Social Art Edinburgh is an independent project started in collaboration with ArtRipples, a creative collective based in Edinburgh. My name is Elisa Guietti, and together with few amazing collaborators, I have created and developed this project, aiming to offer the opportunity to interact with art to everyone.
WHAT IS SOCIAL ART? Social art is considered a new and experimental form of healing. It helps to remove the obstacles that prevent people from being all they can be, enabling them to realise their full potential. Also it represents a way to bring the community together and to connect people with each other.
OUR AIMS The main aim is to improve communities and society as a whole. Through social art events we want to generate a sense of awareness and a positive and nurturing environment.
The project seeks to reach people that are not normally involved in creative activities. We believe that art creates a connection with our inner self, and it helps us to develop consciousness and happiness. Everyone should be encouraged to experience it without being intimidated. Art is for everyone, it is not a privilege for few selected people, we are all creative.
OUR APPROACH Our events provide the opportunity to experiment creativity and to interact with art in a very informal and positive way. They are normally planned in unusual locations, like pubs, cafes and shopping centres, in order to make art more accessible to everyone.
POSITIVE IMPACTS People will develop confidence and self esteem, they will push their limitations by doing something they probably thought for all their life they were not able to do: creating a painting.
The practice of painting and colouring allows us to unlock that creative potential that we all possess. It helps people to stay in the present, relieves anxiety and tension, and allows our imagination to run free.