HOMEGROUND Open Call - Fingal Arts Office & Draíocht

August 10, 2020



HOMEGROUND
Art, People, Place, Identity
Research and Development Mentoring Awards (2020-2021)


Fingal Arts Office, in collaboration with Draíocht, is delighted to announce an Open Call for HOMEGROUND: Art, People, Place, Identity, five new Research and Development (with mentoring) Awards for artists working in socially engaged and collaborative practice and/or artists working with children and young people.   

The call is open to artists from all disciplines across the visual and performing arts.    

The artists will demonstrably be either:
(a) currently involved in socially engaged, collaborative project or a project with/for  children and young people in Dublin 15 or the wider Fingal county 
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(b) have the idea, the capacity and the existing relationships to initiate a socially engaged, collaborative project or a project with children and young people in Dublin 15 or the wider Fingal county .

The Award will support the research and development of a pertinent project with attendant mentoring support.  The Award does not cover the realisation of a project at this point.  In undertaking the researching and development of a project at this point, its realisation may however be envisaged for a gallery, theatre or site-specific space  in Dublin 15/Fingal.  Subject to resources, Fingal Art Office and/or Draíocht may consider future support for the realisation of one or more of the projects developed through a HOMEGROUND Award.

There are five Research and Development Awards (with mentoring). One award of which will be available specifically for an artist from a minority ethnic or migrant background.

The timeframe of the HOMEGROUND Award is November 2020 - April  2021.   

HOMEGROUND AWARD ELEMENTS
1. A six month mentoring research and development period to support the development of the artist in researching a project of mutual interest to the artist and to Fingal Arts Office/Draíocht.
2. A fee to the artist of  €2000 with an additional €500 to a mentor
3. A monthly meeting for peer networking and sharing/learning opportunities. Meeting to be convened by Draíocht there or on Zoom (tbc) and will include presentations on themes of interest and relevance to the artists by key experts.  Dates: 11 November; 09 December; 13 January; 10 February; 10 March; 14 April.

HOMEGROUND TERMS & CONDITIONS
Artists applying will:

-have a proven track record of work in their chosen field of socially engaged/collaborative practice and/or with children and young people

-be currently involved  in a socially engaged, collaborative project or a project with  children and young people in Dublin 15 or the wider Fingal county 

OR

-currently have the idea, the capacity and the existing relationships to initiate a socially engaged, collaborative project or a project with/for children and young people in Dublin 15 or the wider Fingal county

-provide an outline project plan that they wish to  develop and that could be or is located in Dublin 15 context or the wider Fingal county in a gallery, or theatre or site specific context

-provide a statement of benefit (max 1 page) as to:
(a) how you as an artist would benefit at this time from this  opportunity in this context
AND
(b) how your proposal would benefit the Fingal / Draíocht context

- provide an up-to-date CV (max 2 pages)

- provide 10 images (max) in jpeg format (max file size 3MB) and/or three links to projects

-identify the key qualities they seek in a mentor at this time in the context of HOMEGROUND and also identify their own needs for support and guidance required of a mentor at this time in the context of HOMEGROUND.  Note: Mentors can be based locally, nationally or internationally and mentoring sessions can be conducted face-to-face or through Zoom/others platforms.  It is important that the mentor be experienced as a mentor and also  have a high level of experience in your artform/art practice area. You are not required  to identify a mentor for this application but if shortlisted this will be an important point for consideration.   Through an organic process of  discussion   Fingal art office arts officers / Draíocht's Director and resident curator  together with the artist  will work to identify a suitable mentor.  You will be asked to  address this on the HOMEGROUND Application Form.

-be available to engage fully in all elements of HOMEGROUND over the time frame November 2020-April 2021.  A Memo of Understanding (MOU) will be agreed with all artists in receipt of an award. Participation in the following will be central to the MOU : An orientation session (half-day) in November  and thereafter 6 monthly (half-day) meetings (until April) at Draíocht/Zoom (dates indicated above); regular meetings with mentor as agreed between artist and mentor and Fingal Draíocht; a comprehensive written review of the experience and a plan for the future.

