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Welcome to the Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF) Community Engagement blog! A site dedicated to showcasing our year-round creative work with groups, communities and schools in Edinburgh. 


As well as our year-round work, from 2019-2022 we have a special partnership project, building relationships in the Wester Hailes community, working with WHALE Arts, a community-led arts charity and social enterprise, and cultural anchor organisation for the area, whose mission is to be the creative heart of a vibrant, thriving community. Collaboratively we support community engagement in contemporary visual art in Wester Hailes, working towards a social artwork commission by Jeanne van Heeswijk, an artist committed to long-scale community-embedded projects. The project has co-creation with the community at its heart, and through activities and dialogue with community organisations, residents of all ages and local schools, explores fundamental local issues.

Find out more about our wider learning and engagement programme on our festival website here.

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Image Description: Kate Temple leading a workshop outdoors around a crafting table.

Image credit: Sally Jubb Photography.

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