Street Level showtime

We at Document Scotland love collaborations!

So, when the opportunity presented itself to work together with the Welsh photography collective A Fine Beginning, we jumped at the chance.

'Faces of the Craig, 2014' © Colin McPherson, all rights reserved.

From ‘Phoenix: the fall and rise of Ravenscraig.’ Photograph © Colin McPherson, 2014 all rights reserved.

 

'Untitled' from the series 'The Big O'. Photograph © Abbie Trayler-Smith, all rights reserved.

‘Untitled’ from the series ‘The Big O’. Photograph © Abbie Trayler-Smith, 2014 all rights reserved.

 

Late last year, we were approached by Malcolm Dickson, director of Street Level Photoworks with the offer of an exhibition at his acclaimed gallery in Glasgow. After much thought and consultation, we decided that we’d like to put on a show which reached beyond Scotland, which was outward-facing and which would allow us to develop projects and ideas in tandem with similarly-minded people. That’s where A Fine Beginning came in.

 

'Pink Limo' from the series 'Scotia Nova'. Photograph © Stephen McLaren, 2014 all rights reserved

‘Pink Limo’ from the series ‘Scotia Nova’. Photograph © Stephen McLaren, 2014 all rights reserved.

 

From the series 'Rutherglen'. Photograph © James O Jenkins, 2014 all rights reserved.

From the series ‘Rutherglen’. Photograph © James O Jenkins, 2014 all rights reserved.

 

Formed in the wake of Document Scotland in 2012, A Fine Beginning (the name derives from the first chapter of Dylan Thomas’ unfinished novel ‘Adventures in the Skin Trade) is made up of photographers James O Jenkins, Jack Latham, Abbie Trayler-Smith and Gawain Barnard. Their burgeoning reputation made it an easy fit: the next step was to bring together diverse themes and ideas and weld them into a coherent narrative: the result is ‘Common Ground’ – which launches at Street Level on Tuesday, 26th August 2014.

 

'Untitled' by Gawain Barnard from the series 'A Line Runs Through Us'. Photograph © Gawain Barnard, 2014 all rights reserved.

‘Untitled’ by Gawain Barnard from the series ‘A Line Runs Through Us’. Photograph © Gawain Barnard, 2014 all rights reserved.

 

'Bel Kay, riding side saddle, Peebles' from the series Unsullied and Untarnished. Photograph © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, 2014 all rights reserved.

‘Bel Kay, riding side saddle, Peebles’ from the series ‘Unsullied and Untarnished’.
Photograph © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, 2014 all rights reserved.

 

We don’t want to give away too much at this stage, but we can divulge that the list of projects to be exhibited will take as their inspiration the notion of ‘home’ and ‘community’ and where these start and finish. All the work on show will have been made exclusively for this exhibition and will be seen in public for the first time.  In addition to the exhibition itself, there will be a private view on Thursday, 28th August, from 6-8pm. Get in touch if you’d like to come along, we’d love to see you there.

 

From the series 'Looking for Lilacs'. Photograph © Jack Latham, 2014 all rights reserved.

From the series ‘Looking for Lilacs’. Photograph © Jack Latham, 2014 all rights reserved.

 

'Football goal, Edinburgh' from the series 'Sixteen'. Photograph © Sophie Gerrard, 2014 all rights reserved.

‘Football goal, Edinburgh’ from the series ‘Sixteen’. Photograph © Sophie Gerrard, 2014 all rights reserved.

 

The following two days (29th and 30th August) will see a range of activities and events which we hope will prove to be interesting and inspirational. There will be portfolio reviews, artists’ talks and the launch of new publication by Document Scotland. More details will be released of how to register to attend these events, please check back on our website soon.

 

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