whats happening in our world

August 2019

Perthshire Open Studios is approaching and this will be our first year hosting a venue in Glen Lyon and it’s quite an overt unity for us to share our new location.

The event runs from Saturday 7th to Sunday 15th Sept. we will be open each day. We are venue 114 on the Red route, for further details and opening times please visit https://www.perthshireopenstudios.com/user/wildgrass/

July 2019

Fortingall Art opened on the 20th and runs through to Sunday 4th august, open every day from 10-6pm.

fortingallart.co.uk

June 2019

This months work is now dedicated to preparing for next months Fortingall Art Summer Exhibition that runs from 20th july through to 4th August. Lots to do for this year with another all analogue display from Wet Plate Collodion plates to some vintage prints. Details for follow as works near completion.

May 2019

Photo Training workshop.
Our first workshop session since the relocation was a 2 day session exploring the local Glen Lyon landscape, something of a scaled down event but still extremely enjoyable. We are now planning further similar weekends for later in the year, please get in touch for further details/

April 2019

Our open studio weekend for Wildgrass Studio on the 30th/31st March was quite a success with more visitors than expected, many thanks to all who came over and finished off all our home baking !

This marked the opening of our wee gallery and until further notice will be open every Friday and Saturday from 10-5pm, and Sundays 11-4pm. Other times by arrangement, if passing and we are at home please call in.

March 2019

Personal work, I have completed my collection of framed wet plate images of Whisky Bottles for a revolving exhibition in Robertson’s of Pitlochry, these are now being exhibited through April 2019.  Journal to follow soon. Update – whisky bottles glass plates exhibition held at Robertson’s until further notice.

..and finally following our move we have a new focus with our work so both this website and www.wildgrass.co.uk are currently being completely rebuilt. Watch this space….

February 2019

boxes unpacked, most lost things found, darkroom setup so all good to start creating new works. my first project is a collection of wet plates for a wee show in Robertson’s in Pitlochry as past of the Perthshire Open Studios exhibition rolling through until September.

we have also just announced having an open weekend on the 30th/31st March for folk to call in and see what we are up to – all welcome. Details to follow very soon.

january 2019.

a new year brings a new home. we have now re located to a rather cute cottage with an adjoining studio and gallery space nesting in a stunning corner of Perthshire, once the home of the Glen Lyon Gallery.

Glen Lyon was described by Sir Walter Scott as the “…longest, loneliest and loveliest glen in Scotland…”

the longest ?, well at 32 miles it may be. the loneliest ?, maybe once but there is quite a community found along the river. as for the loveliest, definitely.

moving so far down the Glen was something we thought long and hard about but so thrilled to be here nestling in Bridge of Balgie next to the cafe and post office, a very popular rest stop for walkers and tourists.

more news as we continue to settle in as it’s looking quite exciting …..

December 2018

so, as we start to say farewell to 2018 we are planning to move to our new home, a rather cute cottage with an adjoining studio and gallery space nesting in a stunning corner of Perthshire.

Glen Lyon was described by Sir Walter Scott as the “…longest, loneliest and loveliest glen in Scotland…”

the longest ?, well at 32 miles it may be. the loneliest ?, maybe once but there is quite a community settled along the river. as for the loveliest, definitely.

we plan to move down the Glen in early jan so once settled in we will be working on new projects and plan to open the gallery very soon. we will be found not far from the cafe and post office in Bridge of Balgie, a very popular rest stop for walkers and tourists and we are so thrilled to be joining this small community.

more news as plans come together but it’s looking quite exciting …..

November 2018.

winter is now very much here and with all this years exhibitions out of the way its time to work on personal work for next year, apart from taking part in a pop-up shop in crieff and the small matter of getting ready to move house and home. Looks like i will be busy.

the seasonal shop in crieff is a share with fellow photographers Jo and Karin, its a chance to offer existing works in an end of year sale so a few bargains to be found.

Karin being a rather fine animal photographer will be offering pet portraits at the shop whilst i will be offering some wet plate portrait sessions. details to follow. the event will run from sat 17th nov thru to sat 15th dec, open tues to sat each week.

.. and the house move, well a lot more to come on that when plans are finalised but its looking rather exciting. watch this space.

September 2018

now in its 11th year Perthshire Open Studios continues to attract visitors from across Scotland. this year we are focussing on demonstrations and portraits in the wet plate collodion process. POS runs from 1st to 9th sept – www.perthshireopenstudios.com

August.

… starts with the Fortingall Art summer exhibition, an annual showing of over 30 local artists.

May.

this month i am working on a new series of wet plate works for fortingall art in july, more details published soon.

April.

last month saw me working with Jo Cound and Jamie Grant to kick start The Silver Alchemy Collective with our first exhibition event, ‘A Portrait of an Artist’ project for Platform 18. the event ran from 24th to 31st March to showcase creativity across Perthshire and Kinross. silveralchemycollective.co.uk

read the event review blog..

March 2018.

‘The Art of Photography’ exhibition at  Frames Gallery in Perth was open until early march. Primarily an exhibition of the work of Perthshire Photographic Society with guest photographers Simon Jauncey and myself.  framesgallery.co.uk

my own works exhibited were a collection of framed wet plate negatives plus some Platinum/Palladium and VanDyke Brown prints.


January 2018 : work in progress this month for exhibitions in feb – Frames Gallery in Perth and march – Platform 18 so my current focus is new wet plates and alternative prints for sale.

‘portrait of an artist’ by the silver alchemy collective – new blog website launched in the run up to our joint even at platform 18 in march.

new post – experiencing the rising of dawn of a new year at rannoch moor –
a new day to a new day to a new year


december 2017 :
In late November I had some wet plate negatives included in the magnus jackson exhibition in the perth museum and art gallery. since then i been fortunate to have worked with britonnie fletcher, one of the fellow ‘collodionists’ exhibiting work the same event (pure co incidence). i attended a platinum/palladium printing workshop at stills in edinburgh which was excellent so platinum/palladium printing will be my next main project, as soon as funds allow.

www.culturepk.org.uk/whats-on/magnus-jackson-photographer-exhibitions/

alongside fellow analogue photographers jo cound and jamie grant we have successfully reserved a place in next years platform event that showcases creativity across Perthshire. this is a 1 week event in march so we will all be working away in creating works for this event. details to follow soon..

Perthshirecreates.co.uk/platform/

this is traditionally a quiet time of year for paying work and our customer framing so a time to kick back and do some personal work alongside doing a few 1-2-1 training workshops.

we are blessed to live in a stunning part of the world with areas such as rannoch moor and glen coe in easy reach so i am currently planning some wet plate work in a few remote locations – working title is ‘the highlands’ which is awaiting cash, weather and time, same old story !!

and if that is not enough there is always some spare time to take advantage of the scottish highlands scenery and weather for some less alternative photography.

i will be sharing some of this work over the coming months.