Gail Baylis (Ulster University)

Gail Baylis is a lecturer in photography and visual culture at Ulster University. Much of her research focuses on issues of photography, the archive and Ireland. Amongst her publications in this area are ‘Metropolitan surveillance and rural opacity: secret photography in late nineteenth-century Ireland’, History of Photography, 33: 1 (2009), 26-38; ‘The eviction photograph as shifting trace’. In Frawley, O., Memory Ireland: Volume 2, New York: Syracuse Press, 2012, 171-184; ‘Exchanging Looks: Gap girls and colleens in early Irish tourist photography’, Early Popular Visual Culture, 10: 4 (2012), 325-343, ‘Gender in the Frame: photography and the performance of the nation narrative in early twentieth-century Ireland’, Irish Studies Review, 22: 2 (2014), 184-206; ‘A few too many photographs? Indexing digital histories’, History of Photography, 38:1 (2014), 3-20; ‘TheEaster Rising: photography and remembrance’. In Corporaal, M., Cusack, C. and R. Beuken (eds), Irish Studies and the Dynamics of Memory, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2017, 57-79 and ‘Con Colbert’s portrait: the lives of a photograph’, History of Photography, 41: 1 (2017), 44-60.

Joy Carey (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland)

Joy has an MA (Hons) in History of Art and a PG Diploma in Information Systems. She has worked in the library and archives sector in various roles for the last eighteen years, notably at the University of Manchester and National Museums Scotland. She has worked at PRONI for the last eight years and currently manages the digitisation programme and reprographic services there.

Valerie Connor (Dublin Institute of Technology)

Valerie Connor delivers modules on the BA Photography at Dublin Institute of Technology in visual studies, curating photography, photographic practice and dissertation supervision. At present, she is undertaking research into what affordances in the instructional design of eLearning environments can improve the learning in educational and curatorial relationships, both of which are typically delimited by time yet require high levels of reciprocity. She has voluntary advisory roles with the National Irish Visual Arts Library and PhotoIreland. She has recently commissioned conservators on the removal and conservation storage of a large Patrick Scott artwork and photographers, Mandy O’Neill, Aisling McCoy and Ros Kavanagh to document aspects of the Central Bank of Ireland building in Dublin city centre prior to the bank’s departure to its new premises in Dublin’s docklands on the site of the failed Anglo Irish Bank development on North Wall Quay. 

Ann Curran (Dublin Institute of Technology)

Ann Curran is the Programme Chair of the BA Photography in the School of Media at the Dublin Institute of Technology. Recent research is based around the relationship between the archive and the moving image, as well as photographic, archival and historical memory manifesting in the form of photobooks and installations.

Feargal Fitzpatrick (National College of Art and Design and Maynooth University)

Feargal Fitzpatrick is Head of the Media Department at the National College of Art and Design, and a doctoral candidate at the School of English, Media and Theatre studies at Maynooth University. His PhD research project is provisionally entitled Ireland, Landscape and Nineteenth-Century Photography. Its aim is to produce a contemporary theoretical reading of a discontinuous field that, up to now, has been dealt with largely on an empirical or historical basis. In a partially chronological frame, it examines: The Military Observer; The Invisible Famine; ‘Big House’ Photographers; The Rise and Fall of New Tipperary; and Imaging and Imagining Eviction. Its purpose is to generate a critical reading of photographic representations of Ireland’s geographical spaces made during a period of immense social and political upheaval.

Orla Fitzpatrick (National Museum of Ireland)

Orla Fitzpatrick is a photographic historian and librarian based in Dublin. In 2016, she received a PhD from Ulster University on the subject of Irish photographic publications and modernity. She has published on Irish material culture, dress and design history and is a regular contributor to Source magazine. She has worked in librarianship since 1994 and currently holds the post of Librarian for the National Museum of Ireland. Her blog examines vernacular Irish photography.

Colin Graham (Maynooth University)

Colin Graham is Professor and Head of English at Maynooth University. His most recent book is Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography, published by Belfast Exposed and the MAC in May 2013. He is also the author of Deconstructing Ireland (2001) and Ideologies of Epic (1998) and co-editor of The Irish Review. Colin writes on literature, photography and culture. He is curator of the Illuminations gallery at Maynooth University.

Erika Hanna (University of Bristol)

Erika Hanna is a social historian of modern Ireland with a particular interest in using visual and material sources. Her first book Modern Dublin: Urban Change and the Irish Past was published by OUP in 2013. She’s currently doing research on photography and social history.

