As part of Workshops Week 2023 we are pleased to be hosting a series of talks and workshops, each with an ecological focus.
Eco Photogram & Cyanotype Workshop with Glasgow City Mission
Monday 17th April
An integral part of Street Level’s work is about participation and production and this involves bringing out the creativity of other people, including those facing disadvantage, poverty and various degrees of homelessness. Participation in the process of photography helps increase people’s confidence, skills and; as a consequence, their wellbeing. For ten years, photographer Donna Maria Kelly has been working with a camera club from City Mission in outings to visit exhibitions and in getting involved in the making of images through photography. This day-long session in Street Level’s facilities will involve the creation of photograms and cyanotypes using recyclable and organic materials. (Please note this is a closed session)
CODE RED - Peter Kennard
Off-Site Exhibition at The Worm, Aberdeen
19th - 22nd April
CODE RED is a print installation by Peter Kennard, one of Britain’s foremost political artists and presented at the worm, Aberdeen as part of Workshops Week 2023. Throughout Code Red, Kennard re-appropriates the photo of the Earth taken by the Apollo astronauts in 1972, which Kennard cuts and tears, combining it with images of industrial chimneys, oil refineries exploding, polluted dust, gas masks, parched earth and floods to express his outrage at the climate crisis.
In Search of the Blue Flower: Alexander Hamilton and The Art of Cyanotype Book Launch
6.30pm Thursday 20th April - Free and all welcome
For over fifty years artist Alexander Hamilton has worked with plants to share their stories by revealing their unique presence through the photographic medium of cyanotype. In this special event, the artist will discuss the lasting impact a six-month residency on the uninhabited Isle of Stroma had upon his early practice and the environmental concerns and ecological themes throughout his work.
Darkroom Ecology: Film Developing Talk & Workshop with Scott Hunter
11am - 4.30pm Saturday 22nd April - Pay What You Can
Join environmental artist Scott Hunter for an introduction to using plant-based developers to process photographic film. His Darkroom Ecology project explores nature-based solutions to harmful chemicals used in analogue photography. This session includes an artist talk and demonstration on developing B+W film sustainably using organic matter such as moss. In addition, he proposes replacing silver-containing fixers with salt water, offering a non-toxic alternative to the disposal of heavy metals in water systems. This workshop will provide a basic understanding of eco-processing to allow you to experiment further and develop your recipes. This workshop is suitable for adults with a keen interest in analogue photography.
Image: © Donna Maria Kelly
Scotland's Workshops isa network of artists and creatives all around the country and is the backbone of Scotland’s vibrant visual arts scene. Made up of individuals and collectives committed not only to their craft, but to sharing the positivity of art-making. This special week is the perfect opportunity to discover the wellbeing benefits of creating, learn new skills or refine your creative talent.