Butler Gallery is delighted to announce the Gypsy Ray Photography Resident for 2022, Kasia Kaminska.

Artists Biography:

Kasia Kaminska is an artist and educator living in Co. Kilkenny.

She holds a BA in Photography from TUDublin and an MA in Social Art Practice from TUShannon-Midwest. She is a founding member of award-winning photobook collective Read That Image and her photographic projects and publications have been included in exhibitions (TULCA, RDS Student Art Awards) and book fairs (Limerick International Publishers Salon, Dublin Art Book Fair) throughout Ireland. She has been awarded artist residencies at Cow House Studios in Co. Wexford and Grizedale Arts in the UK.

In 2021 she initiated The GILD Project, a social art and eco-photography project that aims to connect people, plants and places through creativity, collaboration and community engagement. The GILD Project has contributed to the 'Human Lab' at Electric Picnic curated by Aisling Murray (2022), ‘Community Vaults’ at Axis Ballymun curated by Maeve Stone (2021-2022) ‘Seeds of the Future’ at the Kilkenny School of Food (2021) and ‘How do we start?’ (2021), a climate art magazine commissioned by Project Arts Centre and curated by Maeve Stone.

"I am honoured to have been awarded the Gypsy Ray Photography Residency. I will use this residency to further develop my sustainable darkroom practice and create new work inspired by cultivated and wild plant communities in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny"




The Gypsy Ray Photography Residency is intended to support photographers towards the production of a new body of work based on the principles of social documentary in their photographic practice. The residency encourages photographers to articulate their role as a documentarian or agent of expression within the local communities or the environments with which they would like to engage.

About Gypsy Ray
A native of Illinois, USA, Gypsy Ray (1949-2020) studied drawing and photography at the University of Iowa later receiving her Masters degree in photography from Goddard College. Most of her U.S.A. based photographic work was created in California where her series based on The Male Nude and her later work with the San Francisco Aids Foundation and San Francisco Hospice received national and international attention. Resident in Ireland since 2000 she continued her documentary practice through creative engagements with local Camphill communities and with Traveller communities in County Kilkenny. Her work is to be found in many public and private collections including Permanent Collections, (U.S. Library of Congress), The Wellcome Trust Gallery (British Museum) and the David Kronn Collection (Irish Museum of Modern Art).

The Gypsy Ray Social Documentary Photography Residency has been made possible with the support of Mary L. Ray and Steve Berlinski.

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