrations

Fri 6 Sep - Sat 5 Oct 2013 FIRST FLOOR GALLERY

Pictiúr is an exciting new exhibition of the work of some of Ireland’s leading children’s book illustrators which has been curated by Laureate na nÓg, Niamh Sharkey. 

Featured Pictiúr Illustrators: Lily Bernard / Alan Clarke / Michael Emberley / Tatyana Feeney / Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick / Adrienne Geoghegan / Olivia Golden / Chris Haughton / Paul Howard / Oliver Jeffers / Anita Jeram / Chris Judge / P.J. Lynch / Oisín McGann / Mary Murphy / Donough O’Malley / Niamh Sharkey / Steve Simpson / Kevin Waldron / Olwyn Whelan / Andrew Whitson

DOWNLOAD A CATALOGUE HERE ... 

Patrick Horan

Patrick Horan

Present State

Fri 7 Jun - Sat 31 Aug 2013 FIRST FLOOR GALLERY

Present State is a series of paintings based on cropped compositions of the human form. They record the body as present against a natural backdrop of the sky. ‘My intention is to divert attention away from the cultural cues we use to identify with figures in order to suggest that something else remains. There is an absurd and elegant characteristic of humanity viewed from this perspective and I identify with it through my paintings.’ Patrick Horan.
Read a review by Des Kenny ... here ... 

Aisling Conroy

Aisling Conroy

Ocular Reverberations

Fri 7 Jun - Sat 31 Aug 2013 GROUND FLOOR GALLERY

Surrendering 'the self' to the sensory elements of colour, form and sound is at the core of Aisling Conroy’s work. Conroy uses the duality of dark and light, with positive and negative space; in her painting, installation and sound work. In her current practice she creates abstractions of various models of modernism, architecture, monuments, sacred art and iconism in ritualistic manifestations.

Read a review by Des Kenny ... here ... 
 

Vincent Sheridan

Vincent Sheridan

Animation to Murmuration

Fri 15 Mar - Sat 25 May 2013 GROUND & FIRST FLOOR GALLERIES

Birds (especially crows and starlings) continue to feature largely in Sheridan's work. He is concerned with the social behaviour, flight dynamics and subliminal 'brushstroke' patterns of birds in flight. His images often mirror human group dynamics, modes of communication and social interactions.

MORE ... Read an interview with the artist Vincent Sheridan on our Blog ... here ... 
MORE ... An Irishwoman's Diary ... Arminta Wallace talks to Vincent Sheridan ... here ... 
MORE ... Read Marianne Hartigan's Opening Night Speech ... here ... 
MORE ... Read a review by Artist Des Kenny ... here ... 
MORE ... Enjoy snippets from the video piece Murmuration ... here and here ... 

Dreamweavers Storyhoops Exhibition

Dreamweavers Storyhoops Exhibition

Fri 1 - Tue 5 Mar 2013 GROUND FLOOR GALLERY // FREE

DREAMWEAVER's STORYHOOPS is a project about life stories told through the use of a hula hoop and weaving fabric.

Draíocht has worked with 71, 6th class students from 3 local schools in Dublin 15; Ladyswell National School, Castleknock Educate Together & St. Philip Senior National School. This innovative project facilitated by textile artist Gina Faustino, focused on showing/telling each child's individual story in a very unique visual manner - with the use of a hula hoop and fabric!

VIDEO: See the finished work installed in our Gallery ... here ... 

Una Sealy

Una Sealy

A Piano in the Kitchen and other stories

Fri 23 Nov - Sat 23 Feb 2013 GROUND & FIRST FLOOR GALLERIES

Una Sealy’s work is based on domestic interiors, streetscape, landscape and portraiture. She paints from observation and often the compositions evolve organically, with elements appearing and disappearing before the final arrangement is arrived at. The works form a kind of visual autobiography. As well as the paintings, there will be studies and life drawings exhibited, which show the background of her practice.

READ A REVIEW BY DES KENNY ...

"Sealy's work offers a clear cut argument for the joy of looking and the enduring satisfaction of painting what you see." Cristín Leach Hughes, The Sunday Times

"... we are glimpsing single instants in life stories that contain darkness as well as light." Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times

John O’Reilly

John O’Reilly

Transient

Fri 14 Sep - Sat 10 Nov 2012 FIRST FLOOR GALLERY

Transient is a new series of oil paintings by John O'Reilly exploring Dublin's urban landscapes. 

John O’Reilly will also be Artist in Residence in Draíocht’s Artists Studio from July to December 2012.

Read a review by Des Kenny here ... 

Theresa Nanigian

Theresa Nanigian

not sorry

Fri 14 Sep - Sat 10 Nov 2012 GROUND FLOOR GALLERY

not sorry is an intimate portrait of the Irish teenager and young adult. At a time when almost everything is on display, unrestricted disclosure is the norm and affected social networking profiles are updated daily on Facebook, not sorry literally goes behind closed doors into the private territory of the bedroom and seeks to expose the genuine individual beneath the public persona. 

MORE ... Read a review by Des Kenny ... 

MORE ... D15 Youth Theatre ... Jump Photos

Allyson Keehan

Allyson Keehan

Life Drawings

Thu 14 Jun - Sat 1 Sep 2012 First Floor Gallery

Poised, elegant and sophisticated; Keehan’s depiction of the nude harmonises the academic tradition with gentle intimacy. Through the medium of Indian ink on paper, she gives a fluid lightness to the subject. Controlled and deliberate brush marks are juxtaposed beside happy instances of drips and bleeds, with watermarks giving life and movement to the subjects.

Enjoy an artist interview with Allyson Keehan ... here ... 

And a video interview with Allyson Keehan ... here ... 

