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Monday, 8th July 2019

New exhibition looks at traditional culture in visual art

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Joseph Patrick Haverty, The Blind Piper, 1841, Oil on canvas, 76 x 59 cm, Photo © National Gallery of Ireland, Collection of the National Gallery of Ireland.

A major exhibition featuring work from some of the country’s greatest artists which takes a look at the influence of traditional culture in visual art opens on Saturday next, July 13, at Highlanes Gallery and runs until mid-September to include the Fleadh Cheoil.

Oidhreacht: Transforming Tradition (13 July - 14 September 2019) will bring together a range of artworks from the 18th century to the contemporary exploring Irish traditional arts and culture. It will include diverse examples, some familiar, some not seen in public previously, and will offer a sense of the wide range of representations and expressions of Irish traditional arts and culture in visual art and material culture both in historic and contemporary art.

Featuring a selection of art and some artefacts from major public museums including the National Gallery of Ireland and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and Limerick City Gallery of Art, and private collections, and beginning with the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection; the exhibition will draw on the rich social, political, literary and aesthetic contexts in which the traditional arts have been expressed.

Artists included in the exhibition are Jack Butler Yeats, Frederick William Burton, Elaine Byrne, George Campbell, John Cassidy, Simon Coleman, Ara Devine, Gerard Dillon, Laurence Fagan, Mike Fitzpatrick, Trevor Thomas Fowler, Joseph Patrick Haverty, Grace Henry, Paul Henry, James Humbert Craig, Seán Keating, Daniel Maclise, Philip Napier, Mick O’Dea, Alanna O’Kelly, George Petrie, Nano Reid, and Elizabeth Rivers.

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Oidhreacht: Transforming Tradition opens on Saturday July 13 at 3pm, with all welcome to attend the informal opening talk at 3.30pm with contributions from some of the exhibiting artists, and other specialists; curators, historians, and conservators as well as some music and song.

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