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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Arts Office is pleased to announce Director Ciarán Taylor as the recipient of the Grainstore Public Art – Arts Office Commission.

Ciarán Taylor will be working collaboratively with young people at the Grainstore to create a new site-specific artwork connected to the Grainstore, dlr’s Youth Arts Facility in Cabinteely Park. Research, development and creation will be taking place during 2018, exploring the history, spaces and creative life of The Grainstore in Cabinteely Park, and the community of young people who have worked and played there, culminating in performances at the Grainstore and the dlr LexIcon.

This commission is part of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Public Art Programme with additional funding from the dlr Arts Office programme.

Further information:
Email: / Phone: (01) 2047979

Ciarán Taylor: (Director-Deviser)
Ciarán Taylor is artistic director of Carpet Theatre. He studied directing at the University of Kent at Canterbury, and devising at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris.

He has written/devised and directed nineteen diverse productions, which have toured Ireland and abroad. He has been Theatre Artist in Residence at Mermaid Theatre (Bray), and Leitrim Artist in Schools.
Rock to the Top is a current commission for South Dublin County’s In Context 4 programme of public art, which brings people out to experience the Dublin Mountains. The Flood (with support from DLR / HSE Arts and Health Partenership), his multi-sensory audio play in the dark, toured Ireland in April 2017. Stór a bilingual play for children, was commissioned by Dublin City Council Children’s Art in Libraries in 2016. Sightless Cinema (2014-2018) presents radio drama devised with blind people in cinemas. Silent Journeys (2015) was a large scale community silent film.


The Grainstore, dlr’s Youth Arts Facility, is owned and managed by Dún Laoghaire – Rathdown County Council. The Grainstore is a Grade 1 listed building situated beside Cabinteely House. Thanks to the effort of parents living in the area, it was developed into a local youth arts centre and as it grew in success Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council assumed responsibility for running the building; under their support it has continued to evolve and is now a vibrant, thriving hive of youth activities. The focus at the Grainstore is on arts and creative activities for children and young people.

Following a period of consultation, the Grainstore, dlr’s Youth Arts Facility, and CANVAS, the Grainstore’s youth arts committee, are entering a new phase of development of our youth arts programme. CANVAS are a youth arts committee based at the Grainstore, dlr’s Youth Arts Facility. Since August 2009 CANVAS have been exploring ways of developing creative projects for both themselves and their peers. They have organised gigs, exhibitions, film screenings and workshops. CANVAS is a voluntary committee of young people currently aged between 18 and 25 years. Every year, they run "The Long Road to Longitude" Battle of the Bands, where the winners get to play at Longitude. This is an exciting time for CANVAS as they develop a plan for continuity of their work and are closely involved with the current reimagining and development of the youth arts programme at the Grainstore. They wish to develop a programme of activity relevant to their age and experience and engage in succession planning through establishing a feeder programme to mentor new members age 16 - 18 years to take over CANVAS in the future.

We are seeking an experienced individual or company, with a passion for youth-centred arts practice, to facilitate the work of CANVAS in collaboration with the Grainstore Manager, CANVAS and other artists working on the programme. We require an experienced youth arts facilitator to creatively engage the members of CANVAS in designing an achievable programme of activity, working with artists and young people to achieve the following outcomes:

• Facilitate current CANVAS members in developing and delivering their current programme of events, including the music event “Long Road to Longitude”, in 2018
• Recruitment of a new pilot youth committee, aged 16 – 18 years; they will be mentored by current CANVAS members in this initial phase to become full committee members; designing and developing their own projects together and working on projects and events with the current CANVAS members
• Support CANVAS members to create opportunities for wider participation for young people in the youth arts programme at the Grainstore
• Build capacity among current CANVAS members for mentoring and leadership
• Establish formal and transparent structures for CANVAS to operate under that reflect their values and aspirations
• Establish progression routes into CANVAS for young people aged 13 – 16 years who attend other classes and workshops at the Grainstore

The individual or company will have:

• Strong experience of working creatively with young people in a range of contexts
• Experience of managing events or projects in an arts environment
• Up to date knowledge and experience of current safeguarding practice in relation to young people
• IT and technology expertise with proven experience of planning and creating social media content
• Proven ability to build creative relationships with communities and youth projects
• Interest in and understanding of different art-forms
• The ability to work on own initiative and guide projects towards completion

Fees and Projected Timeline*:
The timeline for engagement is February 2018 – June 2018 and will involve contact time occurring between 6 – 9pm on Wednesday with Canvas, the youth arts committee
The fees are €50 per hour for facilitation; there is an additional payment for research/administration and any meetings called by the Grainstore Manager.
*Please note that payments will be processed through the PAYE (payroll) system for taxation purposes for individuals (who do not have a registered company)

Garda Vetting
Successful applicants will be Garda Vetted under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2013.

