Nicola Stead is a photographer based in Glasgow, Scotland. Her practice focuses on storytelling through portraiture, both documentary and constructed narrative. Engaging with individuals and communities to tell the story of the place as well as its people, she is interested in issues regarding personal, social and cultural identity.
Her current series, ‘Glasgow Women’, highlights the struggles and achievements of women in the city, offering a celebration of their lives. Forging links between Glasgow women’s history and women in the city today, the work explores the legacy of Isabella Elder, one of Glasgow’s greatest philanthropists. Elder took a particular interest in women’s education as well as the welfare of the women of Govan. By examining diverse communities of women in these areas now, the work aims to discover if Elder’s legacy of female empowerment is still apparent 135 years later.