On Monday June 20, 2022 this project's art exhibition, with the title "Why Public Libraries?", opened at the Wester-Hailes Public Library in Edinburgh Scotland. Consisting of four pieces of artwork, the exhibition opening was part of Refugee Festival Scotland, which began on June 17, 2022. The theme of Refugee Festival Scotland 2022 is storytelling, which fits the goal of this project: to share the stories of people seeking sanctuary and their experiences with libraries.
The art exhibition will remain at Wester-Hailes Public Library in Edinburgh until July 20, 2022. If you can't make it to Edinburgh, never fear! The exhibition artwork and descriptions will also be displayed here on their own page under a tab labeled "Why Public Libraries?" from July 20, 2022 onwards.
Thank you to the amazing artists who submitted their work to the exhibition, and wrote such powerful words about their relationship with their libraries. If you are interested in contacting the artists, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and she will inform the artists of your interest in their work. If you want to submit your own work to be included in the online exhibition, contact the same email or use the contact form page.
Thank you all who have followed this projects journey. Thank you to the artists who shared their work and their stories. Thank you to the Scottish Refugee Council and the Edinburgh Public Libraries for facilitating a physical exhibition.
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.