BLM Mural Trail (Edinburgh)

 

In response to a recent international outpouring of support for Black Lives Matter, Scotland’s Black and Asian artists are stepping up. As part of a Scotland wide Black Lives Matter Mural Trail artworks displayed on multiple arts venues and sites across Edinburgh.

Art is powerful and at a time when all Scotland’s venues are closed for the foreseeable future, they can still have a voice by offering their walls and doors to be used for this dramatic, vital statement of support for Black Lives Matter.

The artworks – colourful, challenging, moving, powerful and diverse – inspired by the themes of I Can’t Breathe and Black Lives Matter, have been created by artists from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, all living in Scotland.

In a variety of media including painting, photography, video and digital art, in a wide range of styles, including fine art, street art, text, illustrative and abstract. The artists come from a wide range of backgrounds, some trained, some self-taught, combining youth and experience, individuals and artist collectives – all uniquely talented. All large scale and hard to miss!

All photos: (c) Dode Allen

Rudy Kanhye (Queens Hall) – All Lies Matter
The problem of police brutality in Black and Brown communities has become a very frustrating issue. Part of the reason for exasperation lies with the fact… More…
Jeda Pearl Lewis (Museum of Edinburgh) – Beloved Black
Jeda Pearl is a Scottish-Jamaican writer & poet and a Programme Manager for the Scottish BAME Writers Network. More…
Tayo Adekunle (Storytelling Centre) – History Not Fashion
Tayo Adekunle is a British Nigerian photographer based in Edinburgh. Working a lot with selfportraiture… More…
Beatrice Ajayi – (Museum of Childhood) – Croi Croga
With a West African heritage, fine artist and illustrator BeatriceAjayi was born in Scotland. More…
Ayo Adedeji (The Quaker Meeting House)
Ayo Adedeji was born In Lagos, Nigeria and moved to the UK at one year old. A self-taught artist, based in Edinburgh… More…
Kokumo Fadeke Rocks (The Writers’ Museum)
Kokumo was raised in Cowdenbeath. She describes herself as an African/Asian /Scottish writer and performance poet… More…
Jamal Yussuff-Adelakun (The Hub) – I can’t breathe
This series of photographs was taken by photographer Jamal Yussuff-Adelakun, a British born Nigerian… More…
Shona Hardie (Dance Base) – Rhythm & Blues
Inspired by the powerful quote from musician and activist Amanda Seales… More…
Neon Requiem (Lyceum Theatre)
These three complementary pieces are portraits of the artist’s grandmother and great aunts. More…
Abz Mills (The Usher Hall) – Scotland’s Call
Abigail Mills aka Abz, is a queer Scottish-Jamaican tattoo and graffiti artist from Kirkcaldy. More…
Various Musicians (The Usher Hall)
The musical lyrics of various Black and Asian Scottish artists speak to their lived experience of living in Scotland. More…
Annie George (Traverse Theatre) – Home is Not the Place
Annie is an Edinburgh-based writer, theatremaker and occasional filmmaker, who was born in Kerala India… More…
Ross Blair (Lower Gilmore Place) – Frederick Douglass
This mural at Lower Gilmore Place, exhibits a powerful portrait of Frederick Douglass, the former slave who became… More…
Adebusola Ramsay (Edinburgh Printmakers) – Obfuscation of Reality Upholds White Supremacy, 2020
Adebusola Ramsay, born in Lagos, Nigeria, lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. More…
Tony Kalisa (Edinburgh Playhouse) – United We Stand
Tony Brown Kalisa is an 18-year-old self-taught graphic artist, born in Uganda he has called Edinburgh his home… More…
Farah Nazley (North Edinburgh Arts) – Full Stop
Farah is an Edinburgh artist who works in watercolour, acrylic, pastel, collage and charcoal. More…
Saoirse Amira Anis (Jupiter Artland) – We Can Still Dance
Saoirse’s creative process is inspired by her fascination with interconnectedness and movement in both everyday life… More…

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