Thu 20 Jun - Sat 31 Aug 2019 Ground & First Floor Galleries // FREE

GROUP presents Conor Coady, Victoria J Dean, Sarah Farrell, Cara Farnan, Anna Hryniewicz, Riin Kaljurand, Oran Leong and Éanna Mac Cana.
Ground Floor Gallery


SOLO presents ‘Crossing the Lens’, Draíocht’s 2019 INCUBATE Commission by Ashling Smith, in her first solo exhibition. Smith was the inaugural winner of Draíocht’s Creative Digital Media Award 2018, in association with TU Dublin Blanchardstown.
First Floor Gallery

With opening night performances by Conor Coady (performance artist) & Oran Leong (contemporary dancer).

Curated by Sharon Murphy

PLATFORM 2019 is an exhibition and a series of associated performance events showcasing the work of emerging artists who engage with the Gallery as a playful, experimental and creative space. 

GROUP features the eclectic work of 6 early career artists who use a wide range of media to explore their concerns:

Victoria J Dean is a photographic artist whose work explores the human propensity to rationalise space, in the context of place and landscape. Sarah Farrell's work explores and articulates the fragility implicit in personal relationships and the human experience. Her practice centres on painting, photography and sculptural forms. Cara Farnan's work attempts to find balance within the contradictions of knowledge and sensation, exploring the space between the two through sculpture, installation, sound, text, video, drawing and print. Anna Hryniewicz is a painter whose work explores abstraction, form and colour and which is strongly influenced by memories of childhood drawn from the natural world. Riin Kaljurand is a painter whose interest lies in paint itself – its physical quality and formability. Her work is influenced by her geopolitical origins in the former Estonia Soviet Socialist Republic. Éanna Mac Cana uses video and multimedia installation to explore themes of the everyday imbued with a deeper personal significance. A sudden sense of loss and identity are key themes within the works, as he explores both physical and psychological boundaries. Conor Coady's practice is concerned with the unseen internal becoming an external physical experience. Through his performance art practice, he investigates oppressive social structures that queer individuals are subject to, referencing both historic and contemporary Ireland. Oran Leong is a dancer whose practice encompasses contemporary and Irish dance. He works both collaboratively with theatre practitioners, choreographers and ensembles as well as choreographing his own solo work.

SOLO is Draíocht’s INCUBATE commission 2019 from Ashling Smith and will be the artist's first solo exhibition. Winner of Draíocht’s inaugural Creative Digital Media Award 2018 (in association with the Technological University Dublin, Blanchardstown), Smith will present a new site- specific, digital media work combining image, sound, text and installation. Ashling’s practice incorporates still and moving image, sound and text. In her practice she gathers personal narratives that explore the boundary of the real and the imagined in relation to specific communities and places. For this commission, Smith explores memories and reflections via the family's analogue film photo album.

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

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An exhibition celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Fingal County Council Municipal Art Collection

Thu 12 Sep - Sat 16 Nov 2019 Ground & First Floor Galleries // FREE

Fingal County Council is proud to present this major exhibition curated by Una Sealy RHA, James English RHA, Joshua Sex and Sanja Todorovic. The collection comprises of works by national and international artists, graduates, emerging artists and local artists. Over 160 artworks have been acquired since the collection began in 1994 and it has been continually evolving since with new acquisitions being added when the opportunity and resources present themselves.

The curators are all Fingal artists, whose art also features in the collection. They describe their process of selecting work for this exhibition as taking in the physical and natural landscape of Fingal and celebrating local and visiting artists that have arrived to the county through the collection. The official motto of Fingal County Council is Flúirse Talaimh is Mara — the abundance of land and sea, which is reflected in some of the artworks featured in the exhibition.

Fingal has three estuaries, special places where the tide meets the stream. Such a simple phenomenon in nature carries powerful potential both metaphorically and as a prism through which to view art. In other words, the collection could be described as a mixing point or a meeting point. While the collection features plenty of significant works by national figures, the four of us agreed, quite instinctively, to focus primarily on Fingal artists. There is a strong flow of nature imagery: skies, birds, harbours, trees. We have also chosen works that we intend as counterpoints to this theme. These include unexpected pieces by artists such as Robert Russell and Eva Rothschild. It is our hope that this show will prove playful, thought-provoking and inspiring.” Joshua Sex

The exhibition will be accompanied by ‘Not in Alphabetical Order’ Vol 2, a publication highlighting this significant collection’s latest acquisitions. 

Estuary - Adult Engagement Programme

Estuary - Adult Engagement Programme

An exhibition celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Fingal County Council Municipal Art Collection

Fri 20 Sep - Thu 7 Nov 2019 // FREE


All events are free. For bookings and further information contact the Box Office 01 885 2622

Estuary Exhibition Tour

Join us on Culture Night for a curator’s tour of Estuary, exploring key themes and artworks in this major exhibition. The curators Una Sealy RHA, James English RHA, Joshua Sex and Sanja Todorovic will guide you through the artworks from the collection. 

Estuary Exhibition Tour & Visit to The Hide Sculpture
SAT 28 SEP, 12PM-2PM

Join the curators of Estuary for a tour of the exhibition followed by a site visit to The Hide Sculpture, Rogerstown Park for an artist talk with Garett Phelan and the opportunity to observe birdlife along Rogerstown Estuary with the Fingal branch of Birdwatch Ireland. 
Courtesy bus provided for return journey from Draíocht to The Hide Sculpture.

Where the Tide Meets the Stream 
Printmaking Workshop in Association with Graphic Studio Dublin

Create your own handmade intaglio print. Join Clare Henderson for this drypoint and monoprint workshop which will focus on the horizon line. Clare will guide participants through the drawing and making of a drypoint plate, finishing with monoprint techniques. All levels welcome.  All materials provided.

Estuary Life - Still-Life Painting Workshop
THU 07 NOV, 10.30AM–1.30PM

This still-life painting workshop with Una Sealy RHA will look at objects and aspects referencing the Estuary exhibition. Participants will be led through the painting process from composition planning, tonal underpainting, second pass with colour, to finishing touches. Una will demonstrate each step of the process and guide participants individually. All levels welcome. All materials provided.