Rita Duffy: Strength & Glory, Highlanes Gallery, 20th July – 1st September
Rita Duffy: Strength & Glory, Highlanes Gallery, 20th July – 1st SeptemberThe Highlanes Gallery presents its newest exhibition this July, "Strength & Glory" by Rita Duffy.

A contemporary art project examining the received gestures, symbols and props of Irish life. Drawing on artistic legacy such as that of Andy Warhol who encouraged looking again at the familiar and the mass produced as a political act, Duffy presents ‘multiple produce’ in an exploration of the Irish lived experience.

Historical, political and social events are reworked and presented to the viewer as irreverent thought-provoking everyday commodities - tins and jars are released from the larder to question our cultural divisions and values. All is approached and presented to reaffirm and examine the commonality of our essential human needs.

Duffy questions conventional readings of the past, upending familiar gestures and symbols, excavating an alternative ‘truth’, crucially messing with the very ideas, ‘heroes’ and stories on which conflicts have rested.

Ideas are condensed into products where the purchase or engagement with the products becomes an act of 21st century subversion for the consumer, encouraging us all to ask questions about value and history.
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Theresa Nanigian - Just A Bit Extraordinary, 22nd September to 3rd November
Theresa Nanigian - Just A Bit Extraordinary, 22nd September to 3rd NovemberTheresa Nanigian’s practice involves creating portraits of contemporary Western life, be it a profile of a single individual, a catastrophic event or an entire country. These representations often borrow the analytical systems, tools and aesthetics of other disciplines such as sociology, economics, psychology and logic. just a bit extraordinary is no exception and is comprised of three ‘chapters’ in which the artist has chosen an equal number of idiosyncratic groups, loosely aligned to a particular stage in psychosocial development, to serve as her muse in exploring the expression of identity across the lifespan.

Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda; the third venue, the tour initiator and producer, led by curator/director Aoife Ruane, will exhibit the three ‘chapters’, and an exhibition monograph. The exhibition will open on Saturday, 22nd September, 2018 at 3.00pm.

Just a bit extraordinary takes its title from one of the photographed sitter’s responses to the common link across each exhibition – the Twenty Statements self-concept survey by sociologist Manfred Kuhn, which asks individuals to respond to the prompt ‘I am’.

Just a bit extraordinary is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and was awarded a Touring and Dissemination Grant to enable the tour, the accompanying publication, and access through Arts & Disability Ireland to audiences who are blind and with visual impairments using the Discovery Pens, exploring the works through audio descriptions, artist’s and curatorial statements.
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Repairs Investment Awarded by Minister for Culture
Repairs Investment Awarded by Minister for CultureOn Thursday, April 5th 2018, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, announced that 370 heritage projects across Ireland were to be awarded funding under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2018.

Thanks to Operational Manager of the Highlanes Gallery, Stephen Hodgins, a proposal for consideration was accepted, and awarded the gallery with funding of €10,000 towards repairs and maintenance of the building's stained glass windows.
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Relish Cafe and Foodhall
Relish Cafe and FoodhallRelish Cafe and Foodhall is a fresh, vibrant continental style cafe, using quality local produce to create home cooked food in a stylish and sophisticated setting.

Relish take pride in using locally sourced ingredients, imaginatively and creatively presented in each of their cafes, and with a friendly and efficient service.
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Creative Space for those living with Alzheimer's and Dementia
Creative Space for those living with AlzheimerIn September 2015, Highlanes Gallery announced the launch of a pilot programme developed especially for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

After the initial programme, the gallery has continued these sessions which focus on a few selected works from the temporary exhibition programme and the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection. Through the programme people have an opportunity to look at art more closely, in a caring, friendly and social environment, discussing the pieces and giving their opinions in a non-judgemental setting.
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