Coulson & Tennant and Helene Schmitz

presented by Street Level Photoworks as part of Stirling Photography Festival At Tolbooth
5th – 27th August, Tue – Sat, 10am – 5pm          

Stirling Photography Festival are working with Street Level Photoworks to bring a uniquely curated collection of works to the Tolbooth as part of their Stories 2022 festival programme: Coulson & Tennant ‘After it’s Gone’ and Helene Schmitz ‘Thinking Like a Mountain’..

The story of the Earth is written in epochs, periods of geological age that mark change over vast periods of time. Man’s impact on the Earth since the industrial revolution has sparked immense changes, and so a new epoch has been described. The Anthropocene – the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.

These exhibitions bring together two diverse bodies of work addressing issues of climate change, protection of the environment, and the conflict between man and the natural world, featuring work by Scottish collaborative artists Coulson & Tennant and Swedish photographer Helene Schmitz.

Coulson & Tennant (Scotland) are an award winning artist partnership that develop lens based works to spark conversations about the past, present and future of our man-made and natural world. At The Tolbooth they present

New video work and photography exploring the landscape, geology and the ecology of the Arctic, Subarctic and Antarctic regions. By documenting this rapidly changing environment the artists hope to share the beauty of these fragile places, contribute to the climate emergency discussion and inspire all of us to work together to protect these incredible regions and our planet as a whole.

Human exploitation of the planet is implicit in the detailed landscapes of Helene Schmitz (Sweden), who speculates on the relationship between ownership and misuse of natural resources. In the series Thinking Like a Mountain, she sheds light on the relationship between ownership and exploitation of natural resources in the Nordic countries, a part of the world not usually associated with the term ‘colonialism’. Schmitz contends that the colonial project never came to an end – it only changed appearance. Globalization and contemporary technologies have instead allowed for a shift in the source of neo-colonialist projects, from nation-states to multinational corporations.

All at the Stirling Photography Festival are delighted to be working again this year with the team from Street Level Photoworks, and we are honoured and delighted to have the works of Coulson & Tennant and Helene Schmitz here at the Tolbooth,  opening our Stories 2022 programme.

Photo Credit – Coulson & Tennant Courtesy of Street Level Photoworks

Find out more about the Film Screening






Jail Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1DE

+44 (0)1786 27 4000


Tolbooth Tues-Sat 10am-5pm

Coulson & Tennant and Helene Schmitz - Gallery

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