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Remote Photo Festival 2018

11th – 13th May 2018, Donegal and Derry~Londonderry

For more details visit: remotephotofestival.com

Reframing the Border
Remote Photo Festival & The Gallery Of Photography Festival Weekend

Jamie Wellford, Senior Photo Editor for National Geographic Magazine (New York) will be in Donegal for this year’s Remote Photo Festival.  Jamie will share his insights into the creative use of photography by this leading international magazine at a special event on Sunday 13 May in the Regional Cultural Centre and will also discuss the recent commissioning of an editorial piece on the border by photographer Seamus Murphy who exhibited at Remote Photo in 2017.

The festival’s theme this year is Reframing the Border and is guest curated by Gallery of Photography.  The border in Ireland is one of the most important issues affecting the island of Ireland. As we approach an uncertain Brexit and the centenary of partition the prospect of moving from a diffused border to a hard border raises concerns. The prospect of reinstating of physical barriers only recently viewed as ‘gone forever’ raises concerns about the impact of the border on local communities; the people of this island and its wider impact of the EU.

Reframing the Border presents work by established and emerging Irish based photographers who explore the diverse physical, social, psychological and imagined spaces of the borderlands in Ireland.

Festival organizer Paul McGuckin describes the Remote Photo Festival as a “unique festival dedicated to photographers creating work in a remote or rural context”.

“I see the festival as an invitation to the international photographic community to come together in a unique location, away from the usual distractions of large urban areas, but with its own bedrock of resilient artistic endeavour” says Paul.

Image © Remote Photo Festival, http://www.remotephotofestival.com

Jamie Wellford will also judge the festival’s Kinnegar Photo Competition which is sponsored by Kinnegar Brewing, alongside co-sponsors Donegal Film Office.  Entries to the competition will be accepted up until Wednesday 9 May and Kinnegar will host an exhibition of shortlisted prints at the brewery on Sunday 13 May, at 12.30pm and the winners will be announced.  All are welcome.

Jamie Wellford will be treated to a truly memorable experience of what is without doubt the coolest of places when he stays at the stunning Breac House in Dunfanaghy during his visit to Donegal.

Programme of Events 2018

Friday 11th May

2pm: Launch of Project Cleansweep – Dara McGrath
Venue: Artlink, Fort Dunree, Inishowen
Welcome by festival director Paul McGuckin and exhibition tour with artist Dara McGrath.

4pm to 5.30pm: Suzanne Lacy – Artists & Creatives Workshop
Venue: Regional Cultural centre, Letterkenny

6.30pm: Evening talks programme
Venue: Regional Cultural centre, Letterkenny
Sean O’Hagan Talk
Illustrated talk by Sean O’Hagan, writer and critic, The Guardian & The Observer exploring photographic representations of borders.
Followed by ‘Reframing the Border’ panel discussion chaired by John Duncan, editor, Source magazine with Sean Hillen, Anthony Haughey, Kate Nolan, Dragana Jurisic and Sean O’Hagan.
Drinks reception 8.15pm – 9pm

Saturday 12th May

10.45am: Coffee and meet up
Welcome by Shaun Hannigan, Director, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny.
Reframing the Border: exhibition tour with artists and curators.

11.30 to 12.45pm:
Reframing the Border – How does the past inform the future; precedent, protocols and the Irish Border?
Brenda Malone, curator, National Museum of Ireland will chair a discussion with:
Dr. Peter Leary, academic and author, University College London,
Judith McCarthy, Curator, Donegal County Museum,
Dr. Conor Mulvagh, academic and author, University College Dublin.

1.30pm to 2.45pm: Arts Across borders – How do the arts respond to social and political challenges facing the border region? How can the arts meet the challenges created by Brexit?
Marie Louise Muir, arts presenter for BBC Ulster will chair a discussion with:
Mary Cremin, Director VOID and curator of Irish representation at Venice Biennale 2019,
Eamonn Maxwell, independent curator & collection advisor Arts Council of Ireland,
Cian Smyth, Creative Programmer, board member Arts Council Northern Ireland.

2.45pm to 4pm: Reframing the Border – Creative Opportunities for the Future?

Opening address by Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation.
Michael Tunney, Local Enterprise Office will chair a discussion with:
Pauline White, Western Development Commission,
John Peto, Director of Education, Nerve Centre, Derry~Londonderry,
Derek O’Connor, Editor, RTE Culture Website.
Closing remarks 3.45pm – ends 4pm

Delegates invited to attend the official launch of The Lost Moment exhibition at 7.00pm at
Nerve Visual Gallery, Eighty81, Ebrington, Derry/Londonderry BT476FA
Launch will include a panel discussion with curator Sean O’Hagan and invited speakers.

Sunday 13th May

12.30pm-1.30 Kinnegar Photo Competition
Venue: Kinnegar Brewery
Exhibition of shortlist of competition entries, Jamie Wellford to announce winners, Tour of Kinnegar Brewery.

2pm Jamie Wellford Talk
Venue: Regional Cultural Centre
Welcome by Joe McHugh TD Minister for State, Chief Whip & Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Council. Ticketed event.
Jamie Wellford, Photo Editor of National Geographic Magazine (formerly Newsweek Magazine) will give an insight into the creative use of photography by this leading international magazine. National Geographic named Donegal as the coolest place on the planet for 2017. The National Geographic Traveller Cool List “reveals the culture capitals, hipster hotspots, wild escapes and places generally keeping it cool”.

 

The Remote Photo Festival is supported by the Regional Cultural Centre and the Local Enterprise Office; Donegal County Council; Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Kinnegar Brewing; Breac House; Donegal Film Office; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Reconciliation Fund; The Heritage Council of Ireland; Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Artlink, Fort Dunree; Nerve Centre, Derry;


The international photography festival, dedicated to photographers creating work in a remote or rural context.

Remote Photo is a festival dedicated to photographers creating work in a remote or rural context. Based in Donegal, on the North Western periphery of Ireland (and Europe), the festival is an invitation to the photographic community to come together in a unique location, away from the usual distractions of large urban areas, but with its own bedrock of resilient artistic endeavour.

Contact:

For more information contact Paul McGuckin, info@remotephotofestival.com, tel +353 87 411 4152 or visit remotephotofestival.com

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