Welcome Back

  • 30th Sep
  • 10:00
  • Droichead Arts Centre,
Theatre
For more information on this event please contact 041 98 33946

WELCOME BACK!

Droichead Arts Centre is delighted to announce that we have reopened ours doors. Director, Collette Farrell and her team have been busy working behind the scenes and plan to open in stages, initially with the gallery space and box office in Stockwell Street. 

"We have been dreaming and scheming behind the scenes, our buildings might have been closed, but the creativity continued remotely through our #DroicheadConnects programme. Now slowly, cautiously, nervously, we will re-open our arts centre, the gallery first, and later in September, hopefully our venue. We have implemented our Covid Reponse plan, our management team have completed Covid Officer Training, we have installed protective screens, wall sanitisers, and there is now a lot of yellow popping up. We have new cleaning protocols and new visitor’s protocols in place. We are all a little changed over the past four months. Our Centre will look different, but our values and our mission remain the same, we will continue to support the work and development of artists in the North East Region, with a warm welcome for our loyal audiences and supporters.

An arts centre is nothing without artists, so Droichead is bringing twenty-seven visual artists together for a new creative initiative called CONNECTION, which is part of an ongoing commitment to participate and engage in reinvigorating our community during a time of crisis. The CONNECTION project will have three elements – a live evolving gallery exhibition created by six local artists, bespoke posters created by the eleven Borrowed Ground visual artists and an outdoor exhibition featuring local, national and international artists curated by artist/curator Brian Hegarty in and around Drogheda on Culture Night (18 September). Droichead is also producing Solo@Home, a video podcast series curated by SJ McArdle between 6 August to 9 August as part of #DroicheadConnects. Musicians featured include Nuala Kennedy, Farah Elle,  Úna Keane; and Breifne Holohan.  Alongside these programmes the first of our Droichead Diary submissions are published online and in the Drogheda Independent, and we are still looking for short films from young people aged 12 - 16 for our youth focus film showcase. Later in the Autumn, we hope to bring back our film and theatre clubs.

So come visit us, check out our online series, and publications on our social media channels and website, and continue to support your arts centre which is celebrating 30 years on the 30 July"

See you next week. For our opening times, and our Covid Reponse Plan please see below. 

-Collette Farrell Director.

Droichead Arts Centre is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our employees, artists, visitors and audiences. To ensure this, we have adhered to government guidelines and we have developed our COVID-19 Response Plan.  We are planning a phased reopening, expanding the open footprint over time. What can you expect when you visit us, or attend an event, please see below: 

  • We have installed wall hand sanitisers at all entry and exit points in both of our buildings
  • Protective screens are installed at box office, reception and our bar counter
  • We have implemented new protocols around cleaning and disinfecting both buildings, which means frequent and regular cleaning of all areas, and work stations, with staff taking regular hand washing breaks.
  • All staff have been provided with a personal return to work box which includes hand sanitiser, reusable face masks, and sanitising wipes.
  • Visitor capacity is limited in our gallery, so if you can book online or by phone, we would greatly appreciate it. Otherwise call in, and if we have availability, we will facilitate your visit. Gallery opening times are:  11:00am – 4:00pm, Tues to Fri, and 10:00am – 2:00pm on Saturdays.  
  • We have revised our hours of operation to include access times for our senior, vulnerable visitors and visitors with disabilities who will now have priority booking for a gallery visit between the hours of 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • We have installed visible signage at all entrances and exits points, box office and bar counters, at hand sanitisation points and in our bathrooms promoting hand hygiene, correct hygiene and social distancing practice.
  • We have developed appropriate cleaning and disinfection protocols, and a new enhanced cleaning strategy in both our buildings.
  • We have created a booking system and a log-in system for all visitors entering each building daily for contact tracing purposes
  • Toilets are for customer use only, and facilities are limited to 2 visitors at any one time.
  • Contactless card payments are preferable, and card machines will be cleaned after use.
  • Box Office Opening hours Tues - Fri 10:0am - 4:00pm, Sat 10:00am - 2:00pm

We ask all our visitors to be aware of, and adhere to all Government and HSE guidelines:

  • Wash your hands often for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Work with us to promote social distancing

 For an overview of our Covid Response Plan, please click here