Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017

One of my portraits from In This Place has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards. The portrait is of Steven that I took in January 2017. I am really excited to be a finalist for this award whose theme this year is “Defining Family’.

Winners will be announced in mid July and the exhibition is on in September. I’ll post more details later. I also want to write about why having this particular photo shortlisted means a lot to me. That’s for my next post!


Ambit: Photographies from Scotland

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017

Work from In This Place will be in the show Ambit: Photographies from Scotland from the 

Ambit is a new partnership between Street Level Photoworks and Stills, Scotland’s public venues dedicated to photography. The exhibition will be presented across both venues as a joint venture embracing some of the current tendencies and innovative talent from the art photography sector in Scotland.

Margaret Mitchell‘s In This Place looks at family and home, connections and place and touches on issues of social and personal inertia. Behind a personal familial connection sits a larger narrative of social mobility, environment and choice. Do we have choices in life or are some predetermined to an extent and made for us?

Fundamentally, this is a story of people’s lives: what they do and what they want. Where the ‘place’ is both mental and physical: where we put ourselves and where we are put, sometimes by others and sometimes by circumstance. What puts us there, what keeps us there, and do we want to be there?

Talk See Photography

Posted by on Jun 12, 2016


On Monday 13th June at 7pm in the CCA, Glasgow, I will be talking about my work on epilepsy made between 1993 and now. I will discuss (printed) media representation, stigma and myth within a broader context of photographic representation of disability (specifically epilepsy). I will frame this within a narrative of the responsibility of representation that photographers have and discuss how this work has informed my practice in general.

CCA Exhibition

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016

Installation photos from the exhibition on at the CCA Intermedia Gallery. Three pieces of work made up the show, Secondary Stigmas (prints), The Media Epileptic (newspaper) and Personal Myths (book).

Thu 9 June – Sun 19 June 2016
Tue-Sat: 11am-6pm // Sun: 12noon-6pm // Free
Preview: Wed 8 Jun, 6pm-8pm

Personal Myths Booklets

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016


To accompany the ‘Personal Myths:Little Stories in Epilepsy’ exhibition book there are also smaller (21cm) softback booklets available. Just drop me an email if you want more info.

Secondary Stigmas

Posted by on May 25, 2016


The first stigma is the medical label and experience of an illness or condition. The ‘secondary stigmas’ are the ones that follow and are mostly socially enforced.

In the series Secondary Stigmas (Living-room Lessons) the room plays out the experience of an epilepsy diagnosis. Impact on employment, emigration, driving and medication side-effects are some of the issues covered.

The series dates from 1993 and was shown within disability arts environments as well as ‘mainstream’ galleries and locations, including the European Parliament. This work predates the Disability Discrimination Act (1995) and the latter Equality Act of 2010. What has changed with time and improvement of rights? Has the stigma in epilepsy dissipated or found new (or even old) outlets?


Personal Myths: Little Stories in Epilepsy

Posted by on May 24, 2016


This is a page from inside the book Personal Myths: Little Stories in Epilepsy that I have put together. It will be part of an upcoming show “Beyond Epilepsy” in the Intermedia Gallery in the CCA and part of Glasgow Science Festival.

An image of my brain – the seat of my epileptic activity – and the cause of the misconceptions and prejudice that the book relays through the stories inside.

Thu 9 June – Sun 19 June 2016
Tue-Sat: 11am-6pm // Sun: 12noon-6pm // Free
Preview: Wed 8 Jun, 6pm-8pm

Representing Epilepsy: Secondary Stigmas

Posted by on May 21, 2016


I’m quite excited to have received some prints back from the lab for an exhibition at the Intermedia Gallery at the CCA next month. The work deals in stigma experienced in epilepsy and is one of three projects I have contributed to a show on Art, History and Epilepsy.

A longer post will follow which talks about this work….pretty soon.

Show at Maryhill Burgh Halls

Posted by on Aug 8, 2015

Images from my Childhood work are now on show at Maryhill Burgh Halls from 1st August to 30th September 2015 with a talk on Saturday 1st August at 12.30. 

The exhibition has now been extended through Spring 2016.


Taylor Wessing Exhibition Tour

Posted by on May 15, 2015

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 Exhibition is now on tour from the National Portrait Gallery and is currently at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield from 1st May – 16th August 2015.

I am honoured to have my image – shown here on the left – on show alongside, on the right, the 2nd Prize winner Jessica Fulford-Dobson with her Skate Girl image and on the far right, the Euromaidan Protesters by Tom Jamieson.

Margaret Mitchell Install shot Taylor Wessing Photo