DRAWDA | Drogheda Urban Art Trail Press Release 25 March 2022
A curated multidisciplinary public arts programme launches this weekend,
with the arrival of our first international artist!
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.
This weekend marks the arrival of Nina Valkhoff, a painter/muralist from Rotterdam, The
Netherlands! Having painted large-scale murals all over the world, in countries like Sweden,
Argentina, Mexico, Belgium, Portugal, Ireland, France, Italy, and the Netherlands her style is realistic
with a touch of magic, often emphasizing extinct animals! Her compositions are botanical, vivid, and
they often put a smile on people’s faces as they pass by. 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. DRAWDA began in September 2021 with the creation of the Salmon of Knowledge, painted on
the Fitzwilliam Court building by local artist Ciarán Dunlevy. With five more murals still to come, the
project will culminate in an Urban Art Trail complete with audio, throughout Drogheda that will
focus on key figures and moments from our mythological past launching with a mini family day out
festival on April 23!