Tuesday, February 24, 2015

You are cordially invited to attend a reception for
Shanghai Ritual
an exhibition by William Hamilton and Diarmait Grogan.

The Reception will take place at the Gallery at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise
on Saturday 28th February at 7pm

The images in Shanghai Ritual represent a year photographing the night-time streets of Shanghai. Together, Grogan and Hamilton took to the streets with their cameras at night, allowing themselves to be led by their own sense of intrigue to the areas that fascinated them. These outings became a regular fixture of their lives in Shanghai, and gradually an unconventional map of this enormous city began to take shape.

Shanghai Ritual is essentially a work of fiction, wrenched from reality. This is an imaginary city, the combined impressions of two artists who sought to consolidate their conflicting senses of disconnection and empathy while living abroad. Ultimately, it is a tribute to a vibrant place, caught between times, that will soon be changed forever.

The exhibition runs until March 22, 2015

'New Way Home' at Soundcloud HQ, Berlin

Some shots from the opening night of 'New Way Home' in the amazing Soundcloud headquarters in Berlin. A really special place to exhibit my work. The show opened at the end of last month, and will be hanging for three whole months! Many thanks to the wonderful Lisa Schröter, of This Love Is Deadly, for making it happen.





Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Blow Your Mind

Opening tonight in Berlin!

My work will be shown as part of this showcase of Irish photography put together by the illustrious Blow Photo Magazine. The show is part of the European Month of Photography and I am honoured to be included alongside the following talented artists: Dorje de Burgh, Cáit Fahey, Jason Lowe, Clare Gallagher, Lynn Rothwell, Alison Baker, Aoife Forrestal, Lee Barry, Kate Ryan, Garreth Joyce and Robert Ellis. Another show that I'm really dissapointed not to be around for, this time in my Lieblingsstadt.

Agata Stoinska, executive editor of Blow magazine says the following regarding 'Blow Your Mind':  

“In these economically challenging times Ireland is flourishing artistically. This year’s theme of the MdF Berlin is a perfect opportunity for us to invite Irish based artists to reflect on this great transitional period in society. We strongly believe that Ireland has a creative potential that is worth exploring and promoting abroad.

The show is being held in the Irish embassy (Botschaft von Irland) on Jägerstraße and will run until the 2nd of November. Please take a look if you're in Berlin!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

There There/Post-Script

Image by Lydia Panas

'There There' is a photographic event taking place in Cork city, a small festival organised by curatorial team Stag and Deer. The event features exhibitions and talks by local photographic artists Roseanne Lynch and Miriam O'Connor, as well as a very exciting group show and solo exhibitions by Dutch artist Viviane Sassen and Zhang Kechun from China.

Opening on Friday as part of the lineup is 'Post-Script', an exhibition curated by Peggy Sue Amison. This show deals with the idea of connection and disconnection in today's ostensibly 'hyperconnected' world. In an interesting twist, Peggy invited selected artists from around the world to send her work on this theme by post alone. The results should be very interesting, particularly considering the incredible list of participants that, I'm delighted to say, includes me.

Check out the current roster:

Michael Ackerman, Nadav Kander, Aaron Schuman, Jenny Matthews, Lydia Panas, Billy Quinn, Émilie Delugeau, Charlie Jouvet, April Gertler, Britney Anne Majure, Gilles Roudiere, Mirjam Siefert, Zoltán Jókay, Jessica Hines, Eoin O'Connail, Germán Peraire, Rory Tangeny, Roger Ballen, Arja Hyytiäinen, Lana Slezic, Barry W Hughes, Mila Teshaieva, Stéphane C, Roy Arenella, Russell Joslin, Damien Daufresne, Markéta Luskačová, Harri Pälviranta, Tiane Do Na Champassak, Olivier Pin-Fat, Kai-Olaf Hesse, Eva Wollenberg, Paul Corcoran, Alessandra Capodacqua, Karl Burke, Mark Curran, Dara McGrath, Chris Rauchenberg, Monika Merva, Letitia Huckaby, Daniel Nicoletta, Clare Gallagher, Carolle Benitah, Marie Brett, Stefania Sapio, Diarmait Grogan, Max de Esteban, Christian Schilt, Agnieszka Rayss, Helena Tobin, Yoko Naito, Wasma Mansour.

