PhotoIreland Festival (Tuesday 15 June 2010)

compiled by Imelda Barnard
Scheduled to take place in more than twenty venues, and featuring the work of over fifty Irish and international photographers, the PhotoIreland festival will occur throughout Dublin from 1 – 11 July 2010. Marketed as Ireland’s first international festival of photography, the event is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and boasts the backing of many leading cultural institutions, including the Gallery of Photography, Temple Bar Cultural Trust, the Alliance Française, the Goethe Institut, Monster Truck and the Lighthouse Cinema. Featuring artists who both accept and question the technical and aesthetic properties of the photographic medium, commissioned exhibitions will sit alongside an open-submission format, and a selected exhibition of recent photography graduates. The programme includes Fragments from a broken world at the National Photographic Archive, featuring work by kennardphillipps and Sean Hillen, curated by Anthony Haughey and The Gift by Giorgio Fiori at the Gallery of Photography, as well as a number of educational initiatives in the form of talks and workshops throughout the city.
Submissions for The Thing that bruises you, the graduate exhibition to be held at The Back Loft of La Catedral Studios is now closed, with successful applicants to be announced on 18 June. Adopting a salon-style approach, works will be displayed from floor to ceiling, offering a survey of contemporary photography, as well as hinting towards the difficulties inherent in working as a graduate in today’s economic climate, the scramble for space and recognition suggestive of the wider challenges facing art photography more generally. The non-thematic OpenCall 2010 offers Irish photographers the opportunity to present their projects, with the final selection of twenty participants being exhibited at The Complex in Smithfield from 4 July. Asked to submit a complete project of no less that eight images, successful applicants will have their works displayed on tables, encouraging a deeper engagement with each image. The deadline for receipt of work is 18 June.
More info on the above here: www.photoireland.org/2010/