Work In Progress: Mhairi Bell-Moodie

We recently asked members of the WildFires Network to give some news of what they are up to and what they have on the horizon. Mhairi Bell-Moodie told us about her project Nevertheless, She Persisted which has been ongoing for the past year and will be launched next month to coincide with International Women's Day. Here, Mhairi gives some of the background to the work:

I've been working on a project for the last year called Nevertheless, She Persisted.  The project acknowledges some of the struggles women face - child loss, breast cancer, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, weight issues, mental illness, addiction, gender re-assignment and sexual fluidity - and celebrates their survival through these traumas. 
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The project will be released on March 8th 2018 - International Women's Day - and will be exhibited in Edinburgh later in the year.  Earlier this month, some of the women involved in the project met each other for the very first time. 
 
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Come back to see more of Mhairi's project once it is launched and in the meantime additional info can be found at www.mhairibellmoodie.com/nevertheless-she-persisted

Spotlight: Gina Lundy

We recently asked members of the WildFires Network to give some news of what they are up to and what they have on the horizon. First up is Gina Lundy, a Bristol born photographer based in Glasgow:

I continue to create work that explores the built environment and over the past 12 months I’ve completed a Masters of Research in Creative Practices at The Glasgow School of Art, where I investigated how and where women’s voices are being heard within the London housing crisis.
    Jasmin Parsons   wearing protest mask, photographed at her home in West Hendon, London.

 Jasmin Parsons wearing protest mask, photographed at her home in West Hendon, London.

   London’s For Sale and I’m Not Moving   - Women’s hands protesting (gif version)

London’s For Sale and I’m Not Moving - Women’s hands protesting (gif version)

Photographic work was produced alongside the written dissertation including a zine, wallpaper, collage, print and animations. 
My photographs were featured in the film ‘Dispossession - The Great Social Housing Swindle’ and in August 2017 I took part in a Q&A following the films screening at the GFT.
      Fantastic New Community   - Zine, photographs from The Aylesbury, Carpenters Road, Cressingham Gardens, Sweets Way and West Hendon.

   Fantastic New Community - Zine, photographs from The Aylesbury, Carpenters Road, Cressingham Gardens, Sweets Way and West Hendon.

I have recently been appointed  Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Photography at the Open College of The Arts, part of the University for the Creative Arts. I’m thrilled to have been offered the job and  I’m looking forward to working with the team developing the vision for arts education via distance learning.
 1.        Stay Strong, You Belong   - Feminism is an Austerity Issue - Frances Ryan.

1.      Stay Strong, You Belong - Feminism is an Austerity Issue - Frances Ryan.

Hannah Laycock - exhibition at CBK Zuitdoost, Amsterdam

Hannah Laycock is excited to announce that she will be exhibiting a selection of photos from her ‘Perceiving Identity’ series for ‘The Venerable Body’ ('Het haperende lichaam’) exhibition at CBK Zuitdoost, Amsterdam in January 2018, Saturday, 20th January until Saturday 31st of March.

 Image courtesy Jan Kleingeld 

Image courtesy Jan Kleingeld 

'The Vulnerable Body’ is an exhibition of artworks about the physical limitations of the body and/or the impact of emotional distress. In this exhibition, ‘Illness’ or impairment is not always understood as something depressing or negative, but as an experience which can’t be ignored in everyday life. Physical and emotional suffering is something everyone is affected by at some point in their life, so this group show is about what is both familiar and strange or unexpected.

The thirteen (international) artists participating in The Vulnerable Body make (often) intimate work about bodily or emotional differences that are very much part of their lives or someone close to them. For some artists in the show, making art has a therapeutic effect. For others it is a way to visualise the reality of living with their own or others’ susceptible, unreliable bodies.

Curators: Renske de Jong (CBK Southeast) and Siobhan Wall (artist / curator). For both, the theme Ziekte has personal relevance. They specifically searched for artists who have experienced the spiritual and emotional vulnerabilities themselves or up close and have this reflected in their work.

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Anne Campbell - Analogue Dreams Exhibition

Some news on an exciting exhibition Anne Campbell is currently curating which is due to open in January 2018:

The work in the exhibition is printed using a variety of alternative processes and will be on at Gallery 17 , Aberdeen, opening at the beginning of January. Full details below:.

