Media release: Glasgow photographer to document the stresses and beauty of fatherhood after receiving National Lottery funding

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FATHER and Glasgow-based photographer, Eoin Carey, will capture the joys and challenges of fatherhood, in an intimate new series of documentary images, which will be shown in 2020.

“Drawing on my own difficult experience of becoming a father, I believe men have an unique experience of parenting and I want to document this experience for others,” Eoin explains.

“I hope to reframe the stereotypes of men and capture them in care of their children. It is an intimate, intense and beautiful time in a person’s life and I hope to show the tenderness and stress, play and poetry of parenthood.”

The project, which has the working title of Fatherhood, is being supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotlands Open Project Fund which helps artists, musicians, writers, theatre makers, festivals and organisations working across the arts and creative industries throughout Scotland.

The work is scheduled for completion by spring 2020, when Carey will hold a sharing event of the photographs, open to project participants as well as the public.

Carey hopes to exhibit the photographs on a larger scale in the future, and develop the project potentially in collaboration with partner organisations within community settings.

The project’s initial phase will focus on new and young fathers based in Glasgow. Those interested in participating in the project are invited to contact Eoin for more information at

Creative Scotland’s Lottie Thorne said: “We are excited to support Eoin through the Open Project Fund to help him explore more about the journey of parenthood from a male perspective and the role of a father in their child’s life.”

In addition to Fatherhood, Glasgow-based recipients of the latest round of Open Project Funding include acclaimed theatre company, Company of Wolves, for a new production of Julius Caesar, premiering in Glasgow in spring 2021, before touring Scotland later in the year; the annual anthology, New Writing Scotland; the 2020/21 programme for the Govanhill-based library and community arts space, Glasgow Zine Library; and a production of Cinderella by Loop, an integrated theatre company which works to amplify the talent of disabled performers.

Photography: © Eoin Carey

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Open Project Funding is available to a wide range of organisations and individuals working across Scotland in the arts and creative industries. It supports a broad spectrum of activity including creative and professional development, research and development, production, small capital requirements, touring and collaborations, festivals, arts programming, audience development, etc. Support is available for projects of different scale and duration with the maximum period of award being set at two years. Awards are made in the range £1,000 to £100,000 (or up to £150,000 by exception). Application guidance and forms can be found here.

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