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Panel Session: Scotland's Far North

Street Level Photoworks, Saturday 15th July, 3.00 - 4.30pm

Book Tickets through Eventbrite : £3.50 (inc Booking Fee)

In the late 70s and early 80s Half Moon Photography Workshop and its magazine Camerawork gave a platform to politically and socially engaged photographic practices with various members over that time including Jo Spence, Ed Barber, Jenny Matthews, Mike Goldwater and Paul Trevor. Searching for a practical and alternative way of circulating photographers work, the model of the laminated touring exhibition was developed. This challenged mainstream institutional practices of exhibition making and made available numerous influential photography exhibitions to community spaces, arts centres, libraries, schools and even laundrettes. Two of the exhibitions toured by Half Moon included Chick Chalmers’ ‘Life in the Orkneys’(in 1975/76) and Glyn Satterley’s ‘Scotland’s Far North’ (1980).

This panel brings together two of the original Half Moon/Camerawork collective members Mike Goldwater and Jenny Matthews with exhibiting photographer Glyn Satterley, and Glasgow-based David Gordon, whose ‘Fishing the Minch’ was uniquely exhibited in what at the time in 1980 was described as “the first flyposted exhibition in the country” on the hoardings of the Half Moon Photography Workshop in the East End of London. The panel will be joined by Noni Stacey, whose PhD (funded by AHRC) at University of the Arts into the London-based radical photography collectives of the 1970s includes Half Moon Photography Workshop and Camerawork, and Malcolm Dickson of Street Level, whose off-site exhibitions have developed a number of local and regional partnerships in gallery and community contexts.

Banner Image: Kirkwall Post Office - © Chick Chalmers
Left Image: David Gordon's 'Fishing the Minch' exhibition on the hoardings of Half Moon, 1980. Image by Richard Harris. Courtesy David Gordon.