HOMEGROUND APPLICATION
Summary of requirements
-CV (max 2 pages)
-Outline project plan (max 1 page)
-A statement of benefit: a) how you as an artist would benefit at this time from this  opportunity in this context; b) how your proposal is of benefit to the Fingal / Draíocht context (max 1 page).
-Max 10 images jpeg format max file size 3MB and/or three links to projects.
Please submit as one single PDF

HOMEGROUND KEY DATES
Closing date for applications:  5pm Friday 18 September 2020
Selection of shortlist:  24 September 2020
Zoom interviews for shortlisted artists:  28 September 2020
Selected artists notified by:   02 October 2020 

Selection will be made by a panel of members from Fingal Arts Office and Draíocht. The panel’s decision will be final and no correspondence or other engagement will be entered into in respect of its decisions.

Please submit application by email to: HomeGroundMentoring@gmail.com 
Deadline: 5pm Friday 18 September 2020.

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Making Art Printing Online Gallery - Graphic Studio Dublin

July 16, 2020

Works from the Graphic Studio - Members from Fingal is an exhibition which marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Graphic Studio and features members from Fingal who work across a range of process including etching, woodcut/lino, screen print and lithography. Artists include: Susan Early, Mary Grey, Julie Ann Haines, Michele Hetherington, Ernada Husic, Siobhan Hyde, Desmond Kenny, Michael Killen, Jennifer Lane, Pamela Leonard, Ned McLoughlin, Sorca O'Farrell and Una Sealy. The exhibition will also feature work by master printmakers, Niamh Flanagan and Robert Russell.

If you are interested in supporting their work by purchasing a print, framed or unframed, please email nicola@draiocht.ie and we can take your card payment by phone and organise swift payment, in turn, to our artists.
A 25% non-refundable deposit will secure the work for you. Full payment means we can pay the artist concerned swiftly.
Delivery will be dependent on when artists can gain access to studios/printers/framers.

Draíocht’s Galleries are open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm from 20 July 2020.
Visitor capacity has been reduced to allow for social distancing.
Please read our Current Guidelines HERE


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Susan Early
Susan Early is an Architect & Printmaker. She became a member of Graphic Studio Dublin in 2012 where she now works as Studio Administrator. She makes etchings in drypoint and aquatint and has exhibited nationally and in Europe, Canada and the USA. Her work features in private and public collections including Fingal County Council, University of Limerick, Office of Public Works and National Botanic Gardens. Susan’s printmaking is informed by drawings and photographs of familiar elements in Irish landscapes. Structures, buildings and the landscape topography, studied against context, are explored. The built and natural environment defined by the sea is of particular interest and includes studies of ships, lighthouses and other built landmarks.  
 
 
Susan Early - Lighthouse at Baily / Edition: 50
Medium: Etching & Aquatint / Size: 24 x 18 cm
Price: €360 framed; €280 unframed 
Framed size: 46 x 38cm
Purchase price for 2:  €340 each framed

 
Susan Early - Lighthouse at Howth / Edition: 50
Medium: Etching & Aquatint / Size: 24 x 18 cm
Price: €360 framed; €280 unframed 
Framed size: 46 x 38cm
Purchase price for 2:  €340 each​ framed

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Niamh Flanagan

Niamh Flanagan graduated from Fine Art Print at the National College of Art and Design. She became a member of Graphic Studio Dublin in 2004, where she now also works as Projects Manager and Master Printer. She has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and her work is in the collections of the Office of Public Works, The Law Society of Ireland, the Chester Beatty Library, the British Library and the National Gallery of Ireland.  Niamh Flanagan’s work explores the search for utopias within our world, and the restless desire to be somewhere else. She uses visual elements of the landscapes around her; both urban and rural, internal and external, to describe this search for something that is perhaps unattainable. The prints depict a world of abstracted landscapes and cityscapes telling fragments of stories, showing the unseen, the hidden and the unreal as they lurk beneath turbulent skies. The world spins, the seasons change, they change back again; and we dream and spin and dream again. 
 
