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IMMA is delighted to announce that Belfast based photographer Jan McCullough is the recipient of the IMMA Photography Residency Award 2019 – 2020. McCullough’s projects bring together multidisciplinary platforms such as online self-help forums and workshop led activities which harness communal aspirations and illusions, the resulting images tap in to sub-cultures of collective and creative thinking. IMMA is very excited to support her expanding practice through this unique opportunity and to be able to work with the renowned Light Work photography organisation in Syracuse, New York, as part of this award. This exchange includes a reciprocal residency at IMMA with selected artist Suné Woods, a former Light Work Artist-in-Residence.

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Artist Jan McCullough on her Award. October 2019:

“I am thrilled to be supported by IMMA through this award, which will enable me to create a major new body of work while participating in three unique residencies. The opportunity to collaborate with these renowned institutions, while constructing work in new locations, will make for an exciting and influential time for my practice.”

Jan Mc Cullough Biography

Jan McCullough (B. 1991) is an artist based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. McCullough is interested in the role photography plays in the construction and expression of individual and collective identities in contemporary society. In her current work, she explores how people use photography when improving their lives in a consumption-led society, where desires are shaped by advertising and the photographic image – how a ‘better life’ has been commodified to be bought and built.

Solo exhibitions of McCullough’s work include Seen Fifteen Gallery, London; Belfast Exposed Futures Gallery, Northern Ireland and The Gallery, University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Selected group exhibitions include Landskrona Museum, Sweden; Filter Space, Chicago, USA; Czong Institute for Contemporary Arts, South Korea and Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland. McCullough has been nominated for the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize, International Centre for Photography New York Infinity Award and won the British Journal of Photography Breakthrough Award. Her book ‘Home Instruction Manual’, published by Verlag Kettler, was awarded the Kassel Fotobookfestival Dummy Award and shortlisted for the Recontres D’Arles Author Book Award. McCullough is a recipient of the Freelands Foundation Artist Programme 2018 – 2020, London.


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