Taisce Lú provides information about the artworks which have been donated to, or purchased by, Louth County Council. Some of the pieces date back to the early years of the 20th Century, but the majority of the artworks date from the last twenty years. The Municipal Art Collection of the former Drogheda Borough Council is housed and cared for in the Highlanes Gallery. This collection is one of the most important local government collections in Ireland, and was one of the drivers for the development of the Drogheda visual arts venue, after it was donated by the Franciscan community. The relatively small number of artworks in the former Drogheda Borough Council Collection reflects this historical legacy.
The former Dundalk Town Council has artworks in its collection dating back to the early years of the 20th century, with the bulk of the works having been purchased since the 1990s. Louth County Council, similar to the former Dundalk Town Council, purchased most of its collection within the last twenty years, and has much of its collection on view in its offices and public areas of County Hall.
The Visual Art Collection of Louth County Council is a rich resource for the county. As the collection is accessible to the public only in a limited number of public buildings throughout the county, the Arts Service of Louth County Council has developed new ways of making Taisce Lú more real and relevant to the people of Louth. In 2015, a pilot project with three post primary schools in Louth; Irish, Alive and Mostly Female, was highly successful and was extended to three more schools in 2016. In 2017, three primary schools will be involved in a new project which will bring the collection to their schools. To find out more about our projects, please click here.