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Forest Bathing

On June 26, 2024 RADE participants went on an outing to Knocksink wood for a day of forest bathing. This Japanese practice of nature immersion, known to reduce stress and improve immune system, offers benefits for mental and physical well-being. Led by Rosalind of Walk of Leaf, this nature walk involved stopping at several points along the trail for nature immersion activities. As a group, we began by practicing mindfulness breathing techniques. Before the walk, participants were asked to find a loose item on the ground to drop into the flowing river as a symbol of letting go, which was a great way to start off the walk.

Along the trail we witnessed tadpoles, butterflies, and the small beautiful details of nature. We engaged in several activities, outlined below:

  • Loose treasure Participants were tasked with finding a loose treasure on the ground which was wonderful way to connect with nature
  • Think, pair, share The group separated into pairs to share with one another about their favourite tree and then we regrouped to share what our partners said, fostering deeper connections
  • Pen and paper exercise Participants were given a blank piece of paper and pen for them to close their eyes and move the pen to the sound of the surrounding noises. This resulted in a unique art piece in the end
  • Sensory focus We paused to focus on our senses, noticing sounds, smells, and sights of the forest
  • Solo time in nature Participants found their own quiet, secluded areas to sit and just ‘be’ in nature
  • Natural art creation Together we crafted a large natural art piece from loose forest items found in our surroundings

At the end of our walk we concluded with a nice picnic where participants emphasized the sense of relaxation and peace they felt from this experience. Many noted their desire to repeat this outing again. As a special touch, local tea and seeds were gifted to participants from Rosalind. Participants enjoyed a sunny and peaceful outing which fostered relaxation, mindfulness, and time to disconnect.

Thank you to all the participants and Rosalind for making this day memorable.

Garden Project Summer 2023

This short documentary film beautifully recounts the pride that was taken in this collaborative project and shows how socially engaged arts practice can benefit communities such as RADE

Join our Women’s Drum Circle Monday 2.15pm, extended dates February 12th, 19th, 26th and March 4th 2024

Women’s Drum Circle

RADE invites you to our Women’s Drum Circle

Time: Mondays, 2.15pm-4.15pm

Dates: Continuing on February 12th, 19th and 26th and 4th March

Location: RADE, OLV Building Cathedral View Court, Dublin D08 PW8Y

This drum circle will be an opportunity to explore Rhythm in a fun and accessible way.

Learning how to listen to each other, count beats and play polyrhythms together.

Drums provided, so just turn up & Sinead will guide you through the process.

Open to all women accessing health services in the Dublin inner city area.

Numbers are limited so please contact

karen@rade.ie or 0858260817 to book your place!

About RADE

RADE (Recovery through Art, Drama, Education) is an addiction recovery program based in Dublin 8. See www.rade.ie for more info

Open Call for an Artist in Residence Now Closed

20th September 2023

Artist in Residence

Socially Engaged Arts Practice at RADE CLG

RADE Recovery through Arts Drama and Education are inviting artists to apply for a new artist residency to be based at RADE’s premises in Dublin 8.  The aim of the residency is to provide an opportunity for an emerging or established artist to embed with a community group through socially engaged arts practice.  By working collaboratively with RADE participants and staff, the AIR will bring professional arts practice into the heart of RADE’s activities. Both the artist and the RADE community will benefit from this collaboration, serving RADE’s vision that ‘creativity is open to everyone’.

This AIR is supported by Dublin City Council’s Neighbourhood Grant.

Who are We? What do we do?

Established in 2004, RADE is an addiction service that runs a daily arts-based recovery service for regular participants in Dublin 8.  Daily activities include yoga and meditation, creative workshops and relapse prevention sessions.  RADE has worked with many professional artists over the years producing numerous films, theatre, dance productions, art exhibitions and other arts-based events with RADE participants.   In this residency, RADE is seeking to broaden the relationship with a professional artist in order to integrate the artist more fully into the RADE community.

