- 31st Dec
- Droichead Arts Centre
Drogheda Urban Art Trail – Embracing our mythological past
DRAWDA - a curated multidisciplinary public arts programme, launched in Drogheda, Co. Louth between November 2021, and April 2022, culminating in an Urban Art Trail throughout Drogheda that focuses on key figures and moments from our mythological past.
Produced 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). Working together with local, national and international artists, and mythologist Anthony Murphy, six murals based on some of the key figures from Irish Mythology who are rooted in the Boyne Valley region were delivered, across a number of strands, which draw on Drogheda’s significant rich heritage, mythology and architecture.
Funded by the Arts Council under In the Open | Faoin Spéir Initiative, Louth County Council, Love Drogheda BIDS and Town & Village Accelerated Measures funding. Supported by the d hotel, Colourtrend Paints and Murtagh's of Drogheda.
The first strand, the creation of six outdoor murals by local, national and international artists is completed, with the first mural by artist Ciarán Dunlevy, from Drogheda leading on the story of Fionn MacCumhaill and the Salmon of Knowledge on the Fitzwilliam Court building in Dyer St. The second mural on Meat Market Lane is by Nina Valkhoff, a painter/muralist from Rotterdam. Nina took inspiration from the story of Étaín, the heroine of Tochmarc Étaíne, one of the oldest and richest stories of our Mythological Cycle. The third mural, at Abbey Lane is of Boann, Godess of the Boyne by Lula Goce (Spain). Mural number four Dagda, the leader of the Tuatha Dé Danann has taken pride of place on Laurence St and is by Muralist/Painter Russ, from France. AERO, also from France, has painted the story of Ireland’s famous bard, poet and judge of the Milesians, Amergin. This mural can be seen at Drogheda Port beside Goodwood Fuels. This Is Friz, a visual artist currently based in Bangor, Co. Down, has completed the story of The Morrígan down on Patrick St!
Six murals in total, which were launched with a celebratory free family day out at Abbey Lane on the 23 April. Additionally, an outreach programme with students in 19 primary and second level organisations took place throughout April 2022. An audio trail will also be developed over the summer, to include a digital and printed map, plus tours of all six completed murals will be conducted.
DRAWDA is a legacy programme, that will continue over the next three years, long after their initial launch! 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 is inclusive, and supports over 14 artists in its delivery.
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.
The 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 and reinvigorate them for the people of today.