Getting Involved
We invited four youth groups from socially excluded areas in Edinburgh to produce photographs in response to historical paintings in the National Galleries of Scotland’s collection.

Inspired to Create
Having chosen a painting and researched its original meaning, each group then updated the image to reflect their contemporary lives. Collaborating with an artist, the participants produced a large-scale digital photograph featuring their re-enactment of their chosen picture.

Exhibiting the Work
An acclaimed exhibition of the work created by the young people was shown in venues in their local areas (including a supermarket), as well as at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. A strong social impact was made by the contrast of the old and new works on display side by side, and in the representation of the participants’ images in the Gallery. The project proved that historical paintings could captivate the minds of young people who may never have visited an art gallery.