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Higher Vision
Nov
21
to Jan 8

Higher Vision

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Higher Vision  showcases some of the best photographs taken by 26 students from schools and colleges from all over Scotland who have completed the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s Higher Photography course over the past year.

The images in the exhibition were produced as part of each candidate’s course assessments and counted towards their final grades. SQA selected 80 of the strongest candidates, with ten from each of the eight parliamentary regions of Scotland. It was then whittled down to the 26 students whose work will now be on display.

The photographs were selected by a curatorial panel including representatives of the Scottish Society for the History of Photography, The National Gallery of Scotland, Out of The Blue, a student from Edinburgh College and the Parliament’s official photographer.

An example of a candidate’s work from each parliamentary region is presented in Studies in Photography, the journal of the Scottish Society for the History of Photography. Copies of the journal are available in the Scottish Parliament Shop. As well as SSHoP, SQA and the Scottish Parliament, Higher Vision is supported by Triodos Bank, A&M Imaging, Scottish Council on Archives and National Galleries of Scotland.

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Jill Todd Photographic Award 2018
Dec
1
to Jan 27

Jill Todd Photographic Award 2018

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Walk and Talks3pm, Saturday 19th January 2019 with Alishia Farnan, Helen Jones, Simona Ciacarlan, Rachel McDermott and Amy D'Agorne

The Jill Todd Photographic Award is an annual award providing an invaluable opportunity for emerging photographers based in Scotland and Ireland to showcase their work and benefit from the exposure of a gallery exhibition. The 2018 instalment sees the largest numbers of entries in its short History. This year, the winners are Alishia Farnan, Jill Quigley and Helen Jones. The exhibition extends to include commended awardees Joseph Glover, Amy D’agorne, Christina Webber,  Simona Ciocarlan, Rachel McDermott and Sarah Michelle Riisager. 

Jill Quigley’s series ‘Impractical Techniques’, arises from a curiosity about the lack of physical gestures in creative photographic work and uses the application of paint in a basic way to experiment with the creative and practical use of the same gestures and techniques. Alishia Farnan’s work ‘Social State’ deals with post-industrial town planning looking at some of the social spaces where people who were heavily involved in industry spend their free time. In a more intimate series, Helen Jones presents a photographic exploration of the inevitable and universal experience of inhabiting an unwell body. ‘In. The Still’, focuses on Jones’ friend Siobhan who is a writer and has been living with cancer for 5 years, and explores the waiting and the helplessness that accompanies a terminal illness.

Joseph Glover’s ‘Lost Things Deep In Lightless Hell’ is a photographic exploration into the essence of ‘nothingness’ in self, drawing on existential philosophical ideas from Sartre, Camus, and De Beauvoir. Amy D'Agorne presents ‘For Love Of the Land’, a series of images that explores the relationship between the people of Aotearoa, New Zealand and their land, within the context of environmental challenges, whilst Simona Ciocarlan’s ‘They danced in a different way’ offers an examination of memory, nostalgia and cultural projections, providing insights into the lives of people that continue to practice ancestral rituals and wear traditional attire in Europe. Christina Webber’s ‘Digital Noise’ questions the effects of perpetual connectivity and notification culture and looks at the way portable smart devices have transformed our way of interacting with the world. Rachel McDermott’s playful 'Esoteric Beauty' is a series of collages that tells a surreal story and celebrate the peculiar and audacious, and Sarah Michelle Riisager’s ‘Girl’ is a very personal photographic portrait of her upbringing and youth as a professional artistic roller-skater in her hometown Frederikssund, Denmark; a tale of sadness, failure and longing for more.

Linked Event - JTPA in association with SSHoP:

Friday 30th November, 6-7pm, Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. The 2018 Lecture will be delivered by Chrystel Lebas, a French visual artist based in London. She is the recent recipient of the Krazna-Krausz Foundation Photography Book Award. More info here

The Jill Todd Photography Award is supported by Story UK, Street Level, Stills (Edinburgh), Napier University and Scottish Society for the History of Photography (SSHoP).



Left Image: © Sarah Michelle Riisager

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And That Was The Beginning Of The End Of That
Dec
2
3:00 PM15:00

And That Was The Beginning Of The End Of That

A series of 35 images chronicling the changing face of Cuba, captured by Glasgow based photographer Iain Clark in 2015.

Iain Clark is a practicing photographic artist whose work is in the permanent collection of The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery and in numerous private collections in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, and India.

