I am seeking art submissions from refugees and asylum seekers living in the UK who are older than 18 years of age and have been living in the UK for 5 years or fewer. Submit your artwork for the exhibition now by e-mailing R.Salzano@napier.ac.uk. Follow the prompt below and set your artistic side free! Take a look at the "Project Updates" page to view some examples of art, photographs and other types of art, that might be submitted.
Take a photo or create a piece of art that represents why you use the public library.
If the ways you use the public library have changed since you came to the UK, please also take a photo or create a piece of art that represents why the ways you use the public library have changed.
You can submit as many photos and pieces of artwork as you like.
Be sure to download, sign, and attach the consent form at the bottom of this post to your submission e-mail. Once you submit a piece of artwork Rachel will work with you to confirm the story behind your piece. Prizes will be awarded based on public voting (keep an eye on this website for further updates).
Please try to submit your artwork by June 21, 2021 to allow time for the exhibition to be finalised for a July unveiling.
Why Use the Public Library is a public engagement project that is part of the PhD work of Rachel Salzano. The aim of this project is to engage the public with research on the relationship between culture and public library use. This will be done through the creation of an art exhibition, showcasing the perspectives of refugees and asylum seekers in Edinburgh.
Participants will provide photographs or other visual art as artefacts representing why they use the public library. These artefacts will be paired with the stories behind them to become an online (an eventually in-person) exhibition. The exhibition will be co-created by participants and the final exhibition will be available for the broader community to view. The Edinburgh community will be able to engage with the artwork through comments sections of the online exhibition (moderated by the researcher) on the hosting website and vote for favourite pieces of artwork (example category: Favourite Colour Scheme). Prizes will be awarded to participants based on these public votes. The community will also be able to view the art in an in-person exhibit when current regulations allow.
The goal for this project is to help bring communities in Edinburgh together and spark conversation between community members and public library providers. Stay tuned to this page for more blog posts about the project and keep an eye on the 'Project Updates' for information about recruitment and examples of art created for the project.
Rachel Salzano is a PhD student at Edinburgh Napier University. In her spare time she enjoys crocheting, drawing, reading, and collecting public library memberships. She hopes that her research will help bring together public library providers and their communities to enhance public library service provision.