Develop North!


Sophie Gerrard and Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert will be taking part in the inaugural Develop North photo weekend in Aberdeen, on Saturday 3rd October. Sophie and Jeremy will present work from Document Scotland, and hold some free portfolio reviews. More information is below, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Gray’s School of Art announces new photography festival

A celebrated line-up of photographers and industry professionals has been unveiled as part of a major new photography festival announced by Gray’s School of Art.

Develop North, a two-day event running over October 2 and 3 at the Robert Gordon University (RGU) campus, will feature a series of free workshops, talks, screenings and exhibitions which explore a range of critical and practical issues in contemporary photography from across Scotland and beyond. (registration is now open, book tickets here.)

Among the featured guests is Gray’s alumnus and Director of Metro Imaging in London Steve Macleod; photographer Jon Nicholson; ‘Goose Flesh Zine‘ creator Sarah Amy Fishlock; and ‘Document Scotland’ photographers Sophie Gerrard and Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert.

An Open Call Submission will also be held during the festival, which looks for entries to examine ‘The experience of the North’ and welcomes submissions from practitioners and enthusiasts from across the north of Scotland and beyond. A selection of work will be chosen to feature as part of an outdoor exhibition in Aberdeen City Centre with Friday, September 25 the closing date for entries.

Head of Gray’s School of Art, Professor Chris O’Neil, said: “We are delighted to announce Develop North as a major new festival for Aberdeen and are extremely excited to have such a great line-up for events to share with people.

“Photography is an art form that is accessible to many people and we hope that the events we have organised will offer something to all practitioners, whether they are keen amateurs or industry professionals.”
More information about the schedule of events, all of which are free and open to anyone, can be found at In order to guarantee a place at one of the events, booking will open from 9am on Monday, September 14.

Keep up to date with the latest news about the festival on Twitter by following @DevelopNorth or on Facebook.

Develop North has been organised by Gray’s School of Art in partnership with Metro Imaging, Street Level Photo Works, Ilford Photo and Harman Technology Ltd.

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