December 2012 –
Gallery of Photography Ireland and The Copper House present the five best contemporary photographers in Ireland shortlisted for SHOWCASE 2012 – Ireland’s Contemporary Photography Award. These exciting new talents were chosen by Ireland’s top curators from over 180 submissions for the SHOWCASE 2012 Photography Award.
Alberto Maserin’s dramatic portraits of priests highlight the transformative power of visual theatre in Catholic ritual.
Ann Marie Curran’s beautifully restrained images transform unfinished buildings into meditations on space, surface and light.
Martin Cregg captures the quiet drama and telling details of the learning process in a finely judged portrait of a photography course.
Richard Gilligan celebrates an authentic, sculptural expression in the temporary skateruns constructed by skateboarders. The work celebrates the DIY aesthetic of this often misunderstood contemporary subculture.
Ciarán Óg Arnold’s compelling, black and white images portray the harsh and tender dramas of ordinary life in a midlands town.
Though their work is very different in subject and style, the five photographers share a rigorous approach to the image making process, an attention to the theatre of life and the ability to see aesthetic potential in everyday subjects. Their work demonstrates the strength and vitality of contemporary photography in Ireland and will be accompanied by a Symposium on collecting photography. SHOWCASE SELECT is an opportunity to see – and be inspired by – cutting edge work in the most relevant visual medium of our time.
Showcase Symposium on Collecting: 26/1/2013
Showcase Solo winner announcement: 26/1/2013
Exhibition continues until: 10/2/2013
Please note: There will be only limited access to exhibitions during the weekend of Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th February due to Chinese New Year events taking place in Gallery of Photography.
PRESS ENQUIRIES: For further information, high/low resolution image scans, or to interview the artists, please contact: Tanya Kiang, Curator, Gallery of Photography,
ta[email protected] or Leszek Wolnik, Curator, The Copper House [email protected] or Darragh Shanahan, Gallery of Photography Ireland. [email protected] or telephone 01-6714654day March 25th
About SHOWCASE – Ireland’s Contemporary Photography Award
SHOWCASE is a new initiative of Gallery of Photography and The Copper House. It represents support to the photographic community to the value of €50,000 and provides a new platform enabling artists to have their work seen by Ireland’s leading curators.
The Judging Panel
A panel of distinguished curators from all over Ireland reviewed over 180 artists submissions, and had the hard job of shortlisting 5 artists whose work is exhibited in SHOWCASE SELECT.
Anna O’Sullivan Butler Gallery, Kilkenny; Commissioner to Ireland’s representation at Venice Biennale 2013
Christina Kennedy Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Helen Carey Limerick City Art Gallery
Jackie Barker Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown
John Duncan Source Magazine
Karen Downey Belfast Exposed
Leszek Wolnik The Copper House
Maeve Mulrennan Galway Arts Centre
Peggy Sue Amison Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh
Sonya Perkins Irish Arts Review, Media Partner for the Award
Tanya Kiang & Trish Lambe Gallery of Photography Ireland
The Panel will decide on the overall winner of the SHOWCASE SOLO award, who will be offered an artists residency and solo exhibition at The Copper House, along with production supports.
The SHOWCASE SELECT exhibition will be accompanied by a series of talks and events, including an International Symposium on archiving and building a contemporary photography collection. The Symposium will be held on Saturday 26 January 2013. The winner of the Showcase Solo Award will be announced at this event. SHOWCASE special-edition portfolios will be available for sale on the day.