Southsiders: Portrait of a Community is an artistic project by Peter Dibdin using both photography and audio, in print and online to celebrate and explore perceptions around the identity of the Southside community of Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

Thirty-eight people who live, work or have a connection to the city’s Southside area have generously given their time to be photographed by Edinburgh based photographer Peter Dibdin in locations holding a special significance for them.  Each participant has also recorded the audio story behind their portrait to uncover the moving, inspirational and significant contribution the Southside makes to the history and heritage of Edinburgh.

 

The project was commissioned by the Causey Development Trust and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund ‘All Our Stories’ Programme, Foundation Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council Business Partnerships Project and the Cray Trust.

 

Origins of The Causey:  Crosscauseway is a street that runs east-west and historically links two of the principal roads running south out of town, Causeyside (now Buccleuch Street) and the Pleasance.  It is recorded in 1599 as having been “causeyed” (paved), giving the street its name: Crosscausey meaning the cross street that is paved (later corrupted to Crosscauseway).

 


 

Project Partners

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The Causey Development Trust is a local grass-roots organisation undertaking a high level of engagement and consultation with the local community with the aim of permanently transforming West Crosscauseway – known locally as The Causey – from a car-dominated space to an accessible and beautiful place the community can enjoy, while celebrating the heritage of the area. www.thecausey.org
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Photographer Peter Dibdin has exhibited his work throughout the UK and internationally. He has lived for photography since first picking up a camera at age 14 in his native Dorset. Currently, Peter works commercially from his Summerhall studio in Edinburgh, the city’s premier creative hub, where his photography has featured on billboards, magazines and online publications for a variety of local and international companies.   www.peterdibdin.com

 


Project Team

Artist: Peter Dibdin
Project Manager: Shona Thomson
Development Consultant: Lucy Brown
Designer: Janine Sack
Sound Recording & Editing: George Joseph Miller IV
Pavement Design: Tom Barnett
PR & Marketing: Linsay Given Black
Audio Transcription: Stuart Walker
Exhibition Design Consultants: Malcolm Innes & Alison Blamire
Purveyor of Kindness: Sandy Hutton
Exhibition Production and Installation: McRobb Display Ltd
Information Panel Construction: Malcolm McIntosh


 

Thanks to our generous funders, supporters and donors.

Funders

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CDT was one of the first groups in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) All Our Stories grant.  All Our Stories, a new small grant programme launched in early 2012 in support of BBC Two’s “The Great British Story”, has been designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage.  With HLF funding and support, community groups are carrying out activities that help people to explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.  www.hlf.org.uk

 

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By matching the philanthropic goals of individuals, companies and charitable trusts to local charities and projects, Foundation Scotland has awarded almost £18 million in grants, ranging from £500 to £250,000, in every region of Scotland.  It raises money to distribute to other not-for-profit organisations.  On average, the Foundation awards £4 million annually to local charities and community groups in Scotland.  www.foundationscotland.org.uk 

 

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Supporters and Donors

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Nine portraits have been selected from the full collection for display outdoors in The Causey.  Rather than choosing to display the images in a gallery against a white wall, the portraits are framed by the Southside itself becoming an exhibition without walls.

 

The exhibition is part of the viewers’ everyday activities. As people walk to work in the morning they might only see one or two images. On the way back they could see two completely different portraits because of their path through the space and the way the portraits are positioned.

 

Photographer Peter Dibdin met with thirty-eight people from the community, took their pictures and listened to their stories. The stories have been recorded as audio to accompany the images on the website and also act as transcripts in the publication.

 

As part of the project’s public engagement and interaction strategy, artist Tom Barnett designed the unique piece of pavement art on the Causey traffic island. Barnett is a scuptor working in a variety of artforms to create accessible artwork relevant to its context.  For this project, he has employed his work on crowds: constructing a sense of the group through an aggregate of dancing individuals – a reflection of the project aims and a portrait of a community itself.  www.tombarnett.net

 

 

Southsiders: Portrait of a Community exhibition documentation. Peter Dibdin's portrait of George Pitcher on St Patrick Street.

Southsiders: Portrait of a Community exhibition documentation. Peter Dibdin’s portrait of George Pitcher on St Patrick Street.

