As a member of the Black Scottish community, I was inspired to create an opportunity for Scotland to speak out together and to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
My plan was to initiate a number of mural displays by Scotland’s Black & Asian creatives, as visual symbols of solidarity with George Floyd and many others who have recently lost their lives due to racial injustice.
These artworks have created an opportunity for Artists of Colour to look at racial injustice, and to share their own artistic vision, from a Scottish perspective of lived experience, across a wide range of media including street art, painting, graphic design, video and photography. The results - colourful, challenging, moving, powerful and diverse – have been as wide ranging and inspiring as the artists themselves.
Leading arts organisations, galleries and venues stepped up to offer their walls, railings and (currently locked-down) doors to give prime locations to large scale artworks. The current 8 artworks have received an overwhelmingly positive response from the public, press, artists and venues.
Now I’m looking for support to commission a further 12 murals across different sites - in Dundee, Perth, Stirling, Kirkcaldy, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow - in response to overwhelming demand, to create a truly Scotland wide Mural Trail for Black Lives matter.
The first 8 murals/installations are in Edinburgh (The Hub, Dance Base, Queen’s Hall, Lyceum Theatre and Meadowbank), Glasgow (Gulp (Shawlands), King’s Theatre and Theatre Royal) and Inverness (Eden Court) about to go live by 30 June.
More info on progress of project so far (including photos of the artworks created so far) can be found at..
News articles on project
Art & Protest and How they work in harmony
The response to the initial artworks gives me hope that a meaningful conversation on race and inequality is possible in Scotland, and that the experiences of black people across the country can be acknowledged and listened to with empathy and support.
We need a reminder that anti-racism is not just a passing trend, that will disappear with the hashtag, and when the press lose interest. I believe that these artworks will be visual reminders, and continuing talking points.
Funding raised will allow
12 new art commissions from artists of colour
A legacy film (documenting each artwork being made/installed)
A series of photographs (documenting each artwork)
Any funds which exceed the price of original 12 commissions and filming /photography will be put towards further BLM-associated artwork in other sites and cities across Scotland, with any excess being donated to Black Lives Matter Scotland for organisational and governance support.
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