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INSP partners with theatre company in nationwide conversation about housing in Scotland

Big Issue vendors, asylum seekers, primary school children and older people will be among those contributing to a new arts project that aims to start a nationwide conversation about land and housing in Scotland.

INSP is partnering with theatre company A Moment’s Peace on the innovative project, titled Common Ground.

It aims to: “Unearth stories of how we live now, and how we might live in the future.”

Lead Artist Lewis Hetherington said: “This project offers us the chance to ask the really big questions about how we live, and where we live.

“All too often questions about how land is used, how towns are designed, and how this affects us are tied up in the hands of a few. Common Ground is all about throwing the discussion wide open, giving a voice to the people who are often the most impacted but the least consulted.”

The project centres around a wide range of interactive projects and performance. The central piece will explore homelessness, by talking to the people without permanent housing and those who are trying to find them a place to live.

Artists are working with groups in Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow, including Glasgow’s Govan and Craigton Integration Network and Aberdeen Cyrenians.

Hetherington added: “What if the homeless decided what happened to abandoned building?

“As we work across Scotland, we are going to uncover stories which reveal how people benefit and suffer from how land is used, and together with participants from a really diverse array of backgrounds we are going to begin to imagine about how we all live together in a way that benefits everybody.”

As media partners, INSP will report on the discussion for its unique global News Service – which reaches 112 street papers in 35 countries – and right here on insp.ngo.

INSP Chief Executive Maree Aldam said that she was delighted to be working with A Moment’s Peace.

“INSP’s member street papers around the world offer homeless people a way to make a living – and a platform so that their voices are heard. We were therefore drawn to the participative concept of Common Ground, which offers people who are experiencing Scotland’s current issues around housing a chance to tell their stories,” she added.

Argyll Arts Youth Hub, Dundee Rep Theatre, Glasgow Life, Platform and Woodend Barn will be cultural partners on the project.

The project is being funded and supported by Creative Scotland, Glasgow Life and Glasgow Life’s Arts and Development Scheme.

Read more about the project here… and watch this space for more stories from the participants.

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