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We were delighted to announce the exhibition programme for 2018 in the Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire. 

The first exhibition showed work by sisters Diana Copperwhite and Shirley Copperwhite and was the first time that they have exhibited together. Diana is a painter with a practice that includes wall drawings, installation and painting. Shirley is a surface designer who gets her ideas from looking at the everyday and reducing it into colourful surreal patterns.

In April we brought work from the fantastic AIB Art Collection to the Gallery.  A group of women from the Women4Women Network  worked with artist/ curator Claire Halpin to select work by women artists from the Collection. Then in June, local artist Julie Merriman  examined the mechanics of drawing and its relation to written and programmed languages.  Julie was awarded the 2018 Visual Art Commission and created new work specially for the dlr LexIcon Gallery.

September brought the 21st anniversary exhibition from IADT which included contributions from alumni in the fields of art, film and animation. The works in this exhibition were selected by Oonagh Young to highlight the diversity of artistic practices that have been developed over twenty one years by graduates who now work as creative professionals both nationally and internationally.

Our final show of 2018 was curated by John Daly of Hillsboro Fine Art, and brought together, from different generations, three of Irelands finest contemporary painters- Sinéad Ni Mhaonaigh, Eddie Kennedy and Patrick Graham. There are many links that make them complementary neighbours in this gallery, including their love of the sea and connection to Dún Laoghaire and its environs.