As part of the Highlanes Gallery's programme of events to celebrate its 10th birthday, it has teamed up with Culture Vultures, a multi-strand contemporary salon-style event curated/presented by Irish Times arts writer/critic, Tony Clayton-Lea to present a very special evening at Beaulieu House, on Saturday August 13.
The Culture Vultures line-up features acclaimed spoken word poet, John Cummins, Choice Music Prize-nominated singer-songwriter, Lisa O’Neill, and a rare public interview with the internationally renowned Irish performance artist, Amanda Coogan.
The event is supported by Create Louth www.createlouth.ie and sponsored by the d Hotel Drogheda
Tickets are €20 (including a glass of wine and return bus from Highlanes Gallery to Beaulieu House)
Booking for this intimate salon-style evening is through Eventbrite
Situated on the banks of the River Boyne, Beaulieu House was designed around an old Plunkett property by Sir Henry Tichbourne. Building began in the 1660s with decorative interiors being completed in the early 1720s. The house is a rare example of the Artisan Mannerist style with fine brickwork, interior plasterwork and fascinating Baroque carvings. The house is currently lived in by the eleventh generation of the original family and has often been passed down through the maternal line.
Dublin-born performance artist Amanda Coogan has been described as “the leading practitioner of performance in the country...” (The Irish Times, 2010) and “one of the most exciting contemporary visual artists practicing in the arena of Performance Art. She is at the forefront of some of the most exciting and prolific durational performances to date. Her extraordinary work is challenging, provocative and always visually stimulating...” (www.rhagallery.ie). For Culture Vultures, Amanda has agreed to a rare (if not exclusive) public interview, where she will discuss her work/art performance processes and practices.
Dubliner John Cummins has developed from cult favourite to a much higher profile spoken word artist since he won the 2013 Slam Poetry Competition. Now a firm fixture on Ireland’s poetry scene, it would be a foolish person indeed to sideline John's work as niche – in fact, there are few apt words to describe him and his performance style, which blends instinctive melody and rhythm that owes a small debt to mellow hip-hop but not much else. Perceptive, funny, poignant, and much more – if you have a liking for words that roll off the tongue while touching the heart, then look no further than John Cummins.
County Cavan’s Lisa O’Neill has – from the release of her second album, Same Cloth Or Not, in 2013 - quickly made a name for herself with her singular voice, lyrics and observations on Irish life. She is without question an exceptional talent. Two years ago, she toured North America, Canada and the UK as support for UK songwriter, David Gray (as well as being part of his touring band), and earlier this year she released, to much acclaim, her third album, Pothole In The Sky.