Michael McLoughlin - Mulhuddart Satellite

Michael McLoughlin - Mulhuddart Satellite

Curated by Sharon Murphy

Sat 17 Nov - Sat 23 Feb 2019 Ground & First Floor Galleries

Mulhuddart Satellite is a major exhibition by Michael McLoughlin, at the mid-point of his 3 year residency (2017 to 2019) in Mulhuddart, a community on the doorstep of Draíocht. The exhibition presents a number of mappings of Mulhuddart through drawings, soundscape, audio recordings and radio broadcasts.  

The artwork and accompanying engagement programme reflects the lived experience of people, groups, clubs and agencies who make Mulhuddart the community it is. Mulhuddart Satellite and the longer term relationship with Mulhuddart through McLoughlin's residency, exemplifies Draíocht's local participation focus in its new 2018-2022 Strategy - ‘Space For The Arts' and the community involvement central to the work of Mulhuddart Priority Task Group and the recently published Mulhuddart Strategic Development and Implementation Plan.

Mulhuddart has been a prominent west Dublin civil parish for hundreds of years. Along with Clonsilla and Castleknock it was one of the main three areas of what is now Dublin 15. With this exhibition we aim to present visons of Mulhuddart as presented by clubs, community networks and groups of friends who help define this continually developing vibrant area. McLoughlin has been Artist in Residence in Draíocht since 2017. The role we asked Michael to take on was that of ‘diviner’ (coined by Sharon Murphy) to spend time in Mulhuddart developing an understanding of the communities within it and in turn begin to suggest possible linkages between Draíocht, Mulhuddart residents and the participations that could build potential points of connection.
The Mulhuddart Satellite exhibition presents a number of ‘mappings’ of Mulhuddart, each presented as an installation in the gallery, drawings, or as public radio broadcasts. One piece for instance consists of a bank of wall mounted loudspeaker cones and was made from McLoughlin’s door to door calls to every home in Mulhuddart, in an attempt to record the names of every resident. Another draws on local archaeology and changes in what Mulhuddart is, several over centuries.

In the main gallery an installation that takes the name of the exhibition ‘Mulhuddart Satellite’ features spatial recordings of conversations between community groups in Mulhuddart and is made from banks of speakers hanging from the gallery ceiling through which the audience negotiate their way through conversation, chat and stories. Overall the exhibition explores place, belonging, friendships and the connections we have to the people around us. This sense of place is something we can’t take for granted and exhibitions like Mulhuddart Satellite can act as a gentle reminder of how our relationships with neighbours, friends and family define us and the place we live.  

Mulhuddart Satellite Radio Collaboration with 92.5 Phoenix FM

As part of the Mulhuddart Satellite exhibition programme we will be collaborating with 92.5 Phoenix FM to broadcast live from Draíocht’s Artist Studio. Phoenix FM is a Community Radio station which reflects the special interests and needs of the listenership of the Dublin 15 community that the Station is licensed to serve. For four Thursday mornings commencing January 31st, from 10am to 12 noon, the D15 Today show will take the name Mulhuddart Satellite, broadcasting stories, ideas and discussions relating to Mulhuddart. Presented by D15 Today’s Jeff Murphy and Charlie Kurtz, the show will entertain and provoke further conversation relating to the exhibition and the Mulhuddart area over the course of the month. Join us live in Draíocht, or tune to 92.5 Phoenix FM on January 31st, February 7th, 14th & 21st. 

You can contact Michael by email: info@mmcloughlin.org and he will be very happy to meet you for a chat and a cup of tea.


Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

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The Wizard of Oz The Panto – SOLD OUT

The Wizard of Oz The Panto – SOLD OUT

Coolmine Panto Group

Fri 4 - Sun 20 Jan 2019 Main Auditorium // €22 / €18 conc / Relaxed Performance €15

Join Dorothy and her dog Toto as they are transported from their home in Kansas to the land of Oz where they meet some very strange characters – a Strawman, a Tinman and a cowardly Lion. Lovely Witch of the North greets them and advises that they should follow the Yellow Brick Road to find the Wizard who will solve all their problems. Hot in pursuit is Dorothy’s Auntie Gertie and a variety of colourful characters who will delight and entertain you. But Wicked Witch of the West has other plans and will do her best to stop them.

