Events and Exhibitions

Confluence Conversations (Click for More Dates)

From: £10.00

Monthly from Thursday  18th january 2024

6.00pM to 9.00PM

Join us at Shambellie House where ‘Confluence The World’ will provide a relaxed and safe space for people to share their stories and be listened to, in order to capture the culture of Community.

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Everyone has a story to tell…what’s yours?

Come along and join the Confluence Team at Shambellie House, where you will have the opportunity to participate in ‘Confluence Conversations’.

The aim of Confluence is to promote and celebrate cross-cultural understanding using photography and storytelling. The aim of Confluence Conversations is to provide a safe space for people to share their stories and be listened to, in order to capture the culture of Community.

The relaxed evening sessions will include canapés and refreshments as well as a tour of Shambellie House and plenty of time to chat and gather stories.

There are currently 7 themes of Confluence:

Water, Old, Time, Silence, Happiness, The Number 3, and Money

Through our conversations we hope to discover new themes which will lead to the creation of a photographic body of work and in time, a dedicated exhibition.

The conversations will be facilitated by Laura Hudson Mackay with support from other members of Confluence The World.

Find out more Confluence The World


© Houssain Belabbes

© Colin J Tennant


What unites people? Armies? Gold? Flags?

STORIES! There’s nothing in the world more powerful than a good story. Nothing can stop it. No enemy can defeat it.    -Tyrion, Game of Thrones

Your Tutor

Your Tutor

Laura Hudson Mackay

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Laura Hudson Mackay is a professional photographic Artist living in Dumfries and Galloway. Laura completed an Advanced Diploma in Illustrative Photography at Glasgow Metropolitan College in 2006 and a Diploma with Distinction in Art History at London Art College in 2013. Laura is a Member of the Royal Photographic Society.
Both film and digital cameras are used and Laura explores concepts including doorways into other worlds; portals, ancient buildings or natural forms, particularly stone and wood. Still life subjects include organic forms such as flowers, feathers; found objects, employing an ever-growing library of photographic textures to create otherworldly images, which enchant and mystify.

While at home during the pandemic Lockdown in Spring 2020, Laura began spending time in her home studio, adventuring into the colourful land of food and product photography under the name Lolliography. There has proven to be significant demand for this high quality work which has lead to a growing client base and resulted in the setting up of a photographic studio on Dumfries High Street.

Laura has hosted photographic walking tours in The Marrakech Medina, Morocco to both groups and individuals. She has also given demonstrations in Still Life photography in her Spring Fling Open Studio events 2015-2019


Foodelia International Food Photography Awards
Calumet Award for Illustrative Photography

Selected Exhibitions

Hush of a Shadow – Marrakech Henna Art Cafe, Marrakech Morocco
Hudson Mackay Gallery – Glasgow Fruit Market
Hudson Mackay Gallery – Glasgow Concert Hall
Bespoke Art Gallery – House for an Art Lover
Spring Fling open Art Studios – Abbots Tower 2015 -2019
Wigtown Book Festival – Artist in Residence 2017
Galloway Photographic Collective – Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright

About The Evening

Confluence Conversations will run from 6.00pm until 9.00pm with canapés and refreshments throughout the session.

The workshop will take place in the Drawing Room. This is accessible via a stair lift if required.



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