What it’s like to live, in different parts of Scotland

CONVERSATIONS with various groups of people on what it’s like living in different parts of Scotland are forming the basis of an exhibition opening from tomorrow in Dundee.

The exhibition, What if…?/Scotland, was initially scheduled to feature last year at the world-famous Venice Biennale festival.

And now it is being re-located to the Dundee V&A museum.

The exhibition has been put together by Edinburgh-based 7N Architects, in partnership with the arms-length government agency, Architecture and Design Scotland. It was on the Biennale theme, How will we live together?

It takes place between tomorrow and November 21, and entrance is free.

Says a A+DS media release (here): “At the start of 2020 and prior to the first nationwide lockdown, 7N paired 25 people from five places: Wester Hailes in Edinburgh, Paisley in Renfrewshire, Annan in Dumfries and Galloway, Elgin in Morayshire, and Lerwick in Shetland – with 25 designers, architects, and artists – to share their hopes, dreams or wishes for the future of the place where they live.

“The architects and designers then used these wishes to begin exploring ideas in response to the community challenges being faced.

“As we emerge from the latest [Covid pandemic] lockdown, the notion of people in Scotland’s communities coming together to plan for a better future has never been more important.

“This collaborative process has been captured in a series of short films by filmmaker, Basharat Khan, forming the narrative focus of the exhibition.

“The stories of each place, as told by its citizens and set within the rich and varied landscapes of rural and urban Scotland, are presented in an immersive environment designed by 7N Architects with [design studio] O Street, with spaces for reflection and inspiration.”

Picture: Annan

Picture credit: Bash Art Creative

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