The exhibition coincides with the fourth Havana Glasgow Film Festival which runs from the 7th to the 11th November 2018

Cuba – a mythical place, a Shangri-La in a troubled world. A Caribbean island caught in a time warp for the last fifty years.

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Camille Seaman
Dec
1
5:00 PM17:00

Camille Seaman

Camille Seaman photographs both storms in the midwest of America and Icebergs in both arctics.

Talk TBA during the course of the exhibition.

“I wasn’t born a storm chaser”, says Camille Seaman of her career which is far from commonplace. The American photographer’s interest in storm chasing came during an offhand moment: “I was watching my daughter and vacuuming whilst she was sitting on the couch watching storm chasing and it just looked so interesting - the colours, the light, and she caught me looking at the TV and told me I should do that!” she explains. “So, during a commercial break I Googled ‘storm chasing’ and a whole, new world appeared. Three days later, I was there, I was doing it.”

From this day Seaman’s photographic landscape shifted forever. “I feel a sense of belonging. Not because I’m photographing, but because I am present and realise that our experience as humans on this planet is limitless,” replies Seaman when asked what she has learned (and what she hopes others will learn) from her photographic series The Big Cloud. Recently published by Princeton Architectural Press, the book is both beautiful and shocking in its portrayal of Seaman’s experiences as a storm chaser.” DAZED 2018

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Exploring The Liminal
Sep
8
to Sep 23

Exploring The Liminal

Exploring The Liminal is an exhibition of abstract photography by Phil Lavery and mainly features work from his In Praise Of Shadows and In The Broken Places series.

Where In Praise Of Shadows explores the natural light and shadow found in the corridors, stairs and the other between places of galleries and artist studios, In The Broken Places, a response to his heart  attack, seeks beauty in those places and things that were part of his treatment and recovery. And, in each, he finds beauty in times, or places, of transition.

Drawn to geometry, proportion and light, Phil sees abstraction as a way to explore the hidden stories of things and believes beauty can be found anywhere - if you look close enough.

Phil lives and works on the west coast of Scotland and has a BArch (Hons) from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, and is a Professional Artist Member of the Society of Scottish Artists.

Preview : 7th September from 6pm - 8pm All welcome.

Open 12pm - 5pm daily, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

https://philipjlavery.com

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Talk of the Steamie
Sep
5
to Sep 28

Talk of the Steamie

An exploration into the importance of Public Wash-houses to working-class communities in the UK during the 19th and 20th centuries. Includes photography by Allan Bovill and Brian Scotchburn Snell. The show considers the social and cultural significance that they played in their communities then and the importance of this heritage now. 

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Photographer Hal
Sep
3
to Oct 16

Photographer Hal

Also known as photographer Hal, Haruhiko Kawaguchi was born and educated in Tokyo, Japan where he is based. “Living through my university days, I was starving for encounters with different people from other cultures around the world. As soon as i had the opportunity, I left Japan and began my journey with a special focus in the Middle East and India. It was there where I first became aware of my passion for photography. The camera became the key to overcoming shyness and limited local language skills and I could in some way communicate with the people I met. After graduating from university, I joined an advertising production company in Tokyo and this opportunity enabled me to acquire a much wider set of photographic skills. It was the crucible of my technical ability and the focus in my work soon became the people”

Bathtubs, couples, love and challenge are strong themes found throughout photographer Hal’s works with many key elements including individuality, style, communication and intimacy. Photographer Hal brings complete strangers to his confined, crucible like spaces only to convey his continuing theme of 'love of the couple'. The initial title 'Pinky & Killer' used a small space or room to capture the willing couples, soon followed by the title 'Couple Jam' which brought the focus even closer to the subjects who were placed in a bathtub together. “I want to capture love as it really is and the bathtub is an ideal vehicle to encapsulate the vivid reality in my images….” “i am currently seeking new dimensions in portrait photography by challenging the majestic theme of mankind, defined through love.” Photographer Hal’s latest project is called 'Flesh Love Returns', which captures the many varied and fresh couples in vacuum sealed package at a place which is important for them.

Photographer Hal has had several solo and group exhibitions in Japan as well as in the US, Taiwan, Canada, Australia, France and the Netherlands. His work is in the Japanese contemporary art collection of the renowned art collector of African and Japanese art, Jean Pigozzi.

