Open Space @ the Broomhouse Hub: a creative community approach in a Covid era.

We are looking for artists to work collaboratively with our local community to design our external spaces.

About Us:

We are a community development trust, run by local people, offering support across the ages, providing dynamic services and supporting community-led development in Broomhouse, Parkhead and Sighthill – one of the areas of highest deprivation in Edinburgh.

Following a successful fundraising campaign, the new hub, formerly known as the Broomhouse Centre and renamed Space & Broomhouse Hub, opened its doors to the public in autumn 2019. With the new building complete, our attention is now focusing on the external spaces; the café garden, the inner courtyard, and the front of the building known as the civic space.

The Project:

In the summer of 2020 in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, flags by artist Peter Liversidge were installed in cultural venues and institutions across Edinburgh including Space & Broomhouse Hub. Part of the Edinburgh Art Festival programme, the flags, all bearing the simple message “HELLO”, were a form of collective greeting to visitors and inhabitants of the city after lockdown.

We would like this welcome message to be the inspiration for the community art programme; how can we create a space that local people can truly call their own and where they feel welcomed?

We are looking for an artist or artist collective who can undertake genuine consultation with the community including those not currently using the centre as well as our regular users. Whilst we are keen for the artist(s) to prioritise engaging with two core groups in the co-design of the spaces: our Youth Services and Beacon Club (supporting elderly people with dementia). We would also like the artist to find a way of engaging meaningfully with the community more widely.

Key details:

Download the full brief HERE

To apply, please submit the following in a single PDF, max 5MB, to Juliet Dean, project manager:

* Details of relevant experience and a statement on why this commission interests you, how you might approach the project and what you would bring to it (max 750 words)
* Up to 8 images of your work
* CV and artist statement

Deadline for applications: Sunday 8th November 2020 at 23:55.


Picture credit:  Peter Liversidge – Flags for Edinburgh, 2013. Photo: Stuart Armitt. Courtesy: the artist and Edinburgh Art Festival