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Encountering Fife: A project to record and exhibit migrant experiences in Scotland

Are you aged between 15 and 30 and have come to live in Fife from another country? Share your experiences of life in Scotland through the Encountering Fife project.

What is the Encountering Fife project?

The Encountering Fife project gives young migrants the opportunity to share their experiences of life in Scotland through photography. Participants will receive training from a professional photographer and will document aspects of their daily life along a chosen theme.

Participants will then work with local secondary school pupils who will prepare an exhibition of the photographs that have been taken, sharing the stories that participants want to tell.

What’s involved?

Participants will create a series of photographs documenting their experience of life in Scotland. They might choose the theme of the unfamiliar, recording experiences, stories and objects that they had not encountered before coming to Fife; life in Scotland, either at home or out and about; or Relationships, either with the people they meet or within families.

These photographs, along with the stories that participants wish to share, will then be put on display in a public exhibition.

What is the aim of the project?

The project aims to:

  • Put on an exhibition that allows the public to gain an understanding of how the migrant community in Fife experiences the area.
  • Give migrant communities the opportunity to share their experiences of life in Fife.
  • Give secondary school pupils experience and training in the museum, heritage and arts sector that will inform future career decisions and provide them with skills that are useful in all areas of work.

 What do participants get out of taking part?

Participants will:

  • Receive training from a professional photographer
  • Get the chance to share their experiences of life in Scotland
  • See their work publically exhibited and recognised
  • Receive the opportunity to meet new people and make friends
  • Get the chance to see behind the scenes at a museum and handle real museum objects.

Participants will also receive travel expenses for attending sessions.

Who can participate?

Participants must have come to live in Fife from another country and be aged between 15 and 30 years old.

What do I need to take part?

Participants must have their own camera or camera-phone.

A basic level of English would be beneficial but is not a necessity.

Taking part in the project is free and travel expenses to attend sessions will be provided.

What do I do if I want to take part?

If you want to take part send us your name, a telephone number or email address, your age and a brief sentence or two telling us why you want to take part.

You can send these by post to:

Matt Sheard, Museum Collections, University of St Andrews, 87 North Street, St Andrews, KY16 9AE.

Or by email to

For more information contact Matt Sheard on 01334 46 1699 or email

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Sunday 22nd October.