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Monday 23 September 2019

Creative children at Highlanes

Stunning display of work from the 2019 school programme

Brendan Matthews speaking at the Highlanes Gallery.
Brendan Matthews speaking at the Highlanes Gallery.

As the children prepare to return to school, a small but fascinating display at Highlanes Gallery is one not to be missed showcasing the exceptional talent of local schoolchildren.

Coinciding with Oidhreacht: Transforming Tradition is this accompanying display of work and documentation from the 2019 spring Primary School Programme which focussed on Mary A Kelly's exhibition, Chair, and aspects of this exhibition, from the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection and from the National Gallery's Collection by children from the following schools - Marymount National School, St Paul's Senior National School, St Brigid's & St. Patrick's NS Bóthar Brugha, and St Joseph's CBS., Sunday's Gate. The exhibition runs until Saturday week 14th September.

The team at Highlanes worked with 8 classes in 6 Deis Schools since February, in the gallery looking at a contemporary art exhibition and artist's process, both in the gallery and in the classrooms, the Collection, and the John Cassidy work which is central to the Oidhreacht exhibition, and even on the streets with Community Historian Brendan Matthews.

The Cassidy work, a narrative painting of Drogheda in 1880 is believed to feature the first depiction of a concertina player in visual art.

They developed a public evening recital series connected with the chosen contemporary exhibition, Mary A. Kelly's Chair, and titled it Two Chairs, which had four concerts - Zoë Conway & Dónal Lunny, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Dave Sheridan & Padraig McGovern, Tara Breen & Padraig Rynne, and where students and their parents could also attend.

The project has been the largest and most ambitious primary school programme that Highlanes Gallery has attempted and they are most grateful to Bairbre English, from Marymount NS for her sage guidance in advance of, and throughout the programme.

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