HND Photography students recently visited some current exhibitions in Glasgow as part of the preparation and planning for their own upcoming exhibition. (Save the date – 23rd May 2019!!)
Preparing to showcase your own work as part of an exhibition can be an onerous and daunting task. Each year the HND photography students enjoy a field trip to Glasgow to view current exhibitions, gather inspiration and ideas and hear first hand from gallery owners/curators about the process involved in preparing and displaying photographers’ work.
This year we were once again made to feel very welcome at Street Level Photoworks where we were able to view the work of Arpita Shah in her solo exhibition entitled Nalini (on display until 7th April 2019). Nalini is a collection of work which explores Arpita’s maternal heritage through her mother and grandmother. The series of images are particularly beautiful and feminine showing repeated themes of pastel colours, fragmented portraits and florals.
John from Street Level was kind enough to give us a guided tour of the exhibition. This gave us all an insight into Arpita’s work and an opportunity for the students to find out more about the process of selecting work, deciding on presentation format and finally mounting and displaying the work.
Additionally, we were able to view the facilities available to members. Alongside the opportunity to network with other photographers members have access to a studio to shoot images, darkroom facilities to process and print film photography, an editing suite and an opportunity to display their work in the constantly changing members gallery.
The next stop on our trip (after battling through wind, rain and freezing temperatures!) was Glasgow Cathedral where a temporary exhibition “Scotland from the Sky” is also on display until 7th April 2019. Using the Cathedral to house the exhibition made for a spectacular backdrop and some of us who had never visited before had the opportunity to admire the stunning interiors and stained glass windows alongside the exhibition.
Everyone in the group commented on the display methods that had been employed in this exhibition. The photographs are printed on a canvas type material and then mounted on large scale lightbox displays. This allowed for large size images to be displayed and the backlighting worked to really make the images ‘pop’.
Much enjoyment was had identifying known landmarks in the images when we discovered images of areas we were familiar with!
Overall, an enjoyable day was had exploring exhibitions in Glasgow and viewing other photographers’ work. Much discussions were had over some light refreshments following our visits with everyone discussing their favourite parts of the day.