Oidreacht: Transforming Tradition

Saturday, 13th July 2019 - Saturday, 14th September 2019

An informal opening talk with some of the exhibiting artists, and other specialists; curators, historians and conservators will take place from 3.30pm.

Oidhreacht: Transforming Tradition (13 July - 14 September 2019) will bring together a range of artworks from the 18th century to the contemporary moment exploring Irish traditional arts & culture. It will include diverse examples, some familiar, many not shown for some time, and will offer a sense of the wide range of representations and expressions of Irish traditional arts & culture in visual art and material culture both in historic and contemporary art.

Featuring; Jack Butler Yeats, Frederick William Burton, Elaine Byrne, George Campbell, John Cassidy, Simon Coleman, Ara Devine, Gerard Dillon, Laurence Fagan, Mike Fitzpatrick, Trevor Thomas Fowler, Joseph Patrick Haverty, Grace Henry, Paul Henry, James Humbert Craig, Seán Keating, Daniel Maclise, Philip Napier, Mick O’Dea, Alanna O’Kelly, George Petrie, Nano Reid, and Elizabeth Rivers.

Oidhreacht is made of a selection of art and some artefacts from major public museums including the National Gallery of Ireland and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Drogheda Museum Millmount and private collections, and beginning with the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection; the exhibition will draw on the rich social, political and aesthetic contexts in which the traditional arts have been expressed.

The exhibition is presented to coincide with Ireland’s largest traditional culture festival Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann which takes place from 10-18 August where people across Ireland, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom and around the world will attend the week long competition, summer school and concert programme. www.fleadhcheoil.ie www.highlanes.ie

Coinciding with Oichreacht: Transforming Tradition has an accompanying display of work & documentation from the 2019 spring Primary School Programme which focussed on Mary A Kelly’s exhibition, Chair, and aspects of this exhibition, from the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection and from the National Gallery’s Collection by children from the following schools - Marymount National School, St. Paul's Senior National School, St. Brigid's & St. Patrick's N.S. Bóthar Brugha, and St. Joseph’s C.B.S., Sunday’s Gate.


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