More than 50% Women Exhibiting in Scottish Grad Show

© Melissa Sandoval, courtesy of Stills Centre for Photography

Joint exhibitions in Glasgow and Edinburgh to showcase the photographic talent of recent graduates from across Scotland

FUTUREPROOF returns for its 14th year, celebrating some of the incredible photographic work emerging from the BA Photography and Fine Art degrees shows of the colleges, universities, and art schools across Scotland. Exhibitions take place in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.

For the first time, FUTUREPROOF takes place simultaneously across Street Level Photoworks (Glasgow) and Stills (Edinburgh) – Scotland’s two dedicated photography galleries. This collaboration has enabled FUTUREPROOF 2022 to encapsulate more of the rich and varied forms of contemporary photographic practice by graduates who studied in Scotland.

The exhibitions take place 12th November 2022 – 29th January 2023 at Street Level Photoworks and 11th November 2022 – 28th January 2023 at Stills.

Since its inception in 2008, FUTUREPROOF has championed the talent and diversity of newly graduated artists from across the length and breadth of Scotland. This year’s exhibition is no different, with artists represented from courses in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Moray, Orkney, and Stirling across Street Level Photoworks (Glasgow) and Stills (Edinburgh). This is the first time this landmark exhibition has taken place simultaneously across Scotland’s two dedicated photography centres. This collaboration has enabled FUTUREPROOF 2022 to encapsulate even more of the rich and varied forms of contemporary photographic practice, with the exhibition featuring work by thirty-two early career artists across the two galleries.

Each of the selected artists has expressed their unique styles and approaches to the medium of photography in their individual ways, exploring both traditional and alternative methods of picture-making, alongside artist-made books and other mediums.

Artists exhibiting at Street Level Photoworks

Aiste Banelyte (Glasgow School of Art), Lorien Barker (City of Glasgow College), Shannon Best (Glasgow School of Art), Eve Brodie (Edinburgh College), Natalie Dawson (Glasgow School of Art), Denise Delaunay-Wood (Grays School of Art), Spencer Dent (Glasgow School of Art), Harrison Dilks (Glasgow School of Art), Sasha Gartside Knudsen (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design), Finn Gibson (Glasgow School of Art), Patrick Gordon (Edinburgh Napier University), Danielle Haynes (City of Glasgow College), Phoebe Janes (Edinburgh College of Art), Theodore Wilkins Lang (Glasgow School of Art), Molly Mack (Forth Valley College), Neil McCulloch (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design), Catriona McKenzie (Edinburgh College of Art), Abby Pryce (City of Glasgow College), Owen Rose (Edinburgh Napier University), Keira Jem Thomson (Grays School of Art) and Susan J Whitingham (University of the Highlands & Islands).

Artists exhibiting at Stills
Lottie Allen (Edinburgh Napier University), Meg Auld (Glasgow School of Art), Mark Anthony Burgoyne (Glasgow School of Art), Sam Currie (Edinburgh Napier University), Tilly Howie (Moray School of Art), Thomas Irving (Glasgow School of Art), Anní Mara (Glasgow School of Art), Adam Salmond (Edinburgh Napier University), Joanna Stawnicka (Glasgow School of Art), Connie Stewart (Grays School of Art) and Jess Wishart (Glasgow School of Art).

FUTUREPROOF is an annual showcase of new talent in photographic image making, selected from across Scotland’s photography and fine art degree courses. Each year this landmark exhibition reflects the range of approaches and subject matter from recent graduates, celebrating photography as a versatile form of creative expression.

Initiated in 2008 by Street Level Photoworks, the inaugural exhibition featured the work of four artists from Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh Napier University and Glasgow School of Art. Since then, the exhibition has grown both in terms of geographical spread and the number of graduates featured and has established itself as a key exhibition within contemporary photography from Scotland.

Malcolm Dickson, Director at Street Level Photoworks, said: “Since 2008 FUTUREPROOF has demonstrated the increasing diversity of creative photographic art practice from across Scotland’s BA fine art and photography degree courses. As their numbers have increased – both in terms of courses available and in students undertaking them – so has our commitment to an inclusive approach both geographically and in the aesthetics embraced. It’s an endorsement of photography’s versatility to see this sector grow with such confidence and we are delighted that Stills will partner again this year. It is a celebration in every sense.”

Ben Harman, Director of Stills, said: “We are really happy to be hosting another exhibition of work showcasing a selection of new talent in photography, chosen from degree courses across Scotland. The importance of this kind of exhibition lies in the support and encouragement that we are able to give to photographers at such an early stage of their careers. The exhibition in 2021 was a great success but this year it feels like FUTUREPROOF is needed more than ever. This is one of the reasons why we have teamed up with Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow to present the exhibition across both our gallery spaces. Between us we will exhibit work by more than 30 artists from university and college courses across Scotland.”

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