3 inspirational works of art
3 communities
3 visions of a better world


This major initiative was launched at the Scottish Parliament in February 2008, as a follow-up to the original project in 2003-4. It aims to find ways to make works in the National Galleries of Scotland's collection more directly relevant to communities living in contemporary Edinburgh.

Three visionary works of art were chosen -

•    Marcel Broodthaers’ surreal sculpture La Tour Visuelle, 1966
•    George Seurat’s post-impressionist landscape La Luzerne, Saint-Denis, 1885
•    James Edgar’s portrait of preacher and philanthropist  Rev. Thomas Guthrie, 1862

Inspired by these challenging works of art, Parallel Lives 2 offered its participants the opportunity to express their views on contemporary life. Groups of participants from Leith, North and West Edinburgh worked with artists to produce creative responses that give shape and form to their views on current social issues.

Parallel Lives 2 is a partnership project with Edinburgh’s Capital City Partnership, Edinburgh Neighbourhood Partnerships, WHALE Arts Agency, Out of the Blue Arts and Education Trust and North Edinburgh Arts Centre.

The exhibition is currently on tour the partner venues:

WHALE 26 Februrary-27 March 2009
North Edinburgh Arts Centre 2 April-5 May 2009.

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

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