#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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Draiocht News Update - 15 May 2020

May 15, 2020



Picture this ...The Draíocht Cabaret

Have you ever been in our Main Auditorium with the seats out? It’s HUGE! Now we realise just how lucky we are to have a flexible seating rig. It’s time for a re-imagined space and as soon as we can try it out, we’ll be back in Draíocht making this dream a reality for you and for us!

We have the potential to create a whole new experience for you, while we maintain social distancing and perhaps even add in table service from our bar. We may never go back! Stay tuned as we fine-tune our plans!

In the meantime, we are all meeting regularly online, planning for the future as best we can. Our Director Emer is now a member of the Working Group, recently established by Theatre Forum, to feed into the guidelines/resources they are developing around the re–opening of all Arts Centres. We’ll keep you posted!


We now 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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SUPPORT OUR ARTISTS AND BUY A PRINT

Draíocht’s forthcoming exhibition ‘MAKing Art: PRINTing’, curated by Sharon Murphy, will open later this Season once we’re back in action.
For now though, you can preview all the work from Graphic Studio Dublin in our Online Gallery, complete with Artists Biogs and Prices. Thanks to Robert Russell, Studio Director of Graphic Studio Dublin for this introduction to the work.

The artists are all Fingal based, and if you are interested in supporting their work by pre-purchasing a print, framed or unframed, please email nicola@draiocht.ie and we can take your payment by phone and organise swift payment to the artists.

Here are just 4 of the works available, to give you a taste…

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SHOW US YOUR ART - 250 SUBMISSIONS SO FAR

If all things go to plan, it's likely that Draíocht’s Galleries can reopen around July 20th. First up, we are delighted to showcase the wonderful submissions we’ve received over our 12 week #SHOWUSYOURART Project, with an Exhibition of the work in our Ground Floor Gallery.

We are already approaching Week 8 and the theme for next week is ‘Nature From Your Garden’



"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 weeks artwork!"

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)

So keep your art safe at home and keep on creating!
 

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FAMILY DAY WITH GEN



#CreateAtHome - My Dream Day - Make your Own Animation Set

#CreateAtHome - Artist Genevieve Harden has created this amazing workshop to help you create your own Animation Set, complete with backdrop, props and a mini photo of yourself in the middle of all the action, on your dream day.

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CRUINNIÚ NA NÓG - 13 JUNE 2020



Cruinniú na nÓg is Ireland's national day of free creativity for children and young people on 13th June.

In this, its 3rd year, everything is going to be presented online! Draíocht, with the support of Creative Fingal, is thrilled to be able to commission 6 artists to create 18 videos for young people of all ages.

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

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NEWS FROM OUR FRIENDS

Fingal Arts Office - Let’s Stay Together

Let’s Stay Together is a Fingal Arts Office initiative connecting artists and communities during Covid-19.

In this week's episode, Arts Officer Rory O’Byrne welcomes Fingal artist Una Sealy, who lives and works in Howth.
Una is best known for her depictions of family life and portraits, and in this interview, she takes us through her process of how to paint a portrait, from start to finish, with her son Douglas.

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First Fortnight - Collectively Counting by Stephen James Smith 



Collectively Counting is a call for us all to pause for a moment and count together the many questions and wanderings that this time has brought to us.
Brought to us by First Fortnight, Ireland's Mental Health Festival, in collaboration with poet Stephen James Smith and director Craig Kenny with accompanying music from Gareth Quinn Redmond and Conor J. O’Brien (Villagers).

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#TheAxisChats

Our Friends in Axis Ballymun have an amazing series of half hour interviews with performers and those that work in the arts. Some you will know, some you might not, but all have a great story to tell, from Ballymun and beyond.
 

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TRY SOMETHING NEW - SEND A POSITIVE POSTCARD


From an office that practically runs on cups of tea, we can certainly relate to this gorgeous design from our friends in Treetop Studio

These cards will add a pop of colour to your loved ones day and hopefully make them smile too. All profits go to Feed the Heroes campaign and they are unfortunately SOLD OUT now. But it’s prompted us to think about popping a positive postcard to someone we’re missing to give them a smile and let them know we’re thinking of them. Zoom is great, but getting something in the post is even better we think!

Printing kindly sponsored by Sooner Than Later.

