Exhibitions

Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Group Exhibition

Group exhibition: Exchanges: Dialogue, Hesitation & Creation June 23 - September 16, 2018

I have work on show as part of "BRAVE: The Festival of Risk and Failure" at Artport Gallery, Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. A result of the Feminist Photography Network’s Online Residency which revolved around monthly deadlines, feedback on work-in-progress, and peer motivation. 

I am showing finished work as well as outtakes and 'process' work including for the first time a short movie showing my digital diary for the series In This Place. This shows behind-the-scenes snaps, image 'sketches' and ideas as they progressed during the project, all shot on my phone.

Exhibitors: Ida ArentoftHannah LaycockJennifer LongGina LundySarah MangialardoMargaret MitchellClare SamuelKate SchneiderArpita Shah, and Stacey Tyrell  

Artist Process Walls: Exchanges: Dialogue, Hesitation & Creation

Artist Process Walls: Exchanges: Dialogue, Hesitation & Creation

2nd Place Contemporary Issues at the Sony World Photography Awards

I am delighted that a series of images from 'In This Place' was 2nd Place in Contemporary Issues at the Sony World Photography Awards. The exhibition is on at Somerset House in London until the 6th May 2018 showing work from across all the awards. In This Place looks at how life has turned out for my late sister’s children and grandchildren. It traces their loves and losses and offers a broader commentary on Scotland and social inequality. I hope viewers will be left with some questions about how society operates, about the role of opportunity and environment, about issues around (in)equality.

 
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Shortlisted The Sony World Photography Awards

I'm delighted that work from 'In This Place' is shortlisted in this year’s Sony World Photography Awards in the Professional Category: Contemporary Issues. Finalists and winners will be announced at the awards night on the 19th of April 2018 with the exhibition opening at Somerset House in London from April 20th. I will be joining Mike Trow, Nick Dolding and Tim Cornbill to talk about the awards at The Photography Show in Birmingham on the 18th March.

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Six photographs enter the collection at the National Galleries of Scotland

I am delighted that six of my photos have been acquired by the National Galleries of Scotland for their collection - two images from 'Family' (1994) and four from 'In This Place' (2016/7). It is a really nice selection from the projects which tells a story across three generations from my family. Weaving its way from my late sister Andrea, through her youngest daughter Chick and onto Chick’s daughter Leah.

Below you can see the selection from the projects made by Anne Lyden, International Photography Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland. Displayed first is Andrea holding a photograph of her children (including Chick) in front of her face back in 1994. An additional photo of the three children, slightly younger, can be seen on the wall behind her. Chick is then shown in the kitchen as a child in 1994 and then nowadays, as an adult, at the back of her flats. The next image shows Chick with her arms around her own daughter Leah. Finally the environment of Leah is pictured: firstly as a portrait of Leah out the back of the flats were she lives and then inside the flat, a photo of her pink room with the broken window. The boarded-up part of the window decorated with felt pen by Leah - to make it more beautiful, to make it fit in with her room, including the words “Leah Dadd”.

These six images succinctly convey a strand from my family’s story - a story that raises questions on choices in life and the influence of opportunity and environment on that choice.

The photos are included in the current show at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery ‘When We Were Young: Photographs of Childhood from the National Galleries of Scotland’ which is on until 13 May 2018.

Gold Award in RPS International Photography Exhibition 160

I am completely thrilled and honoured to be announced as the Gold Award winner in the 160th edition of the RPS International Photography Exhibition. Four images from In This Place were selected for the award. Congratulations to my fellow award winners and exhibitors.

"The RPS IPE is the world’s longest running photographic exhibition. For the first time, all four medals, Gold, Under 30s Gold, Silver, and Bronze, have been awarded to photographers who entered photographic work from a series.

Glasgow based photographer Margaret Mitchell has won the Gold Award for her series of images entitled In This Place. Taken from an emotive portrait project focusing on Mitchell’s family, the images trace the lives of her sister’s children growing up in central Scotland, dealing with issues of family, loss and survival.

IPE 160 Selector, curator Zelda Cheatle, commented: “Margaret Mitchell’s images are made from the heart. They speak of this modern world we live in, there is a sincerity and depth of emotion to this work that resonates long beyond the initial view.”  

There will be a touring exhibition which opens at The Old Truman Brewery as part of PHOTOBLOCK 13 - 16 October 2017, before continuing to other venues.

Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards

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

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

tSP-listing-CCA 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

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

Secondary Stigmas

secondary_stigmas_mmitchell02 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

Margaret_Mitchell_Personal_Myths 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

secondarystigmas_print 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.

Taylor Wessing Exhibition Tour

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.

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