Deirdre Byrne

Deirdre Byrne

After The Great Scaldwood

Thu 14 Jun - Sat 1 Sep 2012 Ground Floor Gallery

After The Great Scaldwood developed out of a yearlong residency at Draίocht.
Central to Byrne’s work is an exploration of the past in terms of former histories of current sites. Byrne has focussed on two sites in particular, the Blanchardstown centre where Draίocht is located and the Dunsink Observatory, 5 kilometres away.  Through research and site visits, Byrne uncovered aspects of the location’s history in the 17th century which revealed The Great Scaldwood. This ancient forest stretched from the river Tolka to beyond Coolmine and was inhabited by wild boar and wolves until an extensive wolf cull made the wolf population in Ireland extinct.
Web: www.deirdrebyrne.com
Read Des Kenny's chat with Deirdre here ...

Cathy Henderson

Cathy Henderson

Shore

Mon 12 Mar - Sat 2 Jun 2012 Ground Floor Gallery // Free

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
View Exhibition Video here ... 

Dave West

Dave West

Nocturama

Mon 12 Mar - Sat 2 Jun 2012 FIRST FLOOR GALLERY // FREE

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.

View Exhibition Video here ... 

Caroline Donohue

Caroline Donohue

Selected Works to Date

Fri 18 Nov - Sat 25 Feb 2012 FIRST FLOOR GALLERY

“This body of work has been inspired by my ongoing exploration of physical, psychological and poetic space. I am interested in the delicate point where man and the natural world co-exist or in some cases collide. I strive to create places for poetic possibility, a space where time can be suspended, I extend to the onlooker a glimpse of intricate private worlds. Each narrative creates a dialogue between these internal and external conflicting worlds, thus providing a place to dream.” Caroline Donohue

Read Des Kenny's Exhibition Launch Speech here ... 

Amharc Fhine Gall VIII

Amharc Fhine Gall VIII

Unknown Knowns - Recent Art Graduates from Fingal / Andrew Carson, Sally-Anne Kelly and Lisa Shaughnessy

Fri 18 Nov - Sat 25 Feb 2012 GROUND FLOOR GALLERY // Free

Fingal Arts Office is delighted to showcase recent local art college graduates with its annual exhibition opportunity Amharc Fhine Gall. The show seeks to increase the profile of emerging Fingal artists by giving them the chance to show in a professional, contemporary art space. It may be their first major show but with the professional presentation of their work and accompanying catalogue we hope it is the first of many. The opportunity also extends to the emerging curator who will work with the graduate(s) to create a suitable context to show this work to a wider local and contemporary art audience.
Curated by Ailve McCormack
Read Andrew Carson's Blog Interview here
Read Sally-Anne Kelly's Blog Interview here
Read Lisa Shaughnessy's Blog Interview here

Garvan Gallagher

Garvan Gallagher

My Way

Fri 2 Sep - Sat 5 Nov 2011 GROUND FLOOR GALLERY // FREE

Interpreting the word ‘invisible’, a word commonly used by older people about their place in society, is the basis of this body of work, which was carried out during Garvan’s 15-month residency at Draíocht. 

Visit Garvan's Blog for more ... 
Download the Exhibition Catalogue here ...

Desmond Kenny

Desmond Kenny

Past and Present

Thu 9 Jun - Sat 27 Aug 2011 GROUND & FIRST FLOOR GALLERIES // FREE

New Work - Ground Floor Gallery
Retrospective - First Floor Gallery

Draíocht is delighted to welcome Dublin 15 based artist Desmond Kenny to both the Ground & First Floor Galleries in the summer of 2011. Kenny has had an active relationship with Draíocht since we first opened our doors 10 years ago, holding a solo show in June of 2001. This will be the first major solo exhibition of Kenny’s new departure into abstract painting.  A retrospective of Kenny’s earlier figurative work will run concurrently in the First Floor Gallery.

See more of Des's work on his YouTube site ... 

Brian Duggan

Brian Duggan

O'Machine O' Machine / The Measure / Fingal County Council Public Art Commission

Mon 9 - Fri 13 May 2011 Draíocht Studio

In 2008 Fingal County Council commissioned Brian Duggan as part of their ongoing public art programme. Brian explored several aspects of Fingal with this film 'The Measure' and accompanying book. 

Michael Wann

Michael Wann

Derelict

Fri 8 Apr - Sat 28 May 2011 GROUND FLOOR GALLERY // Free

Wann’s work is specifically drawing-based and juxtaposes arbitrary or transient images of cleared landscape, with more thought provoking depictions of the dereliction of habitation. The work is as much about a process of mark-making as it is about representing a seemingly neglected landscape.

Artist Interview ... here ...

Intergenerational Photography Project & Exhibition

Intergenerational Photography Project & Exhibition

Earliest Memories Through a Pinhole Camera

Thu 7 Apr - Sat 28 May 2011 First Floor Gallery

Draíocht is delighted to host this exhibition of photography created by the participants of Draíocht’s Intergenerational Project, who have been working steadily since November 2010 with Draíocht’s artist in residence Garvan Gallagher.
This photography-based project involves both transition year students from a number of second level schools and older residents (retired or 65yrs+) of the Dublin 15 area. It aims to provide interested students and older members of the community with an opportunity to learn about photography in a hands-on way in a creative environment.

Download the Exhibition Catalogue here ...

MORE ... Welcome to Garvan Gallagher ... 

MORE ... Enjoy our Blog about Garvan's Residency coming to an end ...

Sarah O’Brien

Sarah O’Brien

A Circle Dance

Thu 27 Jan - Sat 26 Mar 2011 FIRST FLOOR GALLERY
Nuala O’Sullivan

Nuala O’Sullivan

Surfacing

Thu 27 Jan - Sat 26 Mar 2011 GROUND FLOOR GALLERY

Image Detail: Nuala O'Sullivan, Watching Girls go By, Oil on Canvas, 30X40

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Fri 12 Nov - Sat 22 Jan 2011 FIRST FLOOR GALLERY

Graphic Studio Dublin rounds off its 50th Anniversary with a Members’ Exhibition on the theme of ‘Home’. 

