About the artist Joanne 'Betty' Conlon
I'm Joanne but most people call me Betty. I graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in Fine Art printmaking.
I work with the mediums of photography and drawing in both analogue and digital formats. I also explore printmaking techniques such as silkscreen and risograph and I'm pursuing collage. Photography is generally the foundation of my work which I often combine or transform into other mediums.
I am passionate about gathering and documenting; my work often deals with the past. I'm concerned with the visual preservation of places and people. Through photography, I have consistently documented my surroundings, especially Dublin City. I strive to highlight the possibilities and importance of locations and buildings while conserving stories.
I am a professional member of Visual Artists Ireland and my work hangs in private and public collections.
2023 Commuovere curated by Amanda Jane Graham, Birr vintage week
2022/2023 OPW/NICS Travelling exhibition, Person/Presence/Perception at The Burnavon, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Kilmallock Library, Casino Marino, Dublin until November 2023.
2022 The Darkroom An exhibition in the making
2021 The Darkroom Lost and found
2020 RUA Annual Exhibition
2019 Halftone print fair at The Library Project
2019 RUA Annual Exhibition
2017 Halftone print fair at The Library Project
2017 RUA Annual Exhibition
2017 RHA Annual Exhibition
2016 Halftone print fair at The Library Project
2015 RUA Annual Exhibition
2015 RHA Annual Exhibition
2014 RUAAnnual Exhibition
2014 The Library Project Pursuit of beauty - A visual representation of real women
2013 RUA Annual Exhibition
2013 Birr Arts Festival
2013 FORMAT International Photography Festival
2012 Civilising the Wilderness at Visual Selected by Dr. Barbara Dawson, Director of the Hugh Lane Gallery and the artist Brian Duggan
2012 f/22 PhotoIreland
1996 Open Door, The Basement Galley an exhibition by artists from Dundalk
Residency at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig
Awarded membership to the The DarkRoom
Publication of my photographs by Askeaton Contemporary Arts - Scenes from the Analogue City, Joanne Betty Conlon & Kevin Barry
Photographs published in Winter Papers 3 arts anthology with accompanying essays by Kevin Barry in response to my images
My photograph was the inspiration behind the creation of an RTE Radio Drama on One - Digging For Fire where I discuss the photos origins. It sets the time and place of this story about Limerick and its music scene in the early 90s
Interview with Brand New Retro for Totally Dublin magazine
Photographs published in The Irish Examiner
Office Reflections series selected for Square Magazine
Photograph selected for the cover of poetry pamphlet
Selected for a LensCulture account
Photograph published in Why Cant We? The story of The Cranberries by HotPress
My bread and butter
I hope I can work as a full time artist in the near future. My practice is extremly important to me. In the meantime I have to pay the bills any way I can. Myself and my husband Micky run a design studio called Pixelated were we develop websites, videos and graphic design. I also work part-time for Mazars as a graphic designer and in all areas of digital media.