Dundalk Photographic Society is 40 years old this year and very proud to be able to display a variety of work from their current members at their annual exhibition. This exhibition, which doubles as an end-of-year competition, has evolved into a real highlight in their annual calendar. This year DPS welcome Les Forrester as judge from the UK to give his expert opinion in determining the best images on show. The club, over the last 40 years, has gone from strength to strength and consistently continues to compete at the highest international standard in amateur photography in Ireland, Europe and across the world. As enthusiasts, we embrace all genres of photography and have a cross-section of members that excel in many disciplines, from landscapes, to portraiture, travel photography and architecture to name a few. A healthy love for this, our own type of art, brings us together week after week, year after year, within Dundalk and it’s environs where they reach in to the community and help to bring talent and imagery to life for all to enjoy.
A contemporary take on the legend of Buile Shuibhne (Mad King Sweeney), who was driven insane by a monk’s curse. Orbiting around Sweeney King ‘a digital poem’ that incorporates words, images and an ambient soundtrack, the exhibition includes 2D and 3D work, painting, textiles, installation, film and performance. The digital poem is a collaboration between poet Tony Bailie, artist Maurice Burns and musician Mark Skillen and the exhibition features work from the Co. Armagh-based Shore Collective.
International touring exhibition, curated by Sinéad Smith, features five artists from Ireland’s North-East region; Kate Beagan, Jo Cummins, Roisin Duffy, Jackie Hudson Lalor and Niamh O’Connor.
The group present artistic representations of and reactions to the centraltheme Shifting Walls. The exhibition reflects and confronts the stages of life and life events, and the challenges presented. Through a variety of mediums and styles, the artists serve to inform viewers of their personal journeys, needs, hopes and experiences and the contribution equally to the human life cycle. The exhibition illustrates different perspectives on mental health, addiction, menopause, adult children, empty nest syndrome, and aging parents.
Workshops facilitated by participating artists for 2nd level students: Mon 30 Mar | Wed 1 April | 11am – 1pm
A multi-medium exhibition by Brian Hegarty/ thirtythree-45 presented by Droichead Arts Centre in association with Drogheda Arts Festival 2020.
Appropriation, minimalism and repetition are explored through installation, video, audio and collage. Elements such as vinyl records and cassettes are used in the exhibition as both subject matter and work material.
This exhibition will also feature aspects from ‘thirtythree-45’ a crossover project in Brian’s practice where he promotes underground music, runs a D.I.Y music label, publishes photo zines and streams an internet radio station.
Brian Hegarty is a visual artist originally from Dublin living Drogheda Co Louth for the past 15 years. He had his first solo exhibition in the Droichead Arts Centre in 2000 as well as other sols shows in Louisville Kentucky (2002) , Lapua, Finland (2014 ) and most recently at the Ashford Gallery in the R.H.A in (2016) . He has exhibited in numerous group shows and and has works in many private and public collections. His piece ‘Wall Sculpture’ is part of the Highlanes gallery permanent collection. Part of Brian’s practice includes music making. He home records collaged, experimental music under various monikers. Brian also runs ‘thirtythree-45’, a multi platform arts project that works independently, in partnership and in collaboration with other artists, musicians and arts organisations.