CROSSING LINES: HIGHLANES GALLERY & FE MCWILLIAM GALLERY & STUDIO PRESENT..OPENING 23 NOVEMBERT
23 Nov 2018 - 26 Jan 2019
Joy Gerrard, Protest Crowd, London (Brexit 2, June 2018 ) 2018. Ink on paper mounted on alumi
Venue: Highlanes Gallery & FE McWilliam Gallery
Sponsor: Arts Council of Ireland
Admission: FREE

Crossing Lines

Highlanes Gallery & F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio 23 November 2018 - 26 January 2019

 Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda and the FE McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Banbridge, present a joint exhibition entitled Crossing Lines, which will run concurrently in both galleries from 23 November 2018 to 26 January 2019. The exhibition explores ideas of dissent, dissonance, and difference in art and society; embracing change, inspiring hope, and the important role that art and artists have in challenging traditional thinking, provoking reflection, insight and fostering new ideas that often defy the norm.

Crossing Lines is a response to the challenges of Brexit from the perspective of two galleries whose very existence was built on a cross border partnership to provide a major cultural and tourism resource for the border region. This project has at its heart a serious effort to increase cross- community and cross border co-operation in the arts and culture through a special East Border Region EU INTERREG IIIA Partnership.

The opening of these cross-border exhibitions will be marked by a special live performance by Nigel Rolfe at Highlanes Gallery on Friday 23 November at 7.30pm, and at FE McWilliam Gallery & Studio on Saturday 24 November at 3.00pm

In accepting the adversity of our current global condition, and its often fierce antagonistic and conflicting ideologies, this exhibition considers individual and collective expressions of difference, across race, gender, sexuality, class, & religious, political and social systems, globalisation and climate change, and how human expression can shape society.

Among the artists exhibiting are Duncan Campbell, Joy Gerrard, Stuart Brisley, FE McWilliam, Victor Sloan, Susan Philipsz and Maud Sulter; with artwork selected from Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Gifted Collection (2012), National Museums, NI and artist's studios.
 
Exhibiting Artists: John Behan, Paul Bowan & Andre Stitt, Ian Breakwell, Stuart Brisley, Duncan Campbell, Tarik Chawdry, Jack Crabtree, Jack Cudworth, Anthony Davies, Rita Duffy, Joyce Edwards, Joy Gerrard, Sunil Gupta, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Sonya Hanney & Adam Dade, Siobhan Hapaska, John Benton-Harris, Mike Hogg, Bob Jardine, Gavin Jantjes, Tam Joseph, Peter Kennard, John Kindness, Permindar Kaur, Terry Loane, Olga Magliocco, Alice Maher, Colin Middleton, Fionn McCann, Declan McGonagle, F.E. McWilliam, Brian O’Doherty, Jack Packenham, Tony Phillips, Susan Philipsz, Bridget Riley, Nigel Rolfe, Dermot Seymour, Victor Sloan, Bob and Roberta Smith, Maud Sulter, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Mitra Tabrizan, Annie Wright.

Highlanes Gallery and FE McWilliam Gallery & Studio were realised as a cross-border arts partnership over a decade ago to provide a greater cultural resource for the border region througha special East Border Region EU INTERREG IIIA Partnership. The project involved a capital build in both partner areas of Banbridge and in County Louth. In Banbridge the project enabled the creation of the FE McWilliam Gallery & Studio which is dedicated to the memory of one of Ireland’s most influential and successful artists and in Drogheda; and in Drogheda, Co. Louth, the project facilitated the restoration of a Franciscan Friary, namely Highlanes Gallery to world class exhibition standard, and to house the prestigious Drogheda Municipal Art Collection. Both Galleries provide a major cultural and tourism resource for the border region, developed to 'British Museum Standard B' with the capacity to house major exhibitions the galleries’ have offered a major boost to the North East Regions’ offering. This project has at its heart a serious effort to increase cross-community and cross border co-operation in the arts and culture.

Highlanes Gallery, Laurence Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland

W. www.highlanes.ie E. info@highlanes.ie T. + 353 041 9803311

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

FE McWilliam Gallery & Studio, 200 Newry Road, Banbridge, Co. Down, BT32 3NB

W. www.femcwilliam.com E. info@femcwilliam.com T. + 0044 (0)28 40623322

FE McWilliam Gallery & Studio is open 6 days a week, Monday – Saturday, 10.00am-5.00pm, closed Sunday

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