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Violence Unseen
Sep
3
to Sep 9

Violence Unseen

ver the past decades there have been dramatic changes to public attitudes around some aspects of men’s violence against women. Yet domestic abuse, sexual violence and other forms of violence against women are still prevalent in Scotland today, especially for groups of women who face other forms of discrimination; women with learning disabilities, women in prostitution, lesbian, bisexual and trans (LBT) and black and minority ethnic women. Zero Tolerance and award-winning photographer Alicia Bruce have worked with groups and individuals affected by men’s violence to create a series of photographs that explore the types of violence against women that remain unseen and unacknowledged by mainstream society. The photographs shine a light on the types of violence against women that still remain unacceptably hidden and better represent the constellation of women’s lived experiences.

Stills is delighted to host this exhibition in the upstairs gallery space. For further information contact: Jo Zawadzka

Please note, on Monday 3rd September the exhibition will only be open until 3pm.

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Stephen Healy & Roscoe Thomson
Sep
2
to Sep 30

Stephen Healy & Roscoe Thomson

Opening: Friday 31 August 6-7.30pm

(gallery closed Saturday 1st September)

This exhibition presents two bodies of works by image-makers Stephen Healy and Roscoe Thomson. These artists are connected through their work to Street Level’s facilities, either through making the work there or in having had a platform for their practice.

Stephen Healy is an artist based in Dunoon, previous exhibitions include Tabula Rasa II at Street Level Photoworks in 2016.

Nature is a body of work influenced by painting, with its approach towards subject matter and spatial composition, borrowing obliquely from the abstract expressionist movement with the use of the ‘Rothko’ square format. The hand printed process allows Healy to uniquely mark each print with its own identity - embracing accidents in the printing process and incorporating them with the completed work. 

Roscoe Thomson is a photographer based in Glasgow, his work was exhibited at the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock last year.

A Glasgow Fair recalls the city’s traditional holiday fortnight by re-imagining stories passed down through generations like precious family heirlooms. It is created from the memories of people and places as experienced by others rather than any kind of then-and-now style comparison. 

It is an impressionistic work illustrating the blurred lines between reality and fiction. It has been made by retracing a series of journeys to various towns including Dunoon, Millport, Rothesay, Largs, Southbeach, Saltcoats.

Opening Times: Tues - Sat 12 noon - 4pm. Sun 1pm - 4pm

This exhibition is programmed as part of Season of Photography 2018 in Scotland which runs from 1st September to 30th November.

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Fragments
Jun
10
5:00 PM17:00

Fragments

A one day pop-up exhibition of photographic works by recent BA Photography graduates Lindsey Goldie and Angela Allison.

Under the blanket title of "Fragments", Goldie and Allison have each created a new series of work relevant to their own practice, and will also be showing work from their final degree projects.

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James Pfaff: Alex & Me
Apr
19
to Jun 1

James Pfaff: Alex & Me

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Artist Talk: Saturday 28th April 3pm. James Pfaff and Francesca Seravalle in conversation, moderated by Tim Clark (1000 Words magazine)

Alex & Me by James Pfaff (b Glasgow, 1965) is an artistic reappropriation of his archive, a tribute to a significant broken love, an authentic road trip through North America in the late summer of 1998 - Toronto to New Orleans and then back north by way of New York City.

Amongst the many works in the show, the neon installation “Ever been changed by someone? immediately interrogates visitors on the importance of the autobiographical in his creative process. The show, a retrospective touching on the role of obsession in artistic research where the author utilises his archive and ephemera to help rebuild fractured memories. 

Alex & Me, the exhibition and book, were developed in a tandem process between James Pfaff & Francesca Seravalle. After the success of the book, published by Danilo Montanari Editore (2016) shortlisted at Cosmos – Rencontres d’Arles 2016 by Erik Kessels, Pfaff along with curator Seravalle reunite to bring the work reappraised in exhibition form. The exhibition will introduce unseen photographs, new mixed media installations, painted objects and a selection of Pfaff's collection of journals made over the period of the last two decades. The vast majority of pieces presented are unique and unreproducible and have an imperfect beauty likened to the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic so crucial to Pfaff: always reflecting the realities of transience and the imperfections of life.

Pfaff uses the photographic medium to allow him to find and analyse contamination and the many uncontrolled interventions playing out in the background of their trip - the lives of others, places and the political atmosphere in the United States during the Clinton era. 

Curated by Francesca Seravalle.

Programmed as part of Glasgow International 2018 'Across the City'.

Images: © James Pfaff

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