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Edinburgh Printmakers awarded Creative Europe funding

Edinburgh Printmakers is thrilled to have been successful in a new Creative Europe funded project establishing Europe’s first-ever Studios of Sanctuary network for refugee and migrant artists.

In from the Margins is a three-year programme working with artists with experience of displacement; exchanges of their work; and engagement with refugees, schools and wider communities.

This project will offer opportunities for 30 artists from refugee and migrant backgrounds to take up supported residencies in internationally recognised print studios: Edinburgh Printmakers, Scotland; Cork Printmakers, Ireland; AGA Lab, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Funen Printmaking Studio, Odense, Denmark; and the International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

These organisations all have a strong history of social engagement, based in multi-cultural cities on the margins of Europe, either on coastal fringes or in the far East of Europe.

This project will bring the work of refugee and migrant artists 'in from the margins' to mainstream programming and look for ways to explore and celebrate cultures and artistic traditions which are marginalised by the Western artistic canon and traditional programming.

In from the Margins emerged from a Scotland – Europe project supported by the British Council & Creative Scotland, for Edinburgh Printmakers to develop a network of European partners working with artists and refugee and migrant communities.

The Studio of Sanctuary model grew from Edinburgh Printmakers’ Chief Executive Shân Edwards’ work establishing the first UK ‘Studio of Sanctuary’ project at The Art House, Wakefield, where she worked as Artistic Director/Chief Executive with Mohammed Barrangi Fashtami, an artist originally from Iran who became resident artist in Wakefield.

Edinburgh Printmakers' Chief Executive Shân Edwards said: “We’re so excited to be able to work with this amazing partnership of studios across Europe. We’ve been working on the project for two years and it has never felt more important to ensure that artists from refugee and migrant backgrounds have a safe and supported space to share and make their work and share stories and cultures.”

Main partners: Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark and Slovenia

Find out more about all the Creative Europe funded projects in Scotland here.