axis' arts development work provides access to both participation and development in all areas of the arts. This is done through our work in arts in education, youth arts, artists development, multi displinary art classes, arts projects, early years projects, and development projects in community settings among many others.
The axis studio is an initiative to develop creative voices and skills, focussing on, but not exclusive to, new work from the Northside of the Liffey. This programme launches in March 2018 and includes mentorship, residency, theatrical start-up, bursaries and free space opportunities.
RAIC is a new 2018 Irish language project developed for Gaelscoil Ballymunna, developed by axis and funded by Forais na Gaeilge. 'Raic' as gaelige means 'commotion' - as in 'what's the all the commotion, noise, racket?' The project is developed and delivered in 2 phases with every single child in the primary school participating - all 160 of them.
SUCKED is a new site specific theatre project for young people (15+ years) kicking off this summer 2018. SUCKED will theatrically expore a number hard hitting issues in young people's lives. A collaborative project developed and produced by axis and Poppintree Youth Project, supported by Dublin City Council and the Ballymun Festival Committee.
The Arts Guarantee is a new inititiave launched by Trinity Comprehensive secondary school (Ballymun) earlier this year. More of a dynamic long-term 'committment' rather than an actual project, the school 'guarantees' a number of creative, cultural and arts experiences for each and every one of their students from 1st year right through to 6th year.
axis is one of the key strategic partners on this this Arts Guarantee. We have developed a menu of opportunties and projects for the school and students that will be rolled out from late September 2018.
Commencing 2018, axis is to be the Irish partner on a new major European project led by Creative Carbon Scotland exploring the role creativity, arts and culture has to play in society’s adaptation to climate change. We are looking forward to getting started on this project this autumn 2018.
THREADS is axis' women in dance project. Now in its 6th year, THREADS will kick off on 25th September with a final show taking place in axis theatre late April/early May 2019.
DNA (Discover New Arts) is a new axis project for children starting this October 2018. We’re firm believers that creativity is in everyone’s DNA, so we’re giving hundreds of young children (5 - 12 years) the chance to discover theirs.
Our annual SING project (now in its 11th year - hard to believe I know) will start back this year on 9th October culminating in a gala concert early December 2018. Nearly 40 local people will get the chance to participate in weekly singing workshops (Tuesdays) hosted by Chamber Choir Ireland. In December, all the participants will take to axis stage, alongside Chamber Choir Ireland for a special gala concert - an event that has become a firm favourite on Ballymun's 'cultural calendar'.