Street Level Photoworks was founded in 1989. From its inception it has provided artists and the public with the opportunity to produce and participate in photography and lens-based media. It aims to make artistic production accessible, both physically and intellectually, to a wide audience. Recognised for its integrated practice, the organisation promotes the work of artists through exhibitions, commissions, residencies, and publications; an education programme; community collaborations; open access facilities and training courses for the public.
The exhibitions programme supports both emerging and established artists from local, national and international sources. Earlier exhibitions have included such diverse artists as Jo Spence, Ian Breakwell, Chila Kumari Burman, Peter Kennard, Daniel Reeves, Maud Sulter, Andrew Stones, David Levinthal, and Elizabeth and Iftikhar Dadi. Critical ideas are also fostered through talks, symposia, and publications. Exhibitions and projects from the past five years are being listed on the archive section of the website.
The education programme involves a range of collaborations in the community, with schools and with agencies working across areas of inclusion, social justice, and equalities. It aims to enable the creativity of non-artists, increase involvement by under-represented groups, and assist the artistic programme by engaging participants. A chronological list of projects will be listed on our education archive.
The exhibitions programme supports new artistic practices in photography. This includes both emergent and established artists from local, national and international sources. Street Level seeks out innovation at home and prioritises the production of new work made within Scotland, alongside distinctive work from further afield including exhibitions with an international dimension. The gallery programme is curated through invited projects – for example work researched or reviewed in portfolio events at festivals, and those selected or developed from artists submissions. We also work in partnership with other venues whose ethos matches our own and where the collaboration complements our respective objectives.
Some of the programme of the gallery is available to tour to other galleries and venues and we also programme for some venues locally, regionally and nationally.
Proposals from artists and curators are accepted at any time. The exhibitions programme is determined some time in advance and there is a considerable project waiting list. Please be aware of this when submitting an application.
Work sent through open submission is reviewed every 6 months. Please note that it may take several months before a response is received. Please also note that the programme can be booked up in advance for the subsequent 2 years.
The aims of the exhibitions programme are to:
• Support the creativity of the artist, to increase their profile through its display, and to bring the work into contact with the public.
• Provide new opportunities for the public to see innovative photo-based exhibitions in Glasgow.
• Promote an understanding of artistic expression and visual literacy through high quality exhibitions, interpretation material and education activity.
• Offer creative, refreshing, and dynamic approaches to curation and programming.
If you are interested in submitting an application and have read and understood the above,
then the following should be included:
• Statement on the Project (100 words).
• Biography or CV (100 words).
• Information on progress of project – whether in preparation or whether ready for exhibition (100 words).
• Details on any partner venues.
• Details of where the work is stored and where it would be returned to.
• 6 jpegs on the project.
• 6 jpegs of previous work.
This can be mailed or sent electronically to:
Street Level Photoworks
Glasgow G1 5HD
Malcolm Dickson – Director
Malcolm has been Director of Street Level since late 1995, prior to which he was involved in numerous artist-led ventures, including Transmission, Variant and New Visions. He studied at Glasgow School of Art in the early 80s and did a post-graduate at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. He has curated numerous projects, written extensively for various books and magazines. He is an Honourary Senior Research Fellow at Dundee University.
Max Slaven – Resource Coordinator
Julie Wardlaw – Office and Finance Coordinator
Lauren Coleman – Gallery and Retail Assistant (Print Sales)
Iseult Timmermans – RRCS Coordinator
|Board Members Profiles
Andrea Kusel - Chair
I am Curator of Art at Paisley Museum and have previously worked at Glasgow Museums and the National Gallery in London. I have a degree in Art History and Film and Television studies, a postgraduate qualification in Museum Studies and an MSc in contemporary art and art theory. I have collected an extensive contemporary collection for Paisley and am enjoying learning about photography through my involvement with Street Level.
Arabella Harvey - Vice Chair
I am a visual arts programmer based just south of Edinburgh, with a background in painting, art history and theory. In addition to an independent curatorial practice, I am currently Director at the Peter Potter Gallery in Haddington, where we are delivering a major programme of activity called Lost Landscapes which includes newly commissioned work by artists working with lens based media. I am delighted to support SLPs valuable programmes with the knowledge and experience I have gained in the visual arts sector.
I have been a very keen, hobby photographer since the school dark room days of the seventies in the east end of Glasgow. Although technology has moved on, I am pleased and proud to be involved in Street Level to try to help others realise the same enjoyment, interest (and frustrations!) I have had over the years since then. I am employed in the energy industry and try to bring my skills, knowledge and experience to Street Level to make sure we can deliver our plans and projects safely and robustly.
I am a photographer, focussing on landscape and conceptual image making and, earlier, in social documentary. I have exhibited in Scotland and Europe. Previously a member of the Scottish Arts Council and various associated committees, my paid work involved academic economics, international students and Vice-Dean of the Strathclyde Business School.
(Glasgow Photography Group Ltd with charitable status (SCO 16470) trading as Street Level Photoworks. Registered in Scotland No 113667).