Friday Forum

Bored in the house, fed up of the Lockdown? Join me tomorrow afternoon, Friday 22nd May, on the Friday Forum – an online meeting of creatives organised by Creative Informatics and Visual Arts Scotland.

I’ll be introducing and presenting the work of the Document Scotland photography collective and of my colleagues Sophie Gerrard, Colin McPherson and Stephen McLaren.

The event is free, but please register to join the online Zoom via Eventbrite. I hope you can join us!

About this Event

The Creative Informatics team are delighted to be partnering with Visual Arts Scotland for Friday Forum, a new series of regular online events, featuring speakers from across the creative industries.

Friday Forum is an online sharing event for creatives, where they can showcase snippets of their work, give virtual tours around their current studio spaces, talk about a particular topic or theme, or provide insights into their creative practice or career.

Each Friday Forum will feature four contributors who will give short, 10 minute presentations or talks followed by a Q&A session. If you are interested in presenting at a future Friday Forum, find out how you can get involved at


Our speakers for Friday Forum #4 include:

Megan Rudden is a Leith-born, Glasgow-based, Sometimes-visual artist working across performance, writing, drawing, and object making. Her interdisciplinary practice considers issues of class, gender, labour, skill and reproduction. Megan has performed and exhibited at various locations across the UK including, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and more recently, at the back of a car park in Dundee. Find out more at:

Lynne Hocking-Mennie is a hand-weaver and scientist creating textile objects inspired by data at the interface of art/craft and science. Her work takes inspiration from concepts in genetics (DNA sequences, ancestry & mutation rates) and bioacoustics. Lynne creates items for sale and exhibition, and has undertaken national and international residencies on sound weaving. She is also the practitioner lead for academic research projects in Scotland that explore distributed design processes, collaborative creation of objects and hybrid digital-analogue practices in the applied arts sphere. Find out more at:

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert is a member of Document Scotland, a collective of four Scottish documentary photographers , brought together by a common vision to witness and photograph important and diverse stories within Scotland. For the past seven years they have worked on their individual photographic projects, shared their work and the photography of others in self-printed publications, and exhibited nationally and internationally. Find out more at:

About Visual Arts Scotland

Visual Arts Scotland is a volunteer-run, charitable organisation for the exhibition and promotion of the arts in Scotland, committed to showing the diversity and quality of work across artforms. VAS is a leading platform for national and international contemporary fine and applied artists with a vibrant, active and participatory membership of practising artists, from emerging to established practitionersFind out more at

About Creative Informatics

Creative Informatics is a partnership between the University of Edinburgh , Edinburgh Napier University, CodeBase and Creative Edinburgh. Funded by the Creative Industries Clusters Programme managed by the Arts & Humanities Research Council as part of the Industrial Strategy, with additional support from the Scottish Funding Council. The programme is part of the City Region Deal Data Driven Innovation initiative. Find out more at

Everyday Climate Change, in Tuscany

With pleasure I announced that a group show of work from the Everyday Climate Change Instagram will be exhibited this summer in Orbetello, Tuscany, Italy, during the Imago Photofestival.

The exhibition will run from the 5th July until 18th August, and is on show in the Polveriera Guzman which houses the Archaeological Museum of Orbetello.

With Many thanks to Photo Op for making the show happen.

Pretty as a Rose

I had the pleasure recently of a portrait shoot with Scottish-footballing legend Rose Reilly.

Visiting Rose down in her Stewarton home, near Glasgow, to photograph for the The Times, I was regaled with stories of Rose’s incredible footballing career in the 1970’s and 1980’s when she reached the top level of women’s football, playing not only for Scotland but also for Italy, and for clubs such as ACF Milan, and ACF Catania in Sicily.

With those clubs she was a pioneer for Scottish women’s football. Rose twice won the Serie A Golden Boot, in seasons 1978 and 1981, and won eight Serie A titles, a French title and four Italian Cups. In 1984 she played for the Italian women’s team winning the then unofficial women’s world cup.

