Images created by Neilston residents during a seven-week photography course have gone on display.

The eclectic collection can be seen at The Bank community hub, in the village’s Main Street, until the end of the month, before a further exhibition is launched.

All of the snaps were taken in the local area by members of the Connecting Neilston Photography Group, who met online for Zoom classes earlier this year.

They worked on various assignments and received tuition on photographic techniques through sessions hosted by Malcolm Briggs, a village-based photographer with 30 years of experience teaching the subject at further and higher education level.

The resulting work has been described as “diverse and competent” and includes some landscapes, as well as hand sewing, with images used as “a creative canvas.”

Around 50 people attended the exhibition launch at The Bank, which is home to the Neilston Development Trust (NDT).

Malcolm told the Barrhead News: “There is some excellent work on display. One of the students, Angela, is into crafts and very much skilled in that way. She literally got her images under the sewing machine and sewed over the top of them and did some hand-stitching as well.

“It is absolutely amazing and nice to see a photograph go one step further.

“The guys have also been invited to present images to go on permanent display.”

The exhibition launch was also a chance for NDT to officially mark the opening of its recently-refurbished premises at The Bank.

Along with the exhibition space, the building now has two training suites available for hire, a meeting room and a commercial kitchen.

This will give the community greater options in terms of the space available to them and also gives NDT the opportunity to open the building up for commercial use.

Jennifer Carroll, NDT’s programme co-ordinator, said: “It was wonderful to see the space come alive again, with the local community coming out to support the fabulous local talent we have here in Neilston.

“It was a great opportunity to showcase our newly-refurbished building.”

Anyone who would like to hire the exhibition space should send an email to

“Some were photographers who were on the Zoom course and some were photographers on our new course who came to see what they will be doing next.