Graham Crowley: A Love of Many Things
Graham Crowley: A Love of Many ThingsHighlanes Gallery would like to invite all to its newest exhibition; Graham Crowley: A Love of Many Things, with an informal opening this Saturday 21 September at 3:30pm with opening remarks by special guest and Art Critic of the Irish Times, Aidan Dunne.

Graham Crowley's exhibition will primarily be a painting show with work from 1976 to 2019. It is an opportunity to mount an exhibition that tells the story of a life in painting, beginning when painting was regarded as 'dead', conceptual art was pre-eminent and post-modernism, emergent.

Crowley's earliest work could be considered some of the first appropriationist and post-modern paintings made in the UK. His work was described at the time as 'unoriginal', etc. More widely, punk - an appropriationist movement - was also becoming mainstream. It was at this time that Graham's paintings were singled out by the Italian critic and theorist Achille Bonito Oliva as 'trans-avantgarde'.
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Elliptical Affinities: Irish Women Artists and the Politics of the Body, 1984 to the present
Elliptical Affinities: Irish Women Artists and the Politics of the Body, 1984 to the presentAideen Barry, Sarah Browne, Amanda Coogan, Dorothy Cross, Pauline Cummins, Rachel Fallon, Patricia Hurl, Jesse Jones, Breda Lynch, Alice Maher, Alanna O’Kelly, Kathy Prendergast, Louise Walsh

Since the mid 1980s an important tendency in art by Irish women has been to situate itself clearly in relation to the significant changes in the politics of the body in Ireland that began to take place during that decade, culminating in the recent upsurge of both activism and artwork in relation to the Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment. The revitalisation of feminism during the 1980s in response to the repressive attitudes of church and state also resulted in the emergence of a new generation of Irish women artists whose work was explicitly focused around the politics of the Irish female body.

An exhibition that explicitly focuses on tracking this ongoing conjunction of art and feminism in Ireland is long overdue, and in this sense Elliptical Affinities builds on and acknowledges precedents such as But Still Like Dust I’ll Rise curated by Vivienne Dick at Galway Arts Centre (2018) and the enmeshing of women’s history, temporality, embodiment and affect in Jesse Jones’ Tremble Tremble.
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Marvellous Marbling - Halloween Midterm Workshop by Julie Duhy
Marvellous Marbling - Halloween Midterm Workshop by Julie DuhyThe Ancient Art of Japanese & Turkish Marbling has beguiled the World for thousands of years. In conjecture with Graham Crowley's newest exhibition, A Love of Many Things, Children can roll up their sleeves and dive into this unique workshop by Julie Duhy!

Paper marbling is a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to smooth marble or other kinds of stone. The variety and spontaneous patterns are the result of colours floating on water! The Children will use the artworks from the Graham Crowley exhibition as an inspirational starting point, capturing the spirit of Graham's inventiveness.

The beauty of abstract art will be explored and the idea that paintings can just be patterns, textures & colour blocking, is at the core of this workshop.

Event can be booked through Eventbrite.ie, tickets €8 per child, ages 5-13 years.
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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.
By providing a friendly and inclusive environment in which people can freely participate in active discussion Highlanes Gallery hopes to allow participants, and their carers feel like a more active and visible part of the community.
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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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