 
Niamh Flanagan - the lost villages / Edition: 30
Medium: Etching / Size: 26 x 26 cm 
Price: €360 framed; €275 unframed  
 

Niamh Flanagan - jumping haybales / Edition: 30
Medium: Etching / Size: 26 x 26 cm 
Price: €360 framed; €275 unframed  
 
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Mary Grey

Mary Grey took up printmaking when she retired from teaching in 2005. She attended classes in Graphic Studio Dublin and was accepted as a member in 2009.  Since then she has made prints using various methods of printmaking - etching, linocut, woodblock, photointaglio, screenprint, carborundum, lithography and letterpress -  liking the variety, and continues to learn through weekend classes in the Studio. She exhibits in the Summer and Winter exhibitions in the Gallery, and in exhibitions, organised by the Studio and Gallery, in venues throughout the country.  Her inspiration comes from Nature and her surroundings. 
 

Mary Grey - Magnolia / Edition: 15
Medium: Linoprint / Size: 21 x 15 cm 
​Price: €200 framed, €140 unframed
 

Mary Grey - Morning Dew / Edition: 6
Medium: Photo Intaglio / Size: 20 x 27 cm 
Price: €180 framed, €110 unframed 

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Julie Ann Haines
Julie Ann was born in Belfast and studied Fine Art Painting at Manchester and Norwich Schools of Art. She discovered Fine Art Print after moving to Dublin and colour etchings and monotypes now comprise her main body of work. Her images depict intimate studies of the urban landscape around North Dublin where she lives and concentrate on isolated structures that convey a quiet contemplative stillness. Her carefully balanced compositions are usually small in scale and a recent departure into larger work - as seen in the pieces in this show has allowed her to develop a more painterly approach with the mark making in her etching process. Julie Ann’s work is in many private collections as well as the National Gallery of Ireland, National Library of Ireland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, British Library, University of Limerick, Fingal and Meath County Councils. 
 

Julie Ann Haines - Strand Rd / Edition: 50
Medium: Etching aquatint / Size: 50 x 70 cm 
Price: €680 framed; €545 unframed 
 

Julie Ann Haines - 782 Howth Road / Edition: 50
Medium: Etching aquatint / Size: 46 x 82 cm 
Price: €680 framed; €545 unframed 

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Michele Hetherington

Michele Hetherington is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Dublin. Her practice emerges from a conceptual and poetical curiosity surrounding ideas of Time, Place and the Self. Michele holds a Masters Degree in Fine Art and an undergraduate degree in Printmaking from NCAD, Dublin. In 2018, she was awarded the Fingal Arts Council Graduate Award and subsequently held her first solo show, ‘Talk Softly’. Exhibiting nationally and internationally, her work is a part of both private and public collections. Michele became a member of Graphic Studio in 2019. 

 
Michele Hetherington - Polaroid Series: Horizon #1
Edition: 15 / Medium: Etching  / Size: 10 x 10cm 
Price: €300 framed, €225 unframed 
 

Michele Hetherington - Polaroid Series: Sunset 17:42
Edition: 15 / Medium: Etching / Size: 10 x 11cm 
Price: €300 framed, €225 unframed 

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Ernada Husic

Ernada Husic is a Dublin based artist. She is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) where she studied Fine Art specialising in Fine Print. Since graduating in 2016, she has exhibited in exhibitions nationally. Her work is represented in both public and private collections including, the Office of Public Works, St. Patricks University Hospital Dublin and was also chosen as the feature image for Optic Screen Magazine Cover. In 2017 Ernada became a member of Graphic Studio Dublin. Since joining Graphic Studio, she has exhibited in  multiple Graphic Studio Gallery exhibitions including the 2018 and 2019 Summer exhibition and the recent 2019 MÓR show. She works mainly in multi-layered screenprint. 


