Matthew Arthur Williams: In guise of Land

Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden

Matthew Arthur Williams presents an exhibition of photographic prints set against the lush greenery of Johnston Terrace Gardens. Captured in various locations on the West coast of Scotland including during a Bothy Projects residency on the Isle of Eigg. Williams references a long history of portraits in the landscape, citing specifically the photographers Ajamu X and Ingrid Pollard. 

Black and white self portraits convey Williams’ body embraced by bracken as they become part of the landscape. The portraits embody a refusal to be seen only as tourist and nurture a practice of attunement to a Scottish landscape. Bodies become vessels to alter narratives of what it means for Black and queer bodies to inhabit certain rural environments. Williams describes the process of making the photographs as a series of returns, “I’m always asking what’s going on here?  It’s about carrying those thoughts with you wherever you go and trying to manifest it in other things.”

Supported by the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund and EventScotland. Our Commissions Programme is kindly supported by the Patrons of our Commissioning Circle.

Matthew Arthur Williams: In guise of Land


Matthew Arthur Williams


Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden

Patrick Geddes Steps, Castle Wynd South, EH1 2PW

0131 226 6558

Opening times

29 July – 29 August


10am – 5pm

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Free, advance booking advised
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Please note that Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden has limited accessibility due to it only being accessible via steps. If you have any questions please get in touch with our team – 0131 226 6558.

Associate Artist Programme

We are delighted to collaborate with artist, film-maker and programmer Tako Taal, to present a series of artists’ projects for the 2021 commissions programme.

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Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden

Patrick Geddes Steps, Castle Wynd South, EH1 2PW

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