RHA Learning Event

Ashford In Conversation: Miriam O’Connor and Ruth Carroll
28 Jul 2021
Time: 5pm

Live event on Zoom. Click here to book your ticket.

Please note, this event will be recorded and zoom meeting details will be emailed an hour prior to the event.

Join us online on Zoom for this conversation with exhibiting artist and photographer Miriam O’Connor, with RHA Exhibitions Curator, Ruth Carroll. Miriam and Ruth will discuss Miriam’s exhibition Tomorrow is Sunday, showing in RHA’s Ashford Gallery from 19 July – 29 August.

Tomorrow is Sunday is a project which engages with O’Connor’s return to the family farm following the death of her brother in 2013. Up until this point, her brother had thoughtfully managed the farm for almost three decades, and the task of keeping things going was then conferred to O’Connor and her sister. The project utilises photographs, texts, logbooks and inventories which have been developed over this intervening period. Through these diverse approaches, the work reflects on the day-to-day demands of farming life and questions photography’s ability to communicate the magnitude of grief and this life-changing event.

Miriam O’Connor is from Cork and was educated at Technological University, Dublin and later completed a Research Masters at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design & Technology, Dublin. In her practice she draws inspiration from the sights, sounds and language of everyday life. She is curious about the multifaceted roles photography occupies in culture and the manner in which this persuasive medium permeates the way we engage with the world around us. Rather than providing answers, O’Connor positions photography as a tool for posing questions, a playful medium that commands its own attention and analysis. Using photographs, text and printed matter, her projects have explored themes around looking and seeing; the relationship between camera and subject and the complex nature of photographic representation. Following her relocation to the family farm in recent years, O’Connor now occupies a dual role of farmer and photographer, where she is interested in engaging with the elasticity of the medium throughout everyday agricultural life.

She is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Cork County Council, Visual Artists Ireland and Culture Ireland. Her work is held in public collections including, Arts Council of Ireland, Limerick City Gallery of Art and the Office of Public Works.

Ruth Carroll is a curator and exhibition organiser based in Dublin and is currently the Exhibitions Curator at the Royal Hibernian Academy. Some recent projects include exhibitions with Alan Phelan, Michael Robinson, Fiona Hackett, Miriam O’Connor and a major exhibition with Barbara Knezevic to open in July 2021. She holds a BA Int. in Italian and English, a H.Dip. in Art Administration, a H.Dip. in Management Practice and a Diploma in Project Management from the IMPA. She has a particular interest in farming practices having spent part of a sabbatical researching methods of food production in Canada and Italy.

Ashford In-Conversation is the series of conversations that happen around the RHA’s Ashford Gallery exhibition programme.

PhotoIreland Festival 2021

1 – 31 July


For PhotoIreland Festival 2021, RHA presents a kids and family workshop on experimenting with photography with Jane Cummins. The festival will also feature our upcoming Ashford exhibition Tomorrow is Sunday by Miriam O’Connor, with our Ashford in-conversation talk on 28 of July with Miriam and exhibitions curator Ruth Carroll. Please continue reading for further information.



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