Reflecting Ulster – 1916 and the Somme is a new programme currently being developed by Gallery of Photography in partnership with Monaghan and Arts Office.
The programme will include exhibitions and installations curated specially for both locations which will be supported by a programme of talks and events which reflect the pivotal events of 1916 – The Easter Rising, the First World War and the Battle of the Somme. The exhibitions which will be on display in the County Library, Clones, and the Market Arts Centre, Monaghan town, County Monaghan in August and September 2016. The exhibitions and installations will be curated specially for both locations and will be supported by a programme of talks and events which reflect the pivotal events of 1916 – The Easter Rising, the First World War and the Battle of the Somme. The exhibitions will feature previously unseen photographs and will include photographs drawn from leading archives and museums together with photographs contributed by families across Ulster as part of Photo Album of Ireland research project.
About the Photo Album of Ireland: The Photo Album of Ireland is a digital research project inviting people to digitally share their family albums and private photo collections. Photo albums give a fascinating insight into our public and private histories, revealing details about how people lived and worked that official historical records often overlook. This emerging, democratic archive explores the role photography plays in recording our lives and commemorating our histories – viewed from the perspective of private individuals and families. The project explores themes of identity, changing social conditions, emigration and effects of conflict – preserving this important cultural material for future generations.
A Gallery of Photography outreach project supported by Monaghan Heritage and Arts Office, with thanks to Shirley Clerkin and Sormhairle MacConghail