Livingstone’s Living Legacy: Football and the Three Cs kicks off at Hampden

  • Lord Provost of Glasgow opens photography exhibition
  • Commonwealth Games 2014 sporting legacy at Hampden Park continues with football for social change in Scotland and Africa
  • Guests from DFID, The Scotland Malawi Partnership, Street Soccer Scotland, Blantyre Vic FC, STV Glasgow, the Big Lottery, and others
  • featured on The Riverside Show and in The Herald Magazine
  • FREE exhibition at Scottish Football Museum runs until 22 May 2015 and is available to tour 

Photo gallery: images of the opening night – all photos courtesy of Fiona Laing.

It was a dream come true – the opening of Livingstone’s Living Legacy: Football and the Three Cs photography exhibition at Hampden Park, the home of Scottish Football, courtesy of the Scottish Football Museum in November 2014.

This social documentary photography project was three years in the making (and is still ongoing). It aims to forge links between Scotland and the Southern African countries through which Livingstone travelled, so it was thrilling to have guests from DFID, the Scotland Malawi Partnership, the Big Lottery, Glasgow City Council, Street Soccer Scotland and Seeds of Thought, to name a few. The exhibition focuses on Play Soccer Malawi in Ndirande, Blantyre, the Landirani Trust (African Vision Malawi)  near Lilongwe and the Manda Wilderness Community Trust in Mozambique as well as Street Soccer Scotland – all communities that are using football as a vehicle for social change.

Robert Craig, chair of the Scottish Football Museum’s Trustees introduced the evening, saying. “What this fantastic exhibition demonstrates is the worldwide appeal of football and at all levels of society, and also that it endures through history.”

We were greatly honoured Sadie Docherty, Lord Provost of Glasgow, arrived fresh from a trip to Malawi, to formally open the exhibition. Glasgow has special links with Blantyre and Lilongwe in Malawi, where the memory of David Livingstone is still held dear. The Lord Provost said: “Livingstone influenced lives in many ways and I think probably for a number of people it will come as a bit of a shock that one of these was through football. This might mean we have a reason to cheer on some African teams if Scotland don’t make it to the next World Cup!”

 “But what the Livingstone’s Living Legacy project shows us is that far from being simple entertainment, football can also have a positive impact in society.”

Claire Foottit, photojournalist and director of Camera Voices, who initiated the project and took the team portraits, gave a universal vote of thanks to everyone who had made the exhibition possible, and especially to Celebrate for the national lottery funding.

An African Scottish party was soon underway – enchanting Mbira music played by  Tawona Sithole set the tone. The instrument, made from a gourd, has been in his family for five generations.  Richard McBrearty, curator at the Scottish Football Museum,  took guests on a museum and stadium tour –  depicting the fascinating social history which surrounds football – which was much enjoyed.

The Exhibition consists of:

  • information panels about David Livingstone’s African travels, the Three Cs photography project and the participating organisations.
  • portraits taken by Claire Foottit of the participating teams with a Saltire Football  representing David Livingstone
  • individual portraits with quotations
  • composite photographs compiled from the photographs of the Three Cs taken by the teams on disposable cameras. These give fascinating cultural insights and, importantly,  a voice to those whose voices more often go unheard.

STV Glasgow’s Riverside Show

STV Glasgow sent cameraman Marco Federici along to the exhibition opening. His excellent footage gives the ambience of the evening. It was tremendous to have representation from Street Soccer Scotland – but the other teams – Play Soccer Malawi, the Landirani Trust (African Vision Malawi) and Manda Wilderness Community Trust were not forgotten. Their images of the Three Cs – Christianity and other Religions, Commerce and Culture were much admired and give interesting comparisons between Scottish and African cultures, remembering, of course, that Africa is a continent with 54 countries.  The following evening Camera Voices and Street Soccer Scotland were invited to talk about the exhibition on The Riverside Show.  No photography is permitted in the studio, but below is the next best thing!

Chris Park (Street Soccer Scotland) Claire Foottit (Camera Voices) and Charlene McKellar (Street Soccer Scotland) after their live TV appearance with David and Jennifer, presenters of STV Glasgow's The Riverside Show.

Chris Park (Street Soccer Scotland) Claire Foottit (Camera Voices) and Charlene McKellar (Street Soccer Scotland) after their live TV appearance with David and Jennifer, presenters of STV Glasgow’s The Riverside Show.

Dr Livingstone, I presume? The Story of how football came to Africa

We were delighted to feature in an excellent article by Hugh Macdonald, chief sports writer at The Herald, who interviewed Claire Foottit about the Livingstone’s Living Legacy: Football and the Three Cs Photography Project. You can read it in The Herald Magazine .

The exhibition is on at the Scottish Football Museum, Hampden Park until 22 May 2015, open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm (closed during major events) with FREE entry. 

 

 

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Celebrate Award received for photography exhibition at Hampden

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In the latest Celebrate Awards announced today, Camera Voices is delighted to receive funding to hold Livingstone’s Living Legacy: Football and the Three Cs Photography Exhibition at Hampden Park, Scotland’s National Stadium, Glasgow, in the premises of the Scottish Football Museum in November (dates to be confirmed).

This will be the first project undertaken by Camera Voices (a not-for-profit Community Interest Company). Director and photojournalist, Claire Foottit, says, “It is an honour to receive a Celebrate Award and hugely exciting and appropriate that the exhibition will be held at the Scottish Football Museum in Hampden, at the home of Scottish Football, with its sporting links to the Commonwealth Games 2014.”

