DRAWDA – a curated multidisciplinary public arts programme that will take place in Drogheda, Co. Louth between November 2021, and April 2022, culminating in an Urban Art Trail throughout Drogheda that will focus 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, to deliver six murals based on some of the key figures from Irish Mythology who are rooted in the Boyne Valley region, the project will be delivered across a number of strands which will 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.
The first strand, the creation of six outdoor murals by local, national and international artists has begun, and the first mural has been completed by artist Ciaran 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 will take 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, near Abbey Lane is of Boann, Godess of the Boyne by Lula Goce (Spain).
Six murals in total murals will be completed, with a celebratory family day out launching the trail on the 23 April.
Additionally, an outreach programme with students in 19 primary and second level takes place from Friday 25 March.
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, and it will support 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.
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 culminating in a launch and family day out on the 23 April 2022.