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Shadowlands – an exhibition focusing on Cork Docklands

City Hall Atrium – 10th June – 31st August 2008

Shadowlands is the title of a series of pinhole photographs by the artist Harry Moore with accompanying poems and prose by the writer William Wall.   This temporary installation, a commissioned work, is the first major exhibition in the new atrium of Cork’s City Hall.

Three photographs, printed onto canvas, will be exhibited in very large format, accompanied by writings inspired by the images. The exhibition takes place from 10th June – 29th August, 2008, and is open to the public Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm daily.

This work is the product of a direct commission of Harry Moore and William Wall by Cork City Council. The work which has resulted is a document, in pictures and words, of the docks area of Cork City.

Welcoming the exhibiting, the Lord Mayor Cllr. Donal Counihan said “Art and culture are part of our civic inheritance; they pay a vital role in defining this place. This series of photographs and poems, commissioned by Cork City Council, are testament to the role of art in helping us to discern the shape of our past, present and future.”

Speaking in advance of the exhibition, Joe Gavin, Cork City Manager commented, “As Cork develops and expands into the Docklands, we will encourage synergy between culture, commerce, education and community. This project is just one example the many projects City Council will undertake as we lead this strategically vital urban redevelopment project.”

The photographs were taken with a handmade pinhole camera which, through its long exposure time, removes traces of immediate movement and human activity. These images and words speak of buildings, ships and places which are in the near future, likely to change swiftly and permanently.

Harry Moore is an artist and photographer currently living in Cork city, Ireland. Born in Zambia, he studied at the Slade School of Art in London. He has exhibited nationally within Ireland, and also internationally, most recently in collaborative projects in Kosice, Slovakia and New Orleans. His work is featured in many collections within Ireland including the Glucksman Gallery in UCC and the Dublin Docklands Directorate. He teaches photography at St. John’s Central College in Cork city and also performs regularly as a sound artist.

William Wall is the author of four novels, one of which, This Is The Country, was long listed for the Man Booker Prize, and two collections of poetry and one of stories. He has won numerous prizes including the Patrick Kavanagh Award and the Sean O’Faoláin Award. His most recent book is No Paradiso, a collection of short stories. His work has been translated into several languages. He lives in Cork where he writes full-time.

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