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‘Menie: TRUMPED’ St Andrews Acquisition and Photography Festival

‘Menie: TRUMPED’ St Andrews Acquisition and Photography Festival

I’m honoured that specially commissioned portfolio box of ‘Menie: Trumped’ has been acquired by St Andrews University Special Collections Department.  The portfolio includes images of Menie made since 2010, a developers map and bespoke portfolio box lined with a developers map of Trump International Golf Links Scotland’s original proposal.  Now permanently archived in in the ‘Home of Golf’ for future generations this portfolio documents the human and environmental costs of the development.    To celebrate the acquisition curator Rachel Nordstrom has included the work in the first ‘St Andrews Photography Festival: Celebrating 175 years of Scottish Photography in the home of Scottish Photography’ with a series of accompanying events.  These timely events coincide with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in the USA and serve as a reminder of the Scottish community who stood up to the developer to protect their homes.  The festival itself includes work by renowned Scottish photographers including Hill & Adamson, Calum Colvin, Robin Gillanders, Harry Papadopoulos, David Peat, Scottish Society of History of Photography, Document Scotland and more. EXHIBITION: Part of St Andrews Photography Festival, 1 August – 11 September 2016, Luvians Cafe | 84 Market Street Mo-Sa 10.00- 18.00, Su 12.00- 18.00 WORKSHOP:Wednesday 24 August, 10.00  -17.00,  ‘Portraiture With Alicia Bruce’ Eden Mill […]

Menie in National Galleries Exhibition

Menie in National Galleries Exhibition

  My portrait of Menie residents Mike and Sheila Forbes is currently on display at Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh.  This portrait was acquired in February 2011 shortly after the work was shown in public for the first time.   When I shot this portrait in August 2010 the Forbes family home was under threat of Compulsory Purchase Order as Donald Trump International began work on what was claimed would be ‘The Greatest Golf Course in the World”.  They were described in the press by Trump as pigs, peasants and Mike was labeled ‘The Village Idiot”, he retaliated that Trump was “The New York Clown”.  The Forbes have kept their home, their dignity and Mike was voted ‘Top Scot’ by the public in Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards. “In 2010 Alicia Bruce spent the summer collaborating with the residents of Menie, a small community in Aberdeenshire. The area was catapulted into the press following the threat of compulsory purchase orders on several of their homes as part of Trump International’s planned golf course and housing development. In Bruce’s series of portraits she approached the subjects from an art historical stand point, with the residents restaging compositions from famous paintings. This […]

The Sim Project on BBC News ‘In Pictures’

The Sim Project on BBC News ‘In Pictures’

Thank you to BBC Picture Editor Phil Coomes for publishing some of The Sim Project on BBC News.  Thanks also to everyone who has shared the work to date.  If you run a Sim Centre anywhere in the world and would like to feature in this ongoing project please get in touch. www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-32529571      

RSA Annual Exhibition

RSA Annual Exhibition

  I’m honoured to premiere my new film Sim Scenario and other works from The Sim Project at The Royal Scottish Academy Annual exhibition.  I’m also delighted that my photograph “Sim Man, NYSim, Bellevue Hospital, Manhattan, New York” has won the RSA Muirhead Purchase Award and will enter the Royal Scottish Academy permanent collection. This project was made possible generous support from RSA Morton Award (for photography and film) which I received in 2014.  I have been documenting the robotic patients used for medical teaching at the Scottish Centre for Simulation at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert as well as looking at global trends in Medical Simulation with visits to NYSim in Manhattan, New York and others in North America. Thank you to RSA and the Morton Award committee for this valuable opportunity.  The project has taken me to even more wonderful places in what feels like a hidden world.  I am absolutely fascinated by the world of medical simulation and feel very much at the beginning of a larger global project.  I welcome suggestions of funding sources to continue this work. Thanks also to the staff at all the simulation centres I visited in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Especially to […]

Digging for Diamonds Exhibition, Scotland House, Brussels

Digging for Diamonds Exhibition, Scotland House, Brussels

‘ ‘Digging for Diamonds: The Woodend Barn Allotments’ Exhibition is now being exhibited at Scotland House, Brussels as part of The Scottish Government’s ‘Year of Food and Drink Below is the text used by ScotlandEuropa in the exhibition interlaced with some images of the exhibition opening event. —   2015: ‘Year of Food and Drink’ Scotland 2015 is Scotland’s ‘Year of Food and Drink’, giving the Scottish Government a chance to celebrate the country’s outstanding natural larder and exceptional produce, as well as the landscapes, people and culture that make Scotland’s food heritage so unique. From artisan cheeses and world-renowned whiskies, to succulent seasonal berries and Arbroath Smokies, there is an abundance of delicious regional flavours round every corner.   ‘Digging for Diamonds: The Woodend Barn Allotments’ Commissioned by Woodend Barn with funding from Creative Scotland. To mark the Year of Food and Drink, the Scottish Government has invited Edinburgh-based photographer Alicia Bruce to showcase ‘Digging for Diamonds’ in Scotland House. The exhibition documents life throughout 2014 at the 110 Woodend Barn Allotments in Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It tells the stories of those who work on these small pieces of land made available for individual gardening or growing of plants, fruit and […]

