Draiocht News Update - 29 May 2020

May 29, 2020



A road map to reopening...


Our optimism is keeping us motivated and we’ve put a roadmap in place for reopening Draíocht, in line with the Government Phases and HSE advice: 

Phase 3, 29 June: Betelnut Cafe and Draíocht’s Box Office will reopen
Phase 4, 20 July: Draíocht’s Galleries will reopen with our #ShowUsYourArt Exhibition in the Ground Floor Gallery.
Phase 5, 10 August: Draíocht’s Theatre Spaces can reopen (but we’ll wait until September to start our programme).

We are having conversations with promoters, musicians, theatre artists and comedians to put a programme in place to enable you access a range of great live entertainment this Autumn. They can’t wait to come back!  Your safety and enjoyment is our priority so Draíocht’s team are working hard to put all the necessary safety protocols in place to ensure that your visit and those of our artists, is completely safe. We know there are challenges ahead, but be assured that together we can work through them.

Your continued support and emails keep us buoyant, so a huge thank you from us to you! Rest assured that we won’t reopen until it's completely safe to do so.

Keep in Touch

We have two Covid19 Temporary Box Office Phone Numbers, for ticket enquiries, Monday-Friday 10am-6pm: 
083-084 7249 / 083-028 9771
Or maybe you just want a Draíocht Chat? Philippa & Cliona are at the end of the phones, happy to assist. 

If you need specific assistance, the best way to contact any of our staff at the moment is by email. 


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SHOW US YOUR ART - 300+ SUBMISSIONS SO FAR!

It’s almost week 10 of our 12 Weekly Art Submission Project #ShowUsYourArt for children of all ages, and the theme for next week is ‘My Favourite Holiday’. 

"These sunny days remind us of carefree times when we took to the beaches, the camper vans, the hotels, and the tents. These happy memories can be used as inspiration for our art, as they hold a special place in our mind. Let’s all remember our favourite holidays in our lives, from a Mediterranean beach, to the quiet Irish countryside, to a day trip on a bank holiday! #ShowUsYourArt and take us on the trip of a lifetime!"

Interested in letting a mini-artist take part? Simply take a photo of your child's art work and email it to Paula Nolan Quinn at paula@draiocht.ie by the deadline each week.
Tell us your child's first name & age (this may be posted on social media with your permission with their gorgeous artwork for all to enjoy)

Remember to keep your finished artwork safe at home so we can feature it in our opening exhibition from 20th July in our Ground Floor Gallery.

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LEARN TO PLAY MUSIC DAY

We really missed our mini musicians this week with the cancellation of ‘Learn to Play Music Day’, presented by Castleknock School of Music.
Last year, we welcomed over 50 youngsters to Draíocht, ranging in age from 6 months to 8 years, to try their hands at a variety of instruments and mini music classes.

This year, we went digital and presented 5 short video tutorials on our Facebook and YouTube Channels. Antoinette & Mr Rabbit gave us an insight into Early Music, Stevie showed us the Guitar, Eira demonstrated the Piano, Roisin explained the Flute, and we’ve included Cristina’s video tutorial all about the Violin. Hopefully they’ll whet your appetite to take up an instrument if you haven't already!

You can check out the full range of classes available on CSM’s website.


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CRUINNIÚ NA NÓG - 13 JUNE 2020

It’s just 2 weeks to go to Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 and our artists are busily creating video content in wonderful ways!  

We are thrilled to welcome writer and illustrator Alan Nolan on board to illustrate downloadable worksheets to complement our workshops. Alan is the author and illustrator of Conor’s Caveman, Fintan’s Fifteen and the Sam Hannigan Series for The O’Brien Press. His next book, Animal Crackers with Sarah Webb, is due out in August. 

Launching on 13th June and continuing weekly, join us on our Facebook and YouTube Channels to enjoy free workshops with Andrew Carson, Anne Cradden, Conor Donelan, Genevieve Harden, Emily Matthews and Jo Quinn. Everything you will need for a fantastic day of creativity is available; from Mindfulness to Yoga & Dance, Architecture to Puppet Making; and Nature Trails to Creative Writing. 

