Aoife Herrity is a visual artist based in Dublin, Ireland. She was nominated by PhotoIreland as an Irish Talent for the Futures European Photography Platform in 2021. In the same year Herrity was a recipient of the Irish Arts Council Agility Award. She has an MFA in Photography from Ulster University, where she developed her series Sleeping Dogs Lie. Selections from this series have been exhibited in Dublin, Belfast, Copenhagen & Amsterdam. The series was published as a TLP Edition monograph in 2020. This ongoing body of work relates to developmental and interpersonal trauma, specifically implicit memory and the freeze response. Much of the series is brought about by research into psychology theory, memory and personal histories. Herrity works with lens-based media, the written word and archival material as a means to unpack and examine the complex area of trauma experienced in childhood. 

b. 1983 Dublin, Ireland.

2018 - 2020     Belfast School of Art, Ulster University, NI      
                        Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Photography (awarded with distinction)
2001 - 2005     Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology, IE
                        Bachelor of Arts (BA), Photography (awarded with merit one grade)

Solo Exhibitions 
2017                Meeting House Square, DYT at Forty, Dublin, IE (digital projection)    

Selected Group Exhibitions
2022              Printworks Dublin Castle, Images Are All We Have, PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin, IE
2021              The Library Project, Halftone Fair, Dublin, IE
2021              The Library Project, FUTURES Irish Talents 2021, Dublin, IE
2021               Milk Cafe @ Melkweg, Futures Talents 2021, Amsterdam, NE (digital display) 
2021               Copenhagen Photo Festival, The Censored Exhibition, Copenhagen, DK
2020               The Library Project, Halftone Fair, Dublin, IE
2020               Belfast Exposed, Anthropology, Belfast, NI
2020               Signal Arts Centre, Signal Open,  Bray, IE
2019               Rua Red, Winter Open 2019, Dublin, IE
2019               The Library Project, Halftone Fair, Dublin, IE
2018               Rua Red, Winter Open 2018, Dublin, IE
2018               The Library Project, Halftone Fair, Dublin, IE
2017               Somerset House, Sony World Photography Awards & Exhibition, London, UK (digital display) 
2016               Bond Street Studios, Dublin 8 for Culture Night, Dublin, IE  
2016               Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, FEAR by Peachy Dublin,  Dublin, IE
2016               Royal Hibernian Academy, RHA 186th Annual Exhibition, Dublin, IE   
2015               Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Peachy,  Dublin, IE
2013               Royal Hibernian Academy, RHA 183rd Annual Exhibition, Dublin, IE   
2010               D-Light Studios, Homeless Gallery with PhotoIreland Festival,  Dublin, IE
2010               South Studios, Tools of the Trade with PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin, IE

Online Exhibitions
2021               Void Collective, Always Present, London, UK  
2020               Photofringe Festival, Navigation, Anthropic XI Collective, Brighton, UK
2020               Source Magazine, Graduate Photography Online, Belfast, NI
2020               Irish Arts Review, New Generations Gallery, Dublin, IE
2020               CIACLA, Online Program, Los Angeles, USA 
2020               Photograd Degree Show, UK

Public Collections
                       Untitled (Tree), Office of Public Works. Dublin, IE, acquired 2020 
                       Untitled (Crow), Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast, NI, acquired 2020
                       Untitled (Hedge), Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast, NI, acquired 2020
                       Untitled (Tree), Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast, NI, acquired 2020

Bursaries, Grants & Awards
2021              Irish Arts Council, Agility Award, Round II, IE
2021              Irish Talent for Futures Photography Platform 2021, IE (nominated by PhotoIreland)
2020              Source MA Graduate Photography Online, Belfast, NI (judge’s selection- Kirstin Kidd, Picture Editor, the Economist)
2017              Sony World Photography Awards & Exhibition, Open Still Life Category, UK (commended image)
2014              Lensculture Portrait Awards, UK (finalist)

2021              Arteles Creative Center, Enter Text Residency, Haukijärvi, FI
2018              Cow House Studios, Spring Residency, Wexford, IE

2020              Sleeping Dogs Lie, TLP Editions, PhotoIreland Foundation

Written Work 
2022             Commissioned Essay, Now Tell Me Writing, Issue 3 (forthcoming)
2019              How Are We Feeling?, Critical Bastards, Issue 16: SENSE

Features & Publicity
2021              Click Magazine, Issue 77
2020              Photofringe Festival, Instagram takeover 

Talks & Public Speaking 
2022              Photography: An Empathetic Gesture?, Critical Academy Think Tank, PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin, IE
2022              VAI Show & Tell, Visual Artists Ireland, Dublin, IE (online)
2020              In Conversation with Haley Morris-Cafiero, Good Relations Week, Belfast Exposed, Belfast, NI

Teaching & Lecturing
2019 - 2022   Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire, IE (associate lecturer)
2018              Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire, IE (tutor/demonstrator)
2017 - 2018   Gallery of Photography, IE (workshop facilitator)
2014              Gaelscoil Cholmcille with AXIS Ballymun, IE (photography project facilitator)
2009 - 2011   D-light Studios, IE (workshop facilitator)

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