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Thursday, May 12, 2016


Thank you to everybody who came to our 8th Graduate Exhibition at St Kevins College at Steambox. A wonderful evening with a diverse and exiting range of subject matter and works on view. Well done to all students, staff and everybody associated with St Kevins.

"One of the notable aspects of this year’s diploma show was the distinctive and idiosyncratic approaches to subject matter from students and reflected a massive shift to documentary practice in the overall course strategy." -

Monday, April 25, 2016


This year Steambox plays host to graduates who have come through the level 6 Higher National Diploma programme at St Kevin’s College and represents the diversity, energy and unique character that the college provides.

At the start of each college year, students propose an idea, or a concept, which will be developed photographically throughout the year. The development of project-based and concept-based work is crucial in taking the development and understanding of photography further - beyond the concentration on technical and skills-based requirements that have traditionally been the framework of courses at Level 5 and Level 6 stages of photographic education. Instead, students are encouraged to consider the fundamentals of photographic practice, but also the complexities involved in creating larger, subject-driven projects to realization in a public space.
There is a necessity, within this process, of visual connection to a subject or theme. My role has been to help students find their subject and translate it effectively. Together we explore traditional and contemporary approaches to given themes and subject matter and, further, find an aesthetic, conceptual and curatorial solution to the individual’s own work. The process is supported on an on-going basis by a series of workshops and refined through a succession of critical reviews with the involvement of all tutors and peers. At these reviews we have established a type of synergy between tutors and students which is part of the success of this year’s exhibition.  In fact it is this closely-knit working relationship between tutors and students that is the driving force behind our development and evolution at St Kevins over the last number of years.
The work this year also reflects a massive shift to Documentary practice in our overall programme. At the beginning of the 2014/15 term, we introduced our Documentary Practice module - which explored the basis of storytelling, narratives, research and contextual aspects of photography from the ground up. Complementary to this we introduced our book-making module. Hand in hand both of these practices have redirected and enhanced the purpose and intent of our programme. The depth of work viewed this year is a consequence of an ever evolving, ever changing course at St Kevins College.  The exhibition as a whole is testament to the students themselves, to the investment they have made in their own work throughout the year and the efforts they have made to produce what is the largest and most ambitious St Kevin’s College Graduate exhibition to date.

Martin Cregg
2nd Year Tutor


Elizabeth Finnegans project 'Embedded' explores our relationship with the traditional act of turfcutting. Her approach of taking, burying and re-scanning portraits of a broad demographic of people expresses the deep connection we have to our landscape: 

"People from all over the country and from all walks of life are bound together by a common thread. The tradition of cutting turf and spending time on our boglands is engrained in many of us. It’s a tradition that we do not want to lose. It is therefore very important that we let it be known to our public representatives, especially those seeking election to government, that we want part of the lands destroyed by Bord NaMona to be restored back again to its wild and natural state. Bord Na Mona has been harvesting peat on an industrial scale since 1940. They will cease this operation in 15 years time (by which time they will have depleted almost all of our boglands). What happens next is critical. It is important that some of that land be regenerated and allowed to return to being wetlands. My project consists of portraits of a broad demographic of people who work traditionally in family plots - images embedded, buried in the landscape, scanned and re-presented."

Jack Neiwiadomski's documentary mixes archive material, still life and representations of the abandoned asylum in Dublin:

"Built in 1896 as an overflow facility for the Richmond Asylum in Dublin City Centre, St.Ita's Hospital has dominated the peninsula at Portrane, Co Dublin since the late 19th Century. As the largest public contract ever undertaken in Ireland up to 1890, St Ita's was a notable feat of both 19th century civil and social engineering in Ireland. In it's heyday the asylum operated effectively at the centre of a self-sufficient mini-town and was looked upon as a 'model' for the care of the mentally ill. Ironically St. Itas has, in a contemporary sense, become almost a by-word for all that is wrong with the psychiatric system in Ireland. This documentary focuses on the sense of abandonment that exists in the hospital as it stands today – between the presence, character and history of the past and the inevitability of the future. It has been the subject of much public debate in the past decade or more but many questions as to the future of St. Ita's still remain unanswered. Yet, there are plans to rebuild and reuse the facilities for a new mental hospital in the near future."

Ivaylo Petrovs large-scale documentary project reflects on his mothers home town in Bulgaria:

"Since the collapse of Communism in 1989, rural life in Bulgaria has fallen into decline. The population has declined drastically over a short number of years as there has been a shift from large rural populations to urban migrations. In the years after World War II, 24.7 percent of the Bulgarian population lived in cities and 75.3% of them in rural areas. Unfortunately now this now flipped - 73% live in cities and 27% in rural areas. My work represents one small town, one small village and reflects on the destruction of rural life which occurred after the fall of Communism."

