Monthly Archives: February 2011

Lighting the edges

Ann O'Kelly

Councillor Paula Desmond, Cork County Council

Will formally open

Lighting the Edges

An Exhibition of Photographs by

Ann O’Kelly


Saturday, 5th February, 2011 at 2pm


The  Bishopstown Library, Wilton, Cork.

You are cordially invited to attend.

The exhibition will run from 31st January to 26th February2011 during Library opening hours.

(c) Ann O'Kelly

(c) Ann O'Kelly

About the Exhibition

The exhibition came about as a result of the Radio Telefis Eireann Documentary on One series.

In October 2008, a programme entitled There is a Darkness on the Edge of Town was broadcast. It dealt with the response of Tallaght Traveller Youth Services (TTYS) to the high number of suicides within the Traveller community in the area.

The photographs in this exhibition, as well as documenting the work of TTYS highlight important features of the lives of Traveller people living in Tallaght: their homes, work and play, educational activity, participation in the wider community, animals, faith and religion and honouring those who have gone before them.

It is hoped, as well as documenting the lives of the community, that these photographs will serve as a counter balance to the negative image which is often portrayed of Travellers in Ireland. The exhibition is dedicated to the children, women and men of St Aiden’s, Cherryfield, Hazel Hill, Ballycreagh and Kishogue Halting sites and to the staff of Tallaght Traveller Youth Services.

From Galway, Ann O’Kelly, has spent the last three years in Cork where she studied photography at The  Crawford School of Art & Design.  Working exclusively in film, she is a founder member of Cork Analogue Photographers She has participated in three group exhibitions in Cork. Lighting the Edges, her first solo exhibition, was first shown in Tallaght in May 2010. Ann is currently a student on the Crawford School of Art and Design Course: Arts participation and Community Development. She can be contacted at

Sincere thanks to Bishopstown Library, Cork for hosting this exhibition

(c) Ann O'Kelly

Also today, chat chat chat

More All My Lovin’ goodness –

Artist Talks & Events

Friday 4 February 14:00pm

Polish Contemporary Photography

Krzysztof Candrowicz, Director of the Lódz International Festival of Photography PolandCrawford Art Gallery Lecture Theatre, Cork

Made possible with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland

Followed by:
“Meet the Curators”

15:30 Crawford Art Gallery Lecture Theatre, Cork

A panel discussion introducing guest curators from Europe participating in the International Portfolio Review in Cobh, County Cork, made possible with the support of Sirius Arts Centre, Culture Ireland and the Crawford Art Gallery.

Admission Free

Opening tonight at the Sirius in Cobh

(c) Charlie Jouvet


Opening Friday 4 February 19:00

Charlie Jouvet Geheimnisträger  The Bearers of Secrets and “The Pier”

Sirius Arts Centre  The Old Yacht Club, Cobh, County Cork

Special Guest Opening Speaker  Krzysztof Candrowicz  Director of the Lódz photography Festival and Lódz Arts Centre, Poland

Seeking out the echoes in Central Europe left behind after World War II and changes in the global consciousness of destruction, French photographer, Jouvet reveals the Geheimnisträger (Bearers of Secrets) which remain.

The Pier is a collection of images of Cobh made while Charlie Jouvet was in residency at Sirius Arts Centre in December 2009. For more information on the artist visit:

Running until Sunday 6 MarchGallery Hours: Wednesday  Friday 11:00  17:00/ Saturday & Sunday 14:00 17:00 Monday & Tuesday Closed


– Rory

All My Lovin opens tonight at the Crawford Art Gallery

(c) Edith Maybin


Opening Thursday 3 February 6:00pm


Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork


Co-curated Peggy Sue Amison – Sirius Arts Centre’s Artistic Director,  Krzysztof Candrowicz – Director of Fotofestiwal, Lódz and Lódz Arts Centre, Poland  and Christoph Tannert – Director of Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin Germany, for the 9th Annual Lodz International Festival of Photography.

A collection of imagery focusing of love, family, relationships through photography,video and sound installations.  Travelling from romantic and sexual love through to lifelong relationships within families, to faded and remembered love, All My Lovin explores a vast dialogue through the collective voices of these international artists.