Digging for Diamonds: The Woodend Barn Allotments Exhibition

Digging for Diamonds: The Woodend Barn Allotments Exhibition

  Digging for Diamonds is now open following my year-long residency at Woodend Barn Allotments, Banchory, Aberdeenshire.   The exhibition includes 54 new photographs documenting people, produce and place at these unique rural allotments including some works installed outside Woodend Barn and on the allotments themselves.  The exhibition launched on Saturday 25th October with homemade soup, an artists talk and a trip up to the allotments.  Thank you to all of the plot-holders who were involved in this project.   Recent press: ‘Celebration of the people, the plots and the produce’ STV News http://aberdeen.stv.tv/articles/296421-alicia-bruces-new-exhibition-digging-for-diamonds-opens-on-saturday/ ‘Snap for all seasons at Deeside allotments’ Deeside Piper http://www.deesidepiper.co.uk/what-s-on/leisure/snap-for-all-seasons-at-deeside-allotments-1-3580392 ‘Allotments as Psychoanalysis’ Colin Pantall’s Blog http://colinpantall.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/allotments-as-psychoanalysis.html     25 October – 19 November 2014 Tuesdays to Saturdays 12 – 4pm (or by appointment)   Woodend Barn Burn o’ Bennie Banchory AB31 5QA Tel 01330 826520 www.woodendbarn.co.uk    

Industries Exhibition, VU Photo, Quebec City

Industries Exhibition, VU Photo, Quebec City

‘Menie: a portrait of a North East coastal community in conflict’ is included in the Industries exhibition now showing at VU Photo, Quebec City featuring work by photographers from Scotland and Quebec whose work exists on the edges between documentary and poetry, and which addresses cultural identity, post-industrialism, and how boundaries of control are reflected in the urban and rural landscape.  The show also includes work by Martin Hunter, Charles-Frederick Ouellet and Normand Rajotte.   The exhibition organised by Street Level Photoworks and VU Photo runs from 10 October  –  9 November 2014 Exhibition Opening Friday 10 October at 6pm I will be joining the other photographers for an artists talk at 5pm VU Photo, Coop Meduse, 550, cote d’Abraham, Quebec City, Quebec, G1K 3P9 www.vuphoto.org

Fleece to Fibre Exhibition Tour

Fleece to Fibre Exhibition Tour

  Fleece to Fibre: The Making of the Large Tree Group Tapestry Exhibition continues to tour.  The project, curated by Ben Divall for Dovecot Studios, features sixteen of my photographs specially commissioned to document the shepherds, sheep, weavers, spinners, factory workers involved in making a tapestry of Victoria Crowe’s beautiful painting ‘Large Tree Group’ (1975).   The tapestry, photographs and archive were first shown at Dovecot Studios during Edinburgh Art Festival 2013 followed by The Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne in spring 2014.  The tapestry was acquired by The National Museum of Scotland in 2013. Fleece to Fibre will next  be shown at : Inverness Museum and Art Gallery 30 August–24 September 2014 Castle Wynd, Inverness, Highlands IV2 3EB (0)1463 237 114 | inverness.highland.museum 10am–5.30pm   The Fleming Collection 29 October 2014–14 February 2015 13 Berkeley Street, London W1J 8DU T (0)20 7042 5730 | flemingcollection.com Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10am–5.30pm   …….   Scottish Art News,  Issue 22 features the stories of those involved in the making of the tapestry and also the photographs. The magazine is available from Dovecot Studios, The Fleming Collection and The Fruitmarket Gallery    

Royal Scottish Academy Morton Award 2014

Royal Scottish Academy Morton Award 2014

I’m honoured to be the recipient of The Royal Scottish Academy Morton Photography Award 2014. The Morton Award (£5,000) is for artists working in a lens-based media in Scotland. The award is funded by The Morton Charitable Trust and administered by the Royal Scottish Academy and consists of: Monetary award to research, develop and produce a new body of work in a lens-based medium Exhibition of completed work at the RSA Annual Exhibition in 2015 Acquisition of work into the prestigious RSA Permanent Collections   Previous recipients include Christine Borland, Rodger & Reid, Paul Rooney and Leena Nammari. I wish to thank the awarding panel of academicians for their generous feedback and support with this opportunity.  I look forward to making a body of work in collaboration with a new community very soon.  More details soon.   ELIGIBILITYArtists must be working in a lens-based media (includes digital & analogue photography, film and video) Artists must have been born in Scotland or have studied at a Scottish art school or have been resident in Scotland for at least 3 years.Undergraduate or postgraduate students are not eligible.

Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained

Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained

  My project ‘Menie: a portrait of a North East coastal community in conflict’ is featured and discussed in the book ‘Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained’  by Grant Scott.   Published by Focal Press the book also features work by award winning photographers Peter Dench, Chris Floyd, Niall McDiarmid and Jim Mortram. The book can be purchased in bookshops, on Amazon or preferably from the independent photobook trader Beyond Words http://www.beyondwords.co.uk/p/1987/professional-photography-the-new-global-landscape-explained It is available on pre order in the US and on sale from August 14th 2014 http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Photography-Global-Landscape-Explained/dp/041571754X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407233948&sr=8-1&keywords=grant+scott “This is a concise and considered major work that brings both the worlds of photography and commerce together and continues to answer many of the questions Susan Sontag asked in On Photography”. Dr David Eustace, Photographer, Filmmaker and Director

A Fine Beginning: Made in Wales Exhibition

A Fine Beginning: Made in Wales Exhibition

Work from my Valleys Project is being exhibited in group exhibition ‘Made in Wales’ with Welsh photo Collective A Fine Beginning  opening Oriel Colwyn on 5th September. The same work featured in the first Made in Wales exhibition was  at Arcade Cardiff from 14th – 30th March 2014. Louise Hobson of A Fine Beginning was the assistant on this project and invited me to be featured on the A Fine Beginning blog in September 2014. Read the interview here: www.afinebeginning.com/valleys-project The Valleys Project, 2011 was commissioned by Ffotogallery, was exhibited at Diffusion Festival 2013. The project has been previously been published by European Prospects, BBC and reviewed by Photomonitor. I’m delighted to be exhibiting alongside some of the UK’s best documentary photographers all connected by our work made in Wales.      

“Industries” Exhibition at Street Level Photoworks

“Industries” Exhibition at Street Level Photoworks

  ‘Menie: a portrait of a North East coastal community in conflict’ is included in Street Level’s exhibition featuring work by photographers from Scotland and Quebec whose work exists on the edges between documentary and poetry, and which addresses cultural identity, post-industrialism, and how boundaries of control are reflected in the urban and rural landscape.  The show also includes work by Martin Hunter, Charles-Frederick Ouellet and Normand Rajotte.   The exhibition features collaborative portraits of the Menie residents, a pre-Trumped landscape and a selection of items from my personal project archive including golf balls, letters from Grampian Police, press cuttings and propaganda. The exhibition runs from 24 May –  22 June 2014 Artist talks Saturday 24 May at 2pm Curated by Malcolm Dickson with an essay by Dr Catriona Mcara, University of Edinburgh www.streetlevelphotoworks.org/event/Alicia-Bruce

European Prospects – Publication and Website

European Prospects – Publication and Website

The first European Prospects publication European Chronicles: Visual Explorations in an Undiscovered Continent was launched in March 2014.  The publication includes my Encore project. “European Prospects: Visual Explorations in an Undiscovered Continent examines questions of identity and experience in an enlarged European Union. Photography and lens-based media are popular and accessible art forms, providing a compelling vehicle by which we represent our own experience and that of society evolving around us. By engaging with a diverse range of photographic artists from across Europe, new light is shed on a plurality of viewpoints, offering a more textured visual representation of the processes of economic and cultural transformation that will help us to imagine a future orientated new European Identity. Artists/photographers included in the book are: Mindaugas Ažušilis, Arnis Balcus, David Barnes, Alicia Bruce, Tina Carr & Annemarie Schöne, John Duncan, Katharina Gaenssler, Julian Germain, Ken Grant, Elin Høyland, Michal Iwanowski, Martin Kollar, Anna Kurpaska, Géraldine Lay, Eva Leitolf, Frederic Lezmi, Søren Lose, Andreas Meichsner, James Morris, Marcella Müller, Krzysytof Pacholak, Jordis Antonia Schlösser,Volker Schrank, Corinne Silva, Laurenz Theinert, Remigijus Treigys, Catrine Val, and Arturas Valiauga.” My artist profile on the European Prospects website site features Menie, Encore and The Valleys Project (a ffotogallery commission)

