Ireland’s International Festival of Photography & Image Culture.
Conceived in 2008, and 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.
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.
The festival was celebrated every year in July till 2016, in May since 2017, 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. Such initiatives enrich the cultural dialogue in the city, and inspire others to participate.
An essential part of the programme is the Summer Campus, an educational arena that includes events such as the Book & Magazine Fair, the presentation of The Library Project‘s collection, and meetings between artists and professionals, all complemented with a series of engaging workshops and talks.
Our catalogue and dedicated website make it easy for everyone to plan their visit ahead and get to see many exhibitions every day, joining the free guided tours too.