DRAWDA – Drogheda Urban Art Trail

  • 1st Dec - 30th Apr 2022
  • All Day Event
  • Droichead Arts Centre
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          DRAWDA – Drogheda Urban Art Trail

Drogheda Urban Art Trail – Embracing our mythological past

DRAWDA -  a curated multidisciplinary public arts programme that will take place in Drogheda, Co. Louth between November 2021, and April 2022.

Funded by the Arts Council under In the Open | Faoin Spéir Initiative, Louth County Council, Love Drogheda BIDS and Town & Village Accelerated Measures funding.

They say a picture can say a thousand words and we hope that the newly commissioned Salmon of Knowledge mural on the Fitzwilliam Court building will create a thousand conversations and a deeper understanding of our local heritage. Droichead Arts Centre are working with our partners and co-collaborators Love Drogheda Business Improvement District and Louth County Council to create an Urban Art Trail throughout Drogheda that will focus on key figures and moments from our mythological past.

The pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to towns and cities across the country, however, as more people work from home and reconnect with their towns there is an opportunity to create a greater sense of place and building a greater engagement in our towns story. Love Drogheda BID, Droichead Arts Centre and Louth County Council are working together with local, national and international artists, and mythologist Anthony Murphy, to deliver six murals based on some of the key figures from Irish Mythology who are rooted in the Boyne Valley region. 

Our aim with this project is to embrace Drogheda’s mythological past. For millennia Drogheda has been the home and landing point for voyagers into our lands from the Formorians, the Partholinians, the Nemedians, the Firbolgs, the Tuatha Dé Danann, and the Milesians. DRAWDA will explore the stories of some of the leading local mythological figures through a series of visual and audio programmes over the next 6 months culminating in a mini festival in April 2022.

Ciaran Dunlevy has been selected as the first artist to showcase Drogheda’s mythological past with the retelling of the Salmon of Knowledge story. Ciaran’s style of wall art is based on super realism and as part of the research process into the piece, Ciaran met with local artist Richard Moore and Anthony Murphy and local fishermen who identified a specific area where there would have been opportunities to catch salmon at a weir in the river, Knowth and Dowth stand proudly in the background. This piece depicts the story of Fionn MacCumhaill and the Salmon of Knowledge and is masterfully delivered by Ciaran Dunlevy in two parts with the catching of the Salmon by Finegas and then the transfer of wisdom to Fionn.

Many thanks to all the partners engaged in this piece including Louth County Council, Fitzwilliam Court, Wogans Interiors, Johnstone Paint & Height for Hire. Great appreciation to Declan Kierans, Leo Monahan, and Willie Smyth for their assistance in making this happen.

Project Background and overall context

DRAWDA, a curated multidisciplinary public arts programme that will take place in Drogheda, Co. Louth between Sept 2021, and April 2022.

Led by Droichead Arts Centre and Love Drogheda B.I.D.S (Business Improvement District Scheme), in partnership with Louth County Council Arts Office and curators Dee Walsh and Brian Hegarty (33-45), the project will be delivered across a number of strands which will draw on Drogheda’s significant rich heritage, mythology and architecture.

The first strand, the creation of six outdoor murals by local, national and international artists is already underway with artist Ciaran Dunlevy leading on the story of Fionn MacCumhaill and the Salmon of Knowledge. This will be followed by a mini festival in April 2022 with five pieces being delivered in close proximity to each other. Additionally there will be an outreach programme with local schools beginning in January 2022. 

Watch the video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLMtwx_IPqQ

DRAWDA is a legacy programme, that will continue long after the murals are created. DRAWDA will make use of shared public outdoor streets & walls, and help engage with a new and wider audience. Working with local collaborators, the local authority and key cultural providers, it will create a visual vibrancy and a cascade of colour in the town, reinvigorating derelict public places and streets. The project will be inclusive by working with local communities, and it will support over 14 artists in its delivery. This project is funded by the Arts Council under In the Open | Faoin Spéir initiative, Louth County Council, Love Drogheda BIDS and Town & Village Accelerated Measures funding.