Roscommon Arts Centre is delighted to announce an exhibition of photographic prints by world-renowned British photographer Martin Parr titled So Near & So Far – Roscommon in the 1980’s, will be unveiled in the arts centre gallery on Thursday August 11th.
The images selected present a typically wry Parr-eque view of Roscommon and the wider region. Known for projects that take an intimate and satirical look at aspects of modern life, “so near so far” looks at the effects of wealth and Americanisation of the West of Ireland.
Martin Parr was born in Epsom, Surrey, UK, in 1952. When he was a boy, his budding interest in the medium of photography was encouraged by his grandfather George Parr, himself a keen amateur photographer. Martin Parr studied photography at Manchester Polytechnic, from 1970 to 1973. Since that time, Martin Parr has worked on numerous photographic projects. He has developed an international reputation for his innovative imagery, his oblique approach to social documentary, and his input to photographic culture within the UK and abroad. Martin Parr has published over 90 books of his own work and edited another 30.
This is an wonderful opportunity for photography, art and history lovers to witness and appreciate an exhibition that allows the audience to peer closely into our culture.
The Exhibition preview takes place at 6pm on August 11th and all are welcome to attend. The exhibition continues until 11th October. Martin Parr will talk about his long career in photography at this special event and places are limited.
The visual art programme is curated by Curator in Residence, Linda Shevlin, with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland’s Curator in Residence Scheme.
For more information contact Roscommon Arts Centre on 090 66 25 824.