Oct 212020
 

Museum of Edinburgh, 142-146 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DD

A newly commissioned poem written by Edinburgh based poet Jeda Pearl Lewis, titled ‘Beloved Black’ the text begins

Black is the absorption of all visible light
You are life
You are the scattered dust of stars, full-spectrum,
generating the cosmos throughout spacetime
You are a gift

Jeda Pearl is a Scottish-Jamaican writer & poet and a Programme Manager for the Scottish BAME Writers Network. In 2019, she was awarded Cove Park’s Emerging Writer Residency and shortlisted for the Bridge Awards. Her writing is published by TSS Publishing, Momaya Press, Tapsalteerie
and Shoreline of Infinity.

Jeda Pearl Lewis

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Oct 212020
 

Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SR

Tayo Adekunle is a British Nigerian photographer based in Edinburgh. Working a lot with selfportraiture, she uses her work to explore issues surrounding race, gender and sexuality as well as racial and colonial history.

Her work is centred around reworkings of historical tropes relating to the black female body, taking from contexts that include art historical paintings and sculptures as well as 19th-century colonial photography. By placing historical imagery in a contemporary context, the relationship between the treatment of the black female body in the past and its treatment in the present day is explored.

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Museum of Childhood, 42 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TG

With a West African heritage, fine artist and illustrator Beatrice Ajayi was born in Scotland. Having both cultures laced through her upbringing gave her a perspective that is creative, refreshing and unique. There is a freedom of expression that entwines an endless supply of narrative. As a child, she spent most of her time drawing writing stories, dancing and singing her own songs. After completing an Art Foundation course at Croydon College in Surrey, she went on to do a BA (Hons) Degree at Nottingham Trent University.

Beatrice’s work has been described as both “engaging and daring”, and been exhibited in galleries across the UK. Since her early teens, she has continued to develop her unique style as a fine artist and illustrator.
This new piece, in a style she describes as African Anime, was specially designed for the Mural Trail and is inspired by her experience of growing up as a Black Scottish child.

Beatrice Ajayi

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Oct 212020
 

The Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL

Ayo Adedeji was born In Lagos, Nigeria and moved to the UK at one year old. A self-taught artist, based in Edinburgh. Ayo creates his images using traditional graphite pencils, charcoal and transfers these images onto various digital platforms.

Ayo Adedeji

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Oct 212020
 

The Writers’ Museum, Lawnmarket, Lady Stair’s Cl, Edinburgh EH1 2PA

Kokumo was raised in Cowdenbeath. She describes herself as an African/Asian /Scottish writer and performance poet and has performed in the UK, USA, India and Africa. Her collections Bad Ass Raindrop (2002), Stolen From Africa (2007), and Happily Drowning (2019) were published by Luath Press.

This exhibit showcases two poems written by Kokomo Fadeke Rocks titled ‘Stolen From Africa’ and ‘See You, See Me’.

Kokumo Fadeke Rocks

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Oct 212020
 

Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge St, Edinburgh EH1 2ED

Annie is an Edinburgh-based writer, theatremaker and occasional filmmaker, who was born in Kerala India, and has worked in Scottish theatre since 1991. She was awarded the Ignite Fellowship 2019 (Scottish Book Trust) and the 2016 Inspiring Scotland Bursary.

Recent productions include ‘Twa’, a collaboration with visual artist Flore Gardner, and the solo shows ‘Home is Not the Place’ and ‘The Bridge’. She has worked with numerous artists and organisations including Magnetic North, Mara Menzies and Stellar Quines, and was Actor/Producer in the late ‘90s, with Fringe-First winning CAT. A. Theatre Company

Annie George

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Oct 212020
 

Lower Gilmore Place, Edinburgh

This mural at Lower Gilmore Place, exhibits a powerful portrait of Frederick Douglass, the former slave who became one of the most prestigious antislavery agents of his time. The building is the location in which Fredrick Douglass resident while in Edinburgh in 1846, eight years after escaping the brutal regime of his owner on a plantation in Maryland.

Following his escape, Douglass became a leading light in the US abolitionist movement and was sent to Great Britain on a speaking tour.

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Edinburgh Printmakers, Castle Mills, 1 Dundee St, Edinburgh EH3 9FP

Adebusola Ramsay, born in Lagos, Nigeria, lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. She is an abstract artist, whose practice has developed over the last 20 years. Her art takes form in painting and printmaking, working mostly with acrylics and features evocative colour contrast and textural detail. She explores different forms of mark-making to create new perspectives in irregular line and colour patterns.

Obfuscation was painted reflecting on how we are conditioned into certain ways of thinking and how our current oppressive modes of social ordering came to be and are maintained.

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Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3AA

Tony Brown Kalisa is an 18-year-old self-taught graphic artist, born in Uganda he has called Edinburgh his home for 4 years. His style utilities a variety of images and techniques to build a design made up of many layers. Tony’s creative practice is continually inspired by his mother who raised him as a single parent with African values in a western context.

His artwork was inspired by the various protest that happened across the world in response to the killing of George Floyd and in support of Black Lives Matter and the fact that this show of solidarity was lead by young people of all races.

Tony Kalisa with his mum.

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North Edinburgh Arts, 15a Pennywell Rd, Edinburgh EH4 4TZ

Farah is an Edinburgh artist who works in watercolour, acrylic, pastel, collage and charcoal. As a disabled woman of South East Asian heritage, Farah has lived experience of racism and discrimination which is often reflected in her work. In 2019 her work featured in the Out of Sight, Out of Mind exhibition at Summerhall.

Farah Nazley

Her artwork calls for an end to racism. Full Stop!

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Rosa assisting the artist.
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