Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, 2007

Six video projections, ± 300 x 400cm each, duration 20:00; publication

Collaboration in the research phase with Christopher A Whatley, Professor of Scottish History. National Galleries Talk series Shotgun Wedding, various speakers, Hawthornden Lecture Theatre; Scotland and the Union Lecture Series, University of Edinburgh; Outreach programme, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; ‘A Union For A’ That’, Schools Education Project


Shotgun Wedding

The video installation and publication Shotgun Wedding explore the Union of 1707 between Scotland and England and engage the various conflicts that run through the history of Scotland and Britain. Material of varied cultural standing, such as artworks, artefacts, photographs and documents from the collections of the Scottish National Galleries, Edinburgh, the Atlas Van Stolk, Museum Rotterdam and a range of other sources was reproduced through video to create six different filmic juxtapositions. Close-up filming of the artworks and artefacts explored hidden narratives and emphasised the pictorial and the visual qualities of the objects rather than their historical and political status.

During the research and development stage of this project we collaborated with Christopher A. Whatley, Professor of Scottish History at Dundee University. Whatley’s book ‘The Scots and the Union’ (Edinburgh University Press, 2006) informed our understanding of the subject matter.

Shotgun Wedding publication

Supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council, the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design Research, University of Dundee.