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Heirloom Cyanotypes with Veronica Nicholson

Heirlooms 2023

Cyanotype photography is a camera-less technique that involves laying an object on paper coated with a solution of iron salts before exposing it to UV light and washing with water to create stunning white and Prussian blue images. An Artists in the Community project supported by Offaly County Council and Anam Beo. Looking forward to the enchanting and thought provoking outcomes of project Heirlooms! The reveals are part of an explorative and exciting process.

Photographic Artist Veronica Nicholson joined up with members from Tullamore Camera Club & Anam Beo in May 2021 and 2022! Reconnecting and re-establishing engagements with a creative focus for project participants leading to conversations, creative engagements and artistic outcomes.

‘Still Lives, Still Alive’ is an Anam Beo Artist in the Community Project with Photographic Artist Veronica Nicholson & some members of Tullamore Camera Club. Marie, Mary, Philomena, Pauline and Bridie produced a body of work & explored their surroundings in the everyday. Using fresh elements within their own photography practice, these striking images are the creative outcomes from a socially engaged collaboration that involved technical and conceptual conversations during an artistic process around the familiar. The project booklet supports the project and be used as part of a project exhibition and dissemination. That they have continued to come together and create is indicative of their enjoyment of the process and successes. This Artist in the Community Project was supported by Offaly County Council.

‘Really enjoyed taking part in the project. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and encouraged me to think creatively whilst gaining new skills. All under the experts eye and guidance of our Veronica.’

Marie Kearns

In 2022 the group visited the National Gallery of Ireland to look the still life paintings collection, which ranged from the 17th to the 20th century. Inspired by the visit, we collaborated on a still life of flowers and food, resulting in the photograph Cornucopia. Cornucopia means ‘horn of plenty’ and has long served as a traditional symbol in art and decoration to suggest abundance. Veronica Nicholson.

About Veronica Nicholson
Veronica Nicholson is a photographic artist and educator, whose work has been exhibited internationally and nationally. She grew up in Dublin, completing a Diploma in Professional Photography in 1990 during which she documented a year in the life of Trinity College Dublin which was exhibited in the TCD Atrium. She moved to Clare in 1994 to work in the Burren College of Art as Head of Photography and was co-founder and director of the Courthouse Artist Studios in Ennistymon. In Clare she responded to place by creating many bodies of work: The Village, exhibited in Gothenburg Irish Festival; Nature Morte shown in the RHA and Irish Cultural Centre, Paris; Through Each Others Eyes, an exchange with photographers from Phoenix, Arizona.

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