News and Updates


As part of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Curious Minds Commission in 2017, visual artist and film-maker John Conway worked in collaboration with youth groups in Ballybrack and Sallynoggin to create new films. Congratulations are in order for  the young people from the youth service in Ballybrack who won an award for their film "Stranger Perspectives" at the Noise Flicks Film Festival in October 2017 and have now got through to the Leinster and Dublin heats of Fresh Film Festival,  Ireland’s national festival for young filmmakers. 


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. 



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 WE ARE SOCIAL! Keep up to date with all the latest news from the Grainstore on social media. You can find us on facebook @DLRgrainstore and on twitter @Cabinteelygrain NEW FILM PROJECT AT THE GRAINSTORE 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


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. ... 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.