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Plans for the year ahead…

The end of 2011 is upon us, and as I sit here in my new home overlooking the river Nith in the South of Scotland, I can see that the cold winter rain and gusts of winds bending the trees at odd angles are temporarily precluding any photographic ambitions!

The year ahead…

© 2007 Scotiana

House for an Art Lover © 2007 Scotiana

January is now only a few days away, but it’s going to be one of the busiest months I’ve had in a long time! I’m currently in the process of selecting and framing the final few images for my first exhibition of the year to be held at the beautiful House for an Art Lover in Glasgow.

The show will be one of the last showing images from the Sonnets series, and will feature a selection of work which has never been seen before. It’s quite a large show and will also feature an artist’s talk which I will give at a private opening on the 19th. To be added to the guest-list for the event please get in touch.

Liz Lochhead - photographer unknown.

Liz Lochhead, National Poet

There will also be an additional event in February featuring one of my favourite poets, Scottish Makar (National Poet) Liz Lochhead, and recent winner of the Saltire Award James McGonigal – who are both coming together to celebrate the work of Edwin Morgan. Ticket information for this event will be released in January. There will also be a private exhibition of Sonnets work in Glasgow in February with a leading sculptor, however more information on that soon! March will also see the release of the new BBC series on Victorian Photographer Francis Frith which I contributed to, as well as a new book which features a few images. I will also be giving a demonstration of the wet plate collodion process in Glasgow on February 18th, which again will be very limited in numbers.

What about new work you might well ask? In March I will be leaving these shores to start a 6 week residency in Ireland which you can read about here. On my return I will take up a year long Artist in Residence role, but again more about that soon. This will be followed by a series of planned exhibitions across the country which should take me to the end of the year.

All in all a pretty hectic year ahead – I wonder if I’ll have the time to work on all these projects?  Either way I’m looking forward to seeing how far I managed to get by this time next year!

Wherever you are, I wish you all the best for your plans for 2012! May it be a happy and productive one.


New Exhibition: The Scottish Parliament – 2010

Since the beginning of this year I have been working together with the Scottish Parliament in securing an exhibition of the Sonnets from Scotland series of images. The process was greatly helped by the support of MSP (Member of Scottish Parliament) Irene Oldfather who kindly nominated me for a show in January, and has been very helpful during the process.

Having been invited to Parliament in late March, I had the chance to speak with the curators as well as tour the building and look at their existing art collection to get an idea of the work that they display. In October a date will be finalised for an exhibition next year (2010), however I am currently very excited to share this news, and am honoured to have the chance to show in one of the countries most important buildings.

Lillie Art Gallery, Glasgow

During August – September there will be a group exhibition by Scottish Photographers at the Lillie Art Gallery in Milngavie, just outside Glasgow.
Scottish Photographers encourages work which does not always fit neatly into the agendas of existing organisations. This exhibition will therefore show some contemporary themes, especially work that moves photography on from its time honoured subject matter and possibly breaks new ground. Thomas Joshua Cooper, the Scottish Photographers life member, has offered to show some of his work. There will be about ten participants in possible, and work from Sonnets will be exhibited.

Exhibition in the Virtual Museum of Art

I am happy to announce that I will have a 2 month residency in the online Museum the VMOA (Virtual Museum of Art) which is owned by Gottfried Helnwein, one of my favourite artists and photographers. The exhibition takes place in a room of the gallery, and hosts some 20 Sonnets from Scotland works.

Exhibiting in a virtual environment is a new experience for me, and it has been interesting to see how people have interacted with the work.  Many thanks to Antonia Ling for making this project come together. You can read more about the exhibition here

Skypark Exhibition (Feb 1st – 27th)

An exhibition of Sonnets from Scotland images has been installed at SkyPark in Glasgow for the month of February (1st – 27th). For directions to Skypark click here

BBC Article – Bucharest Exhibition

Read the full article here and view a BBC photo gallery of the event here