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Luan Gallery

Luan Gallery, Athlone’s contemporary visual art gallery was officially opened on 29th November 2012 by Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.  Luan Gallery is the first purpose-built, municipal art gallery located in the midlands. The aim of the new space, run by Athlone Art and Heritage Ltd., is to promote a dynamic contemporary visual art programme of both established and emerging artists.

The 575m² gallery space was designed by Keith Williams Architects whose other projects include the Wexford Opera House, the Novium Chichester Museum, and the Marlowe Theatre. In July 2013 it received prestigious architectural award for the best Cultural Building from the RIAI. The new dedicated art space is located on a spectacular site overlooking the River Shannon, adjacent to the town’s historic bridge, Athlone Castle and the Catholic Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. The scheme adapts the town’s historic 1897 Father Mathew Temperance Hall into a contemporary gallery, adding a new wing with state-of-the-art audio visual capabilities and a riverfront gallery space overlooking the Shannon.

The development of the Luan Gallery is part of a larger ‘cultural revival’ programme being implemented in the midlands town. Athlone Castle also re-opened in November as a state-of-the-art, multi-sensory visitor attraction following an extensive renovation project carried out by Event Communications, a London and Dublin based company that also developed the Belfast Titanic Visitor Experience and the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre. Athlone Art and Heritage Ltd. have also developed Abbey Road Artists’ Studios supporting the professional development of local and visiting arts practitioners in a dedicated space.

 
Luan Gallery has enjoyed a diverse and vibrant visual arts programme to date.  Featuring works in a myriad of media from artists of varying career stage from the local region and beyond.

Luan Gallery’s inaugural exhibition entitled Borrowed Memories featured works from the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection as part of their national programme.  The exhibition showcased works of acclaimed Irish and international artists.  Following this, the gallery assumed a more regional focus showcasing works by local and midlands based artists. Luan Gallery has collaborated with the Graphic Studio Dublin in showing works of fine art print from their Visiting Artists Programme as well with the RDS, hosting the student art awards travelling exhibition. In addition the space has shown work by contemporary Irish painter Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh and featured James Hanley RHA. A presentation of Visual Music was also featured, showcasing works by a collection of national and international artists, designers and electroacustic composers showcased the space’s audio visual capabilities.

Luan Gallery attempts to bolster the exhibitions programme with an educational programme; ensuring that the areas of access to, and engagement with, the arts in a gallery context remains at the fore of operation.  This education programme has been extremely successful to date and the gallery is fast becoming a social space in which lively discussion, workshops, classes, talks and events contribute readily to the social calendar in the town.


Luan Gallery caters primarily but not exclusively for the visual arts, with an emphasis on meeting local audiences’ needs in terms of art exhibitions and engagement.  It targets both national and international projects ensuring a varied and engaging arts programme is delivered to the people of Athlone.


Luan Gallery aims to champion innovative, challenging and engaging arts practice.  The space is dedicated to progressing, strengthening and inspiring audiences’ engagement, perception and appreciation of traditional and modern approaches to the arts. 

 

 

 

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Contact Details

Athlone,
Co. Westmeath
Phone +353 (0) 906442154
Email gallery@athloneartandheritage.ie
Website http://www.luangallery.ie
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