209 Women at UK Parliament by Alicia Bruce

 It was an honour and genuine pleasure to collaborate with Mhairi Black MP on a portrait for the trailblazing 209 Women which opens at UK Parliament on Friday 14 December, exactly 100 years since women got the vote.

‘Sure and steadfast’ Mhairi Black is the UK’s youngest MP she’s outspoken, a realist and fiercely committed to her constituency.   For me, she's the embodiment of potential for a shifting establishment where the people's voice will be represented directly and honestly in parliament with a foot firmly in reality.

This landmark exhibition features portraits of 209 female MPs, photographed by 209 female photographers. It coincides with the centenary of the first election where women could cast a vote, and one hundred years after women gained the right to sit in Parliament as MPs.

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“Aw they’re brilliant! Of course, you can share the feedback. Like I said, it is the first time I have had my photo taken with no hassle, and no over the top-ness. I even came away with chocolate! So chuffed with it.” Mhairi Black MP on her portraits, (I also made one for her obituary file which I hope she won’t need for a very long time.) 

The portrait subtly references  ‘The Trial of William Wallace at Westminster’ by Daniel Maclise (1870)

The exhibition is curated by Hilary Wood (Founder/Director of ‘209 Women’ and photographer), Tracy Marshall (Director of Development and Partnerships at Open Eye Gallery), Cheryl Newman (Artist, curator and former Director of Photography of the Telegraph magazine), and Lisa Tse (Brand Consultant, TV Producer and founder of women’s club The Sorority).

‘209 Women’ is delivered in partnership with Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool City Council, the Royal Photographic Society and The Sorority.

Other ways to see ‘209 Women’

Visitors attending House of Commons select committees in Portcullis House during the run of the exhibition can also view ‘209 Women’.

After Portcullis House, the exhibition will be displayed at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool.

Follow the exhibition on social media using #209women.

Violence Unseen Exhibition at Stills by Alicia Bruce

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Over the past decades there have been dramatic changes to public attitudes around some aspects of men’s violence against women. Yet domestic abuse, sexual violence and other forms of violence against women are still prevalent in Scotland today, especially for groups of women who face other forms of discrimination; women with learning disabilities, women in prostitution, lesbian, bisexual and trans (LBT) and black and minority ethnic women.

Zero Tolerance and award-winning photographer Alicia Bruce have worked with groups and individuals affected by men’s violence to create a series of photographs that explore the types of violence against women that remain unseen and unacknowledged by mainstream society. The photographs shine a light on the types of violence against women that still remain unacceptably hidden and better represent the constellation of women’s lived experiences.

 For further information contact: Jo Zawadzka  jo.zawadzka@zerotolerance.org.uk and visit Stills website http://www.stills.org/exhibition/future-exhibition/violence-unseen

Please note, on Monday 3rd September the exhibition will only be open until 3pm.

3 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018

Stills, 23 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh

 

 

'Our World Heritage' Commission and Exhibition by Alicia Bruce

Our World Heritage’ exhibition opened at the historic Tron Kirk in Edinburgh on 26 July 2018.
"A new exhibition which showcases the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, as well as Scotland’s other five World Heritage Sites, opens today at the historic Tron Kirk on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The exhibition, housed within the atmospheric 17th century former kirk, attempts to capture the essence of the World Heritage Site in Edinburgh through the voices and opinions of local people. The story is told in a series of videos, quotes, and specially commissioned portraits from award-winning Scottish photographer Alicia Bruce. ‘Our World Heritage’ explains what makes Edinburgh’s heritage so special and internationally recognised as well as highlighting some of the issues associated with the World Heritage Site. A series of sections, with titles such as ‘City of Contrasts’, ‘Survival Stories’, and ‘High and Mighty’ set out the formal reasons for the city’s UNESCO inscription, but also challenge residents and visitors to think differently about the city and consider some uncomfortable questions. These range from whether we are doing enough to conserve the authenticity of the site, the role of the transatlantic slave trade in funding the city’s extraordinary 18th and early 19th century expansion, and the absence of women in the city’s many grand statues and monuments."