Contemporary Photography in Scotland Exhibition

Contemporary Photography in Scotland Exhibition

  My portrait of Menie residents Mike and Sheila Forbes has been included in an exhibition of work from The Scottish National Photography Collection opening at Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries on Saturday 11 January. The show includes images by notable photographers including Fay Godwin, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Wendy McMurdo, Jeremy Sutton Hibbert, Felicitas Vogler, Peter Cattrell and Murray Johnston. My portrait with Mike & Sheila is part of the ongoing series ‘Menie: A portrait of a North East community in conflict‘, a humane story about people and place – an observance of conflicted territory and those who inhabit it as Trump International develop what they claimed would become ‘The Greatest Golf Course in the World’ 20 minutes north of Aberdeen, Scotland.  The portrait was made through a collaborative process.  Mike and Sheila chose Grant Wood’s much parodied American Gothic as a reference to their portrait as a nod to the American developer who declared their home ‘a slum’.  The portrait was acquired by National Galleries of Scotland in February 2011 alongside my portrait of Mike’s mother Molly Forbes.   I visited the Forbes family over Christmas and they are delighted to be included in the show.     Exhibition Opening Times: […]

Writer Pictures – The Traverse Fifty Exhibition

Writer Pictures – The Traverse Fifty Exhibition

To celebrate the Traverse Fifty years of the Traverse Theatre they commissioned 50 writers.  These writers were then paired with 50 photographers. The final 50 images will be shown together in an exhibition in the Traverse Bar during the Write Here Festival.  I can’t wait to see the collaborations all in one room at last. I was paired with the unstoppable AJ (Julia) Taudevin, an actor, a writer, theatre maker and social activist.  We met for a coffee in April and hit it off immediately seeing lots of parallels in our practice.   AJ’s brother, Robin Taudevin, was a photographer and she now manages his archive.  Our careers are at similar stages and making the most of growing opportunities, because of this we struggled to pin down a time when we were both in the same country, let alone city.  After weeks of email, text & tweet exchanges we finally found time on the evening of Friday 5th of July.  I was just back from Arles Photography Festival, straight into Man Ray Workshops at National Galleries of Scotland then heading to Aberdeen at 7am the next day to install a show.  The portrait, like the majority of my work was part of […]

Fleece to Fibre: The Making of the Large Tree Group Tapestry

Fleece to Fibre: The Making of the Large Tree Group Tapestry

    I’m proud to be showing sixteen newly commissioned photographs at Dovecot Studios Edinburgh Art Festival Exhibition ‘Fleece to Fibre: The Making of the Large Tree Group Tapestry’ this week. Victoria Crowe’s celebrated painting, Large Tree Group (1975), was chosen by Dovecot in 2012 to be created into a large tapestry as part of its centenary celebrations. Using exclusively un-dyed wool sourced from around the country, the finished tapestry – complete after hundreds of hours of careful work by Dovecot’s master weavers – is at the heart of this exhibition. I was commissioned by Dovecot to capture some of the people and animals involved in producing and processing the wools that form the tapestry. These range from the smallholdings of Debbie and Frank Harvey at ‘Lonelybield’ and the Broughton Spinners – a group of enthusiasts who regularly meet in the Scottish Borders – to the large-scale farming of The Duke of Buccleuch at Bowhill, and the commercial wool processing plant of The Natural Fibre Company in Cornwall – which processes fleeces from smallholdings from throughout the UK. Portraits of makers, including Dovecot weavers and the artist Victoria Crowe also foreground faces that might otherwise be overlooked in such a […]

Photomonitor Review

Photomonitor Review

      Encore + The Valleys Re-Presented /  Reviewed by Anna Falcini  for Photomonitor / 15.05.13 Alicia Bruce: Encore – Solo presentation at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama The Valleys Re-Presented – Group exhibition at Tramshed including work by Alicia Bruce To read the full review visit: http://www.photomonitor.co.uk/2013/05/alicia-bruce-encore-the-valleys-re-presented/

David Milne’s petition calling for a public inquiry into handling of the Trump Resort

David Milne’s petition calling for a public inquiry into handling of the Trump Resort

  “The battle for conservation will go on endlessly. It is part of the universal battle between right and wrong.” John Muir (1838-1914) inscribed into the wall of The Scottish Parliament  Today I accompanied Menie residents David and Moira Milne to the Scottish Parliament to hand over David’s petition calling for a public inquiry into handling of the Trump resort which now has 19,178 signatures. “We are calling on the Scottish Parliament, through the Public Petitions Committee, to urge the Scottish Government to hold a public inquiry into the way local government, Scottish Ministers and other relevant public bodies conducted themselves throughout their dealings with the Trump Organisation in relation to the Menie project. Why is this important? Only a full public inquiry can now get to the bottom of this story. We need to know how local and central government dealt with the Trump Organisation, what was offered by whom and when, and we need to establish why planning guidelines and environmental regulations were simply unable to protect our community and the unique environment we live in. Finally, we need to know what changes can be made so the planning system again works like it is supposed to.” “But […]