Elizabeth Kirwan (National Library of Ireland)

Elizabeth Kirwan has held a wide variety of curatorial and management posts in the NLI since 1984, including visual collections, exhibitions, and policy formulation. She has managed the NPA since 2009, and in May 2017 was also appointed manager of the NLI’s Conservation Department. Elizabeth’s professional training in libraries, archives, and in management has been in London, Firenze, and Washington DC, and at the Irish Management Institute in Dublin.

Fiona Loughnane (National College of Art and Design and Maynooth University)

Fiona Loughnane lectures in the Department of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design. She has given public talks and published articles on topics related to photography and modernist art, including the booklet ‘What is Photography?’ (2011) for the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. From 2009 – 2012 she was an editor of Artefact, the journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians. She is a PhD candidate in the School of English, Media and Theatre Studies, Maynooth University, where she is researching the photographic cultures of Irish Catholic missions to Africa, with a particular focus on albums. In 2015 she was awarded the Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Scholarship, which funded a research trip to East Africa.

Emily Mark-FitzGerald (University College Dublin)

Emily Mark-FitzGerald is Assistant Professor in the School of Art History & Cultural Policy at University College Dublin. Author of Commemorating the Irish Famine: Memory and the Monument (Liverpool University Press, 2013) and one of the editors of The Great Irish Famine: Visual and Material Cultures (Liverpool University Press, forthcoming 2018) her expertise is in the visual culture of Irish poverty, famine, and migration from the 19th c. – present. Her current book project concerns a new cultural history of visualizing poverty in Ireland, 1840s – 1920s.

Gareth Montgomery (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland)

Gareth is the archive photographer for the PRONI. After completing an apprenticeship in Lithographic printing, Gareth worked in Photoplate making and developing along with Desk Top Publishing. He studied photography at A level and at PRONI was first employed taking and developing microfilm and subsequently moved on to digital photography and photo manipulation.

Vukaŝin Nedeljković (Dublin Institute of Technology)

Vukaŝin Nedeljković initiated the multidisciplinary project Asylum Archive.

Asylum Archive is a platform open for dialogue and discussion inclusive to individuals who have experienced a sense of sociological and geographical ‘displacement’, social trauma and violence. It is an act of solidarity to bring a different perspective on the life of people who came to Ireland to seek protection. Asylum Archive’s objective is to collaborate with asylum seekers, artists, academics, civil society activists and immigration lawyers, amongst others, with a view to creating an interactive documentary cross-platform online resource, critically foregrounding accounts of exile, displacement, trauma and memory.

José Luís Nêves (Ulster University)

José Luís Neves received his Master of Arts degree in Photographic History from De Montfort University, Leicester in 2010. After graduation, he worked at the Wilson Centre for Photography in London. In 2012, he shifted his academic focus towards photobook history and practice and began his PhD work at Ulster University, Belfast under the supervision of Prof. Paul Seawright and Prof. Martin Parr. His thesis focused on the material, structural and cultural development of early photobook and photobookwork practice. José was awarded his PhD in 2017 and is presently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Ulster University. His current research focuses on the material development of photographic printing technology and its impact on the visual syntax of photographic illustration.

Margaret O’Brien Moran (Independent Researcher)

Margaret O’Brien-Moran is head of photography at Waterford College of Further Education. Her research areas include Irish photographic history, materiality and the archive, and the history of Art and Design. She was awarded a PhD with practice in media studies from the University of Ulster in June 2017. Her doctoral thesis was entitled ‘Eyes fixed on the Past’, The Poole hidden archive: a case study of the materiality of the Poole photographic prints, and the research implications for working with historical photographs. She is a practicing photographer with a particular interest in nineteenth century photographic techniques, which include salt, albumen, gum and cyanotype printing and the wet collodion process. She has exhibited widely throughout Ireland in both solo and group shows and her work has featured on RTE and TV3. She was awarded bursaries from the Irish Refugee Council for her 2002 exhibition ‘New Beginnings’, the Ireland/Newfoundland Partnership for traveling to Newfoundland in July 2002 and the photographic exhibition ‘First Impressions of Newfoundland’, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre Regional Arts Bursary Award in 2006 and Arts bursary from Waterford County Council in 2013.

 Aileen O’Carroll (Maynooth University)

Aileen O’Carroll is the Policy Manager of the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI). She is based in the Maynooth University Social Science Institute (MUSSI), where she manages the Irish Qualitative Data Archive (IQDA). This role involves the development and implementation of standards for deposit and access to qualitative data (text based, audio and visual) in line with emerging international and EU standards. She additionally advises researchers on best practice in managing and archiving research projects, both to ensure that ethical commitments are met and that the data gathered is of the highest standard to facilitate optimal re-use by a variety of audiences. She is sociologist with a research interest in culture, class and life history. Her most recent book (written with Dr Don Bennet) The Dublin Docker, is due to be published by the Irish Academic Press in autumn of 2017.

