Small local acts of artivism through lockdown.
Date of Activity: June – July 2020
Location: East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow, Highlands, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire
Age Range: 14-17
Prevailing lockdowns throughout 2020 had a huge impact on all aspects of life, not least on mental health and wellbeing. Quaranteen empowered young artists from across the country to make work combatting those effects in their communities by creating small, local acts of artivism to bring joy, reflection and connection.
Throughout June and July, the group of young artists began to collaborate online and share in the practices of five leading arts-activists, through inspiring masterclasses and provocations. Simultaneously, project partners Pure Potential Scotland provided group resilience training and individual counselling for the young artists. What evolved was a much deeper intersection between the art making and the wellbeing conversations, each inspiring the other as the project progressed.
The project was committed to supporting young people who were most in need, providing them with creative strategies to build their personal mental health, focused around the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ – Connect, Be Active, Keep Learning, Take Notice, Give.
“At Scottish Youth Theatre, we work with inspiring young artists all the time, so I was not surprised by the talent, the commitment or the strong political voices of these artivists. What did surprise me, time and again, was their powerful, radical kindness, towards each other, their communities and the world.”Ryan Hay, Project Coordinator
Ewan ‘The Tapeman’
Heather Marshall – Lead Artivist
Jack Stancliffe – Lead Artivist
Lilian Ptacek – Lead Artivist
Nadine Aisha Jassat – Lead Artivist
Ross Mackay – Lead Artivist