What you can expect on this residency:

  • 2 days per week over 12 weeks at RADE (24 days)
  • Group Facilitation Mentorship from Project Arts Centre *see below
  • Creative workshop participation and leadership
  • Daily contact with RADE participants during creative workshops
  • An artist fee of €4,800 to include materials
  • Access to workshop space for individual arts practice each afternoon
  • RADE staff liaison for support and integration
  • Ongoing evaluation and feedback
  • Hot desk and laptop in RADE office with access to administrative resources and materials
  • Option to take part in daily yoga and meditation
  • Gradual introduction into the RADE community to allow for time to learn workshop facilitation skills

* Project Arts Centre have been working in partnership with RADE throughout 2023, through the Project Potential Programme. As part of this offering, Head of Project Potential, Cathy Coughlan, will provide 3 mentoring sessions to the selected artist around community facilitation in this specific context. 

Who Should Apply?

  • Artist of any discipline who is interested in socially engaged arts practice
  • Early career or established artist
  • Artist with ambition to see their arts practice as part of recovery through engagement with the arts
  • Artists who want to be part of a strong community that values personal growth through arts activity
  • Artists with availability on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9am to 5pm from 21st November 2023 to 14th February 2024
  • You must be over 18 years of age and have legal status to work in the Republic of Ireland

Apply:

In order to apply please send a copy of your CV or a bio (max 500 words) along with an answer to the following questions to the email address below:

How would you describe your practice? (100 words max)

Describe your experience (if any) of working collaboratively with a community? (100 words max)

How would you adapt your approach to meet the varied needs of this community group? (100 words max)

What interests you about working on this project and how will it inform your existing practice? (100 words max)

What interests you about the mentorship and exchange elements of the project? (100 words max)

Please note: applicants are not expected to have a fully formed idea at this stage of the application process, as this will be developed in collaboration with the community. However, we would like to see a clear outline of methodology and approach to working in this context.

Please include: a link (max 3) to an example of your work and/or any social media handles that you want us to see.

You can contact us in writing, by audio or on video. Please send all queries to Karen Pierce at karen@rade.ie.

The deadline for applications is 12pm Friday 13th October

RADE is a registered charity funded by the Department of Social Protection and the HSE through SICDATF (South Inner City Drug and Alcohol Task Force). 

Applications are now closed.

The Garden Project – Ó Liath go Glas

Ó Liath go Glas, (From Grey to Green) was a new community project emerging from 2022’s Rhizome Green Arts project run by the Project Arts Centre, and which inspired RADE to establish a garden at our inner city premises during the summer of 2023.

This short documentary film beautifully recounts the pride that was taken in this collaborative project and how socially engaged arts practice can benefit communities such as RADE.

Over the course of spring and early summer 2023 the courtyard at RADE was transformed into an urban oasis thanks to the efforts of RADE participants in partnership with artist Louis Haugh through the Project Arts Centre and horticultural instructor Andrew Jordan.

RADE participants worked with Louis and Andrew to design raised beds and an archway connecting two of the raised beds.  Participants then selected which plants they were interested in growing with Andrew. Over the course of the 8 week workshop, the participants have grown vegetables, herbs and flowers from seed and transplanted them into the raised beds.  With support from the CDETB (City Of Dublin Education and Training Board) the project also included an educational element in basic gardening skills with the potential for participants to complete the QQI Level 3 course in Basic Gardening.

In a short period of time the courtyard evolved into an inviting space.  It has become a natural place to spend time outside of workshops and a peaceful spot for quiet reflection. 

The RADE Garden was launched at a celebration on Thursday, the 17th of August 2023. We were delighted to be joined by many RADE friends to help mark this uplifting project.

RADE would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners and funders on the project.  It has been kindly supported by the Project Arts Centre, BAM’s Community Benefit Fund for the new children’s hospital, CDETB and Dublin City Council.

RADE MY MIND Booklet Launch

RADE MY MIND was launched on 5th July 2023. This book of RADE participant’s creative work in 2022 had been kept under wraps for at least a month until its official launch at the OLV Building, Dublin 8.