35 Participating Artists:
Ms. Yoko Akino  /  Ms. Maureen Buckley  /  Mr. Gerard Cox  /  Ms. Gráinne Cuffe  /  Louise Farrelly  /  Dr. Paul Fitters  /  Ms. Niamh Flanagan  /  Ms. Mary Grey  /  Ms. Nickie Hayden  /  Ms. Clare Henderson  /  Ms. Siobhan Hyde  /  Ms. Lilian Ingram  /  Mr. Desmond Kenny  /  Mr. Stephen Lawlor  /  Ms. Maev Lenaghan  /  Ms. Louise Leonard  /  Ms. Pamela Leonard  /  Daniel Lipstein  /  Ms. Niamh McGuinne  /  Ms. Margo McNulty  /  Ms. Susan Morley  /  Merijean Morrissey  /  Ms. Eilis Murphy  /  Ms. Deirdre Nolan  /  Ciara O'Hara  /  Ms. Geraldine O'Reilly  /  Ms. Caroline Patten  /  Ms. Sarah Rogers  /  Mr. Robert Russell  /  Mr. Joe Ryan  /  Ms. Adrienne Symes  /  Ms. Elke Thönnes  /  Mr. Michael Timmins  /  Ms. Margaret Tuffy  /  Ms. Marta Wakula-Mac

Garvan Gallagher - Artist in Residence

Garvan Gallagher - Artist in Residence

Call for Participants

Fri 1 Oct - Fri 31 Dec 2010

Draíocht's Artist in Residence Garvan Gallagher is looking for retired members of the Fingal community to participate in an intergenerational photography project with local transition year students. The project's aim is to give participants the experience and opportunity to learn about photography and about being part of creating a piece of art in the community, as well as learning about each other. The project will run from October 2010 to March 2011. Please contact info@garvangallagher.com or call Niamh on 01-809 8026 for further information.

Image detail: Garvan Gallagher, James Patrick Doyle 1941, 2008. Image courtesy of the artist.

In Colour

In Colour

In partnership with Fingal County Council’s Arts Office

Fri 10 Sep - Sat 6 Nov 2010 GROUND FLOOR GALLERY // FREE

Fingal County Council’s Arts Office in partnership with Draíocht are delighted to present a unique exhibition themed for Leaving Certificate art students and teachers. For this exhibition a selection of 20th Century works by Irish artists have been acquired from The Arts Council and AIB collections. This show will be accompanied by an extensive education programme which will include The National Gallery’s Leaving Certificate Revision Day, mediated tours, resource packs and talks by featured artists Martin Gale, Robert Ballagh and Alice Maher. The exhibition will also feature work by Mainie Jellet, Mary Swanzy, Patrick Collins, Tony O'Malley, Charles Brady, Barrie Cooke and more.

Three Birds and a Rabbit

Three Birds and a Rabbit

Magnhild Opdøl

Fri 4 Jun - Sat 28 Aug 2010 FIRST FLOOR GALLERY
The Great Auk and Other Stories

The Great Auk and Other Stories

Michael McSwiney

Fri 4 Jun - Sat 28 Aug 2010 GROUND FLOOR GALLERY
Woodstock

Woodstock

Holly Dungan

Fri 16 Apr - Sat 29 May 2010 FIRST FLOOR GALLERY

Exploring the Exhibition
This exhibition was accompanied by an artist talk in the First Floor Gallery on Saturday 17 April 2.30pm ... enjoy a snippet of Holly's talk recorded on the day ...


European Baskets

European Baskets

In association with The Crafts Council of Ireland

Fri 9 Apr - Sat 29 May 2010 GROUND FLOOR GALLERY

Featured work by almost 80 of Europe’s leading basket-makers in materials ranging from wire to willow and included both contemporary, sculptural work and traditional techniques. Curators Joe Hogan (Ire) and Mary Butcher (UK) are passionate about exposing people to these wonderful, age-old techniques. “Sadly, when the old basket makers die, so too will their traditional baskets,” says Hogan. “But as well as looking back, we are focusing on cutting edge contemporary work and that space in between, which most basket makers inhabit, creating professional, functional baskets.”
See More pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/draiochtblanchardstown/
See a short video here ...

Make Art Not Rubbish Exhibition

Make Art Not Rubbish Exhibition

Sponsored by Vodafone Ireland

Thu 1 - Mon 12 Apr 2010 FIRST FLOOR GALLERY

From January to March 2010 well known artist and sculptor Cris Neumann facilitated the creation of 3D works with three classes of first and second year students from Coolmine and Hartstown Community Schools. This project explored the concepts of communication, mobility and technology, and how these concepts can work in the reduction and recycling of waste. On display will be three large sculptural pieces built by each class group, and smaller scale sculptures made by each student. This project was a fun reflection of Vodafone Ireland’s Green Agenda Policy and generated zero waste, as all materials were recycled from Vodafone.

MORE ... Video montage of Project

Artist’s Proof

Artist’s Proof

In association with Graphic Studio Dublin and Chester Beatty Library

Thu 28 Jan - Sat 27 Mar 2010 Ground and First Floor Galleries

An exhibition by 24 Irish and international fine art printmaking artists: Norman Ackroyd RA (UK), Arno Kramer ( Netherlands), Elaine Leader ( Ireland), Mary Modeen (USA), Lars Nyberg ( Sweden), Takahiko Hayashi ( Japan), and Graphic Studio Dublin Members Grainne Cuffe, Cliona Doyle, Desmond Kenny, Brian Lalor, Stephen Lawlor, Sharon Lee, James McCreary, Niall Naessens, Ruth O'Donnell, Tom Phelan and Katherine Van Uytrecht. An artist talk and print demonstration with exhibiting artist Niamh Flanagan took place as part of 'Artist's Proof' on Saturday March 6 2010 @ 1pm in the Ground Floor Gallery.

