Fòcas Scotland offers emerging photographers a professional platform for international exchange, exhibition and publication. We commission, support and share exciting work that inspires new dialogues about place, identity and culture. 

In 2018 our first project Fòcas: Document received funding from Creative Scotland and British Council Scotland and exhibited the work of twenty artists based in India and Scotland across 15 venues in both countries. Our current project Fòcas: Body of Land received funding and support from British Council East Africa, British Council Scotland and Street Level Photoworks to facilitate and commission two female artists, Sekai Machache (Scotland) and Awour Onyango (Kenya) to take part in two residencies across Nairobi and Glasgow and create new work for a major exhibition at Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow which will take place this April 2020, as part of Glasgow International ‘Across the City Programme’.

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Fòcas was founded in 2015 by visual artist Arpita Shah and writer Dr. Katherine Parhar.

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Arpita Shah is an Indian-born photographic artist based in Scotland. She works between photography and film, exploring the fields where culture and identity meet. Arpita has completed residencies at Street Level Photoworks, Ankur Arts and Tramway. She was commissioned by Creative Scotland to develop work for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and exhibits internationally, most recently in India and the USA.

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Katherine is a writer and curator who teaches and exhibits in Europe, the UK and USA. With experience in retail and an MBA, she works on major cultural projects such as the redevelopment of Kelvin Hall. She has ten years experience teaching in higher education. She  publishes regularly in respected outlets including Tate Journal, Photomonitor and This is Tomorrow, and is currently lecturing at Napier University.

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Shereen Nanjiani has been working as a journalist and broadcaster in Scotland for nearly thirty years. She was the main presenter of STV’s daily news programme for 22 years before going freelance. She now presents a weekly Saturday morning topical discussion show on BBC Radio Scotland and co-presents the new current affairs show Timeline on BBC 2 Scotland. She was the Chair of BAME Arts Organisation Ankur Productions until its    closure and is a Board Member and Chair Designate of The Tron Theatre.

Margaret Mitchell is a photographer based in Glasgow. Her overarching interest lies in people and their stories, with childhood, youth, place and belonging often explored in the people and places photographed. Her work has been exhibited widely, including at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and at the European Parliament. Her work spans exhibiting, curating, teaching, community                                                and collaborative arts practice. 

Colin Cavers is Programme Leader, of the BA(Hons) Photography at Edinburgh Napier University, and a lecturer in Photography, School of Art, University of Edinburgh. He has exhibited and published as a documentary photographer, worked as a curator and educator in galleries and museums and in community arts. His work is in public and private collections.