James Hogg (1770-1835), also known as “The Ettrick Shepherd,” lived and worked for most of his life in Ettrick Forest in the Scottish Borders. Best remembered for his innovative novel The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824), over his literary career he produced songs, poems, stories, novels, plays, essays, and even a much-lauded treatise on diseases in sheep. By the opening of the nineteenth century, print culture had developed into a burgeoning industry, and Hogg was a frequent contributor to periodicals, including Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine and Fraser's Magazine, as well as a wide range of publications beyond Britain.
This exhibition depicts James Hogg as a Scottish writer of international stature and importance. It reflects new research undertaken at the University of Stirling into the worldwide circulation of Hogg’s work in newspapers and magazines, from Canada and the USA, to India, the Caribbean, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia.
The exhibition is curated by the Centre for James Hogg Studies and is generously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
For further information please see: http://www.jameshogg.stir.ac.uk
The exhibition includes new work by Scottish photographers Mhairi Law and David Grinly as well as images by some of the best-known photographers of the 19th and 20th centuries, including: Ansel Adams, Robert Mapplethorpe, Julia Margaret Cameron and Edward Weston.
Mhairi Law is exhibiting newly produced work made on a research trip to the Faroe Islands in 2016 alongside images from her series Eilean I Island made on the Isle of Lewis in 2014. Law is an award-winning photographer who works predominantly with a medium format camera to make documentary and landscape photographs that explore environmental and social themes.
David Grinly is exhibiting a new body of work from a series called Murmur. Completed in 2017, each of the works consists of a painting on a photograph of a wall. Grinly started making this series in Paris and the title is a play on the sounds of the French words for wall (‘mur’), death ('mort') and love ('amour').
Alongside work by these contemporary photographers, we are presenting The Photographic Art: Pictorial Traditions in Britain and America, an exhibition of 25 framed works (photolithographs and rotogravures) featuring images produced between 1843 and 1983.
Venue: Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling
A collection of work by Justine Bainbridge and David Barbara, two local artists and students/graduates from Forth Valley College, who explore their island identities from two culturally different perspectives. Justine blends her background in science, photography, and the antiques & collectables trade, with her Orkney and Shetland roots, and David Barbara studied art in his native Malta, before working as a photographer, and then an HND student in Contemporary Art in Stirling.
Venue: Student Exhibition area, behind reception, Pathfoot Building
Exhibition runs until 23rd August 2017