For our final talk of the 2019 Stirling Photography Festival, we are delighted to welcome to Stirling three contemporary influencers on the Scottish photography scene – Malcolm Dickson, David Eustace and Ben Harman. In three quite different talks, they will share an insight into their roles in the world of photography, how it has shaped them and their vision for the future.
30 Insights, 30 Years – Malcolm is the Director of Street Level Photoworks, which provides artists and the public with a range of opportunities to encounter, produce and engage with photography. He co-ordinates a programme which is extended through a network of local venues, regional art galleries, and through national and international partners. Street Level also collate and run Photography Networks in Scotland platform, partner in Photography Scotland alongside Stills and the annual Season of Photography. 2019 is Street Level’s 30th anniversary year, and Malcom will share 30 images illustrating the range and passion of ‘photographies’ embraced in Street Level’s programme.
A Daft Idea – David is photographer, director, curator and Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University. Originally from Glasgow, David studied at Napier as a mature student, graduating in his early 30’s with a BA with Distinction in Photographic Studies. Over his career he has based himself in London, New York and now Edinburgh. He has travelled extensively and his work is recognized nationally and internationally in terms of commissions and awards. He currently serves on The Scottish Government’s Creative Industries Advisory Group, headed by Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Fiona Hyslop. In his talk he will share something of his journey and his passion, and he says “As for my hopes for the future? To create and collaborate, share and enjoy.”
Stills: Centre for Photography – Ben is the Director of Stills: Centre for Photography, a gallery with production facilities, established in 1977 in the heart of Edinburgh. Each year, Ben curates exhibitions highlighting new talent in photography from across Scotland. From 2003-13, Ben was Curator of Contemporary Art for Glasgow Museums where he curated numerous temporary exhibitions and collection displays for the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA). From 2007-12, he was Lead Curator on Glasgow’s Art Fund International collecting project. Ben’s talk will introduce Stills: Centre for Photography in Edinburgh, touching on the organisations history, their current strategy and a vision for the future.
We are delighted to be generously hosted by our partners Historic Environment Scotland at the Engine Shed, their state of the art conservation centre in Stirling, and to be working together with them to inspire a creative and vibrant Scotland.
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