Culture Night Culture Trail 2021

Culture Night Culture Trail 2021

Friday, 17 September 2021, 6.00pm

Times: 6pm | 7pm | 8pm | 9pm

Join us for our annual celebration of culture and creativity in Drogheda, as we host a unique evening bringing you on our culture trail from Droichead Arts Centre Barlow House to Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street. Featuring professional artists from the North East and further afield with many cultural experiences on offer for you to enjoy from public art interventions across West Street (Choice, Little Duke Theatre, Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda Library) in association with Brian Hegarty and thirtythree-45 featuring artist Conor McMahon; on to our gallery which will host the County Collection, Taisce Lú, and where you can view the exhibit, and chat to some of the artists including Adrian+Shane and Breda Marron, and finishing up with music in our theatre from the incredible Róisín Ward Morrow and SJ McArdle!

Tours begin at the steps of Barlow House and are limited to 12 people max, taking place at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm lasting 40 mins in duration. Come along, be prepared to be surprised, and it’s all free!


A mini street cinema featuring 8 films by photographer, composer and designer Conor McMahon. Passers by are invited to view these short daydreams as composed between moments from the artist's lived experiences at home, work - or just passing through from one place to the next. All music, video and images featured are from the artist's vast personal collection of digital material, and films are entirely edited and produced on the artist's mobile phone. List of films (viewable at: Count of Seven, Swell Times, Now Treasured Isle, Circules, Eleven Eleven, Day for Night, Skin Temper / Stolen Fires.

Conor McMahon is a Dublin-based sculptor, photographer, composer and interaction designer. He creates artifacts from moments captured as drawing, text, music, video, sound and object. He is motivated by the interpretations these artifacts can provoke, while at the same time presenting them simply as rewritten moments from his daily ritual and experience at home, at work - or just passing through from one place to the next.

‘thirtythree-45’ is an non profit art, sound and live event initiative run by artist Brian Hegarty and based in Drogheda Co Louth. The aim of thirtythree-45 is to curate and present the work of innovative artists, promoting creativity and artistic exploration while creating connections between sound and visual practices. ‘thirtythree-45’ has released music / sound art in various limited-edition formats, including cassette, vinyl, lathe cut, digital and Cdr.

GALLERY – Taisce Lú | A Curator’s Choice – Louth County Council Collection

Curated by Claire Halpin

Taisce Lú is an opportunity to view a selection of artworks from the county’s collection, which have been donated to, or purchased by Louth County Council, to support artists creating work. This exhibition will draw new connections and links in form, media and concept across the diverse range of works in the collection, while giving viewers an opportunity to make their own connections and responses and to revisit familiar artworks.

Artists – Adrian+Shane

Adrian+Shane are two artists working together as one since 1998. Using paint, collage, stencils, photos and video to create what is, without a doubt, pop art. Much of their work includes selfportraiture.“Better You” explores the impact of being bombarded with advertisements and unattainable images on social media promising a better life if we obey their message, largely compiled of imagery from 1950’s adverts.

Artist – Breda Marron

Since graduating from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, in 1997, Breda won the Taylor Art award and was awarded the 'Sculpture in Context Award' in the Botanical Gardens, Dublin. Her art practice now involves create sculptures for private clients as well as public sculpture commissions for schools, hospitals and public parks.

MUSIC – SJ McArdle and Róisín Ward Morrow

SJ McArdle is an Irish songwriter and musician, Artist in Association and curator at Droichead Arts Centre and is known for his work in contemporary Irish folk band Kern from 2013 to 2020. More recently, as a solo artist, SJ has been working on a project called Port, a song-cycle based around research into the stories of Drogheda’s historic Port, produced in association with Droichead, an album is on the way. His songs and performances have been featured in radio, film and television and he has toured extensively, nationally and internationally over the past twenty years.

Róisín Ward Morrow is a fiddle player and folk singer from Co. Louth and is recipient of a Droichead bursary in 2021. Her debut albumBy the Light of the Moonwas launched to a sold out audience during Fleadh Cheoil 2019 and has been met with great prestige nationally and internationally. She has performed extensively in venues that include Dublin Castle, Dublin City Hall, The National Concert Hall and The Grand Opera House, Belfast as well as touring abroad multiple times with West End singer Peter Corry. Róisín is a former Leinster Fleadh champion fiddler, an alumni of the TU Dublin Conservatoire and was also a member of The Cross Border Orchestra who she performed with in Rome, Shanghai, Carnegie Hall - New York, The Royal Albert Hall - London and The White House for President Obama.

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