Running until Saturday 19 March, Opening hours: Monday – Saturday:


– Rory

Openings tonight

Maeve O'Neill

It’s All My Lovin’ week here in Cork. Tonights openings:


Opening Wednesday 2 February 18:00

Stag and Deer present Season 2

Photographs by Maeve O’Neill

Winthrop Arcade, Winthrop Street, Cork(Adjacent to Oliver Plunkett Street across from the General Post Office)

Maeve O Neill’s work is more akin to dreaming than to documentation, offering thoughts of how we connect with the world we are situated in and how an image may work in our experience. Within this lies a detached quality which infers that the image is more than just data. What is intrinsic to her work is the inevitable, if impossible, wish to see things in totality; which is in essence to want to make a map of the world, to understand; wanting to know and critique the experience of life. For more information visit:

Supported by O’Leary’s Camera World and IADT

Running until Wednesday 9 February

Opening Hours: 11:00 –


Opening Wednesday 2 February at 19:00pm

Camden Palace Hotel in partnership with Sirius Arts CentrePresents


In celebration of the life and times of Pat Allen: 1953 – 2010

Camden Quay, Cork (across from the Opera House)

In celebration of the life and times of Pat Allen: 1953 – 2010

Photographs by Doug Dubois along with Pat’s costumes and other effects. Pat Allen was a very special part of Cork City.  Arriving at protests in outlandish costumes, he became well known in the city for illustrating in a special way the uniqueness of this creative city.

Running: Until Friday 25 February


– Rory

Artist Talk: Steve McCurry at the Gallery of Photography

Steve McCurry

I was in the Gallery of Photography in Dublin last weekend, and got chatting with the lad behind the counter. Couldn’t help noticing that the forthcoming exhibition was of Steve McCurry’s work. Also couldn’t help noticing that Mr. McCurry will be giving an artist talk on March 3rd.

Most people will recognise the 1985 National Geographic cover above – the Afghan Girl image is one of the most famous to come out of the world of photojournalism. Some 17 years later, in  about 2002, a National Geographic team manage to locate the girl, now back in remote Afghanistan.

An education and a pleasure it will be indeed for those of you who manage to get a ticket for this artist talk on March 3rd (if they haven’t gone already – only 200 seats I believe).

Even if you can’t make the talk, the exhibition runs from Feb 17th to April 24th, 2011. It should be one of the highlights of the Irish photographic year

– Rory

Introducing… Sanda Galina

Every week I introduce another  member of Cork Analogue Photographers and their work. In this third profile we meet Sanda, her beautiful portraits & her dreamy landscapes. – Miriam

Untitled by Sanda Galina

Name: Sanda Gāliņa

Where are you from? Kuldiga, Latvia

And how did you end up in Cork? Initially I first came to Cork during my gap year to study English but stayed for couple of months only and moved to London. I had made few friends here so I returned to Cork in 2000 to study Film and Video production for 2 years . Here I am, still years later.

What cameras do you use? Canon 35mm SLR, Lubitel2, Kiev90, Holga, Polaroid

What was your very first camera?  Zenit.

Tell me a little about how you got into photography? I guess photography has always been somewhere in the background. Growing up my father was developing his own film in our bathroom and my uncle was printing his own pictures. We had quite a few photography books in the house. My favourite one that I used to look through again and again was of black and white portraits and street photography by Vilhelm Mihailovskis. Looking at them felt somehow magical. I went to a private school with strong focus on Art and Humanities and graduated School Of Art. That’s probably where my initial perception and sense for image evolved. Taking pictures in a way has always been parallel to painting and drawing but somehow I never considered it as a form of self expression. I’m still constantly finding my self in the world of photography.

Why choose analogue photography? Photography is one to me, I don’t distinguish between analogue or digital, at the end it’s the subject that matters. I started taking pictures using film and so I guess I haven’t moved on but in truth digital somehow doesn’t affect me in the same way as film does. Maybe one day it will. I also love the process of developing and printing in darkroom, it’s very different and special, in a way almost calming to me. Unfortunately working in a darkroom is becoming somewhat of a luxury to me.

What are your influences and who are some of your favourite photographers? Andrei Tarkovsky has always inspired me and still does in a very special way, helps me to introspect. I think life in general is the main influence. They are small things like music, theatre or having read a good book. They are the small moments of life that inspire me. I love Dali, Maija Tabaka, Otto Dix, Sandra Flood, – their work has that endlessness and compelling emotion that attracts and inspires me. Same in the literature- Gogol, Turgenef, Tolstoy, Mikhail Bulgakov, Proust, Knut Hamsun, Franz Kafka, Virginia Woolf. My influences among photographers are Francesca Woodman, Sally Mann, Diane Arbus, Antoine D’Agata, Vee Sppers. I have great respect and admiration for Stanley Greene as photographer.

What would your dream photography day be like? Who/what/where would you shoot? I don’t think I have a dream day as such, a dream camera –yes or a day where I would have plenty of my own space? It’s the end result that means the most to me, the process it self matters only to a certain point but not to extent that I have an ultimate fixed dream. But then again I don’t say my dreams out loud for they will not come true.

Untitled by Sanda Galina

Untitled by Sanda Galina

Untitled by Sanda Galina

Untitled by Sanda Galina

Untitled by Sanda Galina

To see more of Sanda’s work go to  Sanda Galina on Flickr.