Ernada Husic - Violet / Edition: tbc
Medium: Screenprint / Size: 76 x 50 cm
Price: €535 framed; €450 unframed 

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Siobhan Hyde

Siobhan Hyde is an excellent and proficient printmaker and has worked in the field of print making for over twenty five years, joining Graphic Studio Dublin in 1990. Her most recent body of work started with the idea of creating a series of prints in memory of her Mother as a dressmaker, subsequently a visit to see Jim Dines 'Tools' in New York influenced a broader appreciation of objects as beautiful and worthy of representation. This suite of screen prints mainly still lives, incorporate homemaking, soul searching and remembering the delight of the simple pleasures in life. 

http://siobhanhyde.com/print.php
 

Siobhan Hyde - Sticks and Stones / Edition: Unique print
Medium: Screenprint / Size: 10 x 24cm  
Price: €130 framed  
 
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Desmond Kenny

Desmond Kenny is an interdisciplinary artist who works in paint, sculpture and print. He joined Graphic Studio Dublin in 2005, where his focus is on screen-printing, creating multi-layered, unique one-off works that combine watercolour, acrylic and mixed media.  Since he began making art in 1986 he has exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad, solo shows include Draíocht in 2001, The Lab in 2006 and Pallas Contemporary Projects in 2008, Draoicht Arts Centre, Dublin 2011, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan.  Recent group shows include Ink Miami Art Fair, 2018, Model Sligo, 2019. His work is included in many collections including the Office of Public Works, SIPTU, and Fingal County Council. 
 

Desmond Kenny - Untitled / Unique print
Medium: Multi-media screenprint / Size: 91 x 102 cm  
Price: €650 framed 
 
 
Desmond Kenny - Untitled / Unique print
Medium: Multi-media screenprint / Size: 91 x 102 cm 
Price: €650 framed 

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Michael Killen

Born in Dublin, Michael studied in Dunlaoghaire School of Art majoring in Sculpture and Fine Art. He then received a scholarship from the Italian Government to study in the Academy of Fine Art in Florence in the school of Antonio Berti. On completing his time in the Academy, he moved to Pietrasanta in the Carrara marble area just north of Pisa where he worked under the direction of a family of stone sculptors. On his return to Ireland he assisted the German sculptor Imogen Stuart in a series of her larger commissions and then established his own studio in Malahide, County Dublin working in bronze and timber. He has executed public and private commissions for bodies such as Fingal County Council, Arts Care Northern Ireland, The Royal Hospital Donnybrook, E-Tec Power Management Europe amongst many others. He has exhibited in the Jorgensen Fine Art Gallery (Dublin), The Royal Ulster Academy (Belfast), The Graphic Studio Gallery (Dublin) and in the Irish Embassy in Berlin (Germany). While working as a sculptor he pursued his interest in print and was awarded a residency by Fingal County Council to study under the direction of Robert Russell in the Graphic Studio in 2015. Michael became a member of the Graphic Studio in 2017.



Michael Killen - Caught in a Wave / Edition: Unique print
Medium: Etching & Aquatint / Size: 30 x 20 cm 
Price: €390 framed 

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Jennifer Lane


Born in Dublin, Jennifer Lane studied at the Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design in the early 1970s. Shortly afterwards she joined the Graphic Studio Dublin and worked initially in lithography and later in woodblock printing, a speciality since. Her first solo exhibition was held in the Abbey Theatre in 1978; since then she has exhibited in the 1984 Bradford International Print Biennale; the 1993 Print Biennale in Ljubljana, as one of five artists representing Ireland; international group exhibitions in Milwaukee, Beijing, Singapore and Yokohama, Brussels and Paris; a solo exhibition in Graphic Studio Gallery in 2001. Her work has often been shown at the R.H.A., including 2006. More recent exhibitions appearances occurred in 2009, 2012, and 2015 and 2016. Woodcuts by Jennifer Lane figure in many large collections, including those of the Office of Public Works, the Irish Management Institute, the Bank of Ireland, the Jurys Hotels group as well as other private, State and corporate collections. In February 2020 her images featured in an exhibition of Irish art in the Irish Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. 




