Reflecting 1916’ Photographic Exhibition opens in Gallery of Photography, Temple Bar for Centenary Commemorations.

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On Thursday 24th March 2016 at 1 pm, an tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh will officially launch the ‘Reflecting 1916’ Programme, which includes a specially curated photographic exhibition at the Gallery of Photography, Temple Bar, street-based art installations at key locations across the city, outdoor projections and free public talks and workshops.

The exhibition which is funded by Dublin City Council runs until 1st May 2016. It features visually compelling photographs taken by eyewitnesses at a pivotal period in Ireland’s history, a number of which are being shown in public for the first time.

Speaking at the launch an tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh said “I am delighted to open this wonderful exhibition which features photographs taken at a pivotal time in our history, some of which have never been seen before by the public.

‘Reflecting 1916’ is an important contribution to the 1916 Centenary Programme and I would like to acknowledge and thank the Gallery of Photography for curating this exhibition and Dublin City Council for making it possible. Is mian liom muintir agus cuairteoirí na cathrach a ghríosú chun teacht agus sult a bhaint as an taispeántas grianghrafadóireachta sainiúil stairiúil seo.”

Trish Lambe, curator of the ‘Reflecting1916’ exhibition said “the Gallery of Photography’s Reflecting 1916 programme showcases archival photographs generously contributed by museums and archives across Dublin. Together with previously unpublished photographs from private family collections, they give a fascinating insight into the complexity of our history and bring the past to life. I would like to thank Dublin City Council for supporting this exhibition and we at the Gallery of Photography look forward to working closely with the City Council to develop the democratic potential of photography and further enrich the cultural life of our capital city.”

The ‘Reflecting 1916’ exhibition draws from rich photographic heritage held in national collections and private albums and includes photographs generously contributed by the Capuchins Ireland Archive; Dublin City Library and Archive; Irish Military Archives; Kilmainham Gaol; The National Library of Ireland /National Photographic Archive; The National Museum of Ireland; Pearse Museum, St. Enda’s; RTÉ Archives; Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; Trinity College Archives, UCD Archives, East Wall History Group, Photo Album of Ireland contributors and archival images on loan from John Osman.


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Outdoor Projection Programme

The Outdoor Projection Programme will take place in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar from 8pm – 9.30pm Easter Sunday 27th March (open admission)

Projection presentations by The National Library and Gallery of Photography look at the role of photography in documenting and commemorating the Easter Rising.

Feature presentation: Irish premiere of PROCLAMATION – an assertive multi-venue art project by leading figures from the Irish visual art, dance and performance world – engaging with the Centenary of the 1916 Rising. Featured Artists include: Jazmin Chiodi & Alexandre Iseli, Andrew Duggan, Olwen Fouéré, Anthony Haughey, Francis Hegarty & Andrew Stones, Nigel Rolfe and John Scott. 

Free Guided tours: Free tours of the Reflecting 1916 exhibition with relatives of 1916 rebels and the curatorial team at 12 noon and 5pm – admission is free – booking advisable.

Talks and Events                                      

A number of talks and events have been organised in the Gallery of Photography on Bank Holiday Monday 28th March as part of RTÉ Reflecting the Rising in partnership with Ireland 2016

2.00pm – 3.00pm - Family photographs and the Revolution

Speaker: Orla Fitzpatrick, Photo historian and writer

This talk will examine snapshots, family albums, and the work of photographic studios that were active in Dublin both before and after the Rising.  In addition, the Catholic Bulletin’s use of photographic portraits of the widows and orphans of the leaders of the Rising will be explored.

3.00pm – 4.00pm - Reflections on Photography and history 1916

Speaker: Dr. Justin Carville Photo historian, writer and lecturer

This illustrated talk will reflect on photography and history in the context of the centenary commemorations.

4.00pm - 5.00pm - Pictures in the Hallway

Speakers: Joe Mooney, East Wall History Group – illustrated talk will discuss how local historians use photographs to build the history of the North Docks during the 1916 Rising. Joe Mooney is a local historian from the East Wall/North Docks.

5.00pm – 6pm - Archiving your family photographs

Digital archivists and Reflecting 1916 researchers Brendan Maher and Niamh Crowley will discuss how to look after your family photographs and the basics of digital archiving.

Reflecting 1916 Sunday Workshops

A number of workshops will take place on the 3 April, 10 April, 17 April and 24 April

2.00pm – 5.00pm - Archiving and caring for your family photographs

This 1-day workshop led by Reflecting 1916 Digital Archivists Brendan Maher and Niamh Crowley will show you how to look after and digitize your family photographs.

Number of places 8, Fee: €30 per person

Free Guided tours: Free tours of the Reflecting 1916 exhibition with relatives of 1916 rebels and the curatorial team at 12 noon and 5pm – admission is free – booking advisable.

Gallery of Photography

The Gallery of Photography was established in 1978. It is the national centre for contemporary photography in Ireland and with over 80,000 visitors a year it is one of Dublin’s most popular cultural attractions.

In addition to exhibitions, the Gallery also provide photography courses, a specialist photography bookshop, membership programme, fully serviced studio/darkroom facilities, and digital printing and scanning facilities at subsidised rates. The Gallery is a non-profit organisation funded by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council.

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