About Us

Art27 Scotland is a community interest company and non-profit making organisation.  It is focused on exploring the powerful and sometimes conflicting relationship between our shared human and cultural rights.  Art27 is distinctive in Scotland, as it articulates global shared experiences through our locally based international artists in residence.  We aim to celebrate our connectedness to the rest of the world, and develop empathy, listening and learning from others lived experience.  We want to share this exchange through art in order to stimulate broader democratic discussion and exchange relating to the rights of artistic expression, cultural participation and cultural democracy.

We welcome everyone including visual artists, writers, performers, musicians, socially engaged and interdisciplinary practitioners to join us in collective cultural action.

Helen Trew Art27Scotland

Helen Trew

Co-Director

Helen Trew is originally from Belfast, where her lived experience of the Conflict instilled a commitment to arts activism in peacebuilding. An experienced cultural producer and practitioner in theatre, feature film, heritage and socially engaged projects, she is currently on a sabbatical from arts funder and development public body Creative Scotland, where she is a specialist in equalities, diversity and inclusion.  She trained in theatre performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and in Film at Napier University Edinburgh. She is currently studying for an MSc in Equalities and Human Rights at Glasgow University.  Helen is also Director of Just Festival and Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts Scotland.

www.linkedin.com/in/helen-trew-frsa-82847a165

Robert Rae Art27Scotland

Robert Rae

Co-Director

Robert Rae is one of Scotland’s leading theatre and film directors and writers. He chooses to develop his work through socially engaged practice that aligns with his own political and activist commitments. His expertise has taken him all over the world sharing and developing his methodology. His career spans over 30 years, during which time he was Producer for 7:84 England, and Artistic Director/CEO of Theatre Workshop Scotland for 18 years which changed the landscape in Scotland for disabled artists in particular. Most recently he was International Artist in Residence for The Playhouse, Derry devising a Theatre of Witness piece based on survivors of the Conflict in the border towns in Northern Ireland. He is also Director of his own theatre company, Our Land Productions.

www.robertrae.co.uk

Yuke Huang

Yuke Huang 黄雨珂

Yuke conducted community consultation to get a snapshot of different communities living in the Southside area. She is also project-planning and managing the cultural and artistic events for the Southside Community Centre.

Yuke Huang is a born and raised Chinese, a Beijinger with a Sichuanese soul. She is pursuing a degree in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh. She was a Chinese folk dancer for 10 years and ventured into ballet and jazz. She worked as an exhibition assistant for the University Library Gallery. She writes about feminist art and BIPOC artists for university magazine Artefact aiming to subvert the Eurocentric, patriarchal, and elitist art historical narratives.

She is interested in the democratisation of arts, post-colonial studies, and social justice. Immigrating to the UK makes her deeply realised the manifestation of racism in the white-dominated world and advocates for human rights through an intersectional lens. She also reflects on and acknowledges her own privileges as well as avoiding ‘Oppression Olympics’.

黄雨珂长在北京,有着一个四川灵魂,而现居爱丁堡。她正在爱丁堡大学攻读艺术史学士学位。她舞龄十年,曾跳过中国民族民间舞,芭蕾和爵士舞。她也曾在大学图书馆画廊担任展览助理。她为大学杂志Artefact撰写过关于女权主义艺术以及有色人种和原住民(BIPOC)艺术家的文章,旨在颠覆以欧洲为中心、父权制和精英主义的艺术历史叙事。

她对艺术民主化、后殖民主义研究和社会正义有着浓厚兴趣。移民到英国让她深刻体会到了在白人主导的世界秩序下种族歧视的表现,并力求通过多元交织性的视角去捍卫人权。与此同时,她也在不断反思并承认自身所享的特权,规避‘压迫奥运’。

黄雨珂任Art27 Scotland成员兼项目策划人。她的主要工作包括社区咨询及活动策划。她走街串巷了解去采访在Southside居住的不同社区的概况。此外,她还为Southside的社区中心策划并管理艺术和文化活动。

Instagram: @yukihuaing

Asha Trivedy

Asha Trivedy

Asha works on community engagement as well as working with one of Art27 Scotland’s Artists in Residence, Ghazi Hussein, on his project ‘Poetry for Survival’.

Asha is a recent MA Hons. History graduate from the University of Edinburgh with an interest in community work, social justice, and post-colonial studies. Her skills lie in communication, and in the past, she has volunteered in participatory projects in Timor-Leste and Australia working with indigenous communities on sustainable land planning. In the future Asha hopes to continue to work in community arts as well as communication and facilitation of groups.

Cameron Somers

Cameron Somers

Cameron is working across Art27 Scotland’s digital communications strategy, building the social media presence and designing marketing materials for Art27 Scotland’s events.

Cameron was born in Kent, South-East England. He moved to Edinburgh in 2016 to study for an MA in Philosophy and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. After graduating in 2020, he began an MSc in Human Rights and International Politics at the University of Glasgow. In 2020, he co-founded the journal levelwithme.org, a platform for under-represented students to share their university experience. He also served as Theatre Editor for The Student Newspaper, and is an accredited Edinburgh Festival Fringe reviewer. He won an Edinburgh Award for Office Bearers in 2020 for his work as President of the Edinburgh University Musicians’ Society. He produces his own music and occasionally draws and paints.

www.cameronsomers.com

www.levelwithme.org