Gather Connect Inspire

On May 14th and 15th Skye ATLAS Arts are running an arts event, Gather Connect Inspire, which aims to inspire creativity, create connections and exchange skills. Document Scotland are very pleased to have been invited, and Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert and Colin McPherson’s are excited to attend and participate.

On the morning of Thursday 14th Jeremy and Colin will show work by Document Scotland and other photographers who we have showcased on our website, and in the afternoon they will participate in workshops and be available for one-on-one portfolio sessions with local artists and photographers.

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From the webpage for the event, where you can also book incredibly reasonably priced tickets, but you’d better hurry as there is a limit to the numbers…

Confirmed speakers include:

Future Postive Studio – a multidisciplinary creative and digital studio that specialises in content, strategy and social outreach. Co-founders Jakub Michalski and Igor Termenon will expolore the potential of digital technology and offer one-to-one or workshop opportunities to discuss any questions you many have about how to use digital to its best advantage

Highland Print Studio – an open access workshop with facilities for printmaking (intaglio, relief, sceenprinting and stone lithography) and digital imaging. Studio Manager John McNaughtwill discuss the facilites and the work of the HPS and run one-to-one portfolio reviews for aspiring and well-established printmakers

Hot Tap Media – is a digital production company. Its director, Rebecca Thompson, will give an insight into the potential of crowdfunding as a means to fund creative projects. She will also offer more personal advice during one-to-ones or small group workshops

The Poundshop – an art project with the goal of spreading design to a wider audience and creating a platform for designers to sell items in pop-up shops. Sara Melin will give a presentation and run also run a creative workshop

Talent Development Initiative – there will be presentations from three successful applicants of the 2014 Talent Development Initiative: Suzy Lee, Heather McDermott and Emma Noble giving them the opportunity to showcase how their work has developed thanks to the support of this programme

Wasps Studios – a charity that provides affordable studios to support artists and arts organisations across Scotland. Michelle Emery-Barker will reveal their plans to develop a studio with accommodation in Skye

There will also be an evening meal on Thursday 14 May at the Isle of Skye Baking Company featuring a performance from Leighton Jones (included in the cost of your ticket)

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Donnie Maclean’s ‘A Glasgow Kiss’

We caught up recently with Donnie MacLean, whose work we have featured previously, to see what he has been up to on the streets and we were pleased to hear that he’s just about to launch new work in a new photography show along with a book, ‘A Glasgow Kiss’. Below we share some of Donnie’s new work, and the details of the show and further events at the same gallery. – Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert.

 

From 'A Glasgow Kiss' book, ©Donnie Maclean 2015, all rights reserved.

From ‘A Glasgow Kiss’ book, ©Donnie Maclean 2015, all rights reserved.

From 'A Glasgow Kiss' book, ©Donnie Maclean 2015, all rights reserved.

From ‘A Glasgow Kiss’ book, ©Donnie Maclean 2015, all rights reserved.

 

Donnie tells us more, “During May 2015 Six Foot Gallery, in Glasgow, will be hosting it’s first ever Month of Photography! Presenting three shows across 4 weeks, SFG aims to bring together a showcase of work from a diverse range of practitioners from across Scotland.

1st // ‘4/4’ // The Forgotten Collective take on the dual roles of photographer and curator as they each invite one photographer to join the group and create 4/4 as part of Six Foot Gallery’s Photo Month. Designed to highlight the individual, but also to celebrate the wider photographic world “4/4’ seeks to understand how the natural comparisons and contrasts found within any group can influence the work of the individual and how the individual can change the face of the group. Forgotten Collective member Donald John MacLean will be launching his latest book of images “A Glasgow Kiss” during the opening of 4/4 on Friday 1st May.

From 'A Glasgow Kiss' book, ©Donnie Maclean 2015, all rights reserved.

From ‘A Glasgow Kiss’ book, ©Donnie Maclean 2015, all rights reserved.

From 'A Glasgow Kiss' book, ©Donnie Maclean 2015, all rights reserved.

From ‘A Glasgow Kiss’ book, ©Donnie Maclean 2015, all rights reserved.

 

11th // ‘A GLASS EXPANSE’ // A Glass Expanse brings together 10 female photographic graduates from across the discipline who have assembled to create a body of self portraiture work that explores their concerns and subject matter as practitioners and as women. The work aims to create an image of the ‘Female Landscape’ as it is viewed by their lens, an impression from source of what role gender plays in the narrative of these landscapes and the relevance of lense based media as the vehicle for these communications. Curated by Alice Gordon.

21st // SFG OPEN RESIDENCY //
The artist chosen in the SFG artist residency programme, supported by Street Level Photoworks & Menzies Hotels.

As well as this we also have some absolute gems lined up for an instagram takeover, the launch of ‪#‎EverydayGlasgow‬ and a very special Talk See Photography panel ‘Female Landscapes’, with Aileen Campbell, Gillian Gilbert, and TalkSee’s very own Nina Bacos.”

From 'A Glasgow Kiss' book, ©Donnie Maclean 2015, all rights reserved.

From ‘A Glasgow Kiss’ book, ©Donnie Maclean 2015, all rights reserved.

From 'A Glasgow Kiss' book, ©Donnie Maclean 2015, all rights reserved.

From ‘A Glasgow Kiss’ book, ©Donnie Maclean 2015, all rights reserved.

 

Donnie also has plans for a new book of his Glasgow street photography work,” A Glasgow Kiss”,  launching during the opening of 4/4 on Friday 1st May.

 

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The History Woman

Nicola Sturgeon meets with her dress makers  Totty Rocks before being voted in as Scotland's First Minister. Photograph © Peter McNally, 2014, all rights reserved.

