This is a Creative Inquiry.

Date of Activity: January – September 2021
Location: Across Scotland, Online, International
Age Range: 14-25

RESURGENCE was a Scottish and international creative inquiry into the public concern of inequality, to support the recovery and renewal of youth arts provision as it emerged from the confines of the pandemic. Spearheaded by three Revolution Collectives of young artists and one Evolution Collective of creative professionals, RESURGENCE gathered evidence, gave testimony and made recommendations in artistic form, for greater equity in the arts and wider society.

The foundations of RESURGENCE were rooted in anti-racism and activism, emotional health and wellbeing, equity and social justice. Working in partnership with Intercultural Youth Scotland, Pure Potential Scotland, International Teaching Artist Collaborative, The Indra Congress and Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, RESURGENCE was layered with artistic opportunity, learning and training, international collaboration and public platforms for the growth and transformation of the sector.

Visit the online digital portfolio to view the work created by the collectives, as well as the training opportunities that were interlaced throughout the project:

“[The] centralisation of wellbeing and care in the project, and how important a part of the creative process that is [has been inspiring]. I would never have mixed personal life and working life before, but I’ve realised that I need to, to take care of myself and my wellbeing in order to do the creative work.”

Hannah Nimmo, Revolution Collective participant

Part of the project involved the development of a podcast – RESURGENCE Recommends – a mini-series of interviews and conversations with young artists, freelancers and project partners involved in the project. It sought to encompass all the unique voices collaborating, documenting every individual’s intersectional perspective on their creative journey. Listen to a snippet…

Listen to all the RESURGENCE Recommends episodes via the online digital portfolio


Chaya Gupta
Craig-Felix Howie
Drew Gill
Hannah Nimmo
Kayleigh MacDonald
Keira Smith
Laura J Milton
Lee Fleeting
Masimba Matsvayi
Oluwaferanmi Oluwadayomi
Quentin Lucien Felix Wallace
Róisín Fredrick
Toni Akintunde

Creative Team

Abigail Webster – RESURGENCE Project Coordinator
Adam Bowers – Digital Production Manager
Andrew Gallagher – Trainee Arts Leader
Beth Shapeero – Creative Collaborator
Chidera David Chukwujekwu – Creative Collaborator
Dr Rachael Jacobs – Workshop Facilitator
Eric Booth – Workshop Facilitator
Eriel Huang – Workshop Facilitator
Esla Wuya – Trainee Arts Leader
Fin Ross Russell – Creative Collaborator
Hannah Yahya Hassan – Trainee Arts Leader
Indra Wilson – Trainee Arts Leader
Ines Sanguinetti – Workshop Facilitator
Lucas Chih-Peng Kao – Filmmaker
Miss Jay Woods – Workshop Facilitator
Myfanwy Morgan – Trainee Producer
Raisah Ahmed – Workshop Facilitator
Ron Russell – Workshop Facilitator

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