Tuesday, 17th September, 2013 / Posted by: Orla

Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2013 – We are the champions!!

Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2013 – We are the champions!! Image

We were delighted and honoured to win the Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice for the Marker Hotel commission - a collaboration with Brehon Capital Partners, McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects and photographer Enda Cavanagh

The Awards Ceremony took place on 10th  September at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. The awards were presented by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan T.D and hosted by the broadcaster, Aine Lawlor.

For this amazing commission, we produced 88 of Enda's landscape photographic works for the fabulous new Marker Hotel, following on from his very successful show, Duality, at The Copper House Gallery in November 2012. 

Featured above is one of Enda Cavanagh's award-winning images, Inside Looking Out, Blackrock Baths. We are very proud of this award and owe a wealth of gratitude to Stuart, Rowena and Andrew at Business to Arts, for their support and mentorship.  

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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

One Day in the Liberties

One Day in the Liberties Image

To honour the spirit, talent and distinctive beauty of The Liberties, it is a joyous occasion to announce the 43rd annual Liberties Festival to take place from Wednesday 17th  July to Sunday 21at  July 2013!! The superlative programme features the best of music, film, photography, pop-up projects, theatre and community events, and an exploration of the history of Dublin’s historic Liberties area.

Earlier this year, Liberties Festival called on the public to create a photography exhibition by capturing images of the people, places and happenings in the Liberties on 1st May 2013. Hundreds responded with incredible photos and a selection of 60 images  – One Day in the Liberties - to be exhibited at the official Liberties Festival launch to take place at Gallery Zozimus on Francis Street, Dublin 8, 6pm Wednesday 17th July 2013.

As part of One Day in the Liberties exhibition, the winners of The Liberties Festival /NCAD – Distillers Press Poetry Competition will read their commended poems. Extracts of the poems (to be exhibited) were printed at Distillers Press, NCAD by the poets, with guidance from the amazing Letterpress Print Workshop team Seán Sills, Mark Plunkett and Jamie Murphy.  

Image credit: photographer Malgorzata Wielogorska, One Day in the Liberties exhibition.

www.libertiesfestivaldublin.com

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Monday, 8th July, 2013 / Posted by: Orla

Unseen Dreams - an exhibition by Oksana Afonina and Varvara Perekrest

Unseen Dreams - an exhibition by Oksana Afonina and Varvara Perekrest Image

More amazing work produced by Fire! Pictured above is artist Oksana Afonina collecting her sublime visuals for Unseen Dreams, her exhibition with artist Varvara Perekrest at FilmBase Gallery (Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2) running from 8th July to 14th July 2013 as part of PhotoIreland Festival 2013

Inspired by Esref Armagan a Turkish artist who is blind since birth, all the artworks in Unseen Dreams are based on the dreams of real people who are blind since birth and have no visual memories. This collaborative project was conducted in ChildVision, a centre that provides educational opportunities for Ireland’s blind and partially sighted children and young adults in a safe and nurturing environment.

Image credit: Oksana Afonina and Varvara Perekrest, from the series Unseen Dreams.

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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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Thursday, 30th May, 2013 / Posted by: Leszek

Kate Byrne and the RHA

Kate Byrne and the RHA Image

We're thrilled to pieces that artist Kate Byrne has been awarded the RHA's Gerry Torsney Prize for an outstanding portrait in any medium for her beautiful photograph of Betty.

We've loved working closely with Kate to make this image, as well as the works for her series 'Nobody photographs me anymore' which was commissioned by curator Aoife Ruane in 2009 for West Cork Arts Centre.

Recently, we've made the new works for Kate's show 'I am here, you are there' which is currently showing at the Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda and which has been extended to run until June the 24th. The exhibition contains eight large-scale portraits of eight women, linked by a lifetime living in the peninsula of Howth, Co. Dublin and explores ideas of ageing and beauty in contemporary western society.

Congratulations Kate!
 
 
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Tuesday, 28th May, 2013 / Posted by: Orla

Showroom/ Spleen and Ideal by Tiane Doan Na Champassak

Showroom/ Spleen and Ideal by Tiane Doan Na Champassak Image

The Copper House Gallery will launch Showroom/ Spleen and Ideal, photographic exhibitions by photographer Tiane Doan na Champassak, 6-8pm Wednesday 29th May 2013. Artistic Director for Sirius Arts Centre and Freelance Curator Peggy Sue Amison will open the exhibition.

Showroom is a collection of images Champassak made in Tamil Nadu, India, focusing on an annual festival attended by thousands of hirja or eunuchs, a transgender community who are permanently trapped in an identity and social class that is seen as both sacred and shunned by Indian society. Champassak looks at this culture with an unflinching eye; the resulting images are explicit, yet truthful and captivating in their honesty.

Spleen and Ideal is a second series of photographs by Tiane Doan na Champassak being exhibited at The Copper House Gallery . All of the images were made in Thailand between 2010 and 2012 and stand in stark contrast to the images in Showroom, raising questions about gender identity and appearance in these two cultures. 

Showroom runs until the 25th June and Spleen and Ideal until the 11th June 2013 at The Copper House Gallery. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Our thanks to Peggy Sue Amison for her eloquent words!

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Friday, 24th May, 2013 / Posted by: Orla

Black Lung by Jason Higgins

Black Lung by Jason Higgins Image

Wow, bringing you our featured Copper House Gallery artist of the week, roll of the drums please, new to our stable is the uber talented photographer Jason Higgins!

Born in Dublin, Jason graduated from the University of Ulster at Belfast in 2001 with a BA (Hons) in Visual Communications. He then achieved a Masters of Fine Art in Photograph from the University of Ulster under Paul Seawright, Donovan Wylie and KayLynn Deveney in 2012.

Currently a member of the photographic collective The Belfast Photo Factory, Jason is also director with Belfast Platform for the Arts

This body of work, Black Lung, examines the marks left by the forgotten coal-mines of rural Ireland through the use of metaphor and conceptual imagery in order to visually represent the unseen damage and scarring done to the lungs of the miners by the inhalation of coal dust. 

Though-provoking, discordant and melancholic,  Jason Higgins may just be the Radiohead of photography!

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