Crossing Lines/Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda and the FE McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Banbridge, present a joint exhibition entitled Crossing Lines, which will run concurrently in both galleries from 23 November 2018 to 26 January 2019.
The exhibition explores ideas of dissent, dissonance, and difference in art and society; embracing change, inspiring hope, and the important role that art and artists have in challenging traditional thinking, provoking reflection, insight and fostering new ideas that often defy the norm.
In accepting the adversity of our current global condition, and its often fierce antagonistic and conflicting ideologies, this exhibition considers individual and collective expressions of difference, across race, gender, sexuality, class, & religious, political and social systems, globalisation and climate change, and how human expression can shape society.
Among the artists exhibiting are Duncan Campbell, Joy Gerrard, Stuart Brisley, Susan Philipsz and Maud Sulter; with artwork selected from artists’ studios, the Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland at the Ulster Museum.
The exhibition will run at Highlanes Gallery and the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and simultaneously and will open on the 23 and 24 November (respectively) 2018, with a special live performance by artist Nigel Rolfe.
There will be an accompanying public programme of talks, lectures and events.
Highlanes Gallery and FE McWilliam Gallery & Studio were realised as a cross-border arts partnership over a decade ago to provide a greater cultural resource for the border region through a special East Border Region EU INTERREG IIIA Partnership.
The project involved a capital build in both partner areas of Banbridge and in County Louth. In Banbridge the project enabled the creation of the FE McWilliam Gallery & Studio which is dedicated to the memory of one of Ireland’s most influential and successful artists and in Drogheda; and in Drogheda, Co. Louth, the project facilitated the restoration of a Franciscan Friary, namely Highlanes Gallery to world class exhibition standard, and to house the prestigious Drogheda Municipal Art Collection.
Both Galleries provide a major cultural and tourism resource for the border region, developed to ‘British Museum Standard B’ with the capacity to house major exhibitions the galleries’ have offered a major boost to the North East Regions’ offering. This project has at its heart a serious effort to increase cross-community and cross border co-operation in the arts and culture,