Crónán Ó Doibhlin (University College Cork)

Crónán Ó Doibhlin is the Head of Research Collections, Communications & Collection Services at UCC Library, where he is a member of UCC Library’s Senior Management Team and the Information Services Management Team at UCC. His current core responsibilities relate to leading the development, organisation and management of Library Collections including Special Collections and Archives at UCC, the development of Digital Projects, Exhibitions, and External Relations, and supporting the University Librarian in his work with the Alumni Development Office, and Collection Acquisition.

He has also represented UCC Library on a number of national committees including CONUL Committees for Collaborative Storage and Collection Management, and the CONUL Strategic Implementation Group 2015-2017.

Zoë Reid (National Archives of Ireland)

Zoë Reid is the senior conservator in the National Archives of Ireland. Since joining the National Archives in 2002 she has been involved in implementing a wide range of conservation and preservation projects. Many of the archives include photographs which are an integral part of the historic document and she has on many occasions developed sensitive conservation treatments to safeguard these unique images whilst ensuring researcher access. Over the course of her career Zoë has presented lectures and training events on various aspects of paper conservation, conservation of historic photographs, collection care and disaster planning and salvage. She has been active on a number of conservation boards both nationally and internationally, and is currently Ireland’s representative and a council member of The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM). Twitter: @NAIConservator

Declan Sheehan (Curator)

Declan Sheehan is a curator engaging primarily with lens-based practices, site-specific projects and practices related to social innovation and digital technologies, working in gallery, offsite, public art, residency, studio and film contexts; developing proposals with partners including Nerve Visual, The Young Foundation and Holywell Trust, Ulster Museum, Void Gallery, Artlink Fort Dunree, Irish Film Institute, Resonance FM, Browse Photo Festival Berlin, Ultra Lab Madrid. Projects include: A Trojan War Horse (Friel Festival 2017); Future Artist Makers 2016/17 (Nerve Visual/ Media Lab Prado/ FabLab Limerick); Shelter – Anne Tallentire 2016 (Nerve Visual/ Ulster Museum/ FabLab Limerick); #Making History 1916 (Ulster Museum 2016); The Social Studios and Gallery (Derry 2014/5); UK City of Culture 2013 projects – Resonance FM residency broadcast across Derry & London, community photographic archive Portrait of a City, Open The Shutters/Picturing Derry (Derry/Berlin/Dubrovnik) with Kai Weidenhoffer, photojournalism archives, Camerawork, Fondation Gilles Caron, Willie Doherty, Sean Hillen, Victor Sloan; The Glass Album (Derry/Donegal) with Matt Collishaw, Eoghan McTigue, Will Curwen, photographic archives from NMNI and private collections; The Starry Messenger (Void/IFI 2014); Arts Council 2013 Visual Arts Curator Residency (commissioning Susan Philipsz, Liam Gillick, Frances Hegarty, Padraig Timoney, Vivienne Dick); Moore Street Lending Library (FireStation Dublin 2005).

 Mhairi Sutherland (Dublin Institute of Technology)

Mhairi Sutherland is a visual artist and curator based in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, awarded a PhD in 2012 from the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and GRADCAM for her doctoral thesis The Visible and Invisible Archaeologies of Conflict in the Irish Landscape (of Donegal). An MFA with Distinction was awarded from the University of Ulster Belfast in 1996. Working in photography and video recent projects include PRONTO, co-commissioned by 1418NOW and Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, part of the Radio Relay programme 2016. Subsequently shown at the RUA Exhibition, Ulster Museum (invited artist), Tulca Festival of Visual Arts, Galway and screened at EiC, Experiments in Cinema Festival, Albuquerque, NM, 2017. Recipient of an R&D award from the Hasselblad Foundation, Sweden for the Drone Vision project, Sutherland has been invited to present on her work exploring Swedish military archives at the Photographic Histories: Experiment and Social Change Symposium in Valand Academy, Gothenberg 21 November 2017.

Eimear Walshe (Van Abbemuseum)

Graduated with first class honours degrees in MA (ACW NCAD 2015), and BA (Sculpture NCAD 2015). Walshe has since presented their research, primarily in feminist epistemology, and queer theory at Precarious Subjects, Trinity College’s Gender and Sexualities conference, 2016; The Hugh Lane Gallery, 2016; The VAI Get Together IMMA, 2016, The Visual Artists Workers Forum, 2015. They have also presented exhibitions in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the Netherlands. They are currently research resident at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and recipient of the Arts Council Travel and Training Award (2017).