Jialin Long explores the little known condition of 'Trypophobia': 

“This project is focusing on people who have a little known condition called Trypophobia - documenting their ‘immediate’ reaction when exposed to a particular type of image. These images include rotting tree trunks, holey cheese and the lotus seedpod. The condition is a claimed pathological fear of holes, particularly irregular patterns of holes, best represented in certain types of photographs which amplify the effect. The medical world hasn’t yet embraced the phobia as real. It isn’t listed in any major dictionary or in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. There are scientists working on investigate the visual elements behind this phobia. But thus far, most of their research has focused on identifying what types of images set off these reactions rather than why.”

Stanislav Nasypanyys documentary on ad-hoc ballet schools in Ireland

"Ireland has always been uneasy around classical ballet. The Catholic Church saw almost all dance forms, ballet included, as morally dubious. An "Irish" ballet had to find a place in Irish culture as the integration of traditional Irish dance forms with classical ballet. But developing ballet is not that easy. It is multi-layered, needs honest appraisal and demands professionalism at every level: early training, vocational training, professional opportunities, audience development. During the period of rapid economic growth in Ireland from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s many immigrants arrived to Ireland bringing with them their culture and customs. Among immigrants were dancers of the classical ballet school. Some of them are arranged to work as teachers in the Irish ballet schools, but there are some of them who organized their own schools.."

Adrianna Deron has been collaborating with individuals in Deaf Village Ireland. A series of silent conversations and intimate portrait sessions with deaf people and those whose hearing is slowly diminishing. Through portraiture and text exchanges, the work sets out to explore the realities of hearing loss and percieved silence, whilst challenging the misconceptions and misinterpretations of deaf people in society.

Robert Le Roux 'Recovery': "This work considers the life changing or ending event of a car crash. It is an examination of the shattered debris left behind by vehicles involved on crash sites, after the car has been removed from the site. The work documents the only lasting traces of car crash sites - the debris left on the roadside by the collision. The size of the pieces your only indication of the severity of it with no idea of the outcome for both the occupants and the vehicle. It is also a close look at the damage and scars left on a vehicle itself. Like an organ donor, rushed almost instantly to a breakers yard to be stripped of any useable parts and the remainder crushed and recycled."

Amanda Lynchs work evokes a feeling of rebellion – the joys of mischief, debauchery and experimentation of people in their early 30’s.

Adrinne Johnston 'Chosen Field' - "My work is based on an unknown and hidden Neolithic site on Brewel Hill in Co. Kildare. The area in question was a contentious site part of an ongoing battle between the OPW and the then Landowner in 1973. Hidden within the landscape is a double-henged circle with sacred stones, which have been enclosed by trees-planted by the then landowner in an act of defiance against the OPW - who had declared the area as a National Monument and placed a protection order on it. The Neolithic stones were used by ancient people to determine the equinox and solstice. The stones have been positioned strategically in relation to the sun and seasonal cycles. Through research and close collaboration with the archaeologist Caimin O’ Brien I discovered that the stones ‘reveal’ themselves during dawn of the lesser known Vernal (spring) equinox - illuminating and heightening their presence and revealing their original purpose and meaning."

Sarah Kennedy has photographed her twin brothers for over two years in her project 'Out of Unison': 

"David & Paul are identical twins. Our family have always been able to easily tell the difference between the two, unless they were sleeping. I began photographing them when they were 11 years old. They are currently 13. I want my photographs to translate the subtleties of their unique individuality, as well as the identical similarities they share. Every year, as they develop in unison, they experience massive changes - physically and mentally."

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

CDVEC Photography Awards 2016

CONGRATULATIONS to All Winners of the Annual City of Dublin ETB Photography Awards 2016 - Hosted by St Kevins College | Photography & Media - Open to all colleges and Secondary Schools in the City of Dublin Area.

Winners in the Senior & Junior Categories 

B&W Category
1st - Sarah Kennedy - St Kevins College | Photography & Media, 2nd - Miroslav Kaidanovic - St Kevins College | Photography & Media, 3rd - Olga Klimovic - St Kevins College | Photography & Media

Digital Category
1st - Jack Niedwiadomski - St Kevins College | Photography & Media, 2nd - Evangeline Gibson - Colaiste Dhulaigh, 3rd - Donna Marie Mahony - Inchicore College Official

Honorable Mentions
Jialin Long - St Kevins College | Photography & Media, Jamie Kenny - Inchicore College Official, Rian Fitzgerald- Ballymun Youth Reach, Martin Breen - Foundations Project Parnell St

Junior Award | Secondary Schools Award
Colaiste Eoin, Finglas

Supported by the

Friday, May 8, 2015


This year, the wonderful Mart Gallery and Studios in Lower Rathmines play host to graduates who have come through the level 6 Higher National Diploma programme at St Kevin’s College.  The work exhibited by our students this year, again reflects the broad demographics of the college itself and the diversity, energy and uniqueness that the college provides. Students have presented individual images and subject driven projects that represent a broad range of approaches, styles and strengths – from commercial portraiture, landscape and fashion imagery, to long term projects that deal with aspects of the social and personal world.


