Special event Adults

Wikipedia Editathon | Collecting Contemporary Scottish Artists of Colour

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  • Wednesday 12 October, 12–4pm

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Join us for a Wikipedia Editathon jointly run by Fruitmarket and National Galleries of Scotland, focusing on improving the pages on contemporary Scottish artists of colour. The event will begin with a behind the scenes tour of the Modern Two print rooms with librarian Kerry Watson, discussing the gallery’s drive to diversify its print collection and what is involved in the acquisition process. This will lead into Wikipedia training introduced by artist and cultural practitioner Tanatsei Gambura and run by Sara Thomas (Scotland Programme Coordinator for Wikimedia UK), who have both been working with the Fruitmarket since 2021 on a project aimed at improving the representation of creative people of colour on Wikipedia.

Wikipedia is the fifth most visited website in the world, a source of free and accessible information, but people of colour are underrepresented in both its content and among its editors. During past Editathons, the Fruitmarket has been working on addressing the passive and active erasure of the creative work of people of colour – historical and current – in our community. This event seeks to bring together this ongoing work with the acquisitions currently being undertaken by the National Galleries of Scotland.

No previous Wikipedia editing experience is required as Sara will teach us the essential digital editing skills.

We ask participants to:

  • ·Create a Wikipedia account in advance if you don‘t already have one.
  • Bring your own laptop (preferable to a tablet or phone), fully charged or with a pat tested charging cable.
  • Bring your lunch (or use the gallery café). Tea, coffee and snacks will be provided.
  • Enrol on the Event Dashboard (link to be sent to participants before the event)
  • Do some research in advance, though books and other research materials will be provided.
  • Visit the Fruitmarket’s project page.

Outline of the afternoon

  • 12–1pm visit to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art print room
  • 1–1.45pm lunch break
  • 1.45–4pm training and editing

People of colour particularly welcome. If you have any access needs, please contact Vasilis Mitrakas ([email protected]) prior to the event.

Mirrored image of the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle on the hill in the background from the archive of Swedish Cultural Commons. Overlayed by the image Beach in Light Beige Tone by Diana Akhmetianova, accessed via Base Image. Artwork by Tanatsei Gambura.

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