Please apply in writing and include the following:

• Curriculum Vitae
• Two referees (must be related to youth arts or collaborative practice)
• Statement outlining your interest in the Grainstore Youth Arts Programme, your suitability for the role in relation to the above criteria, and the relevance of your work experience to date.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 26 January at 5pm.
Applications should sent to:
Applicants will be appointed following a selection process, you may be called for interview. We reserve the right not to make a selection or to extend the call for applicants beyond the date outlined.


Congratulations to the young people from the youth service in Ballybrack who won an award for their film "Strange Perspective" at the Noise Flicks Film Festival 2017. This film was created as part of the dlr Curious Minds commission, which enabled young people from Ballybrack and Sallynoggin to create their own films with film artist John Conway.


Aged 13-16 years? Want to learn how to create your own comic book characters and stories? Join us at The Grainstore, dlr's youth arts facility, for workshops in drawing, character development and story. Beginners welcome!
Wednesdays 6-7pm.
Starting 8 November 2017 for 6 weeks.
Workshops are free but places are limited, book early to avoid disappointment!
For more information contact:
EMAIL: grainstoreco@dlrcoco, ie PHONE: 01 204 7979
TEXT: 086 026 6617
Booking via


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You can find us on facebook @DLRgrainstore and on twitter @Cabinteelygrain


We are delighted to have been awarded National Youth Council of Ireland funding from the Artist in Youth Work Residency Scheme for Canvas, the Grainstore’s Youth Arts Committee to work with film artist John Conway on a pilot project which will be taking place from October to December 2017.Visual artist John Conway worked with young people from Crosscare Youth Development Ballybrack to produce a series of fun, exciting, magical and at times, frightening, short films. The group have been learning the processes and skills involved in film production and collaboratively devising, directing, filming and acting in their own productions.The films were screened in the Studio Theatre, dlr LexIcon, on Friday 16 June, where the young film-makers took part in a Q&A with the audience.


Do you provide dance, drama or art workshops or classes for children and young people? Our wonderfully equipped downstairs space is available to hire Saturday 28th October from 9:30am to 1pm.
The space available features a sprung floor with under-floor heating, audio-visual equipment (projector, screen, hi-fi), upright piano and all necessary amenities; perfect for arts activities, classes and events. Our helpful and friendly staff are on hand to field any queries and facilitate your needs.
Call 01 2047978 for further details or email us at:


This project culminated in a sold out performance at the Studio Theatre, dlr LexIcon on 12 May 2017. The artist, musician and award winning arts and music facilitator, Jonathan Reynolds , collaborated with 6 young people with intellectual disabilities from St John of Gods' service to create a cutting edge and innovative musical performance based on interesting sounds that inspire them from their daily lives. The group performed their original compositions live using a selection of electronic instruments under the supervision and guidance of Jonathan and guest musician Marc Aubele and members of the Oxytocin project.

Jonathan Reynolds is an artist, musician and an award winning arts and music facilitator specialising in collaborative work with people with and without disability. Jonathan graduated with a first class honours Masters Degree in Community Music from the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance, University of Limerick. In 2014, he was part of the core creative and performance team of the internationally acclaimed production Trickster with Jez Colborne and Mind The Gap Theatre, UK. Trickster was one of the largest arts and disability music and theatre productions in Ireland/UK and part of the prestigious Ignite funding from the Arts Council of Ireland.


CANVAS, the Grainstore’s Youth Arts Committee, in conjunction with the Grainstore, dlr’s youth arts facility, are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Battle of the Bands competition who receive the unique opportunity to play at this year’s Longitude festival in Marlay Park, July 14 – 16.

The winners, which were chosen by the audience and a panel of judges at the final on 4 June 2017, are Nobody’s Heroes, Govinda, and Joanna Byford.

The Long Road to Longitude competition, which took place from April to June 2017, is organised by Canvas youth arts committee in partnership with the Grainstore, dlr’s youth arts facility and MCD Productions. It offers young bands throughout the county a chance to showcase their talent to audiences at the Grainstore and on a professional stage at Longitude.

To keep up to date with the latest announcements follow us on facebook @The Grainstore and Canvas@Grainstore


The project is supported by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council's Curious Mind's commission and will be continuing in the coming months with Crosscare Youth Development Sallynoggin.

John Conway is a visual artist based in Monster Truck studios, who works extensively in youth arts and community arts settings. He works across performance, video, sculpture, installation, drawing and painting. John's work is based on enquiries into functions, and how things work and find new meaning outside of their prescribed parameters.
Recent award for his youth art work include Best Director and Best Group Film at Noise Flicks Film Festival and an Honorary Commendation from Berlin REC International Youth Film Festival for Kildare Young Filmmakers' Saturday Session. Other awards in 2016 include the Artist in the Community Project Realisation award, which sees the artist work with breast cancer survivors in ARC cancer support centre, and Towering Above the Rest, a special commission from Axis Ballymun. John has also been awarded the National Youth Council of Ireland's Artist in Residence bursary 2016/17.