Currently we have a number of Artists Residencies, each of whom works with communities in the Southside area through their socially engaged practice. Follow the links below to see their work and find out what they are up to!

Laleh Sherkat

Laleh Sherkat is an acclaimed Iranian photographer and former photo journalist.  She is renowned for being one of the first woman to document the Iran-Iraq war and the first to photograph female prisoners in Iran.

Find out more about Laleh's photography

Robert Rae

Robert Rae is the project’s embedded artist.

As the embedded artist Robert is not creating his own work but utilising his skills as a socially engaged theatre practitioner, film director and writer to devise an exploratory route to unpick and rethink what cultural rights mean in Scotland.

Find out more about Robert and his work

Ghazi Hussein

Ghazi is a poet and a teacher who has taught Arabic poetry and calligraphy for many years. He studied philosophy and Arabic grammar and went on to teach a range of different age groups and abilities in schools and universities.

Find out more about Ghazi Hussein's poetry

Shatha Altowai

Shatha Altowai شذى التوي is a Yemeni artist based in Edinburgh, UK. She is an Artist-in-Residence at Art27scotland where she works on a socially-engaged art practice within the Southside of Edinburgh. Shatha has been creating art since 2014. She has presented at several art galleries in Yemen and beyond, and has won multiple awards for her art, and so for her contribution in art and culture, including The Scottish Women’s Awards in October 2022 and the John Byrne Award in April 2021.

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Elaine Cheng

Elaine Cheng  鄭依玲 (she/her) is a composer/sound artist from Edinburgh, Scotland and from Hong Kong descent. Her practice is currently based around producing drone music from analog and modular synthesisers and has come from a compositional background in electroacoustic music. As Artist in Residence with Art27scotland, Elaine has utilised free improvisation as a compositional tool in her work.

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Robert Motyka

Robert Motyka (he/him) is a projection artist and video maker, lecturer, and human rights activist supporting migrants’ rights and the Polish LGBT+ community.

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Marta Adamowicz

MARTA ADAMOWICZ is a visual and sound artist and illustrator of Polish origin, based in Glasgow, dealing mainly with social issues. Her artwork has been a part of many, prestigious festivals and exhibitions in Scotland and London.

Explore Marta's art