Roscommon Arts Centre is delighted to present Project Cleansweep, a critically acclaimed body of work by RAC Contemporary Photography Award winner Dara McGrath.
Project Cleansweep surveys the landscape of chemical and biological weapons in the British Isles and its continuing legacy, interrogating deliberate state and military encroachment into and appropriation (often secretive) of the landscape, essentially a massive ‘land grab’. This bucolic landscape today holds layers of narratives that the security apparatus of the state would prefer not to tell. It is another representation of the impact of state and commercial interests on a rural setting, often causing long term problems of pollution and abandonment.
Judged by Internationally renowned photographer Martin Parr, this award was developed by curator Linda Shevlin. The aim being to provide a photographer with the opportunity to produce a body of work for exhibition at Roscommon Arts Centre as part of Photo Ireland Festival & Belfast Exposed Futures Gallery as part of Belfast Photo Festival. The artist is also being supported by The Gallery of Photography through the provision of 30 hours free access to their Digital Studio for pre/production.
Project Cleansweep will be officially opened on Thursday April 13th and will run until June.
Free Pinhole Photography Workshop
Ahead of the launch of Project Cleansweep join Roscommon based photographer David J. Pierce for a one off opportunity to learn how to use and develop images through the process of making a pinhole camera.
The Workshop, on Thursday April 13th, is set to run from 3.30pm until 6pm. Attendees can then avail of a glass of wine after the workshop at the launch of Project Cleansweep, where there will also be an opportunity to meet the artist.
The Workshop is free but places are very limited and booking via the Roscommon Arts Centre Box Office (call 090 662 5824) is essential.