Artane Faoin Spéir Commission 

Led by Olwyn Lyons
10 MAY – 18 JUNE 2022

Do you like to Dance? 
Are you living in or around the Artane area of Dublin? 
Join us for a new Dance Project that explores the different ways we use public spaces such as parks and greens

This new creative dance and performance project is for people who are living in and around the Artane Area of Dublin. Led by dance artist Olwyn Lyons, it will explore the dynamics between people and nature, how we relate to each other and the different ways we use public spaces such as parks and greens. 



Together with Olwyn, participants will develop movement ideas and choreography through creative investigation and dynamic dance workshops leading to the creation of a live performance that will be presented in Rockfield Park, Artane on the 18th June 2022 as part of a large-scale community arts event “Faoin Spéir”.   No formal experience of dance is required, just a willingness to dance in front of a large audience and have fun! 

Come and see what it’s all about at the first Taster Session: 10 May, 6 – 8pm at the Artane Beaumont Family Recreation Centre
Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear you can move in.


WHERE LeChéile Donnycarney Community & Youth Centre. Click HERE for map
Tuesdays: 17, 24, 31 May & 7 June 
Saturdays: 21, 28 May & 4 June
Friday: 10, 17 June
Tuesdays: 6 – 8pm
Saturdays: 12 – 2pm
Fridays: 6 – 8pm

To learn more about the project please contact Louise Osborne



Olwyn Lyons is an independent choreographer, dance artist and community dance facilitator who specialises in contemporary and commercial dance. With over 10 years experience delivering, developing, directing and facilitating arts projects with professionals and the community, Olwyn’s choreographic work explores human identity, relationships, self-expression and communication through movement and music. The work is highly gestural, using movement motifs and has an athletic quality emphasised by a strong rhythmic pace.

Olwyn has engaged with a wide range of community groups ranging from primary school children to developing dance for people aged 50+. She is passionate in advocating the importance of dance and health for older people, reflected through her continued work with seniors and Parkinson’s Disease. Currently Olwyn is working on an ongoing collaboration and study with Beaumont Hospital Neurological Department exploring Dance for Parkinson’s.

In 2021 Olwyn was awarded Arts and Inclusion Exploration Commission, (Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Arts Council of Ireland) and in her role as Co – Director of Macushla Dance Club 50+ she received the Dublin City Council Neighbourhood Arts Grant 2022. Currently Olwyn is part of the TAP Teacher Artist Partnership Residency Programme with Navan Education Centre.

Olwyn has collaborated and engaged with various organisations over her career including Dance Ireland, Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Age & Opportunity, NOISE Moves Youth Dance Festival, Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease, Cruinniú Na nOg, St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Tallaght Community Arts and VISUAL Theatre Carlow.

Photo by Kirsty Lyons.




In response to 8 Residents’ Associations’ idea of having a fete in their local park, this programme has invited artists to inspire local people to collaborate and create a vibrant spectacle; A contemporary art showcase masquerading as a humble community fete. Combining and showcasing the creativity of the area with theatre makers, historians, illustrators, visual artists, crafters, dancers and musicians to headline the stories of local people and leave a legacy of local capacity and engagement with the Arts.

Following a successful funding application in 2021, programme curators Louise Osborne and Gary Keegan have been working with amazing local communities to develop a series of bespoke creative processes leading to a final outdoor showcase due to take place on June 18th 2022 in Rockfield Park. So far the programme has seen the development of a new choir to rehearse a commissioned musical piece reflecting the community’s experience of the pandemic, a promenade theatre piece with local drama students, a video piece with a local youth project, a dance piece with CoisCéim Broadreach exploring the relationship between young and old in the area, a craft bomb collective and much more. All these processes will culminate in Rockfield park in a vibrant celebration of people and place. 

The event will begin at 11am on Saturday June 18th and performances, screenings and happenings will be programmed throughout the day. 

Find out more about In the Open | Faoin Spéir HERE.

Funded by Arts Council Ireland & Dublin City Council, the aim of this project is to bring older and younger people together in a collaborative way to create connection and understanding between the age groups as part of Faoin Spéir.