dlr Arts E-Bulletin 28th April 2015
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Welcome to the dlr Arts Office fortnightly e-bulletin where we will keep you up to date with our vibrant and rich arts programme.  Our aim is to provide opportunities for people of all ages to engage with the arts as creators, spectators and participants.

Municipal Gallery,dlr LexIcon
Áitiúil Exhibition:
until Saturday 9 May

Áitiúil explores the work of 5 eminent members of the RHA, all of whom have a connection to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County.  The artists now all senior academicians in their 70’s and 80’s include former Carey Clarke PPRHA, John Coyle RHA, Melanie le Brocquy HRHA, George Potter RHA and Imogen Stuart RHA.

Image: George Potter, Clarinda Park East, oil on canvas   

Áitiúil Talks: Dún Laoghaire as a source of inspiration by Peter Pearson

Thursday 30 April, 6.30-8pm
Studio, dlr LexIcon.
Free event, no booking required.

Join us for the final special event of Áitiúil. Writer and artist Peter Pearson, author of Between the Mountains and the Sea, has brought together a unique presentation which asks the question, of why so many artists and writers live in the area.  

Image: 'Lightships, Dún Laoghaire Harbour', Peter Pearson

Áitiúil is grant aided by the Arts Council
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dlr Celebrating 20 Years of Arts in Primary Schools

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Blackrock Education Centre, together with the Arts Council are celebrating 20 years of supporting the arts in local primary schools.  

The Artists in Schools Programme was initiated in 1994. In 2008 the Arts Office of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council partnered with Blackrock Education Centre in delivering the dlr Primary Arts Programme across the primary schools of the county.

The main purpose of the programme is to facilitate the collaboration of a professional Creative Practitioner (e.g a Dancer, Visual Artist, a Musician or a Writer) with a primary school class and teacher to explore creativity in the classroom through various art-forms.

Thank you to all the artists, teachers and most of all the children for being involved.

To celebrate our anniversary Scoil Mhuire, Shankill were picked out of a hat by An Cathaoirleach Councilllor Marie Baker to work with illustrator Steve Simpson.

Image above: An Cathaoirleach Councillor Marie Baker and Kenneth Redmond, dlr Arts Officer.

dlr Arts and Disability Public Art Commission in association with NCBI.

In May/June 2014, dlr Arts Office invited proposals for a performing arts commission focusing on the exploration of sensory disabilities; it was an open submission selection process.

Theatre director-deviser Ciarán Taylor, together with radio programme maker/composer Rachel Ni Chúinn, were selected for the commission.  They are working with the National Council for the Blind in Ireland (NCBI ) to facilitate a radio drama project with a group of blind and visually impaired people from the Stillorgan area.

“Over the 20 workshops so far the group has been exploring performance on microphone and live sound effects….The workshop has sparked imaginations, with many writing and recording their own pieces at home... Over the next few months the group will record a series of short radio pieces for presentation over the summer.” 
Ciarán Taylor

As a culmination of the project it is hoped to present a group listening of the radio plays to an invited audience in a cinema in the area.  

Image above: Participants at a recent workshop 
The Grainstore, dlr's Youth Arts Facility - NEWS 

‘Selfies’ a celebration of Youth Arts at the Grainstore, dlr’s Youth Arts Facility.
Last Wednesday 22nd on a beautiful sunny evening ‘Selfies’ was officially opened by An Cathaoirleach Councillor Marie Baker.  The ‘Selfies’ project explores printmaking techniques and alternative approaches to drawing. 

90 young people engaged in this project including Crosscare, South Side Travellers Action Group, St. Augustine’s School and Canvas dlr’s Youth Arts Committee.  They put a modern twist on printmaking and portraiture by using collage, pattern, emboss and pinhole drawing to create unique and exciting pieces of artwork. 

The showcase is running until Friday 8th May; if you wish to organise a viewing please contact Áine Crowley by phone (01) 2047979 or by email

'Selfies' - a Celebration of Youth Arts was supported by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Department of Social Protection.



Longitude - Battle of the Bands

Another exciting event organised by Canvas Youth Arts Committee is The Long Road to Longitude, Battle of the Bands 2015.  An open call went out recently to young musicians in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and over 40 band/solo artists applied. 

A shortlisting process will take place and the final three bands/solo artists will battle it out on Sunday 14th June in the Grainstore, dlr's Youth Arts Facility.  The winning band/solo artist will play live on stage at Longitude 2015, Marley Park.
Best of luck to all participants!

For more information on dlr Grainstore activities please see the Read More Link

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