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PhotoIreland Festival

Ireland’s International Festival of Photography & Image Culture.
Vibrant, friendly, all-inclusive: a festival for all to enjoy.


PhotoIreland Festival

About the Festival

Celebrating its first edition in 2010, PhotoIreland Festival is Ireland’s first international festival of Photography and Image Culture, and the main festival dedicated to Photography in Ireland. It celebrates Ireland’s photographic talents – oftentimes only recognised abroad – as well as bringing international practitioners and artists to Ireland. The festival highlights, promotes and elevates Photography in Ireland – conferring on it the importance it duly deserves. With the motto “vibrant, friendly, all-inclusive: a festival for all to enjoy”, we set out to raise awareness on local and international photographers and artists working with Photography, and to underline the work of those organisations and individuals that for years have been promoting an engagement with the medium.


The festival is celebrated every year in July, highlighting through a proposed programme, the works of national and international artists. The event brings together the energies of a wide range of artists, galleries and cultural institutions in a celebration of Photography, with many participative events for all types of audiences.


Over the last three years, the festival has been taking place in more than 40 locations around Dublin, from the National Botanic Gardens and inner city Dublin, to Dún Laoghaire Pier and Signal Arts Center – and it reached as far as Limerick and Cork in 2013 for a specific project entitled New Irish Works. Well-established city center spaces like the Gallery of Photography and the National Photographic Archive, key constituents of Photography in Ireland, are essential to the experience, offering consistently great exhibitions and a broad selection of parallel events.


Throughout the programming and curation of events, the festival wants to engage and support alternative organisations and spaces, like Exchange Dublin, ‘a new collective arts centre in Temple Bar run entirely by young people’, or The Complex, servicing the inner city with a varied Arts programme. Such initiatives enrich the cultural dialogue in the city, and inspire others to participate.
An essential part of the programme is the Book & Magazine Fair, The Library Project, and the portfolio reviews, as much as a series of workshops and talks developed around a proposed theme.
Our catalogue and dedicated website make it easy for everyone to plan their visit ahead and get to see many exhibitions every day. There are also free guided tours during the festival, though they need to be booked.


Make sure you subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed, and learn more about the previous editions celebrated in 201020112012, 20132014, 2015, and find out about 2016.


PhotoIreland Festival 2015 - Grant Aid Sponsor and Partners


PhotoIreland receives support from the Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council and many other local and international organisations like the European Union Cultural Institutes to run the PhotoIreland Festival.

PhotoIreland Festival 2016

Previous Editions

PhotoIreland Festival 2015

PhotoIreland Festival 2015

The 2015 edition presented a selection of practices focused on experimentation and personal research, looking at ways in which photographers challenge themselves with what Lars von Trier called ‘obstructions’. read more »

PhotoIreland Festival 2014

PhotoIreland Festival 2014
Truths, Facts, Fictions, Lies.

The 2014 edition focused on the use of images in our everyday. Whether in the private or the public sphere, we need them for sharing and obtaining details regarding experiences, news, and events. It is all about storytelling. read more »


PhotoIreland Festival 2013
New Irish Works

New Irish Works presented photographic projects by 25 artists, proposing a selection of what constitutes a testament to the wealth and legacy of photography in Ireland.
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PhotoIreland Festival 2012
On Migration

A very relevant issue for Ireland, ‘Migration: Diaspora and Cultural Identity’ was the proposed theme for 2012. The main shows offered a wide range of views on migration, and it included a great selection of key photobooks.
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PhotoIreland Festival 2011
Collaborative Change

Offering a positive and constructive view to a financial crisis, the second edition explored the idea of ‘Collaborative Change’ as an strategy to pull individual’s energies into a collective effort, questioning an urge for individualism.
read more »

PhotoIreland Festival 2010
A Celebration of Photography

Supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the first festival edition was developed as a celebration of Photography in Ireland, involving over 30 venues around Dublin city center, listing hundreds of Photographers.
read more »

Festival Materials