Catch this powerful Pride exhibition in Dublin’s Temple Bar


Living with Pride is on display for the next four weeks

Panti Bliss in Dublin in 2003, by Christopher Robson

You only have a month left to catch The National Library of Ireland’s major LGBTQI+ photographic exhibition. Living with Pride: Photography by Christopher Robson is on display at the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar, Dublin. It will continue to run until Sunday, 21 November 2021. 

There’s still time to travel back in our country’s history to see the remarkable journey towards greater equality and acceptance. The exhibition documents life and activism for the LGBTQI+ community in Ireland in the nineties and noughties. The exhibition spotlights protests at home and abroad as well as Ireland’s decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1993. It shows the awe-inspiring Pride marches over the years and features well-known characters like The Diceman and Panti Bliss. Ultimately it is a celebration of the joy and vibrancy and determination of a community in the face of adversity. 

Photographer Christopher Robson was an activist, travel lover, architect, and cook. He died in 2013 and in 2015 his partner Bill Foley generously donated 2,000 photographs dating from 1992-2007 to the national collection. This action was what Christopher himself wished for. The photographs are staggering, an incredible view at some powerful points in history. 

Not only an exhibition, but there are also a number of accompanying events, and an online version is available here. It is best experienced in-person, though, so well worth a trip on your traipse through the city’s historic centre. The National Photographic Archive is located in Meeting House Square, a short walk from the Ha’penny Bridge. It has been open since 1998 and has a reading room and gallery. Living with Pride runs until 21 November. 

Christopher and Bill in 2003