Nicola Sturgeon meets with her dress makers Totty Rocks before being voted in as Scotland’s First Minister. Photograph © Peter McNally 2014, all rights reserved.

 

As the 2015 UK General Election campaign gathers pace, we are being bombarded by soundbites and overwhelmed by statistics whilst politicians appear on every television screen, newspaper and website we look at. There’s no getting away from politics, for the next couple of months, at least.

So we at Document Scotland are going to add to mix by showcasing work by Glasgow-based photographer Peter McNally, who has been granted unprecedented access to photograph one of the pivotal figures in the current contest for votes: Scottish National Party (SNP) leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

 

Nicola Sturgeon, on stage at the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh. Photograph © Peter McNally, 2014, all rights reserved.

Nicola Sturgeon, on stage at the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh. Photograph © Peter McNally 2014, all rights reserved.

 

The story starts during the Independence referendum campaign, when Peter was one of a small team of dedicated photographers working on behalf of the National Collective to document its campaigning activities as it sought to persuade Scots to vote Yes. Through this, Peter was able to make a visual record of the campaign, and in so doing, got close to the people making the news. Little did he know at the time, but his work was being noticed by the leaders of Yes Scotland and the SNP.

In the dramatic aftermath of the 18th September 2014 vote, Alex Salmond resigned and his then deputy, Nicola Sturgeon was elevated to the position of First Minister. This followed on directly from a nationwide tour which the party undertook, with Sturgeon speaking at packed venues and the party’s annual conference. By this time, Peter had already been contacted and offered the opportunity to photograph behind-the-scenes. It was a chance he grabbed gladly. As Peter explained: “The SNP tour was a first of its kind in Scottish and British politics and saw Nicola visit Edinburgh, Dumfries, Dundee, Inverness, Glasgow and Aberdeen whilst engaging directly with the public with a talk then an open question-and-answer session.” Shortly into the assignment Nicola Sturgeon became the SNP party leader at the party’s National Conference in Perth then soon after that, Scotland’s first female First Minister. Peter was on hand to capture it all.

Nicola Sturgeon waiting for an interview inside the BBC radio mobile studio. Photograph © Peter McNally, 2014 all rights reserved.

Nicola Sturgeon waiting for an interview inside the BBC radio mobile studio. Photograph © Peter McNally 2014, all rights reserved.

 

In terms of creating an archive of images from an historic moment, the SNP saw the value of what they were proposing through Peter’s work. As Peter noted: “The SNP team were interested in developing both an in-house style of photography they could have as a go-to resource and also a historic documentation that would act as a public record.” But there’s realpolitik involved too, according to Peter: “The project also fits in well with Nicola’s own vision of a more accessible and transparent governance.”

Selfies with supporters, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness. Photograph © Peter McNally, 2014 all rights reserved.

Selfies with supporters, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness. Photograph © Peter McNally 2014, all rights reserved.

 

Peter’s work is set to continue and is being updated continually on the internet, as he explained: “Right now we are focusing on documenting campaign events in the run up to the General Election in May. My own vision is to not only tell the story that is front and centre but to try and capture moments behind the scenes. I hope this will make for a more complete and hopefully interesting look at this one section of Scottish politics. Currently it’s been so busy with the General Election campaign that we haven’t really had time to discuss how the project might progress. There have been informal discussion about documenting more in depth on a day-to-day basis and even setting up a dedicated team to deal with editing and archiving. As it’s an SNP project I am funded by them but the parliament have their own photographers so there may be a need to work more closely with them in the future.”

 Nicola's husband Peter Murrell proudly looks on as Nicola thanks friends and family at a reception in Bute House. Photograph © Peter McNally, 2014 all rights reserved.

Nicola’s husband Peter Murrell proudly looks on as Nicola thanks friends and family at a reception in Bute House. Photograph © Peter McNally 2014, all rights reserved.

 

As Peter concludes: “We are also in the process of organising an archive on Flickr. There are lots of idea out there. I think after the General Election we will be able sit down and see how we would like to progress. There are also opportunities for exhibiting and publishing a photo book, something I am keen to work on. For now though, I’ll keep shooting and try to keep it interesting for people.”

The First Minister's portrait is added to the walls at the official residence at Bute House in Edinburgh.  Photograph © Peter McNally, 2014 all rights reserved.

The First Minister’s portrait is added to the walls at the official residence at Bute House in Edinburgh. Photograph © Peter McNally 2014, all rights reserved.

 

If you are interested in keeping up with Peter’s work you can visit the official SNP photo archive on flickr and follow Peter’s work on Instagram or on his website.

 

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Sean O’Hagan Lecture at SNPG

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Sean O’Hagan will be giving a lecture at The Scottish National Portrait Gallery to open The Season of Photography in Scotland.

Thursday, 23rd April 2015, 6-7.30pm £5 (£4)
Hawthornden Lecture Theatre – Gardens Entrance (Scottish National Gallery)

Sean O’Hagan writes about photography for The Guardian and The Observer and is the winner of the 2011 J Dudley Johnston award from the Royal Photographic Society “for major achievement in the field of photographic criticism’.

In this insightful talk he will share his views on contemporary photography and poses the question ‘What is Photography?’ presented as part of the nationwide Season of Photography 2015, a program of photography all over Scotland including Document Scotland’s exhibition at The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in September 2015.

Buy tickets in advance from the Information Desk at the National Gallery, or call 0131 624 6560 between 9.30am-4.30pm, with credit /debit card.

See the website for more details and booking

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