Through a Northern Lens: Place Image, Archaeology and Heritage
GSA Exhibitions, School of Fine Art, School of Design

Event Type:

Research Presentation


Principal Seminar Room 1, Reid Building, Glasgow School of Art


23 Oct 2017
12:30 - 17:30



North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board. Moriston Project. Contract No. 50.
No. 150. Ceannacroc Tunnel, Ceannacroc Generating Station. Tailrace Tunnel. View of portal from bridge deck, 2/7/1956.

Through a Northern Lens: Place Image, Archaeology and Heritage

Event info

Through a Northern Lens: Place Image, Archaeology and Heritage

Monday, 23 October, 12:30-17:30
Principal Seminar Room 1
Reid Building
The Glasgow School of Art
164 Renfrew Street
Glasgow G3 6RF

Booking form below

This is a public event and study afternoon. It is second in an annual series, which began with ‘Through a Northern Lens: Women, Picture, Place’ (2016). This series 'Northern Lens’, devised by Nicky Bird and Dr Frances Robertson, shares ideas, histories, aesthetics and questions that are attached to the ‘North'. This event does this through close discussion of particular places that – from an urban view – would appear to lie in Scotland’s ‘peripheral places.’

The speakers are Nicky Bird, Dr Frances Robertson, Stuart Jeffrey, Dr Gina Wall and Sheena Graham-George. The respondents, who will pick up on the themes from their section, are Dr George S. Jaramillo, Lecturer and Research Associate at The Innovation School, GSA; and Dr Rachael Flynn from University West of Scotland.

The event is planned to develop conversations and research links around themes including layered sites of history; individual and community memory; Communication Of Memory; tangible and intangible forms of heritage; archaeology and destruction; folklore and knowledge; transportation; utilitarian bridges and their impact; fragility; cultural memory; material culture; Art researcher practices and pedagogies.


Once you have booked, you will receive a confirmation email with details of the programme with any other necessary information.

This event is part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.



Mon 23 Oct, Principal Seminar Room 1, Reid Building GSA

12.30 Welcome: Jenny Brownrigg, Nicky Bird, Frances Robertson

12.45 Nicky Bird ‘Ghosting the Castle’: a reflection on the methodologies and outcomes of a recent commission with Timespan, Helmsdale.

13.25 Dr Frances Robertson ‘Power in the landscape: Regenerating the Scottish Highlands after WWII’: An examination of the cultural, political and material elements contributing to the insertion of hydro-electric power schemes into the Scottish Highlands after World War Two.

14.00 Stuart Jeffrey (Reader in Heritage Visualisation, School of Simulation and Visualisation, GSA). Jeffrey’s work covers all aspects of heritage visualisation and the use of new technologies to create records, analyse, interpret, re-interpret and represent every form of heritage from built to intangible. His talk is entitled: ‘Turning vampires to basalt: the transition of the Isle of Staffa from cultural to natural wonder’.

14.35 Respondent: Dr George S. Jaramillo (Lecturer and Research Associate at The Innovation School, GSA) Dr Jaramillo is an architect and heritage specialist, with interests in rural landscape, industrial material culture and ruins.

14.50 Coffee

15.00 Dr Gina Wall (Deputy Head, School of Fine Art, GSA) Wall will focus on practice and research, in particular on the intangible elements of landscape and how she has trace the ‘spectre’ within her photographic practice, in the landscapes of Iceland and Scotland.

15.35 Sheena Graham-George (PhD Research Student, School of Fine Art, GSA) Graham-George's practice involves working with a combination of sound and ceramics to explore the cyclical nature of time and memory as they intertwine; to uncover and reveal the spectral in the landscape, to locate and make manifest the unseen, the forgotten, the absent which are at the heart of the physical and cultural landscape of the cilliní.

16.00 Respondent: Dr Rachael Flynn (Consultant, Creative & Academic Development Team, School of Media, Culture & Society, University West of Scotland) Thematically, Flynn’s practice-led work explores familial stories of migration and diaspora of Scotland and Ireland – with particular focus on the interconnectivity and ‘inherited’ inferences of these – alongside the wider collective themes related to these discourses.

16.20 Panel

17.00 Drinks

17. 30 Finish