The PhotoIreland Wiki was launched in 2019 as part of the Critical Academy project to build a wiki website that will facilitate the collection of historical data relating to the practice of Photography in Ireland for future analysis.
The purpose of the PhotoIreland Wiki is to consider the recent history of lens based practice on the island of Ireland. As defined on Wikipedia, ‘A wiki is an online hypertext publication collaboratively edited and managed by its own audience, using a web browser.’ 1 This collaborative approach allows Irish and practitioners based in Ireland to stand up and be counted, profiling themselves on the website, inputting their own historic list of exhibitions, their publications, awards and biography. In 2022, the remit of the site expanded, and organisations such as galleries, resources and publishers that have supported lens based artists in Ireland are now in invited to submit information.
The data gathered will contribute to a better understanding of the historical context of photography in Ireland over time, specifically looking at the last 20 years. It will also serve to identify and evaluate how organisations in Ireland and abroad have engaged with lens based artists. Progress on this research project will be shared at certain milestones throughout the process, and there are plans to programme a series of activities around it, like symposiums, exhibitions, and the launch of specific publications.
In this initial presentation of the website, we are focusing primarily on the gathering and display of information. For this, we are following the Wiki style guide.
The aim of this space is to become a resource that will feed Wikipedia, and in doing so, facilitating an adequate representation of artists in and from Ireland on that vast repository. It is thus essential to count on a wide participation on this project. From then on, we intend to offer users a series of more visually appealing outputs, in print and online, that will help us propagate the resource to international audiences, and to other key resources and networks like libraries, festivals, museums, universities, etc.
To join us in making this and other projects happen, you can become a patron of PhotoIreland and get rewards too. If you want to contribute to this process with your skills, you are more than welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
All data on the PhotoIreland Wiki is sourced from publicly available information or from a previous submission. Any information submitted can be amended or removed at any time.
How to contribute
Gosh, my name is not here! Do not fret! We have populated the page with the names of artists featured in PhotoIreland activities over time, such as the PhotoIreland Festival, as well as organisations from our research and publications from the PhotoIreland Collection. You can submit information about yourself, an organisation you represent or a publication.
If you are an organisation that supports lens based artists or you’re a lens based artist developing an artistic practice in Ireland, or an Irish one doing so abroad, and your name is not listed, let’s fix it. Make sure you read about this project, download the submission form and send it to us. We will create a page with your profile, making sure you are counted when it comes to Photography in Ireland.
Artists that work in lens-based media, institutions that have supported lens-based artists, or publication producers: Download a submission form below and once completed email us.
For Artists: PhotoIreland Wiki Submission Form for Artists
For Organisations: PhotoIreland Wiki Submission Form for Organisations.
For Publications: PhotoIreland Wiki Submission Form for Publications.
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To suggest any further edits or to contribute to the project, feel free to contact us.
This site has been made possible thanks to the contribution of Sheaneen Healy Byrne and Csaba Marton, and maintained by the staff of PhotoIreland. Thanks also to Rebecca O’Neill, Project Coordinator of Wikimedia Ireland, and Valerie Connor, for their support and guidance.
Thank you to all the staff at NIVAL and Chloe Maguire for all her help in obtaining research for this site and all the artists and organisations that have submitted information and helped to make this open source archive possible.
Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.