BBC In pictures: The Valleys Project

BBC In pictures: The Valleys Project

  ‘The Valleys Project’ was featured on Phil Coomes ‘In Pictures’ on BBC News website on Wednesday 1 May to co-incide with the opening of my two exhibitions at –Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography. View the full post here:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-22365027     A feature on ‘The Valleys Re-Presented‘ is also on BBC website  here: Cardiff tram shed converted to gallery for Diffusion festival

Two Exhibitions at -Diffusion, Cardiff International Festival of Photography

Two Exhibitions at -Diffusion, Cardiff International Festival of Photography

Ffotogallery are hosting the first International Festival of Photography in Wales this May.  I’m very excited and honoured to be exhibiting alongside some of my photography and art heroes including Robert Capa, David Bailey and Jeremy Deller. I will be exhibiting works made during my three month 2011 residency in Blaenavon in two exhibitions.   I made a significant body of work in South Wales in collaboration with residents of the ex-mining town and often in direct response to National Museum of Wales collection.  The people I photographed included shopkeepers, B&B owners, ex-miners, knitters, families, rockers, volunteers, historians and the legendary Blaenavon Male Voice Choir. Encore – The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Encore stages two complementary series of portraits of musicians in Blaenavon, a former mining town in the south Wales Valleys. Inspired by historic portraits in the National Museum Cardiff collection, Alicia Bruce’s photographs highlight the individuality of the sitters while retaining their identity as a collective. Both series were shot on stage in Blaenavon Workman’s Hall during Bruce’s residency as part of Ffotogallery’s recent Valleys commission. They depict distinct groups of performers from different generations who are tied together geographically and share a love of performance. By restaging compositions from celebrated […]

My Menie Photographs Celebrated in a Parliamentary Motion

My Menie Photographs Celebrated in a Parliamentary Motion

My ongoing Menie project has been recognised in a parliamentary motion deeming the work to be of National significance.  This accolade came shortly after bringing the Menie photographs to The Scottish Parliament for Scottish Environment Week  and discussing the issues of Trump’s  “bully boy tactics” with First Minister Alex Salmond.     “Motion S4M-05749: Patrick Harvie, Glasgow, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 27/02/2013 Menie Community Photography Project That the Parliament congratulates the award-winning Aberdeenshire photographer, Alicia Bruce, on her ongoing photography project about Menie, an area of outstanding natural beauty on the Aberdeenshire coast; understands that her photographs from this series have gained international acclaim and have been published in The Times, The Scotsman and several arts magazines, and that two of the portraits have been acquired by the National Galleries of Scotland, and welcomes that Alicia’s photographs, many of which restage compositions from celebrated paintings, have helped to tell the story of the residents of Menie, whose homes came under threat due to what it considers the bullish golf course development of Donald Trump, and to portray a side of that story that otherwise might have gone unheard.”     Mike Forbes was recognised in a motion in 2012 following winning Top Scot at Spirit of Scotland Awards. […]

First Minister Alex Salmond Face to Face with Menie Residents

First Minister Alex Salmond Face to Face with Menie Residents

Today First Minister Alex Salmond came face to face with the residents of Menie at my exhibition in the Members’ Lobby of The Scottish Parliament. We spoke for about 12 minutes about my project. “Beautiful, powerful photographs” said Mr Salmond as he began to explain why he “greatly admires the Forbes family” saying they are “real characters”.  It was clear that bringing the Menie exhibition to The Scottish Parliament had my desired effect of reaching my target audience, The Scottish Government. He also told me he had “met Donald Trump once” at a Global Scots meeting in New York attended by sixteen others.  Mr Salmond says he does not agree with Trump’s bully-boy tactics but he thinks the golf course is a good idea.  I pointed out the undeniable damage on the fourth tee of Trump International Golf Links Scotland ‘as nature fights back’ leaving large areas of the course unsafe & unplayable.  It was useful to have a 30×30 inch un-edited print right there to refer to.   I also had the opportunity to point out the exact spot in residents Susan & John Munro’s garden where Trump’s angry security guard threatened to smash my camera and get back-up as I walked […]

Menie Photographs in Scottish Parliament for Scottish Environment Week

Menie Photographs in Scottish Parliament for Scottish Environment Week

  Photographs from my ongoing series ‘Menie: a portrait of a North East coastal community in conflict’ are currently being exhibited in the Members Lobby of  The Scottish Parliament.  MSPs will this week come face to face with the community on the front line of Donald Trump’s development.  The exhibition also features shocking new photographs of nature fighting back against the manufactured landscape created by Trump International.  A large-scale print of the damaged fourth tee which has collapsed in on itself during the winter months.  About eight meters of the course has literally fallen into the sea. I’m pleased to be showing these photographs at The Scottish Parliament as it brings the images straight to my target audience, the Scottish Government.  I have witnessed first hand the horrifying treatment of the local residents and the destruction of an SSSI for a short lived commercial development. I urge the Scottish Government to think seriously about the damage and irreversible impact which would be caused by the proposed second golf course. Nature is already fighting against the first course and, as my photographs show, the result is bitter sweet.  I hope this exhibition will kick start a public inquiry into the handling […]

