Art27scotland’s first engagement project is the Southside Collective. 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 is working with the Management Committee and the Edinburgh City Council to reopen, encourage in new users and develop facilities to support current users.
The ongoing wars in the Middle East and the recent pandemic have heightened racism, with East and Southeast Asian communities often blamed and abused. During the lockdown, local Black Lives Matter posters were defaced and destroyed. The Southside Collective is our response to this heightened racism, bringing together artists and their communities in a bold practical declaration of “nae place for racism here”. 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.