Jennifer Lane - Silver Bream / Edition: 10
Medium: Woodblock print  / Size: 56 x 38 cm
Price: €380 framed, €310 unframed 
 
 

Jennifer Lane - Pine cones / Edition: 5
Medium: Woodblock print  / Size: 58 x 57 cm
Price: €350 framed, €280 unframed 
 
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Pamela Leonard

Pamela Leonard spent 6 years studying in The National College of Art. She won an NCAD scholarship in painting and taught art for 20 years. She has also designed stamps and books and won awards for these. She has worked at etching for the last 33 years and joined Graphic Studio Dublin in 1986. Pamela has exhibited in the RHA for 43 years along with other major exhibitions. Her etchings are in collections in Amsterdam, P&O liners and other public buildings. 

 
Pamela Leonard - A Quiet Place / Edition: 30
Medium: Etching / Size: 20 x 18cm
Price: €275 framed, €195 unframed 
 
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Ned McLoughlin

Ned McLoughlin studied painting in the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and has exhibited in Ireland and abroad. He has worked in film and tv as a production designer and art director and in theatre as a set designer and scene painter.  Recently he has been exploring narrative in large paintings under the provisional title ‘Bog People and Other Works’. He joined the Graphic Studio in Autumn 2017. 


Ned McLoughlin - Bon Bon Baile Dubh / Variable Edition: 33
Medium: Screenprint / Size: 40 x 69 cm 
Price: €545 framed; €455 unframed 
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Sorca O’Farrell

Sorca O’Farrell is a landscape artist from Howth, Co .Dublin. She is a graduate of NCAD, Fine Art Print-Making. Her work has been exhibited in The National Gallery of Ireland, The RHA, RUA, and various group and solo shows. Her work is included in many public and private collections, and she was delighted to receive the Graphic Studio/Fingal County Council Residency Award 2019. 


Sorca O’Farrell - Ghost Forest / / Edition: 10
Medium: Etching / Size: 38 cm x 30 cm
Price: €400 framed. 

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Robert Russell

Robert Russell attended IADT Dun Laoghaire from 1979. He specialised in sculpture but also worked in painting and print. Robert has focused on printmaking since joining Graphic Studio Dublin in 1988 and is Studio Director and Master Printer there since 2007. His work is in the collections of The National Gallery of Ireland, The Chester Beatty Library and The British Library. He was awarded a prize for painting in the Taylor Art Competition in 1980, and received the Alfred Beit Award and the Norah McGuinness Award in 1993. 


Robert Russell - No Parking / Edition: 50
Medum: Etching / Size: 74 x 49 cm 
Price: €595 framed; €480 unframed 

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Una Sealy

Painter Una Sealy was the recipient of the Fingal Arts funded residency at Graphic Studio 2017/18, where she made this piece. She is a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy, where she is also a tutor in painting and drawing at RHA School. She has exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad, and is the winner of numerous awards.  She is currently undertaking a Masters of Science in Anatomy for Artists at RCSI. 


Una Sealy - Refuge / Edition: 20
Medium: Etching / Size: 38 x 38 cm
Price: €485 framed, €400 unframed 

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Draiocht News Update - 15 July 2020

July 15, 2020

#ShowUsYourArt

An Exhibition of Works by Children from Dublin 15

VIRTUAL LAUNCH: MONDAY 20 JULY at 12 NOON - JOIN US ONLINE!

Exhibition runs from Mon 20 July - Fri 28 August 2020
Ground Floor Gallery

An Initiative of Draíocht's Children/Youth Arts Programme during Covid19.

We are delighted to reopen Draíocht’s Ground Floor Gallery with an exhibition of 326 works made during lockdown by 164 children from 122 families living on the doorstep of Draíocht in Dublin 15.

An initiative of Draíocht’s Children and Youth Arts Programme, #ShowUsYourArt invited its young artists aged 2-13 to make paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations and photographic images as a way to stay close and positively engage during the pandemic.

Over a period of twelve weeks between 30 March and 19 June, portfolios of artworks by the children emerged which investigated and represented their ideas around a range of themes from the experience of different seasonal festivals to the built environment and from the natural world to best friends, family ties and even superheroes.

Each week Draíocht posted a selection of submissions online and, following the easing of restrictions, the artworks made their way to the Gallery for selection and installation. The Gallery has been designed to show the works on small shelves, on large round wooden wall based panels, in grid formations, on screens and a specially made soundscape of the children’s experience has been commissioned. We are indebted to the children and families for their extraordinary commitment and enthusiasm and look forward to welcoming everyone to see the work. 

