Dr Morgan Currie is the PI on the research ‘The Culture and Communities Mapping project’ and consists in developing a cultural map based on culture providers in the city of Edinburgh on a first stage of dissemination. My role has been to set up the cartographic information, building up the datasets and the wide range of categories based on participatory workshops and what we call ‘The Itinerant map’. The research design embeds knowledge exchange with local cultural producers in all activities to ensure outputs have relevance to Edinburgh’s diverse cultural communities. One of the primary findings consists in that each city could develop a particular Cultural map, dependent on the city vocation, which in the case of Edinburgh, temporal events such as Festivals it has an important role, along churches as flexible spaces, open spaces where multiple activities are taking place, community gardens, and so on. Finally, by overlapping communities in need and cultural opportunities, it is interesting to highlight how unrecognised places, such as Whale Arts centre, North Art Edinburgh, Craigmillar community centre, Out of the Blue and some others, are considered by cultural providers as Cultural Hubs, where performance, different kind of crafted arts and digital producers can find not only space to develop professionally, but also interact with communities in need.
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Itinerant map at the event 'What can we do to make great physical performance in Scotland?' run by Articulation at the Summer Hall on February 25th.
Source: Melisa Miranda, personal archive.
Workshop at the Story telling centre on February 23rd. Here participants are discussing missing places and new categories for the map