Southsiders: Portrait of a Community exhibition documentation. Peter Dibdin's portrait of Caroline Barr on the Causey.

Southsiders: Portrait of a Community exhibition documentation. Peter Dibdin’s portrait of Caroline Barr on the Causey.

Southsiders: Portrait of a Community exhibition documentation. Peter Dibdin's portrait of The Candle Lighters on the Causey.

Southsiders: Portrait of a Community exhibition documentation. Peter Dibdin’s portrait of The Candle Lighters on the Causey.

Southsiders: Portrait of a Community exhibition documentation. Peter Dibdin's portrait of The Candle Lighters on the Causey.

Southsiders: Portrait of a Community exhibition documentation. Peter Dibdin’s portrait of The Candle Lighters on the Causey.

Southsiders: Portrait of a Community exhibition documentation. Peter Dibdin's portrait of Ken Grieve at the Causey.

Southsiders: Portrait of a Community exhibition documentation. Peter Dibdin’s portrait of Ken Grieve at the Causey.

Southsiders: Portrait of a Community exhibition documentation. Peter Dibdin's portrait of Guo and Zhijun Zhong in Windmill close.

Southsiders: Portrait of a Community exhibition documentation. Peter Dibdin’s portrait of Guo and Zhijun Zhong in Windmill close.

Southsiders: Portrait of a Community exhibition documentation. Peter Dibdin's portrait of Malcolm Winning in front of Buccleuch and Greyfriers church.

Southsiders: Portrait of a Community exhibition documentation. Peter Dibdin’s portrait of Malcolm Winning in front of Buccleuch and Greyfriers church.

Southsiders: Portrait of a Community exhibition documentation. Tom Barnett's artwork points out three or Peter Dibdin's portraits (from Right to Left), Malcolm Winning, Guo and Zhijun Zhong and Matthew Hope (in distance at Inspace)

Southsiders: Portrait of a Community exhibition documentation. Tom Barnett’s artwork points out three or Peter Dibdin’s portraits (from Right to Left), Malcolm Winning, Guo and Zhijun Zhong and Matthew Hope (in distance at Inspace)

Southsiders: Portrait of a Community exhibition documentation. Tom Barnett's artwork points out three or Peter Dibdin's portraits (from Right to Left), The Candle Lighters, George Pitcher (in distance) and Caroline Barr (hidden behind car)

Southsiders: Exhibition documentation. Tom Barnett’s artwork points out three portraits (from Right to Left), The Candle Lighters, George Pitcher (in distance) and Caroline Barr (hidden behind car)

 


publication

 

In addition to the exhibition and website, a free publication accompanies the project. This thirty-six pages tabloid size “newspaper” contains the full collection of portraits and transcripts of the participants’ audio stories.  It also features poetry inspired by the Southside that has been written by Southsider and Edinburgh Makar Ron Butlin as well as the Dumbiedykes Writers Group.

 

The publication’s newspaper-like format links to the aim of the project to be accessible, to make the community visible within the community itself. It will be distributed throughout the Southside. This aspiration of public accessibility combined with their location in public space will give a good insight into both the heart of the community and the artist’s reflection on it via his work.

 

The designer and artist Janine Sack has worked with us on this project to deliver an overall design, that is simple and clear, and helps to deliver the intent of the project as approachable and of high quality.  Her background as an Art Director for a German newspaper, as well as her involvement in the arts as artists and facilitator has been a perfect asset to help the publications (print and online) come to life.

 

Pick up a copy from outlets across the Southside including:

56 North Bar and Restaurant, 2 – 8 West Crosscauseway
Southside Community Centre, 117 Nicolson Street
Greenmantle Pub, 44 West Crosscauseway
Press Coffee, 30 Buccleuch Street
The Braidwood Centre, 69 Dumbiedykes Road
Inspace, 1 Crichton Street
Summerhall, 1 Summerhall

 

Or download the PDF

 

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 Southsiders with an interview with Peter Dibdin on the Document Scotland website.

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The Southsiders on BBC News!
Wednesday 25 September 2013

 

 

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The Daily Record
Wednesday 18 September 2013

 

 

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Edinburgh Evening News
Wednesday 11 September 2013

 

 

 

The Edinburgh Reporter
Sunday 8 September 2013