Artistic Collaborations Jan-March 2019

January 7, 2019

7 Jan 2019

Included in Draíocht’s 5 Year Strategy 2018-2022 ‘Space For The Arts’, is our commitment to building strong and effective collaborative partnerships and supporting artists to develop their practice and work.

Draíocht and Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris

Draíocht is delighted to partner with CCI once again to support the 2019/2020 Residency Programme. Centre Culturel Irlandais’ annual residency programme offers great opportunities for artists of all disciplines to tap into the resources of the CCI and the city of Paris, as well as being an important means of showcasing Ireland's dynamic contemporary culture on an international stage. CCI and the partner organisations share the costs of residencies in CCI enabling the Centre to increase the number of residencies it can offer. 
Draíocht is supporting a residency (one to two months) for an artist working in any discipline with a clear focus on children and/or young people articulated in the proposal. Residencies of 1 to 2 months will be awarded for the period August 2019-June 2020. Travel from Ireland, accommodation and a monthly stipend are included.
Full guidelines, terms and conditions available on CCI's website:
Applications to be made online by Thursday 10 January 2019.

Draíocht & Fishamble: The New Play Company

Throughout 2019, Draíocht continues our collaboration with Fishamble: The New Play Company and 5 other venues across the island of Ireland on ‘A PLAY FOR IRELAND’ (2017-2019), a major new playwriting initiative, supported by Tesco Finest. This initiative supports new writing and encourages the citizens of Ireland and non-Irish citizens living on the island of Ireland, to write plays, engaging people from all communities throughout the country. Fishamble’s A PLAY FOR IRELAND is the search for an idea for one, big, ambitious play that captures the zeitgeist of the country.
2019 begins with 30 brand new finished scripts being submitted to the programme, which have been developed during 2018 with the support of dramaturgs, directors and designers from around the country. In Phase 2 of this programme, 6 plays will be shortlisted and, later in 2019, one play will be commissioned and receive a full production and national tour, including at Draíocht!
Draíocht is delighted to be supporting the writers, Catríona Daly, Jeda De Brí and Finbarr Doyle, Alice Murphy, Barry McStay and Ian Toner who, over the last year, have been participating in group and one to one workshops and mentorship, and have now submitted drafts of their new plays. Fishamble is humbled and delighted by the standard of work received from all the participating playwrights.
‘Draíocht is delighted to be working in a developmental way with our colleagues in Fishamble on the A Play For Ireland Project. This two year ambitious project has been supporting writers in a considered way through mentoring and peer support at its core, as well as providing audiences with the opportunity to see a fully produced piece that will reflect and interrogate contemporary Ireland. We welcome the opportunity to work in this way not only with Fishamble but with the 6 writers who are working from Draíocht.’ Emer McGowan, Director

Draíocht’s Network Collaborations
Venue Networks and Partnerships

Draíocht is an active member of two venue networks.
ShortWorks is a four member Network that focuses on multidisciplinary work for children from 0 to 12 years. 2019 will see Fidget Feet’s new show ‘Hatch’, developed with support from ShortWorks in 2018, embark on a national tour in 2019.  2019 will also see ShortWorks announce a Development Bursary (awarded through an Open Call process) to enable a practitioner develop a new piece for children.

Strollers is a 10 venue nationwide venue Network. An annual Production Award is granted to a company or artist to assist in the making and touring of work. The application process for the 2019 Production Award took place in the Summer of 2018 with the award going to Joanne Ryan to support a remount and tour of her show ‘Eggsistentialism’. This piece will tour to all Stroller venues in Autumn 2019 and will be here in Draíocht in November 2019.

Draíocht, Civic Theatre and Mermaid Arts Centre came together in 2018 to support an 18 month long programme of work by Early Years Theatre Artist, Anna Newell. Funded by The Arts Council, ‘Baby’s First Xmas’ and ‘Little Tiny Xmas’ were the first productions (December 2018) supported by this partnership. 2019 will see the development and tour of a new show ‘BigKidLittleKid’, a non verbal show for 3 to 6 year olds as well as tours of extant work e.g. ‘Sing Me To The Sea’, a show designed for children up to 12 years with complex needs. ‘Sing Me To The Sea’ was originally funded by Wicklow County Arts Office with design funded by Riverbank Arts Centre, in consultation with Mid Kildare Network Disability Team and St Catherine’s School, Newcastle, County Wicklow.


OUR PLACE, OUR STORIES is a project which facilitates a collaboration between 6 leading artists and 6 key communities in Dublin 15, under the artistic directorship of Veronica Coburn (Hallelujah!, Draíocht’s Community Clown Choir, Home Theatre (Ireland) project).

Supported as part of the Creative Irelands Programme’s National Creativity Fund, with additional funding being provided by Fingal County Council, this project will take place in 2019, culminating on Culture Night with the participating groups presenting their pieces to a local audience.

Each group will have 15-20 participants, will work through a variety of performing art forms and each will focus on a different community of place or interest. Because of the young demographic of Dublin 15 and Draíocht's subsequent commitment to this age group, two groups will be made up of young people (14yrs +). Each group will explore what stories they need and want to tell and how those stories can be told to ensure they achieve their full potential when they meet their audiences in their communites and in Draíocht.

OUR PLACE, OUR STORIES, is about facilitating people in an exploration of themes that are relevant to them, to recognise their uniqueness, their shared experiences and to see their community in a way they wouldn’t have done before. It is about recognising our truths and celebrating the positives. 

Further information about Artistic Collaborations from Emer McGowan, Director, 01-8098027 /

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