Michael Forbes Wins Top Scot at Spirit of Scotland Award

Michael Forbes Wins Top Scot at Spirit of Scotland Award

The public have voted Menie resident & local hero Michael Forbes ‘Top Scot’ in the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards.  Other nominees included Sean Connery & Chris Hoy. Read The Scotsman’s article here ‘Farmer who took on Trump triumphs in Spirit awards’ I’ve been working on a project about Menie and the Trump development since 2010.  I now consider the residents of Menie among my good friends.  Mike has stood up against Trump for his family heritage & is now officially a national hero.  The recent BBC screenings of You’ve Been Trumped have brought further public attention to what’s really happened in Menie. I’m unbelievably proud of Mike right now. Here’s the first snapshot I took of him in his barn in 2010.  A kind, generous and funny man surrounded by friends & family. In 2009 Donald Trump said in a vicious statement “Mr Forbes is not a man that people in Scotland should be proud of.”  He branded Mike’s property a slum and claimed he was ‘The Village Idiot’.  Mike’s response?  ‘If I’m The Village Idiot then he must be The New York Clown’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9rRjTkDREM&feature=related You can see my portrait of ‘Mike & Sheila Forbes: Mill of Menie’ at The Royal Scottish Academy until 31 […]

Menie Dunes in Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition

Menie Dunes in Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition

  Two photographs from my ongoing Menie series are featured in a new exhibition at The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. ‘Mike & Sheila Forbes: Mill of Menie’  and  a landscape photograph from the series ‘Please don’t pretend to care about my country’s scenery in order to make yourself even richer’* are both on display. This exhibition comes at an another unsettling stage in the Menie story.  Donald Trump is now seeking permission to build a second golf course at Menie in spite of concerns from local residents and environmental groups. It is important for me to help keep the residents side of the story in the public domain as well as highlight the environmental impact caused to what was “Scotland’s equivalent of the Amazon Rainforest” (Dr Jim Hansom).  The image above shows geese flying over what was a dynamic mobile sand dune.  The pattern on the dune is marram grass which has been ‘plugged in’ to stabilise the dune.  These actions have lost the area it’s accreditation as a site of special scientific interest (SSSI), the future impact of these actions is unknown.   Michael & Sheila Forbes wrote the following statements to accompany their portrait which we made in collaboration with them outside their home. “I’ve stayed here for […]

Trump Security, Duckrabbit & The Daily Mail

Trump Security, Duckrabbit & The Daily Mail

I’ve written a case study about one of my multiple experiences with Trump Security in Aberdeenshire for Duckrabbit blog.  This story was then featured in The Daily Mail on Saturday 10 November. To read the case study go here: http://duckrabbit.info/blog/2012/11/not-the-usual-highland-welcome-im-going-to-smash-your-camera/

You’ve Been Trumped

You’ve Been Trumped

I’m proud to have the first exhibition opening of my series ‘Menie: a portrait of a North East community in conflict’ featured in the full length cinematic version of You’ve Been Trumped directed by Anthony Baxter. This documentary eloquently and directly captures what happened in Menie in 2010 when I began making photographic work about the area.  Anthony captures the humanity, dignity and humor of the residents whilst highlighting the lack of empathy and bully boy tactics demonstrated by the Trump Organisation.  At the time of filming the residents homes were under threat of Compulsory Purchase Order.  They’ve kept their homes but have been blocked from the view of the golfers by large banks of sand & scots pines surrounding each property.  Menie’s dynamic dune system had been an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), Scotland’s equivalent of the amazon rain forrest.  Sadly the area has now lost this accolade, this un-reversible damage, like the treatment of the locals was always avoidable.  The landscape has been bulldozed along with all planning legislations. The film shows the horror of Menie at that time and highlights an infringement to the rights of image makers.  Anthony films the moment he and his producer Richard were arrested by Grampian Police, brutally handled and […]

The Scottish Parliament Exhibition

The Scottish Parliament Exhibition

I’m delighted to announce that a selection of photographs from ‘Menie: a portrait of a North East community in conflict’ will be exhibited in the Members Lobby of  The Scottish Parliament. The exhibition runs from Monday 18 February throughout Scottish Environment Week 2013. This unique opportunity was made possible with MSP sponsorship from Patrick Harvie MSP, Malcolm Chisholm MSP and with good wishes from First Minister Alex Salmond.  Menie is the constituency of Mr Salmond. The Scottish Parliament Edinburgh EH99 1SP Please note that this exhibition is not open to members of the public. www.scottish.parliament.uk  

