Travel Photography exhibition at Friar’s Gate Theatre opens this Friday

Travel Photography, an exhibition by local amateur photographer, SiobhainDanaher, will open in Friar’s Gate Theatre, Kilmallock, this Friday (January13) at 7.30pm.

The exhibition willshowcase work from Siobhain’s recent travels in Cuba,Venice and the remote Himalayancountry of Bhutan. Entryis free but any contributions/proceeds from sales are in aid of a very worthycause, The Hope Foundation. THF is a Corkbased charity that works with street and slum children in Calcutta, India. Theexhibition will be opened by local professional photographer, Cormac Byrne.

By the way…
If you’re looking for more nice photographs to admire ormaybe buy prints of, some of the guys from Limerick Camera Club produce somefantastic work of Limerick and beyond. You might want toperuse their websites:

Photo exhibition: Abandoned Mansions of Ireland

There is an interesting photography exhibition on display in the Raggle Taggle space (corner of Henry Street/Sarsfield Street, Limerick) at the moment until November 11.

Abandoned Mansions of Ireland—images captured by Tarquin Blake—is a photographic project spanning three years of research and documentation. The pictures of ruined big houses are from Blake’s bestselling and critically acclaimed book of the same name.

The exhibition is in partnership with the Hunt Museum and the Irish Georgian Society, of which there is a chapter in Limerick.

The blurb says: “Blake documents the end of the landed aristocracy in Ireland and the demise of their country mansions. His beautiful, haunting, images of crumbling ruins convey an indefinable beauty. The images are accompanied by history and folklore, telling of troubled times and private hardship.”

It sounds great so I’m definitely going to check it out. For a taster of his work, there are samples at

Artist talk/photographic exhibitions

Artist talks
Faber Studios Artist Evening Talk Series in association with Limerick City Council Arts office and Limerick School of Art and Design (Painting department) present a talk by visual artist Nevan Lahart at 7pm tonight, April 6.

Faber Studios is on Lower Catherine Street in Limerick and the talk is open to the public.

Lahart is an Irish artist currently living and working in Dublin and based at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, most notably at irish Museum of Modern Art and RHA, Dublin and Solus Nua, Washington DC. Lahart received his Diploma from LSAD in 1995, his degree from NCAD in 2000 and MA from NCAD in 2003.

According to the blurb, the artist “makes social commentary in the form of gallery installations and public interventions. Often humorous and always truthful, Lahart has a unique gift to strip away the hypocrisy of ordered society and reveal the baser instincts that lie below within each of us”.

There are a few more talks to go and details are on the website.

Photography exhibitions
Ending tomorrow, April 7…

Starting tomorrow, April 7…
At the Hunt Museum, Maurice Gunning: Contemporary Photography of Ireland’s Boating Heritage will be on display until April 27. The exhibition will officially be opened by Bob Quinn, writer and film maker on Thursday, April 7 at 6pm.

Women of Concern Photo Exhibition/Posters at LCGA

There is a fantastic photographic exhibition featuring projects from Women of Concern, which is visiting the Hunt Museum until March 31. It was truly moving to see images of the real people getting help and hope from the Irish charity.

It features photos by Marie McCallan of Limerick-based photographic agency, Press 22. Her pictures of ‘pavement dwellers’ in Bangladesh and their survival against the odds were very striking. Two other fine photographers, Kim Haughton and Brenda Fitzsimons, traveled to Ethiopia and Haiti respectively to catalogue Concern’s work.

Each shot is accompanied by the story behind the picture—most of which are harrowing and inspiring in equal measures.

Many of Haughton’s pictures illustrated some of the most frightening situations women in Africa face every day i.e. rape and forced marriages. Fitzsimon’s photos have a solarised effect on them giving a surreal, post-Apocalyptic edge to the scenes of devastation in Haiti after the earthquake.

It reminded me of an exhibition I saw in the post-modern art gallery, the CaixaForum, in Madrid when I was there before Christmas. It focused on vital charity work with children all over the world and connoted through the individuals’ experiences. The portraits were blown up and printed on partitions taller than myself so the detail was incredible.

The Hunt Museum does a 2 for 1 admission deal on Mondays and it’s free from 2 to 6 on Sundays. It costs a fiver for adults on any given day. The exhibition is in the gallery space, downstairs from the reception/giftshop.

Kim Haughton is also doing a free lunchtime lecture at the Hunt Museum at 1pm on March 25.

Posters at LCGA
I went down to the LCGA Off-Site to check out the Michael O’Connor Poster Collection, which was really interesting. There were a lot of German examples and some great designs. The one gripe I had was that there were no labels beside the posters to identify origin or designer. I took a few snaps but I don’t think I did it justice! The exhibition is on until Wednesday 16.