We are Recollective. We are an award-winning collective of Writer, Photographer/filmmaker and Illustrator

Writer Alison Irvine is a Saltire-award nominee for her novel which charts the social history of Glasgow’s Red Road Flats, This Road is Red (Luath). Alison weaves stories from intensive research. She teases out stories, testimonies, moments, follows networks of friends, relatives and acquaintances. In her spare but textured prose the characters speak in select, but eloquent voices that speak from, and of the place itself.

Chris Leslie is a photographer and filmmaker and winner of a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award whose photographs are published in Disappearing Glasgow (Freight). His photographs chronicle Glasgow’s changing fabric. His beautiful, yet unflinchingly stark photographs document the breaking and remaking of the city, its broken bones, lost relics, inconvenient remnants.

Mitch Miller is an artist whose complex ‘pigeon’s eye’ drawings – Dialectograms – earned him the Association of Illustrators New Talent Award. Mitch makes dialectograms, illustrations as idiosyncratic as the word suggests, the edges of the city drawn from on high, but as those at ground level see and live it – an intricate, entangled and glorious mess – place as something made up as we go along.

As a collective we have created the sell-out Barrowland Ballads, about Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom, and Nothing is Lost, a Commonwealth Games legacy project which won the Scottish Design Award Grand Prix. As individuals we have documented a wide variety of Glasgow’s people and places including the Red Road Flats, Easterhouse, Paddy’s Market, Govan’s cranes and a Showman’s yard in Parkhead.

Alison Irvine, Mitch Miller, Chris Leslie – backstage at the Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow

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Stories, memories, struggles, passions, and hopes.

We use photography, film, illustration and creative non-fiction to produce thought-provoking, high-quality art about real lives. Borrowing techniques from ethnography, oral history and social documentary and mixing these with each artist’s expertise, our projects are complex, multilayered, accessible, socially engaged, and unique. A Recollective project is an exacting, sensitive and comprehensive study of a place and its people.

Concrete Dreams – The Rise and Fall of Cumbernauld Town Centre

We will be working on a creative documentation and exploration of Cumbernauld through the eyes of its residents, past and present.

Our planned documentation of residents’ stories is relevant because a bold new regeneration programme is planned and the Town Centre, including its iconic shopping centre, is scheduled for demolition.

We will capture the epic – stories of moving from Glasgow to Cumbernauld and all the hopes and dreams that entailed – and the miniature – the memories attached to the underpasses, footbridges, buildings and the architectural details residents navigate during their daily lives.

On completion of our funded work in July 2024, we will produce a book of stories, photographs, and illustrations – (funded by The William Grant Foundation) that will form a lasting legacy for the project and Cumbernauld itself.


Project funded by Creative Scotland and William Grant Foundation

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