Seen Fifteen / Belfast Exposed Futures Exhibition Award

We are delighted to announce the recipient of the newly established Seen Fifteen / Belfast Exposed Futures Exhibition Award, Aisling McCoy.

Aisling McCoy is an Irish photographer based in Dublin whose work looks at how we inhabit space. Her background as an architect is central to her practice, and her work investigates the conflict between architecture as an intellectual ideal - created through images - and its translation into a built reality. She is particularly interested in the ideological aspect of inhabitation and the role of both architecture and photography in the construction of the ideal.

Since graduating from the MFA Photography programme at the Belfast School of Art, Ulster University (2015), Aisling's work has been exhibited in Dublin, Belfast, London, Paris and Pingyao. Her project ‘The Radiant City’ was selected as part of PhotoIreland New Irish Works, and the accompanying photobook was shortlisted for the Kassel Photobook Dummy Book award in 2015. She is currently working on a new body of work at the former Tempelhof airport in Berlin which will be exhibited at Belfast Exposed Futures from April 2017.

About the Award:  

Our relationship with the London based gallery began in 2015, with director Vivienne Gamble exhibiting and working with artists who had taken part in the Futures programme such as Jan McCullough, Jill Quigley and Ciarán Óg Arnold. We are pleased to formalise this relationship through the development of the annual 'Seen Fifteen / Belfast Exposed Futures Exhibition Award' - whereby Seen Fifteen award one Futures artist a solo show at their gallery space each year in Peckham, London. 

“I am particularly interested in how Aisling McCoy marries her background as an architect with her practice as a photographer. I’m impressed with the strong continuity in themes that she is developing around the discipline of architecture as an intellectual ideal. I’m very much looking forward to working with Aisling to create an exhibition of her new work at Templehof, Berlin and bringing it to London.“  Vivienne Gamble, Director & Founder at Seen Fifteen Gallery 

Belfast Exposed Futures is a programme dedicated to supporting new photographic talent in Northern Ireland. It supports the development and presentation of new work by early career artists in a series of solo shows and aims to promote these artists on an international level by creating significant opportunities for the artists to build their careers in addition to offering mentorship, residencies and professional development workshops. 

Seen Fifteen is a new space in Peckham, South East London, dedicated to contemporary photography, video and installation art.  Born and brought up in Belfast, Seen Fifteen’s founder, Vivienne Gamble, is a keen supporter of emerging Irish talent.  



Related Images

Untitled, from the series 'The Radiant City' © Aisling McCoy
Untitled, from the series 'The Radiant City' © Aisling McCoy
Installation of 'The Radiant City' at the Library Project, Dublin (February 2017)
Untitled, Tempelhof Airport Berlin © Aisling McCoy

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