DIY: a photographic exhibition by Rich Gilligan

13 March - 4 April 2014
The Copper House Gallery will launch DIY, a photographic exhibition, by SHOWCASE 2012 winner Richard Gilligan from 6-8pm Thursday 13th March 2014. SHOWCASE, Ireland’s Contemporary Photography Award, is a new initiative from The Copper House Gallery and Gallery of Photography Ireland, to support the photographic community by providing a platform to develop and exhibit new work. 
Irish photographer and skateboarder Richard Gilligan spent four years traveling through Europe and the US to photograph homemade skateparks. His extraordinary pictures reveal how skaters and DIY builders create unauthorised temporary constructions, freeing themselves from rules of convention by creating their own domain in which to practice this peripheral pursuit. By utilising abandoned urban or rural terrain and found materials, the modern skateboarder transcends the need to exist within a more structured environment.  

These prosaic cityscapes are peopled with skaters at rest, hanging out together, or walking home, board in hand. DIY is a grittily beautiful tribute to the ineffable hunger that unites all skateboarders. In these photographs Gilligan realizes the act of skating represents more than a quest for glory, but a means of self- expression.


Richard Gilligan holds an MFA in photography from the University of Ulster, Belfast and a BA honours degree in documentary photography from the University of Wales, Newport. His work has been published and exhibited worldwide with recent exhibitions in Dusseldorf, London, Copenhagen and Los Angeles. 


As part of this exhibition, we are delighted to launch the second edition of DIY, a book of photographs by Richard Gilligan, published by Prestel under Random House Publishing Group. DIY will also be part of OFFSET 2014, Dublin's premier creative festival attracting speakers and visitors from all over the world.


DIY, a photographic exhibition by Richard Gilligan, runs at The Copper House Gallery from 13th March until the 3rd April 2014. Admission is free and all are welcome.