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Musicians in Residence 2021 - Call for applications 

We're inviting applications for the 2021 dlr Musicians in Residence Scheme. There are three opportunities in 2021: two for established musicians/groups and one for an emerging musician/group. Residencies will take place in May – June, August – September and October – November 2021. An information webinar will take place on Thursday 11th of March at 11am to outline details of the Scheme & answer questions from applicants.  Full details.

Online Performance

Check out the premiere of new work by chamber group Ikigai - the third dlr Musicians-in-Residence for 2020. Their performance showcases the Trio’s diverse musical interests, featuring exciting new work alongside unique interpretations of existing material.  More information

Gallery Learning Programme - Online

An online Gallery Learning Programme is available to make sure that everyone can still have lots of opportunities to get creative at home. The programme is jam packed full of live talks, conversations, demonstrations and art making workshops. The emphasis is on learning together as we all try out new things this Winter. Give it a go, no experience necessary. Keep an eye on this page and our social media for updates!

Leading Irish Women in Culture

Friday 12 March, 11am - 12.30pm

Online talk, free, but booking required

Taking the theme of International Women's Day 2021: Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world - join artist and curator Claire Halpin in conversation with Nora Hickey M’Sichili, (Director of Centre Culturel Irlandais), Dr. Éimear O’Connor (Art historian, curator, writer and recently appointed Director of Tyrone Guthrie Centre) and Kelly O’Connor (Recently appointed Head of Cultural Affairs at the Irish Embassy in London).

These three Irish women – leading Irish cultural producers and writers will discuss their roles, their current programmes, preoccupations, reflections and ambitions for 2021.

Book here

Meet the artist Myra Jago

Friday 19 March, 11am - 12.15pm

Free but booking required

Meet the artist oil painter Myra Jago in her studio to get an insight into her studio practice. Hear about how she makes surfaces, her silk/printing set up before painting, her materials and techniques and her admiration for magnets. She will also talk about past and upcoming works.

Followed by Q&A moderated by artist Claire Halpin.

Book here

Botanical Vitamin C Painting Workshop for Adults

Saturdays 20 & 27 March, 11am - 1pm

Cost €20 includes materials that will be posted out in advance.

Please note that this is a 2 part workshop for adults and by booking you are booked in for both workshops.

Even with lockdown, most people will be able to get hold of oranges and clementines, and there is the added healthy benefit of being able to eat them afterwards!

Join artist Shevaun Doherty and explore colour layering with oranges and yellows, exploring the textures of the peel and also the cut fruit.. Beginning with establishing the chromatic shadow layers first, and then adding glazes of pure colour to create the illusion of realistic fruit.

No experience necessary – beginners welcome.

Book here

Spring Pattern Printing Workshop, ages 8-12 

Wednesday 24 March, 3-4pm

Free, booking required

Join artist Kim Jenkinson in this Spring inspired workshop. Celebrate the arrival of spring through printing - exploring lines, shapes and patterns in the natural world outside in the garden.

Create repeat pattern prints using Styrofoam plates and markers to create vibrant and colourful prints and patterns, layering and collaging!

Book here


Spring Workshops

Join us for this special series of free Spring Workshops available to watch in the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you!

These workshops are aimed at older people living at home. Draw at home with artist Julie Merriman, Sing along with musicial Eamon Sweeney, listen to songs from Off the Beaten Track with singer Brendan MacQuaile or Dance around your sitting room with Dance Theatre of Ireland.

More information here

Writer in Residence - Sara Keating

Sara Keating is the current new writer in residence, based in dlr LexIcon.  As part of her residency, Sara has made a series of interviews with authors about places in the County.

Check out more details & listen to the interviews HERE


Keeping in touch

During this challenging time the Council is providing continuous advice via social media channels. You can follow Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council on Twitter and Facebook.

We have also had to change the way we work; you can find out more about accessing Council services here.

While the Arts Office, Grainstore and dlr LexIcon are currently closed to the public we are continuing to provide arts opportunities and activities online, so do follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.