Tony Cragg (1949 -), Canoe 1982, mixed media (23 green pieces & 24 red pieces), 800cm long ©

DACS 2015

Friday 25 November 2016 to Saturday 28 January 2017

A unique exhibition of iconic artworks from the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection and the British Council Collection selected and curated by Drogheda secondary school students.

'It was a great opportunity for me to experience art outside of a classroom to see how an art gallery works'. - Kotryna Knystautaite St Oliver’s Community College

A pioneering partnership between the 5th year art students of St Oliver’s Community College, Our Lady’s College-Greenhills, Highlanes Gallery and the British Council presents some of the best known names in contemporary art in 'In Sense of Place'. The work of Turner Prize winners Gillian Wearing, Richard Long, Tony Cragg and Jeremy Deller will hang alongside treasures from the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection.

What makes 'In Sense of Place' truly unique is that every aspect of the exhibition has been undertaken by second level students including the selection of artworks, the research, the active talking and thinking about the connections between artwork in collections, the installation, the marketing, social media, and communications.

‘It is always interesting to work alongside other curators. This has been especially so with the young curators from Drogheda who have put together a lively and surprising selection of works across all media to share with their audience at Highlanes'. Aoife Ruane, Director, Highlanes Gallery

'These curators have not been intimidated by name, size or medium in their selection of works but have chosen pieces that are significant to them. In doing so they have created an exhibition that will intrigue, puzzle and delight in equal measure’. Diana Eccles, Head of Collection & Fay Blanchard, Curator Visual Arts British Council.

'In Sense of Place' is part of a four part programme of exhibitions featuring work from the British Collection in local regional Irish art galleries. Corresponding exhibitions have already opened in Donegal and Sligo with the last one due to open in Limerick in February 2017. As part of this project, each gallery presented artworks from its own collection at the British Council Head Office in London from 28 November to 13 January.

It is also a key exhibition in a year-long programme that marks the 10th anniversary of the Highlanes Gallery.

'In Sense of Place' is supported by the British Council, Drogheda Credit Union, Drogheda-Bettystown-Trim. Highlanes Gallery's ongoing funders are Louth County Council and the Arts Council.