Street Art In Drogheda
Image by infomatique
October 2006 saw the opening of the town’s first dedicated municipal art gallery and visual arts centre, the Highlanes Gallery, housed in the former Franciscan Friary on St. Laurence Street. The Highlanes Gallery holds Drogheda’s important municipal art collection which dates from the 17th century as well as visiting exhibitions in a venue which meets key international museum and gallery standards.Drogheda’s most famous visual artist was the abstract expressionist painter Nano Reid (d.1981). Raphael Hynes, Richard Moore, Liam O’ Broin, Padhraic Murphy and Ronan Halpin are among Drogheda’s best known living artists.
The original Drogheda bypass bridge over the river Boyne, known locally as the "Bridge of Peace", is well-known regionally for its aerosol graffiti murals. Under the bridge, on each side of the river there are two large concrete supports that measure approximately 8 metres high, and 20 metres long. Starting in the 1980s with the breakdance craze, these supports were painted and sprayed with murals by aerosol artists. This activity at the time was technically illegal and frowned upon by the local authorities. Today the murals are frequently updated and limited sponsorship of the artists is provided by local businesses.