Livingstone’s Africa: Art & Photography Exhibition at Edinburgh Fringe 29th June 2013

by Mary-Anne Bartlett on June 29, 2013

Edinburgh Fringe Exhibition celebrates Livingstone’s Fellow Explorers

Two women, descendants of Livingstone’s fellow explorers, are celebrating Livingstone’s bicentenary with their exhibition, Livingstone’s Africa, which runs from 13-18 August 2013 at the Gladstone Gallery, Gladstone’s Land (off the Royal Mile).

Specialising in African tourism, Claire Foottit and Mary-Anne Bartlett were drawn together by a shared connection with the missionary explorer, Dr David Livingstone.

Travel writer and photographer, Claire Foottit, is the great great great niece of William Cotton Oswell, the man who launched Livingstone as an explorer, on his first expedition to Lake Ngami in Bechuanland (now Botswana) in 1849.

Artist and safari-operator, Mary-Anne Bartlett (director of Art Safari), is the great great great granddaughter of Sir John Kirk, doctor and naturalist on the Zambesi Expedition (1858-1864) in Nyasaland (now Malawi), who later became the British Consul in Zanzibar.

“In the bicentenary year of Livingstone’s birth this exhibition of paintings and photography is our personal celebration of our forebears who played an important role in Livingstone’s achievements,” says Claire Foottit.

“We have both been inspired by our family links with Africa, by David Livingstone and by the many people we meet in Africa who continue to forge for development, maintain strong family links and conserve a unique way of life which is often integrated with Africa’s natural wonders of wildlife and landscape,” says Mary-Anne Bartlett.

From Zambia to Zanzibar, Malawi to Mozambique, Botswana and beyond, this exhibition of vibrant photographs and enchanting watercolours of people, wildlife and landscapes encapsulates the essence of Africa today, yet also connects with a world of the past.

Further information:

  • Livingstone’s Africa exhibition is on at the Gladstone Gallery, Gladstone’s Land, 477b Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2NT (near the Royal Mile) from Tuesday 13 to Sunday 18th August, from 10am to 7pm daily.
  • Claire Foottit and Mary-Anne Bartlett will both be present at the exhibition venue.
  • Mary-Anne Bartlett will be running a sketching workshop at Edinburgh Zoo on Friday 16th August, £35, bookings at or ring 01394  382235.
  • Claire Foottit will run a street photography workshop in Edinburgh on Thursday 15th August, £35; to book contact or ring 0131  669 3335.
  • Claire Foottit has worked as a travel writer and photographer specialising in African tourism and conservation for over 20 years.  Her work has  been published by the national press and she’s also written and contributed to Bradt and Insight Travel guides.     blog:
  • Mary-Anne Bartlett is an artist and tour operator whose heart is in Africa.  She paints in watercolour, writes for travel and art publications (author      of Bradt Guide to Malawi) and teaches the art of sketching wildlife and landscape when she’s out on safari.  Her company Art Safari was set  up to run painting holidays in the African bush; the company has now spread worldwide,  and has a subsidiary bespoke travel wing called  Close Encounters Africa,
  • Livingstone’s  Africa is part of David Livingstone 200, a series of events celebrating the Bi-Centenary of David Livingstone.
  • Part of the exhibition will continue to Malawi where Livingstone and Kirk spent  much of their time during the Zambesi Expeditions.  It will be on exhibition in one of  Malawi’s oldest buildings at La Caverna Gallery, Mandala, Blantyre in October.

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