Press release 24/10/16 – Screen Machine pilots a new way of presenting exhibitions

Date: Monday 24 October 2016

Regional Screen Scotland are delighted to be working with photographer John Maher and Street Level Photoworks to pioneer a new way of presenting exhibitions.

Communities in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland are long familiar with the Screen Machine showing movies. From now until the end of 2016, while audiences are settling down before the main feature, they can also see an exhibition of photography. The exhibition, which includes work from John’s Nobody’s Home exhibition, could previously be seen at the Lighthouse in Glasgow. It features work taken in the Outer Hebrides, mostly on the Isle of Harris. A 10-minute presentation of the photographs, together with some explanatory information, will be shown prior to films such as Bridget Jones’s Baby and Jason Bourne, in locations on the Western Isles, North West Highlands and Orkney between now and mid-December.

Of the project, Robert Livingston, Director of Regional Screen Scotland said:

“We are delighted to be collaborating with John Maher and Street Level Photoworks to help bring a new audience to his work. This will give people in locations such as Bettyhill and Orkney, as well as on the Western Isles where the photographs were taken, the opportunity to see work which they would have previously had to travel a long distance for. We hope this will be just the start of Screen Machine being able to show exhibitions in this way.”

Photographer, John Maher said:

“All of the images featured in my Screen Machine presentation were taken in the Outer Hebrides – most of them on the Isle of Harris. Since these photographs were first displayed in 2013, a scheme has evolved that aims to renovate some of the empty properties and make them homes once again. Many thanks to Street Level Photoworks and Regional Screen Scotland for inviting me to trial this project – I love the idea of my images touring the Highlands and Islands of Scotland on board the Screen Machine”

To check Screen Machine’s programme until the end of 2016 visit

For more information on Screen Machine please and images please contact Fiona – 0131 550 3734
For more information on John Maher please contact info@the
For more information on Street Level Photoworks please contact Malcolm Dickson, Director – 0141 552 2151


About Regional Screen Scotland and the Screen Machine:
RSS aims to help local communities to enjoy high quality screen experiences. It is a Regular Funded client of Creative Scotland, and receives funding and support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise. The Screen Machine mobile cinema is owned and operated by RSS, and serves more than 35 different rural communities, including 16 islands. The Screen Machine is sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland, Highland Fuels, and Caledonian MacBrayne, and its current programme is available at

About John Maher:
John Maher was given a drum kit for his sixteenth birthday. Five weeks later he joined the punk rock group Buzzcocks. A number of chart hits followed. The band broke up in 1981. Two years later John started modifying and racing Volkswagen Beetles. In 2002 John relocated from his hometown of Manchester to the Isle of Harris, where he lives and works today.

John Maher’s photographs were included in the exhibition ‘Leaving Home’ at An Lanntair in late 2013 in an exhibition alongside work by Ian Paterson. ; the large exhibition ‘Nobody’s Home’ was exhibited at the Lighthouse, Glasgow, as part of Architecture and Design Scotland’s Say Hello to Architecture Programme in July 2016. His images have appeared in a wide variety of publications.

As a direct result of seeing John’s images of abandoned croft houses, the Western Isles’ housing body, Tighean Innse Gall, in conjunction with the Carnegie Trust, have set in motion a plan to renovate some of the derelict properties.

About Street Level Photoworks:
Street Level is a leading photography arts organisation that provides artists and the public with a range of opportunities to see, make and engage with photography. It is a gallery and open access photographic production facility. It provides a programme in the city of Glasgow and in Scotland that is challenging and accessible, local and international, diverse and highly individual. The programme’s reach and inclusiveness is extended through community collaboration and a partnership network of local, regional and national venues. This increases access to the arts for all of those who want to participate.

“Street Level provides inspiring encounters with photography for all; a place that is embedded locally and connected internationally, a creative setting to make, engage with, and buy photography.”

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