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Solo show: A Project By Fergal McCarthy - Welcome to Drogheda - A conversation with the town and its people (over)

15 August 2013 until 18 August 2013
  A Project By Fergal McCarthy - Welcome to Drogheda - A conversation with the town and its people
 
  Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery

Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery
Laurence Street
Drogheda, County Louth
Ireland (Republic) (city map)

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Artist Fergal McCarthy is about to delve beneath the surface of Drogheda, as part of a major new exhibition at Highlanes Gallery. Setting up a tent (and an all important coffee machine) in the middle of the gallery, he will live there for four days exploring everything the town has to offer - from Ireland's largest flip-flop to the severed head of an illustrious saint.

On each of the four days, at sunrise and sunset, he will dress in a tuxedo and play a trumpet serenade to the town on the roof of Scotch Hall Shopping Centre, with music composed for this project by Nick Seymour of Australian band Crowded House.

The discoveries and interactions McCarthy has with the town will be shared on Twitter (@fergalmccarthy1). He will lead a daily walking tour of the town, culminating in a 'Welcome to Drogheda' talking shop on Saturday 17 August with invited guests discussing their favourite Drogheda jewels.

The hidden gems he discovers in Drogheda will inspire a self-penned offbeat guidebook to the town and a giant, illustrated map, which will be displayed in the gallery along with a salon hang of Drogheda-centric artworks chosen from the Highlanes Collection (Drogheda Municipal Art Collection).

"The inspiration for the project began with my curiosity about a stunning 18th Century painting of Drogheda by Gabrielle Ricciardelli that hangs in the Highlanes Collection," said McCarthy. "I was inspired to seek out the same level of beauty that Ricciardelli portrayed so masterfully on oil and canvas. But in the 21st Century, Drogheda's charms have evolved, so instead of a walled town bathed in golden light, I am discovering world class graffiti under bridges and multi-storey car parks with panoramic views."

Artists are often invisible within the context of a gallery - their work is on show but they themselves are rarely glimpsed by the general public. By living and working onsite McCarthy hopes to engage with as many people as possible, especially those that live in Drogheda. This is the essence of the project - a conversation with the town and its people, from the perspective of an outsider.

Fergal's Residency Timetable

Thursday August 15

6.06am Sunrise recital of 'Anthem for Drogheda' on the roof of Scotch Hall Car Park

10.30-11.00am Artist interview at the gallery with a local luminary, * singer, songwriter, SJ McArdle

11.00-11.30am Art class for kids aged 7-12 years (Free, reserve a place by telephoning the gallery or emailing info@highlanes.ie)

1.00-2.00pm Artist-led, off-kilter walking tour of the town beginning at the gallery (Free, places limited to 35, reserve a place by telephoning the gallery or emailing info@highlanes.ie)

2.30-4.00pm Meet and Greet: visit the exhibition, meet the artist and find out why he's fallen in love with Drogheda

4.00-4.30pm Artist interview at the gallery with a Drogheda visitor: Ciaran Cuffe, (ex Green Party Minister of State for Sustainable Travel) talks about green energy solutions for Irish towns

8.51pm Trumpet recital at sunset on the roof of Scotch Hall Car Park

9.30pm Nightcap at Clarke's Bar, Peter Street

Friday August 16

6.07am Sunrise recital of 'Anthem for Drogheda'

10.30-11.00am Artist Interview at the gallery with a local luminary, * Bridge Jam Promoter, Rask

11.00-11.30am Art class for kids aged 5-8 years (Free, reserve a place by telephoning the gallery or emailing info@highlanes.ie)

1.00-2.00pm Artist-led, off-kilter walking tour of the town beginning at the gallery (Free, places limited to 35, reserve a place by telephoning the gallery or emailing info@highlanes.ie)

2.30-4.00pm Meet and Greet: visit the exhibition, meet the artist and ask him anything you want to know about the project

4.00-4.30pm Artist interview with a Drogheda visitor: Manchan Magan (travel writer, Irish language enthusiast, playright) talks about tourism in the Drogheda region