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MORE BABY NEWS



There’s definitely something in the water in Draíocht for sure! Our Technical Stage Manager Laura is now the proud mother of these cute baby chicks … pictured here having a CHICK-NIC with their mammy! We know where we’ll be driving as soon as the 5km ban is lifted!


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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.

Initial results from a recent piece of research by First Fortnight, found that 91% of the 1400 arts workers sampled, had suffered some form of mental health issue or anxiety in recent times. First Fortnight are launching a new initiative on June 1st to support the arts sector …You can read more about it HERE.

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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Celebrating Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 with Draíocht’s Artists

May 14, 2020

Cruinniú na nÓg - 13 June 2020
A Free Day of Creativity for Children & Young People
6 Draíocht Artists + 18 Videos + Illustrated Worksheets




Cruinniú na nÓg is Ireland's national day of free creativity for children and young people. In this, its 3rd year, everything is going to be presented online. Draíocht, with the support of Creative Fingal, is thrilled to be able to commission 6 artists to create 18 videos for young people of all ages, , complete with downloadable illustrated Worksheets.

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. Illustrator and artist Alan Nolan will create fun downloadable worksheets to complement the workshops.

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GET A REMINDER EMAIL & DOWNLOADABLE WORKSHEETS

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Rebuilding Our Community with Andrew Carson
Age Range: All ages




While we’re all staying safe and staying at home, why don’t we imagine what it could be like to make our own built environment? What would our house look like? What about our shops? What would you like Draíocht to look like? Using simple shapes, let’s draw, paint, colour, decorate and cut out building blocks for the new community we want to see! How many can you make?

Artist Andrew Carson has created a number of downloads which you can access beforehand to print at home (available from 2 June).
Would you like your finished work to join Draíocht’s #ShowUsYourArt Exhibition when we reopen? Email a photo of your finished artwork to paula@draiocht.ie  with your name and age.

This is the first in a series of 3 Online Workshops by Andrew Carson, created for Cruinniú na nOg 2020, presented by Draíocht & Creative Fingal.
All workshops will be posted to Draíocht’s Facebook and YouTube Channels, starting on Saturday 13th June 2020 and weekly thereafter. 

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Playful Puppetry with Anne Cradden
Age Range: 0-4 years



Join artist Anne Cradden to make some wonderful puppet characters that we can move with our hands! Using things that you can find at home, such as cardboard rolls, old clothes, and socks, she will show you how to make simple sock puppets for toddlers and kitchen-roll puppets for older children. Kids can decorate their creation in any way they can think of, and then we will bring their characters to life in their own puppet theatre!  Wild animals, aliens from Mars, wizards and witches, unicorns, princes and princesses, fairies and dragons, superheroes, even your teacher, the postman or your baby sister…who is going to star in your story?

Would you like your finished work to join Draíocht’s #ShowUsYourArt Exhibition when we reopen? Email a photo of your finished artwork to paula@draiocht.ie  with your name and age.

This is the first in a series of 3 Online Workshops by Anne Cradden, created for Cruinniú na nOg 2020, presented by Draíocht & Creative Fingal.
All workshops will be posted to Draíocht’s Facebook and YouTube Channels, starting on Saturday 13th June 2020 and weekly thereafter. 

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Let’s do this! Movement with Conor Donelan
Age Range: 5-8 / 9-12


A series of three workshops in which we are going to have the craic almighty! 

After using elements of Yoga and Tai Chi to warm up, we’ll show each other our best dance moves of the day and then have a bit of a boogie, throwing shapes galore and getting moving to an absolute banger of a tune. These workshops are all about grounding, connecting in with our bodies through movement, and sharing our love for dance and expression.

This is the first in a series of 3 Online Workshops by Conor Donelan, created for Cruinniú na nOg 2020, presented by Draíocht & Creative Fingal.
All workshops will be posted to Draíocht’s Facebook and YouTube Channels, starting on Saturday 13th June 2020 and weekly thereafter. 

