The Art Gallery at Listoke opened on the 5th of June 2015 with an inaugural exhibition in conjunction with 3H arts and showcased the work of nine established professional local artists. This exhibition was curated by Sinead Smith. Over two hundred people including artists, art professionals and art enthusiasts from all over Louth and Meath attended the opening of the exhibition which was opened by local business man and chairman of Highlanes Gallery Kevin McAllister.
The exhibition was hugely successful and ran from the 5th to the 14th June with works by artists Niamh Carroll, Anthony Collins, Peter Gibney, Ian Hart, Jackie Hudson Lalor, Raphael Hynes, Gavan McCullough, Richard Moore and Sinead Smith. These artists each have unique and fresh ways of looking at the world and translating their revelation onto canvas, paper and whatever other materials they find necessary to illuminate their interpretation of reality.
The second exhibition Summer Exhibition 2015 opened on the 27th July 2015. As this exhibition coincided with National Heritage Week the heritage week theme was used and 25 artists from around Ireland supplied work which explored the theme ‘from mill to forge, from mind to hand – discovering Ireland’s industrial past as well as the flora, fauna and local culture of the Boyne Valley region’.
For Spring and Summer 2016, the gallery exhibited the life drawings of Countess Markievicz. This exhibition was opened by Carmel Naughton.
Following on from last year's sucessful heritage exhibition, this year's theme; "100 Years of Heritage" has been celebrated in the gallery by Louth Craft Mark. The works include ceramics, drawing, glass, jewellery, leather, painting, print, textiles ,sculpture and wood. This exhibition has been extended and will now run until October 16th.
The Gallery proprietors Raymond and Juliet Gogan aim to build an exciting new venue with a reputation for high quality, showcasing local talent and introducing it to visitors/tourists & locals alike.
They also wish to facilitate artists local & otherwise by providing a quality venue and team of experienced administrators, providing opportunities for artists to engage with the public and by providing educational opportunities for artists, students and the public. In an interview with Irish TV Raymond said ‘the Gallery at Listoke hopes to grow, learn and seek out new opportunities and markets which will help to sustain the gallery and artists’. He also mentioned that ‘other aspirations are to add to and work alongside an already vibrant arts community in County Louth, while at the same time discovering and enabling new emerging talent’.
We offer a unique experience where beautiful works of art can be viewed in a tranquil and relaxing setting. A place where people enjoy viewing the art, taking a break for a walk in the Gardens and some refreshments, and then going back to the gallery for more.