Galleries ready to make a comeback splash with exhibition trail celebrating Scotland’s Year of Coasts & Waters 20/21

Dylan MacdonaldStreet Level Photoworks

Street Level Photoworks, Scotland’s leading photography arts organisation, is launching a four-month photography exhibition trail in some of Scotland’s best-loved coastal galleries.

Called ‘Everything Flows’, the photographic trail will mark the reopening of several galleries in Scotland’s west coast as well as in Dunoon and Rothesay. In 2021, Scotland continues to celebrate its coasts and waters with a programme of activities and events which will shine a spotlight on these vital elements of our landscape.

A digital programme of online resources and engagement activities will unfold during this time and will open out the programme for visitors, those living locally, and for people who can only view and enjoy from afar. Alongside the exhibition trail will be a collaboration with The Screen Machine, Scotland’s mobile cinema which will present a series of  Photography on Screen short films which will extend to the end of 2021.

The Everything Flows exhibition trail begins on Friday 23rd July at Dunoon Burgh Hall with photographer David Gordon and his ‘Fishing the Minch’ show. This will be followed by exhibitions in Irvine, Greenock, Rothesay, Oban and Glasgow.

Malcolm Dickson, Director at Street Level Photoworks, said:
“It has been a difficult time for artists, cultural venues and local communities, so we are particularly excited to now be able to launch the Everything Flows photographic trail with partner venues in regional locations.

“Each venue will present the work of different photographers so we are hoping that people will enjoy following the trail over the Summer to see a wide variety of really exceptional work in some of Scotland’s most beautifully located galleries.

“Through the inclusive medium of photography, this coastal-inspired trail of exhibitions and events celebrates Scotland’s coexistence with and dependency on our waterways and coastal lands, promoting the protection and preservation of this vital resource. 

“We can’t wait for people to come along and enjoy these shows which capture a fishing boat and its crew based in the Western Isles, the working landscapes of Northern and Western Scotland, the landscapes, geology and the ecology of the Arctic, Subarctic and Antarctic regions, life on the Forth & Clyde Canal, portraits of young Scots, a poignant exploration of plastic debris collected from shorelines across the world and former Buzzcocks drummer John Maher’s study of abandoned crofts from across the Outer Hebrides.

”For those unable to visit the exhibitions in person, a digital programme of online resources and artist talks will make the programme accessible to a wide range of people whether they live locally or around the world.”

John Maher’s study of abandoned crofts from across the Outer Hebrides, titled ‘Nobody’s Home’, will feature as a window photograph trail in Rothesay, from 21st August – 19th September 2021.

Venues include Street Level Photoworks and Trongate 103 in Glasgow, with various partner venues in coastal locations including The Rockfield Centre (Oban), Harbour Arts Centre (Irvine), Scottish Maritime Museum (Irvine), Beacon Arts Centre (Greenock), and Dunoon Burgh Hall. The popular pastime of a trip doon the watter from Glasgow to the Firth of Clyde is further celebrated with a photography trail around many window locations on Rothesay on the Isle of Bute.

Everything Flows is a specially curated coastal exhibition trail, programmed by Street Level Photoworks in partnership with regional venues and supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21.

View full programme of Everything Flows exhibitions at the Street Level Photoworks website.

Photos: ©Mandy Barker and ©John Maher. Both shared courtesy of Street Level Photoworks

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