Working Experiences drives Moray pair to exhibit themselves

Exhibition runs until September 25
Exhibition runs until September 25

A JOINT EXHIBITION by two contrasting Moray artists depicting people employed in unusual and interesting trades is currently on show in Elgin.

The collaboration between Lossiemouth photographer Jamie Lumley and Hopeman artist Marjorie Downward has resulted in their work going on show in the Gallery at Elgin Library throughout this month.

Father of two Jamie cuts a familiar figure around Lossiemouth and is rarely seen without a camera at his side. He started taking photographs when he was just six years old before going on to study professional photographic practice at the London College of Printing in 1999.

He has travelled widely on assignments in Borneo and Nepal as well as throughout the UK, while his work has been exhibited in London, Poland, Paris and Beijing. When not taking pictures he has also taught photography in schools.

As well as being an artist Marjory Downward is a renowned oboist, teacher, reed maker and chamber music player and coach.

The joint exhibition marks several new experiences for Jamie who told insideMoray: “This is an exhibition of firsts for me – my first exhibition in Scotland, my first collaboration with another artist – and the first showing of my recent work in Moray.

“I have enjoyed meeting other local creative people and realise that it is just the beginning.

“There are so many skills that I had not encountered before – reed making, coopering and boat building to name a few. I photograph what interests me or catches my eye, and Moray has so much to offer, that I could be busy for a while!”

Jamie added that there are three distinct parts to the exhibition – his collaboration with five people in interesting trades in Moray, his more recent photographs and Marjorie Downward’s paintings.

He said: “This is the first time I have collaborated with anyone and Marjorie was the key to a project that was her idea and that inspired me to take up the challenge.”

“Working Experiences” opened on September 5 and will continue in the Gallery until Friday, September 25.

To confirm exhibition times call 01343 562600 – people are asked to note that there is limited access to the gallery during the current Moray Book Festival which runs until Saturday, September 19.