HND Students prepare for upcoming exhibition

Our HND photography students visited several exhibitions in Glasgow last week in preparation for their upcoming end of year showcase.

After being delayed by the snow the previous week we set out to visit some of the current exhibitions on display with the view to gathering ideas about layout, printing, presentation and promotion of an exhibition.

Our day began at Street Level Photoworks where we viewed the current exhibition by Marcelo Brodsky which shows a range of images depicting worker and student demonstrations from around the world during the 60s.  The students were particularly interested in the detail of the hand drawn annotations Marcelo uses to give some deeper information about the social and political situations surrounding the events.

Marcelo Brodsky Exhibition, The Fire of Ideas, at Street Level photoworks Glasgow
Marcelo Brodsky Exhibition, The Fire of Ideas, at Street Level photoworks Glasgow

Malcolm Green, the gallery director, welcomed us to the exhibition and gave us an insight into Marcelo’s work and some background information on how exhibitions are curated.  We then received a tour of the member space at Street Level which includes darkroom facilities, digital editing suites and a studio.  See us featured as the visitors of the day on the Street Level Facebook page.

Malcom Dickson, Street Level Gallery Director, talking to HND Photography students
Malcom Dickson, Street Level Gallery Director, talking to HND Photography students

We were lucky enough to bump into James Pfaff who was busy preparing for his upcoming exhibition, Alex & Me, which opens on April 19th.  James explained a bit about his project and the production process involved in preparing the exhibition.  Interestingly, James’ work also includes a mixed media aspect where he “blanks out” some of the parts of the photograph using a specially mixed white paint.

From Street Level we moved on to the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) where we viewed the Taste! exhibition which included a variety of items from the Glasgow Museums archive including paintings, photography and sculpture.

HND Photography Students stop for a group photo outside the GOMA
HND Photography Students stop for a group photo outside the GOMA

The final stop on our tour was the Lighthouse on Mitchell Lane where we viewed the “Best Use of Timber Awards 2017” exhibition.  A compact exhibition which demonstrated some really interesting ways of displaying images and information on a peg board using dowels and pegs to hang mounted prints on string.

Best Use of Timer Awards 2017 at The Lighthouse, Glasgow
Best Use of Timber Awards 2017 at The Lighthouse, Glasgow

After a busy day of exploring Glasgow’s museums and galleries it was time to rest our legs and enjoy some food/refreshments and discuss the day’s activities.

A thoroughly enjoyable day for all involved which left us with plenty of food for thought.

Save the date for this year’s Creative Showcase which will be held on Thursday 24th May from 6pm at the Motherwell campus.  We look forward to seeing you all there.

Pop over to the HND Photography NCL Enlightened blog to see how our students are getting on organising their own exhibition.

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