- 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!
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.