30 Year Anniversary Exhibition

Press Release 

Irish photographer, Giles Norman, launches a large-scale exhibition in the historical Old Mill Building to celebrate his gallery’s 30th anniversary.

When renowned photographer, Giles Norman, rented a darkroom space in Kinsale in the early ‘80s, both locals and tourists flocked to the tiny window of his studio, which offered a glimpse into his growing portfolio. This welcome curiosity encouraged Giles Norman to open his first gallery in Kinsale 30 years ago in 1988.

This month-long exhibition will take visitors on a journey through Giles’s expansive portfolio from his early analogue years, through to the advent of the digital era, and the launch of his new Aran Islands 2018 and Rome 2018 collections. Both his Irish and international collections will be on display, exhibiting Ireland’s dramatic landscape, alongside street scenes from the world’s greatest cities and bold abstract pieces.

“One of the challenges that I face is deciding which images to display in my gallery – I have over a thousand images and there’s only so much wall space – so I’ve enjoyed this opportunity to exhibit both new and old pieces on a larger scale, capturing the 30-year journey of my gallery,” says Giles.

With unique insights into his influences and experiences as a photographer, alongside a video installation featuring a behind-the-scenes look into Giles Norman’s process, this is an exhibition for both admirers of his images and photography enthusiasts.

“Kinsale has been home to my gallery for thirty years now, it’s a town that I love living in – it’s where I raised my family with my wife, Catherine, and where we built our business,” explains Giles. “So it’s extra special to host this celebratory exhibition in the beautiful town of Kinsale, especially in such a historical building.”

Giles Norman opened his exhibition at the Old Mill Building on the 29th June 2018 with a launch party attended by family, friends and local businesses.

This project is supported by the Arts Office, Cork County Council, and the Creative Ireland Programme, an all-of-Government five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy.




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