Create Change Edinburgh 2020
Over the last 12 months, Edinburgh Printmakers has been working together with UnLtd Scotland as part of the ‘Create Change Edinburgh’ project.
The aim was to find, fund and support social entrepreneurs and artists who wanted to use the creative industries for change in South-West Edinburgh. Each artist selected brings unique experiences and techniques, reaffirming the strength and creativity of the arts sector in Scotland during this difficult time, and its desire to take creativity into communities.
Due to the wider societal impacts of the current COVID-19 pandemic many of these projects are currently on hold but we wanted to share with you a little about each of the artists and what they'll be working on.
You can also download the Create Change Edinburgh case-study pdf here.
Nomad Print Studio
Nomad Print Co. is a portable print studio that offers screen printing facilities to schools and communities that otherwise wouldn't have access to them. Alice is working in partnership with Broomhouse Hub in West Edinburgh to pilot her idea.
Alice is an illustrator and printmaker who graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2018. She is currently employed as the Printmaker in Residence at Tipherith, a Camphill community in Edinburgh for adults with additional support needs and learning disabilities.
You can find out more about Alice’s other work by visiting her site: alicemgriffin.com
Able Arts aims to provide adults with autism and learning disabilities opportunities in the creative industries. With support from UnLtd Scotland and Edinburgh Printmakers, Ashlynn will run programmes where between 4 and 6 artists will meet weekly to create art together and on their own. Art created will then be sold through a local gallery.
Once lockdown is further eased Able Arts will aim to facilitate different ways for people with disabilities to engage in the arts, including how to organise exhibitions, sell work, and collectively all artists will create a group mural.
Eye See the Picture
‘Eye See the Picture’ is a teaching programme to remotely instruct individuals with visual impairment to paint and draw effectively. All tuition will be carried out via video link. The programme will be suitable for all ages and any degree of sight loss. David is an artist with 25 years of art teaching experience: 18 years in schools and, more recently, 7 years in the charity sector specifically working with visually impaired veterans. You can find out more about David’s work here: davidgrigor.com
Anna & Jane Hale
Colour Jam was initially devised as an after-school art club at the Pentland Community Centre in Oxgangs. The club was to offer creative, out of school, activities for primary school children who wouldn’t otherwise have access.
With the effects of the current COVID pandemic being felt throughout society, Anna & Jane decided to adapt their idea to create ‘art packs’ which young people and their families could do at home, alongside the physical art packs they have been creating arts/crafts videos which to offer visual demonstrations of various techniques.
Jane and Anna are a mother and daughter team - Jane is an art teacher and Anna is a recently graduated textile designer. You can find out more about the project on their facebook page here.
Alternative Souvenirs Project
Pandora is an artist who has worked with community groups and schools since 2009. The ‘Alternative Souvenirs’ project is based on the assumption that Edinburgh’s intense tourist economy can be alienating to local communities. Pandora will work with residents in Broomhouse to design and create a range of print-based souvenirs based on participants' own experience of their area of the city and how they wish to project that. Products will include t-shirts, mugs, prints and bags - these will then be sold in local shops.
You can find out more about Pandora by visiting her site: pandoravaughan.com
Zozobra is a huge puppet, which will be built by the community and stuffed full of their worries and concerns. In one huge, inclusive celebration it will be burned to the ground. Participating in the process reduces and engages with feelings of isolation, loneliness and a lack of participation/community. Elspeth is a puppet designer and puppeteer who combines her professional skills with personal experiences of mental health to run workshops in her local community. This project is inspired by the concept of the New Mexico tradition of Zozobra.
You can find out more about Elspeth’s work by visiting her site: elspethchapman.com