Kinsey-Elaine’s talent shines in Futureproof 2020 exhibition


A former Art and Design student from New College Lanarkshire has been selected as an emerging talent by an influential photography arts organisation.

Kinsey-Elaine McCallum features in the Futureproof 2020 exhibition by Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow.

Futureproof is the gallery’s annual showcase of new talent in photographic image making.

The exhibition, which this year is being held online due to lockdown restrictions, features work by students graduating from Photography or Fine Art and Contemporary Art Practice courses at higher education establishments across Scotland.

Kinsey-Elaine’s photographs from the series ‘What Can You See?’ have been chosen to feature on the gallery’s website homepage and in its marketing materials.

Her images of family members use colour, blur and movement to give a sighted person an insight into what it is like to have a visual impairment.

The former Greenfaulds High pupil said: “My work that has been selected for the Futureproof 2020 Exhibition has been made in response to the question ‘what can you see?’.

“Having a visual impairment myself, this is a question I have been asked a lot and I have found something that can’t be easily answered with words.”

Kinsey-Elaine is registered blind. She has had a condition called congenital nystagmus since birth.

She said: “In my case, my eyes are constantly moving back and forth – it can be different in other people.

“The speed of this can determine the level of vision I’ll have, which varies.

“If I’m stressed out, tired or even in a low lighting area, my eyes will move faster resulting in even more limited vision.

“I am unable to judge depth or distance – I navigate outside with a long cane, which helps greatly. I’m able to safely and comfortably walk down downstairs or cross roads with it.”

Kinsey-Elaine spent three years studying at New College Lanarkshire. She completed NQ and HNC qualifications at our Cumbernauld Campus, before completing her HND at our Kirkintilloch Campus.

During her HND year, she used her love of abstract painter Jackson Pollock to design the livery for a NCL-branded racecar at Knockhill Racing Circuit.

She added: “New College Lanarkshire is where I started my art education. I gained various skills there that I still put into my creative practice today.

“Not only that, but I found a safe and supported space to nurture and grow my art. Taking inspiration from artists taught by our lecturers, and from classmates and friends, as well as individual research, I was able to develop my own creative style.

“When I had learned all I could from New College Lanarkshire, lecturer engagement encouraged me to take my portfolio and apply to art school.”

Kinsey-Elaine recently graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Moray School of Art in Elgin, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands. She is now progressing to study PGDE (Secondary Education) in Art and Design at the University of Strathclyde.

Her work is being displayed as part of Street Level’s online exhibition until September 21st.

Lecturer Kelly Cunningham said: “Kinsey had her own style as an artist from the very outset at NQ level, which was something she developed and enhanced as she progressed to HND.

“She had a very strong work ethic and self-determination throughout her time with us at NCL, which has evidently continued during her degree.

“I’m absolutely delighted that Kinsey has been recognised for her talent by a major contemporary gallery, and we as a department couldn’t actually be any more proud of Kinsey and her achievement.”

Street Level is a leading photography arts organisation that provides artists and the public with a range of opportunities to make and engage with photography. It is a gallery and photographic production facility based in the Trongate 103 arts hub in Glasgow.

Find out more about Street Level and the Futureproof exhibition.

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