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Anne is in the middle of printing new work by Jon Nicholson using the bromoil process, which will be part of the show. There will also be examples of Collodion, Lith, Cyanotypes, Mordancage and Photograms on display, with a 2 hour taster workshop on Wednesday 24th January where participants will get the chance to ink up a bromoil image.

For more details please contact Anne on:

Email    m.a.campbell@rgu.ac.uk

FB        Analogue Dreams

www.annecampbell.photography

Jane Brettle commission for the Royal College of Surgeons

Jane Brettle recently completed a portrait commission for the Royal College of Surgeons London of Clare Marx, their first woman president. This joins the other six portraits of women who have been on the Council or Vice president over the years.

These portraits form an aspect of the airside project which Jane began in 2000.

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Focas India

Congratulations to a number of WildFires artists who have been selected as part of the Fòcas India Competition. A full list of all winners and exhibitors can be found on the Fòcas website.

Fòcas Scotland offers emerging photographers a professional platform for international exchange, exhibition and training. They support and share exciting work that inspires new dialogues about place, identity and culture.

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Panel Discussion

On the 25th of April, WildFires members Jolanta Dolewska, Gina Lundy, Sophie Gerrard, Mary Ann Kennedy and Katherine Parhar will present a panel discussion on WildFires’ genesis and its future as part of a symposium to celebrate the legacy of photographer Franki Raffles with Glasgow School of Art.

 © Franki Raffles Estate. Courtesy of University of St Andrews Library & Edinburgh Napier University

© Franki Raffles Estate. Courtesy of University of St Andrews Library & Edinburgh Napier University

The event is free and you can booked via eventbrite

Margaret Mitchell Firecracker's Featured Photographer

Margaret Mitchell is the featured photographer on Firecracker for April 2017 with her work 'Family' and ‘In This Place’ which looks at family and home, connections and place across more than 20 years in the lives of her sister's children and now, their own children. Margaret’s sensitive and resonant work can be seen on Firecracker and on her own website.

Firecracker was founded in 2011 by Magnum’s Global Business Development Manager Fiona Rogers to support women working in photography, through a variety of online features, networking opportunities and public events.

Granny’s Fablon on Permanent Display

When the Light Shifts launched with a packed opening at Glasgow Women’s Library on Saturday 11th March.

One of the most popular pieces was Granny’s Fablon, an installation by Glasgow artist Donna Maria Kelly. The staff at GWL are so impressed they don’t want to part with Kelly’s work. Granny’s Fablon will now remain on permanent display at the Library. See it, and other works by 23 of Scotland’s most exciting photographers, until April 1st.

International Screening with OCAD University

‘WildFires' inaugural exhibition When the Light Shifts will be projected this week at Canada's OCAD University as part of the show Gender & the Lens to celebrate Create & Converse, a new collaboration between WildFires and OCAD which launches in May 2017.

Gender & the Lens is curated by Jennifer Long and Clare Samuel. More info available on their website

Launch of Wildfires and Exhibition at Glasgow Women's Library

Launching now - Wildfires, a new network of women in Scotland who work in and with photography.

See our first exhibition, featuring over 20 of Scotland’s best women photographers, emerging and established, at Glasgow Women’s Library from the 6th of March to the 1st of April 2017.

Celebrate with us at Glasgow Women’s Library with a special event on Saturday 11th March, 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Exhibition Listing: When the Light Shifts

Opening Event: When the Light Shifts: Exhibition launch

 

Franki Raffles Exhibition at Glasgow School of Art

'Observing Women At Work' - Scottish documentary photographer Franki Raffles at Glasgow School of Art: opening 4th March.

See work from three of Franki’s major projects, ‘Women Workers in the USSR’ (1984/1989), ‘To Let You Understand’ (1987-1988), and her images for the first Zero Tolerance campaign in 1992, titled ‘Prevalence.’

The exhibition is curated by Jenny Brownrigg in partnership with the Franki Raffles Archive Project, run from Edinburgh Napier by Dr. Alistair Scott, St. Andrews University and Zero Tolerance. 

www.frankirafflesarchive.org