THERE WAS a great buzz at Highlanes Gallery last Friday as the 3rd exhibition from the gallery's annual Primary School Programme titled Creative Responses opened to the public.
Participating students, teachers, parents and members of the public numbering well over 100, turned out to see the work of the children created during the gallery and class based programme which ran last autumn.
The children's artwork exhibited in the Lower Gallery featured work on paper in the form of drawing and painting, as well as sculpture and work on media like hessian, threads and collage.
The three class groups involved in the programme were 2nd class boys from St Patrick's Junior School led by class teacher Ms. Crosby, 4th Class boys from St. Joseph's CBS led by class teacher, Ms. Boshell and 6th Class girls and boys from St Paul's Senior School led by class teacher, Ms. Martyn. These class groups were selected from the many classes who expressed interest in participating in this special programme.
On Friday, the opening consisted of a gallery talk where each class were invited to discuss aspect of their work and of their ideas and experience of the programme with fellow student peers and the wider audience.
Children were supported by their teachers and by the gallery team led by Hilary Kelly, Andrew Brady and artist and Drogheda Quilter Katherina Weldon. Principals Rose Sullivan (St Patrick's JNS) and Paul Hussey (St. Joseph's CBS) were also present lending their support .
The programme focussed on the exhibition Second Burial at Le Blanc by Irish artist Sarah Browne.
The exhibition continues until Saturday, January 26, at the gallery, and Highlanes Gallery is inviting expressions of interest from teachers and schools for its forthcoming expanded autumn Primary School Programme which will consider the exhibition Cum Panis or with bread/breaking bread by Abigail O'Brien.
Highlanes Gallery is open 6 days a week, Monday to Saturday from 10.30am-5.00pm and can be contacted on 041 9803311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.