Margaret Brown’s examination of the Carlisle Pier, now torn down, shows the beauty of a structure that has been intimately involved with the long history of emigration with which Dun Laoghaire was associated with. The echoes of the countless footsteps of those with a single ticket for the ferry still resonate within recent memory and in the current economic climate become all the more poignant.
Dara Lawless’ images of the Dun Laoghaire Public Baths also investigate the architectural legacy of the area’s relationship with the sea. Originally built in 1843 for both recreational and medicinal purposes, the Baths became one of the most popular public bathing places in Ireland until their closure in 1997. Now, the neglected, decaying hulk remains a potent reminder of how our response to the sea has ebbed and flowed over the years.
Christine Redmond’s images from her body of work ‘Sea Change’, produced for her M.F.A. in the University of Ulster, centres around the Forty-Foot, one of the most historically significant bathing places on the East Coast of Ireland. This work, through its examination of the year-round swim, demonstrates a degree of continuity in the relationship between man and sea and our response to the aquatic environment that has done so much to define us.
Opening day: 7pm 27 July
Dates: 28 July to 07 August
Opening hours: 11am-4pm daily
St Michaels Wharf, Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Dún Laoghaire
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About the photographers
Margaret Brown graduated from Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology in 2008 with a BA (Hons) in Photography and IPPA Student of the Year Award. She recently completed an internship in The Ark, A Cultural Centre For Children. Margaret’s passion is documentary photography. She is involved locally documenting heritage and culture in Dún Laoghaire as well as working commercially. Carlisle Pier is an ongoing body of work.
Dara Lawless studied photography in Sallynoggin College of Further Education. He now works as a freelance photographer. The series Dún Laoghaire Baths was inspired by his many memories of swimming there when he was younger.
Christine Redmond teaches photography in Sallynoggin College of Further Education. She has recently completed an MFA in Photography at the University of Ulster. She is also a curator having worked with a number of photographers organising exhibitions over the past few years. She continues to work on Sea Change, a body of work which is centred around the Forty-Foot.