Since 2017, PhotoIreland is the Irish member of a European Platform of Photography named Futures. Run by Vandejong from Amsterdam, it counts with 11 other European partners, and it is co-funded by the EU Creative Europe Programme.
The aim of Futures is to pool the resources and talent programmes of leading photography institutions across Europe in order to increase the capacity, mobility and visibility of its selected artists. Every year, Futures organises a series of events across Europe within each of its member countries – in May 2020, the newly selected Irish talents will be presented at an exhibition in Dublin. Every year they artists are all brought together at the main Futures event at Unseen Amsterdam. The artists of the platform will also be promoted online, in certain publications, and will have a profile page on the Futures website, as can be seen at futures-photography.com/artists
Each year, all the partner organisations put forward talents from their country to be part of the platform. PhotoIreland put forward 10 artists: Dorje de Burgh, Megan Doherty, Jamin Keogh, Aisling McCoy, Yvette Monahan, Miriam O’ Connor, Ciaran Óg Arnold, George Voronov, Róisín White, and Barry W Hughes. These Irish Futures artists were selected having carefully considered their practice and their career.
This year, PhotoIreland wish to extend this selection opportunity through an open call, so they can consider everyone interested.