Alicia Bruce

Artist in Residence 2014

'Digging for Diamonds'

(All images Copyright of Alicia Bruce)

Alicia Bruce’s award winning photographs have been exhibited and published internationally, winning several artists’ residencies and bursaries including the Royal Scottish Academy Morton Award.  

Her images have featured in national press including The TimesThe Scotsman, BBC News and STV News, and are represented in several public and private collections including the National Galleries of Scotland, St Andrews University Special Collections and The Royal Scottish Academy. 

Originally from Aberdeen, Alicia is now based in Edinburgh.

Alicia's residency at the Barn  

Alicia spent 2014 documenting life on the Barn's 110 community allotments,  making photographic portraits of the people and place in this unique rural setting. Over the growing year, Alicia met plot-holders from all walks of life including retirees, golfers, artists, teachers, shop assistants, oil executives and children who are learning from an early age where their food comes from.

A resulting exhibition at the Barn Gallery told the stories of those who work on the plots and why they are drawn to work the land. Selected works from "Digging for Diamonds" went on to be shown at Scotland House in Brussels, as part of the Scottish Government's Year of Food and Drink celebrations in 2015.