Reframing the Border Symposium – curated by Gallery of Photography @ Remote Festival

  Saturday 12 May –
Thursday 31 May 2018

Minister Humphreys with Jamie Wellford (Picture Editor) National Geographic and Trish Lambe, curator Gallery of Photography


Remote Photo is a festival dedicated to photographers creating work in a remote or rural context. For 2018 the festival organisers invited Gallery of Photography to curate the festival.


The border in Ireland is one of the most important issues affecting the island of Ireland.  
As we approach the centenary of partition the possible imposition of a hard border has prompted intense speculation and debate. Gallery of Photography is currently engaged in a 5 year programme exploring issues affecting the borderlands: past, present and future.

 For Remote Photo Festival we have curated a group exhibition bringing together photographic representations of the border by 14 established and emerging artists. Many of the works were shown in the borderlands for the first time.

For the main festival weekend on 11th, 12th and 13th May we invited leading artists, broadcasters, creatives, curators, historians, politicians and writers to come together for a series of discussions and events.

Reframing the Border
Weekend Programme 11, 12 & 13 May 2018


Friday 11 May 2pm: Launch of Project Cleansweep – Dara McGrath
Venue: Artlink, Fort Dunree, Inishowen
Welcome by festival director Paul McGuckin and exhibition tour with artist Dara McGrath.

 4pm to 5.30pm: Suzanne Lacy – Artists & Creatives Workshop
Across and IN-Between 1914-1918 programme
Venue: Regional Cultural centre, Letterkenny.

 6.30pm: Evening talks programme

Venue: Regional Cultural centre, Letterkenny.

Sean O’Hagan Talk
Illustrated talk by Sean O’Hagan, writer and critic, The Guardian & The Observer exploring photographic representations of borders.

Followed by ‘Reframing the Border’ panel discussion chaired by John Duncan, editor, Source magazine with

Sean Hillen, Anthony Haughey, artist and academic, Kate Nolan, artist, Dragana Jurisic, artist and Sean O’Hagan, art critic and writer.

Drinks reception 8.15pm – 9pm

Saturday 12 May
10.45am: Coffee and meet up

Welcome by Shaun Hannigan, Director, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny.
 Reframing the Border: exhibition tour with artists and curators.

11.30 to 12.45pm: 

Reframing the Border – How does the past inform the future; precedent, protocols and the Irish Border?
Brenda Malone, curator, National Museum of Ireland chaired a discussion with:
Dr. Peter Leary, academic and author, University College London,
Judith McCarthy, Curator, Donegal County Museum,
Dr. Conor Mulvagh, academic and author, University College Dublin.

1.30pm to 2.45pm: Arts Across borders – How do the arts respond to social and political challenges facing the border region? How can the arts meet the challenges created by Brexit?

Marie Louise Muir, arts presenter for BBC Ulster chaired a discussion with:
Mary Cremin, Director VOID and curator of Irish representation at Venice Biennale 2019,
Eamonn Maxwell, independent curator & collection advisor Arts Council of Ireland,
Cian Smyth, Creative Programmer, board member Arts Council Northern Ireland.

2.45pm to 4pm: Reframing the Border – Creative Opportunities for the Future?

Opening address by Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

Michael Tunney, Local Enterprise Office will chair a discussion with:
Pauline White, Western Development Commission,
John Peto, Director of Education, Nerve Centre, Derry~Londonderry,
Derek O’Connor, Editor, RTE Culture Website.

Closing remarks 3.45pm – ends 4pm

Delegates attended the official launch of The Lost Moment exhibition at 7.00pm at Nerve Visual Gallery, Eighty81, Ebrington, Derry/Londonderry BT476FA

Launch included a panel discussion with curator Sean O’Hagan and invited

Sunday 13 May

12.30pm-1.30 Kinnegar Photo Competition Venue: Kinnegar Brewery

Exhibition of shortlist of competition entries – Jamie Wellford announced winners.
Tour of Kinnegar Brewery.

2pm Jamie Wellford Talk
Venue: Regional Cultural Centre

Welcome by Joe McHugh TD Minister for State, Chief Whip & Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Council.

Ticketed event €5

Jamie Wellford, Photo Editor of National Geographic Magazine (formerly Newsweek Magazine) will give an insight into the creative use of photography by this leading international magazine. National Geographic named Donegal as the coolest place on the planet for 2017. The National Geographic Traveller Cool List “reveals the culture capitals, hipster hotspots, wild escapes and places generally keeping it cool”.

Principal funders:
Regional Cultural Centre, Local Enterprise Office Donegal (Creative Coast Programme),
Donegal Film Office,Donegal Tourism & Gallery of Photography Ireland 

Partners & Supporters:Donegal County Council, Donegal County Museum, Nerve Centre Derry~Londonderry, Kinnegar Brewing, Artlink Fort Dunree; Breac House, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Reconciliation Fund, The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht& Source Photographic Review.