Draíocht’s Galleries are open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm from 20 July 2020.
Visitor capacity has been reduced to allow for social distancing.
Please read our Current Guidelines HERE.

Keep up to date on our galleries through our Draíocht Gallery Instagram!

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Works from the Graphic Studio - Members from Fingal
To mark its 60th Anniversary

Image: Graphic Studio Artist Niamh Flanagan with her work ‘the lost villages’

Exhibition runs from Mon 20 July - Fri 28 August 2020
First Floor Gallery


Works from the Graphic Studio is an exhibition which marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Graphic Studio and features members from Fingal who work across a range of processes including etching, woodcut/lino, screen print and lithography.

Artists include: Susan Early, Mary Grey, Julie Ann Haines, Michele Hetherington, Ernada Husic, Siobhan Hyde, Desmond Kenny, Michael Killen, Jennifer Lane, Pamela Leonard, Ned McLoughlin, Sorca O'Farrell and Una Sealy.

The exhibition will also feature work by master printmakers, Niamh Flanagan and Robert Russell.

Support Our Artists + Buy A Print
We are delighted to feature the work of the artists in our Online Gallery.

Draíocht’s Galleries are open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm from 20 July 2020.
Visitor capacity has been reduced to allow for social distancing.
Please read our Current Guidelines HERE.

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Space to Create - Artist Support at Draíocht

Artists are the lifeblood of Draíocht, and we are so happy to be able to provide spaces for them to create during July and August.

So far, 27 days have been dedicated to Artist Support this Summer.

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A Chance To Dance
Jess Rowell & Conor Donelan

 

We welcomed back Jess Rowell, our Dance Artist in Residence, to the building alongside Conor Donelan to prepare for their new project ‘A Chance To Dance’.
Conor and Jess will be working with the senior members of ‘Create Dance’ over the summer to prepare for a special project in November.

Via online video tutorials, our members will rehearse and learn their moves at home and then hopefully come back to the building in September to rehearse together.

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Photos by Ste Murray
 

Paul Curley & John Currivan
From Zoom to Room!
We are delighted to have a great team of artists back in the building in development with a new theatre piece for young audiences! With Ian Cameron directing through Zoom from Scotland, nothing will stop these artists getting back to work!

Co-creators John Currivan & Paul Curley. Designer Ger Clancy, Music Composition and Sound Design Alma Kelliher, Lighting Design Sarah Jane Shiels, Stage Manager Martina Kavanagh, Producer Richie O'Sullivan. Supported by The Arts Council, Irish Theatre Institute and Draíocht.

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Órla Kelly - Early Childhood Creativity

Visual artist Órla Kelly and drama facilitator Joanna Parkes are collaborating to design a set that will accompany Joanna's stories for children aged 2 to 5 years.
This will tour to libraries, courtesy of the Exploring & Thinking Bursary Award, supported by the four Dublin Local Authorities.
This tour won’t happen for some time, but taking advantage of some down time in the large spaces of Draíocht, Órla will begin to paint a very large, quirky and magical backdrop to set the scene.

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Image: Theatre Lovett, They Called her Vivaldi. Photo by Ros Kavanagh

Theatre Lovett

Theatre Lovett are developing a new work for all ages based on Hans Christian Andersons The Steadfast Tin Soldier. Cast for this development includes Conor Linehan (pianist), Kevin Coquerlard (dancer), Louis Lovett (actor). Directed by Muireann Ahern. 

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Selma Daniel, Dance Artist

Selma Daniel is a Dance Artist making Dance Theatre for young audiences.
Selma will be in residence in Draíocht in August researching family diversity and the benefits of being part of a family with different structures, in collaboration with 2 dancers and visual artist Órla Kelly.

Read more about the Paper Plane Project on her website HERE.

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Photos: Clare Barrett / Louise Lowe / Ursula McGinn

Gap Days at Draíocht 

As lockdown begins to ease, venues and cultural organisations across the country are re-opening their doors to independent theatre artists for the Gap Day programme. 

