Draiocht News Update - 15 July 2020

July 15, 2020


An Exhibition of Works by Children from Dublin 15


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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

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