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The Swing of the Sixties: Trinity's College Gallery

opens in its 3rd venue, from February 18th to April 9th 2016, at


Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland

Presented in association with Lismore Castle Arts and The Trinity College Dublin Art Collections

Highlanes Gallery would also like to thank the Arts Council of Ireland for essential programme funding, Louth County Council, and the Department of Social Protection


EXHIBITION LAUNCH INVITE available here (pdf download)

EXHIBITION INFORMATION full details available here (pdf download)

Saturday 20 February 2016 at 2.00pm


the opening will take the format of a series of short gallery talks and curator’s tour:



Contextual Introduction - Brenda Moore McCann, Art Historian
Recall and Response - Brian Maguire, Visual Artist
Walk and talk tour - Richard Wood, Exhibition Curator

Highlanes Gallery, Laurence Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland

All welcome, free, booking advised on T. 041-9803311, refreshments will be served.

Carlos Cruz Diez, Physichromie 294

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Physichromie 294, 1967, painted plywood and transparent polyester inserts mounted on painted wood, 61.5 x 61.5 cm. Courtesy of the Trinity College Dublin Art Collections; © The Artist

Additional tours and events during the exhibition:

Children’s Mid-Term Workshop/ Friday 19 February, 11.30am-1.00pm
Led by artist Kieran McNulty and exploring ideas and processes in the exhibition.
For children aged 5-12 years, places €6, booking essential on T. 041-9803311

Guided Tours of the exhibition for Exam Year and other Second Level students, Primary School classes, Community and other Groups are available from Wednesday to Saturday each week. Tours are charged at €1 per person and can involve a practical element as required and average 40minutes in duration. Pre-booking advised on T. 041-9803311

Highlanes Gallery, Laurence Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland

Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 10.30am-5.00pm, closed Sunday 


The Swing of the Sixties: Trinity’s College Gallery

February 18 – April 9, 2016
Highlanes Gallery is delighted to present The Swing of the Sixties: Trinity’s College Gallery, curated by Richard Wood, graduate of Trinity College Dublin.

The exhibition features key Irish and international works by artists Josef Albers, Karel Appel, Patrick Collins, Barrie Cooke, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Micheal Farrell, John Hoyland, Robert Indiana, Cecil King, Roy Lichtenstein, Nano Reid, Patrick Scott, William Scott, Peter Sedgley, Camille Souter and Victor Vasarely. 

During the ‘60s, Richard Wood was a Student Volunteer on 'The College Gallery' Picture Hire Scheme, founded by Genetics Professor George Dawson (1927-2004). To celebrate 55 years of the scheme, Lismore Castle Art Gallery and Trinity invited Richard to evoke the great energy sparked by direct engagement with modern art encountered by these first groups of students working with George, Anne Crookshank and Adrian Phillips, as they travelled the length and breadth of Ireland and often further afield, feasting on the effect of ‘the swing’ taking place in the visual arts. Urban and abstract subjects were taking hold. Bold styles and techniques resulted, such as hard-edge Minimalism and silkscreen printing, Op, Pop and Kinetic art, reflecting pervasive social changes. Student imaginations were captured and the College’s Modern Art collection was firmly established.

The exhibition has already welcomed 25,000 visitors since its original inception in 2015 at Lismore Castle Arts, Co. Waterford, and its first touring venue to the Glebe House and Gallery, Co. Donegal.


What the papers have said about the exhibition -

Sunday Times, Culture Magazine, Exhibition Review by Cristín Leach Hughes, 19 April 2015

Irish Independent, Entertainment - Theatre and Arts section, Exhibition Review, 19 April 2015

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