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We are getting to the point in the year when we start to plan our end of year exhibitions. A way for us to celebrate and showcase the work produced by all of our students during the academic year. More on those to come soon…

In the meantime, though, our HND students have been visiting local exhibitions to gather ideas for their end of year showcase. It is looking likely that we will be able to have an in-person, physical exhibition for the first time since 2019. Hopefully not jinxing it by putting that statement out there 🙂

We were lucky to discover that right on our doorstep at the North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre in Motherwell was showing an exhibition of Oscar Marzaroli’s work. I was lucky enough to visit the exhibition when it was on display at Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow with a previous HND class in 2020 (right before lockdown). However, this year’s group hadn’t had the opportunity to see his work. We had viewed a BBC documentary film about Oscar’s work during the documentary photography unit last semester so this was a perfect opportunity to see his work in person.

Oscar Marzaroli Exhibition, North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre

The Oscar Marzaroli exhibition was the first one I’d ever visited, it was so interesting seeing his passion and love for his work displayed long after his death, the emotional aspect of hearing from his family such as his daughter was also really impactful.

Aleisha Stokes

Visiting the Oscar Marzaroli exhibition was a wonderful experience. Seeing his work exhibited was not only emotional but it was a celebration to his craft. Finding out that there’s still thousands of unseen photographs that have been given to GCU to be digitalised and catalogued is so exciting, and I can’t wait to see what will come out of it. His exhibition was simple and beautifully laid out allowing for his images to do the talking. And this is what I hope for my own experience when I come to exhibit my own work in May.

Tracy Thom
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