The Edinburgh Police Box Festival last weekend was the first festival of its kind. Eleven old police boxes around the city opened their doors as miniature venues for food, charity and art shows, receiving positive coverage from The Spurtle, The Edinburgh Evening News, STV and others.
I was delighted to be asked to design the festival map, and to be given a space in the Leith Walk police box to exhibit some of my work over the weekend. Thanks to Simon Baker for taking photographs.
Below: an interactive map of Scotland asking ‘What kind of place would you like to live in?’ added to by the public over the weekend. Responses included: ‘A green and sunny place’, ‘Food to be a human right’, ‘Equal’, ‘Independent’, and my favourite, ‘I want to live in a sofa bed’.
Tonight two special edition illustrations were awarded as Honorary Membership gifts at a Saltire Society ceremony in Edinburgh. The recipients, Douglas Eadie and Jim Wilson, were being celebrated for their contribution to Scottish film and the cultural life of the country.
It was an honour to be asked to make these awards, and special thanks go to Evergreen Studios for their craftsmanship on the handmade elm frames.
The original artwork was ‘Nothing but Heather‘, a map inspired by the poetry of Hugh MacDiarmid.
The former Yes shop at no. 7 Easter Road in Edinburgh has kindly given me a window space for my map prints and referendum-themed greetings cards. These include prints of the Edinburgh Old Town, Imagining Scotland and March on Calton Hill, as well as greetings cards of the latter two. The gallery also stocks many great independence-related books such as Lesley Riddoch’s Blossom and National Collective’s creative volume, Inspired by Independence. Visit the Free Space website here.