Draíocht welcomes NEST Portrait Artists - Zsolt Basti, Sahoko Blake, Una Sealy and Dorothy Smith - to the Artists Studio for 6 weeks this January & February.
On the occasion of NEST, Draíocht's major multidisciplinary festival of new works in performance and visual art which maps the ‘here and now’ through the eyes of children and young people, the Gallery presents a new series of specially commissioned paintings and drawings from four of Ireland’s leading artists.
This exhibition will feature up to 45 works of portraiture and still life inspired by the sitters, and Curated by Sharon Murphy. This significant body of work will be bequeathed by Draíocht to Fingal County Council's Municipal Art Collection.
"It's been a great experience so far being a part of NEST. Sitting for the portrait was great too, as I enjoyed seeing the actual process behind an artists work. I'm looking forward to the rest of NEST and seeing the finished pieces." - Lee (18), NEST Participant
Draíocht is delighted to deliver NEST, a visionary, artistically ambitious project of scale that will see 23 stories inspired by Dublin 15’s children and young people, aged just a few days old to 22 years old, our youngest citizens, brought to life through collaboration with leading multi-disciplinary performance artists - playwrights, theatre makers, spoken word artists, dance artists, and music artists - to produce 23 new contemporary works that map our present through the eyes of our children and young people.
NEST's 23 new pieces of work will be performed in homes and schools across Dublin 15 on March 1st 2024 to peer audiences and families. Then the project will culminate in the Spréacha Soar Festival for Children & Young People, from 11-16 March, when all 23 works will take over Draíocht’s two stages.
Led by Artistic Director, Veronica Coburn, NEST is about citizenship, alongside the idea of home, both individual and collective, a single house, a familial place, a society. It will mark the Decade of Centenaries by exploring the ideals of our origin state, liberty, equality and equity in a contemporary context.
On Saturday 17th February, a newly commissioned NEST Portrait Exhibition of participant children's portraits will open in Draíocht's Ground Floor Gallery, from artists Zsolt Basti, Sahoko Blake, Una Sealy & Dorothy Smith, Curated by Sharon Murphy.
A response space and photographic exhibition will also be created in Draíocht's First Floor Gallery by Artist Liadh Connolly to accompany the NEST Portrait Exhibition.
NEST is based on HOME THEATRE, an original idea by Marcus Vinicius Faustini (Brazil) and Kerry Kyriacos Michael (UK). Draíocht’s iteration, HOME THEATRE (Ireland), took place in 2018.
NEST is funded by ART: 2023, a Decade of Centenaries Collaboration between The Arts Council and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
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