We are missing all our mini-artists and hope you are busy at home creating a variety of projects. Draíocht's Artists would love to see how you are getting on at home and want you to 'Show Us Your Art'!
Its easy to enter and we'll suggest different themes over the coming weeks, while also giving you some helpful tips & ideas on our Blog.
We've 3 age categories: Pre-School / Primary School / Secondary School.
Simply take a photo of your child's art work and email it to Paula Nolan Quinn at email@example.com by the Friday 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.
Week 1 Theme: SPRING
Enter your art by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline Week 1: Friday 03 April 11am.
We'll pick 3 winners randomly each Friday (one per age category) 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
You can see all our SPRING entries in our Facebook Album HERE
Week 1 Theme: SPRING - 79 Entries
We want to say a huge THANK YOU to every mini-artist that got involved in this weeks #ShowUsYourArt challenge! We were overwhelmed by the amount of responses, and stunned by the beauty of them.
We hope you all had lots of fun creating your springtime artwork, and we’re sure there are countless thank yous due to family members who may have helped out.
This week’s randomly selected winners are:
Emilie, age 4
Alexandra, age 12
Tillie, age 13
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!
Keep an eye out for next week’s submission, with a new theme to keep those creative ideas coming!
Even though we are closed to the public right now, we are continuing our Dance Classes with our Create Dance participants online ... Both Mark Rogers and Conor Donolan have been dancing up a storm with weekly lessons keeping all our children (and their parents!) moving at home!
Mark says “I’m missing you guys so much. I hope you are going to practice loads while we’re away, and we’ll see you when we’re back. Mams & Dads, there will be a test!”
Conor says “I hope you’re all doing great. I hope all your mams and dads and brothers and sisters are well. Keep practicing your moves and we’ll see you soon!”
Conor has shared one of his videos for EVERYONE to enjoy
Here's Jason trying his moves!
Here's Dawid trying this moves!
Create Dance is a core part of Draíocht’s programming. Now in its 8th year, it's a fun, innovative dance project, where our young dancers, with a variety of intellectual disabilities and abilities, love to dance and move. Two groups of children with intellectual disabilities from the downs syndrome and autism spectrum, their parents and siblings have taken part in this innovative dance project through a series of weekly workshops since 2013, with an overwhelmingly positive response.
We miss you guys and we'll see you soonest!
Keep up the dancing at home ok?
#CreateAtHome - Monsters, elephants, frogs, owls, cats … We made some amazingly Beastly Bookmarks at one of our Family Days in Draiocht.
We used a mixture of magazines (for cutting out images), drawing, coloured paper, sticky on eyes, lots of imagination and then finally our trusty laminator to stick it all together!
We even made our own tassles with wool!
Super enjoyable and very easy to make!! Hopefully you'll be inspired to try your own!
A message of hope & inspiration from Emer McGowan, Director of Draíocht, as we deal with the current Covid19 crisis:
"Draíocht is about facilitating connections. Connections between our local community and our community of artists, between members of the public, from the youngest to those of more advanced years to the range of programmes we offer. Most importantly, we are about the connection between all of us, recognising and giving voice to our experiences, to our hopes and dreams, loves and losses. If the current crisis has highlighted anything, it’s how much we all value and need that.
Draíocht’s staff team are working hard behind the scenes to maintain same. We are reaching out to you through every platform available to us, informing you of re-scheduled dates and future plans; we are available at the end of the phone to answer queries; we are making plans with artists, figuring out how we can get through the next few weeks or further if required. Thank you for your patience as we work through it. We really appreciate it. And until we can welcome you back in person, we will continue to share, not only the work that Draíocht has been directly involved in, but also links to online resources that will help us enjoy our own creativity at home with our families. It is at times like this that we realise just how much art and culture we engage with every day and how poorer our lives would be without it. Let’s never take it for granted but instead support all our amazing artists in any way we can, not only now, as they find ways to connect with us and bring some lightness and joy into our lives at a dark time, but into the future.
The reality for venues like Draíocht is that we walk a financial tightrope every year. We carefully manage our resources to ensure that we facilitate a range of high quality and diverse arts experiences for all of our audiences and participants. These can only be delivered because we engage artists with the skills, talent, creativity and dedication to the development of their own practice, to work with us. Covid19 has pushed us off the tightrope. It is important to us that we honour our commitment to our artists and we have and will continue to do that. You can help us by buying tickets/vouchers for future events or coming to our re-scheduled performances.
Please also consider responding to the brilliant initiative by our colleagues in The Civic as they raise funds through their Artist Emergency Relief Fund to enable artists, whose fragile incomes have been directly impacted by Covid19, receive some vital support.
Take care of yourselves and your families and we'll see you all back in Draíocht as soon as possible."
Rest assured that if you've booked a ticket for a show, and Draíocht cancels that show because of Covid19, we will be able to offer you the choice of a Full Refund, Moving to Another Date (if we can reschedule that show), or a Draíocht Gift Voucher, for use at a later date. Please continue to support our events if you see something you'd like to book, and we'll be working on a week by week basis.
For updates on show cancellations and re-scheduled dates, stay tuned to our Events page and Blog:
Please be patient with our Box Office staff who are under considerable pressure and be assured that we will be in contact with all audience members as quickly as possible.
If you're on Social Media, come and join us as we keep the content flowing on our FACEBOOK, TWITTER and INSTAGRAMaccounts. We've postponed our next Gallery Launch, but will be featuring the artists and their work on our GALLERY INSTAGRAM account from next week.
This is going to be a tough time for everyone concerned and we want to thank all our stakeholders for their continued support and well wishes; all our promoters, performers, funders and audience members; our project participants, suppliers and facilitators; all our industry colleagues, local schools & colleges … thank you all for your understanding as we take these unprecedented measures.
Ultimately, we want to keep you all safe and well.
Look after each other, stay safe, stay well and we’ll see you all on the other side!
Best wishes and keep in touch!
Emer, Teresa, Cliona, Philippa, Nicola, Alex, Paula, Dylan, Laura & John, our Curator Sharon & all our part time bar staff & ushers.