Read all about it HERE

GET A REMINDER EMAIL & DOWNLOADABLE WORKSHEETS


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NEWS FROM OUR FRIENDS



Transcending Time by Aoife Dunne


This insightful, evocative 4D installation is presented by Fingal County Council Public Art Programme, part of the council’s new initiative ‘Let’s Stay Together’ - connecting people and ideas during the Covid-19 pandemic. A pioneering, innovative, and contemporary handling of a uniquely universal issue, digital installation artist Aoife Dunne conjures the absurd and fantastic into a fully travelling otherworld. Enter your address & have this technicolour dream come right to your doorstep in Fingal, from 8th-10th June 2020.

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#Messagesfor6thClass

Children's Books Ireland, together with children’s writer Sarah Webb, have created this wonderful video full of messages of hope and resilience to the 6th Classes of 2020 wishing them well as they make the leap to Secondary School - Enjoy 30 short messages from writers, scientists and sports people, including Eoin Colfer, Patricia Forde, John Boyne, Rob Kearney, Amy Hubberman, Sinead Burke and many others!

Watch the full video with all of these encouraging messages ...

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CONNECT - An experiment in Empathy

Can the power of babies generate feelings of empathy in teenagers? Anna Newell, ‘a hero of children's theatre’ (The Guardian) and ‘Early Years theatre pioneer’ (The Irish Times), conducted a new experiment with teenagers and babies over a number of days last October. Yesterday was to be the screening of the film Anna made about it but she has released it online instead. You can read more HERE.


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THANK YOU

These are tough times for arts venues all around the country. If you can support us at this time with a donation, no matter the amount, it would mean the world to us, or you can purchase a Gift Voucher for future use. We've been blown away by your generosity so far, so a huge thank you from all of us.

Do support our exhibiting Artists if you can by purchasing a print in our Online Gallery. Other ways to help Artists at this time is to show your support online, by following them on social media, liking and sharing their work and if you know them personally, give them a call and see how they are doing.

Is there someone you know who is missing Draíocht? Get them to sign up to our newsletters so we can keep in touch, share our news, and get ready for the day we reopen!

From our homes to your homes, when you need us, we will be there.
Tell us how we can help? Email marketing@draiocht.ie

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#ShowUsYourArt Weekly Art Submissions - Week 10 MY FAVOURITE HOLIDAY

May 29, 2020

 

These sunny days remind us of carefree times when we took to the beaches, the camper vans, the hotels, and the tents. These happy memories can be used as inspiration for our art, as they hold a special place in our mind. Let’s all remember our favourite holidays in our lives, from a Mediterranean beach, to the quiet Irish countryside, to a day trip on a  bank holiday! #ShowUsYourArt and take us on the trip of a lifetime!

 

Simply take a photo of your child's artwork and email it to Paula Nolan Quinn at paula@draiocht.ie by the deadline each week.
Tell us your child's first name & age (this may be posted on social media with your permission with their gorgeous artwork for all to enjoy).
 

We hope to have an exhibition of some of the works entered later in the year, so keep your work safe!

 

Week 10 Theme: MY FAVOURITE HOLIDAY
Enter your art by email to: paula@draiocht.ie
Deadline: Friday 5th June 11am.
We'll pick 3 random winners and prizes include Draíocht Movie Tickets and Chocolatey Treats (delivered to you after we're all back in action!)

 

Let's get creating! We are super excited for you to #ShowUsYourArt!
 

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You can see all of our HOLIDAY entries in our Facebook Album shortly.

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#CreateAtHome - Let’s Play Dressup

May 25, 2020

This week, we are inspired by our 'Superheros and Supervillains' theme to have some fun playing dressup, making masks and trying some facepainting.

It's time to raid the Halloween costumes, get some cardboard and make a mask or maybe try your hand at creating a shadow tube, for projecting some images onto your walls. 

Sarah sent us her very handy YouTube tutorial 'How to make a Ninja Mask out of a T-Shirt' which she's used to great effect many times!

She's pretty good at chopping up old green T-shirts too, for this Robin Hood theme.



Sarah's many talents also include facepainting, another brilliant form of disguise!


