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Hill Close Gardens
Caitriona Dunnett

Hill Close Gardens, Caitriona Dunnett

Hill Close Gardens, Caitriona DunnettHill Close Gardens
Caitriona Dunnett

Designed by Ángel Luis González Fernández.


Edition of 200
32 pages
148 × 210 mm
ISBN Not Available


Hill Close Gardens captures the timelessness of one of the last groups of the detached Victorian pleasure gardens in the UK. The gardens date back to 1845 and were tended by tradesmen. They fell into disrepair and were saved from development by local residents. The plots have been fully restored by volunteers to address the planting of their original owners.

The gardens were invested in, lost, and then recreated. Each generation of gardener brought with them a layer of history. Dunnett developed a multi-layered process to engage with the gardens past. She printed and toned cyanotypes with pomegranate referencing 19th century painting and photography.

She was drawn to narratives of the tradesmen and photographed their landscaped plots and summerhouses. Whispers, tales from different times flourish amongst the hedged plots and Dunnett recalled lost gardens from her childhood. The project was supported by Grain Photography Hub.

About The Artist
Caitriona Dunnett is an Irish artist based in the UK. She investigates memory and its subjective, personal and forgotten narratives through early photographic techniques. She is intrigued by the traces people leave behind, the paths they weave through time and the legacies attached to them.

About the Series
TLP Editions are an ongoing collection of contemporary photographic projects in the form of accessible and inexpensive publications by PhotoIreland. These A5 sized booklets present a standard format throughout the series, with 36 pages each, a cover with a text block of under 140 words that introduces the project, and the title and the artist name only available on the contra cover. The project creates a node of opportunities as it allows photographers to enter the publishing arena, while facilitating access to contemporary artistic practices to the general public.

About the Publisher
Founded in 2009, PhotoIreland was conceived as an organisation that would stimulate a dialogue around Photography in Ireland by developing a varied array of initiatives and events with a strong participative approach.

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