Open Call for Exhibition of Photographic Work

Imagining an Island is a Symposium and knowledge exchange event, foregrounding Contemporary Landscape Practices in Photography and Film.

As part of this project we are holding an exhibition of photographic work responding to the themes of Landscape, People, and Place.

Selected works will be shown as a virtual exhibition at Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Works will then be projected in Taigh Chearsabhagh gallery to coincide with John Kippin and Nicola Neate’s exhibition In This Day and Age, together with Benjamin Skop and Amund Bentsen’s video-based works Ecognosis.

Submissions are open to all, and selection will be based on the strength of the image. We encourage work from people of all backgrounds and levels of experience.

Deadline for submissions: 20 June 2020, midnight.

Exhibition will run Summer 2020, dates to be decided.

Submission Requirements:

- photographic work including digital, analogue, or alternative process.

- images must respond to the themes of the symposium Landscape, People, and Place; please read through the symposium description below or at and familiarise yourself with the aims of the project.

- work can be made in any geographical location so long as it responds to the themes of the project.

- images must be in .jpeg format and high resolution: 2000 pixels on the shortest edge.

- please include the following details for each image submitted: Photographer's name, location, title, medium (digital, analogue etc), date made, short description of the image (max 70 words per image).

- maximum of 7 images per person, please indicate if images are part of a set or series.

- images must be emailed or sent via WeTransfer to by midnight June 20th, 2020. Please use the subject line Open Call.

- By sending images for the exhibition artists agree for the images to be used for the purposes of the exhibition and accompanying publicity material. Images will be used solely for the purposes of the online and physical exhibition and artists retain all copyright.

Selected artists will be notified within 3 weeks of the submission deadline.

If you would like more information on the submission process please don't hesitate to contact me via email at

Midden, Rosalind Blake © 2020


A two-day Symposium foregrounding Contemporary Landscape Practices in Photography and Film

The Symposium, Imagining an Island, is based on the Isle of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides.

An island is a singular place, its boundaries are clearly defined. It is both a microcosm of the World and a philosophical idea. It is a place that invites departure and return and it is a place that engages our imagination whilst continually inspiring re-definition. How have artists responded to these concepts, and how can we further engage with, and develop our understanding of these ideas through Arts Practice?

Flight, John Kippin and Nicola Neate © 2020

Using a range of approaches with Contemporary Artists working in Photography and Film, this event will explore the inter-connectedness between people and places, and ask how this is changing and offering new perspectives, due to newly developed technologies and the availability of virtual communication. The Symposium will address our assumptions around identity, belonging, culture and citizenship along with questioning the development of new identities as a result of global diaspora.

We will be exploring Contemporary Rural Life, moving away from the prevalent idealised and nostalgic representations, questioning who is defining and shaping the culture and landscape today, and assessing how artists responses to these new practices sit within more conventional and historic frameworks.

Proposed CONTRIBUTORS to include (subject to confirmation)

Amund Bentsen and Benjamin Skop : Professor John Kippin and Nicola Neate : Rosie Blake : Robin Gillanders: Professor Fraser MacDonald : Professor Keith McIntyre : Professor Ysanne Holt : Andy Mackinnon : Professor Hugh Cheape : Maya Darrell-Hewins : Roxane Permar : Neil Simco

Exhibitions by John Kippin and Nicola Neate; Amund Bentsen and Benjamin Skop together with an open photographic exhibition curated by Rosie Blake will be open during the Symposium. There will be film showings and performance events curated by Andy Mackinnon included in the programme.