Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown supports the arts

by Gazette Reporter

DLR First Frames Scheme aims to open the door to new and emerging Irish film talents.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s purpose in promoting this opportunity is to support emerging filmmakers to make vibrant and compelling films and to increase awareness of the variety and flexibility of locations available in the region.  DLR’s Economic Development Unit is supporting this opportunity to support employment in the film making industry in the County.

dlr First Frames is fully funded by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Arts Office and Economic Development Unit, and managed by IADT.  Mentoring support is provided by the National Film School, IADT with additional equipment and facilities from IADT.

Theatre: The Pavilionwww.paviliontheatre.ie

With over 460 events and more than 100,000 visitors, 2019 was Pavilion Theatre’s most successful year to date. Despite the challenges of 2020/2021, Pavilion Theatre has presented high quality arts events for audiences at home, implemented strategies to reduce their environmental impact, and carried out essential building works.

Following the success of their recent online broadcasts, Pavilion Theatre is now looking forward to presenting Ross O’Carroll Kelly’s Postcards from the Ledge in May as well as a world premiere stage production of Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse in June.

As part of Lasta, a national arts festival for young people, Pavilion Theatre has engaged three young curators (Julia Appleby, Helen Major and Hannah-Kate Ní Shioradáin) to programme an exciting festival of events in June.

Over the summer months Pavilion Theatre will also be concentrating on artist development work and hope to reopen in the autumn. Pavilion Theatre want to thank everyone for their continued support and look forward to welcoming you all back soon.

Visit paviliontheatre.ie for more information. www.paviliontheatre.ie

Theatre: Loaded Diceloadeddice.ie

Loaded Dice Theatre Company is an integrated theatre company based in the Dunlaoghaire Rathdown community. It was founded by Charlotte Tiernan and Lorna Kennedy to create quality theatre by and for people with intellectual disability in the Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown area.

There are currently over 30 actors in the theatre company. Charlotte and Lorna both share a belief that creating a respectful, non-judgemental, positive & creative environment is fundamental to creativity and empowering individuals. We believe each actor brings with them a wealth of life experience, and the theatre we make should give people with intellectual disability a voice.

Our last production was in May 2019, we presented Do We Not Laugh? A unique interpretation of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. This production was commissioned by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Arts Office through an ‘Access All Areas’ award funded by the Arts Council.

If you would like to learn more about Loaded Dice or get involved our website is loadeddice.ie

Arts: Helen Barrywww.helenbarry.com

Helen Barry is a visual artists, inventor and trained dancer who makes interactive artworks with and for very young audiences. She has been working creatively with children and families for over 30 years. She is both inspired by and driven by the journey where enquiry and creativity supports the individual to connect with themselves and with others.

Sculptunes Interactive Sound Scultures

In the last 10 years her focus is with early years children, their families and primary caregivers and the younger end of primary schools. Her work evolves through a process of exploring, questioning, experimenting and observing the child engage and respond to what she offers. In all her collaborations the children lead the direction of what they will do together and create together, ensuring that the artistic outcome will be relevant and inspiring to all children, especially children living with complex and profound needs. Helen’s ambition is to invite audiences to ‘play’ and ‘engage’ with sculptural objects, installations, performances and sounds that stimulate the senses and evoke the dexterity of the body and mind.

Helen has had many wonderful opportunities to collaborate with local children through a range of initiatives led by DLRCC and in their partnerships with DLR Childcare Committee, Blackrock Education Centre and the Arts Council. Helen was awarded 3 of the Caterpillar Commissions, these artist-in-residences in Ballyogan FRC, Mounttown CC and Casa Rosa Dominican Montessori enabled Helen to work directly with the children and childcare practitioners every week over several months. The artistic outcome of each artist-in-residence delivered a multi-sensory experience that Helen continues to bring to other early years children throughout DLR, the greater Dublin area and Europe along with other works designed specifically for early years children. Examples of these are Spine, the Kaleidoscopic Child and Sculptunes www.helenbarry.com

Puppetry: Niamh Lawlorwww.pucapuppets.com

Niamh Lawlor is a Visual, Film and Theatre Artist working primarily as Púca Puppets. Based in Sallynoggin.  Her project Wonder Puppets has been inviting children with Autism and Aspergers and their families to enjoy playful interactions with puppets online.

Initiated last June through a commission from Dún laoghaire Rathdown Arts Office for Creative Ireland’s Cruinniú na nÓg it’s continuing thanks to an Arts Council Bursary Award. Next will be a series of sock puppet making family workshops, so if you have a child on the spectrum between 6 – 10 years and would like to take part please contact [email protected] or keep an eye on Púca’s Facebook page. –

For a taster of Púca’s other work search Béirín on RTE player or visit https://www.rte.ie/player/movie/beirin-beag-bui-e1/86296616004 and


These are short lullaby films for young children and Físín Award winners, Béirín Beag Buí i dTír na Síog (Little Yellow Bear in the Land of the Fairies) was edited during lockdown thanks to an award from DLRCoCo.

Arts: ArtNetdlr www.artnetdlr.ie

ArtNetdlr is a voluntary group working with the support of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Arts Office. Currently there are over two hundred and seventy artists of different disciplines. The aim of the network is to be a facilitation group, providing Artists Talks, Lectures, Professional Development Workshops and Exhibition Opportunities for artists.

Our Talks, Workshops are also open to the public.   The network has been evolving steadily and currently there are over two hundred and seventy members.

We provide :

• Professional development workshops,

• Artists Talks

• Networking opportunities

• ArtNetdlr Biennale Collaborative Exhibition

•  Online Exhibitions

Upcoming Events

National Drawing Day May 15th 2021

To celebrate National Drawing Day on 15th of May we have two excellent drawing workshops which are open to everyone. Places can be booked on our website.

Saturday May 15th Drawing Workshop with Louise Neiland 10.00-12.30 p.m.

Saturday May 15th Drawing Workshop with Darina Meaghar 2.00-4.40p.m.

Workshops and Talks continued online during Covid 19

During Covid 19 restrictions we have continued to support our network and followers online. We opened a zoom account and continued to host artist’s Talks and Lectures online.

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