Friday, 24 February 2017


All is proceding well at the National Photographic Archive, the exhibition is being enjoyed by a large diverse audience, some viewing it in a series of glances and others spending time with it, looking, watching, listening, hearing, communicating. The series of events around the exhibition have all gone well and I will report on all here at a later date.

For the moment I wanted to draw your attention to the last two events in the schedule announced in the last post, both at The National Library, Kildare Street.

Wednesday March 1st at 19.00. -  Beyond Home: new spaces for migrant belonging

                                                       Speaker - Professor Mary Gilmartin

                                                 Admission is free and no booking is needed

                                      Friday March 3rd 10.45 till 16.00 -  Picturing Migration.

  A conference which looks at representation of migrations in photography and the media
Admission is free  - To book click here

Here is what the library events page has to say about the upcoming event,

Professor Mary Gilmartin, from Maynooth University for this exploration of the issues around migration.

This lecture is one of a series taking place as part of the programme around the Beyond Leaving exhibition at the library’s National Photographic archive in Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

What does belonging mean?

Seeking to belong is a common human desire. But what does belonging mean when you are a migrant, living away from familiar places and people? In this talk, Professor Gilmartin will consider the ways in which migrants create new spaces of belonging and will use examples from the experiences of immigrants living in Ireland and Irish emigrants living in other countries to show how migrants seek to belong – whether this is through local communities or transnational citizenship – as well as the difficulties they encounter.

 Fridays event is the final move of my suite of presentations on and around this subject and it seeks to locate the discourse around recent Irish migration in context with recent global trends in migration.

It features five speakers who will each make a presentation on their work and a number of panel discussions around the topic of the day.

Speakers include Melanie Friend, photographer/artist and educator, Sarah Maria Griffin, author and project collaborator, Rory O'Neill, artist/researcher, Ciara Kenny, curator and editor of Irish Abroad/Generation Emigration (Irish Times) and Vukasin Nedelikovic artist/resercher (Asylum Archive). It will be hosted by David Monahan, Dr Justin Carville and Dr Mark Curran and will take place in the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street.

This is a free event but booking is essential,  to book click here

Thursday, 5 January 2017


The show publication is available free at the venue

  I am delighted to announce that Beyond Leaving continues at the Gallery of the National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square until March 26th 2017.

Having been party to a two year research programme there is one message I took away from the experience. That is, that a major point of engagement with visual culture is to bring work to action by creating a dialogue around the areas of concern that have been identified by that research process.

After six weeks at exhibition we start the new year with an exciting programme of panels, presentations and discussions on various subjects in and around the theme of migration. These events have been organised in conjunction with the National Library of Ireland's Education Department,  IADT Dun Laoghaire, History Ireland and First Fortnight Mental Health Arts Festival. They will run over the remaining weeks of the exhibition finishing with a day long conference at the National Library, Kildare Street, entitled Picturing Migration. (March 3rd 2017)

The first of the events happens on Wednesday the 11th of January at 19.00 under the umbrella of the First Fortnight Festival 2017 and takes place at the venue Temple Bar.

As a young boy I had the realisation that my own mother was seriously effected by the loss of her entire family through emigration and this played a large part in the sadness and melancholic aura that I sensed from her as a  child. This realisations is probably at the heart of my desire to humanise the experience of the current, now seemingly parked statistic of recent  Irish net emigration. I am so delighted to be a part of a discussion about migration and mental health and look forward to audience participation with the panel including myself, Steve Cummins (journalist), Sarah Griffin (author and project participant), Mari-Claire McAlleer (National Youth Council researcher and advocate) and Brian O'Neill (multiple time emigrant and project participant).

Tickets for this free event can be booked at their website - just click this link  this event is taking place next Wednesday 11th January 2017 at 19.00

Keep an eye out for the next update here where I will give details of all other events in the upcoming schedule.