About Us

Art27scotland 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.  We are distinctive in Scotland, as we articulate 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.

Art27scotland works in the Southside area of Edinburgh. We define the Southside as the area of Edinburgh within fifteen minutes’ walking distance of our partner organisation the Southside Community Centre, an area made home by a vibrant international community.

Art27scotland’s role is to empower and encourage artists and their communities into a Collective, and for it to become a vibrant, democratic, local social movement that opposes racism by celebrating the many cultures of the Southside, enhancing the lives of all Southsiders.

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


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.


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.


Kasia Jackowska

Kasia is our Program Manager and Community Coordinator and Coordinator for Polish Artists in Residence Robert Motyka and Marta Adamowicz.

Asha Trivedy

Asha Trivedy

Asha is Community Engagement Officer.

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.


Saber Turning Point

Saber Bamatraf

Saber Bamatraf is a creative practitioner and has been working with Art27 coordinating our various projects.