Opening The Gates: PhotoIreland Festival 2022

Posted July 8, 2022 in Exhibition Previews

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The 13th edition of PhotoIreland Festival, Ireland’s international festival of photography and image culture, runs from July 7 until Sunday August 28, in various locations throughout the city, with the main one being The Printworks at Dublin Castle. Under the banner title, Opening The Gates, the festival presents the most comprehensive overview on the History and Practice of Photography in Ireland to date. The following are some highlights for your consideration.


Images Are All We Have

Images Are All We Have traces the thematic development of the discipline and contextualises the historical background, bringing together the diverse and socially engaged set of contemporary art practices that define Irish Photography today.

Clare Gallagher – The Second Shift

This survey exhibition on the discipline involves artists spanning several generations, practices, and backgrounds, and will include video installations by Alan Butler and Eamonn Doyle, alongside a screening room presenting a schedule of video works.

Kevin Griffin – Pascal and Rex from ‘Omey Island – Last Man Standing’

The Printworks, Dublin Castle


TWO – Eamonn Doyle

TWO is Eamonn Doyle’s new body of work coming directly from the Fundación MAPFRE in Madrid, where it was presented in 2019 under the curation of Niall Sweeney, a long-time collaborator of Doyle.

The accompanying book will be launched in the Library Project

New Irish Works

Bryony Dunne: The Sky Only Welcomes Those With Wings

New Irish Works returns for a fourth edition with selected works by Audrey Gillespie, Bryony Dunne, Cian Burke, Jialin Long, Mark Duffy, Martin Cregg, Martin Seeds, Pauline Rowan, Róisín White, and Shia Conlon.

Shia Conlon – Sites of Dreaming

The project invites an international jury to identify and select ten notable works, aiming to represent and promote the growing diversity of contemporary photographic practices in Ireland.


Ladies And Gentlemen – Daragh Soden

Ladies and Gentlemen by Daragh Soden is presented in Rathfarnham Castle, from Saturday July 9 until Sunday August 7. He spoke with our editor Michael McDermott – check out that fascinating interview here.

The 13th edition of the PhotoIreland Festival runs from July 7 until Sunday August 28.

Words: Michael McDermott

Feature Photo Credit: Emma O’Brien – Morning Hug from ‘The Holding Place’


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