Axis Artist of the Month

Axis Artist of the Month

I’m honoured to be selected as Artist of the Month by Axis: the online resource for contemporary art. Read the interview here: http://www.axisweb.org/atSelection.aspx?SELECTIONID=170303    

echt? jetzt! Symposium für Zeitgenössische Fotografie. Regensburg, Germany

echt? jetzt! Symposium für Zeitgenössische Fotografie. Regensburg, Germany

I’ve been invited to speak about ‘Menie: a portrait of a North East community in conflict’ at a conference in Regensburg, Germany on Saturday 29 September.  As well as giving a talk I’ll be joining an International Panel discussion with photographers from The Netherlands, Hungary, Germany and Scotland to debate national identity within contemporary photography. ‘Molly Forbes: Paradise’ is featured in a group exhibition to compliment the symposium. The city of Regensburg, Germany is twinned with Aberdeen, Scotland. VENUE: Kunst- und Gewerbeverein Regensburg e. V., Ludwigstrasse 6,  93047 Regensburg

Self -reliance (1841) | Print Sales & Exhibition

Self -reliance (1841) | Print Sales & Exhibition

  I’m showing work as part of this group show during Edinburgh Festival.  We’re offering everyone the chance to get involved.  For a donation of as little as £2 you can sponsor the show & be listed on the wall of sponsors.  There are also limited edition signed prints, pamphlets and comics up for grabs. http://www.sponsume.com/project/self-reliance-1841 I will use this exhibition as a test space for showing work in progress from my ongoing Menie series.  Menie was area of outstanding natural beauty on the Aberdeenshire coast.  The landscape and the locals have gained International attention as the area is ‘Trumped’ over to create what is claimed to be ‘The World’s greatest golf course’. Menie was previously renowned for it’s dynamic dune system which was noted to be ‘’Scotland’s equivalent of the Amazon Rain Forrest’ The area has now lost it’s accreditation as an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). It has become an area of conflict. The locals have fought back. The Trump organization have offended the First Minister. Will nature fight back? Self Reliance (1841) 2nd – 7th August & 12th – 30th August Out of the Blue, 36 Dalmeny Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 8RG 10am – 5pm (Not Sundays)  Free entry    Exhibition Launch – Thursday […]

BBC News In Pictures ‘Two photographers focus on Menie’

BBC News In Pictures ‘Two photographers focus on Menie’

  Menie: a portrait of a North East community in conflict’ featured on Phil Coomes ‘In Pictures’ on BBC News website on Thursday 19 July. ”Alicia Bruce has been collaborating with the residents of Menie, indeed this is very much a long term project for her, and one that looks to the wider art world for inspiration. By restaging compositions from celebrated paintings (the majority of them in the permanent collection of the local Aberdeen Art Gallery), her work moves beyond the surface struggle and the issues around the changing topography. Alica also photographed posts in the landscape during one day (above), which she says, “depict a scene of natural beauty with its lights going out.”    To see the full article visit the link below. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-18832738   Last week was a milestone as Trump International Golf Links Scotland opened at Menie.  It delights me to see the residents have kept their homes after threats of Compulsory Purchase Order.  I’m proud to be associated with these local heroes who have stood up for our National Heritage.  

Lecture ‘The Photograph as Document’ Aberdeen University

Lecture ‘The Photograph as Document’ Aberdeen University

I’ve been invited to give a talk at Aberdeen University in response to their current stunning exhibition ‘Set in Silver’. Saturday 12 May 2012, 14:00 – 14:45 Venue: Special Collections Centre, University Library, Bedford Road, Aberdeen Take a snapshot or make a photograph? The art of photography is more than just pointing and shooting, it’s a decision making process. Photographer Alicia Bruce reflects on the Set in Silver exhibition, whilst drawing parallels with her own practice.  http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/news-events/events/1448/ Contact: scc.events@abdn.ac.uk All welcome.      

everyone @ Trongate 103

everyone @ Trongate 103

  Exhibition: Touchbase, Glasgow Everyone@trongate103 is an action research project funded by Engage Scotland which involved building new partnerships between Project Ability, Glasgow Print Studio, Street Level Photoworks, GMAC and Pamis. The premise of the project was to consider how the arts organisations housed in Trongate 103 could include people with profound and multiple disabilities in their programmes as consumers and producers of art. The volunteers: Sarah Yaqoob, Mathew Wildy, Michael Harkin, Allan Guy along with their carers were joined by artists Alicia Bruce (Street Level), Alain Johnston (GMAC), Meredith Crone (Project Ability) and Zephyr Liddel (Glasgow Print Studio). Each week the team spread out and explored the galleries and public spaces afterwards bringing their ideas back to the workshop where they made work using the techniques and media they had seen in the exhibitions. The exhibition runs from 10 April until 18 May 2012   Touchbase   Sense Scotland   43 Middlesex Street   Kinning Park   Glasgow   G41 1EE      Opening hours are: 9.00am to 5.00pm   Tel: 0141 429 0294   Email: info@sensescotland.org.uk  

