Parr’s Ireland: 40 Years of Photography

Friday 26 February – Sunday 2 May 2021
Parr’s Ireland: 40 Years of Photography | Friday 26 February  – Sunday 2 May 2021 | Limerick City Gallery
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Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions LCGA is currently closed to the public but a Virtual Tour of exhibition will be availble from 26 February 2021, with a programme of events taking place on line. Viewable online here.

Since the late 1980’s Martin Parr has been taking photographs in Ireland.  Between 1980-1982 he lived in the West of Ireland embedding himself in its land and culture, capturing the area where he was based.  Since then he has returned at regular intervals over the last three decades to continue this work.  During that time, he captured the changing Ireland and created a series of images that present the effects of wealth and Americanisation on the country.  At a pivotal time of social and cultural change these series range from the Texan inspired Bungalows of Co. Leitrim to the Country and Western dances in rural dance halls, showing an Ireland on the cusp of the Celtic Tiger era.  Since then he has produced new works around the Silicon Docks in Dublin, once again exploring the new wave of Corporate American influence in Irish society and the shadow of an impending Brexit.

To date this expansive series of images made in Ireland over 40 years has not been exhibited in its entirety.  In 2021 this will no longer be the case as Limerick City Gallery of Art working in partnership with Northern Narratives productions – opens a tour which will present all of Parr’s works exploring a variety of themes and events of historical and social significance in Ireland.  The tour will continue from Limerick to Dublin Gallery of Photography, Roscommon Arts Centre and then travel to Boston College’s McMullen Museum of Art before returning to finish its tour in Belfast Exposed Gallery in the North of Ireland.

Further information and enquiries please email

Touring to Gallery of Photography, Dublin,  26 Jun – 5 Sep 2021 & Roscommon Arts Centre 2021

Martin Parr:

Review by Fintan O’Toole – Irish Times columist and writer • Review Hugh Linehan, The Irish Times 2016

Friday 26 February – Sunday 2 May 2021
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