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Communities, Schools and Year-round Engagement

Keep up to date with our activities on our Community Engagement Blog, dedicated to showcasing the process and outcomes of our year round work with communities, schools and young people in Edinburgh.

Between 2019 and 2021, we’re working in partnership with WHALE Arts, and will commission an artist/s to engage and co-create with communities in Wester Hailes, developing a piece for our 2021 Commissions Programme.

In the lead up to this, January 2020 sees the beginning of an 18 month partnership project with WHALE Arts, pupils & staff at Sighthill Primary and S3 pupils at WHEC, focussing on creative skills and confidence through weekly sessions in and out of school, exploring art making and programming.

In addition, workshops and days-out facilitated with local community organisations and youth agencies are engaging adults, children and families throughout the 2 years, exploring art making and programming, and the developing Wester Hailes 2021 commission.

This work is supported by the PLACE Programme: Platforms for Creative Excellence; a partnership between Edinburgh Festivals, Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and Creative Scotland.

 

Art Early

Inspired by our popular Art Late series of after-hours gallery tours and performances during the festival, Art Early invites families with children of all ages to explore our festival commissions and partner exhibitions. Families join us for a morning tour of festival venues, with art activities along the way; taking the art onto the street and exploring ideas in a fresh light.

 

Explorers

Explorers is our programme of weekly workshops and events for children, families and young people, taking place throughout the festival. Explorers Outdoors uses Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden and Bobby Niven’s 2017 commission Palm House, as a venue for nature-inspired art activities and exploration. Explorers at the Central Library offers a two-hour workshop making and exploring through a range of artists’ ideas and processes.

 

Access

Each year we deliver an Audio Described Tour for visually impaired audiences incorporating support for physical access needs, which takes participants on a tour of some of our partner galleries and commissions. We also offer a Deaf-led BSL Tour for British Sign Language users. Hearing loops can be provided on request for any bespoke tour.

In 2019 we began work on programming events for adults with additional support needs and hope to build on this in the coming years.  If you would like to attend or arrange an event with us for an ASN group or client base, please get in touch.

If you would like to be added to our direct mailing list for a specific access event, please get in touch by emailing learning@edinburghartfestival.com, or phoning our office on 0131 226 6558.

As part of our partnership with Euan’s Guide, we launch a dedicated page each year for the Edinburgh Art Festival bringing together accessibility information on all our partner venues and Commissions Programme.  You can find out more, and read our annual accessibility statement here.

 

Bespoke Tours, Workshops and Days Out

Every year, we tailor events for community groups and organisations to visit the festival. Usually this includes a tour of one or two commissions and partner exhibitions, followed by a creative hands-on or discursive workshop.

Annually, we work with WHALE Arts and North Edinburgh Arts to co-deliver a summer programme of festival themed workshops for children and families, culminating in a creative, Art Festival day out for all ages. To request an Edinburgh Art Festival tour &/or workshop event for your group in 2020/21, please contact learning@edinburghartfestival.com.