From the book’s introduction:

“2022 was another busy and creative year for RADE participants and staff. Capturing the creativity of participants’ work in a book only shows half the story but we hope you will get a sense of the energy and productivity amongst these pages”

We were delighted to be joined by many guests for this special occasion which was a celebration of talent and creativity. Participants put together a performance of readings taken from the book for a captivated audience who joined us in applauding the creative work that goes on at RADE. The readings ranged from witty and playful to serious and thought provoking. It was a beautiful but brief interlude in the regular week at RADE and we were grateful to all those who gave up their lunch hour to be with us. A lucky break in the rain meant we could linger outside after the event and enjoy refreshments together.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the occasion both creatively and behind the scenes and to everyone who came to give their support.

Thomas Pepper reads from his work
Performance from our recent play ‘Apartment Block C’
Interim Project Director Gill McCaw, TD Chris Andrews and RADE Chairperson
Dominique Tuohy

Book Launch RADE MY MIND

Wednesday 5th July 1-2pm at RADE, OLV Building, Cathedral View Court, Dublin 8. All welcome

Project Arts Centre 7th June 2023

Apartment Block C is a short play created by RADE participants and writer / actor Liam Wilson Smyth. It was presented at the Project Arts Centre, Essex Street, Dublin 2 on June 7th 2023 during a one-day residency. Apartment Block C was devised during a 10 week series of workshops at RADE in which Liam developed a script in collaboration with RADE participants and introduced them to the craft of acting. The play follows a group of apartment residents as they attempt to negotiate their way to claim a lottery winning ticket that has been found in the block. Needless to say, everyone feels sure that the ticket is theirs but not one person has any evidence.

During a post-show feedback session, one RADE participant commented on how they felt as a result of taking part in the process:  

I took drugs to feel confident and looked outside myself to feel good, but through RADE I have found an alternative and have discovered that I am good from the inside.  There are other avenues out there and RADE is one of them.  I can express myself authentically and hold my head high as I walk down the road’.   

RADE was delighted to be invited by the Project Arts Centre to spend this residency day in the Cube theatre, providing participants with an invaluable opportunity to work and perform in a professional theatre space. Cathy Coughlan, Director of Project Potential and her team gave RADE a magnificent welcome. One day in the theatre and we could feel its magic.

With thanks to:

Project Arts Centre

SICDATF – South Inner City Drug and Alcohol Task Force

RADE’S accordion book project is finished

RADE’S accordion book project is finished! It was a lot of fun mark making and experimenting with materials!

David Stone- In Memoriam

RADE notes the recent passing of film maker, David Stone.

David worked with RADE in 2019 when we were putting together ideas for what would become RADE’s most recent film, ‘The Tapper’s Opera’.

Unfortunately, David had to step away from our collaboration because of his health. All of us at RADE, including former director and founder Mick Egan, extend our condolences to David’s family and friends. We are glad that we got to work, albeit for a limited time, with such a fine person.

The Tapper’s Opera was completed in 2020 and is still available to view here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L__-9OwiEAA

Collage Workshop- ‘Inside Outside my Head’

Photos from the collage workshop ‘Inside Outside my Head’ with Dermot Byrne 2022

Yoga in the Park- Week 1

YOGA in the Park 2022

RADE would like to invite you to our Wednesday morning yoga class in St Patrick’s Cathedral Park.


This nourishing practice will provide space for reconnection to ourselves, nature, as well as experiencing the support of a shared practice. The sessions are FREE and suitable for all abilities. Mats and props will be provided however feel free to bring your own if you prefer.

Comic Art Workshop 2022

RADERs are enjoying the Comic Art Project with Thomas McCarthy.

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Annual Report 2020-2021

An exploration of a year of recovery, art, drama and education

The annual report for the years of 2021 to 2021 highlights the work undertaken by both the rehab and training team, creative departments and all the participants in RADE. 

The report showcases the work RADE has been doing during the height of the pandemic, implementing remote working opportunities, Zoom Meetings as well as safe return-to-work protocols, all the while keeping the supportive and artistic work at RADE alive.

