Creativity Boost in Muirhouse!

January 19, 2017


If you fancy getting creative in 2017 then the place to be is at North Edinburgh Arts at the Muirhouse Shopping Centre, recently given a boost by Creative Scotland, NHS Lothian and the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation!

Building on their successful ‘Collectors, ‘Pimp your Roost’ and ‘Forth Plinth’ projects in the area, artists Hans Clausen and Lindsay Perth will be developing a 14 month series of fun collaborative community projects and artworks, helping to make common links between the new building and its neighbours, staff and users.

The ‘Arcadeum’ artists are based in a City of Edinburgh-lent satellite studio and exhibition shop space in the shopping arcade, next door to NEA and new health centre site.  Collaborative work with local residents, young people, alongside NHS staff and patients will be sited in and around the new health & social care centre.

Contributing to the development of socially engaged approaches to the arts in a healthcare setting, these projects and commissions are central to a sense of ownership for locals at a time of intense change and place-making in Muirhouse – with new housing developments and redesign of public spaces.

Brian Houston, Chair of NHS Lothian Board and Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation: commented: “This arts engagement project is a great example of partnership working for the community of the new integrated health and social care centre. We are delighted to be supporting these innovative activities, such as the recent birdhouses project Roost which I also enjoyed contributing to, with a little help from my grand-daughter”.

Susan Grant, Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation Arts Manager added: “We are delighted that Creative Scotland have joined North Edinburgh Arts, NHS Lothian, Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation and City of Edinburgh Council in supporting this project, engaging North West Edinburgh communities and NHS staff in great participatory projects and quality collaborative artworks for the new centre”.

The project is managed by North Edinburgh Arts, with co-management from the ELHF arts team at NHS Lothian and support from Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and project partners from new, integrated services of NHS Lothian and the City of Edinburgh Council in the Edinburgh Health & Social Care Partnership.

Further info:

Hans Clausen With twenty years of social work and health care experience pre-dating his art career, developing participatory and socially engaged practice has been a natural evolution for Hans Clausen. Since graduating from Art College he has had the opportunity to hone this practice in a variety of institutional artist residencies in schools and hospitals, and in urban and rural communities. These experiences have helped to develop his roles as visual artist and maker with that of facilitator, communicator, educator and curator.

Lindsay Perth is an Edinburgh-based Artist and Photographer. Canadian born, Lindsay has lived in Scotland since 1986. She has exhibited and curated artwork nationally and internationally and worked with arts organisations across Scotland for 18 years as a socially-engaged artist. Lindsay’s arts practice is interested in the tensions presented by moving boundaries and situations of change. Although mostly lens-based Perth’s work is interdisciplinary and includes performance, text-based work, moving image and installation.

In 2011-13 Perth was Visual Artist in Residence at NHS Forth Valley until and produced artworks such as ‘A Sense of Someplace’ and film ‘One Hundred Blinks‘. Recent projects include Stirling Community Hospital Art Commission and Ethel Maude.

North Edinburgh Arts: Creating the space where people can. North Edinburgh Arts offers local residents a place to relax, explore, learn, meet, share, volunteer and have fun in. Last year over 30,000 visits were made to the venue that ‘floats like a bright bubble behind the Muirhouse shopping centre‘ (STV Local).

Over 17 hours of creative workshops are on offer each week, most with a family focus, alongside a wide range of other events from singing groups, to dance shows, circus skills workshops, community theatre to film clubs. Our award winning venue incorporates two studios, a 96 seat theatre, recording studio, gallery, offices and a café with children’s play area leading onto a large garden. NEA offers a safe, comfortable and creative space for people of all ages to develop within, in what can otherwise be a harsh physical and social environment.

Edinburgh & Lothian Health Foundation invests in the promotion of better health and wellbeing across Edinburgh and the Lothians, including an Arts in Health and Wellbeing programme which aims to improve and support the health and wellbeing of staff, patients and visitors provision of high quality arts and creativity patient experiences and healthcare environments. The programme includes a 3000-strong art collection, a participatory and live arts activities programme and high-quality arts commissions.

NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the second largest residential population in Scotland – circa 800,000 people.

The North West Edinburgh Partnership Centre is a £12.1 million joint development between NHS Lothian and the City of Edinburgh Council. It will bring increased health and social care services for the local community, including new GP accommodation and additional physiotherapy, podiatry, dentistry and child health services