Roscommon Arts Centre will play host to a critically acclaimed body of work by RAC Contemporary Photography Award winner Dara McGrath on Thursday, April 13th at 6 pm.
This project surveys the landscape of chemical and biological weapons in the British Isles and its continuing legacy, interrogating deliberate state and military encroachment into and appropriation (often secretive) of the landscape, essentially a massive ‘land grab’.
This bucolic landscape today holds layers of narratives that the security apparatus of the state would prefer not to tell. It is another representation of the impact of state and commercial interests on a rural setting, often causing long-term problems of pollution and abandonment.
Judged by Internationally renowned photographer Martin Parr, this award was developed by curator Linda Shevlin. The aim being to provide a photographer with the opportunity to produce a body of work for exhibition at Roscommon Arts Centre as part of Photo Ireland Festival & Belfast Exposed Futures Gallery as part of Belfast Photo Festival. The artist is also being supported by The Gallery of Photography through the provision of 30 hours free access to their Digital Studio for pre/production.
There will also be a free photography workshop with Roscommon-based photographer David J. Pierce from 3.30 to 6 pm before the launch of Project Cleansweep. Everyone is invited to attend Roscommon Arts Centre for the launch of Project Cleansweep where you will be given the chance to meet the artist, Dara McGrath.
Booking is essential and is available by contacting the box office on 090-6625824.