OBSERVING OFFALY AS THE CENTURY OF OUR NATION TURNS

Veronica Nicholson

 

Acclaimed photographer Veronica Nicholson has been commissioned by Offaly County Council to document the county during 2015/2016. She will create 200 images which will be published in a large photo book and culminate in an exhibition of some of the images.

Nicholson’s appointment follows an open call for proposals from photographers in late 2014 which saw applications come in from all over the country. Funded under the per cent for art scheme, it is a unique opportunity for both the photographer and the county. The book aims to capture Offaly at this moment in time; its people, places, social culture, heritage, domestic customs, our changing landscapes and industry.

Veronica states, “I am really thrilled to get this commission in Offaly, especially at this time in our history when we are reflecting back on the birth of this nation. I hope this book will be an important  document that will be cherished over the next century. I'm also very excited to be travelling all around Offaly over the next year in order to bring to light its abundant riches."

Though she grew up in Dublin, Nicholson spent her childhood summers on the farm near Rhode where her mother grew up, and this connection with place inspired her to relocate to Offaly in 2010. Since then she has been involved in many projects locally, including the documentary film, A Grand Experience in which she created a photographic stop motion animation of the Grand Canal featuring voices from people who live along the route from Shannon Harbour to Edenderry.

Nicholson’s work has been exhibited internationally from Chicago, Paris, Germany, Korea and Arizona to being a regular exhibitor nationally at the Royal Hibernian Academy, EV+A and Eigse. She has been a teacher of photography since 1994, and in 2012 she completed a Masters of Art degree from the National College of Art and Design.

The book and exhibition will be launched later in 2016 as part of the 2016 commemorative programme for Offaly. For more information contact the Arts Office in Offaly County Council arts@offalycoco.ie or 057 9357400.