Thursday, 11th July, 2013 / Posted by: Orla

The Afronauts, a photographic exhibition by Cristina De Middel

The Afronauts, a photographic exhibition by Cristina De Middel Image

The Copper House Gallery will launch The Afronauts, a photographic exhibition by  photojournalist Cristina De Middel, 7.30pm Saturday 13th July 2013 as part of the main exhibition programme for PhotoIreland Festival 2013PhotoIreland Festival director Ángel Luis González will open the exhibition.

After gaining independence in 1964, Zambia started a space programme led by Edward Makuka Nkoloso, sole member of the National Academy of Science, Space Research and Philosophy. The programme, whose mission was to send the first African astronauts to Mars, was soon cancelled, becoming no more than an amusing anecdote in the country’s history.

In the exhibition The Afronauts Cristina De Middel creates a subjective interpretation of the story that engages with myths and truths. The now sold-out book is comprised of a series of constructed colour photographs, sequenced alongside drawings and reproductions of letters, resulting in a fictional portrait of a national dream.  The Afronauts, the acclaimed photobook will be displayed as part of the exhibition.

The Afronauts, a photographic exhibition by Cristina De Middel, runs in the Archive upstairs at The Copper House Gallery, as part of the main exhibition programme for PhotoIreland Festival 2013 from 13th July 2013 until the 2nd August 2013. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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Wednesday, 10th July, 2013 / Posted by: Orla

Concresco, a photographic exhibition by David Galjaard

Concresco, a photographic exhibition by David Galjaard Image

The Copper House Gallery will launch Concresco, a photographic exhibition based on the photobook by David Galjaard, 7.30pm Saturday 13th July 2013. PhotoIreland Festival director Ángel Luis González will open the exhibition. As winner of PhotoIreland Festival Portfolio 12, David Galjaard’s Concresco will be shown at The Copper House Gallery as part of the main exhibition programme for PhotoIreland Festival 2013.

Fearing an attack from abroad, Albanian Stalinist leader Enver Hoxha had around 750,000 above ground bunkers built during his time in power from 1945 until his death in 1985. Since the collapse of communism in 1991, the immutable bunkers have served as an obtrusive reminder of a dictatorship that lasted for nearly half a century.

Concresco by David Galjaard won the PhotoIreland Festival Portfolio 12 and The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award 2012. The book was also listed in PDN Indie Photo Books of the Year and was selected as one of the Best Books of 2012 in Photo-eye by Martin Parr. Now sold out, Concresco editions are available to view at The Library Project and at The Copper House Gallery for the duration of the exhibition. 

Concresco, a photographic exhibition by David Galjaard, runs at The Copper House Gallery, as part of the main exhibition programme for PhotoIreland Festival 2013 from 13th July 2013 until the 2nd August 2013. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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Tuesday, 9th July, 2013 / Posted by: Orla

DIY by Richard Gilligan at the Galway Arts Festival 15 – 28 July

DIY by Richard Gilligan at the Galway Arts Festival 15 – 28 July Image

We love it when a plan comes together! Having produced the stunning visuals for DIY, an exhibition by Richard Gilligan to be shown at the Galway Arts Festival 15 – 28 July 2013, we added some je ne sais quoi to the crate. Pictured above is our Daniel adding some very fine stencilling! 

DIY is a movement within skateboarding, which operates outside civic and societal norms. Using abandoned terrain in both urban and rural settings, the modern skateboarder exists within a more unconventional environment. These unauthorized, temporary constructions have fascinated photographer Richard Gilligan, who has spent the past four years tracking down these ephemeral spaces throughout Europe and the USA. 

Do check out DIY by Richard Gilligan at The Absolut Festival Gallery, Galway Arts Festival.

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Friday, 28th June, 2013 / Posted by: Orla

Nothing Lasts Forever by Dorje de Burgh

Nothing Lasts Forever by Dorje de Burgh Image

Our featured artist this week is the immensely talented Dorje de Burgh. One of our brilliant 2011 Fire Propeller finalists, Dorje's esthetic considers the nebulous and cerebral, fine-tuned to a pure emotional core. 

Dorje de Burgh's work Nothing Lasts Forever is featured in the PhotoIreland Festival publication New Irish Works and is also exhibited as part of  PhotoIreland Festival 2013 at the National Photographic Archive (NPA), Meeting House Square, Dublin 2, exhibition runs until 3rd Aug 2013. 

Featured image Sk (Shower) by Dorje de Burgh.

