Community Outreach – Cross Generational Project
December 2006 – May 2007
The ‘Edinburgh Shawl’ Cross-generational Project 2007, was a collaborative community outreach project delivered by The Fruitmarket Gallery, The City of Edinburgh Council Community Learning Department and Granton Youth Centre. The project involved two groups; the Ways of Seeing Group, an over 60’s group and the Granton Youth Centre Young Women’s Group, both from the Pilton area of Edinburgh.
The groups worked with artist Julia Douglas and freelance gallery educator Mary Keegan to undertake research into contemporary art, gender, womanhood and the body. This research informed the group’s practical work which resulted in the production of a felted shawl, referencing the shawl collection at Paisely Museum, and in particular the ‘kirking shawl’ traditionally worn by a new mother on the way to church to ‘cleanse’ herself after childbirth.