FRI 04    7.30PM
SAT 05   2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 06  1PM & 5.30PM
THU 10   7.30PM / FRI 11  7.30PM
SAT 12    2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 13  1PM & 5.30PM
THU 17   7.30PM / FRI 18  7.30PM
SAT 19   2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 20  2PM

Enjoy our Relaxed Performance on Wednesday 9th January which will have no sudden noises or bangs, restricted capacity, the ability to move around, softer and brighter lighting and music at a suitable level. We will also provide a chill-out area with low lighting for parents/guardians to bring children who may need to have a little break.
If you are attending this performance and would like a Pre-Visit Guide in advance from Draiocht, please email philippa@draiocht.ie or let Box Office know when you're booking on 01-8852622.
Guide will be available from 7th Jan. All tickets for this performance are €15. DOWNLOAD GUIDE or Watch the Guide on YouTube

Draíocht’s Artist in Your Classroom Initiative

Draíocht’s Artist in Your Classroom Initiative

Workshops In Your Classroom With Draíocht’s Artists

Mon 7 Jan - Fri 29 Mar 2019

This programme aims to provide a range of high-quality arts experiences for pupils and teachers, at Primary level, in their own classroom, using Draíocht’s professional artists. Your school can choose from the range of specially selected and purposefully created school workshops below. Workshops are tailored to your class’s age and abilities and artists will work with two separate classes each day.

Bringing The Stage Into Your Classroom
Age Range: Adaptable To All Age Ranges
Duration: Junior/Senior Inf: 4 Class Group Workshops of 45 mins
2nd Class Upwards: 2 Class Group Workshops of 1.5hrs
Artist: Eimear Morrissey
Using a theme of your choice as a starting point, Eimear Morrissey introduces pupils to the wonderful world of theatre through imaginative storytelling and fun collective group games. The workshop will explore different ways of engaging the imagination, of thinking creatively, seeing, listening, new ways of communicating and expression, as well as building confidence. Pupils will work together towards a common goal of creating a short improvised performance piece, giving them the opportunity to experience the creation of something from nothing.

Bringing Dance Into Your Classroom
Age Range: Infants to 1st class
Duration: 3 different class group workshops of 45 mins each
Artist: Mariam Ribon of Dublin Youth Dance Company
This Leaps & No Bounds workshop introduces your pupils to dance and movement in an imaginative and creative way. Pupils will learn to have fun responding to music, to enjoy swinging their arms, bobbing their head and expressing themselves through the freedom of movement and dance. The workshop focuses on kinaesthetic learning and uses movement as a method of reinforcing reading readiness, math, geography and science.

Bringing Print Into Your Classroom
Age Range: 3rd-6th Class
Duration: 2 Class Group Workshops Of 2 Hours
Artist: Deirdre O’Reilly
Deirdre will introduce your pupils to a number of different print making techniques, before they work together to plan, create and produce a series of limited edition original prints. Print making allows pupils to explore the endless possibilities of shape and colour, line and pattern and  offers opportunities to create individual and collaborative works of art. All materials will be provided. A must-do cross curricular creative workshop for your class.

Bringing Music and Song Into Your Classroom
Age Range: Adaptable to all age ranges
Duration:  3 Class Group Workshops of 60 mins each
Artist: Dónal Kearney
This music & singing workshop introduces pupils of all ages to the potential of making music with their own voice. The workshop focuses on building listening skills, encouraging creative play, and creating music using the voice and the instruments available in each school. Based on years of research in music education and practical choral training, Donal and his team at Fingal Academy of Music believe in the power of music engagement to transform lives.

Workshop Notes & Bookings:
Workshops can take place from 07 Jan - 29 Apr 2019 on a date of your choosing. Closing date for Bookings is 28 February 2019 through Draíocht’s Box Office tel: 01-8852622. The programme is offered on a first come first served basis and is restricted to schools within the Dublin 15 area. Cost per day €120. All materials are provided. Schools are welcome to make multiple bookings, subject to artist availability, but due to budgetary constraints, the above subsidised workshop rate is limited to two days per school.
For further details please contact Sarah on 01-809 8029 or email sarah@draiocht.ie

Explore More - Tours for Primary Classes

Explore More - Tours for Primary Classes

JAN – MAR 2019

Mon 7 Jan - Fri 29 Mar 2019 // FREE

Visit Draíocht’s two exhibitions this Season. From Jan-Feb Michael McLoughlin's Mulhuddart Satellite and from March onwards MAKing ART PAINTing. These tours will encourage pupils to examine and voice their opinion about the artist and their work and explore the rest of the building, including Draíocht’s two theatre spaces, backstage and dressing rooms.

Please get in touch with sarah@draiocht.ie. Tours will take approx 50mins, are free, but are subject to availability. Max 30 pupils with accompanying teacher.  

BASS - Band And Song Support

BASS - Band And Song Support

Tue 8 Jan - Tue 26 Mar 2019

JAN – MAR 2019  
Select Tuesdays  7PM-9PM Age: 14-18 Years

Draíocht will continue to offer supervised creative space for thinking, writing, collaboration and rehearsal for young people within the Dublin 15 area who are interested in spending time with other creatives in a shared space. If you like strumming a chord or rapping a word, then join other like-minded young people in Draíocht in a free creative space. Spend the time writing, jamming and collaborating. If you would like to find out more about this free musical support, please contact sarah@draiocht.ie or 01-8098029.