Chalet Town

Chalet Town

Colin Martin

Fri 27 Nov - Sat 23 Jan 2010 Ground Floor Gallery
City of Women

City of Women

Jaki Irvine

Fri 16 Oct - Sat 21 Nov 2009 Ground Floor Gallery

“Irvine’s art has to do with the acknowledgment of strangeness. How odd other people are … How everything seems coherent, and then suddenly falls apart. Irvine … explores not only the extremes of passion … but also the mundane and the everyday… where people’s paths cross, and encounters are missed”. (Michael Newman, 2008).

Amharc Fhine Gall VI – ‘Bright Beginnings’

Amharc Fhine Gall VI – ‘Bright Beginnings’

An Exhibition featuring work from recent art college graduates from Fingal

Fri 16 Oct - Sat 21 Nov 2009 First Floor Gallery

Joshua Sex and Sanja Todorovic.
With special guest Michelle Hall
And announcing emerging critic Edel Horan


 

Experience Strength and Hope

Experience Strength and Hope

Brian Maguire and Michael McLoughlin with a core group of 30 residents of Ashleigh House

Sat 4 Jul - Sat 3 Oct 2009 Ground Floor and First Floor Galleries

Over the last two years the artists Brian Maguire and Michael McLoughlin have facilitated weekly workshops with a core group of 30 residents of Ashleigh House, a residential centre for women in recovery from drugs and alcohol, operated by Coolmine Therapeutic Community, Dublin 15.

The Habit of Remembering

The Habit of Remembering

Marie Connole and Mary Noonan

Fri 17 Apr - Sat 27 Jun 2009 First Floor Gallery
Sounds Like Art

Sounds Like Art

David Bickley, Jenny Brady, Maeve Collins, Michael Doocey, Aileen Lambert, Paul McAree, Fiona Reily

Fri 17 Apr - Wed 17 Jun 2009 Ground Floor Gallery
New Town Centre Project (Extract 1)

New Town Centre Project (Extract 1)

Ronan McCrea

Fri 30 Jan - Sat 4 Apr 2009 Ground Floor Gallery
the new brilliant

the new brilliant

Ross McDonnell

Fri 30 Jan - Sat 4 Apr 2009 First Floor Gallery
At the Heart of Chance

At the Heart of Chance

Orla Whelan

Fri 28 Nov - Sat 17 Jan 2009 Ground Floor Gallery

At the Heart of Chance
Orla Whelan
28 November 2008 - 17 January 2009
Ground Floor Gallery

MORE ... Interivew with Artist Orla Whelan

Inhabit

Inhabit

Blackchurch Print Studio Members

Fri 28 Nov - Sat 17 Jan 2009 First Floor Gallery

Caroline Byrne, Janine Davidson, Aoife Dwyer, Mary A. Fitzgerald, Mary Frazer, Jane Garland, Catriona Leahy, Colin Martin, David McGinn, Piia Rossi, Daryl Slein

MORE ... Interview with Artist Janine Davidson



 

Luan an tSleibhe, Judgement Day

Luan an tSleibhe, Judgement Day

Geraldine O'Neill

Fri 3 Oct - Sat 22 Nov 2008 Ground & First Floor Galleries
Play

Play

David Beattie, Anita Delaney, Katherine Lamb, Claire Maguire, Lee Welch

Fri 9 May - Sat 21 Jun 2008 Ground Floor Gallery

Curated by Mark Garry
 

Amharc Fhine Gall V

Amharc Fhine Gall V

Jennifer Phelan, Logan McClain, Tracy Hanna, Deirdre Byrne, Lorna Fitzsimons

Fri 7 Mar - Sat 3 May 2008 Ground Floor Gallery

Amharc Fhine Gall V
Curated by Caroline Cowley


MORE ... Inverview with Artist Deirdre Byrne

20/20 Hindsight

20/20 Hindsight

Naomi Sex

Fri 7 Mar - Sat 3 May 2008 First Floor Gallery
Selection from the Model and Niland Collection, Sligo

Selection from the Model and Niland Collection, Sligo

Jack B. Yeats, Paul Henry, Norah McGuinness, Gerard Dillon, Patrick Collins

Fri 18 Jan - Sat 1 Mar 2008 Ground Floor Gallery

 

 

New Works on Paper

New Works on Paper

Thomas Brezing

Fri 18 Jan - Sat 1 Mar 2008 First Floor Gallery
The Colour Fields

The Colour Fields

Eamon Colman, William Crozier, Martin Finnin, Darren Marray, Alison Pilkington

Fri 9 Nov - Sat 12 Jan 2008 Ground Floor Gallery

 

 

 

The Art of Botancial Painting

The Art of Botancial Painting

George Victor Du Noyer, Charlotte Wheeler Cuffe, Lydia Shackleton, Alice Jacob, Ivy Massey, Deborah Lambkin, Susan Sex

Fri 9 Nov - Sat 12 Jan 2008 First Floor Gallery

 

The Archaeologist, The Travels of Oswald Sollmann, a cycle of drawings

The Archaeologist, The Travels of Oswald Sollmann, a cycle of drawings

Marcel Van Eeden

Thu 6 Sep - Sat 3 Nov 2007 Ground & First Floor Galleries

Ground & First Floor Galleries

Utopias

Utopias

Tina Meehan

Mon 11 Jun - Sat 25 Aug 2007 Ground Floor Gallery
Synergies

Synergies

Maureen Meehan & Juliette de la Mer

Mon 11 Jun - Sat 25 Aug 2007 First Floor Gallery

 

 

Building Castles in the Air

Building Castles in the Air

Maggie Madden

Mon 11 Jun - Sat 25 Aug 2007 Foyer & First Floor Gallery
Gillian Lawler

Gillian Lawler

Fri 27 Apr - Sat 2 Jun 2007 Ground Floor Gallery

 

The Internal Other

The Internal Other

Ross Cochrane

Fri 27 Apr - Sat 2 Jun 2007 First Floor Gallery

 

DETOX

DETOX

David Blackmore

Fri 9 Mar - Sat 21 Apr 2007 Ground Floor Gallery


See full interview with David in our Blog section.

