Field Notes From the Border #3

Field Notes From the Border #3

Saturday 11 May 2019 - 11:00am to Sunday 30 Jun 2019 - 5:00pm

Field Notes from the Border presents new work by contemporary artists working along the border in Ireland.

The exhibition in Nerve Visual is part of a network of exhibitions in Dublin and Donegal, curated by Gallery of Photography Ireland, which respond to the anxiety raised by Brexit.

Gallery 1:

New video works, photographs and texts, by Anthony Haughey, reflect on Ireland’s ‘seamless’ border and consider how function, meaning, and effect are often in a state of flux. As WT Mitchell observes, it is ‘a process of human interventions, intersubjective relations and ideologies that determines our understanding of the landscape.’

The installation includes a short film, Sanctuary, made in collaboration with people living in the Direct Provision Centre in County Monaghan. Following its premiere in Ireland it will be screened in a film festival in Portland Oregon followed by a worldwide tour throughout 2019-2020.

Gallery 2:

Raymond B Newman’s, An Unsettled Border, reflects on the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, the complexities of Irish histories and the fragility of political circumstances. It considers the remoteness of intertwined border landscapes where diminishing numbers of Orange Order members strive to secure the fraternities’ isolated meeting places. This installation features photographic works and a new film ‘LOL 37’ made in Altnaveigh Orange Lodge on the Armagh/Down border.


Over the past year Derry~Londonderry photographer Kevin Fox has worked with the people of Drum to create a unique photographic portrait of this County Monaghan village. Fox’s evocative photographs reflect the resilience of the people and capture the pastoral beauty of Drum’s undulating drumlins and lakes.

DRUM – Portrait of a Village exhibition also give voices to the strong sense of history and cultural identity of the largely Protestant and Presbyterian village,  and highlights the ways in which the community is meeting the social and economic challenges facing small towns and villages across Ireland today. The project has built a new digital archive of local people’s photographs, selected from their own family photo albums. The archive preserves the rich social history of Drum for future generations and enables these authentic representations of life in the village to be shared across the globe.

Kate Nolan presents new work from her ongoing long-term project, Lacuna. The work considers the psychological and physical impact of partition on the children of the borderlands on the island of Ireland. Lacuna has been developed through the artist’s engagement with border communities from Donegal to Carlingford. Kate Nolan is one of the Gallery of Photography Artists in Residence for 2019.


Curated by Gallery of Photography Ireland.

Supported by the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Reconciliation Fund.