29 Apr 2011 - 3 Aug 2011
Installation view, Brendan Earley, photo by Eugene Langan
Sponsor: Drogheda Arts Festival
Admission: FREE

Utopia Ltd.
29 April- 3 August

Highlanes Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of Utopia Ltd.. The exhibition curated by two exhibiting artists Mary-Ruth Walsh and David Mabb and was first shown at Wexford Arts Centre earlier this year. Utopia Ltd. was selected for the annual Drogheda Arts Festival visual arts strand at Highlanes Gallery. The exhibition will feature additional new work from a number of the artists.

The exhibition opening and launch of the Drogheda Arts Festival were performed by Gerald Nash T.D.

Utopia Ltd. explores the relationship between utopian ideas and commodification, bringing together artwork by Blaise Drummond, Brendan Earley, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, David Mabb, Lizi Sanches and Mary-Ruth Walsh. The seven artists’ work opens up a dialogue on the utopian within painting, sculpture, architecture, design and video. By rescuing, reclaiming, remapping and rebuilding, Utopia Ltd. suggests that utopian ideas persist in contemporary art, making a provocative demand on the viewer’s “capacity to produce social dreams of their own – as part of a moment of utopian praxis’.
The exhibition’s title Utopia Ltd. is a satirical echo of an operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan, Utopia (Limited) or, The Flowers of Progress (1893), in which a utopian colony is turned into a joint stock company. But it is also more immediately influenced by Matthew Beaumont’s book Utopia Ltd. Ideologies of Social Dreaming in England, 1870-1900. 

An exhibition guide and programme of events will accompany the exhibition.  
Utopia Ltd. continues until 3 August, 2011, with the exhibition's temporary closure between Thursday 21 and Wednesday 27 July.

The curators:
David Mabb lives and works in London. His work investigates the social and political implications of the textile and wallpaper designs of 19th Century interior designer, writer and activist William Morris.
Mary-Ruth Walsh lives and works in Wexford and Dublin. Her work explores the heroic ideals of modernism through an investigation of the way people move, behave and inhabit architectural space.

The gallery programme developed by Highlanes Gallery includes a curator’s and artists’ talk for teenagers and adults, as well as drop-in sessions for families and special workshops for children as part of Drawing Day.

Drop-in sessions for families led by Lynn McGrane
Sunday 1 May 6.00pm – 8.00pm 
to coincide with the Boyne 10K Run
Cost: Free, donations of €2.00 are welcome

Curator/Artists’ Talk with David Mabb and Mary-Ruth Walsh: 
Saturday 28 May 2.00pm
Cost: Free, donations of €2.00 are welcome

Drawing Day Children’s Workshop (5-8 yrs) led by Lynn McGrane
Saturday 28 May 10.45am – 12.00pm

Drawing Day Children’s Workshop (9-12 yrs)
Saturday 28 May 12.15am – 1.30pm

These gallery-based workshops focus on both the practical and conceptual. All materials are supplied. 
Cost: €5.00, booking advised as numbers are limited.

To mark International Museums Day and Bealtaine on Wednesday 18 May at 11.00am, Highlanes Gallery invites older people for a walk and talk of the new exhibition and selected works from Drogheda Municipal Art Collection. To finish, there will be tea and scones at Andersons Café. 
Admission and refreshments free, booking advised

Share a memory of Drogheda
As part of Bealtaine, the festival for older people and the arts, Highlanes Gallery invites older people on Thursday 19 May at 11.00am to visit the current exhibition from the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection which highlights Drogheda and Boyne Valley. People are encouraged to share their stories and memories of Drogheda through drawing and conversation.
Tea, coffee and scones will be served in the gallery. 
Admission and refreshments free, donations of €2.00 are welcome 

Share memories of Drogheda with your grandchildren and draw together
As part of Bealtaine, the festival for older people and the arts, Highlanes Gallery invites grandparents and grandchildren to visit the current exhibition from the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection which highlights Drogheda and Boyne Valley at 3.00pm on Friday 20 May.
Tea, coffee and pink lemonade will be served in the gallery.
Admission and refreshments free, donations of €2.00 are welcome

Ongoing Programmes at Highlanes Gallery Primary School and Second Level Programmes
Would you and your class like to visit Highlanes Gallery this term and take part in a guided tour with an optional gallery-based practical activity? View the Utopia Ltd. exhibition as well as getting to know Drogheda Municipal Art Collection through the Primary and Second Level Programmes led by Hilary Kelly and supported by gallery invigilators. Second Level students in particular, can also learn about gallery and building management.
These special visits are free
Available on Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays at requested times between 10.45am and 3.00pm (4.00pm for Second Level)
Visits can take between 20 minutes and 1 hour depending on the age group (Primary) and between 40 minutes and 1 hour (Second Level)

The gallery is open 6 days a week, Monday – Saturday 10.30am-5.00pm, closed Sunday

The gallery will open on May Bank Holiday weekend:
Friday 29 April 10.30am – 5.00pm, reopen at 6.00pm for the official opening
Saturday 30 April 10.30am – 5.00pm
Sunday 1 May 12.00pm – 9.00pm to coincide with the Boyne 10K Run
Monday 2 May 12.00pm – 5.00pm

T. + 353 (0) 41 9803311 E. info@highlanes.ie W. www.highlanes.ie

For more information and booking phone Siobhan Murphy or Hilary Kelly at 9803311 or e-mail Svetlana O’Carroll at info@highlanes.ie.

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