“What is attractive about the ‘Surveillance Gallery’ is not the classic misconception of censorship as suggested by its title, but the fact that it extends its focus on peoples expression within the shifting landscape. This gallery will hopefully provide a space for residents to reflect on, and may help reclaim a local sense of culture.”
In august of 2014 I had the privilege of being involved in a community project that aimed to bring art in to an unattractive public space. This project was organised by the newly set-up ‘Surveillance Gallery’ in partnership with the North Edinburgh Arts Center. Muirhouse is notorious for its 1980’s gang history, and its influence in the works of the respected Scottish writer ‘Irvine Welsh’ (trainspotting, Filth). As this neighbourhood is currently in the process of land, housing and property redevelopment, an attempt to represent local humour as well as portray the hard reality of particular characters was the main focus of this work.
Promotional video courtesy of ElectricLimeProductions.