8.49pm Trumpet recital at sunset

9.30pm Nightcap at TI Chairbre Carberry's Pub, North Strand

Saturday August 17

6.09am Sunrise recital of 'Anthem for Drogheda' on the roof of Scotch Hall Car Park

10.30-11.00am Artist interview at the gallery with a local luminary, * legendary 'sound' man, Tommy Leddy

12.15pm Coffee and croissants at Highlanes Gallery

12.30-1.15pm Gallery Talk: How can artists and galleries develop audiences in an over crowded cultural landscape?Art critic and curator Gemma Tipton chats to Fergal McCarthy, Aoife Ruane (gallery curator/director) and Nick Seymour (composer) at the Highlanes Gallery (Free, reserve a place by telephoning the gallery or emailing info@highlanes.ie)

1.30-3.30pm Artist-led walking tour of the town including pop-up presentations by several local luminaries departing from Highlanes Gallery (Free, places limited to 35, reserve a place by telephoning the gallery or emailing info@highlanes.ie)

4.00-5.00pm Gallery Talk: Is Ireland too city-centric in terms of its cultural focus? Gemma Tipton debates this issue with Sophie Gorman (Irish Independent), Tony Clayton-Lea (The Irish Times) and others tbc at Highlanes Gallery (Free, reserve a place by telephoning the gallery or emailing info@highlanes.ie)

8.47pm Trumpet recital at sunset on the roof of Scotch Hall Car Park

9.30pm Nightcap at McPhail's Bar, Laurence Street

Sunday August 18

6.11am Sunrise recital of 'Anthem for Drogheda'

10-10.30am Artist Interview with a local luminary, * (to be confirmed!)

11.00am-11.45m Camera Phone Treasure Hunt for 10 to 15 year olds. Follow the clues to track down and photo ten local landmarks on your phone. Prizes for the first three teams back to the gallery. (Free, reserve a place by telephoning the gallery or emailing info@highlanes.ie

1.00pm-2pm Artist-led, off-kilter walking tour of the town beginning at the gallery (Free, places limited to 35, reserve a place by telephoning the gallery or emailing info@highlanes.ie)

2.30-5.00pm Meet and Greet: visit the exhibition, meet the artist and ask him anything you want to know about the project

8.45pm Trumpet recital at sunset on the roof of Scotch Hall Car Park


**This programme may be added to or changed, reflecting the nature of the project, but is correct at time of going to print. Check online at Highlanes Gallerywww.highlanes.ie each day, to get updates, or telephone the gallery.

Ongoing Activities in the Gallery Everyday

Impromptu table tennis matches.

Construction of local landmarks using lego.

Free artist-penned guidebooks to inform your own tour of Drogheda.

Have a coffee and chat with the artist about the project.

Flick through 'The Book of Drogheda', a collection of stories about the town imparted to the artist by visitors to the exhibition.

Artist-made colouring books for kids with pictures of Drogheda landmarks.

Board Games

Scrapbook for kids to paste in any drawings they make of the town..

Daily question on twitter about Drogheda.

Salon hang featuring Drogheda-centric paintings from the Highlanes Collection including artist-written notes about each piece.

Drogheda Anagram stool challenge.

Note: If you're new to Drogheda, and not sure of some of the locations listed, just telephone the gallery if you need more detailed directions, or just stop a welcoming local in the street!

Admission: Free, donations of €2 encouraged

Highlanes Gallery is grateful for the ongoing financial support of Drogheda Borough Council, the Arts Council and Patrons, Benefactors and Friends of the Gallery.

Highlanes Gallery is open 6 days a week, Monday - Saturday 10.30am-5.00pm, closed Sunday.

The gallery will open additionally on the final day of Fergal McCarthy's residency, Sunday 18 August, Walled Town Day, Heritage Week, 10.00am-5.00pm.

Relish Café and Foodhall is open gallery hours (Sunday open from 11.00am)

* Local Luminaries involved in the gallery interviews and Saturday Walking Tour pop up presenters include include singer, songwriter SJ McArdle, The Sound Shop and TLT's Tommy Ledddy, Declan Mallon of Upstate Theatre Company, Bridge Jam promotor Rask, BrianBrowning of Clarke's Bar and Margaret Clinton, Drogheda Museum Millmount.

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