 

Amharc Fhine Gall IV

Amharc Fhine Gall IV

Dianne Whyte

Fri 9 Mar - Sat 21 Apr 2007 First Floor Gallery


Its not clear at this stage ...

Its not clear at this stage ...

Anna Boyle

Thu 1 Feb - Sat 3 Mar 2007 Ground Floor Gallery

 

New Drawings

New Drawings

Alan Daly

Thu 1 Feb - Sat 3 Mar 2007 First Floor Gallery


Drawing with Scissors, Late Works 1950-1954

Drawing with Scissors, Late Works 1950-1954

Matisse

Fri 8 Dec - Sun 7 Jan 2007 First Floor Gallery

 

X-MASS the spot

X-MASS the spot

Nevan Lahart & Invited Artists

Thu 7 Dec - Sat 20 Jan 2007 Ground Floor Gallery

Invited Artists: Anna Barham, Robert Armstrong, Bandit Style Booshaka, Ann Maree Barry, Art not Art, Terry Blake, Cyril Briscoe, Alan Butler, Ronnie Close, Alex Conway, Pat Corcoran, Anne-Marie Creame, Jim Flynn, Maurice Capalice, Edward Cunniffe, Mona Casey, Tim Elford, Niall Flatherty, Stephen Gaughan, Ben Geoghan, Vivienne Griffin, Stephen Gunning, Sticky Hough, Huexl, Austin Ivers, Lisa-Maire Johnson, Nevan Lahart, Brian Loughran, Chris Maguire, Ian Mannion, Paul McAree, Cian McConn, Mark McGreevy, Eoin McHugh, Mick McLoughlan, Seamus Nolan, Mathew Northridge, Liam O’Callaghan, Augustine O’Donoghue, Caroline Patten, Alan Phelan, Tessa Power, Francis Quinn, Thomas Markus Schumann, Sonia Shiel, Alison Tobin, Kevin Touhy, Mick Wilson

Panorama

Panorama

Eamon O'Kane

Fri 20 Oct - Sat 2 Dec 2006 Ground & First Floor Galleries

 

Symptoms of Fetishism

Symptoms of Fetishism

Frances Jung and Allyson Keehan

Fri 8 Sep - Sat 14 Oct 2006 Ground Floor Gallery

MORE ... Interview with Artist Allyson Keehan (2008)

MORE ... Video interview with Allyson (2011)

6th Fingal International Fotofest

6th Fingal International Fotofest

Winner: Magdalena Jelonkiewicz (Ireland)

Fri 8 Sep - Sat 14 Oct 2006 First Floor Gallery

Winner: Magdalena Jelonkiewicz (Ireland) / Charlie McCartney (Scotland), Plájas Istva'n (Romania), Kerekes Istva'n (Romania), Miroslav Vajdle (Serbia), Andrea Schmidt (Hungary), Stanko Abadzic (Croatia), Goran Heckler (Sweden), Leif Rosén (Sweden), Michael Feeney (Ireland), Gábor Takács (Hungary), Anthony Scullion (Ireland), Wolfgang Ballof (Germany), Gunter Muller (Germany), Gerry Doyle (Ireland), Derek Slater (Ireland), Peter Barriscale (Ireland), Liam Haines (Ireland), Einar Tiits (Estonia), Boris Nikitin (Russia).

A Long Time Ago

A Long Time Ago

Andrew Bracey, Cian Donnelly, Brendan Jamison, Nevan Lahart, Mark McGreevy

Fri 9 Jun - Sat 2 Sep 2006 Ground Floor Gallery
Outsider Art

Outsider Art

Work from the Musgrave-Kinley Outsider Art Collection

Fri 9 Jun - Sat 2 Sep 2006 First Floor Gallery

Curated by Eimear Martin, Outsider Fellow, Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Artists: Serge Delaunay, Alois Fischbach, Johann Garber, Madge Gill, Johann Hauser, Anthony Jadunauth, Dusan Kusmic, Albert Louden, Dwight Mackintosh, Richard Nie, Perifimou,  Oswald Tschirtner.

Amharc Fhine Gall III

Amharc Fhine Gall III

Work from Fingal County Council's Collection selected by young people from the county

Fri 5 May - Sat 3 Jun 2006 Ground & First Floor Galleries

List of Artists selected by 5th year students from Hartstown Community School, Hartstown, Dublin 15 ... Eddie Cahill, Elizabeth Comerford, Tony Crosbie, Mick Cullen, Des Kenny, John Kindness, Alice Maher, Bernie Masterson, Paraic McQuaid, Mary Rose O’Neill and Una Sealy.

They are doing something on us behind the fog

They are doing something on us behind the fog

Noel Brennan

Fri 10 Mar - Sat 29 Apr 2006 Ground Floor Gallery

 

 

 MORE ... Interview with Artist Noel Brennan

Best Three Draw

Best Three Draw

Gary Coyle, Paul McKinley, Jim Savage

Fri 10 Mar - Sat 29 Apr 2006 First Floor Gallery

 

AINT - New Works

AINT - New Works

Susan Connolly

Wed 11 Jan - Sat 4 Mar 2006 First Floor Gallery

 

 

Dream of Colour

Dream of Colour

Clare McCarroll

Wed 11 Jan - Sat 4 Mar 2006 Ground Floor Gallery

 

Something Beginning With P

Something Beginning With P

An exhibition of illustrations from The O’Brien Press award-winning book of Poetry

Fri 2 Dec - Sat 7 Jan 2006 First Floor Gallery

The exhibition features a selection of illustrations taken from the book by Corrina Askin, Emma Byrne and Alan Clarke.

