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Beyond the Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland

Document Scotland

01st Jul - 27th Sep 2014

Sophie Gerrard, Colin McPherson, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Stephen McLaren

Set against the backdrop of the historic referendum on Scotland’s Independence, Beyond the Border brings together four Scottish photographers, each with a distinctive view of a nation in the midst of intense debate about its future.

This international premiere – one of the most significant shows of new Scottish photography in a generation – aims to challenge clichés and explore the country, its people and identity.

Sophie Gerrard's Drawn to the Land is an intimate look at the role woman play in shaping the rural Scottish landscape. From Highland crofters to Lowland farmers, Gerrard explores how their lives interrelate with the land in which they live and work.

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert's Edge of an Empire brings history to life in a fascinating study of the Antonine Wall, the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire, as the wall crosses through central Scotland attracting visitors and living history groups alike.

Stephen McLaren reveals the world of Americans with Scottish ancestry who retain close affinity with the ‘Old Country’, even through they may never set foot there. McLaren’s series American Always, Scottish Forever depicts the athletes, musicians, artists, and visitors attending California's burgeoning Highland Games season.

Colin McPherson presents A Fine Line, a year-long exploration of the physical border between Scotland and England, examining and questioning the very nature of the frontier and how it looks from the Scottish side.

Together, the four photographers are Document Scotland, a collective formed in 2012. Sophie Gerrard says,  ‘We share a common vision to witness and photograph the important and diverse stories within Scotland, and to promote and support photography in Scotland’. Colin McPherson says, ‘the work in Beyond the Border is neither overtly political nor partisan, but aims to record and disseminate ideas and themes surrounding this pivotal moment in the nation’s history’.

The vote to decide whether Scotland becomes an independent nation takes place on 18th September 2014.

Beyond the Border is curated by Impressions Gallery's Scottish-born director Anne McNeill.

exhibition resources

Click here to download an information sheet about the exhibition (PDF 176KB)
Click here to download an our exhibition guide (PDF 1.3MB)

what the papers say

BBC News: In pictures
Aesthetica Blog
Amateur Photographer

Married couple, Gretna, 2013 © Colin McPherson

Married couple, Gretna, 2013 © Colin McPherson

Document Scotland

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Married couple, Gretna, 2013 © Colin McPherson Lauder, Scottish borders © Sophie Gerrard Jonathan McGregor, Piper, Ventura Highland Games, California, 2012 © Stephen McLaren Former site of Castlehill Roman fort, Castlehill, Glasgow © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert Jon Richardson, known as Gaius Iulius Raeticus, of the Antonine Guard, Auchinstarry, Glasgow, 2013  © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert Border fence, Cheviot Hills, 2014 © Colin McPherson American-Scots, Hollen and Chase MacKinnon, from the Clan MacKinnon, Ventura Highland Games, California, 2012 © Stephen McLaren Anne McClarty, a sheep farmer from near Oban, at the Dalmally tup sale, 2013 © Sophie Gerrard


An excellent representation of contemporary work... N.B. a really interesting exhibition. We both "liked" different photos but that’t the whole idea. Enjoyable as always.

Exhibition Visitor

A very interesting exhibition with a number of relatable subjects. Really enjoyed it, especially Stephen McLaren’s out of the box idea of the American Scottish diaspora.

Exhibition Visitor

Sophie Gerrard’s work is absolutely beautiful - i’d love to hear more about the women - but this exhibition does show us amazing glimpsesinto their daily lives and the wall/country outside that they live in - inspiring!

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