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Art Explorers Go Wild with Genevieve Harden
Age Range: All Ages




Genevieve will be showing you how to make an animal and its habitat using found materials from nature. Starting with a walk, she will make a collection of sticks, dried flowers and stones that she will use to make an animal. Back in the studio, she will demonstrate how to construct a creature using sticks, clay and plaster bandage. At this point Genevieve will use drawing skills to help you to imagine the character of the new creature.  What it eats, where it sleeps, what’s its name and what noise does it make. The creature's habitat will be made using more of the collected materials and finally you will join your creature by adding a small cut-out photo of yourself just to give the new creation some company.

This is the first in a series of 3 Online Workshops by Genevieve Harden, created for Cruinniú na nOg 2020, presented by Draíocht & Creative Fingal.
All workshops will be posted to Draíocht’s Facebook and YouTube Channels, starting on Saturday 13th June 2020 and weekly thereafter. 

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The Drama Challenge with Emily Matthews
Age Range: 13+


Emily Matthews, one of Draíocht’s Drama Facilitators, has developed an exciting programme for you. She is setting you a challenge! Are you up for it? Each week you will be given a task that will allow you to express yourself in your own creative way, while developing your drama and performance skills. Challenge Accepted!

This is the first in a series of 3 Online Workshops by Emily Matthews, created for Cruinniú na nOg 2020, presented by Draíocht & Creative Fingal.
All workshops will be posted to Draíocht’s Facebook and YouTube Channels, starting on Saturday 13th June 2020 and weekly thereafter.
 

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Hey Monkey Mind - What’s the rush! with Jo Quinn
An easy guide to slowing down. 
Age Range: 10+



Lets slow things down and notice what’s around us. Here are some easy videos to help calm the monkey mind and slow down on our thoughts, in the hope that we can calm our mind even just for a sec! Join Jo Quinn of JogaYoga as she takes us on a calming mindfulness journey involving all of the senses. These videos will give you tips on how to be a little bit more mindful in your everyday life and how to relax the mind from all of those busy thoughts!

This is the first in a series of 3 Online Workshops by Jo Quinn, created for Cruinniú na nOg 2020, presented by Draíocht & Creative Fingal.
All workshops will be posted to Draíocht’s Facebook and YouTube Channels, starting on Saturday 13th June 2020 and weekly thereafter. 

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Full details for nationwide Cruinniú na nÓg events are available at creativeireland.gov.ie

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#CreateAtHome - Family Tree

May 13, 2020

This week, for our Family theme, we took inspiration from pinterest to create a Family Tree and we got all the family involved. Not everyone likes paint on their hands so it seems, so a few jelly treats along the way and we all got on grand. We even had our beloved pet cat having a look to see what was going on, but we thought best not to put his paw print on, just in case the paint would irritate him!

We had so much fun with our Family Tree, that we continued on and made another painting with each of our handprints in different colours, to mark our time together in lockdown. Albie finished it off by stamping our family name.

Enjoy,
Paula & Albie

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First, draw a beautiful tree, big enough to fit your family.


Next, choose your paint colour. We chose Green, but yours could be any colour or a mix of colours! You can pour some paint onto a plate, or sponge it onto your hands, or paint it onto your hands.

Albie's hand.


Tillie's hand.


Noah's hand.


Finally, Mammy & Daddy's hands!

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And here is our other design, one hand on top of the other, using lots of colours. We started at the top with the biggest hand and worked our way down to the littlest.




And Albie created our family name in stamps.



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

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#ShowUsYourArt Weekly Art Submissions - Week 7 FAMILY

May 8, 2020



All of this time at home has meant that we’re spending more time with our families, so why not express how you feel about them through art! Use this theme to think about what family means to you. Is it your relatives? Your closest friends? A community, or group that you’re a part of? Maybe it’s a famous or fictitious family that you’re thinking about. Do you know the family tree of your pet? What about your favourite toys and teddies? Whatever you decide to create, we’re sure you’re going to put your full heart into it!

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 7 Theme: FAMILY
Enter your art by email to: paula@draiocht.ie
Deadline: Friday 15th 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 FAMILY entries in our Facebook Album HERE

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Week 7 Theme: FAMILY - 21 Entries

The love we felt from each piece of artwork representing family this week was incredible! Where would we be without our families? I know we all can’t wait to be reunited once all of this is over!

This week’s randomly selected winners are:

Andreea, age 9


Aidan, age 3


Anna, age 9

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 looking inside for ideas, and next week look outside for our next source of inspiration!

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