Paul Coffey

Paul Coffey

Beyond Habit

Thu 1 Dec - Sat 7 Jan 2006 Ground Floor Gallery
Feltmakers Ireland

Feltmakers Ireland

Cornucopia

Thu 20 Oct - Sat 26 Nov 2005 First Floor Gallery


 

Daniel Shaw Smith

Daniel Shaw Smith

Mine eyes have seen the glory ...

Thu 20 Oct - Sat 26 Nov 2005 Ground Floor Gallery
Sean Cotter

Sean Cotter

Drawings and other work

Thu 1 Sep - Sat 15 Oct 2005 First Floor Gallery

Read an interview with Sean Cotter ... here ... 

Stephanie Joy

Stephanie Joy

Wondering

Thu 1 Sep - Sat 15 Oct 2005 Ground Floor Gallery

Read an interview with Stephanie Joy ... here ...

International Patchwork Quilt Exhibition

International Patchwork Quilt Exhibition

Wed 6 Jul - Sun 28 Aug 2005 GROUND & FIRST FLOOR GALLERIES
Playthings

Playthings

Thu 2 Jun - Sat 2 Jul 2005 Ground Floor Gallery

This exhibition was devised by Draíocht and the Crafts Council of Ireland to show during “Spreacha”, Fingal’s International Arts Festival for Children run by Draíocht in partnership with Fingal County Council during June 2005.

Fine art and craft artists were selected to create artworks that will be tactile, playful and interactive for children aged between 3 and 12 years.
Contributing artists include Greenmantle, Frances Lambe, Caroline McCarthy, Angela O’Kelly, Christabel O’Loughlin, Sally Timmons, Louise West and Neil Zakiewicz.

Tim Durham

Tim Durham

Soap Opera

Thu 26 May - Sat 2 Jul 2005 First Floor Gallery

Read an interview with Tim ... here ... 

Jack Donovan

Jack Donovan

Wed 30 Mar - Sat 21 May 2005 First Floor Gallery
Tim Allen

Tim Allen

Wed 30 Mar - Sat 21 May 2005 Ground Floor Gallery
Peter Bonnar

Peter Bonnar

Autodynamico

Thu 3 Feb - Sun 27 Mar 2005 First Floor Gallery
Amharc Fhine Gall II - Contemporary Craft Artists

Amharc Fhine Gall II - Contemporary Craft Artists

Thu 3 Feb - Sun 27 Mar 2005 Ground Floor Gallery

An exhibition of contemporary craft showcasing the work of nine artists living and working in County Fingal: Elizabeth Bonnar (Castleknock), John Bonnar (Castleknock) (who are husband and wife), Aidan Breen (Swords), Geraldine Clarke (Skerries), Niamh Harte (Skerries), Michelle Maher (Castleknock), Tony Perry, James Rogan (Garristown, Co Dublin) and Sarjit Verik.

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Black Boxes

Thu 2 Dec - Sat 29 Jan 2005 First Floor Gallery
Bernie Masterson

Bernie Masterson

Landscape and Memory

Thu 2 Dec - Sat 29 Jan 2005 Ground Floor Gallery
Mary Burke

Mary Burke

Semidetached Reflections

Fri 29 Oct - Sat 27 Nov 2004 First Floor Gallery
Joyce Duffy

Joyce Duffy

Clean and Decent

Fri 29 Oct - Sat 27 Nov 2004 Ground Floor Gallery
Leinster Printmakers

Leinster Printmakers

Thu 2 Sep - Sat 23 Oct 2004 First Floor Gallery

Exhibiting Artists: J.M. Dillon, Deirdre Shanley, Margaret Becker, Katherine Smith, Pamela De Brú, Rebecca Peart, Niamh Moran, Eileen Keane and Catherine Mann.

Image: Niamh Moran, Fishing in new boots

Mark McGreevy

Mark McGreevy

Thu 2 Sep - Sat 23 Oct 2004 Ground Floor Gallery
Amharc Fhine Gall I

Amharc Fhine Gall I

A celebration of Artists living and working in County Fingal

Wed 21 Jul - Fri 27 Aug 2004 Ground Floor Gallery

Fingal County Council in partnership with Draiocht.

Exhibiting artists: David Balfe, Paul Coffey, Elizabeth Comerford, Maire Cregan, Tony Crosbie, Ken Clarken, Cormac Dennis, Angie Grimes, Val Hennigan, Desmond Kenny, Maura Murtagh and Cristophe Neumann.

Image: Ken Clarken

The Sporting Image

The Sporting Image

Fingal's Fifth International Festival of Photography

Sat 12 Jun - Sun 29 Aug 2004 First Floor Gallery
Looking for the Good Life

Looking for the Good Life

Five Video Art Works

Tue 8 Jun - Fri 2 Jul 2004 Ground Floor Gallery

‘Looking for the Good Life’, brings together a small selection of Irish artists whose work touches on some of the simple and personal ways we try to improve ourselves. 
Artists included are Mark Cullen and Brian Duggan and young video makers from Tallaght, Edel Cummins, Michael Usher, Denise Gaines, Lorraine Smith, Wesley Brennan and Terence Salmon, along with, Amanda Dunsmore, Stephen Gunning, Mark McLoughlin and Louisa Sloan.
 

