Martin Parr, one of the UK’s leading photographers, will judge the photographic competition and exhibition which forms part of the Rothesay Pavilion Closing Weekend festival later this month.
Budding photographers will be asked to submit an image which captures Rothesay Pavilion or Scottish/Seaside Modernity, submitting this initially via Rothesay Pavilion’s Twitter or Facebook pages with the hash tag #pavphoto.
The best of these will be selected and then printed to form an exhibition which will be on display for the duration of the festival, from September 25 to 27, and which Martin Parr will judge, selecting the winning entry.
The prize for the winning photographer will be a solo exhibition in one of the purpose-built exhibition spaces in the redeveloped Pavilion which is due to reopen in 2017, as well as £100 cash.
“The hidden gem of the Pavilion is one of my favourite buildings in the UK,” said Martin.
“It could so easily have disintegrated beyond repair, so I am delighted it will be restored to its former glories.
“I want to have a last shot at taking photos of it in full use at the Closing Weekend and I’m happy that other photographers will also be capturing the place for this competition.”
“The Pavilion is such an iconic building - one of the most photographed buildings on the West Coast,” said the Rothesay Pavilion Charity’s development manager, Stuart Thomas.
“Its history is imbued within the fabric and the atmosphere of the place. Before it under goes its £9 million transformation we wanted to create a competition that asked people to reflect on the building and on the forces that created it.”
For more details of how to enter, visit www.rothesaypavilion.co.uk, where you’ll also find information on the other events taking place as part of the Closing Weekend Festival - including Orkestra Del Sol, locally-devised drama Pavilion People, alt-folk band Woodenbox and the launch of a new music project, #RothesayLive.
Martin Parr studied photography at Manchester Polytechnic from 1970 to 1973, and since then more than 80 books of his own work have been published.
In 1994 he became a full member of the Magnum Photographic Corporation, and in 2002 the Barbican in London initiated a large retrospective of Martin’s work, which went on to tour Europe for the next five years.
More information at www.martinparr.com.