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20 February 2023: Heat and Damp: Housing Struggles in the Franki Raffles Photography Collection

    Franki Raffles, ‘Govan Initiatives Housing Landscapes’ c. 1980s © Franki Raffles Estate, all rights reserved. Image courtesy of University of St Andrews and Edinburgh Napier University.

    Archival display and talk
    Monday 20 February 2023, 2-3pm
    New Park Seminar Room, Martyrs Kirk Research Library, 80 North Street, St Andrews, KY16 9HH

    The exhibition Resistance in Residence, hosted by the Travelling Gallery, will be visiting St Andrews on Monday 20th February 2023, where it will be viewable in the East Sands Leisure Centre Car Park.

    Resistance in Residence is a group exhibition about community-led struggles for decent housing and radical attempts to imagine alternative ways of living. It features archive materials and artworks by Winnie Herbstein, Joey Simons, Keira McLean, and Lucas Priest (School of Pedestrian Culture) which document past and present campaigns for damp-free, warm and genuinely affordable homes. As well as capturing the incredible depth of knowledge held within communities across Scotland, the exhibition creates a space of exchange where practices of everyday resistance, tactics and success stories can be shared.

    This archival display and informal talk with Dr Catherine Spencer will provide the chance to look at items in the Franki Raffles Photography Collection at St Andrews relating to the exhibition, particularly the documentary photography that Raffles undertook on housing in Scotland during the 1980s.

    Together, we will explore the relevance of Raffles’s photographs of housing to feminist housing activism from the 1980s to the present, particularly anti-dampness, insulation, and heating campaigns.

    The event is free and all are welcome, but places are limited to 15 so booking is required. Please book via Eventbrite:

    Resistance in Residence will be hosted in the Travelling Gallery at East Sands Leisure Centre, St Mary St, St Andrews KY16 8LH, from 10-4pm on Monday 20th February. No booking required. The Leisure Centre is about a 20-minute walk from Martyr’s Kirk Research Library, so there is plenty of time to see the exhibition either before or after the talk.

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