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Nano Reid: ADAMANTINE – Catalogue Launch – Talks, A Reading and A Walking Tour

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Join the catalogue’s contributors for an engaging morning with new writing & research on the life, work, and legacy of Nano Reid.

Saturday, 20 November 2021
11am to 3pm


The word ‘adamantine’ suggests something bold, unswerving, powerfully itself. These attributes apply not just to Nano Reid’s work, but also to the way she lived her life. Born in 1900, she forged her way determinedly through an artistic landscape dominated by men to become one of the most exciting and original artists of her generation with a rich, brooding, evocative style completely her own. This year, to mark the fortieth anniversary of her death, Highlanes Gallery is proud to present a major exhibition celebrating her life, work, and legacy.

To mark the launch of the catalogue, join the contributors for a morning of talks, a reading, and a walking tour, for enlightenment, reflection & discussion.

11am: Welcome, Aoife Ruane.

11am: Chair: Nathan O’Donnell introduces his essay – Acts of Refusal

11.10 am-11.50am: Róisín Kennedy discusses her essay – Painting and Materiality: The Work of Nano Reid.

12pm-12.40pm: Kathryn Milligan discusses her essay – A Drogheda Flâneuse: Nano Reid’s Urban Scene.

12.50pm -1.20pm: Niamh Campbell reads her creative writing work – Chaos Magic.

1.20pm-1.35pm: Questions & comments, discussion

1.45pm: Pick up your takeaway Soup & Sandwich at reception, before gathering outside and under the canopy, ahead of Brendan Matthews’s walking tour.

2pm-3pm: In the Footsteps of Nano Reid – A Walking Tour with Brendan Matthews

REMEMBER: For the walking tour, wrap up, prepare for bad weather, wear a face covering and enjoy the ever evolving new information and insights that Brendan is discovering & sharing.

Covid-19: In line with government guidelines, all attendees are required to wear a face covering at all times (over 12’s only) and on arrival you will also need to present proof of vaccine/recovery and ID.

Tickets: are €10 and include your Walking Tour soup & sandwich (meat free option available, just choose option when booking)

Booking Link – Nano Reid: ADAMANTINE – Catalogue Launch


  • Numbers are limited and refunds available if you have to cancel up to one hour before.
  • If you find the session booked out, just email and we’ll put you on the waiting list in case there are cancellations.
  • Don’t attend if you have any symptoms of Covid-19. Just contact us on 041-9803311. Leave a message if the phone is unattended.


Niamh Campbell’s debut novel This Happy (2020) was nominated for the An Post Irish Book Awards, the John McGahern Book Prize, the Kerry Group Irish Novel Award, and the Kate O’Brien Award. In 2020 she won the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award and she is also the 2021 recipient of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Her second novel We Were Young is forthcoming in 2022. She is current writer-in-residence at UCD and lives in Dublin.

Róisín Kennedy is Lecturer in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at UCD. She is co-editing Sources in Irish Art 2. A Reader with Fintan Cullen which will be published by Cork University Press later this year. Her most recent publication is Art and the Nation- State. The Reception of Modern Art in Ireland, published by Liverpool University Press, 2021.

Brendan Matthews is an independent historian and historical researcher, specialising in community and social history. He has had numerous articles published on community history and has contributed to radio and television documentaries and programmes in Ireland, Europe, the Middle East, and America. He held the position of archivist/historian with the Old Drogheda Society from 2006 to 2018, and was editor of a number of volumes of the society’s annual journal.

Kathryn Milligan is an art historian specialising in nineteenth and twentieth-century Irish art. From 2015, she was the inaugural ESB Fellow at the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art at the National Gallery of Ireland and an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy, UCD. Her first monograph, Painting Dublin, 1886–1949: Visualising a Changing City, was published by Manchester University Press in 2020.

Nathan O’Donnell is a writer, researcher, and one of the co-editors of Paper Visual Art Journal. His first monograph, Wyndham Lewis’s Cultural Criticism and the Infrastructures of Patronage, was published by Liverpool University Press in 2020. He was a research fellow (supported by an IRC Enterprise Postdoctoral Fellowship) at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2018–20,and continues to work on the annual IMMA International Summer School. He was writer-in-residence at Maynooth University, 2020–21. He lectures at the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, and on the MA/MFA Art in the Contemporary World at NCAD.

Highlanes Gallery is grateful for the strategic funding from the Arts Council of Ireland and Louth County Council as well as Patrons, Friends and Benefactors, and funding from the Regional Museums Exhibitions Scheme from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

  • Type: Tour
  • Time: November 20, 2021 - 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Venue:€10
  • Duration:4h