Document Scotland on Picture Power

It’s always been said that the members of Document Scotland have a great face for radio, so we took everyone at their word… We’re very pleased to announce that today you’ll be able to hear our dulcet tones, our lovely Scottish accents on Radio 4.

Miles Warde of Radio 4 very nicely came along to the opening night of our ‘Common Ground’ show last August at Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow, and interviewed us about the photography we’d been doing all year in the run up to the show and the run up to the Sept 18th referendum on Scottish Independence. Miles has craftily woven comments and quotes together, from interviews with Sophie as she was out photographing on the streets, and then interviews with the rest of us at the gallery opening, and has produced a 15minute programme which will broadcast on today, at 13:45hrs, on BBC Radio4.

The programme is one in the Picture Power series, in which Miles talks to various photographers about how they covered the big news stories of 2014. All programmes will be worth a listen we are sure!

We’d be ever so grateful if you could tune it to listen and in advance help spread the word to anyone who may be interested. Thank you.  And of course, huge thanks to Miles Warde and the team at Picture Power!

Radio 4's Miles Warde speaks to Colin McPherson, at the Common ground photography exhibition at Street Level Photoworks,  in Glasgow, Scotland 28 August 2014
Radio 4’s Miles Warde speaks to Colin McPherson, at the Common ground photography exhibition at Street Level Photoworks, in Glasgow, Scotland, 28 August 2014

 

Common Ground photography exhibition at Street Level Photoworks,  in Glasgow, Scotland 28 August 2014
Common Ground photography exhibition at Street Level Photoworks, in Glasgow, Scotland
28 August 2014

 

Radio 4's Miles Warde speaks to Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, at the Common Ground photography exhibition at Street Level Photoworks,  in Glasgow, Scotland 28 August 2014
Radio 4’s Miles Warde speaks to Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, at the Common Ground photography exhibition at Street Level Photoworks, in Glasgow, Scotland, 28 August 2014

 

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Sophie’s project – Scottish Sweet Sixteen – features first time voters, like Neil pictured here. They can be heard in the programme seeing their portraits on the walls of Streetlevel Photoworks for the very first time.

 

Radio 4's Miles Warde speaks to Stephen McLaren and Colin McPherson, at the Common Ground photography exhibition at Street Level Photoworks,  in Glasgow, Scotland 28 August 2014
Radio 4’s Miles Warde speaks to Stephen McLaren and Colin McPherson, at the Common Ground photography exhibition at Street Level Photoworks, in Glasgow, Scotland, 28 August 2014

 

Document Scotland are...  Common Ground photography exhibition at Street Level Photoworks,  in Glasgow, Scotland 28 August 2014
Document Scotland are… Common Ground photography exhibition at Street Level Photoworks, in Glasgow, Scotland
28 August 2014

 

Thanks!

 

Document Scotland at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, 2015.

I’d better start shooting. This morning the National Galleries of Scotland have announced their programme of shows for next year and very nicely, myself and my three Document Scotland colleagues, Sophie Gerrard, Colin McPherson and Stephen McLaren, will be showing our photography work at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland. The show will run from September 26th 2015 until 24th April 2016, a nice long run.

The official announcement is here: Document Scotland at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh.

Other main shows announced for next year at the National Galleries will be Picasso and Lee Miller, David Bailey, M.C. Escher, and Roy Lichtenstein. Prestigious company for us. I’d better shave, buy a new shirt.

We’re still working on what exactly will be shown in terms of which images, and the title of our Document Scotland show will be announced shortly.

There’s still a bit of time, and no doubt I’ll post about it again, but we hope you’ll be able to make it. Many thanks.

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Common Ground

Another gallery, another show!

My Document Scotland colleagues, Stephen McLaren, Colin McPherson and Sophie Gerrard and I have a show on at present at Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow, Scotland. Each of us shows one body of work, and we’ve also invited the photographers, Abbie Trayler-Smith, Jack Latham, James O Jenkins and Gawain Barnard, of the Welsh photography collective A Fine Beginning to show with us.

My contribution to the show is a series of portraits, from the ongoing project ‘Unsullied And Untarnished’, of the Common Riding festivals of the Scottish Borders. Two of them are here…

'Lucky' from Unsullied And Untarnished, 2014. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.
‘Lucky’ from Unsullied And Untarnished, 2014. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

 

'Kevin Smith, Peebles Cornet' from Unsullied And Untarnished, 2014. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.
‘Kevin Smith, Peebles Cornet’ from Unsullied And Untarnished, 2014. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

 

The show, with the loose them of ‘home and community’, runs until October 19th.