All of the above names are well worth googling, if you aren't familiar with them already. There are apparently more to be named too. I only wish I could be around to see the results.

For those of you in Ireland, the show will open on Friday the 19th of October in the Camden Palace Hotel, Cork, at 8pm.

The launch of There There will take place tonight at 6pm at The Crawford Art Gallery.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Slideluck Potshow Dublin

I've admired the idea behind Slideluck Potshow for a while - an evening of art, music and food where people are brought together to share a meal in a creative and inspiring environment. So I'm really happy to announce that my work will be featured in Dublin's first ever SLPS. The event is one of the many wonderful happenings in Ireland's capital this month, as part of the third annual PhotoIreland Festival.

Being chosen for SLPS Dublin is bittersweet since I can't be there on the night. This year I won't be able to enjoy PhotoIreland at all, having recently relocated to Shanghai. As amazing a time as I'm having here in China, I'm still jealous of everyone attending the many events happening back in Dublin!

To date, iterations of SLPS have taken place in about 50 cities around the world, from New York to Nairobi. Previous photographers who's work has been shown include greats such as Elliott Erwitt, Elinor Carucci, Alec Soth, Todd Hido and Gregory Crewdson, among many others. The work of established artists is shown alongside that of emerging artists and non-professionals and each event is localised and unique.

The Dublin edition of SLPS was organised by photographer Kate Nolan. The lineup was curated by Louise Clements of Format festival in Derby and Peggy Sue Amison, artistic director of Sirius Arts Center in Cobh and a great supporter of photography in Ireland. You can see a full list of the featured artists below. I'd like to single out artists Ciaran Dolan, Miriam O'Connor and Germán Peraire, whose work I am honoured to have my own featured alongside.

Find out more at the official website, where you can access their huge database of previously exhibited slideshows. If you're in Dublin on the 12th, drop in to Moxie Studios off Baggot St. at 7pm for a memorable evening of art, food and great company. Entry is 5 euro at the door or free if you bring along a home-made dish.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Burn Magazine

My work was recently featured on Burn Magazine, 'an evolving journal for emerging photographers'.

Burn is curated by the great Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey. I couldn't be more happy to included on this truly excellent website. I got some wonderful feedback on Burn, although there was a bit of confusion as to whether the film rebate borders on my images are authentic. I can assure everyone that there is no photoshop trickery to them - anyone who knows me knows that I am a total darkroom nut. The images featured are scans of prints that I made in two different darkrooms. In any case, I'm pleased to have people discussing the work!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

'New Way Home' at the Andrew Stone Gallery, Westport


The exhibition launched on Culture Night, Friday the 23rd of September, in Westport, Co. Mayo. Many thanks to Áine Gallagher, curator of the 'Blink' visual arts programme of the Westport Arts Festival, and especially to Cátríona and John of the Andrew Stone Gallery. Thanks also to William, Ted, Liz and Diarmuid for their help installing the show, and also to Michael Gannon for his invaluable advice.

The exhibition runs until October the 10th. I highly recommend making the trip to Mayo for the Westport Arts Festival, the programme this year is outstanding.

Running concurrently in the downstairs gallery of the Andrew Stone, you can see 'I Am Alive' by William Hamilton, a powerful, inspiring project of which I am a big admirer. Find out more here.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Westport Arts Festival

New Way Home will be in the Andrew Stone Gallery, Westport, as part of the Westport Arts Festival this year. The show opens on the 23rd of August. Find out more here.

Friday, September 9, 2011


An excerpt from 'New Way Home' is featured in the inaugural issue of Prism magazine, alongside some beautiful work by the likes of Miriam O'Connor, Lauren Winsor and many others. It's a beautiful new publication that has a great future ahead of it no doubt. There are actually two issues currently available, as there was a preview issue released some months back. Check it out!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Long Way to Paradise at Platform Arts, Belfast

These are my images that were included in 'Long Way to Paradise'. Below are some installation shots of the show in Platform Arts, Belfast, as part of Belfast Photo Festival, curated by Barry W. Hughes, editor of SuperMassiveBlackHole Magazine.