The Fruitmarket Gallery, Connecting Communities programme delivers a range of creative projects and events with diverse community groups with a focus on those who are ‘easy to ignore’. The programme includes long-term co-production projects with disadvantaged young people working with artists; work with schools in areas of multiple deprivation using creativity to help close the poverty related attainment gap; projects with adult community groups; and supporting groups to use the gallery as a community space by hosting and partnering on their projects and events.
The Connecting Communities programme includes the following strands:
Youth Community Programme
The Connecting Communities, Youth Programme is made up of creative workshop sessions working with young people aged 10 – 25 who are socially and economically disadvantaged, who are NEET, from BAME communities, have experience of mental health issues, anxiety, Aspergers or Austism. Our youth programme is designed and delivered in partnership with community groups to provide routes for long-term engagement with art that enables the development of personal and professional skills and supports positive progression into education, training and employment.
The Youth Programme supports a part-time paid youth trainee to work alongside artists, this specific trainee position is open to young people with personal experience of equality and diversity issues.
Our most recent project Time Travel is a partnership project with The Fruitmarket Gallery, WHALE Arts, Screen Education Edinburgh and Edinburgh International Festival, working alongside young people aged 8 – 12 from Wester Hailes and Sighthill.
Adult Community Programme
The Connecting Communities programme includes free events and projects for adults delivered in partnership with a range of organisations including: LGBT Health and Wellbeing Centre, Africa in Motion Film Festival, Artlink Vintage Club and The Crannie.
Our most recent project Making Memories is a partnership project between The Fruitmarket Gallery, The Crannie, a new community space managed by Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust and Edinburgh International Festival.
SmART Thinking Schools Programme
The SmART Thinking Schools Programme delivers creative work with schools in socially and economically deprived areas including Pilton and Muirhouse, delivered in partnership with Craigroyston Community High School and St Davids RC Primary School.