More informations is available here on the Street Level Works website, or you can download the press release here.

To coincide with the show we’ve published an 84-page flu colour book of the work on show in Common ground, along with some work from our Beyond The Border show at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, and with essays by curators Anne McNeill and Malcolm Dickson. The publication costs £10.00 plus package and posting in the UK and can be ordered here.

 

Common Ground publication.
Common Ground publication.

 

Common Ground publication.
Common Ground publication.

 

Common Ground publication.
Common Ground publication.

 

I hope you can make it along to the show, if not then the publication will give you a very good flavour of it…and more!

Thanks for reading as always.

 

In my own words.

So at present I have some photographs being exhibited along with those of my Document Scotland colleagues at the beautiful Impressions Gallery in Bradford, in a show titled Beyond The Border.

The info below, from the Gallery website, tells you a little more about the exhibtion and what each of us is showing.

A couple of weeks ago we made the journey to Bradford and ghave talks to an audience on a sunny Saturday afternoon. I spoke about my project on the Antonine Wall, the former north western frontier of the Roman Empire, which carves its way across central Scotland. In this following audio track and film you can hear me speak with curator Anne McNeill about my project, and then also you can hear my colleagues discuss their projects. Please take a listen.

And if that wasn’t enough, then there is also a pdf of a Q&A the gallery did with Document Scotland about the motivation behind our projects, our photography and how we work. It’s worth a read to get a feel of how four different individual photographers think and explore a subject. (And here is an exhibition guide for the Beyond The Border show).

From the Gallery website: “Set against the backdrop of the historic referendum on Scotland’s Independence, Beyond the Border brings together four Scottish photographers, each with a distinctive view of a nation in the midst of intense debate about its future.

This international premiere – one of the most significant shows of new Scottish photography in a generation – aims to challenge clichés and explore the country, its people and identity.”

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert’s Edge of an Empire brings history to life in a fascinating study of the Antonine Wall, the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire, as the wall crosses through central Scotland attracting visitors and living history groups alike.

You can watch me interviewed about my Antonine Wall photography work on this little Youtube video. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtAtJpBDh5c

 

And for my colleagues from Document Scotland:

Sophie Gerrard’s Drawn to the Land is an intimate look at the role woman play in shaping the rural Scottish landscape. From Highland crofters to Lowland farmers, Gerrard explores how their lives interrelate with the land in which they live and work.

Stephen McLaren reveals the world of Americans with Scottish ancestry who retain close affinity with the ‘Old Country’, even through they may never set foot there. McLaren’s seriesAmerican Always, Scottish Forever depicts the athletes, musicians, artists, and visitors attending California’s burgeoning Highland Games season.

Colin McPherson presents A Fine Line, a year-long exploration of the physical border between Scotland and England, examining and questioning the very nature of the frontier and how it looks from the Scottish side.

Together, the four photographers are Document Scotland, a collective formed in 2012. Sophie Gerrard says,  ‘We share a common vision to witness and photograph the important and diverse stories within Scotland, and to promote and support photography in Scotland’. Colin McPherson says, ‘the work in Beyond the Border is neither overtly political nor partisan, but aims to record and disseminate ideas and themes surrounding this pivotal moment in the nation’s history’.

The vote to decide whether Scotland becomes an independent nation takes place on 18th September 2014.

Beyond the Border is curated by Impressions Gallery’s Scottish-born director Anne McNeill.

 

‘Common Ground’.

And as if one show in Bradford wasn’t enough, I’m busy shooting for a second Document Scotland show to be held in Glasgow.

‘Common Ground’ is a show by myself and my three Document Scotland colleagues, Colin McPherson, Stephen McLaren and Sophie Gerrard, and it will be on at Street Level Photoworks Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, from August 26th for two months. We will also have some work from invited guests and our friends at the Welsh photography collective ‘A Fine Beginning’.

The show will have an opening night on August 26th, once again generously sponsored by anCnoc whisky.

The below shot comes from this week, and shows me out in Peebles in the Scottish Borders shooting some portraits for the ‘Common Ground’ show. There’s still lots to be shot, lots to be edited, but the preparation for the show is underway.

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The above pic comes from my own Instagram feed @JshPhotog, and on Twitter at @JshPhotog.