'IN, AROUND & AFTEREFFECTS' | Roscommon Arts Centre

'In, Around & Aftereffects' | Ciaran Og Arnold, Martin Cregg, Mark Duffy
Roscommon Arts Centre | Opening April 6th 2018 

In, Around and Aftereffects: The Irish Midlands (2006 -2016) explores the social, cultural and psychological landscapes of the Irish Midlands from the height of the Celtic Tiger era, through the Irish recession and into a post-recession context. The exhibition brings together work in three different photographic languages emerging from the region. Ciaran Óg Arnold’s ‘Ive Been To The Worst of Bars’ sees beyond the familiar in his hometown of Ballinasloe. In psychologically charged landscapes and street scenes, this market town is tenderly evoked as an exotic location, a soulful place of despair as well as hope. Martin Creggs ‘Midlands’ has over ten years focused on the question of what the Midlands is - situating the midlands at the frontier of the struggle over Irish identity, questioning the very concept of what the ‘Midlands’ is – an undetermined geographical entity, under constant construction and re-definition. Mark Duffy’s ‘Vote No 1’ documents this and examines the culture of election advertising in Ireland. The series focuses on the accidental, and often gruesome, disfigurements the electoral candidates' faces suffer - an unintended consequence of their posters' erection. Each body of work reveals the Character of the Irish Midlands from a perspective of three artists of the same generation and who are from the Region itself.

'Post Picturesque: Photographing Ireland' (March 2017)

Image Courtesy of Anthony Haughey 

Opening this week in Minnesota , US - 'Post Picturesque: Photographing Ireland' with some friends and colleagues

"Post-Picturesque: Photographing Ireland presents nine accomplished artists, resident in the Republic and Northern Ireland, who respond to the famously picturesque Irish rural landscape with new aesthetic and critical approaches. This ambitious exhibition, curated by Perlman Teaching Museum Director Laurel Bradley, introduces the following lens-based practitioners to American audiences — many for the first time: Gary Coyle, Martin Cregg, David Farrell, Paul Gaffney, Anthony Haughey, Miriam O’Connor, Jill Quigley, Anna Rackard and Ruby Wallis." 

For More Information: https://apps.carleton.edu/museum/ireland/

News & Updates (Sept 2016)

OPENING of Heillandi Gallery, Lugano on September 15th, 6pm. 

The Gallery will be officially opened and all prints are for sale. 

Details and Works available:


 MIDLANDS at GAZEBOOK, Sicily (Friday 9th Sept 2016)

Every year, Photobook Bristol is looking for interesting and refreshing first books and dummy books which will be displayed in their book room during the festival.

In collaboration with Photobook Bristoland IC Visual Lab All the dummies and photobooks were selected and shortlisted for the First/Dummy Book Table 2016!



Delighted to be selected for the 2nd Time for the Prix Pictet - Theme 'Space'. 

The artists shortlisted for the seventh cycle will be unveiled at an evening screening at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris on 10 November 2016. Prix Pictet honorary president Kofi Annan will announce the winner of the Prix Pictet Space at the Finalists’ Exhibition and Award Ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London on 4 May 2017. Following the exhibition in London, the Prix Pictet Space exhibition will be toured globally.


News & Updates

MIDLANDS - Shortlisted for Kassel FotoBook Award 2016 

Midlands has been Shortlisted for the Kassel FotoBook Award - one of the leading global self-publishing awards. The Kassel Fotobook Award is currently in Beijing : 11 June – 3 July and exhibited in the following locations in 2016: 

Fotoleggendo, Rome : 10-26 June
PhotoIreland, Dublin : 1-31 July
Fotogalleriet, Oslo : 8-14 September
Organ Vida Festival, Zagreb : 13-21 September
Encontros da Imagem, Braga : 21 September – 5 November
Photobook Week Aarhus, Galleri Image : 29 September – 9 October

MIDLANDS - Selected for PhotoBook Bristol 2016 

Midlands has also been selected for Photobook Bristol - shortlisted as part of the Photo Dummy exhibition. The Full Shortlist can be viewed by following the link attached:

Irish Contemporary Photo Book Selection at Fotohof (May 2016)

Irish Contemporary Photo Book Selection at Galerie Fotohof, Salzburh (May 2016). With thanks to The Gallery of Photography, Dublin. 
Image courtesy of Shane Lynam 


Reviews and Articles 

Since Launching Midlands in September, the book has been reviewed and mentioned broadly in social media and magazines. Special thanks to SOURCE Magazine for their review in current issue

Further reviews can be found on COLIN PANTALLS Blog: 

Writer and Critic COLIN GRAHAM:  

Christer Eks 'best of 2015' List


A FADING LANDSCAPE on Scopio Magazine 

'A Fading Landscape' has been featured on Scopio Magazine. Follow follow link:


MIDLANDS | Book Launch | Gallery of Photography

"These photographs reveal the pure ahistoricity of their moment, when the idea of property was its own end, and the midlands a blank canvas on which those desires could be made and sold. Cregg’s careful, continual observation, distilled over years, means that Midlands tells a minimal and powerful story of clearance, building and dereliction." 

- Colin Graham, Author of "Northern Ireland: 30 years of Photography" 

Over a ten year period Martin Cregg's ‘Midlands’ has explored the physical transitions which are as a direct consequence of the National Spatial Strategy for Ireland (2002-2020). The disputed territory of 'The Midlands' was allocated a number of major strategic infrastructural projects - an inter-triangulation of “gateways” and “Hubs” in the interior were designed to kick-start an economic revival and encourage a dynamic regeneration and re-population of what was seen as a potential core area of the country. 

Throughout the cycles of economic and cultural change, from 2004 until the NSS was abandoned in late 2013, 'Midlands' mapped and represented the narrative of erasure, construction, abandonment and change in and on the landscape.

While ‘Midlands’ represents topographic alterations which were both subtle and monumental, minute and large scale over this period of time, the work also represents the porous nature of the imagined borders of the region itself, questioning the very concept of what the ‘Midlands’ is - an undetermined geographical entity, under constant construction and re-definition.

The Book is limited to an edition of 200, with text by Colin Graham and design by Read That Image. The cost of the book on the night of the launch is 4oEuros. All Welcome. 

EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1471456889824634/
BOOK SALES: http://www.martincreggphotography.com/Martin_Cregg_midlands_book_presales_and_order.html

News & Events | Spring 2015

 'Midlands' exhibited at Illuminations Gallery NUIM University of Maynooth (Feb 2015) 
Midlands was also recently featured on new Italian Magazine 'Eyes Open' (Jan 2015)

'Midlands' as part of Naked City Projects 'Multipli-Cities' Exhibition in Rome (Feb 2015) 
NAKED CITY PROJECT | http://www.nakedcityproject.com/

'A Fading Landscape' as part of HOME Exhibition, Lexicon Gallery, Dun Laoghaire  and Opening at Hive Emerging Gallery, Waterford -  as part of 'Breaking Sensation' group exhibition 

'The Photo Course' featured on the brilliant YET Magazine (Feb 2015) 

'Midlands' (2004 - 2014) @NUIM 'Illuminations' Gallery, Feb 2015

In February 2015 an event will take place at NUIM 'Illuminations' Gallery to mark ten years of the 'Midlands' project. Curated by Colin Graham, the event will include discussions surrounding issues that the work raises and will also be the proposed launch of the new 'Midlands' book.More Details on the NUIM Website.