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Thursday, 6th August 2020

Highlanes Gallery to receive €10K for Nano Reid exhibition

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The Highlanes Gallery in Laurence Street.

Highlanes Gallery has been announced as one of fifteen recipient projects to receive funding under the 2020 Regional Museum Exhibitions Scheme.

The announcement was made yesterday by Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin TD, as part of the wider allocation of funding to help stabilise the arts and culture sector in the context of challenges arising from Covid-19.

The scheme with a total fund of €137,581, sees Highlanes Gallery receiving €10,000 which will be put towards a body of research and public engagement, including an exhibition, around the life and work of local artist, Nano Reid.

The objective of the project is to enhance the cultural offering of Highlanes Gallery, to encourage greater access to its collection and highlight specifically the work of 20th century artist Nano Reid - to research, curate and disseminate new aspects of the life and work of an artist.

Highlanes Gallery Director, Aoife Ruane, said: “As one of the foremost 20th century Irish artists and a native of Drogheda, we have a number of Nano Reid works in our collection, as well as Declan Mallon’s archive.

“We would like to develop further work in the areas of research and curation so that Highlanes Gallery becomes a centre of focus, knowledge and excellence, and synonymous with the life and work of the artist.

'Loafers' painted by Nano Reid in 1957 depicts two men in caps leaning on a bridge looking at a river, forms part of the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection which is housed at the Highlanes Gallery.

“This research would finally result in the publication of a catalogue and the development of a major exhibition, and we will be engaging academics, artists and others in this major project, aspects of which will be a series of talks, which we hope to begin in the autumn, and with the exhibition and catalogue presented next summer.’

Highlanes Gallery has presented its programme online at www.highlanes.ie since March and is delighted to welcome audiences back to the gallery which is open Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm, as well as continuing the online programme.

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