We create opportunities for members of the public to participate in creative opportunities and to engage in photography in all its diversity.
Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion are embedded throughout the organisations multi-faceted activities to address barriers to engagement - intellectual, physical, cultural and economic. The participation programme consists of skills-based training, community collaborations, talks and learning around the gallery programme, professional development for early career artists, peer support forums, as well as digital educational resources.
Our facilities provide analogue, alt process and digital production facilities that are accessed by membership, courses and through our community engagement projects. Find out more about our facilities here.
We offer free gallery talks and tours for schools, colleges and community groups which provide a unique insight into our exhibitions. Group visits with a gallery talk can be booked in advance, preferably with five days’ notice. Please note this is subject to gallery capacity. To request a group visit please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We also offer bespoke workshops and training for groups and individuals, to discuss ideas and costs email: email@example.com.
We believe in the transformative role art can have in people’s lives and the value of photography as a process for relationship building, reducing isolation, increasing confidence and a wide range of other benefits on physical and mental well-being for people facing a multitude of life challenges. We partner with a multitude of agencies working across areas of social inclusion and equalities through our engagement programme and take a holistic approach to artist support and community engagement.
We have been delivering a broad programme of collaborative, creative photography opportunities involving artists, recent graduates, individuals and groups across the communities of the Gorbals and Govanhill through our Culture Collective programme. The Culture Collective is a network of twenty-six participatory arts projects shaped by local communities alongside artists and organisations, funded by Scottish Government emergency COVID-19 funds through Creative Scotland.
More info on the network here.
Our Shared Cultural Heritage
We creative partners with Glasgow Life Museums and MAP – Museum of Art and Photography, Bangalore, and Kanike, Bangalore in this project. Involving activities supporting young people in Glasgow developing skills around image making and storytelling, leading to thematic bodies of photographic work exploring South Asian cultural heritage, including international dialogue and exchange.
Community Garden Photography Pilot
In partnership with Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool) and the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) through the Socially Engaged Photography Network we are working with Glasgow based photographers Saskia Coulson & Colin Tennant to engage community members at the Cranhill Development Trust Community Garden over 6 months documenting their Grow To Eat programme run by RHS.
Download a selection of our education resources below including our our Introduction to Photography booklet which features 10 Scottish-based photographers Photo-Recipe Cards that were made during the first lockdown and detail Spinach and Turmeric anthotype processes that utilise the photosensitive properties of plants to creative a light sensitive emulsion from household ingredients.
Street Level Online
Since 2020 we have programmed an extensive range of online talks and events, including livestreamed artist talks and gallery tours, panel discussions, book launches and film screenings. You can view our archive of talks and videos here.
Photography on Screen
Photography on Screen is a series of online resources presenting photography to new audiences in a digital format. These can be enjoyed by all and used as a teaching resource in the classroom or at college. Produced in partnership with The Screen Machine, Scotland's mobile cinema, which serves over 40 remote and island communities across the Highlands and Islands and the west coast of Scotland. Available to watch here.
View a selection of our other archival work in the links below:
Red Road Camera Obscura
New Shoots Old Roots
Bitesize - Teachers Photography Day I
Bitesize - Teachers Photography Day II