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Crisis - What If? Collaboration by Alicia Bruce

 I've been working in collaboration with homeless people through Crisis Skylight Edinburgh as part of the charities 50 year anniversary using a 50-year-old twin lens reflex.  An outdoor exhibition has been placed around Edinburgh on billboard and poster sites allowing 24hr access and as wide an audience as possible to the images and stories.  32 images from the project are also being exhibited at Edinburgh's Central Library.   Launch:  Join us for the exhibition launch on Wednesday 5th July at Art and Design Library (within the Central Library), George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EG. Routemaster bus leaves at 630pm to visit the billboards.  5:30 PM to 7:30 PM   Exhibition:    4 - 29 July  Art and Design Library (within the Central Library), George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EG   Billboards and Posters:   Throughout Edinburgh, throughout July       More info on the nationwide project at  www.crisis.org.uk/get-involved/art-in-crisis /

I've been working in collaboration with homeless people through Crisis Skylight Edinburgh as part of the charities 50 year anniversary using a 50-year-old twin lens reflex.  An outdoor exhibition has been placed around Edinburgh on billboard and poster sites allowing 24hr access and as wide an audience as possible to the images and stories.  32 images from the project are also being exhibited at Edinburgh's Central Library.

Launch: Join us for the exhibition launch on Wednesday 5th July at Art and Design Library (within the Central Library), George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EG. Routemaster bus leaves at 630pm to visit the billboards.  5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Exhibition:  4 - 29 July Art and Design Library (within the Central Library), George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EG

Billboards and Posters: Throughout Edinburgh, throughout July 

 

More info on the nationwide project at www.crisis.org.uk/get-involved/art-in-crisis/

 Ex-serviceman Jamie Robertson being photographed for The Scotsman with his billboard.  5th July 2017

Ex-serviceman Jamie Robertson being photographed for The Scotsman with his billboard.  5th July 2017

Fix Photo Festival Announced by Alicia Bruce

FIX Photo Festival 2017

12 - 21 May

Free Entry

I'm excited to be bringing Menie: TRUMPED to Fix Photo Festival during this year's Photo London

Venue: Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London SE1 9PH

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Opening Hours 

Monday - Sunday

Friday 12 - Sunday 21 May        11.00 - 20.30

Monday 15 May                         11.00 - 18.00

Tuesday 16 - Sunday 21            11.00 - 20.30

Bargehouse is owned and managed by Coin Street Community Builders: www.coinstreet.org

 

Exhibition at Glasgow Women's Library by Alicia Bruce

When the Light Shifts is a national touring exhibition that brings together over fifteen of Scotland’s female photographers. The show represents a vibrant range of current practice, from intimate portraiture to experimental images of organic matter, to vital enquiries about what a camera is and how we use it in today’s world.

When the Light Shifts, Monday 6th March to Saturday 1st April, during GWL opening hours

Photography is a powerful way to share our stories, to describe our realities – or our dreams – and to document what is important to us. The work of an evolving network of Scotland’s women photographers initiated by writer and curator Katherine Parhar, When the Light Shifts is a vital collaborative project that celebrates community in creativity for Scotland, with photographers and audiences alike.

Join us for our opening event with Katherine and the exhibiting artists on Saturday 11th March between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

When the Light Shifts is produced and curated in partnership with Napier University.

Artists include (but are not limited to): Arpita Shah, Susanne Ramsenthaler, Catherine Cameron, Sarah Fishlock, Karen Vaughan, Zoe Hammil, Sylvia Grace Borda, Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte, Margaret Mitchell, Jolanta Dolewska, Alicia Bruce, Sophie Gerrard, Nina Bacos, Mairead Keating, Iseult Timmermans, Helen Jones, Edyta Majewska and Melanie Letore.

Cathy & Katie Rose

From series 'Digging for Diamonds: Woodend Barn Allotments', 2014