About Us

Who we are: We are artists and activists that take our mission from Article 27 of the Declaration of Human Rights, which states that everyone has the right to participate in the culture of their community. We see cultural rights as indivisible from human rights and a driver of citizenship and democracy.  As an arts and human rights organisation, we centre the promotion of Dignity, Justice, and Peace through our cultural role in civic society, articulated through great art and great stories.

We believe: Culture has the capacity to create connections, imagine alternate futures and generate hope.  We recognise the different knowledges that exist in all our lives and communities, and this is our strength.  Culture is not neutral; it is democracy in action and must be born anew in every generation.

Our Mission: We explore the meaning and implementation of Cultural Rights through local, national, and international perspectives.  We aim to protect and fulfil cultural rights through artist-led, community driven projects., recognising the complex intercultural nature of our diverse community in Edinburgh’s Southside.  We are committed to addressing the challenges and to make the most of the opportunities that this brings to make our neighbourhood and city a dignified and peaceful place to live.

Helen Trew Art27Scotland

Helen Trew


Helen Trew: is originally from Belfast, where her lived experience of the Conflict instilled a commitment to arts activism in peacebuilding. She is an experienced cultural producer and practitioner over 25yrs in theatre, film, museums & heritage and multi-arts socially engaged projects. She is a specialist in equalities, diversity and inclusion, most recently with the public body for arts, screen and creative industries, Creative Scotland.  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 ex Director and now Board member for Just Festival and Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts Scotland.


Robert Rae Art27Scotland

Robert Rae


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.


Camila Ospina Gaitán

Camila Ospina Gaitán is our Assistant Producer, she is a Colombian artist. She graduated with merit of Contemporary Art Practice MFA at Edinburgh University. She studied in Bogotá at Javeriana University Visual Arts and in 2016 she was awarded with the LAP program scholarship from the Japanese government; Studying in Nagoya at Nazan University and in Tokyo at Sophia University. Her projects are developed by different media such as sculpture, installation, and photography, working concepts as identities through the aesthetics of the ordinary. Nowadays, she works with the sexualization and objectification of female bodies.  She has exhibited in different cities such as Tokyo, Bogotá, Miami, and Edinburgh. In 2022 she had her first solo show “Thorn in the flesh” at Edinburgh.

Saber Bamatraf

Saber Bamatraf is our Digital Comms & Assistant Producer. He is a creative practitioner and has been working with Art27 coordinating our various projects.