Under the theme of Hope and Passion, the Stirling Photography Festival are set to deliver another fabulous range of talks, walks, workshops and exhibitions throughout August and September together with a host of exciting partners.
New for this year, we head to Doune and the Argaty Red Kite centre for a Wildlife Photography workshop led by local photographer Mandy Williams. Mandy says “I love photographing wildlife and helping raise awareness on protecting our environment. I’m excited to work with the festival and to help photographers experience our local wildlife”
Tom Bowser of Argaty Red Kite centre added “We are thrilled to be taking part, it’s great to be able to support such an initiative and introduce photographers to our wonderful red kites and red squirrels”.
The Festival team is also working with Street Level Photoworks of Glasgow who will bring a visiting exhibition by Scottish Photographer Kim Simpson to the Macrobert Arts Centre.
Kathryn Welch, Operations Director at Macrobert Arts Centre says “We’re absolutely delighted to be part of Stirling Photography Festival, and to bring this exciting exhibition to Macrobert Arts Centre this August. The Festival programme promises to be packed with fantastic events, and it’s a tribute to the Festival’s collaborative, partnership-based approach that we’ve been able to team up to bring this exhibition to Stirling”.
Malcolm Dickson, Director at Street Level, said of this new partnership “It’s great for us to extend our links to both Stirling Photography Festival and Macrobert Arts Centre in making this poignant and positive exhibition a part of their exciting plans. There’s a groundswell of energy and enthusiasm in Stirling right now and a Photography Festival is the ideal way of joining all the dots and engaging a wider audience in the art of photography and all it has to offer"
During May we held a successful Crowdfunder campaign which was backed by Stirling Council’s Economic Development Team’s Invest in Stirling match funding. Councillor Margaret Brisley, Convener of Stirling Council’s Finance and Economy Committee said: “It’s fantastic to see more people in Stirling harnessing this innovative means of funding to put on this exciting and wide-ranging photography festival. Groups, businesses and social enterprises across Stirling can all apply for this support to help achieve their goals, delivering significant benefits to communities and boosting economic growth.”
Stirling Council Leader, Cllr Scott Farmer said: “This free festival, which supports local talent and attracts people to the area, is another excellent example of how Crowdfunding Stirling can enable groups and businesses to bring projects to life. It’s important that communities across Stirling are aware that this funding is available for them and hopefully more can follow in the footsteps of the festival organisers.”
Along with generous public donations and corporate sponsorship we are able to deliver an exciting festival which is free to attend, whilst allowing us to bring some of the best of Scotland’s photography talent here to Stirling.
The Stirling Photography Festival will run throughout August and September at venues across the city. Events are available to book via our website at www.stirlingphotographyfestival.co.uk and via Facebook www.facebook.com/StirlingPF
Image credit: Red Squirrel by Mandy Williams
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