Longford Schools Photography Programme is Irelands largest and longest running schools photography programme. It is organised and funded by Longford County Council Arts Office and is operated in partnership with all Longford secondary schools.
The programme is facilitated by local photographer Shelley Corcoran. Shelley is a BA Fine Art [Photography] graduate from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Arts, Design and Technology.
She has established her own practice in Longford, she works with the local media and has extensive teaching experience.
Eight schools are actively involved in the programme in Longford and one in County Westmeath. The participating schools are: St. Mel’s College, Templemichael College, Meán Scoil Mhuire, Ballymahon Mercy, Ballymahon VS, Cnoc Mhuire Granard, Moyne Community School and CBS Mullingar
Each school schedules a two hour class once a week and schools often collaborate in competition and on projects such as publications and field-trips to national photographic facilities.
A unique dimension of our Schools Photographic Programme is that the students in the various schools get together each year to produce a publication of original work that usually addresses current social issues affecting today’s young people. The students than arrange to sell their publication and all of the proceeds are donated to an appropriate local charity or support organisation.
To-date the students have published:
Moments in Time (Positive Mental Health, for Mental Health Longford)
Together We’re Stronger (For St Christopher’s Services, Longford)
Shelley Corcoran Programme Director and Fergus Kennedy County Arts Officer have co-authored; Bang Bang She Shot Me [An Introduction to Digital Photography] based on their experiences of developing and delivering the Longford Schools Photography Programme
Reflecting on a Festive Win
One budding photographer was ‘Loving Christmas in Longford’ this past winter, after winning a €200 Ganly’s voucher in the Longford Leader’s festive photography competition.
Late last year, the Longford Leader put out a call to photographers all over the county to capture their interpretation of ‘Loving Christmas in Longford’ to be in with a chance of winning the top prize… read more