Draíocht is thrilled to welcome three local freelance theatre artists over July and August; Clare Barrett, Louise Lowe, and Ursula McGinn.

A Gap Day allows a freelance theatre maker to dedicate a day to the creative research and thinking they have put on the long finger. It’s up to them what they spend the day doing – reading, writing, thinking, drawing, walking, dreaming. Whatever they don’t normally have time to do; whatever they think is needed.

Theatre makers are paid to spend a day working creatively, hosted by a cultural organisation close to their home, and in 2020 there are 39 artists who will take 59 Gap Days in approximately 30 venues across the island. Gap Day has been run by creative producer Lian Bell and Mermaid Arts Centre since 2015.

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Our programmes for the foreseeable future will be advertised digitally, so encourage friends to Sign Up to Keep in Touch HERE
 

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Opening Hours

Box Office Opening Hours From 29 June 2020
Monday to Friday 10am-6pm

Gallery Opening Hours From 20 July 2020
Monday to Friday 10am-6pm

Check out our website for our new Covid-19 guidelines HERE
 

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Draiocht News Update - 26 June 2020

June 26, 2020



Welcome back to Draíocht!

"Monday 29th June is a big day for all of us at Draíocht. We reopen our much loved building, 105 days after closing it to the public on March 16th. We are opening it carefully and with consideration, adhering to Government guidelines and with all our signage and ppe in place. Over the next weeks and months, we will open our two Gallery Spaces (July 20th) and begin a programme of cinema screenings and live performances (September 9th)  for all of our audiences to enjoy.  We are delighted to be supporting  a number of artists over July and August through the provision of space and other supports, to enable them develop their incredible work for future presentation/engagement. We have always known the importance of Draíocht to our community, the role we play, the connections we make that can have real impact on people’s lives. The lockdown has given us the opportunity to value that even more and to hear from you about how much you want  to come back. As this is our last Ezine prior to our re-opening, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders, Fingal County Council and The Arts Council, Draíocht’s Board and Staff, and all the artists who have worked with us through the lockdown. And I want to thank you so much for engaging with us all the way through, for your feedback and support. It has kept us going. We are open and looking forward to seeing you. Come visit us (but in a socially distanced kinda way!)."

-Emer McGowan, Director



Opening hours from June 29th
Box Office Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10am-6pm
Betelnut Cafe Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am-4pm


Check out our website for our new Covid-19 guidelines HERE

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#CruinniunanOg - It's Week 3



Cruinniú na nÓg
Presented by Draíocht in collaboration with Creative Fingal and Creative Ireland

With 35,000 Facebook views so far of our first 12 Videos, 18 Illustrated Activity Sheets, and 18 Commissioned Videos in total, we’re thrilled to reach Week 3 of our Creative Celebrations!

Thanks to the support of Creative Ireland and Fingal County Council, join us one last time this Saturday on our Facebook and YouTube Channels to enjoy another 6 free workshops, with artists Andrew Carson, Anne Cradden, Conor Donelan, Genevieve Harden, Emily Matthews and Jo Quinn.

Alan Nolan’s incredible Activity Sheets are available to download directly from our website HERE.



Try your hand at some Mindfulness with Jo Quinn!
Especially for ages 10+, but all ages welcome to try!


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D15 Youth Theatre finishes up for the Summer

"We've survived a global Pandemic - we can do anything!" 
...Just some of the feedback from our Youth Theatre members, who finished up for the Summer last week with a final Zoom call.

"Moving to zoom was a strange transition but I have to thank our members for their resilience and drive to keep our wonderful Youth Theatre alive. We’ve had some laughs, some tears and some really bad wifi connections ... but we did it! Our zoom calls have come to an end but I cannot wait to get back into Draíocht and explore our new way of working. I know for sure that a powerful piece of theatre will bud from all this. The future is bright for D15YT and the stage is waiting for us!" 
-Emily Matthews, D15YT Facilitator

Read more from our members HERE

Why not try your hand at one of Emily’s Tongue Twisters:
Buh-Deh-Geh… Geh-Deh-Buh…

 


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ARTIST RESIDENCIES RESUME - Susan Buttner is back!

