PhotoIreland Festival, one of the country’s leading international festivals of photography and image culture, returns this July.

Celebrating its seventh edition, PhotoIreland returns this July, presenting the work of young talented artists and photographers from around the world.

Taking place in various venues around Dublin, this year promises to deliver a diversity of accomplished contemporary works from Irish and international artists.


New Irish Works PhotoIreland

30th June – The Library Project

Selected by an international panel of 23 professionals, New Irish Works 2016 brings you a selection of 20 projects and 20 photographers representing the diverse range of practices coming from Ireland. New Irish Works 2016 is a year long project of 10 presentations and 20 publications that aims to highlight the great moment Irish Photography is experiencing.

Every month from July 2016 to July 2017, a special presentation will be hosted at The Library Project for two of the selected artists at a time. The presentation will include a display and a publication for each artist’s project. The two artists that will be presented during PhotoIreland Festival are Daragh Soden and Mandy O’Neill.

1st July – City Assembly House

PhotoIreland L KolbuszIDEALS is the main exhibition of the 2016 festival, bringing together the works of 15 local and international photographers that, as dynamic flâneurs, explore the world and seek to improve it by highlighting socio-political issues we tend to ignore in our everyday lives.

Artists featured include Agustina Triquell, António Castilho, Elisa Gonzalez Miralles, Emer Gillespie, Enda Bowe, Florian van Roekel, Gavin Mullan, and Jörg Brüggemann, among many others.

1st July – The Copper House Gallery

This July, PhotoIreland presents two recent bodies of work by Korean photographer Youngdon Jung, Wondering Wandering (2011-15) and Ants (2013-16). Both projects were born out of the careful observation of Jung’s immediate surroundings; one offers the atomised view of the human figure, lost and seen from his high-rise apartment, while the other one seeks to understand the very experience of the familiar.

2nd July – Smithfield Square (Outdoors installation)

Flâneur By Dublin brings the commissioned works of two great contemporary photographers, Esther Teichmann from Germany, and Rik Moran from the UK, to the streets of the capital. Displayed in a series of large cubes, their work disperses over a metal pathway installed in Smithfield Square. These large cubes become lightboxes at dusk, creating a unique display and extending the enjoyment of this open-air gallery throughout the night.

Flâneur By Dublin is part of a larger project called Flâneur – New Urban Narratives. This is a new, European Union funded, 2 year long project, transforming photographers into flâneurs and requesting them to apply a new approach to their work within the urban territory. The project involves an international network of some 20 organisations from 11 different countries, and it will be presented in the 13 partner cities.

7th July – Rathfarnham Castle

How To Flatten a Mountain PhotoIrelandRunning between 23rd May and 1st June this year, How to Flatten a Mountain was a residency focused on emerging and mid career visual artists whose practice in whole or part, makes use of digital or analogue photographic processes.

Created by PhotoIreland & Cow House Studios, this unique 10-day residency was coordinated by Ángel luis González, Frank Abruzzese, and independent curator Kate Strain. The 11 participant artists worked individually and in collaboration during the residency, and the resulting new works are now exhibited at Rathfarnham Castle during PhotoIreland Festival 2016.


Portfolio Reviews, talks, workshops. Throughout the month of July

PhotoIreland Festival poster 2016
PhotoIreland Festival runs throughout July, and is run by PhotoIreland, grant aided by The Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council. Vibrant, friendly, and all-inclusive, this is definitely a festival for all to enjoy!


the thin grey line

All images courtesy PhotoIreland; lead image by Ralph Barklam; Sacred Defence by Wawrzyniec Kolbusz

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