Learning & Audience Development Co-ordinator (Contact for Group Visits)
Impressions Gallery opened in 1972 as one of the first specialist contemporary photography galleries in Europe. Since then we have established ourselves as a leading international exhibition space for photography and digital art. We support and promote innovative and creative work that extends the boundaries of current photographic practice. Digital imagery, film and video are essential resources for the contemporary artist, and this is reflected in our programme. We are a small not-for-profit organisation who are dedicated towards providing the local community and our wider international audiences the very best of contemporary photography and digital media.
Tuesday - 10am to 6pm
Wednesday - 10am to 6pm
Thursday - 10am to 6pm
Friday - 10am to 5pm
Saturday - 10pm to 5pm
Sunday - Closed
Mondays - Closed
Booking advised for group visits. Please call 0845 0515 882 or email email@example.com.
Beyond the Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland
- 1 July — 27 September 2014 *on now
Set against the backdrop of the historic referendum on Scotland’s Independence, Beyond the Border brings together four Scottish photographers, each with a distinctive view of a nation in the midst of intense debate about its future.
This international premiere – one of the most significant shows of new Scottish photography in a generation – aims to challenge clichés and explore the country, its people and identity.
Sophie Gerrard's Drawn to the Land is an intimate look at the role woman play in shaping the rural Scottish landscape. From Highland crofters to Lowland farmers, Gerrard explores how their lives interrelate with the land in which they live and work.
Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert's Edge of an Empire brings history to life in a fascinating study of the Antonine Wall, the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire, as the wall crosses through central Scotland attracting visitors and living history groups alike.
Stephen McLaren reveals the world of Americans with Scottish ancestry who retain close affinity with the ‘Old Country’, even through they may never set foot there. McLaren’s series American Always, Scottish Forever depicts the athletes, musicians, artists, and visitors attending California's burgeoning Highland Games season.
Colin McPherson presents A Fine Line, a year-long exploration of the physical border between Scotland and England, examining and questioning the very nature of the frontier and how it looks from the Scottish side.
Together, the four photographers are Document Scotland, a collective formed in 2012. Sophie Gerrard says, ‘We share a common vision to witness and photograph the important and diverse stories within Scotland, and to promote and support photography in Scotland’. Colin McPherson says, ‘the work in Beyond the Border is neither overtly political nor partisan, but aims to record and disseminate ideas and themes surrounding this pivotal moment in the nation’s history’.
The vote to decide whether Scotland becomes an independent nation takes place on 18th September 2014.
Beyond the Border is curated by Impressions Gallery's Scottish-born director Anne McNeill.
- Any age
- 7 October — 6 December 2014
Historically a source of revenue for colonial governments, trophy hunting has now become a controversial yet major industry, taking place in 23 African countries, and generating over 200 million dollars a year.
Over a six year period, Chancellor documented the many aspects of big game hunting, gaining access into the pseudo-wilderness reserved for this unique kind of tourism, usually off-limits to outsiders. Embedded within hunting groups, Chancellor gained an insider view of the pursuit, resulting in a series of compelling and intimate portraits of hunters with their prey, as well as local workers reliant on the industry for their livelihood.
The selection for the exhibition includes Chancellor’s iconic portrait of fourteen year Josie Slaughter, Huntress with Buck, winner of the 2010 Taylor Wessing National Portrait Prize. This image forms part of a wider narrative, extending to photographs of the taxidermy process and hunters’ trophy rooms. In this final series, Chancellor reveals lavish spaces adorned with souvenirs in the form of heads, hides and horns of dead animals.
Together, the meticulously detailed images offers an insight into what Chancellor describes as the ‘Wildlife Industry’, exploring issues of welfare, conservation and the ethics of an unconventional type of tourism.
A touring exhibition from INSTITUTE and David Chancellor.
David Chancellor (born London, 1961) is a multi award winning documentary photographer based in South Africa. He has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, exhibited in major galleries and museums, and published worldwide. Named Nikon Photographer of the Year three times, he received a World Press Photo Award in 2010 for Elephant Story from the series Hunters. Chancellor won the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Prize in 2010, exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery London. In 2012 he received a Sony World Photography Award (Nature and Wildlife) and Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award. In 2013 he received the World Understanding Award in the Pictures of the Year International competition; the Kuala Lumpur International Photo Award for portraiture; the Vienna International Photo Award for documentary photography; and the Kontinent Award for documentary photography. He is represented by INSTITUTE.
- Any age
Summer Family Fun
- 29 — 30 August 2014 10am-4pm
Pop in to Impressions Gallery during the summer holidays and enjoy free activities inspired by our exhibition Beyond the Border, exploring the country of Scotland, its people and identity.
Get creative with make and take activities, or pick up a Gallery Trail and solve the puzzles as you journey through the exhibition.
You can also visit our neighbour City Library with free reading events for families throughout the summer.
All welcome, drop in during opening hours.
- Any age
Lunchtime Talk & Tour: Feed Your Mind
- 18 September 2014 12:30-1:30pm
Set against the backdrop of the referendum on Scotland’s independence, the exhibition brings together four contemporary Scottish photographers, Sophie Gerrard, Stephen McLaren, Colin McPherson and Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, each with a distinctive view of a nation in the midst of intense debate about its future.
Anne McNeill, curator of Beyond the Border will discuss the exhibition on the day of the Scottish referendum.
After the event, carry on the conversation downstairs in Forster’s Bistro and Deli, who have kindly offered 10% off all eat in meals for attendees of Feed Your Mind. Simply hand your voucher to your server when ordering.
Free event, no booking required.