See It ... Read It

See It ... Read It

An exhibition of art with words selected from the Arts Council Collection at the Hayward Gallery London

Thu 25 Mar - Sat 29 May 2004 Ground Floor Gallery

The exhibition celebrates the use of text in visual art and includes work by artists long associated with this practice such as, David Austen, Sonia Boyce, Marion Coutts, Tracey Emin, Sylvie Fleury, Katharina Fritsch, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Jenny Holzer, Emma Kay, Tony Morgan, Simon Patterson, David Shrigley and Ross Sinclair. 

Image: Tracey Emin

David Balfe

David Balfe

Fire, Rain, Wind

Thu 5 Feb - Sat 20 Mar 2004 Ground & First Floor Galleries
Looking at Me Looking At You

Looking at Me Looking At You

National Self Portrait Collection

Thu 4 Dec - Sat 31 Jan 2004 First Floor Gallery

The show will include artists such as Martin Gale, John Kindness, Kathy Prendergast, John Shinnors and many more. 

Image: John Shinnors

Fabien Verschaere

Fabien Verschaere

I’ve got you under my skin

Thu 4 Dec - Sat 31 Jan 2004 Ground Floor Gallery
Rachel Kerr

Rachel Kerr

Green

Thu 23 Oct - Sat 29 Nov 2003 First Floor Gallery
Alice Peillon

Alice Peillon

Thu 23 Oct - Sat 29 Nov 2003 Ground Floor Gallery
RDS Craft Competition Winners Exhibition

RDS Craft Competition Winners Exhibition

On Tour to Draiocht

Thu 4 Sep - Fri 31 Oct 2003 Ground & First Floor Galleries
Dara McGrath

Dara McGrath

By the Way

Thu 31 Jul - Sun 31 Aug 2003 Ground Floor Gallery

Draíocht is proud to announce that Dara McGrath, who was nominated by Draíocht  for the award, is the winner of the AIB Prize for an Artist of Promise, 2003.

Rita Jokiranta

Rita Jokiranta

Temporary Diaries

Fri 6 Jun - Sat 26 Jul 2003 Ground Floor Gallery

Finnish artist Rita Jokiranta likes to be described as an artist who makes images rather than a photographer and in Temporary Diaries presents photographs both singly, in pair’s, and in three’s. They are large in scale (100 x 150 cm and 100x470 cm) and contain landscapes that are real but seem to come from an imaginary world.  In looking at her mysterious images the reliability of our perceptions and memory are tested.  Their multiple form creates a rhythm rather like a music video or film, but with a hidden narrative creating an uncertain feeling of unreality, the dream world or mythic tales.

Samuel Walsh

Samuel Walsh

Ambit

Thu 3 Apr - Sat 31 May 2003 Ground & First Floor Galleries
Radharc

Radharc

Irish Landscape Painting

Thu 20 Feb - Sat 29 Mar 2003 Ground & First Floor Galleries

An impressive selection of Ireland’s premier contemporary landscape painters. Featured artists: Sean Fingleton, Martin Gale, Bernadette Kiely, Mary Lohan, Elizabeth Magill, Colin Martin, Bernie Masterson, Nick Miller, Séan Mc Sweeney, Maria Simonds-Gooding and Jacqueline Stanley.

Image: Mary Lohan

Crossing Paths

Crossing Paths

Thu 16 Jan - Sat 15 Feb 2003 First Floor Gallery

Crossing Paths is a unique multi-cultural community arts initiative that took place in Blanchardstown from January 2002 to June 2002. The initiative was supported by a number of local community, statutory and voluntary groups to bring together Irish and non-Irish residents of Blanchardstown as they were ‘crossing paths’ with each other. Local artist Tony Crosbie facilitated adult and youth workshops to help participants share their stories and experiences of living in Blanchardstown. The result is a unique and wide range of art work that includes photography, painting, poetry, a video diary and a Blanchardstown Quilt which was made by many different members of the community.

Julie McGowan

Julie McGowan

Drawing with Light

Fri 10 Jan - Sat 15 Feb 2003 Ground Floor Gallery
Mary Kennedy and Seamus Staunton

Mary Kennedy and Seamus Staunton

Thu 21 Nov - Sat 4 Jan 2003 Ground Floor Gallery

Draíocht presents a two person exhibition of sculpture by Irish artist Mary Kennedy and British artist Seamus Staunton.

Body Images

Body Images

On Tour from The Irish Museum of Modern Art

Fri 1 Nov - Sat 4 Jan 2003 First Floor Gallery
Simone Schneider

Simone Schneider

Heile Welt

Thu 10 Oct - Sat 16 Nov 2002 Ground Floor Gallery
Iontas

Iontas

Fri 6 Sep - Sat 5 Oct 2002 Ground & First Floor Galleries

Iontas National Small Works Exhibtion, on tour from Sligo Art Gallery.

Soundshapes

Soundshapes

An exhibition of sculptures which make sound

Fri 9 - Sat 31 Aug 2002 Ground & First Floor Galleries

A unique exhibition bringing together sculptors and composers who have made artworks which function as beautiful objects as well as prototype musical instruments.

James K Clarken (Ken Clarken)

James K Clarken (Ken Clarken)

Forty Years of Watercolours, Drawings & Prints

Thu 11 Jul - Sat 3 Aug 2002 First Floor Gallery
Bernard Smyth

Bernard Smyth

Thu 11 Jul - Sat 3 Aug 2002 Ground Floor Gallery
Tony Crosbie

Tony Crosbie

Obsession

Wed 12 Jun - Sat 6 Jul 2002 Ground Floor Gallery

An installation of painting, drawing, photography and video.

... and start to wear purple

... and start to wear purple

Thu 9 May - Sat 8 Jun 2002 First Floor Gallery
Paraic McQuaid

Paraic McQuaid

Landscapes of a Contemporary Processor

Thu 9 May - Sat 8 Jun 2002 Ground Floor Gallery

Paraic McQuaid was Artist in Residence at Draiocht from June-September 2001 ... more ... 

