Field Notes from the Border # 1

  March –
April 2019

Ihuaku,Taylor’s Folly on the Louth/Armagh border © Anthony Haughey 2019

Field Notes from the Border presents new work by contemporary artists working along the border in Ireland. A series of cross border exhibitions and engagement programmes curated by Gallery of Photography respond to the anxiety raised by the prospect of the imposition of a hard border and the unfolding events brought about by Brexit.

Field Notes from the Border #1 opens to the public in Gallery of Photography on Thursday 7 March at 2pm. The official launch and engagement programme will take place on Thursday 21 March. Exhibition continues until 7 April.


Anthony Haughey’s exhibition and film installations respond to the perceived imminent threat of Brexit to peace and stability in Ireland. New video works, photographs and texts reflect on Ireland’s ‘seamless’ border and consider how function, meaning, and effect are often in a state of flux. As WT Mitchell observes, it is ‘a process of human interventions, intersubjective relations and ideologies that determines our understanding of the landscape.’

Sanctuary is a short film made in collaboration with people living in the Direct Provision Centre in County Monaghan.Following its premiere in Ireland it will be screened in a film festival in Portland Oregon followed by a worldwide tour throughout 2019-2020. Sanctuary was the result of an artist’s commission supported by the Gallery of Photography, Monaghan Arts Office and Monaghan County of Sanctuary Project. Funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Monaghan County Council.

Anthony Haughey installation at Gallery of Photography

Raymond B Newman’s installation Unsettled Border reflects on the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, the complexities of Irish histories and the fragility of current political circumstances. It considers the remoteness of intertwined border landscapes where diminishing numbers of Orange Order members strive to secure the fraternities’ isolated meeting places. 

This installation features photographic works and the premiere of a new film ‘LOL 37’ made in the historically charged Altnaveigh Orange Lodge on the Armagh/Down border. Raymond is participating in the Gallery of Photography Artist in Residence programme in 2019.

Raymond B Newman installation


Kate Nolan presents new work from her ongoing long-term project, Lacuna. First premiered in 2017, Lacuna considers the psychological and physical impact of partition on the children of the borderlands on the island of Ireland. 

Borders are confused spaces: artificial divisions, lines drawn on maps for political or colonial expediency, often with little consideration of the natural or cultural realities and distinctions. The prospect of the introduction of an international border between the EU and the UK with Brexit gives rise to new uncertainties about the future. 

Kate Nolan installation at the Gallery of Photography

The work has been developed through the artist’s engagement with border communities from Donegal to Carlingford. Kate Nolan is participating in the Gallery of Photography Artist in Residence programme in 2019.

School tour by Darragh Shanahan

Engagement programmes in Gallery of Photography and partner organisations Regional Cultural Centre, Donegal and Nerve Visual Derry~Londonderry, will offer further opportunities for border communities to respond to the exhibitions and to workshop the social and political issues they raise.

Curated by Gallery of Photography Ireland as part of our Reframing the Border programme.Artists Commissions supported by the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Exhibition, public art, research and community engagement programmes in 3 venues supported by Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade Reconciliation Fund.