Artist Susan Buttner returns to Draíocht's Studio next week and will stay until the end of the year.
She writes for us about her experience of working from home. Susan had just started her residency with us in early March, just before the Covid-19 lockdown and closure of Draíocht on 16 March.

Within the Covid 19 lockdown parameters, with no access to my studio, I began working from my kitchen, with my family and dog around, clothes drying and meals being cooked..."
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10 WEEKS OF ZOOM DANCING



We have been dancing up a storm for 10 weeks now, fully committed to continuing our weekly lessons digitally, for our Create Dance families.

You can read more about one of our all time favourite projects, Create Dance HERE.

We will see you all next term and leave you with this gorgeous feedback from one of our parents:  

“Please let Conor know we think he’s awesome. Conor is the equivalent to Elmo in our house. Please let him know we appreciate all his efforts, he is a superstar. And thank you Draíocht for still working and sending us emails. There has been a lot of feelings of abandonment for people with special needs (and parents). Thank you for not forgetting about us, we are grateful for you.”

The pleasure is all ours!

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NEWS FROM OUR FRIENDS

Mindful Activity Book



Jo Quinn from JogaYoga, and one of our Cruinniú na nÓg artists, has recently published her first mindful activity book! There are 12 pages of yoga poses to colour in and mindful exercises for the whole family.

'Sometimes when we're out for walks my kids just stop and sit down into their mindful body pose and tune into their senses' -Feedback from a parent about JogaYoga

Get yours here

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Stagezone End of Year Video



Stagezone Theatre School has presented a show in Draíocht every year since 2002 and we have some amazing memories, from ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Oliver’, ‘Hot Mikado’, ‘Jungle Book’ and ‘The King and I’, to name but a few. In addition, Stagezone students present an annual end of year showcase. As they couldn't have their 2020 showcase last week in Draíocht, they’ve produced a video instead featuring some of their students, and we think they did a fantastic job working remotely.  Well done guys & we miss you all. ❤️

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Many of our venue colleagues are reopening on Monday 29th June for the first time since March, just like us! We’d like to wish them all well! We hope to see you all soon!

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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. You can secure a print with a 25% deposit or pay in full, so we can pay the artist promptly.

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 our live shows soon!

 

Keep in Touch

From Monday our Box Office is open again 01-885 2622.

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


From our homes to your homes, when you need us, we will be there.
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D15 Youth Theatre finishes up for the Summer ...

June 26, 2020

D15 Youth Theatre finishes up for the Summer and we asked Emily and our young members to reflect on how lockdown was for them. We were so delighted to be able to continue our weekly sessions every Tuesday night on Zoom. Have a lovely Summer and we'll see you guys Next Term!

"Moving to zoom was a strange transition but I have to thank our members for their resilience and drive to keep our wonderful Youth Theatre alive. We’ve had some laughs, some tears and some really bad wifi connections ... but we did it! Our zoom calls have come to an end but I cannot wait to get back into Draíocht and explore our new way of working. I know for sure that a powerful piece of theatre will bud from all this. The future is bright for D15YT and the stage is waiting for us!" 
Emily Matthews, D15YT Facilitator



A few words from our members ...

"We are surviving a global pandemic and are still smiling through it. We will be in the history books and that's something to be proud of."

"Lockdown was hard, it was really hard actually but all of D15YT, my parents and boyfriend, you guys made it that little bit easier and things will continue to get better."

"Even though the restrictions are preventing us from meeting up with our friends in the real world, we've all found ways to keep in contact.”

“I love that we work as a team and we're all very inclusive."

 "What kept me going through the Lockdown and not seeing anybody was this Youth Theatre, having a laugh and keeping up my spirits, something to look forward to every week."

"We've survived a global Pandemic we can do anything!"

See you guys Next Term!
Have a lovely Summer!
Emily, Paula & all the Team at Draíocht


ENJOY SOME YOUTH THEATRE EXERCISES WITH EMILY!


 

 

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