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Artist Residencies support artists with specific projects that speak about cultural heritage, history or political contexts they wish to explore through a deeper collaboration with communities. These residencies are the spine of Art27scotland at Southside – so become a neighbour and get to know us better.

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Marta Adamowicz

Marta Adamowicz is a visual and sound artist and illustrator of Polish origin. Marta’s work deals mainly with social issues and community focused projects.

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Robert Motyka

Robert Motyka is a Polish born, New Scot by choice video maker, projection artist and projection mapping lecturer. He is also actively supporting EU citizens rights and Polish LGBT community.

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Elaine Cheng

Elaine Cheng (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.

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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. She is a founding member of the Iranian Photography Society and has juried and curated many photography exhibitions and competitions in Iran and Scotland.

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Shatha Altowai

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, including the John Byrne Award in April 2021. Much of Shatha’s work reflects aspects of life in her society, and the suffering caused by the ongoing civil war in Yemen. Through her figurative, cubist, and abstract paintings, Shatha seeks to shed light on issues such as Internally Displaced Persons.

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Saber Bamatraf

Saber Bamatraf is a Yemeni pianist and music composer. He has been awarded an IIE-Artist Protection Fund (APF) Fellowship 2020-21 and is in residence at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities within the University of Edinburgh.

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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.

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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.

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