The Gathering: Diemar/Noble Gallery

The Gathering: Diemar/Noble Gallery

I will be exhibiting alongside some of the UK’s top photographers at The Gathering organised by Rhubarb-Rhubarb.  Participating photographers include Brian Griffin, Martin Parr, Emily-Jane Major, Michael Donald, Laura Pannack and Zed Nelson.  The Gathering – London  Thursday 22nd March 2012  – 6pm – 9pm Diemar/Noble Photography 66/67 Wells Street London W1T 3PY  The Gathering – Birmingham, Catalogue Launch Tuesday 20th March 2012 – 6.30pm – 8.30pm Birmingham Institute of Art and Design School of Art, Margaret Street Birmingham B3 3BX  

Menie Residents now on National Galleries Website

Menie Residents now on National Galleries Website

Portraits of Menie residents Mike, Sheila & Molly Forbes were acquired for the Nation in February  and now form part of The National Galleries of Scotland collection.  The portraits will be displayed in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in the New Year.  These portraits can be viewed on the Projects section of this website or on the National Galleries website by clicking on their titles below. Mike & Sheila Forbes: Mill of Menie Molly Forbes: Paradise

Anthony d’Offay’s Official Christmas Card

Anthony d’Offay’s Official Christmas Card

One of Alicia’s images commissioned by National Galleries of Scotland was used this year for International art dealer Anthony d’Offay’s official Christmas Card. Captions below. — ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland through The d’Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008. Children and Families Learning Activity in front of Jeff Koons ‘DONKEY (Blue-Green)’ (1999) on display at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, 2011.  Reflected in the mirror is Jeff Koons ‘New Hoover Convertibles’ (1981-87). Both works form part of the ARTIST ROOMS Collection. Photograph: Alicia Bruce.    

Brighton Photo Fringe ‘Texts 11’

Brighton Photo Fringe ‘Texts 11’

The “Menie Anthology”, a photographic statement of life against the diggers An essay commissioned by Brighton Photo Fringe written by Irene Alison http://www.photofringe.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/O11_Text_I-Alison_Bruce.pdf

Exhibition: Moray Art Centre

Menie: a portrait of a North East community in conflict Photographs & film by Alicia Bruce Friday 14 October to Saturday 26 November 2011 Private View | Thursday 13 October | 7-9pm Open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm  & Saturday 10am – 4pm ADMISSION FREE www.morayartcentre.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions Moray Art Centre, The Park, Findhorn, Moray, IV36 3TA

Foto 8 Summershow

Foto 8 Summershow

Alicia’s image ‘Mike and Sheila Forbes: Mill of Menie’ has been selected for Foto 8 Summershow at HOST Gallery, London. The show runs from 8 July – 12 August. The judges for this year’s show are: Richard Billingham, Photographer Emma Morris, Director: Photoworks James Reid, Director of Photography: Wallpaper Charlotte Cotton, Creative Director: National Media Museum Bradford

Ffotogallery residency

Ffotogallery residency

Alicia been offered and accepted a residency with Ffotogallery in South Wales. She’ll be producing new work at Blaenavon World Heritage Site with a focus on the local community and socio-economic issues affecting it. You can follow a blog documenting the residency over the summer months: www.aliciabruce.tumblr.com

National Galleries of Scotland acquisition

National Galleries of Scotland acquisition

Two portraits from ‘Menie: a portrait of a northeast community in conflict’ are now part of the National Galleries of Scotland permanent collection. ‘Mike and Sheila Forbes: Mill of Menie’ and ‘Molly Forbes: Paradise’ shall be exhibited at Portrait of the Nation, Edinburgh in the near Future. www.nationalgalleries.org

RSA Artbites

RSA Artbites

Alicia gave an artists’ talk to launch the Royal Scottish Academy’s Artbites lunchtime talk series. She discussed the making of ‘Menie: a portrait of a North East community in conflict’ to a sold out audience. More information is available on the RSA events web page

Menie exhibition receiving nationwide press coverage

Menie exhibition receiving nationwide press coverage

The exhibition, ‘Menie: a portrait of a North East community in conflict’ at Peacock Visual Arts is receiving nationwide press coverage, including STV news at 6 o’clock. Watch it here. Thanks to Streetlevel Photoworks for their support in the production of this exhibition.