Common Ground Exhibition – Part Two!

Happy 2016 everyone – to kick start this year Document Scotland have once again joined forces with our good friends the Welsh collective A Fine Beginning. Continuing our theme of collaboration and partnership to show our exhibition Common Ground.

The exhibition opening evening (to which you are all most welcome) is on Thuesday 4th February at 6pm at Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL.

The show was first exhibited at Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow from August to October in 2014.

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It will now travel to Wales to be shown at The Millennium Centre in Cardiff from 5th February – 10th April 2016. Where Document Scotland and a Fine Beginning will also deliver a series of FREE talks and portfolio reviews.

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The publication to accompany this exciting collaboration, also called Common Ground, is on sale via our website, and at various retail outlets across Scotland.


Here’s the press release for the Cardiff phase, Part 2, of Common Ground.

We hope you can join us at one or more of the events.

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As ever thank you to our partners and funders.



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Made In Wales

This year our good friends, the Welsh photography collective A Fine Beginning, are holding three exhibitions showcasing new work from its four members (Abbie Trayler-Smith, Gawain Barnard, Jack Latham and James O Jenkins) and twenty seven photographers whose work has featured on their blog.

A Fine Beginning offers a platform to photographers making work in and about Wales.

Made In Wales will be showing at:

– September 7th to 18th at Cardiff MADE (private view on 10th September).
41 Lochaber St, Cardiff, CF24 3LS.

– November 9th to 20th at Carousel London (private view on 12th November).
71 Blandford Street, London, W1U 8AB.

– March 1st to April 31st 2016 at Oriel Colwyn (private view on 1st March).
Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay, LL29 7RU.


Photo © Mike Harvey 2015, all rights reserved.

Photo © Mike Harvey 2015, all rights reserved.


Photo © James O Jenkins 2015, all rights reserved.

Photo © James O Jenkins 2015, all rights reserved.


Photo © Abbie Trayler-Smith 2015, all rights reserved.

Photo © Abbie Trayler-Smith 2015, all rights reserved.


Photo © Francesca Jones 2015, all rights reserved.

Photo © Francesca Jones 2015, all rights reserved.


Please find a selection of work and a list of exhibiting photographers below.

‘Made in Wales’ exhibiting photographers:  Abbie Trayler-Smith, Celia Jackson, Clémentine Schneidermann, Craig Bernard, Daragh Soden, Eleanor Whiteman, Francesca Jones, Gareth Phillips, Garry Stuart, Gawain Barnard, Geoff Charles, Huw Davies, Jack Latham, James A Hudson, James O Jenkins, Jooney Woodward, Lewys Canton, Lua Ribeira, Mandy Thomas, Mark Griffiths, Marta Giaccone, Mike Harvey, Mira Andres, Nathan Klein, Neil Turner, Pete Davis, Peter Jones, Rob Hudson, Robert Haines, Roger Tiley, Stephen Clarke.

For further information or images please contact: [email protected]

Twitter: @afinebeginning


© Gawain Barnard, all rights reserved.

© Gawain Barnard, all rights reserved.


© James A. Hudson, all rights reserved.

© James A. Hudson, all rights reserved.


© Mark Griffiths, all rights reserved.

© Mark Griffiths, all rights reserved.


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Common Ground – our new publication

We’re delighted to announce that to accompany our ‘Common Ground’ exhibition at Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, we have self-published an 84-page colour publication, and one which we can offer exclusively for sale here.


Including two photo essays from each Document Scotland member, Sophie Gerrard, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Colin McPherson and Stephen McLaren, ‘Common Ground’ takes a look at contemporary Scotland as the country stands on the verge of making a political decision which, whatever the outcome, will resonate through the ages. From the common riding festivals of the Scottish Borders, to the women farmers who work the land, a walk along the Scottish-English border or a car road trip through the streets and daily life of Scotland, this publication showcases new projects completed with assistance from Creative Scotland, for our current Street Level Photoworks exhibition.





This publication also introduces work by our colleagues and friends at the Welsh photography collective A Fine Beginning – James O Jenkins, Abbie Trayler-Smith, Gawain Barnard and Jack Latham, work which can also be seen in the ‘Common Ground’ exhibition.

We are delighted to also include essays by Malcolm Dickson, curator and director at Street Level Photoworks, and Anne McNeill, director of Impressions Gallery, Bradford and curator of our ‘Beyond The Border’ show which runs at Impressions Gallery until September 27th.



We are very proud to be able to present two photographs by Glasgow-born photojournalist Harry Benson CBE, who has graciously accepted an invite to become Document Scotland’s Honorary Patron. Stephen McLaren recently journeyed to New York to meet with Harry and his wife Gigi, and in an essay he recounts this meeting, along with the two historical photographs Harry chose for the publication from his archive.

The 84-page, A4-sized, full colour publication, which has a print run of 1,000, was designed by Cabin8Design – the same artists who beautifully designed our first two newspapers.

To purchase a copy please use the buttons below, if you have any problems just give us a shout!  It costs £10.00 GBP per copy, plus postage.

We are pleased to make this contribution to Scottish photography in this landmark year for our nation’s history, and we hope you too will enjoy the work within it.

Cost incl P&P

Many thanks indeed,

Sophie, Jeremy, Colin and Stephen.





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Folio reviews at ‘Common Ground’, 29th Aug.

To kick start our joining Common Ground show at Street Level Photoworks, with our friends from A Fine Beginning photo collective from Wales, we’re holding some folio review sessions on August 29th, from 2pm – 4pm.


Portfolio Reviews Impressions Gallery July 2014 © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Portfolio Reviews July 2014 © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert


One photographer from Document Scotland will join one photographer from A Fine Beginning and together we can review your folios! The 20min sessions cost £10.00, which is basically an administration charge and a way of ensuring that those who book do mean to arrive…(not always the case!).

You can see the pairings of photographers on this linked page (read a few words about them) and book your session there! We hope you can make it, we all enjoy seeing new work, and we look forward to chatting over your work or work practice with you and helping give some advice.





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Common Ground – Press Release






This important and timely exhibition showcases groundbreaking new work from some of Wales and Scotland’s contemporary photographers.

Document Scotland, formed in 2012 by Colin McPherson, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Sophie Gerrard and Stephen McLaren, are responding to the global audience looking at Scotland at this, one of the most important times in the country’s history.

Formed in the wake of Document Scotland in 2012, the Welsh collective A Fine Beginning is made up of photographers James O Jenkins, Jack Latham, Abbie Trayler- Smith and Gawain Barnard and showcases contemporary photography being made in Wales.
“I am delighted that Street Level Photoworks will be staging this exhibition of new photography by Document Scotland. These are exciting times for the collective and for photography in Scotland and their collaboration with A Fine Beginning is a positive message that Scottish photography is relevant, informative and outward facing.” –

Malcolm Dickson, Street Level Photoworks.

Key dates:

  • Tuesday 26th August – ‘Common Ground’ launches at Street Level.
  • Thursday 28th August – preview evening 6-8pm.
  • Friday 29th August – portfolio reviews and workshops with Document Scotland, A Fine Beginning and invited guests from the photography industry.
  • Saturday 30th August – talks and publication launch.

For further information or images please contact:

Document Scotland: ColinMcPherson
[email protected]
07831 838 717

A Fine Beginning: James O Jenkins
[email protected]
07876 341 910

Listings information: Common Ground: New Documentary Photography from Scotland & Wales
Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow
26th August – 19th October 2014


Download the PDF of this press release here.

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