Rose Reilly, ex-footballer, played for Italy and Scotland, pioneer in women’s football, photographed at home in Stewarton, Scotland, on 17 May 2019.

One of the greatest pleasures of shooting portraits, being an editorial and press photographer, is the chance to meet people, to hear their stories, to spend a little time with them. I have to admit Rose wasn’t someone I’d heard of previously, but what a great shoot it was, doing the photos, having a coffee, talking, listening to her stories. Little jobs like that are the pleasures of working in this industry.

Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month Celebration

Ando Glaso invites you to a presentation by photographer Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert followed by a performance by Romane Cierhenia to Celebrate Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month.

Centre for Contemporary Arts, Sauchiehall Street , Glasgow, G2 3JD.

Saturday 15th June, 5pm – 8pm.

The event is free, but please reserve a ticket via Eventbrite.

Mia, a young Roma girl, at home in Sintesti, Romania, 2004. © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2004.

Satra, the Roma of Sintesti.
Between 1990 and 1997, and then again in 2004 and 2006, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert photographed the Roma people of Sintesti, Romania. The camp is home to approximately 1,000 Kalderari Roma, predominantly metal workers by tradition. Once nomadic, they now live in Sintesti, scorned by neighboring Romanians, and for many years they have been looked upon as a source of trouble and annoyance.Sutton-Hibbert recorded daily life, festivities, traditions, and the working lifestyle of the Roma. It was a time of substantial change in the post-Communist era; new business opportunities were opening up and new influences were arriving in the country from the West. It seemed an important time to photograph this community as they faced the challenges this new era brought them, a time of preserving their traditions while adapting to the new.Sutton-Hibbert’s photos of this community in 2004 and 2006 reflected the significant material and cultural changes and challenges brought by the economic fortunes these people found through their hard work in the scrap-metal business. Western influences and prosperous stability stood in tension with longstanding traditions, their nomadic heritage, and the differing desires between generations and genders.

Romane Cierhenia
The presentation will be followed by a performance of a Polish Roma family of musicians. Over the years they became one of the most sought after performers of authentic Polish Gypsy music in Scotland. These fiery musicians and dancers will get you on your feet!

A Contested Land, in Perth.

Pleased to announce that I’m exhibiting at Perth Museum and Art Gallery, along with my Document Scotland photographer colleagues in a show called A Contested Land.

The show opens today, 23rd April, and runs until 23rd June.

On May 9th there will be a drinks reception with talks by myself, Colin McPherson and Sophie Gerrard, at 7pm. It is free to attend, but to manage visitor numbers you need to book a ticket here.

Formed in 2012, Document Scotland is a collective of four Scottish documentary photographers, brought together by a common vision to witness and record important and diverse stories about Scotland and the Scots. Tired of the tropes and clichés which are often used to represent Scotland, their aim is to provide a more realistic view of their nation today.

Set within the context of contemporary political debate and social changes, A Contested Land consists of four new projects by photographers Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Sophie Gerrard, Colin McPherson and Stephen McLaren. Collectively, they examine the complex relationships between the nation’s people, history and land at one of the most important times in Scotland’s recent past.

The works reflect upon Scotland’s precarious environmental and economic landscape, within ongoing political conflicts that give these issues relevance and urgency. During both the Independence and European Union referendums, the word that dominated discussion was ‘change’ – it became the go-to for the dissatisfied. However, even with this uncertainty, the referendums have highlighted the fact that the Scottish people are proud of their identity and independent voice.

The four bodies of work presented in A Contested Land – exhibiting for the first time in Scotland at Perth Museum & Art Gallery, reflect upon the ongoing changes Scotland continues to face. The show was first exhibited at the MArtin Parr Foundation, in Bristol, in early 2019.

The show will then travel onwards to Dunoon Burgh Hall in the summer, FLOW Photofest, Inverness in September, and Photo North in Harrogate in November.