Communities will be supported by artists to develop projects that help them reflect on the impact of the pandemic, as part of longer term efforts to commemorate those who have lost their lives to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Covid Community Memorial projects, which could include commemorative gardens, memorials or artworks, will be administered by greenspace scotland.
greenspace scotland commissioned artists will engage with community groups, faith groups and those hit hardest by the pandemic to shape ideas that benefit communities and reflect local people’s experiences of the pandemic.
Julie Procter, Chief Executive of greenspace scotland, said:
“The heart-breaking and difficult events of the past year have highlighted more than ever how important it is for us all to have access to greenspace. Somewhere for us to breathe fresh air, meet with friends and family, connect with nature and find solace during challenging times.
“The Covid Community Memorial project will connect with communities across Scotland to create special places where people can come to reflect on this time, remember those who have sadly lost their lives, find healing and hope for a brighter future.”
greenspace scotland will be working with partners across Scotland on this programme and they expect to issue a call for expressions of interest in April with a view to awarding commissions in June. The aim is for outputs from the commissions by November 2021, with project design and delivery from November 2021 to October 2022.
Further information will be published on the greenspace scotland website, Creative Scotland Opportunities and Public Contracts Scotland portal. Meantime, artists and artistic partnerships can email to note interest in receiving information about the commissions.