Image credit: DIY Art Launch, EAF23. Photo: Chris Scott

Civic Engagement

Beginning in 2018, the Civic Engagement Programme is a year-round collaboration of artists, individuals and communities who are finding alternative ways to resist through the arts, and innovating safer, more accessible and engaging programming during periods of social change.

EAF’s continued evolution is built upon cultivating relationships with communities through trauma-informed approaches, which centre lived experience, and amplify voices from groups who have historically been excluded from public spaces and creative sectors. This has allowed us to create a range of intersectional projects and form ongoing creative collaborations with new and ongoing partnerships, including projects with our Wester Hailes Adult Art Group, SCORE Scotland, LGBT Youth Scotland, Rhubaba and other groups dedicated to social justice and art accessibility. 

For EAF24, we have programmed a series of events with local groups, partners, organisations, and charities.

Edinburgh Deaf Festival

EAF and partner galleries are proud to collaborate with Edinburgh Deaf Festival. It is an accessible celebration of deaf culture, language, and heritage through 9 – 18 August 2024. Our tours will be performed in BSL with an interpreter providing an English voiceover. 

For more information on Edinburgh Deaf Festival  — see

Our Civic Engagement programme is supported by the PLACE Programme, a partnership between Edinburgh Festivals, Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and Creative Scotland.

Image credit: DIY Art Launch, EAF23. Photo: Chris Scott