"Waiting" | My work is a reflection on the time of waiting – those emotional and pensive days and moments leading up to the death of my Father. Grasping his fading presence in light reflecting on the surface of a frozen lake. Trying to find answers to questions that cannot be asked. The stillness of water and the colour of grass, the world fading quietly along with my fathers life.

MANDY KAVANAGH – “The last leaf”

This body of work deals with the very serious issue of suicide clusters in Ireland. My focus is on a very specific location in Clondalkin where many young men have chosen to end their lives – a hanging tree, which is commonly known in the area for being the place of sadness and loss. The last leaf refers to the fragments that I have collected at the last cycle of autumn of this tree, a leaf representing the individual who last took their life here. The land that the tree sits on is due to be rezoned - work on the site is due to commence mid-2015.


Sport can highlight and expose perceptions of gender and issues masculinity and femininity. Though a series of intimate portraits, I want to challenge some of the misconceptions of women's rugby and the individuals who play the game at all levels.  

DIMITRI AVKHADEEV - ‘The Lonely Station’ 


'La Barca' is an escape for some people. It is a house full of young people, from Brazil, living in Dublin, establishing relationships and human bonds – partying, living life on the edge, forming connections beyond their own culture and country and feeling a sense of home away from home.  

At the start of each college year, students propose an idea, or a concept, which will be developed photographically throughout the year. The development of project-based and concept-based photography is crucial in students’ development and understanding of photography at this early stage of their careers. There is a necessity, within this process, of visual connection to a subject or theme. Students find their own topic, their own vision and to try to translate these effectively. My role has been to help students find their subject, their vision and translate it effectively. Together we explore traditional and contemporary approaches to given themes and subject matter and, further, find an aesthetic and conceptual solution to the individual’s own work. The process is supported on an on-going basis by a series of workshops and further refined through a succession of critical reviews, with the involvement of all tutors and peers. At these critical reviews we have established a close creative synergy between tutors and students which is part of the success of our course and the triumph of this year’s graduate exhibition. The exhibition is testament to the students themselves, to the investment they have made in their own work throughout the year and the efforts they have made to produce what is yet another very special exhibition for all of us connected to St Kevin’s College.


"Home" | My project deals with memory, identity and a yearning to connect with home. Since 2006, I have lived in Ireland - after spending my life on my family’s land in Lithuania. I try to merge images from my past and present life – from the beautiful place of my childhood, to the place that I live in now. Through a mental and pictorial reconstruction, of two places that I call home, the images represent a duality of characteristics and reveal the relationship between the reality of now and the memory of my distant home.

Martin Cregg
2nd Year Tutor
May 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

1st Year Theme: 'The Self' (Jan 2015)

'The Mirror' by Adrianna Deron c.

The self-portrait is always, in some respects, a mirror image. Through this assigned theme, notions of ‘the self’ are considered, explored and re-examined. First year students have adopted several creative and conceptual approaches relating to this theme and produced some engaging and thought-provoking work befitting the assigned task. Some are intimate and introspective accounts - conveying inner and private worlds through self-representation. Others use the task as an opportunity to perform and express an inner state. Here, issues relating to identity, morality and the body are addressed. Other work produced articulates self-affirming notions of self through relationships and family connections. What is presented, in this selection, is a broad expression of students’ present and past experiences, perspectives and perceptions. Well done to all. 

Katarzyna Michalak c.

Adrianna Deron c.

Jack Niewiadomski c.

Calvin Duffy c. 

Jailin Long c.

Jailin Long c.
Jack Niewiadomski c.

Chantelle Le Roux c. 

Elizabeth Finnegan c. 
Sarah Kennedy c.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


“Learn to see specific locale through the senses, moving beyond our dependency on sight alone to understand place as a series of sensory experiences…. Return, revisit, multiple times. Each time return with a new and more focused intention.” - Roberley Bell

Any given space is measurable and limited, but the possibilities of expression within that space are immeasurable and limit-less. This is the foundational basis of our ‘Rendering Space’ workshop. We take any given space, small or large - a room, a street, a building - and we produce a variety of individual representations and expressions of it and from it. The workshop explores how students visually interact with their immediate & familiar environment and express that limited space within given time restraints. The workshop is developed for 12-20 students, each closely negotiating the same space in a short allocated timeframe. On this first on-location workshop of the year, we chose Thomas Street - a familiar environment close to the college in Dublin 8. The timeframe was 2 hrs. Here are a selection of images from our 1st year Group. 

Jialin Long c.

Adrianna Deron c. 

c. Bridgene Verrecchia

c. Katie Creag

c. Calvin Duffy

c. Katarzyna Michalak

c. Katarzyna Michalak

c. Calvin Duffy

c. Jack Niewiadomski

c. Jack Niewiadomski

c. Tracey Gannon

c. Adrianna Deron