Exhibition of Sandra George’s Work

Please note, one image contains graffiti with racist and harmful language.

Sandra George: ’Self Portrait’ 1995. Courtesy of Craigmillar Now.

The work of Sandra George is on as part of Glasgow International in an exhibition that spans over four decades of her multi-disciplinary practice. Never exhibited in her lifetime, this solo show presents a history of people and place produced through George’s deep engagement with individuals and communities over many years.

Sandra George: ‘Victoria Hostel, Edinburgh’ (1981).Courtesy of Craigmillar Now

George (1957-2013) was a prolific social-documentary photographer who is rightly being recognised for her extensive practice. Social justice and equity lay at the heart of both her community and artistic work, during a career where she produced thousands of images between the late 1980s to the late 2000s.

Sandra George: ‘Blindcraft’ Edinburgh (1980). Courtesy of Craigmillar Now

Subjects range from documenting workers at the Blindcraft factory which gave employment to disabled people to exploring community issues and racism. Her perspective and insight as a Black, female, social documentary photographer and artist add further importance to this collection – women photographers of colour capturing community life in Scotland over this time are significantly underrepresented. The messages within her work are ever relevant to contemporary issues and themes, ranging from community, care, accessibility and equality through to ethics in working with others.

Sandra George: Wee Supermarket shop on Restalrig Road. Courtesy of Craigmillar Now.

The exhibition is curated by Glasgow School of Art’s Jenny Brownrigg in partnership with Craigmillar Now, the community-led arts and heritage organisation who hold George’s collection. 

Sandra George is on between 7th to 23rd June 2024 at 5 Florence Street, Glasgow G5 0YX. 

Links for further information:

Glasgow International website

Craigmillar Now to view more work from Sandra George’s archive

Digital exhibition of works from the show

Event: An Evening for Sandra George. A thought-provoking event celebrating the life and legacy of artist Sandra George, part of Glasgow International. Ticketed via Eventbrite.

Sandra George: ‘Unemployment Demo, Glasgow’ 1981. Courtesy of Craigmillar Now

All images ©Sandra George, courtesy of Craigmillar Now.

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