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.
One of the guest speakers at our symposium Conversations on Collecting was Francis Hodgson, photography critic with the Financial Times. Francis has a terrific, and different, insight and absolutely blew us all away with his discussion of the importance of 'looking' and 'mattering'. This video gives a brief synopsis of part of his brilliant presentation on Saturday and we can't wait to chat to him again.
We were also delighted to announce Richard Gilligan as the winner of Showcase Select during the symposium and look forward to working with Richard during his residency at The Copper House later this year.
The residency will be part of the preparations for Richard's solo exhibition in The Copper House Gallery next year, his prize for winning Showcase.
We're thrilled with the success of the Showcase initiative, run in partnership with The Gallery of Photography and look forward to launching our Propeller 2013 graduate student award soon.
We at The Copper House Gallery are very proud to launch The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, the first solo show by the 2012 Fire Propeller Award winner Amy Hanrahan, from 6-8pm on Thursday 10th January 2013. Artist Martin Healy will open the exhibition.
This magnificent photographic series is inspired by the idiosyncrasy of the family unit, interpreting the conventional and unconventional tribe.
The Fire Propeller Award is an annual award open to all final year photography students. As part of the 2012 Fire Propeller Award, Amy has been artist-in-residence at The Copper House Gallery preparing for her solo photographic exhibition.
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, an exhibition by Amy Hanrahan, runs at The Copper House Gallery from the 10th January to the 1st February 2013. Admission is free and all are welcome.
A big 'Well Done' to Amy Hanrahan, the winner of Propeller 2012. Amy has just graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design and we wish her all the best in what promises to be a most illustrious career. As part of her prize Amy will soon be beginning her residency here at The Copper House and we're very excited to be working with such a great new talent.
The exhibition of the ten finalists' work runs till 26th June at our very own Copper House Gallery.
We had a thrilling afternoon today judging the 70 submissions for Propeller 2012.
We're delighted to announce the following as the 10 finalists whose work will be hung in our Propeller 2012 Finalist's Show which opens on Wednesday, 13th of June at 6pm. We'll be announcing the overall winner of the Propeller 2012 Award during the prize giving. All are welcome and we're hoping for an intense party...
|Aisling Kane||Ulster University|
|Tim Whelan||Griffith College|
|Karl Martini||Griffith College|
|Karen Tierney||Griffith College|
LOW SEASON 4 © Laura McCormack 2012 DIT
Last night was a very exciting night for graduate photography as the DIT Graduate Show, together with IADT's Grad show at Moxie and the two storey Grad show at Griffith College, marked a new high point in the making and presentation of graduate contemporary photography in Ireland.
I'm slow to single out any individual but would like to mention some artists and works from the 3 shows that really caught our attention.
First, back to last night - the class and their tutors are to be commended for a wonderful opening night that was enchanting throughout. The show was gracefully and eloquently opened by Angel Luis Gonzales before we were treated to an unexpected troupe of Mummers who were very entertaining and a perfect visual amuse-bouche. I suspect Grainne Quinlan had a hand in the spectacle as she displayed nice acrylic portraits of individual Mummers.
Another innovation was a nicely crafted display of photobooks, standing upright on shelves and entitled 'PRINTED MATTER'. This, together with the display of books at Griffith College, has made us, at Fire, determined to promote this particular form of photography and we will be announcing a new award scheme specifically for graduate's Photobooks during the Propeller Finalist Exhibition opening night next week. We are also keen to promote portfolio development and so will be announcing a new award scheme focusing on Portfolios during the Propeller opening night too.
Back to the walls, I was bowled over by Laura McCormack's dazzling works of seaside shelters in Ballybunion. The photographs are beautifully lit by Pete, The Gallery of Photography's uber brilliant technician, and are so dramatic that viewers are initially unable to comprehend whether they are viewing a print, a lightbox or some advanced LCD screen. I watched in fascination as people twisted their heads and put out their hands before asking ' what are they?' It was a special buzz for our Mark as he worked closely with Laura to produce her fabulous prints.
Laura's images won the InspirationalArts nomination and we are delighted to work in parallel with Ed in supporting graduates through our respective award schemes.
There were so many other notable projects that I could fill pages with enthusiastic notes but would like to finish with a shout for Lindsey Putt and her genius photocopier. I'm not putting out a spoiler - you'll have to go and see for yourselves!
I've also a couple of other shouts, IADT had a great diversity of talent on show but I felt it was no accident that the works of two talented print makers were hung next to each other. Dominique Beyens had exquisite carbon prints on uncoated Arches paper nicely counterpointing the richly toned colours of Jason Lowe's prints, originated from infrared film.
Griffith College also had a wealth of exciting talent at their graduate show and we were very excited to have printed and produced the work of Karl Martini whose remarkable street photography scooped both the InspirationalArts and the Canon Awards, acknowledgements again, to both companies for their support of graduate photography.
We owe Anthony Haughey of DIT, Michael Durand of Griffith College, Daniel De Chenu of IADT and all their staff a very large thank you for their vision, so evident in these shows.
Huge congratulations to the Classes of 2012!
We're judging the submissions for our Propeller 2012 Awards tomorrow and everyone is invited to the opening of the Propeller 2012 Finalists Exhibition next Wednesday night, 13th of June at 6pm. See you there...
Attention all graduating students of photography: closing date for Fire's Propeller award submissions is today at 1pm. Download entry form here and send us your files to be in with a chance of winning a printed portfolio and an exhibition at The Copper House Gallery.
With another exhibition, comes another video! This short video shows the work and processes involved in our Propeller 2011 winner's first solo exhibition. It reveals the journey of Derek Fortas's Coal Story, from concept right through to the opening night and everything in between including printing, mounting and hanging of the exhibition.
We are also proud to say that it was featured on an Indian online journal... publicity is publicity! So enjoy and to all you potential Propeller 2012 entries, this could be your work next year!