Online entry form now live and submissions being accepted.
We're delighted to announce an initiative by The Copper House and the Gallery of Photography Ireland, in partnership, to provide a new platform celebrating the strength and dynamism of photography in Ireland.
The SHOWCASE Contemporary Photography Award highlights the best of contemporary practice in Ireland. SHOWCASE represents support to the photography sector to the value of €50,000 and provides a new platform enabling artists to have their work seen by 12 of Ireland’s leading curators.
The Judging Panel
A Panel of distinguished curators from all over Ireland will review the submissions and select 5 artists whose work will be exhibited in SHOWCASE SELECT. On viewing this exhibition, the Panel will then decide on the overall winner of the SHOWCASE SOLO award. The Panel is composed of:
Anna O’Sullivan Butler Gallery, Kilkenny
Christina Kennedy Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Helen Carey Limerick City Art Gallery
Jackie Barker Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown
John Duncan Source Magazine
Karen Downey Belfast Exposed
Leszek Wolnik The Copper House
Maeve Mulrennan Galway Arts Centre
Peggy Sue Amison Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh
Sonya Perkins Irish Arts Review, Media Partner for the Award
Tanya Kiang & Trish Lambe Gallery of Photography Ireland
WHAT DOES SHOWCASE OFFER?
Five artists will be invited to participate in SHOWCASE SELECT. The exhibition takes place in the Gallery of Photography, Dec 2012–Jan 2013 with accompanying full-colour feature in the Irish Arts Review.
The 5 selected artists will have their work printed and mounted, under their direction, in The Copper House. This work will be produced to museum standard at no cost to the artists. €7,500 of prints has been allocated to the exhibition production.
SHOWCASE ARTISTS PORTFOLIO EDITIONS
The 5 shortlisted artists will also each receive a specially-produced SHOWCASE Portfolio Edition of their work (up to 15 A2 Lambda digital C-type photographic archival prints).
The SHOWCASE SELECT exhibition will be accompanied by a series of talks and events, including an International Symposium on archiving and building a contemporary photography collection. The selected artists will receive free admission to the Symposium which will be held in January 2013.
The SHOWCASE SOLO winner will be selected by the Panel from the SHOWCASE SELECT exhibition. The winner will be announced at the Symposium in January 2013. The winner will receive:
The artist will receive an eight-week artist’s residency at The Copper House with a complete set of support services to produce a body of work. The supports will include free access to a high end scanner and provision of Lambda test prints as required, together with an ongoing exploration and discussion of technique and best practice.
The opportunity to have his/her work printed as an exhibition to museum standard by Fire at no cost to the artist. €3,500 of printing and mounting has been allocated to the exhibition production.
Solo exhibition and launch of his/her work at The Copper House Gallery, Autumn 2013.
ARTIST’S TALKS – present a talk about your work and participate in a series of events which will take place during the SHOWCASE SOLO show.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Irish photographic artists based in Ireland or abroad
Artists of any nationality based in Ireland (32 counties)
Artists of any nationality submitting work that was made, in part or in whole, in Ireland.
There are no restrictions as to age or education
WHAT WORK IS ELIGIBLE?
Gallery of Photography Ireland and The Copper House welcome all photographic or photo-based work, whether made on film or digitally.
There is no specified theme.
The work may be from a series or they may be one-off images
The submitted images may be from a work-in-progress or from a completed project.
Work may be ‘straight’ or manipulated.
There is no restriction as to when the work was made, but it must not have been exhibited in Ireland in the last ten years. (Exceptions are for large-scale group shows where fewer than three pieces from the project were exhibited).