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Screen Machine: Scotland's Far North

Screen Machine: Scotland's Far North

Posted on: 6th June 2017


Street Level Photoworks continue their partnership with Regional Screen Scotland to explore a new way of presenting photography to new audiences. The partnership began with a digital exhibition of John Maher's photography in November 2016. This new instalment sees the presentation of a video work which compliments the major exhibition of three photographers work opening at Street Level in June 2017, Scotland's Far North.

Screen Machine is an 80-seat, air conditioned mobile cinema which brings the latest films to remote and rural areas of Scotland. It tours more than 40 communities in the Highlands and Western Islands and each tour lasts approximately 10 weeks. Screen Machine also appears at selected film festivals. Locations for this current programme include Castlebay, Lochmaddy, Mallaig, Tarbert, Tobermory, Ullapool and many more. See the breadth of their locations here

These three bodies of work from the late 1970s and early 80s provide a unique insight into Scotlandʼs remote landscape, islands and people. Glyn Satterleyʼs project ʻCaithness and Sutherland' presents a document of life in the neglected area of Caithness and Sutherland at a time when the myth was much banded about that the oil industry brought wealth and prosperity to the whole of Scotland. Chic Chalmers ʻOrkneyʼ project and Tom Kiddʼs ʻShetlandʼ both present fascinating photographic glimpses of these island archipelagoʼs at a time of change with the effects of the oil industry on the traditional life of these cultures. Candid and sympathetic, the images show that Scotlandʼs Far North managed to take its place in the modern world without losing too many of the customs and traditions which give these places their special character and ethos.

View Screen Machine’s programme here

For more information on the corresponding exhibition visit: Scotland's Far North

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