3 May 2013 - 27 Aug 2013
Things In Translation: The Legs Foundation
Room: Lower Gallery
Sponsor: Drogheda Borough Council/ The Arts Counc
Admission: FREE

A Drogheda Arts Festival Commission

HOW ARE 21ST CENTURY ARTISTS INSPIRED? Contemporary art is rapidly growing in area of practice, research, and publication, with artists using a wide variety of materials and means.

Things in Translation is a specially commissioned exhibition for the Drogheda Arts Festival where eight artists have been invited to produce new work using a former Franciscan library/archive, made mobile, as raw material or source.

The exhibition looks at the notion of translation through the materiality of the archive as both a conceptual and physical creative resource. Vivienne Byrne, Aoife Desmond, Danyel Ferrari, Jessica Foley, Helen Horgan, Aine Ivers, Susan MacWilliam and Meadhbh O’Connor have explored the Library to produce work using drawing, photography, sculpture, audio and video installation, and performance, and revel how creative uses of an archive can make visible the act of translation in process.

The LFTT Library is an interdisciplinary mobile archival project of The LFTT – The Legs Foundation for the Translation of Things and evolved from an artists’ residency at Multyfarnham Franciscan Friary (2009). The friary and library were undergoing massive structural changes and the artist Helen Horgan and Danyel Ferrari were offered the 4,000 volume collection, which ranges in the subject matter from theology to religious and folk mysticism, poetry, literature, Irish folklore, the humanities, popular knowledge and the speculative sciences, as a gift.

The Library has enjoyed many re-animations and for Drogheda Arts Festival (2012) the Library was installed in the home of artist Vivienne Byrne. In autumn 2012, it became resident at Highlanes Gallery, itself a former Franciscan Church and site of learning. For curators Helen Horgan and Aoife Ruane this was where the idea for this exhibition emerged.

Opening Gallery Talk/ Gather at the Gallery, Friday 3 May 6.00pm
Artists Helen Horgan (IRL) and Danyel Ferrari (US) discuss the development of the library/archive from their original two person ‘hermitage’ within the Franciscan Friary, to their work in the exhibition.

Drogheda Arts Festival/ Official Opening , Friday 3 May 7.00pm
Comedian and actor Joe Rooney opens the festival and exhibition, with musical performance by balladeers Rapscallion in the Library / Exhibition

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Highlanes Gallery is a municipal art gallery for Drogheda and the North East, developed in 2006 to house the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection, and a dynamic programme of temporary and site specific exhibitions. The gallery is sited in a former Franciscan church in Drogheda on the Boyne, in the heart of the Boyne Valley, and aims to be one of Ireland’s most important visual art spaces.

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