Bors explores the themes of family and identity through still and moving images, archival materials and found objects. Much of his recent work is semi-biographical, pulling from personal experience, exploring multiple experiences of separation, breakdown of family bonds, displacement, and death. He’s currently studying photography at Ulster University’s MFA programme in Belfast.
Kayleigh is an American photographer and visual artist currently based out of Belfast. Originally from the East coast of the United States, Kayleigh obtained her Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from a small liberal arts university in New Hampshire where she has participated in multiple solo and group exhibitions. Kayleigh is currently pursuing her MFA in photography at Ulster University and hopes to continue her education in photography after graduating from Ulster.
Niamh Crowley’s photographic practice explores experiences with mental illness, using objects as metaphors for treatment and behavioural patterns. She is currently studying a Masters in Fine Art Photography at Ulster University in Belfast.
In an age of obsessive self portraiture Lauren explores the contemporary selfie alongside more traditional forms of self-representation. Women in art history were mostly painted and sculpted by their male counterparts, often reduced to visual pleasure they were seen and judged as sights for the male viewer. In a gaze dependant culture, young women are using the selfie to portray their own self image, however are women utilising the selfie to subvert the dominant male gaze or are they operating within it?
Trevor F. Ferris is a photographer specialising in landscape and the natural world. Born in Belfast in 1957, he travels all over Ireland contributing works to travel brochures and books and is currently studying an MFA in Fine Art Photography. He is also a television cameraman and documentary film maker.
Seeing, connecting, distortions, visions, detached, illumination, percepts, senses, fluid, cerebral, vivid, emotions, complex, feeling. Leeza is exploring ideas and developing her photographic practice with the MFA in photography. She is as an independent and ophthalmic photographer. Winner of ART on the DART, exhibitions in Dublin, Paris and published in books, magazines and papers.
Brendan Maher with a background in the biological sciences and archiving, explores national identity and its intersection with mythologies, empirical and anecdotal evidence. He is currently enrolled in the MFA Photography programme at Ulster University.
Steve’s practice is focused on perceptual manipulations through lens-based interpretations. His artworks tend to question the way we perceive things through direct interaction, expanding analysis and contexts. To pose these questions, he employs still life, self-portraiture and the repetition of landscape photography, with the camera apparatus and the photographic space frequently playing an active role in his conceptual concerns.
‘Zone 1’- Gestures taken from an ancestral portrait are re-staged in the present. A journey to the perimeter of photographed memory.
‘Zone 2’- Document taken at the border of a once known universe. A journey back to the perimeter of childhood exploration.
Rowan, with a background in Fine Art, explores sanctuary and home through landscape, settlements and our underpinned relationships with belonging and abandonment. Her practice background has been collaborative, performative and lens based. Rowan is a previous winner of the RDS Student Award and is currently participating in the MFA in Photography at Ulster University.
Aoife is an artist and photographer based in Dublin currently pursuing her MFA in photography at Ulster University. She has exhibited her work at numerous galleries and museums, including The Centre for Fine Art Photography, The Griffin Museum of Photography, Green on Red Gallery and The Royal Hibernian Academy. She was the recipient of the 2016 Curtin O’Donoghue Emerging Photographic Artist Award.
Dr Edward TM Smyth
For thirty-five years I practiced medicine. My specialties were microbiology, infection control and epidemiology. I retired six years ago and returned to my student hobby, photography. I was convinced by others to enrol for the Masters in Fine Art Photography at Ulster University – a decision I don’t regret.
Tommy Weir has worked in visual arts, publishing, theatre, design and film on both sides of the Atlantic for over thirty years. He is a partner in Janey Pictures, a film production company, and lectures on creative practice in IT Sligo. He is investigating mortality through a study of the mountain bogs at night.