“WAITING” - A photographic exhibition of Charlemont Street Flats By Jeanette Lowe

Flat 53, Tom Kelly Road, Charlemont Street, Dublin 2 is the venue for an inspiring new exhibition “WAITING” from Jeanette Lowe, the award-winning photographer.  Jeanette brought us the “Pearse House: Village in the City” exhibition last year.  “Waiting” runs from the 12th to 25th July for two weeks, Monday to Friday 11am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 5pm.  Admission is free.

This exhibition will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke on Thursday 10th July 2014 at 18.15pm, in 53 Tom Kelly Road, Charlemont Street, Dublin 2.

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Christy Burke said,”I am delighted to be opening this inspiring and enjoyable photographic exhibition by Jeanette Lowe which tells the true story of inner city life in Charlemont Flats.  Communities are the heart of our city and that’s why I am so pleased that the residents of Charlemont flats and Dublin City Council were so involved in this project.  Their commitment and dedication has been integral in helping Jeanette to capture a community in transition.”

This exhibition arose after Jeanette received an invitation to photograph French Mullen House and Charlemont Gardens prior to and during their demolition earlier this year. The two blocks of flats were part of the Tom Kelly/Charlemont Street flat Complex or “Charlo” as they are affectionately called by locals. Within the empty buildings Jeanette discovered flats that were still almost fully furnished, many with abandoned personal items, creating an eerie feeling of anticipation, or waiting, for a return of past inhabitants.  Her photographs give us an intriguing insight into this often overlooked area of inner city Dublin and introduce us to the wider story of Charlemont Street with its colourful history and characters.

The entire flat complex is due to be demolished over the coming years as part of the regeneration program for the area. Currently less than fifty families live in the remaining Tom Kelly Road flats, which were home to numerous families over the decades. Visitors to this unique exhibition will be able to experience the environment of “Charlo” as it undergoes this transition.

This exhibition is part of the PhotoIreland 2014 program. As well as being a previous winner of the People’s Choice award at PhotoIreland, Lowe has previously had photographs exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, London (Taylor Wessing) and the Royal Hibernian Academy Summer Exhibition (2010-2012).

The exhibition is supported by Dublin City Council and the Charlemont Community Resource Centre Ltd.


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A selection of high-resolution images are available by contacting

Jeanette Lowe Email: jeanettelowephotography@gmail.com

The remaining families in Tom Kelly Road will continue to live on the estate and be able to see their new homes being built.  In 2013 An Bord Pleanala granted planning permission for 257 new housing units combined with state of the art community facilities and a substantial amount of commercial and retail. The Project is being procured via the PPP (Public Private Partnership) process and negotiations are ongoing and as such are commercially sensitive.

Artist Profile

Jeanette Lowe is a contemporary photographic artist who was born and lives in Dublin, Ireland. She studied photography and digital imaging at the National College of Art and Design, and holds a degree in Marketing and an MA in Creative Digital Media from DIT.

Her vision is to use photography with other media in innovative ways to engage and educate diverse audiences about specific unique aspects of our city’s people, place and culture, both present and past.

In her current work she aims to enhance audience experience through presenting art in environments that increase accessibility and encourage greater local participation.


2013 “Pearse House: Village in the City” National Photographic Archive, Dublin and Flat 3b Pearse House, coverted back to the 1930s as part of the exhibition.

2012 “The Flats: Memories; Perceptions; Reality” – Jeanette’s contemporary photographs of the people and environment of Pearse House Flats were exhibited alongside old photographs provided by local people. The exhibition was held in flat 8E Pearse House that the artist converted into a gallery for the exhibition.

2012 “Liffey Swim” from the series “Swimmers” exhibited at the RHA Annual Exhibition

2012 “Close to Closure” - The Back Loft July 2012. Part of an exhibition showcasing the work of an eclectic group of photographers living and working in Dublin.

2011 “Surfers” from the series “Seascapes” exhibited at the RHA Annual Exhibition

2011 “Life Imitating Art” – Peppe’s Restaurant Smithfield

Photographs of Dublin night scenes using the artist Edward Hopper as inspiration digitally ‘de-cluttered’ to remove what a painter might not have chosen to paint.

2010 “Vantage Point” exhibited at the RHA Annual Exhibition

2010 “Beach Boys” exhibited as part of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Photography Prize at the National Portrait Gallery London