Wednesday 25 April 2018

Local art-loving students take over Highlanes

Greenhills and St Oliver's in collaboration

Hubert Murphy

For some it will be a once in a lifetime experience. But for others it could be the catalyst for a career in the arts - inspired by the Highlanes Gallery on Laurence's Street.

'In Sense of Place' is an exhibition running at the gallery until late January and was curated by 12 students from Our Lady's Greenhills and St Oliver's Community College through the British Council.

Minister Heather Humphries performed the official opening on Friday night, describing the event as 'innovative' and she heralded the great links between the gallery and local schools and said it was 'placing the gallery at the centre of the community.'

The exhibition, sponsored by the Drogheda Credit Union, took six months to organise and involved the students selecting a handful of pieces from thousands of items.

Chief Executive of Louth CC Joan Martin said they were very proud of the Highlanes and were delighted to assist it with funding each year.

'I was blown away by the knowledge of these young people and credit to Aoife (Ruane) for giving them a chance,' she stated.

Teacher Aine Curran said the students had become immersed in the collection.

Some of the students also spoke about what it means to them, saying they were treated as curators from the start and not students.

Louth arts officer Brian Harten added his praise to the concept, saying it gave a 'sense of ownership and involvement' for those involved.

Mayor Oliver Tully also attended on the night with Fergus O'Dowd TD and Sir Ciaran Devane, CE British Council.

Drogheda Independent