Our Shared Cultural Heritage Open Call – Photography Skills for Young People

Our Shared Cultural Heritage (OSCH) is looking for six young people, aged 16-25, of South Asian Heritage to take part in a training programme to develop their own skills around image making and storytelling through photography. Click here to apply.

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In collaboration with Glasgow Museums, Street Level Photoworks, and Museum of Art & Photography  (MAP), Bangalore, the selected young people will explore the nature of shared histories, memories and identities between India and the UK. Through a series of training activities and discussion, from online talks to in-person photography workshops, the six participants – in collaboration with six participants in Bangalore – will be guided to the production of their own exhibition that will be displayed in Street Level Photoworks (Glasgow) and in Bangalore, as well as online and on social media. The project will run from February to September 2023 and meeting will be held either online or in person on a fortnightly basis (exact schedule will be provided at the beginning of the opportunity).

What you will do:

  • Explore representations of South Asian heritage and identity, using photography and museum collections as a point of origin or thematic reference.
  • Take part in a series of practical in-person photography workshops in Glasgow, led by artists from Street Level, a leading photography arts organisation.
  • Attend online talks and participate in discussion and artistic collaboration between the young people of both countries which responds to your interests.
  • Participate in skills and knowledge sharing between the museum institutions, partners involved, and the participants of the programme in Glasgow and Bangalore.

Successful applicant will get:

  • High-quality practical training (9 days) in photography –  intro to DSLR; intro to black & white photography; intro to digital post-production – delivered by Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, with an online contextual programme of talks.
  • Online sessions for the participants of the project in Glasgow and Bangalore, to allow for sharing, exchange and dialogue. 
  • Mentoring support and feedback on work development.
  • A multi-city exhibition, online and in-person (in Glasgow and Bangalore), that showcases selected work produced by all participants as part of the training programme at both locations.
  • All materials and travel expenses provided. Participants need to be based in Glasgow or surrounding areas.

No photography or any other artistic experience required and we will prioritise applicants without formal photography qualifications. 

The Our Shared Cultural Heritage project (OSCH) focuses on exploring the shared cultures and histories of the UK and South Asia. The project works with young people aged 11-25 to experiment and create new ways for museums and youth organisations to work together, become better places to explore identity, connect with others and create new opportunities for young people. The project is led by British Council in partnership with Glasgow Life, Manchester Museum and UK Youth. It is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Kick the Dust programme.

All information provided will be kept confidentially. Click here to fill an online application no later than Sunday 15th January 2023. If you’d rather send a video for your application, you’re welcome to – please send it to OSCH@glasgowlife.org.uk.

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