Michael Coleman

Michael Coleman

Temple Bar Paintings

Thu 28 Mar - Sat 4 May 2002 Ground Floor Gallery
The Mosaic Project

The Mosaic Project

Wed 20 Mar - Sat 4 May 2002 First Floor Gallery

An exhibition featuring some of the artwork produced by the 350 Primary School children involved in The Mosaic Masterpiece - a three dimensional 25 foot high mosaic sculpture in Draíocht's foyer.

Niamh Moran

Niamh Moran

New Work

Wed 6 Feb - Sat 16 Mar 2002 First Floor Gallery

An exhibition combining screenpainting with painting and drawing, the work is drawn from childhood memories and dreams of dance, movement and swimming.

Gemma Brown

Gemma Brown

being pretty is everything

Wed 6 Feb - Sat 16 Mar 2002 Ground Floor Gallery

A series of intense charcoal drawn and painted women resembling the many versions of female beauty – from Barbie doll faces and Disney cartoons to comic strip femme fatales and vogue cover-girls.

Four Printmakers

Four Printmakers

Wed 2 Jan - Sat 2 Feb 2002 First Floor Gallery

Courtesy of the Graphic Studio, Dublin, featuring work by four of Ireland’s premier print-makers: Breon Casey, William Crozier, Cliona Doyle and Maria Simmonds Gooding.

Image: William Crozier

Francis Morrin

Francis Morrin

Natural Wood

Wed 2 Jan - Sat 2 Feb 2002 Ground Floor Gallery
The Viper Car

The Viper Car

Thu 6 Dec - Wed 2 Jan 2002 Draiocht Foyer

Local artist David Balfe worked with a group of 9 young people from the Corduff area to transform a burnt out Ford Fiesta into mosaic masterpiece.

Adeste

Adeste

Fri 30 Nov - Sat 29 Dec 2001 First Floor Gallery

The First Floor Gallery at Draíocht features a new exhibition, commissioned by The Ark, entitled Adeste.  Featuring ten large paintings and a large-scale crib installation, the work is designed to introduce children to the diversity of creative interpretation of the nativity. The artists represented in Adeste are some of Ireland’s leading practitioners including Chris Banahan, Oliver Comerford, Rita Duffy, Martin Gale, David Godbold, Jon Kelly, Sharon Kelly, Tom Molloy, Genevieve Murphy, Sharon O’Malley, Patrick Pye and Paki Smith.

 

Image: Oliver Comerford

Cristophe Neumann

Cristophe Neumann

The Greatest Load of Rubbish

Fri 30 Nov - Sat 29 Dec 2001 Ground Floor Gallery, Foyer and Stairwell
See It As It Is

See It As It Is

Group Exhibition of New Realist Painting

Thu 25 Oct - Sat 24 Nov 2001 Ground Floor Gallery

Artists featured in the exhibition include John Crossley, Stephen Loughman, Mark O’Kelly, Colin Martin, Aidan McDermott, Nathalie du Pasquier, Gavin O’Curry, David Quinn, Katy Simpson, Blaise Smith.

Selected Works from the National Collection of Contemporary Drawing

Selected Works from the National Collection of Contemporary Drawing

Courtesy of Limerick City Gallery of Art

Thu 27 Sep - Sat 24 Nov 2001 First Floor Gallery

The exhibition features works by Michael Cullen, Eline McGeorge, Brian Maguire and Paul Moss and examines the medium of drawing, often considered the backbone of every artists practice, which is represented in a diversity of materials and styles.

Alan Keane

Alan Keane

Nature Traces

Thu 27 Sep - Sat 20 Oct 2001 Ground Floor Gallery

Alan Keane was Artist in Residence from October 2001 to January 2002 ... more here ... 

Art of the State - From Past to Present

Art of the State - From Past to Present

Art from public buildings 1815 – 2001

Thu 6 - Sat 22 Sep 2001 Ground & First Floor Galleries

Art of the State is a unique opportunity to see a selection of some of the best of Irish art of the early 20th century. Organised by the Office of Public Works and the Department of Finance and Personnel (Northern Ireland), this collection of fifty paintings has been assembled from a variety of municipal collections, north and south of the border.
It isn’t often that the public get an opportunity to view these exceptional works from artists such as Nano Reid, W.J. Leech, Andrew Nicholl, Grace Henry, Evie Hone, Paul Henry, Jack B. Yeats, William Scott, Fr. Jack Hanlon and many others.

At Home with Art

At Home with Art

Sat 21 Jul - Sat 1 Sep 2001 Ground & First Floor Galleries

Nine leading British sculptors have worked with the Hayward Gallery, Tate Gallery (London) and Homebase in a unique collaborative project. At Home with Art features work by Angela Bulloch, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor and Alison Wilding amongst others.

Image: Alison Wilding
 

Des Kenny

Des Kenny

Street Scenes - Paintings, Drawings & Prints

Thu 7 Jun - Sat 14 Jul 2001 Ground & First Floor Galleries

Ground Floor Gallery: 
Des Kenny, Street Scenes, paintings

First Floor Gallery:
Des Kenny, Street Scenes, drawings and prints

Selected Works from the IMMA Collection

Thu 3 May - Tue 5 Jun 2001 Ground Floor Gallery

Featuring Janet Mullarney, Siobhan Hapaska, Alice Maher, John Ahearn, Louis Le Brocquy, Ben Wilson, Patrick Scott, Eithne Jordan, Eilis O’Connell and Robert Ballagh.

Millenium View – Captured in Time

Mon 23 Apr - Tue 5 Jun 2001 First Floor Gallery

Photographs of young people of Blanchardstown, facilitated by artist Tony Crosbie.