Calling all schools, community groups, artists and photographers, we would love to share and celebrate your work! Whether it's photographs, paintings or drawings, our Community Gallery provides locals with an opportunity to exhibit their visual art to Eastgate's customers for free! Located adjacent to Next in the upper mall (level 4), each exhibition will be in situ for approx. 1 month.
If this is an opportunity that you would like to get involved with, please contact Eastgate's Digital and Marketing Executive.
T: 01463 246891, E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Running from Monday 26th April - Sunday 30th May, the first exhibition is hosted by Alison White Photography. Focusing on the #FrontStepsProject, the photographs were taken during the first COVID-19 Lockdown.
Alison is a commercial and wedding photographer living and working in the Highlands of Scotland, who loves to meet new people and make them laugh whilst taking their photographs - "capturing real emotion" is important in all aspects of her work.
When Alison is not behind the camera, she can usually be found running around parks after her 3-year-old daughter. "I cannot wait to show her all the lovely things the world has to offer post-covid." She added, "I’m also REALLY looking forward to getting back to live comedy, meals out, my singing group and a hot stone massage."
Alison started the #FrontStepsProject Inverness after seeing the original project in Needham, Massachusetts which inspired similar projects across the world to bring communities together.
Taking photos of households on their doorsteps during lockdown (all adhering to COVID regulations), was something small that Alsion could do to help boost spirits during a very strange and unsettling time, whilst also raising much-needed funds for MFR Cash for Kids.
Over £2,600 was raised which has already been put to fantastic use throughout the highlands.
"I organised the 5-minute photo sessions along the route of my daily walks, often with my little girl in tow, and they gave me a purpose when normal photography work was impossible. Those who took part donated what they could afford rather than a set amount, and an image and quote from each household were posted on my Facebook page."
She added, "Everyone had their own worries about the pandemic, but I think being connected to this network really helped people feel less isolated… and I know the smiling faces and stories cheered up lots of other folk across Inverness in the process!"
Whilst the charity project has now come to an end and her diary is now looking much busier for the rest of 2021, Alison is delighted to be able to offer location family photoshoots, which all comply with social distancing guidelines. 20% of Alsion's fee for these sessions will be donated to The Haven Project, raising money for a respite centre for those with additional needs in the Highlands.
Please note: The health and safety of our customers and employees continues to be our number one priority, so we have several measures in place to keep you safe during your visit to Eastgate - these include the Eastgate Roadway System and an enhanced cleaning regime. When visiting the Community Gallery, please adhere to social distancing.