Approved: 12.03.2016

Caitriona Dunnett

Artist, Project manager

Approved: 12.03.2016



    Artist Statement

    Caitriona Dunnett investigates memory and its, subjective, personal and forgotten narratives through nineteenth century photographic techniques. She is intrigued by the traces people leave behind. The paths they weave through time and the legacies attached to them. Dunnett’s sensitive renderings of landscapes and abandoned buildings have a palpable sense of history.


    She has been using contemporary techniques, converting digital files into contact negatives to create handcrafted cyanotypes. The cyanotype is an early photographic technique introduced by John Hershel in 1842. It has a Prussian blue base, which is at odds with the established way we view photographs, lending an air of the surreal or uncanny. Conversely Dunnett tones the cyanotypes opening up a dialogue between photography, painting and etching. She is engaged by how this multi-layered process resonates with memory and all its subtleties. 

    CV & Education



    •  RuaRed Winter Open, Dublin 
    •  Open 19, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, Rugby                       
    •  Spotlight, Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, Leamington Spa 
    •  Coventry Biennial, Coventry 
    •  ESPY Photography Award 2019, Elysium Gallery, Swansea


    • Winter Exhibition 2018, Custom House Studios and Gallery, Mayo
    • Coventry Open, Herbert Gallery & Museum, Coventry
    • Mass Paths, Custom House Studios and Gallery, Mayo 
    • Open 18, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, Rugby
    • FOTOLIMO Festival, Salle Walter Benjamin, Portbou, Spain
    • Bainbridge Open 2018, London


    • New Irish WorksPhotoIreland,Plural 17, International Center of Photography and Cinema, Madrid
    • Impressions Biennial, GMIT Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Galway
    • Mass Paths, New Irish Works, PhotoIreland, the Library Project, Dublin


    • PhotoIreland, New Irish Works, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
    • Nottingham Castle Open 2016, Nottingham
    • Chasing Shadows, The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
    • Chasing Shadows, Gallery X, Dublin, as part of PhotoIreland


    • The London Group Open 2015, The Cello Factory, London
    • Chasing Shadows, Gallery X, Dublin, as part of PhotoIreland
    • Open 2015, Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, Leamington Spa
    • Chasing Shadows, Dimbola Museum and Galleries, Isle of Wight


    • National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London
    • Print Biennial 2014, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
    • Photo-Paint, part of the Fringe Arts Bath Festival, Bath
    • The Walking Encyclopaedia, The Walking Artist Network and AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on Trent


    • Pushing Print, Margate Gallery, Margate
    • Ludlow Open, The Harley Centre, Ludlow
    • ‘And the Lads too…’, Irish Cultural Centre, London


    • Chasing Shadows, Centre for Creative Practices, Dublin, as part of PhotoIreland
    • Between the Lines, Drawing Project, Dublin
    • Female Irish Artists, 5 Years Gallery, London
    • Chasing Shadows, The Profile Gallery, Saltburn by Sea


    • Creekside Open, selected by Dexter Dalwood, APT Gallery, London


    • Wild, Wicked and Wanton, Lewisham Arthouse, London as part of Deptford X
    • Chasing Shadows, Centre for Creative Practices, Dublin, as part of PhotoIreland
    • At Play, South Hill Park, Bracknell


    • Lost in Transit, Vyner Street Gallery, London, as part of London Photomonth
    • Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
    • Unique Perspectives, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham
    • Lost in Transit, Impressions Gallery, Bradford
    • Miniature Focus, The Art Works Galleries, Newcastle


    • Doing Strange Things to Toys, The Kitchen Gallery, Cheshire
    • Miniatures, Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield


    • RISD Graduate Show, RISD Museum, Providence, RI, USA



    2000-02   MFA in Photography, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), USA

    1997-99    BA in Photography (1st Class Hons), Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham

    1994-97    Certificate in Photography, Dun Laoghaire College of Art & Design, Dublin, Ireland




    • Emergency Response Fund, Arts Council England
    • Honorable Mention Julia Margaret Cameron Award’s


    • an Artist Bursary


    • British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant in partnership with Dr Hilary Bishop, Liverpool John Moores University 
    • Shortlisted for the GPF International Photography Competition  


    • Shortlisted for Remote Photography Festival 


    • Shortlisted for the Annex Collection Acquisition Award
    • Grain Bursary


    • Grants for the Arts Award, Arts Council England
    • Shortlisted for the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize


    • Rhode Island School of Design Graduate Fellowship


    • Nominated for the Thomas Gowar Memorial Prize


    • Nominated for the Association of Irish Photographers Student Award



    2020       F-Stop, Open Theme, online

    2020       Creative Connections Commission, Creative Black Country

    2019        Warwickshire Open Studios

    2017        LensCulture’s Winter Exhibition 2017 online

    2016        AA2A at School of Art & Design, Coventry University

    2016        Selected for PhotoIreland’s New Irish Works 2016 project

    2015        Warwickshire Open Studios

    2008        AA2A at Bedfordshire University, Luton



    2020       Hill Close Gardens to be published by TLP PhotoIreland

    2018        Black & White Photography Magazine, April 

    2017        Mass Paths, published by PhotoIreland 


    Online Articles 

    Photomonitor, Irish Times, Lonely Planet, Inside the Outside, Atlas Obscura, Caught by the River