Song Writing Project 2022

RADE participants and staff recording the song Mi Casa Su Casa.
With work completed in January 2022, RADE participants were thrilled to finally be completing the recording of the song Mi Casa Su Casa. Each participant will receive a copy of the song and RADE will publish the song across social media.

Happy Christmas & New Year

To reduce RADE’s impact on global climate change (and do our bit to save the planet!), this year we have minimised our print run, and instead have created an e-Christmas card wishing you good tidings ahead of the Christmas and New Year.

RADE 2020 Film

If you haven’t caught RADE’s 2020 film “The Tapper’s Opera” we are delighted to launch it now on our website.  Click here to see the full film ->

FILM LAUNCH

Dear Friends and Supporters

RADE are immensely proud to announce the launch of our latest film The Tappers’ Opera’, which will have its virtual premiere via the IFI’s website from Friday 2nd until Monday 5th July.

In the coming week we will be sending you out a link with a free promotional code to book your virtual cinema seat ahead of the general public.  Viewing will be limited to 200 seats per day so please reserve your spot early! 

This link will also give you access to the trailer and interviews from the cast and crew, including a lovely interview of Mick Egan – who retired from RADE in the midst of the pandemic in February 2021, and handed over his “Director’s Cap” to Sinead Moloney.

In the lead up to the launch we will increase our social media presence so please follow/share/tag/like via our Facebook and Twitter accounts if you are a follower!  If not, you can find us on…Facebook: recoveryartdramaeducation and Twitter: @RADEDUBLIN

Mick’s Retirement

RADE’s founder and project director Mick Egan will be retiring on the 12th February 2021 after over 16 years of tireless service to the organisation. Sinead Moloney has been appointed by the Board as project director following Mick’s retirement.

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Sneak Preview! RADE 2020 Film

Culture Night at RADE 2020

It’s that time of year again! Culture Night will soon again be upon us on Friday the 18th September 2020.

An Artistic Collaboration with JOE CASLIN, in association with the National Gallery of Ireland

Plus: Comic Book Launch, Live & Online film screening, Art Exhibition

Location: The OLV Building, Cathedral View Court, Dublin-8

Time: 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Booking is essential to gain entry. Due to COVID-19 restrictions places are limited, early booking is advised.

RADE’s vision: Creativity is open to everyone

RADE Visit to Dáil Eireann

MUSIC WORKSOP 2020

RADE participants are currently working with Trevor Knight-Musician and Composer. Trevor Knight was elected to Aosdána, Ireland’s state-sponsored academy of creative artists, in 2007.

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Annual Report 2018-2019

An exploration of a year of recovery, art, drama and education

http://www.rade.ie/site/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Annual-Report-2018-19-1-1.pdf

The annual report highlights the work undertaken by both the rehab and training team, creative departments and participants in RADE. RADERS were busy celebrating our nation’s centenary throughout the year and presented their work in many formats, from a graphic novel to canvas paintings to sculptures to stage productions throughout the year.

PAUL W’s FUNERAL

We are all, at RADE, very saddened to hear that Paul W, passed away suddenly at the weekend.

Paul featured in our 2018 film ‘Spare Change‘ For any of our previous participants who would like to pay their respects, Paul’s funeral will take place on Thursday, 7th November in Our Lady of Dolours Church, Dolphin’s Barn, at 11:30am.

Paul will also be reposing at the Brian McElroy Funeral Home, Crumlin Village on Wednesday, from 2pm to 8pm.

FILM LAUNCH 2019

Art Workshop with Joe Caslin

RADE annual art exhibition Launch

RADE would like to cordially invite you to the opening of our latest art exhibition in the OLV Building at 1:00 pm on Monday 5th November.

This exhibition is called One Wish”  and will feature the first showing of our fantastic new sculpture from 6000-year-old bog oak called “Moving Family”.  There will also be many of the sculptures created under the supervision of Eoghan O’Neill RIP, through the RADE years.

