My Document Scotland colleagues and I were recently invited to showcase some of our work, one project by each of us, 5 pics each hence the title of the show, ‘Five By Four’, at the Scottish Government’s Scotland House Conference Centre, Brussels, in Belgium.
We had big boots to fill on the walls with the prior show being images of Scotland, to showcase the Year of Natural Scotland, by National Geographic photographers. Their esteemed work came down, and the walls looked very big, and we stepped up to the plate…
The work we have shown was from projects already shot, and which fitted with the Scottish Government’s Homecoming 2014 initiative. Stephen McLaren showed his idiosyncratic view of Scottish sporting life, Sophie Gerrard her images of female farmers at work on the land, Colin McPherson his iconic images of the Scottish salmon net fishing industry, and I showed work from my project ‘Unsullied and Untarnished, the Common Ridings’.
Helen Wright, the events and visits manager for the Scottish Government EU Office in Brussels takes up the story: “I work closely with the cultural diplomacy team in Scotland to devise a programme of events and exhibitions for Scotland House in Brussels. It was on a work visit back to Scotland last summer that my colleague Anne Diack first highlighted the work of Document Scotland to me. She mentioned how both the Scottish Government’s cabinet secretary for culture and external affairs, Fiona Hyslop, and minister for international development, Humza Yousaf, had visited Document Scotland events and suggested that we explore the possibility of working with them to curate an exhibition showcasing Homecoming 2014 to an international audience.
The exhibition has already received lots of positive feedback since its installation on 2 April and I look forward to providing many others with the opportunity to view the exhibition as our busy calendar of events continues.”
The show continues throughout 2014.