Art and Photography

With Street Level Photoworks

Simon Murphy: Govanhill Street Level #2

Tuesday 03 to Sunday 15 August
Various locations around Govanhill

Simon Murphy is a Glasgow based portrait and editorial photographer whose ‘Govanhill Street Level’ project was a highlight of last year’s Govanhill International Festival. We are delighted that a new instalment will be coming to the street for this year’s festival with an exhibition trail of new images taken recently and over the past year.

The portraits have arisen through the close connection the photographer has to the place and the people he strikes up a conversation with – the photographic portrait in this sense is a collaboration and it is based on communication. The project underlines the vibrancy as well as the diversity of the area, and is a body of work which is becoming an ongoing chronicle of change in the area.

Of the project Simon has said: “my images have always been about celebrating diversity and seeing beauty in our differences. Sometimes it’s important to ask yourself difficult questions and photography has the power to trigger thoughts in people’s minds that can plant the seeds for change”.

Look out for a new issue of Simon’s newspaper and check out his Instagram feed for clues on where to pick one up during the festival.

The exhibition trail is presented as part of Street Level’s Culture Collective programme.

One More Tune!

Tuesday 03 to Sunday 08 August
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale St (Venue 5)

As the hunger for live music and in person entertainment has heightened over the last months wouldn’t it be great to remind ourselves of the most exciting moments from live gigs we attended before we had to substitute it for at home listening?

Join us for a photographic showcase of selected music performances from some old and new Scottish venues.

Here’s hoping that soon we will all get to shout ‘one more tune!’ – not just at the record player but at our favourite acts amongst the buzzing crowds.

Martyna Maz is a Glasgow-based photographer and is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art.

With Street Level Photoworks

Photography and Activism: Mandy Barker, Our Plastic Ocean

Thursday 05 August, 6:30pm
Live-streamed online

How much plastic do we waste? How much of it is in our oceans?

This event features a livestream with Mandy Barker who is an international award-winning photographer whose work over the past ten years with marine plastic debris has received global recognition.

Working with scientists she aims to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, highlighting the harmful effect on marine life and ourselves – ultimately leading the viewer to take action.

‘Our Plastic Ocean’ is an exhibition which is showing at Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow. It is programmed as part of Everything Flows – a coastal exhibition trail supported by EventScotland as part of Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21.

Network of Photographers for Palestine

Home Away From Home

Monday 09 to Sunday 15 August

Opening night: Monday 09 August, 6 – 8pm

The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale St (Venue 5)

Opened by readings from Liz Lochhead and Iyad Hyatley on the 9th, plus a Q&A with the three photographers all of whom hope to be in Scotland.

“Home Away from Home” is an interactive photographic exhibition in which Palestinians from three countries Scotland, Germany and USA relate their experiences of exile.

This event was inspired by the work of San Francisco photographer Najib Joe Hakim and Edinburgh’s Craig Maclean, both of whom had independently explored themes of exile, loss and identity in separate exhibitions previously.

The Network of Photographers for Palestine brought them together with German-based photographer, Ursula Mindermann to produce this intriguing portrayal of people whose homes are now far away from their homeland.

Photography and Community: Street Level Photoworks | Culture Collective

Tuesday 10 August, 6:30pm
Live-streamed online

In this online event Iseult Timmermans will introduce Street Level Photoworks’ Culture Collective artists who are undertaking residencies in the local areas of Gorbals and Govanhill. They will talk about their practice of social engagement and the place of photography in helping to empower and celebrate diverse voices.

It emphasises the role of community photography in supporting collaborative approaches to image making.

Hannah Frank: Art on the Streets

Tuesday 03 to Sunday 15 August
Various locations around Govanhill

Hannah Frank’s iconic black and white drawings are resonant of the style and iconography of the Art Nouveau period. Prints of these famous artworks will pop up in shops and cafes around Govanhill.

In 1917 at the age of nine, Hannah Frank and her family moved from the Gorbals to 72 Dixon Avenue in Govanhill.  Her father Charles Frank had opened a photographic and scientific apparatus shop in 1907 in the Saltmarket, Glasgow, which became one of the best known photographic centres in the city (and provided Saturday work for the young Hannah Frank when she became a student).

Family-Friendly!

Hannah Frank Creative Workshops

Wed 04 & Thursday 05 August, 2:00 to 4:00pm
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale St (Venue 5)

Book your spot here. Booking is helpful but not essential – feel free to just turn up!


Another exciting addition to our list of Hannah Frank events are the Creative Workshops that will be run throughout the festival.  We will provide materials, space, encouragement and advice to help people create some truly beautiful work inspired by the amazing Hannah Frank, who produced many of her iconic black and white drawings right here in Govanhill in the 1920s and 1930s.

Suitable for children from aged 8, and any adults who want to join in!  No equipment or experience necessary.

Hannah Frank Mini-Walking Tours

Sunday 08 August: 11:00am, 12 noon, 3:00pm
Saturday 14 August: 11:00am, 3:00pm, 4:00pm

Meet at the entrance of Queen’s park on Victoria Road

Book your spot here. Booking is helpful but not essential – feel free to just turn up!

These mini tours will be led by Iona Wallace and Belen De Bacco, Glasgow University students who have been working alongside Fiona Frank, Hannah Frank’s niece and champion, over the last three months doing original research on the artist. Join us to discover more about Hannah Frank’s life, art, and her family ties to Govanhill and share your own thoughts about these iconic artworks.