Reframing the Border – Remote Photo Festival 2018


Events programme [draft]


Friday 11th May


6.00pm Welcome address: Remote Photo Festival Director Paul McGuckin


[Street Food Market and music featuring the best of locally produced specialist food & drink courtesy of Kinnegar Beer [tbc]

Walk and talk exhibition tour New Gallery & front Gallery with artists and curators led by John Duncan Source Magazine and Trish Lambe, Gallery of Photography.

6.30pm – 8.15pm Reframing the Border 


Illustrated talk by Sean O’Hagan, writer and critic, Guardian & Observer exploring photographic representations of the border.

Panel discussion chaired by Eamonn Maxwell with artists Sean Hillen, Anthony Haughey, Kate Nolan, Donovan Wylie.

Saturday 12th May

11.15am Coffee and meet up


Welcome Shaun Hannigan, Director, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny.


11.30 -12.45 pm 

Reframing the Border – How does the past to inform the future: precedent, protocols and the Irish Border? 

Panel discussion chaired by Dr. Conor Mulvagh, School of History, University College Dublin and Dr. Peter Leary, Oxford University (TBC) and Caroline Carr, Donegal County Museum.


Lunch break

The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative – Pop up food market showcasing the best of Donegal specialist food & drink by Donegal artisan producers who will be on hand to talk about what makes their products so special.



Arts Across borders – How do the arts respond to social and political challenges facing the border region? How can the arts maintain and develop cross opportunities to meet the challenges created by Brexit? 


Marie Louise Muir, BBC arts presenter (TBC) will chair a discussion with Orlaith McBride (SH), Director, Arts Council of Ireland, Roisin McDonagh (TL), Director, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Declan Sheehan, Curator, Nerve Centre Derry/Londonderry and Somhairle Mac Conghail, Monaghan County Arts Officer.


2.45pm – 3.45pm

Reframing the Border – Creative Opportunities for the Future


Opening address by Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation. Followed by panel discussion chaired by Michael Tunney, Local Enterprise Office and Pauline White, Western Development Commission (TBC) representative who discuss how best to encourage and develop Cian Smyth/Creative Programmer, board member Arts Council Northern Ireland, Creative Entrepreneurship programme in Donegal and across the borderlands. Joan Crawford? David Lewis to suggest Nerve speaker


6.30pm Nerve Visual Centre, Ebrington, Derry/Londonderry
A Lost Moment? Curator’s exhibition tour with Sean O’Hagan


The exhibition will focus on the short period between the Caledon squatting protest in June 1968 and the killing of civilian John Gallagher in Armagh in August 1969. His death marked a psychological turning point in the peaceful struggle, announcing both the intransigence and unaccountability of the state and the growing loss of faith by Nationalists in peaceful protest.

Using photography, film, ephemera (posters, badges, pamphlets, periodicals), and recorded interviews, the exhibition will evoke this lost moment though the key moments and figures in the Civil Rights movement and its offshoot, the more Marxist student organisation, The People’s Democracy, one of whose members, Bernadette Devlin, became the youngest woman ever elected to the House of Commons in March 1969.

The exhibition will aim to show the now often overlooked Civil Rights struggle in Northern Ireland as a time of collective hope, optimism and even innocence before the onset of the murderous sectarianism that characterised the following thirty years of the Troubles. It is a lost moment that has been neglected by history in favour of a reading of the Troubles as purely a war between violent Irish nationalists and the British state. It was a moment when Northern Ireland look outwards instead of inwards, when Martin Luther King and his non-violent protests briefly assumed more importance in the collective psyche of Nationalist protestors than Patrick Pearse and violent Irish Nationalism.

In keeping with the iconoclastic spirit of 1968, The Lost Moment will implicitly ask the question, what if?

Curated by Sean O’Hagan, Nerve Centre Derry and Gallery of Photography Ireland. Funded by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Reconciliation Fund.

Discussion event 7pm


Panel include: Sean O’Hagan, Bernadette McAliskey and


Regional Cultural Centre


Sunday 13th May




Welcome by Joe McHugh TD Minister for State, Chief Whip 

Chief Executive Donegal County Council


2.15pm – 2.45pm

The Black Pig’s Dyke is a linear earthwork running across the midlands and northern counties of Ireland. 


Shirley Clerkin, Monaghan County Heritage Officer is leading the development and implementation of international and regional projects, including the Black Pigs Dyke project across a number of local authorities and cross-border diversity projects with Academic, local authority and NGO partners. Shirley will discuss this ongoing project with artist Nigel Swann who’s current photographic project responds to the real and imagined landscape of the Black Pigs Dyke.


