Our gallery re-opens this July with the solo exhibition from Drogheda artist and sculptor John Moloney.
John Moloney’s work demonstrates a light touch, a playfulness that belies a seriousness at its heart.
Working with found, pre-used, often discarded materials Moloney creates a world of animated sculptures – animal like, anthropomorphic, some purely exploring materials and their possibilities. He sees no boundaries to his work as an artist. Walking and being in the landscape is a sculptural work in process. The landscape itself is sculpture. Moloney talks of ‘creating those experiences for other people’. In a landscape creates that experience in an encompassing environment, which extends beyond the gallery walls, to Drogheda’s steps and streets, to the length of the Boyne river. The exhibition is connected to the outside world ‘where the material comes from’.
Moloney has created an expansive vision which contains ‘pockets of intimacy’ where we the viewers can appreciate his world view, ‘take time back’, and perhaps reflect on our own interactions with the world.
Dorothy Smith, June 2021, All quotes taken from a conversation with the artist April 2021
Image: boann (the river boyne) from source to sea on poetpoem
Due to the ongoing Covid19 Pandemic, visitor capacity in our gallery is limited, and as such we are encouraging our visitors to book your gallery visit in advance.
The Gallery is open from 11am – 4pm, Tue to Sat.
You can visit our Box Office in Stockwell Street or phone 041 98 33946 to find out more on availability and walk up visits. Artist John Moloney and curator Dorothy Smith will be available on opening day Sat 10 Jul from 12pm – 4pm, & also across the exhibition run to chat with visitors, so keep an eye out for news on those dates & times. This exhibit will evolve throughout the duration, we recommend visiting more than once!
Please adhere to government guidelines by wearing a mask and maintaining a distance of 2 metres from others while visiting the gallery. You can find out more information on your visit and our Covid Protocols here.
Walk in a landscape:
“Everyday I try to walk, whether its downtown to the shops for the messages; along the banks of Boann, the River Boyne, inland or out to the sea; or around the nooks and crannies, hills that are in this landscape. A walk is part of my practice” – John Moloney
Here are some local walks you too can enjoy over July & August…
‘the steps walk’ a 6.5k loop – This walk takes you around some of Drogheda’s many sets of steps, with some great views along the way.
‘out to Oldbridge’ a 10k loop – This walk takes you out the Ramparts and the Boyneside trail by the River Boyne to Oldbridge Estate and back to Drogheda, with some great views along the way.
‘The Boyne Valley Camino’ a 25k loop – “Starting at the impressive St Peter’s Church, West Street in the medieval town of Drogheda, the Boyne Valley Camino takes us on a journey through history. The route is a mixture of riverside, greenway, wood paths, quiet country roads, canal path and green fields on its route from Drogheda to Old Mellifont Abbey and back. The 25km walk forms a figure of eight looped walk via Townley Hall Woods on the way out to Mellifont Abbey, through Tullyallen village, down King William’s Glen bia Belnumber Wood, across the beautiful Boyne at the Obelisk and back into Drogheda via Oldbridge along the Boyneside Trail and Ramparts.” – BoyneValleyWalking
for more information on the Camino visit caminosociety.com