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Tuesday, 19th February, 2013 / Posted by: Leszek

Propeller 2013

Propeller 2013 Image

We're thrilled to have two happy announcements to make today, the first is the launch of Propeller 2013 and the second is the extension of the Propeller Awards by another two years. This will bring the Propeller graduate awards through to the winners show in 2016! We've made some changes and have added €25,000 to the value of The Fire Art Awards fund to enable the two year extension. Details and forms of Propeller 2013 for download here.

A key time for your diary is 5pm on June 5th 2013, the closing date and we'll be confirming the judging panel and date in the coming days.
Anyone is eligible to enter by being a final year student in Photography or Fine Art at a college or institution in Ireland or Northern Ireland or be a student from those countries studying in the UK or internationally.
The awards include ten finalists places in the Propeller Group Exhibition whilst the award winner receives an intensive residency in Fire followed by an amazing four week exhibition in The Copper House Gallery.
We've been thrilled by the success of our award winners and you can see Darek Fortas, our first, 2011, winner's work here, and this years winner, Amy Hanrahan has her work here as well as a lovely review (big file) in The Irish Times.
We receive terrific support for Propeller from the amazing Source Magazine and really appreciate their help and input. John Duncan brings a wealth of specialist and sometimes arcane knowledge, together with years of experience, to the judging. He also brings a dry and wicked sense of humour, you've been warned! He also works with the award winner during their residency, mentoring and helping to plan and edit their exhibition.
We'll be releasing details of two new award schemes, one for Portfolios and another for Photobooks, in the coming weeks so check back soon.
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Wednesday, 28th November, 2012 / Posted by: Leszek

New York City, a photobook by Conor Horgan

New York City, a photobook by Conor Horgan Image

 

There have been delicious hints from Conor Horgan recently that he might have something special to show from his time in New York and here it is!  He's just this minute published a book called, as you might, 'New York City' and it's only gorgeous. It's available online on Blurb right now and we strongly recommend you check it out.
We're also thrilled that he's given us the images from the book to make as fine art editioned prints, all of which are available now and two of which will be hanging in our Christmas Print Exhibition, opening tomorrow at 6pm. 
Yet another brilliant reason to start your night out tomorrow with us...
We're also plotting a show of the work together when Conor will host an artist talk and discussion about the making of the New York City book with special consideration of the process of editing. Watch this space!
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Thursday, 22nd November, 2012 / Posted by: Yoshi

Thinking on the Box – Yoshi and Rich Gilligan on RTÉ The Works

Thinking on the Box – Yoshi and Rich Gilligan on RTÉ The Works Image

Hello to all my fans! Yoshi dog-in-residence reporting from The Copper House Gallery. My good friend Rich Gilligan and I were on television, on RTÉ's The Works on Thursday 15th November 2012. This lovely and sparkling show promotes the arts in Ireland.

Before filming, here at The Copper House Gallery, I discussed method acting with The Works director, my good friend Michael McCormack. Michael liked the Lassie approach, adding the influence of the brilliant Uggie (2011 Palm Dog Award Winner), from The Artist.

Rich spoke about his book DIY, his exhibition at The Copper House Gallery and skateboarding. Then we had biscuits and treats.

Use your paws to scroll to 13.29 on the timebar on RTÉ player to see the interview with Rich, my cameo is at 15.02.  

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Friday, 28th September, 2012 / Posted by: Leszek

Rich Gilligan - ‘DIY’ Dublin Book Launch

Rich Gilligan - ‘DIY’ Dublin Book Launch Image

Rich Gilligan is just flying with the launch of his new skateboarding book 'DIY' last night, at the prestigious Le Bal Gallery bookstore in Paris.

We weren't there (obviously!) but we hear the crowd and feedback were amazing. Right now, we're working with Rich to host an exhibition and artist's talk on the making of the book and are thrilled that the Dublin launch of 'DIY' will be in our new upstairs gallery space 'Archive at The Copper House'.

The launch is on the 11th of October and we have an exciting artist's talk and panel discussion the following night, 12th of October where Rich will talk about the making of his book and guide us through his four year journey. 

Tanya Kiang, director of The Gallery of Photography and Scott Burnett, creative director of Aad (Art & Design) will be joining Rich on the panel for a detailed discussion of the process of shooting and making a Photobook. Unfortunately Magnum Photographer Donovan Wylie will be unable to attend due to unforseen circumstances.

We're running a series of exhibitions and talks on making and publishing photographers and artists books so keep in touch for our next event, Albert, Ernest & the Titanic, in November.

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