Introducing the National Photography Collection at Gallery of Photography Ireland. Establishing an artists’ archive repository for the future
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm. Monday by appointment. Admission is free.
Gallery of Photography Ireland is delighted to present this exhibition introducing the National Photography Collection. Featuring a selection of specially commissioned prints by established and emerging Irish artists, it provides a context for an open discussion on the development of the Collection over the coming years.
We want to work with artists to support them in archiving their artistic practice across the span of their careers, preserving their creative legacies for the future. Our vision for the Collection is to define the scope of modern and contemporary Irish photography and recognise the achievements of contemporary Irish photographic artists.
The artists featured in this exhibition are:
Ciarán Óg Arnold; Enda Bowe; Noel Bowler; Ala Buisir; Simon Burch; Dorje de Burgh; Krass Clement; Shia Conlon; Martin Cregg; Mark Curran; Ciaran Dunbar; John Duncan; Tessy Ehiguese; David Farrell; Kevin Fox; Paul Gaffney; Clare Gallagher; Emer Gillespie; Karl Grimes; Anthony Haughey; Seán Hillen; Patrick Hogan; Kim Haughton; Tobi Isaac-Irein; Dragana Jurišić; Jamin Keogh; Jialin Long; Markéta Luskačová; Shane Lynam; Alen MacWeeney; Dara McGrath; Moira McIver; Yvette Monahan; Tony Murray; Brian Newman; Kate Nolan; Miriam O’Connor; Kenneth O’Halloran; Mandy O’Neill; Tony O’Shea; Pete Smyth; Nigel Swann; Harry Thuillier Jr; George Voronov and Róisín White.
The National Photography Collection builds on Gallery of Photography Ireland’s sustained commitment to supporting artists in the development, production and promotion of their work. Through collaboration we hope to grow the collection as an artists’ archive repository that supports and sustains the work of contemporary artists, offering an critical overview of photographic practices in Ireland. The introductory exhibition for the Collection is part of our year-long In Our Own Image programme charting the history of Irish photography. It cuts across photographic styles and periods to foster a dialogue between the wide range of approaches that make up Irish photography today. We want to create a space where the work of diverse artists can form a dialogue across time and connect with new audiences. This is particularly significant as we approach the centenary of the state, providing an opportunity to reflect on how photographers address issues of cultural identity. As an essential critical resource, the National Photography Collection is an exciting initiative for the Gallery that works with living artists to preserve their legacy for the future of Irish photography.
We are deeply honoured that the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins has agreed to be Patron of the Collection.