Robin Gillanders & Chris Hall

The First Meeting of the Scottish Parliament, 12 May 1999 (1999)

About this artwork

This photograph of all members of the Scottish Parliament was taken in the General Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland, which served as a temporary home until the completion of a new Parliament building at Holyrood in September 2004. Back in 1707, the original Parliament of Scotland merged with its southern counterpart. However, after years of lobbying, in 1997 a referendum showed that a large majority of Scots were in favour of a new Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Elections followed, and the Parliament first convened on 12 May 1999. It can take decisions on devolved matters such as education, health, agriculture and justice.

Robin Gillanders

Chris Hall

Robin Gillanders

Robin Gillanders was born in Edinburgh in 1952 and studied at the University of Edinburgh from 1970-4. After teaching history at the Royal High School in Edinburgh from 1975-82, Gillanders began a career as a freelance advertising and fashion photographer. He has taught photography at Napier University since 1983. More generally known as a portrait photographer, in the 1990s Gillanders worked in collaboration with the poet and sculptor, Ian Hamilton Finlay, creating a photographic work in Finlay's garden, Little Sparta, in Lanarkshire.

Chris Hall

Chris Hall was born in the Gorbals district of Glasgow in 1953 and was brought up in East Kilbride. He studied Politics at the University of Edinburgh from 1971-6 and worked in public administration for six years before becoming a freelance advertising and commercial photographer. For more than twenty years he worked for design and advertising agencies on behalf of major companies and public institutions in Britain and abroad. Around 2003 he retired from commercial work to renew his personal relationship with photography. He taught photography at Napier University and Stevenson College, Edinburgh.