This discussion will bring together heritage and artistic perspective on this Bronze Age monument.

15 min break




National Geographic named Donegal as the coolest place on the planet for 2017. The National Geographic Traveller Cool List “reveals the culture capitals, hipster hotspots, wild escapes and places generally keeping it cool”


James Welford Talk, Photo Editor of National Geographic Magazine (formerly Newsweek Magazine) will give an insight into the creative use of photography by this leading international magazine. He will also discuss his recent commissioning of an editorial piece on the border with commissioned photographer Seamus Murphy.

5pm launch at Fort Dunree


Project Cleansweep


Reframing the Border is curated by Gallery of Photography Ireland for 

Remote Photo Festival.


In partnership with Regional Cultural Centre, the Nerve Centre Derry/L’Derry and Gallery of Photography Ireland. 


Supported by Artlink Fort Dunree, Donegal County Museum, Belfast Photo Festival, Source Magazine, Monaghan County Heritage and Arts Offices, National Geographic Magazine, School of History UCD, University of Ulster

Funded by Local Enterprise Board & Donegal County Council


Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Department of Culture, Heritage and the Arts


Donegal County Council


Creative Ireland 


Bagenals Castle Newry & Mourne Museum


Venue: Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny

Home Test

Exhibition Programme

Reframing the Border – curated contemporary photography survey exhibition looking at representation of the border. Artists include:

Curated by Gallery of Photography Ireland.

Venue: Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Donegal

Exhibition dates 9th April – 20th May 2018

The Lost Moment? Reflecting on the Civil Rights Movement 50 years on.

Exhibition curated by Sean O’Hagan, Gallery of Photography and Nerve Visual, Derry.

Venue: Nerve Centre, Ebrington, Derry

Dara McGrath – Project Cleansweep

Fort Dunree, Inisowen, Donegal

Photo Album of Donegal – opens 1pm 11 May

Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny

Speaker Biographies [Help!]

Shirley Clerkin

Shirley Clerkin is Monaghan County Heritage Officer, Chairperson of EU Work Plan for Culture, OMC for Sustainable Cultural Heritage Tourism and Chairperson of the Local Authority Heritage Officer Network. She is leading the development and implementation of international and regional projects, includeing the Black Pigs Dyke project across a number of local authorities and cross-border diversity projects with Academic, local authority and NGO partners.

Sean O’Hagan

Sean O’Hagan writes about photography for the Guardian and the Observer and is also a general feature writer. He was named interviewer of the year in the British press awards in 2003 for his profiles of footballer Roy Keane and musician Brian Wilson, among others. He is the winner of the 2011 J Dudley Johnston award from the Royal Photographic Society “for major achievement in the field of photographic criticism” for his writing in the Observer and the Guardian. He is currently curating an exhibition looking at the Civil Rights Movement in Ireland from 1968-69 in partnership with Gallery of Photography Ireland and the Nerve Centre Derry.

Dr Conor Mulvagh MORE HERE

Lecturer in Irish History

(Decade of Commemorations, 2013-2023)
School of History
University College Dublin

James Wellford

James Wellford is a senior photo editor at National Geographic and has been photo editor for Newsweek magazine. He has collaborated on a number of award-winning projects recognized by World Press Photo, the Overseas Press Club, and at the Visa Pour L’Image. Additionally, he has curated a number of exhibitions including Projections of Reality (Moscow), Darkness Visible, Afghanistan by Seamus Murphy (VII Gallery, New York City), and is a co-founder of the group SeenUnseen, a series of programs that explores in-depth visual stories addressing controversial political issues. Wellford teaches at the International Center of Photography in New York.


Anthony Haughey is an artist and a lecturer in the Dublin Institute of Technology. His work has been widely exhibited including: Uncovering History, Graz; Excavation, Limerick City Gallery; Colombo Art Biennale (2014); Art of the Troubles, Ulster Museum, Belfast (2014), Northern Ireland: 30 years of photography, Mac /Belfast Exposed; New Irish Landscapes, Three Shadows Gallery, Beijing. Monographs include The Edge of Europe (1996), Disputed Territory (2006). He is an editorial advisor for the Routledge journal, Photographies.

Donovan Wylie is an artist and Professor at Ulster University. Belfast. His work chronicles what he calls “the concept of vision as power in the architecture of contemporary conflict” – prison, army watchtowers and outposts, and listening stations – “merging documentary and art photography”. His work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Imperial War Museum and The Photographers’ Gallery in London, National Media Museum in Bradford, and Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto; and is held in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Milwaukee Art Museum, National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Science Museum Group in the UK, Ulster Museum in Belfast, and Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In 2010 he was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. He is a member of Magnum Photos.