The exhibition celebrates Scotland’s heritage with Africa through its most famous missionary explorer, Dr David Livingstone, who is said to have taken a football to Africa. Collaborating with organisations in Africa and Scotland using football for social change, a selection of portraits and images taken by the football teams on disposable cameras will give a modern interpretation of Livingstone’s three Cs, sharing cultural perspectives and enhancing international partnerships.

This builds upon the successful trailer exhibition held at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, in March this year, described as fascinating and very insightful’, which showed work by the Play Soccer Malawi team from Blantyre.

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Exhibition celebrates Livingstone’s 201st birthday

Livingstone's Living Legacy: Football and the Three C's - Play Soccer Malawi's Blantyre team

Livingstone’s Living Legacy: Football and the Three C’s – Play Soccer Malawi’s Blantyre team

A trailer for Livingstone’s Living Legacy: Football and the Three Cs Photography Project exhibition opens today, 19th March 2014, at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh on what would have been Livingstone’s 201st birthday.  The Scots Missionary hero was born in Blantyre Scotland, and this exhibition features work from Blantyre in Malawi.  Further details on the Events page. It forms a trailer for a major body of work featuring teams from Scotland and Southern Africa for a planned exhibition at Hampden in the Autumn (funding permitting).

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Livingstone’s Africa Photographs on show in Glasgow

Zanzibar Boats

Zanzibar Boats by Claire Foottit

An exhibition of photographs linked by the thread of Livingstone’s African journeys is on display in the Livingstone Tower at Strathclyde University.  It runs from 20 November 2013 to 28 February 2014.

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World Travel Awards 2013 for Africa validate Kenya tourism

At the 20th World Travel Awards held in Nairobi,  Kenya, the host nation scooped 15 awards.  In the aftermath of the Westgate tragedy, the awards came as a welcome boost, endorsing the quality of  Kenya’s tourism product.  Kenya’s tourism revenues come second in foreign exchange earnings and tourism provides numerous jobs both within the tourism sector and supporting industries.  Over the years, Kenya’s tourism has proved resilient to adversity. The industry is working to retain its position as a leading long haul destination as the high season approaches in December.  Kenya deserves the world’s support.

Africa’s Best: Kenya’s awards

Beating off stiff competition, the accolades went to :

Room steward at Il Ngwesi Community Ecolodge, Kenya

Room steward at Il Ngwesi Community Ecolodge, Kenya

Il Ngwesi Lodge

One of my favourite lodges, I first visited Il Ngwesi in 1995 before  it opened to the public.  It was the first community owned and managed lodge in Kenya. And its design set a new precedent too with its free-form architecture  and open plan rooms under a grass thatch.  Since then the lodge has won a plethora of awards, wildlife in the area has increased and revenue derived from tourism has contributed to the local Laikipiak Maasai community.  I was enthralled watching an African orange-bellied parrot while looking across to the blue hills of the Mathew’s Range.  Going on a camel trek, clouds of white butterflies danced before me with views to Mount Kenya.  And at night I heard the distinctive ‘sawing’ sound of a leopard on the prowl.  On my next visit I hope to see the pack of wild dogs.

The Aberdare Country Club

Many moons ago I worked at the Ark, a lodge built on stilts in the Aberdares National Park.  Visitors arrived at the Aberdare Country Club for lunch before we headed off in a bus to the salient for an overnight stay at the Ark.  This combination is still going.  It’s lovely to see that the ACC has retained its traditional character and relaxed setting and that the Ark has had a makeover.  The Ark overlooks a salt lick frequented by elephants and buffalo.  On the drive through the park, black and white colobus monkeys may be seen in the trees.  The ACC is a perfect stop off point between Nairobi and Samburu National Reserve.

Gamewatchers Porini Camps

Having developed from a strong ecotourism base,  the Porini Camps are located in the regions of Amboseli and the Masai Mara in community conservancies adjacent to the main parks.  They also have a camp in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The Amboseli Camp in the Selenkay Conservancy is part of an important wildlife corridor, especially for elephants, connecting with Amboseli National Park.  Here, the community has benefitted from tourism revenue and employment while wildlife in the area has increased substantially.  All the camps follow a traditional tented style – comfortable without being opulent. They are intimate in size ranging from six to 10 tents. But, most importantly, the guides are excellent, giving a fascinating insight into the flora and fauna, whether on a bush walk or game drive.

Other Africa winners

South Africa carried off the majority of Africa’s World Travel Awards, while other countries featured included Egypt, Morocco, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Mozambique.

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Lord McConnell Visits Livingstone’s Africa Exhibiton

Lord McConnell with Claire Foottit (Left) Photographer and Mary-Anne Bartlett, Artist at their Livingstone's Africa Exhibition, Gladstone Gallery, Royal Mile, Edinburgh.  The exhibition is open 10am -7pm and finishes on Sunday 18th August

Lord McConnell with Claire Foottit (Left) Photographer and Mary-Anne Bartlett, Artist at their Livingstone’s Africa Exhibition, Gladstone Gallery, Royal Mile, Edinburgh. The exhibition is open 10am -7pm and finishes on Sunday 18th August

A lovely surprise visit from Jack McConnell at our exhibition yesterday.

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Livingstone’s Africa Art and Photography Exhibition

Livingstone's Africa  Edinburgh Fringe Exhibition

Livingstone’s Africa Edinburgh Fringe Exhibition

Take a look at the Livingstone’s Africa Exhibition page for more information.

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