2017 Offaly Culture Night Exhibition Eyes on Boora
Eyes on Boora Opening: September 22nd 2017 15.30, Lough Boora Discovery Park Visitor Centre, Boora, County Offaly.
Eyes on Boora is an exploration of Lough Boora Parklands through the eyes of the community’s children. Commissioned by Offaly County Council for Culture Night 2017 and facilitated by visual artist Aisling O’ Rourke the exhibition sees children from Broughall, Coolanarney and Lumcloon National Schools, display photographic studies of the parklands. The 50 children involved will create the work on display in a workshop on September 8th 2017. They will be divided up into teams and tasked with creating images that reflect what Boora means to them. As a group we will then curate the exhibition to be installed in the visitor centre for Culture night. The pupils will officially open the exhibit for their community at 15.30 on September 22nd.
Through Eyes on Boora, the 50 pupils involved from Broughall, Lumcloon and Coolanarney National Schools are being given the opportunity, not only take part in Offaly Culture Night 2017, but to charge of the occasion for their community. This exhibition is part of an overall documentary project on the parklands. Aisling O’ Rourke is available for interview on 086063057.
An emerging visual artist from Tullamore county Offaly Aisling is skilled in creating intimate photographic documentary. Aisling self published A Bower For Sisters in 2015, A Bower For Sisters will also be exhibited at Áras an Chontae, Tullamore later this year. A Broadcast Journalist with Newstalk Aisling holds an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the University of Arts London's London College of Communication and a BA in Journalism from Dublin City University.
2017 Light Grey Art Lab, Art Camp Japan.
2015 Self published A Bower For Sisters photobook, an intimate portrait of Our Lady’s Bower Boarding School and Convent.
2015 A Bower For Sisters exhibited at the University of the Arts London
2015 A Bower For Sisters exhibited at the Library Project, Temple Bar.
2014 Selected by World Press Photo Ireland for Young Journalist Spotlight at World Press Photo 2014, Dublin.
2014 My T1 Life.
2010 In Her Own World.
2009 Like a Prairie Fire, the GAA at 125 years old.
2016 Hijacking Reality at PhotoWerk Berlin with Boris Eldagsen.
2013 Roger Ballen, Belfast Photo Festival Masterclass.
2010 Documentary Photography with Kim Haughton, Gallery of Photography Dublin.