Contemporary Paintings and drawings from our current programme participants will also be on show.

This will be a first production that will include inter agency participants and participants working with RADE through the new HSE initiative.

 

2018: ART EXHIBITION

Art Exhibition at Kevin Street Library

Start Date: Monday, 22nd Oct

End Date: End of November

 

RADE annual art exhibition Launch

Start Date: 5th November 2018

Start Time: 1 PM

Location: RADE, OLV Building, Cathedral View Court, Dublin 8

 

BOOK CLUB

BOOK CLUB at RADE Every Thursday at 2:15 pm

Facilitated by Sean Kelly

If you would like to expand your knowledge and broaden your mind on a number of different topics, drop by at 2:15 pm Thursday to be part of the new RADE Book Club. In our new Book Club, we will join together to read a book and then discuss it. Just give it a chance! You’ll really benefit from it and we know you’ll enjoy it…

We’d love to see you there!

FILM CLUB

FILM CLUB at RADE, EVERY MONDAY 2:30pm – 5:00pm,

Facilitated by David Sullivan

The Film Club at RADE gives the opportunity to participants to stay after the Day Programme to enjoy and discuss a film chosen by the group.

The first Film Club took place on the 1st of October 2018 with the screening of “Dog Day Afternoon“, starring Al Pacino and John Cazale.

 

RADE’s 2017 Film- Irish Light Vs Tony

“Irish Light Vs Tony” is now available to watch on RADE’s  Playback Year 2017.

Annual Report 2016/2017

An exploration of a year of recovery, art, drama and education

 

RADE Annual Report 2016-2017

 

The annual report highlights the work undertaken by both the rehab and training team, creative departments and particpants in RADE. RADERS were busy celebrating our nation’s centenary throughout the year and presented their work in many formats, from a graphic novel to canvas paintings to sculptures to stage productions throughout the year.

New Film “Any Spare Change”

RADE started shooting a new film “Any Spare Change” this week, 29 January 2018.

 

Writer Rodney Lee is back, directing his new script about homelessness.  Also working with the RADE participants in the development and production have been Adrienne Greenhalgh , Emma Wall, Nelli Conroy and Jodi Jones  (1st Assist Director). Jodi will also be making a cameo appearance.  RADE has been delighted to welcome back Gary Boyd and Tomas Donaghty on camera, lights and sound for the production.  Filming has been going well and  the final product is expected to be every bit as good as the  very well received “Irish Life vs Tony.”

The new film is the result of ten weeks collaboration and improvisation with Rodney Lee and the RADE Participants.  The workshops and script development was funded through the CREATE Artist In The Community Scheme. A huge thanks also goes to the Simon Community and St. Patrick’s Cathedral for their support with the film production.

The first screening  will take place on May 1 in  St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

2017 Film accepted for screening in Five Lamps Festival in Dublin in March 2018

We here in Rade are all very excited about the film “Irish Light vs Tony”.  As soon as the date is confirmed we will update you.

 

 

Light Source: Stained-Glass Exhibition

The stained-glass windows were installed permanently in the OLV building following the successful exhibition in The Atrium in October 2014
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Light Source celebrated RADE’s 10th anniversary with a show that developed service-users’ visual-arts skills by learning the medieval craft of stained glass. Facilitated by stained-glass artist Peter Young, participants designed and built two large stained-glass windows which are now permanently installed in RADE’s premises, the OLV Building.

Before the installation, the windows were exhibited in their entirety in The Atrium, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, from 25th August to 5th September 2014. The exhibition also included artwork from participants. Dean Victor Stacey of St. Patrick’s Cathedral officially opened the exhibition.

Permanent Installation

Following the successful exhibition in The Atrium, the windows returned to the OLV Building and were installed in the main space downstairs. To mark the occasion, Lord Mayor Christy Burke officially unveiled the windows and praised the group’s work. These windows, which add a touch of colour and brightness to RADE’s home, are now the first thing participants, staff and visitors see on entering the premises.