Venue: Highlanes Gallery
Sponsor: Louth County Council/ Arts Council
Admission: FREE

Highlanes Gallery is excited to announce its upcoming events over the next few months for Children and Adults alike, celebrating art and creativity in many ways.


Easter Workshops

Designing Drogheda - Fabric Paint on Tote Bags with Julie Duhy
Thursday April 25th, 11:30 - 13:00
Tickets: Designing Drogheda - Julie Duhy

Focusing on the Municipal Art Collection in a workshop led by Julie Duhy, children are invited to look, explore, re-create or design anew using fabric paint on canvas tote bags.

In a world where our historic built environment in challenged by globalism, Julie Duhy will draw attention to Drogheda's town and streetscape through the centuries using the drawings and paintings in the Collection by artists like Gabriele Ricciardelli, Anderson Pasley and John Cassidy, to others by 20th century artists from Drogheda like Nano Reid, Bea Orpen, or Simon Coleman, children can explore the range of conceptual and material approaches that artists have made to inform ideas for their own choices during the workshop.


Turning Corners; Past, Present, & Future Imaginings - Drawing & Collage Workshop with Derek McCluskey
Friday April 26th, 11:30 - 13:00
Tickets: Turning Corners - Derek McCluskey

In this workshop led by artist Derek McCluskey and focusing on the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection and two works; A Street Scene, Drogheda 1880, and The Bathe House, by Robert Armstrong, children will consider the townscape of Drogheda and Laurence Street where the gallery is situated as featured in the artworks, as well as in the case of the Cassidy work the story of the painting and the people of 1880, comparing and contrasting to the present day from the horse-drawn carriage, civic buildings like the Tholsel, and the function of the shops to the style, colour and tone of the buildings. 

Using photographs as taken recently by the artist at the locations featured in the paintings, and working with drawing and collage, children will explore the past, discuss the present, and imagine the future.


NOTE: Easter Workshops are for children aged 5-13yrs, with booking essential from €8 through Eventbrite. Workshops at the gallery are process-based and explore basic concepts and ideas with children as they are looking. The emphasis is placed on understanding the ideas surrounding the objects. Making objects forms part of that process but is not the only goal of the workshop.


National Drawing Day / Drawing the Everyday
Saturdays May 18th & June 15th, 10:30-13:30
Tickets: National Drawing Days

To mark this year's National Drawing Day on Saturday May 18th, Highlanes Gallery is delighted to present, Drawing the Everyday. In addition to this, a second session will take place one month later on Saturday June 15th, with both taking place from 10:30am-1:30pm.

Presented by artist Dorothy Smith, National Drawing Day hopes to provide a structure for people to come together to draw. Drawing as an activity is often undertaken in private space and so working drawings and people in the act of drawing are seldom seen.

Drawing the Everyday will provide a convivial space which will tap into an often latent or sometimes hidden interest in drawing, as well as an interest in the historic and current townscape of Drogheda.

The focus on the built environment of Laurence Street will tie in with the current exhibition of images of Drogheda from Highlanes Gallery's Municipal Art Collection, presented on the Upper Gallery.

An event for everyone, while primarily aimed towards adults, children are more than welcome to attend. All those who attend may bring and supply their own materials, however pencils, paper, and limited seating will be available at Highlanes Gallery.

Refreshments will be provided for all participants, if weather permits, and will be offered within the covered forecourt during the event.

At the conclusion of the event, with permission from participants, drawings can be photographed along with their creators to be displayed through Highlanes Gallery's official website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Works can also be left with the gallery and hung in the temporary Drawing Room, from the 1st of May to 29th of June.

NOTE: Places are priced at €2.50 per participant, with a special ticket covering both May 18th & June 15th available for €4.


For further information, please telephone the gallery reception on 041-9803311 or by email at info@highlanes.ie

Highlanes Gallery if funded by Louth County Council, the Arts Council, and by Patrons, Benefactors and Friends of the Gallery.
Highlanes Gallery is open 6 days a week, Monday - Saturday, 10:30am-5:00pm, closed Sunday.


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