Another fun idea is to make your own mask. You can wear a princess dress as well if you like!



This Hippo Mask was a last minute life saver one day before school 'Mam, we've to wear a mask tomorrow'! ... 




There's also much fun to be had just using all your hats, scarfs, wellies and shoes to dress up. These 2 monkies also found some bubblewrap to complete their outfits. Anything goes with dressing up ... there are no rules, just fun!
 



And hats off to the creator of this wonderful homemade 'put your face in the hole' thingy ... quite the challenge!
 


 

And, we found yet MORE ideas for toilet roll tubes, to create your own 'Shadow Tubes' or 'Homemade Projectors'. Just add clingfilm and a torch and off you go! A super way to make use of all those stickers you have at home, especially if they are Superheros or Supervillains!



Enjoy!

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More: https://www.draiocht.ie/blog/category/youth_arts_createathome

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#ShowUsYourArt Weekly Art Submissions - Week 9 SUPERHEROES & SUPERVILLAINS

May 21, 2020

Is it a painting? Is it a sculpture? No, it’s your very own superhero! This week let’s allow our imaginations to soar as we create art pieces based on superheroes and supervillains! 

Which characters will star in your works of art this week? Are they straight from a comic book, or an original design you have created yourself? What about the superheroes in your own life? Do you recognise them without their cape? We can’t wait to see some action packed pieces this week for #ShowUsYourArt!
 

Simply take a photo of your child's artwork and email it to Paula Nolan Quinn at paula@draiocht.ie by the deadline each week. Tell us your child's first name & age (this may be posted on social media with your permission with their gorgeous artwork for all to enjoy).
 

We hope to have an exhibition of some of the works entered later in the year so keep your work safe!

 

Week 9 Theme: SUPERHEROES & SUPERVILLAINS

Enter your art by email to: paula@draiocht.ie

Deadline: Friday 29th May 11am.

We'll pick 3 random winners and prizes include Draíocht Movie Tickets and Chocolatey Treats (delivered to you after we're all back in action!)

 

Let's get creating! We are super excited for you to #ShowUsYourArt

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You can see all our SUPERHEROES & SUPERVILLAINS entries in our Facebook Album HERE!

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This week’s randomly selected winners are:

Daniel, age 10

Eoin, age 10

Katie, age 7

 

 

Congratulations! An email will be sent out with details about your prizes, which includes 2 tickets to a movie showing in Draíocht, and some sweet treats to go along with them!
 

We hope you’ve been enjoying the sun as much as we have this week. It brings back memories of summer days spent on the beach, away from all our troubles… Maybe you should keep that in mind for next week’s theme!

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#ShowUsYourArt Weekly Art Submissions - Week 8 NATURE FROM YOUR GARDEN

May 15, 2020




While we may miss the sights and sounds of faraway places, there's still so much that can surprise you from the safety of your own garden! Explore every corner of your garden or nearby patch of grass to gather supplies, discover new things, or find inspiration for this week's artwork!

Simply take a photo of your child's artwork and email it to Paula Nolan Quinn at paula@draiocht.ie by the deadline each week. Tell us your child's first name & age (this may be posted on social media with your permission with their gorgeous artwork for all to enjoy).

We hope to have an exhibition of some of the works entered later in the year so keep your work safe!

Week 8 Theme: NATURE
Enter your art by email to: paula@draiocht.ie
Deadline: Friday 22nd May 11am.
We'll pick 3 random winners and prizes include Draíocht Movie Tickets and Chocolatey Treats (delivered to you after we're all back in action!)

Let's get creating! We are super excited for you to #ShowUsYourArt

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You can see all our NATURE entries in our Facebook Album HERE

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Did you find anything surprising in your garden this week? The use of so many different materials was such fun to see, and we hope you enjoyed creating these beautiful natural art pieces.

 

This week’s randomly selected winners are:
 

James, age 9

Aidan, age 4

Pelayo, age 6


 

Congratulations! An email will be sent out with details about your prizes, which includes 2 tickets to a movie showing in Draíocht, and some sweet treats to go along with them!

 

Let's take a step back from the wonders of our world and let our imagination run loose next week when you #ShowUsYourArt!

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