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The Art of being Human


A day festival at the Leith Arches

Sunday 23rd July 2023

Through a live art-making exhibition (local artists creating their work live throughout the day), creative wellness workshops and inspiring talks we explored and celebrated the creative process of art and life.


As humans, we're not perfect, finished works of art. We are constantly in process. Living in the mess, changing constantly and experiencing our own beautifully unique journey. Throughout the ages, humans have been using art to process, reflect and explore our human experience. But if we are to truly make use of art in this way, we must explore and celebrate the process of art-making itself.


All profits raised went to The Alma Project, a local charity who run arts groups and creative therapies for adults in Edinburgh experiencing mental health challenges.

Thanks to the support of everyone who donated to the event, we raised £470.63 for The Alma Project.

You can donate, or sign up to give a monthly donation, here. As little as a few pounds per month would make a difference to people living with mental health challenged in Edinburgh.


"Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life. This results not merely from Life’s imitative instinct, but from the fact that the self-conscious aim of Life is to find expression, and that Art offers it certain beautiful forms through which it may realize that energy."

- Oscar Wilde

Welcome to the art of being human!
Collage making with Adrian Mcloed
Live art making exhibition - Charity Mcardle
Print making with Karina Pasiut
Marble art making with Yasmin Ali
Live art making exhibition - Matt Wells
Live art making exhibition - Ellis Murphy
Live art making exhibition - Veronica Merlo
Live art making exhibition - Maria Koeva
Live art making exhibition - Carla Perera
The Conversation Project
Our amazing venue - the leith arches


Check out the incredible creatives that took part in the live art-making exhibitions and stay up to date with their upcoming work.


More amazingly talented creatives hosted inspiring interactive drop-ins throughout the day for event attendees to get creative with...


Thank you to the talented and heart-centred facilitators who led our two creative wellness workshops...


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