Colin McPherson

Photographer and Visual Artist

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On display

2014 looks like being remembered as being the summer which I truly made an exhibition of myself!

I am fortunate to be showing four separate bodies of work at four different venues across four cities.

Sarah Bush, pictured at her office in Liverpool where she works for HMRC. Photograph © Colin McPherson, 2014, all rights reserved.

Sarah Bush, pictured at her office in Liverpool where she works for HMRC.
Photograph © Colin McPherson, 2014, all rights reserved.

Already on show is my contribution to DaDaFest who commissioned me to make portraits on the theme of disability at work. The resulting Working Lives: Here and There exhibition is on show as part of Liverpool’s International Festival for Business and can be seen on the sixth floor of 43 Castle Street in Liverpool until 26 July. There are restricted opening times: Wednesday-Friday (12.30-5pm) and Saturday (12.30-3pm).

'Border fence, Cheviot hills, 2014' from 'A Fine Line - Exploring Scotland's Border with England'. Photograph © Colin McPherson, 2014, all rights reserved.

‘Border fence, Cheviot hills, 2014’ from ‘A Fine Line – Exploring Scotland’s Border with England’.
Photograph © Colin McPherson, 2014, all rights reserved.

On 1 July, Beyond the Border opens at Impressions Gallery in Bradford, where I will be   showing my project entitled A Fine Line, part of the Document Scotland group show.

Designed and staged by the gallery’s director, Anne McNeill, this major event is a milestone in my career: the first time my work has been fully curated. It also marks the first exhibition in England exclusively showing Document Scotland’s work. Working with Anne and the staff at Impressions on the exhibition has been both educational and enlightening and myself and my colleagues are looking forward to a terrific launch night in Bradford on Thursday 3 July. The exhibition continues until 27 September 2014. We will be staging a professional development day and artists’ talks at the gallery on Saturday 26 July.

"Is gender inequality an impediment to poverty elimination?". Photograph © Colin McPherson, 2014, all rights reserved.

“Is gender inequality an impediment to poverty elimination?”.
Photograph © Colin McPherson, 2014, all rights reserved.

Next up, the A41 Project reaches the southern end of the eponymous trunk road and will be exhibited at Free Space Gallery in Kentish Town. The show will open on 23 July and continue until 12 September (Monday to Friday 9am-6.30pm). This will be the final outing for this particular project, having previously been shown in West Bromwich, Milton Keynes and Birkenhead.

The demolition of Ravenscraig, 1996. © Colin McPherson, 2014.

The demolition of Ravenscraig, 1996. Photograph © Colin McPherson, 2014.

Finally, there’s the results of another collaboration to look forward to at the end of August when Document Scotland’s Common Ground exhibition opens at Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow. The exhibition is a partnership with Welsh collective A Fine Beginning and I will be showing a new body of work made and completed over the summer of 2014 entitled Phoenix: the fall and rise of Ravenscraig, which looks at the legacy of the giant steel mill in Lanarkshire, controversially closed down in 1992, which I photographed being demolished four years later. The exhibition runs for a couple of months and we will be staging two-days of artists’ talks, portfolio reviews and other activities on 29 and 30 August at the gallery.

I hope to see you at some of these exciting events over the next three months.

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A41 reaches Birkenhead

The Mayor of Wirral takes the A41 tour. Photograph © Caroline England, 2013.

The Mayor of Wirral takes the A41 tour. Photograph © Caroline England, 2013.

A little flurry of media activity has coincided with the launch of the latest exhibition of the A41 Project, which is now on show at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum in Birkenhead, Wirral, until 26th January 2014.

Visitors at the exhibition opening. Photograph © Caroline England, 2013.

Visitors at the exhibition opening. Photograph © Caroline England, 2013.

We held an informal launch last week, with colleagues, friends and family making for a very interesting and enjoyable morning. Just as the coffee and cake levels were depleting, in walked the Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Dave Mitchell, whom I had the pleasure of piloting around the exhibition and explaining a bit about my photography and the work made by the participatory group of photographers whose work is also on display at the gallery.

The participatory group line up in front of their work. Photograph © Caroline England, 2013.

The participatory group line up in front of their work. Photograph © Caroline England, 2013.

The show has been featured in several local and regional publications this week, including The Big Issue, the Liverpool Echo and Wirral News. In addition, I recorded an interview with Sean Styles for his BBC Radio Merseyside morning show; the conversation was then broadcast on 4th November 2013 – listen to it here:

 

The A41 project’s final scheduled exhibition will take place in September 2014 in London – more details to follow.

From the Liverpool Echo, 28th October 2013.

From the Liverpool Echo, 28th October 2013.

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The A41 Project

For one year from late-2012, I worked on a body of work which sought to illustrate using photography, the themes, ideas and facts to do with inequality in our society.

The result was the ‘A41 Project’, a series of landscape photographs which depict how the issues around inequality in contemporary society can be expressed through metaphoric images. The project used as its template the historic A41 trunk road, which links central London with Birkenhead on the banks of the Mersey and is staged in partnership with The Equality Trust, an organisation which raises awareness and campaigns on inequality in the UK. It is co-funded by The Equality Trust and Arts Council England. Continue reading…

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A41 Project Newspaper

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To coincide with the launch of the opening exhibition of the A41 Project at The Public in West Bromwich from 28 February until 6 May, I have published a commemorative newspaper which is available to buy. The publication has been produced in association with The Equality Trust and showcases work I made during the project as well as images and text by the four participatory photography groups I worked with.

The newspaper consists of 20 pages and also features an article by Professor Richard Wilkinson, author of The Spirit Level, which looks at inequality in our society.

I would love to be able to give away the newspaper for free to all those who are interested, but to cover costs I am asking for a small cover price of £3 per copy. Payment can be made via PayPal, and I am never privy to your personal banking/card details, as all I need is your name and address, and the paper will be in the post to you!

Many thanks.




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